on Ukraine

glow over city
nothing to worry us here
blood-red sunset


n.b. The world spins on as if nothing is happening.

CLP 27/06/2022

on the beach

down to the seaside
ice lollies, buckets and spades?
nowt but a dumb flag


CLP 26/06/2022

on time

oh, your majesty
it's been a while since you passed
I was in a Wimpey


n.b. Colmore Row, Birmingham, 1980/81 if I’m not mistaken, finishing a Quarter Pounder with cheese, waiting for the cavalcade to go by.

You waved, I didn’t. Rude of me perhaps, but I was eating.

CLP 11/06/2022

Collateral Damage

 what would

as we
we'd know
it's all

would we make up
where we 
could offer
necessary apologies
long overdue 
balance our
play music 
say one 
final I


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-eight prompt; Concrete poem. I have to admit to having had such thoughts lately. Day twenty-eight of NaPoWriMo 2022, but day Sixty Three in Ukraine.

CLP 28/04/2022

on luck (on Ukraine xxii)

cold rain and Covid
are we heating or eating?
anything else?


n.b. Escape your oppressors, come to the UK. You’ll be welcomed with warm hearts once you have passed HM Border Force with your visa.

CLP 30/03/2022

on time / on Ukraine xxi

cash our currency
while you pay in cold blood
too little too late?


n.b. We do what we can, but this is the only way we know how. Is it enough?

CLP 27/03/2022

on Ukraine xviii

Norwich station Saturday night
a Russian skinhead looking for a fight
wearing blue, white, red of his nation's flag,
carrying two beer bottles in clenched hands
polished boots and military trousers tucked in the tops
proud to be Russian, looking for a fight
this is Norwich station, Saturday night


n.b. The human race never fails to disappoint.

CLP 12/03/2022

on light

Waterloo sunset
bounces off bus sat on red
city plays the blues


n.b. Something changed today. The truth is out; money might buy influence, or purchase trophies, but there is still right and wrong. Somebody finally turned the floodlights on Stamford Bridge.


CLP 10/03/2022

on borders

ejected by North Sea
ragged rubber dingy beached
no sign of the crew


n.b. Who braved the waves on this through Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice, or Storm Franklin? Did they make dry land?

CLP 27/02/2022

on Ukraine ix

It's "a matter of
Ukrainian self-defence"
is all we offer


n.b. Expect little more than more hot air from a UK government led by a liar and a spiv, whose political party accepts money laundered through Londongrad.

I am reminded of an old joke adapted:

Q: How do I get out of this?
A: Well, I wouldn't start from here, if I were you.

CLP. 24/02/2022