Respite (2022 Redux)

Moving through ruins –
Room by room, and floor by floor –
Broken glass ~ wind keens.

We’ve taken the hue –
Of this city’s dust ~ greyscape –
on our young faces.

Enemy unseen –
This, wearing on our senses –
Shush, sudden death lurks…

Let’s rest by a wall –
Read a message ~ share a smoke –
Darkness is falling.


Big fires are burning –
Orange tinged sky ~ in the cold –
We keep out of sight.

[We cast no shadows]

Maksym cracks a joke –
In utter fatigue ~ laughter –
Moment of respite.

It’s my watch tonight –
but the lads each help, in turn ~
together, ’till light.

Moving through ruins –
One block at a time ~ slowly –
’tis for you, we fight.

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.