on Switzerland vi

constant spinning web
silk threads entangle us all
we await spider

~

n.b. Mountains shown are in France…national borders are just lines on maps after all, or mountains, or rivers, or wastelands, or shores.

CLP 28/09/2021

on Switzerland v

what defines our worth?
our place in society?
is it just money?

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CLP 28/09/2021

on Switzerland iv

meet ten people
two work anti-corruption
mountains of money

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n.b. Catherine Belton’s book “Putin’s People” mentions Switzerland (and London) frequently. She and the publishers are subject to a number of libel suits in London at present. We’ll see how that pans out.

CLP 27/09/2021

on Switzerland iii

heat of late September
accumulating moisture
brewing thunder storms

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CLP 25/09/2021

on Switzerland ii

the planets and stars
worry not about our troubles
they rise above us

~

n.b. Jupiter and satellites with Mars over Lac Léman.

CLP 24/09/2021

on Switzerland

fog patches the lake
fills mountain hollows
crows welcome autumn
and so many sparrows
at café tables
hopping through hedges
on window ledges
living off crumbs

last night
in the marble foyer of La Poste
a street-dirty sleeping bag
heavy with sleeper

this courteous
stable, secure
discreet nation
has many sparrows

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CLP 24/09/2021

On Heat

Mountain stream spouts clear

Granite trough holds liquid ice

Sunburnt arms submerged

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CLP 03/01/2020

Siren Call

Seductive, sparkly Switzerland

Iced peaks, conifered slopes

Sun sprinkled, twinkling lake

South-facing settlements

Monied, wealthy, healthy life

Les terroirs ribbed with vines

Life in straight lines

Efficient railways

Fresh air

Beware the lure, the calls

Those wails are not cries for help

Tie yourself to the mast

“This is what the end of the world will sound like”

In seductive, sparkly Switzerland

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n.b. Nuclear attack warning sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month in Lausanne.

It’s a kind of national vanity project; the assumption all this might be saved, or indeed is worth saving, were the sirens to go live.

Quotation, “This is what the end of the world will sound like.” By Matthew Wake.

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CLP 05/02/2020

In Snow

Wind whisked flurries

White blotches spatter bared skin

Bathers sink in mist

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n.b. Lavey Les Bains is always worth a visit in winter. The hot springs are an enlivening experience on a frosty morning, with steam clouds rising into clear blue skies above the looming mountains from the waters.

The experience is even more invigorating during snowfall, as the mix of warm and cold air forms swirling fog that consumes the visitors to the spa, leaving the effect that you have the open air baths to yourself and your companion – it’s magical!

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CLP 05/02/2020