On the Roof

in shorts and t-shirts

all but seven days ago

swallows presaged snow

~

CLP 07/04/2021

L3 (Day 47.5): Norwich

I was shocked and somewhat disappointed to learn that my neighbour, in the apartment below, has only had his heating on for a total of two days this whole and quite cold winter! How selfish can you get? No wonder it’s been chilly up here. I was relying on the tight-fisted so-and-so to keep me warm and save me some money.

~

CLP 22/02/2021

Mr Tee: Snow Evidence

With facts thin on the ground, we had to let Mr Tee go. It will be impossible to get a grip on him unless he really slips up. He’s a master of disguise. It’s likely he’s completely evaporated by now.

The Chief has got a hot temper, which hasn’t helped in questioning such a cool customer. The enquiry has been brushed aside, filed with the cold cases.

It leaves me cold to think the Norwich Carrotter might be out there still. I think he’ll be back, it’s just a matter of time. I’ll just grit my teeth, be patient and throw some salt over my shoulder for luck. Nothing to get hot under the collar about.

It pays to keep a cool head in this game.

~

CLP 14/02/2021

Norwich Carrotting – Breaking News

We put the squeeze on known associates of the suspects. One of them cracked, the other said he wouldn’t split on his friends.

We went looking for others but they seem to have melted away into the gutters of this cold-hearted city.

Had to have a word with the junior detective on the case after he said, “Don’t know about you guv, but they all look the same to me.” That was not very PC of him.

Things have been a little frosty between us as a result.

~

CLP 12/02/2021

Call for Witnesses

We need to move fast in the carrotting case. Frankly, we are stumped. Witnesses are turning out to be a little flakey.

The Chief is putting pressure on, “We can’t afford to let this slide.” he told today’s briefing. Still looking for a motive, but I got a hunch that lots of lolly will be involved.

If you know anything call our hotline.

~

CLP 12/02/2021

Snow Falling on Cedric

It was a black and white kind of day. I took a turn into town and found this stiff on the street. At first I thought, ‘Poor guy, he’s frozen to death’ but then I recognised him, Cedric! I called the cops, he had been carrotted.

~

CLP 10/02/2021

L3 (Day 35) Snowed In

Well done for getting out!” he said

as if I’d slipped out

past the plastic police

of Serco plc

who run Yarl’s Wood

Immigration Removal Centre

.

In fact, all I had done

was walk to town

in the snow

~

CLP 09/02/2021

L3 (Day 34) Carrow Bridge

Bemused pigeons and gulls

chase lifting snowflakes

above the Wensum

not being au fait with weather

maybe thinking things that fly up

contain protein not just ice

or were they playing

as school children might

flapping around with mouths wide

trying to catch ice crystals

on waggly tongues

having heard that each flake is unique

although they all taste the same

~

CLP 08/02/2021

Snow Globe

That beastly howling

stopped and let the snow flakes fall

up as well as down

~

CLP 08/02/2021

On Snow

Unfamiliar

precipitation collects

footprints betray us

~

CLP 07/02/2021