on Iran

ball bounces around
all eyes on the football match
we hear your silence

~

n.b. Footballers refuse to sing the anthem of the theocracy. A banner in the stadium, ‘WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM‘.

CLP 21/11/2022

on time

you'd think it's Sunday
traffic absent, birdsong clear
Ingerland kick off

~

n.b. I was rudely interrupted by the heavy fall of silence. An international football game was about to start, so nearly everything else stopped.

CLP 21/11/2022

on time

yesterday confused
old faces with new stories
colours of autumn

~

CLP 19/11/2022

on Iran

beat, kick, murder children
what your godliness demands?
Woman! Life! Freedom!

~

n.b. What is there to lose when people have nothing to lose?

Do you think the mothers of the missing fell silent in Argentina? Police men of Iran, your time will pass.

CLP 17/11/2022

on Ukraine

where's every body?
Kherson now counting war's cost
unaccountable

~

n.b. After breathing out, welcoming embraces, the missing are still missing. Moscow, the world turns it back on you. Even China and India realise you are going nowhere.

CLP 15/11/2022

Dream

no fleeting moment
we spoke at length of things passed
your visit prolonged

~

CLP 14/11/2022

on Ukraine

after days and nights
dreaming of release from fear
Kherson wreathed in smiles

~

n.b. Could this the beginning of the end?

CLP 14/11/2022

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 stage

something's happening here
Vieira and the Silvers
unrepeatable?

~

n.b. There is a scene developing in Norwich. It’s something quite special. A time, a place and an explosion of exciting, new sounds. Happy days, stupefying nights!

CLP 12/11/2022

on time

questions unanswered
because I had not courage
to ask them of you

~

n.b. Opportunities lost.

CLP 11/11/2022