on Europe

new lines being drawn
much like the red lines of old
could this be curtains?


CLP 01/07/2022

on Ukraine xxv

escaping the Nazis
people of Russia scorched earth
now their soldiers harry Ukraine
as William The Bastard did in the North
so Putin does to the south
history teaches us nothing
it is but a mirror


n.b. What is the point of this destruction and slaughter? Where is the glory? What kind of peace does this lead to?

CLP 31/05/2022

Collateral Damage

 what would

as we
we'd know
it's all

would we make up
where we 
could offer
necessary apologies
long overdue 
balance our
play music 
say one 
final I


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-eight prompt; Concrete poem. I have to admit to having had such thoughts lately. Day twenty-eight of NaPoWriMo 2022, but day Sixty Three in Ukraine.

CLP 28/04/2022

on Ukraine xx

where is the exit?
each day fresh atrocity
everyday the same


CLP 20/03/2022

on time / on Ukraine xix

the truth hurts, it burns
eats at our souls if we lie
something more than words


n.b. The truth will out. For Marina Ovsyannikova this was the time to stand up and speak her truth.

CLP 15/03/2022

on Ukraine xviii

Norwich station Saturday night
a Russian skinhead looking for a fight
wearing blue, white, red of his nation's flag,
carrying two beer bottles in clenched hands
polished boots and military trousers tucked in the tops
proud to be Russian, looking for a fight
this is Norwich station, Saturday night


n.b. The human race never fails to disappoint.

CLP 12/03/2022

on Ukraine xvii

weaponry so cruel
threat of mutual destruction
dare we intervene?


CLP 11/03/2022

on light

Waterloo sunset
bounces off bus sat on red
city plays the blues


n.b. Something changed today. The truth is out; money might buy influence, or purchase trophies, but there is still right and wrong. Somebody finally turned the floodlights on Stamford Bridge.


CLP 10/03/2022

on Ukraine xv

dead of night silence
broken record shrieks and cries
drunk mimics your pain


n.b. There is no peace until you have peace.

CLP 07/03/2022

in blood (on Ukraine xiv)

viral infection
stimulates antibodies
fight for survival


n.b. There is a period of inflammation before the outcome is settled. I would not dream of calling the murder of innocents ‘inflammation’.

CLP 03/03/2022