On Sand

Running through our hands

Can you see each grain that passes?

Feel them? Taste the grit?

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CLP 13/08/2019

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In A Vacuum

You hear what you want

Without dissenting voices

Everything is true

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n.b. If we only connect with those we agree with we learn nothing. How do we connect with those we stand opposite to in opinion and belief?

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CLP 09/08/2019

All At Sea

Alarmed, startled awake

Essential items fumbled for

Grabbed, stashed and stowed at first light

Bleary drive to the port for the morning ferry

Relief at reaching the queue steadily being consumed by the ship’s jaws

A necessary pause at the UK Border Force barrier

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“Sorry, sir, but this is not your passport.”

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She had died

Five years past

Yet here she is

Handed back to me

Fixed face, impassive as required for the officious photograph

Eyes bright

With me still

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02/08/2019