on friendship

at nights's darkest point
I woke knowing you were here
it wasn't a dream

~

n.b. How strange and lovely it is to feel another’s presence despite their absence. I woke, reached out and realised this presence was in my heart. I smiled, returned happily to sleep.

CLP 28/04/2022

on Ukraine xxiii

reading a poem
are you a star dancer or
dreaming of dancing?

~

n.b. Thank you for reading my poem, ‘Star Dancer and Her School of Dance – Francis Picabia 1913 . We don’t know each other, but I wish you well.

CLP 11/04/2022

on time

what is going on?
I have got all night, all day.
how long have you got?

~

CLP 06/04/2022

on romance

best left unspoken
company, comfort, laughter
more precious than gold

~

n.b. There is too much said, too often. We all risk becoming amateur psychologists. Is it not better to go with the flow? I am a slow learner, I fear, but keen to learn.

n.n.b. I just realised my picture contains two flotation rings…try not to read anything into that, nor to the fact it’s a picture taken on a ferry across a wide river, nor that I had to pay the lone ferryman for two souls to be transported to the far bank…

CLP 04/04/2022

on time

one of those long nights
eagle owl drifts through city
alarm brings respite

~

n.b. At last, the blessed relief of the Angelus bell.

CLP 31/03/2022

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 light

lights, but nobody
home to hope, still despair wins
until the next time

~

n.b. What is going on in there? Who knows, but more importantly, who cares? The rhythm broken, habits forgotten, routines disrupted; stuff yer Premier League!

CLP 28/02/2022

on time

go back, close the gate
leave the field of play secure
pretend it's over

~

n.b. Can you hear the scythe of the old man swishing through the long grass, or is it just a breeze catching the blossom?

CLP 28/03/2022

on love

is it saying it
an upwell of emotion
or in our actions?

~

n.b. Words begin to fail me.

CLP 27/03/2022

on time / on Ukraine xxi

cash our currency
while you pay in cold blood
too little too late?

~

n.b. We do what we can, but this is the only way we know how. Is it enough?

CLP 27/03/2022