Under A Cloud

Wind chimes resonate

With whispers from weary leaves

Tears flood the desert

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n.b. Texas has a complicated history; a place of moving people, territorial disputes, economic and political upheaval. More than 10,000 years of identifiable settlement, a piece of land with an ever-changing cast and shifting borders.

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CLP 07/08/2019

Lost in the Supermarket

They just went shopping.

Tell me, what is wrong with that?

May they rest in peace.

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n.b. There are at least 150 gun manufacturers in the USA according to Wikipedia.

Every mass murder leads to more gun sales, as people driven by fear, arm themselves just in case they need to defend themselves when they decide to nip down to the shops.

n.n.b. I have taken this title from The Clash album, ‘London Calling”.

CLP 06/08/2019

In the Bus Queue

A one act play for three voices in 17 syllables.

Oh no! It’s raining!

Yes, after such a bright dawn.

Really? I slept in.

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CLP 04/07/2019

On Misunderstanding

(A one act play for two voices in 17 syllables)

You misunderstand.

I am not missing the point

You are. I am not.

CLP 03/08/2019

In Storage

Everything is there

If possessed by possessions

Throw away the key

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CLP 02/08/2019

Glass Half-Full

You always insisted

The glass was near half-empty

So kept topping up

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n.b. If someone’s glass is always half-empty it means that someone is steadily drinking the top half. Best to let them choose to finish it, or re-fill it themselves.

CLP 01/08/2019

On Earth

Filled creases, smudged prints

Under nails, cuticles clogged

Hands that work the land

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CLP 31/07/2019

On The Front Foot

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Eyes level, focus

Backlift, then swing through the line

Lead with head, not foot

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n.b. If a batsman always leads with the front foot there is the serious risk of being yorked by the bowler adjusting the length of a delivery to pitch the ball underneath the bottom of the bat. What a good batter does is watch each ball’s line and length and play each delivery on its merits, whilst taking into account the match situation.

n.n.b. Alexander “Boris” Johnson, currently Her Majesty’s Prime Minister and Minister for The Union, prattles on about being on the front foot all the time. He purports this to mean he is being positive and setting the tone. Superbia et ante ruinum exaltatur, as they said in Rome, before it fell.

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CLP 27/07/2019

On the Continental Shelf

Is it only me?

Isles off the end of Europe

Look somewhat adrift

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n.b. It is claimed by some that breaking away from the EU will free the UK up to exploit commercial opportunities further afield.

Take a look at the map and tell me where these opportunities lie?

When you note that the richest part of the UK is the corner closest to Europe, it is clear that working as closely as possible with the EU would be a good idea. Perhaps even better if efforts were genuinely made to distribute some of that wealth more evenly – as the EU is committed to doing through its regional aid grants.

Whatever happens from here will only lead to more tenuous connections with the UK’s closest and most significant trading partners in mainland Europe – unless departure from the EU is binned.

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CLP 24/07/2019

On Biscuits

Life can be busy

Dilemmas and trilemmas

Cheeses and pickles

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CLP 12/07/2019