on tenderness

this lives somewhere within and between us
exists not without, cannot survive alone
forms around us, surely not beyond us
fear not the performance, fear not the act
does time and place and circumstance persist
to permit retrieval of such gentleness?


CLP 24/05/2022

on luck (on Ukraine xxii)

cold rain and Covid
are we heating or eating?
anything else?


n.b. Escape your oppressors, come to the UK. You’ll be welcomed with warm hearts once you have passed HM Border Force with your visa.

CLP 30/03/2022

On Memory xii

We watch heaven’s light

until heat of evening chills

sleep tight together


CLP 14/01/2021

On Numbers (x.7)

You are always here

How could it never be so?

Exeunt omnes


CLP 28/11/2020

On the Street iii

Pedestrian steps

Off pavement into traffic

Safe from passing breath


CLP 03/10/2020

On the Street ii

Dressed in rain-slicked leaves

Treacherous corners await

Us, the unwary


CLP 02/10/2020