on air

at Somerleyton
sky thick with summer's silence
effortless red kite

~

CLP 12/06/2022

on man

concrete emplacements
promise mutual destruction
official secrets

~

n.b. Cold War relics. Orfordness, Suffolk. Who knew? No surprise a nuclear power plant sprung up nearby. Sizewell C anyone?

CLP 01/01/2022

on the bench

we sat and watched
common darter watching us
warmth of autumn sun

~

CLP 27/10/2021

on the beach

at first sight old
older than you and me
much older
Walking hand in hand
as we might from time to time
in moments unconnected by conversation
they stopped momentarily
so she could stoop to pick up a pebble
or a shell, or a flint, or to investigate
a wave-shined glint of something
that caught her imagination
as he waited to be shown her find
at first sight old
older than you and me
but now not at all
not as old as fossilised sea urchins
not as ancient as bellemnite-bored chalk
they were just like us
two more children
playing by the sea

~

CLP 11/10/2021

On Water xix

shallow bay soon fills

tide’s return washes creeks clear

floods all memory

~
CLP 28/04/2021

At Manningtree

On the train

To the big city

It always stops at Manningtree

.

One of these days

I must stop off

To spend time taking a little look-see

.

I’d like to stroll along the ancient quay

Sat on the bank of Suffolk’s Stour

Estuary

.

n.b. Possible the smallest town in England. It was the centre for the self-appointed Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins who, with his associates, had around 300 local women executed for “witchcraft”* in the period 1644-46. Some were slaughtered after he “heard them talking to The Devil.” He was in his 20s when he turned his hand to this evil trade; dead at the age of 28.

*Witchcraft: The behaviour of women that does not conform to male expectations of feminine behaviour; knowledge or understanding of matters beyond masculine experience and interpretation. Not necessarily a bad thing, but how would I know?

Perhaps I won’t stop by after all – although the mudflats look great for bird watching.

CLP 12/02/2020