On Dorset VII (of XIII)

Splish, splash barefoot, free

Along the bay, warm air and sea

Leave it all behind


n.b. Beaches of Dorset tend to be composed of shingle, unless on the leeward of a bay, or cove. The longshore drift carries the shingle beyond Weymouth Bay, leaving the east-facing shoreline sandy and shallow. It is sheltered from the course of tidal forces coming up the English Channel and prevailing south-westerlies by Portland Bill, leaving it a perfect setting for family days out at the seaside.


CLP 16/07/2019


And Finally


I saw the light go

It was hard to see

Precisely when, but it had gone

You had let go



It was time to act

To clamp the neck

Release the spirit

Snuff the sputtering candle



The news travelled fast

Like the pain, like wildfire

Immolating hope

But he’s not yet dead

Final flickers turn slowly to glowing embers

But not today

Hands remain warm

His smile still bringing smiles

Sleep comes and goes

Until he wakes not

But not today



At Gosport War Memorial Hospital

No one is allowed to forget

As the police are called again

To investigate lives shortened

Drugs administered without medical justification

Grieving relatives swear

To not stop fighting for justice

War has broken out at the Memorial Hospital



We got interrupted because a girl had died

Cease all contact with the family

We were told, make sure everyone knows

No contact with the family

The message was repeated and shared

Someone sent condolences on behalf of us all

Ignoring the clear instruction

To have no contact with family of the girl who died.


Two days later we were told

She hadn’t.


CLP  03/05/2019