on morning

too soon in my view
night slipped off without asking
stealing dreams of you

~

CLP 07/11/2021

on November

electric blanket
hot water bottle topped up
winter duvet
cat?

~

n.b. What else would one need as the temperature falls faster than leaves?

CLP 02/11/2021

on night

its cloak lays heavy
awake with longing for you
face of clock mocks me

~

CLP 16/10/2021

on autumn iii

it's been so still
humid air weighing on us all
weary from sleepless nights
from self-medicated sleep
from restless waking
from waking alone

and now the leaves move
trees sigh at their relief
the wind tunes up
wheezy gaps in windows and doors ajar
asthmatic whistling of telephone cables
clinking lines on masts
waves thick enough to roll the shingle
to slap the seawall
spit over its parapet
and bounce back to sea

this cool sou'westerly
freshens up the air
brings on the rain
brings me sleep
alone or not

~

CLP 04/10/2021

On Sleep

I lost count of sheep

couldn’t quantify cattle

quietly slipped off

~

CLP 20/06/2021

Dream #23

unable to speak

shouts stifled at source

legs bound, arms held

this is not what I came for

how do I wake myself

when so constrained by sleep?

will it end like this?

drowned in white light?

in silence?

~

CLP 20/06/2021

Dream #20

you know, this thing that didn’t happen

anywhere but my head, seemed real

I remember everything about it

conversation, colours, the amazing food

all the personal touches

every sensation, but smell

smell? nothing.

I thought nothing of it until I was asked to leave

as I said, it seemed real

but without a scent of the place

without that, I knew something was wrong

I thought I could smell a rat

~

CLP 16/06/2021

Dream #14

the Moon lies

in some galactic gutter

off his face on space junk

leaving all the lights on

so many colours, constellations confused

by brilliance of the luminous clutter

and you here, warm, safe, sound asleep

to the universal song and dance

of the stars going loopy

given their chance

~

CLP 09/06/2021

Dream #9

Sleep called me

I was out

Sleep left a message

I missed it

Sleep had a stern word

“My office, first thing”

Left me to restless contemplation

considering consequences

~

CLP 03/06/2021

On Dreams xxii

unjiggling stuff

mixing up bits and pieces

sleep’s webbed tapestry

~

CLP 28/05/2021