on the phone

there is something more
than just words, silences convey
our understanding

~

CLP 18/10/202

on water

I've walked out this far
each wave lifts me off my feet
dive in or retreat?

~

CLP 17/10/201

on night

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

~

CLP 16/10/2021

Unseen

did you feel
the tide turn
the new moon rise
something shift inside

~

CLP 06/09/2021

L-plates i

signal mirrored manoeuvre
clutch, select first, slow de-clutch
now release hand-brake

~

CLP 23/08/2021

On Courage ii

facing up to fear
giving voice to suppressed truth
finding gentle words

~

n.b. For JS

CLP 22/08/2021

On Proof

words had made no sense

so you placed my hand inside

your heart packed with ice

~

CLP 15/07/2021

On Display

finally at rest

no need for further pretence

true colours revealed

~

CLP 14/07/2021

Dream #20

you know, this thing that didn’t happen

anywhere but my head, seemed real

I remember everything about it

conversation, colours, the amazing food

all the personal touches

every sensation, but smell

smell? nothing.

I thought nothing of it until I was asked to leave

as I said, it seemed real

but without a scent of the place

without that, I knew something was wrong

I thought I could smell a rat

~

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