On Autumn (VI)

Red haws fit to burst

Swollen by inclement rains

Fruit of the Dog Rose





CLP 18/08/2019


On August IV

Air lays blanket thick

Limp leaves untether in heat

Fat white cloud darkens


CLP 18/08/2019


What are the odds

Of wondering, “Are there any glow-worms around here?”

On the same day of two consecutive years

Then seeing one on each of those very evenings,

In France on 27th of July 2018 and again in England on 27th of July 2019?


CLP 29/07/2019

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

The Island City

This sky darkens

Heat oppressive

Along the avenue

A leaf falls to the street

Cats forgo territorial rights

Stretched out immodestly on neighbouring walls as only cats can

Silence lays on silence

Doubled like thick cream

This silence flows into every pore

Lays as a cushion

Now a blackbird lets loose a burst of evensong

Children’s playful talk rises softly along the backyards

They sit out on the kerb-stones, feet in the gutter dust

From the main road, several streets back, a police siren splits the heavy air

We wait

Rose petals, hollyhocks, the fresh rosemary leaves float, held soft on the humid pillow

We wait

Light diffuses

Golden beneath these glowering clouds

An aircraft rumble

Like thunder

We listen, keener

Was it thunder?

Goosebumps rise to a sudden downdraft

We wait

And wait

In the silence

We wait


CLP 07/07/2019