On the Surface

The first thing about

plumbing is knowing water

always runs downhill


n.b. There is plenty of profit in running a water company, but where is the incentive to fix the antiquated infrastructure when shareholders can keep taking dividends? £57bn in share of profits has been paid out since privatisation of Britain’s water utilities. My picture shows flooding in my local street caused by a burst water main. According to the GMB union, 70% of the English water firms highly profitable shares are held overseas. The company names are dressed up to seem local, e.g. Anglian Water, but that is just superficial branding; the firm is mainly owned by Canadian and Australian capitalists. Who exactly is benefiting from privatisation of state assets?

CLP 13th October 2020

On Pain ix

Most spectacular

display of self-harm. I’ve

Brexited myself


n.b. Hard to believe, I know, but when a man’s gotta go, the question can arise, ‘Why not go the whole hog and blow my own house down?’

Where does such thinking come from? It is terribly dangerous for others and destructive to themselves. Sad beyond belief.

https://www.samaritans.org Do not be afraid to contact this service; better to speak out and get help than act alone and in silence.

Other countries have similar support services for men and women on the edge of life itself.


CLP. 01/09/2020

No haga flexiones depués de gachas

They found him face down in his kitchen

Previously the fittest sixty year old they’d ever known

Lifeless as a rock

He’d been warned

But sadly, as a professor of literature

At the finest university in Cantabria

He’d conceived of so many different interpretations

That he’d brushed over the literal


As they say in Gibaja

“Muchos poetas mueren de estupidez”



n.b. 1. Title translates as: Never do press ups after porridge.

2. From Gibaja: Many male poets die from stupidity.

www.napowrimo.net Day 22 prompt: Use a saying from another language and culture as the basis for a poem.

Christopher Perry

22nd April 2020