on time

when would suit you best?
no time like the present, but
not on a school night

~

n.b. Time is tight, but there are limits.

on Ukraine

a second phone call
two-hundred forty-one days
while Ukraine's burning

~

n.b. Defence Secretaries of USA and the invaders just warming to each other? Some marriages have been planned, wedded and divorced in shorter periods. Will they both swipe right?

CLP 22/10/22

on reflection

what was it you saw?
something you recognised? feared?
did you not see me?

~

n.b. Taking things at face value isn’t always easy. Gift horses, mouths, et cetera.

CLP 14/03/2022

on time

lit fuse splutters, flares
runs smooth, sparkles then silence
except our heartbeats

~

CLP 03/02/2022

on time

there're days that are yours
others allocated mine
no coincidence

~

CLP 07/12/2021

on love

heard it all before?
torn up the script, binned the book?
good sense of humour?
you'll need it
when you find yourself back
scanning the shelves
being caught by a catchy title
reaching out instinctively
gently pulling at the spine
handling it with respect
liking the cover
savouring the smell of the fresh-printed page
engaged by the writing

choosing to invest some time
you take it home
dip in
discover this is something
that holds your attention
you become unable to put it down
find yourself
burning both ends of the candle
burning
to find out
what happens next

~

CLP 05/12/2021

on time

polite conventions
our coping mechanisms
merely scaffolding

~

n.b. What has form, seems solid, does the job for now, is nothing without foundations. Nuts and bolts rust, we need cement to build tomorrows.

CLP 28/11/2021

bee

visiting
attracted
then distracted
or discerning
the trace of others
before
moving on
or back
to one you know
still open
with a taste
you know
and trust
for now

~

CLP 21/09/2021

Lunacy

whatever happened
that separated we two
no longer matters

~

n.b. The Moon and Earth forever tied, always apart.

CLP 21/10/2021

on water

I've walked out this far
each wave lifts me off my feet
dive in or retreat?

~

CLP 17/10/201