on time

waltz me into it
walk up the aisle side by side
no witnesses please

n.b. Nothing to see here at the horse and carriage store. As the song says ‘Walk on by’.

CLP 02/10/2022

on Beale Street

camera wobbles
trolley catches tourist beat
drunk? it ain't me babe

~

CLP 29/09/2022

on time

where blue suede shoes trod
they long since left the café
no scent left to track

~

n.b. The nice thing about The Arcade Restaurant is that, apart from a modest postcard, the proprietors don’t trade off the reputation of one of their many happy customers. More importantly the café has been up and running for 102 years. I would say, it’s alright (in a good way).

CLP 28/09/2022

on cash

I'll buy you a meal
but I won't just give money
you said you're hungry

~

n.b. Talk me through that again. Hungry means ‘food’ right?

A young man, in a desperate condition, scarred, nervous, tired and dirty asked for a dollar for food. I said I’d get him some food, (we were stood outside a hamburger joint). I checked what he fancied, but when I came out there was no sign of him.

A middle-aged woman leaning on a walking cane, asked me for help getting some food. I explained the situation and she was grateful for the meal and drink I had carried out for the boy, who called himself William.

CLP 26/09/2022

on light

despite so much light
no one can see everything
there are dark corners

~

n.b. To describe Chicago as complex would be a good starting point. A stunning construction. A place that seems to strive to improve. My kind of town.

on time

same old song re-sung
gigging round the USA
nostalgia for some

~

n.b. Supper club swan song, the songs sung over supper. Some punters went along yesterday too. Calling up the past, second childhood, or trying to bury the present? One bloke with a mullet got up to dance to one familiar tune, but sat down when he realised there were people behind him, (he wasn’t tall enough to be in the way, but I enjoyed his passing punk attitude, while it lasted).

CLP 21/09/2022

on hope

everything ran true
nothing to worry about
learning every day

~

CLP 13/09/2022

on time

this time tomorrow
here will be another place
there will become here

~

n.b. LGW – JFK

CLP 11/09/2022

on time

out of darkness light
heading toward terminal
choose which way to face

~

CLP 08/09/2022

on time

gathering swallows
criss-cross hedgerows, heading south
winter's first shadow

~

CLP 03/09/2022