the watch

the watch

radar
Acknowledgements to the Cap Cod Times for use of this photo of the PAVE PAWS early warning system

the radar
snags
no dream /
the world’s
untempered spring
of fear
no snag
a fish nosing
through the veils
of the fisherman’s
            lamp
a man’s stumble
and fall in the
            traffic
            no snag
it occludes them
will register only
the extinction of mirrors /

bright minutes
we have known
each other by.

march 1984
london

Copyright ©1986 Peter Le Baige.  All Rights Reserved

Taken from my own collection ‘Street hung with Daylit Moon’ published 1986. Acknowledgements to Chamaeleon Press

The music is from the opening of Brian Eno’s ‘Thursday Afternoon’.

 

wintering

wintering

wintering
‘Shadow man and shadow gable’, as stretched by Little Cat

I.
winter shadows
are the plain truth
of things, as they look
in the face away from
sun,
the gable
the street sign
the man
ruminating
these words
as they are stood
against the sun,
lowered out
in shadow like
time’s creeping
wing to the
point of evening,
the winter sun that
can never thin
the shadows out
of things, only cry
them further upon
earth, upon other
shadows, older
by the day
to the point
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round of joy

round of joy

round_1
Within the round, a Weathercat snap

the breeze
of early sun
told of the
day to come
its round
of joy
the day was
a big thing
to spend
no pocket
could hold
this round
of joy

i see
that boy
from afar
now across
time’s tide
the dark
stink of
its mudflats
spotting
a ladybird
on the bark
of a tree
yards away
yet clear
in its
crawl
recall
i had
those eyes
wondering if
there was
anything he could
not see
in the round
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