on light

amongst happy throng
one woman cries her heart out
rainbows come with rain

~

n.b. Oblivious of the calendar, I travelled to see family and friends and discover that Brighton Pride is set for the same weekend.

This means a lot of relaxed people, a lot of extravagance and flamboyance, a very large number of police.

So many people having fun, dancing. One young tearful woman being consoled by her friend. There will be hangovers.

CLP 07/08/2022

on stage

is not for money
it's about giving a show
out there, being heard

~

n.b. I think this band are a bit different. I greatly enjoyed their set at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton on 5th August 2022. Something of The Fall about them, or DC Fontaines, but different. You have been warned.

CLP 06/08/2022

on truth

speaking of others
reveals more about you than
illuminates them

~

n.b. ‘Your Face Tomorrow’ by Javier Marías is worth a dekko.

CLP 05/08/2022

on heat

wonder at mankind
trains to Paris undersea
pylons lift cables
systems of power
connect us to each other
bind us to our fate

~

n.b. Standing here overlooking Rainham Marshes, watching another bloody sunset, you can hear the electricity cables crackle as they carry charge towards the City of London.

If you listen really carefully, you can hear the insane laughter of stockholders celebrating multi-billions of profits being divvied up by BP, Shell and a few other energy companies, while the Earth’s climate spins inexorably out of control.

Nearby at Wennington, the scenes are of burnt houses, charred trees, scorched earth. Scenes familiar to residents of France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, California. What more proof does this once green and pleasant land need that things have changed, that we must change?

People blithely talk of access to air-conditioning, not aware that more energy is now used on such cooling equipment in summer than that used in winter to heat us. It is we who are being conditioned by the air.

Things have changed. Something’s gotta change.

CLP 04/8/2022

on time

Moon setting across
Wensum. I wish you were here.
Simple, isn't it?

CLP 02/08/2022

on Ukraine

football match is played
so you've been relegated
'now, in other news'

~

n.b. I do understand that we need variety in our diet of news, but come on media people, try to keep some perspective. Women from England win tournament, versus women in Ukraine have their children murdered and mutilated; no contest, surely?

CLP 01/08/2022

on time

fresh, aired bed linen
delicate breeze brings cool breath
hold me light tonight

~

CLP 31/07/2022

on time

what time was it when
we stopped, listened out for owls?
erratic rain spots
what were you thinking
when you scrunched leaves down my shirt?
quirky love tokens

~

CLP 31/07/2022

on Ukraine

apropos 'horror'
what I feel counts for nothing
in light of your grief

~

n.b. This must end. It will end. Then what?

CLP 30/06/2022

on Ukraine

aggressors, listen
"War is horror, blood and shame."
there's no victory

~

n.b. Marina Ovsyannikova put it as plainly as possible, speaking in court, when also pointing out that charges against her for allegedly discrediting the Russian armed forces are “absurd”.

It seems to me that the Russian military’s very actions discredit it themselves.

CLP 28/07/2022