on time

polite conventions
our coping mechanisms
merely scaffolding

~

n.b. What has form, seems solid, does the job for now, is nothing without foundations. Nuts and bolts rust, we need cement to build tomorrows.

CLP 28/11/2021

on the street

walk on gold paving
countless, not unlimited
transient riches

~

CLP 21/11/2021

on payday

all those hours used up
while outside weather happens
meaningless tokens

n.b. Herzberg was right, hygiene factors, such as the work environment and pay, are nothing more than satisficers. I look at my salary statement and think, I am giving up living for this, just so I can afford to live?

~

CLP 20/11/2021

on time

battlements, towers
rich gated community
wealth will eat itself

~

CLP 16/11/2021

interlude

cogs and wheels spinning
birdsong, silence of kestrel
not thinking for now

~

n.b. Thank you SO for planning the route this morning. I put my gears into motion, put my mind into neutral. Phew!

CLP 13/11/2021

on passing

ancient sentinel
unmoved by shifting city
flint-hearted witness

~

CLP 09/11/2021

Bridge

We don’t need to know why he had found himself standing on the bridge, other than it was something about his not being able to understand what she could not articulate.

He didn’t stand there longer than it took to think of his children, the paramedics who would have to pronounce him dead and whoever it might be that witnessed his last moments. He walked on towards the market wiping away tears with the heel of his palm.

He’d heard of an English language bookshop on the west side of the city and hoped he might find something to hold his interest there. Perhaps a novella, or collection of short stories from somewhere else, somewhere more engaging than a Victorian seaside town with less than half a pier.

~

CLP 28/10/2021

morning

light eases across bed
pulls back the winter duvet
solitude exposed

~

CLP 16/10/2021

on night

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

~

CLP 16/10/2021

on time

I have been awake
too many hours, travelling
too long, to write now

~

CLP 29/09/2021