on time

don't be afraid, look back
there's water, other stuff too
bridges have been crossed


CLP 19/06/2022

on time

with never enough
we have decisions to make
choose to love; choose us


n.b. Are we not social creatures? If so, why are charlatans getting rich promoting the ‘I, me, my, mine’ agenda? Time is all we have, love is all we need.

CLP 02/06/2022

on tenderness

this lives somewhere within and between us
exists not without, cannot survive alone
forms around us, surely not beyond us
fear not the performance, fear not the act
does time and place and circumstance persist
to permit retrieval of such gentleness?


CLP 24/05/2022

on colour

pretty, isn't it?
yellow with a tint of red
opening petals


CLP 17/05/2022

on time

it is all we have
yesterday is not today
we shape tomorrow


n.b. The hands of time are in our hands, the sands of time run through our fingers.

CLP 02/05/2022


It started with a kiss
it was uncalled for

you called me out
who was I to dare lean in?

how dare I presume intimacy
your anger gave you voice

your voice at last had found you
you had plenty that you had to say

plenty more to come when that was said
generations of mothers spoke through you

what these mothers spoke was truth
previously subdued, suppressed

the suppressed at last free to express
it started with a kiss


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-seven prompt: write a duplex.

This poem has a history, it is a history in a poem. I am ever grateful for what this kiss taught me, the voice it brought forth.

I hope that it is not too obscure for the general reader.

CLP 27/04/2022

on Ukraine xx

where is the exit?
each day fresh atrocity
everyday the same


CLP 20/03/2022

on light

though decades lie between us
water broken moon


CLP 17/03/2022

on time / on Ukraine xix

the truth hurts, it burns
eats at our souls if we lie
something more than words


n.b. The truth will out. For Marina Ovsyannikova this was the time to stand up and speak her truth.

CLP 15/03/2022

on time

as children we understand
what is fair and what is not
so what makes it right to let things go
because "it is what it is"?
nothing changes when we do nothing
stand up and be counted


n.b. I was a child when this protest took place. It remains as powerful an image as ever. If it’s wrong, call it out.

CLP 14/03/2022