Corfu 2019

Swimming facing down –

Chasing the sun sand ripples ~

Small fish ignore me.

Two moped girls pass –

The passenger is stroking

Driver’s ponytail.

Contact lens bubbles –

I brought a set of ten pairs ~

Helps to measure time.

Swim to the island –

A church once stood here ~

Now, a lost sarong.

A holiday ends –

Inflatables left behind ~

Drifting in the breeze.



Friendly Berliner –
On the U-Bahn ~ gives the nod:
Our stop for the Zoo.


Big statements abound –
Muscular architecture –
Echoes of Empire.


…and return again –
Enjoy grazing through the streets –
Foie Gras white wine brunch.


Markets in hangers –
That once housed big zeppelins ~
Many worlds since then.


Viennese manners –
Pianist plays ‘Danny Boy’ –
For us, at least thrice.


In Sisi’s garden –
Unsure about Achilles –
Mystery of Greece.


A pleasant aspect –
Neo-Hanseatic hub –
Remember Narva…


Little limestone blocks –
Carefully shaped, white paving –
Grander than an arch.


Christiania –
Bikes of sensible design –
The Children up front.


The most shocking news:
A pond with some dumped plastic –
Evening headlines.


The mad tourist crowd –
Buzzing on the Rialto –
My wife is asleep.


Morning sun on trees –
Yellow, brown leaves ~ tiny flies –
Take their time, also.

Winter Dublin Sun –
Brass Monkey weather, again ~
Mischief in the air…

Spring-feel of the place –
Low bright Sun, red bricks ~ Her light –
Cold-warmth of the place.

By the Grand Canal –
Birdsong, less sweet humansong ~
Very salty chips.

Little crucible:
An offering to the gods ~
Mountains, city, coast.

Project Ends. Twelve Months of Thematic Poetry – March 2011 – February 2012. ©Duncan Cleary. Thanks for watching.


Grateful acceptance of Perfect Poets Award for week 64 of Thursday Poets Rally.”>

I wish to nominate James Meredith for the next award: