on Ukraine iii

Pennines overlook
darts refining their dark arts
muscles flex, nerves twitch

~

n.b. As we move around in our masks, military aircraft just above our heads operate on stand-by. Out of Plan B into Wing Attack Plan R?

~

CLP 21/01/2022

on time

Friday, what the F
break open the bub-ber-ley
birthday train ride

~

n.b. Not mine. Happy Birthday, mush. “Twenty past Ten; get the Scooby Snacks owat!”

n.n.b. “Owat” translates to ‘out’ further south in Englands.

CLP

on Ukraine ii

if Russia invades
we'll respond aggressively
collateral damned

~

n.b. Someone factors in civilian deaths, which will mean children, mothers, grandparents, lovers, fathers, sons, daughters.

~

CLP 21/01/2022

on Ukraine

so loud I can't think
of anyone else but you
RAF practice

~

n.b. On the border, on the edge, on the verge…Russian troops run through a few drills. Here, in Norfolk, fighter jets likewise.

What would you be thinking if you were sending your children off to school in Kiev this morning?

~

CLP 20/0/2022

on love

please don't call now
it cost a lifetime last time
left me counting days

~

CLP 19/01/2022

on time

eventually
after minutes added on
final whistle blows

~

CLP 15/01/2022

on dawn

yes, we can do this
your way, my way or our way
meet me at day break

~

CLP 12/01/2022

on light

compared with the Sun
everything becomes grey-scale
without perspective

~

n.b. It has been a challenging few days, putting fingers to the keyboard as impossible as joining like poles of two magnets. The ‘must post’ became ‘can’t post’.

Now, a shift. Was it the sunlight? Was it the experience of movement in daytime? Was it enjoying catching up with distant friends during the Twelve Days of Christmas? Was it remembering no employer owns all my time? Was it a conversation? Was it spending an hour cleaning the bathroom (don’t ask)? Was it hearing the wren singing?

The shift is back ‘to ‘I post‘. Easy enough to say…

~

CLP 08/01/2022

on man

concrete emplacements
promise mutual destruction
official secrets

~

n.b. Cold War relics. Orfordness, Suffolk. Who knew? No surprise a nuclear power plant sprung up nearby. Sizewell C anyone?

CLP 01/01/2022

on time

see how fast they fall
sand grains tumble from the glass
leaving only light

~

n.b. Composed of stardust, we are held here for long as we are remembered, as complete and incomplete as others can recall. We become not what we think of ourselves, but what others think of us.

CLP 31/12/2021