Time #2

robin, sparrow, pigeon

motorway, next door’s children

blue sky, white walls, dawn bright

silver birch shine, heat of sheet

sourness of sweat, weight of limb

heavy head, weary heart

click of clock, click of clock

click of clock, laughing gull

~

CLP 16/06/2021

Dream #16

there is sadness in empty time

marked by irreversible movement

of hands that cannot be rewound

tracking in relentless orbit

forward, forward, forward

not noticing the swallow on the hedge

not pausing at the sparkling brook

not hearing the rustle of yellow rattle

playing music in the meadow

not understanding this is it

that here might be happiness

~

CLP 10/06/2021

Dream #13

your careful choice of words

so free and easily phrased

sparks spectacular reactions

at the back of my mind

guarantee confusion of sleep

with memory

in reality you exist only in nightmares

in truth I fear you

no longer

~

n.b. Echoes of past lives carried in words. History / Herstory.

~

CLP 06/06/2021

On Water xxxvi

dykes and drains cut land

deep unnatural slices

man bides not for tide

~

CLP 13/05/2021

Tiempo

Caressing the unwilling hand

Time pulls childhood

towards a luminous edge

.

humming birds recognise

the scent of childhood fears

~

Translation of Tiempo by Alejandra Pizarnik (1936 / 1972). Other and far better translations are available from professional translators, such as Dr Cecci Rossi, who ran a translation games workshop today. This is my effort.

~

CLP 5th May 2021

time-stitch

nine arrowed together by lovers

in unusual hours no matter when

at coffee, lunch, tea, day, night

slipping through urgent fingers

grasping at sand they have to make up

for these unaccounted moments

they could not let pass without finding out

knowing full well each tide runs after

catching breath in liquid seconds

on the turn before its ebb

never coming back the same

understanding what has passed between them

were not seconds wasted waiting

for some non-existent tomorrow

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Twelve

CLP 12/04/2021

Sun Dial

what time was it when

Sun projected pine shadows

on warm warehouse bricks

~

CLP 07/04/2021

Not Venice (Yet)

Let us not pretend

virus is only problem

time to regrow fins

~

CLP 07/04/2021

On British Summer Time

Funnily enough

(contrary to opinion)

it is a real thing

~

n.b. Even in Norfolk, (we just have to negotiate spring first).

CLP 28/03/2021

On Time

How much do we need?

Quicksilver beyond our grasp

Now it’s here, then gone

~

n.b. It took me an age to write this.

~

CLP 27/03/2021