On Water xx

sorting through shingle

picking out perfect pebbles

stones skimming off waves

.

CLP 28/04/2021

On Water xviii

waves paw the sea wall

tentacles gently shine the stone

working at weak spots

~

n.b. However old these stones, however long in situ, the sea will eventually wear them down, one wave or another.

~

CLP 26/04/2021

On Water xvii

lunatic repetition

tide in, tide out, back and forth

set your clock by it

n.b. Imagine if we had time pieces attuned to the tides, not set from Greenwich Meridian; would we be more sensitive to our planet’s music?

CLP 25/04/2021

On Water xvi

that helicopter

on a beeline up the coast

air-sea rescue, obvs

n.b. The elements of water and air combine to tragic effect at weekends when the concoction of homo-sapiens, alcohol and sunshine dull the mind, drown common-sense.

CLP 25/04/2021

On Water xv

green brine of Pompey

no shallow mirror of sky

depth of character

~

CLP 24/04/2021

On Water xiv

rapid shifting shore

constantly inconsistent

respect without trust

~

n.b. Manningtree through a train window; a must-see stop I keep passing through.

~

CLP 23/0/4/2021

time-stitch

nine arrowed together by lovers

in unusual hours no matter when

at coffee, lunch, tea, day, night

slipping through urgent fingers

grasping at sand they have to make up

for these unaccounted moments

they could not let pass without finding out

knowing full well each tide runs after

catching breath in liquid seconds

on the turn before its ebb

never coming back the same

understanding what has passed between them

were not seconds wasted waiting

for some non-existent tomorrow

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Twelve

CLP 12/04/2021

Ship

shape

even

keel

storm

warning

heavy

             swell

                                                                                    rough

sea

                                                                      side                             

swipe

rudder

less

a d                      i           f

                                                 r                          t

cargo

shift

off

kilter     

ballast

dangerous

list

jettison

MAYDAY

MAYDAY

abandon

ship

sink

flare

up

life

boat

crew

manifest

bill

of

laden

salvage

                        attempt

salvage

attempt

insurance

policy

claims

list

~

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Nine prompt: list poem…asked for “to do list”…but this is a poem about listing.

~

CLP 09/04/2021

L3 (Day 77): Sheringham

This north facing coast of East Anglia is notoriously windy. Today the wind is cold.

On the horizon a large ship, stacked high with containers, floats above the horizon, a trick of light.

I watch the waves of the high tide break into the sea wall of the lower concrete promenade. I listen to the heavy flints rolling back and forth in the wave cycle. They clack, clack, clack together.

~

CLP 24/03/2021

Lunacy

she pulls at the watery cloth

tied tight to shore

although it shifts at anchor

it will not come free

so she cannot hide her arid face

from a world that won’t stop

spinning, cannot pause while there

is still a breath of air

~

CLP 18/02/2021