Long Weekend


across bridges, through tunnels
down paths, along tracks
so many hours, hundreds of miles
I'm on my way back
I'm nearly home

~

CLP 12/09/2021

Dream #n

what was it that stirred me
the curtain catching autumn air
bed-softened lips on my cheek
your bra clip clicking shut
brush pulling through your hair
the nib on the notepaper
the trail of last evening's perfume
compressed by the closing door
the chasm echoing your leaving

~

CLP 04/09/2021

Oh! Mothers

it is said childbirth
is the most painful of pains
but not after this

~

n.b. Sons, brothers, uncles, lovers, husbands, fathers, friends. Young men, rest in peace.

CLP 29/08/2021

Oh, UN!

no security

relief nor reconstruction

neat press release though

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

Oh, UAE!

how can you be both

state where free thinkers fear gaol

Ghani’s safe haven

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

~

CLP 19/08/2021

Oh! Panjshir

deep in Hindu Kush

lone pocket of resistance

with hope in your hearts

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 19/08/2021

Oh, Iran!

victim of empires

how can you provide succour

when you’re without love

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 18/08/2021

Oh, Pakistan!

what help can you give

to your abandoned neighbours

who cry for freedom

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 17/08/2021

Oh, China!

what alternatives

can you offer whilst Hong Kong’s

umbrellas protest

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 17/08/2021

Oh, Russia!

what happened out there

was there not enough at home

to keep you busy

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 17/08/2021