“Will you marry me?”

He asked and she replied

What mean you by this?”


n.b. A simple proposal, at the sound of it, but is the real meaning of the question clear? What motives underlie the request for a hand in marriage? Is the wording a phrase designed to obscure and confuse, or crystal clear and hence the associated diamond ring?

CLP 25/02/2019

Concluding Argument


There was only uncertainty and anxiety

I looked into your eyes

You held my gaze


Defiant, challenging, unmoved

I probably looked the same to you


I knew then that you and I had missed our connection


”There is no relationship.” you said.


I left, closing the front door gently as I could

Trying to avoid a dramatic riposte that might dilute your succinct conclusion


Finally you have had The Last Word.

You are welcome to it.


CLP  28/05/2018


9cdc6d10-1ac3-46e1-b3d8-718e0b4db38d.jpegOn a ponderous progress

plotted by gravity

the inexorable procession leaves

scrapes and scars deep cut

into mountains who cannot grip

the restless body that

reshapes and reforms all

she passes.


A weathered boulder

torn from the valley wall

immersed in the corporeal flow

is carried over foreign fields

its rough edges crumble

to be left as moraine

marking the course

of an ageless dance

ice and rock locked together

both washed smooth

in melt water streams


from their first meeting.


CLP  12/05/2018