On Summer

the heavens opened

rain filled in every hollow

she’d spat out her heart

~

CLP 10/07/2021

On Rain

thick dark soup of sky

ladles out downpour dollops

brook a bubbling broth

~

CLP 28/06/2021

Dream #21

heavy rain’s half-time shuffle on the roof

mixes with the jazz ostinato beat

of towering street lamps flicking by

wheels slip over pools along the carriageway

sheets of spray from trucks misting view

red rear lights, pairs of dazzling white

approach, recede

dashboard indicators green

there’s a song replaying on the radio

today becomes yesterday

00:00

as soon as tomorrow becomes now

vehicles stretch apart, further apart, disappear

then this is the last one tracing the road

deep into the city’s orange glow

pointless waiting at crossroads for change

illuminated arrows pointing home

weighed down by the return of gravity

I step through the door

the post on the hall floor

dates how long I’ve been away

a web loose-hanging at the window

holds small black silk bundles

where the spider’s been making hay

~

CLP 18/06/2021

On Water XLVIII

throws itself from clouds

chuckles down holes in gutters

again? you big kid!

~

n.b. Endless hours of fun. This is where the British get a reputation for always talking about the weather and having a dry sense of humour.

CLP 26/05/2021

On Water XLIV

I love the way rain

draws colour to dull pavements

illumination

~

CLP 22/05/2021

On Water XL

after-rain sunlight

streets shimmer in evening glow

soaked walkers steam dry

~

CLP 17/05/2021

On The Street, Leicester

May. Rain so intense it hurts

like February.

Two tall men stood

on the corner outside

the mini-mart by the station.

.

A ham and cheese sandwich

with a note shared

stories of losing fathers

in youth. Two lives

navigated by guesswork.

~

CLP 14/05/2021

On Water xxviii

April’s lost showers

failed to apologise

for turning up late

~

n.b. How rude.

CLP 06/05/2021

On Water xxv

under umbrella

lovers rush seeking shelter

breathless excitement

~

CLP 03/05/2021

On Water xxiv

temperature drops

wind picks up, swirls through reed beds

air tasting of rain

~

CLP 02/05/2021