on Ukraine

human rights abused
no excuse, so who's for war?
hands up everyone!

~

n.b. Referenda being used by occupying forces to skim over, or gloss up the rationale for creating a war.

CLP 27/09/2022

on Ukraine

enough mothers know
Russian blood runs down drains too
puddles form on clay

~

n.b. There are reports that queues to leave Russia to escape conscription to the diminishing army are stretching for miles at border posts.

CLP 23/09/2022

on money

after the ball game
guitar case for donations
musicians on tour
after the music
man tells story of hunger
daily occurrence

~

n.b. Money is a big issue. A replica team baseball shirt on sale for $345 in the Team Store; on the street a guy needs $15 to eat.

The team motif is the cherry blossoms of spring, obvious to the passing motorist. Under the shade of trees, homeless men and women shelter, passing motorists oblivious.

Don’t think I don’t know this isn’t just a USA situation, I come from the UK.

CLP 18/09/2022

on time

we live on so long
as memories others hold
stories shared with love

~

CLP 03/09/2022

on water

fens drained for farming
commons mopped up by gentry
raindrops or teardrops?

~

n.b. First the common land under James I, then the water boards under the Tories. If we need it, they control it. Through legislation for the landed gentry, by the landed gentry, generations of people remain in the thrall of robber barons. Time for change.

CLP 27/08/2022

on Ukraine

threat and counter-threat
belligerent language. Peace?
All we are saying...

~

n.b. …is give peace a chance, or at least let the concept get a word in edgeways. Today is Independence Day in Ukraine. It would be good to hear how the people of Ukraine might be able to celebrate freedom from this war, now six months old.

CLP 24/08/2022

on time

on outward journey
wonder of discovery
trepidatious

return passes fast
dull familiarity
slow recovery

always more baggage
souvenirs, memories
accumulation

one-way ticket, thanks

~

CLP 08/08/2022

on Ukraine

young men sent to front
returned in long pine boxes
deforestation

~

CLP 06/08/2022

on time

four decades since this
dingy seaside town was home
we have both moved on

~

CLP 05/08/2022

on time

it's so beautiful
you're close to God there, it's
nice to be at peace

~

n.b. Incoming phone call, overheard on train south out of London.

CLP 04/08/2022