David Chorlton

Mick Jagger’s Birthday

Image of the sunrise on my street by David Chorlton

A long first look
glides down the street toward Four Peaks
and the awakening sky. It’s a friendly
view; sun … Read more

WHERE DID THAT GOD GO?

Image: Public domain, via CNN

That God asked us to make ourselves an ark of cypress
And interiorize it with grand rooms
This god had an aging fishing vessel ready … Read more

Rights

Image: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A Response to Article 282 Extremism Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

(after a translation by ChatGPT)

I am Igor Girkin. I am in … Read more

Phoenix Summer 2023

My feet are burning like sausage in a skillet
with eggs, sunny side up,
I poured my coffee early, but I can’t enjoy the aroma or warmth,
so I let … Read more

What Peter Nero Said

We shall play ‘Tea for Two’ – my right hand will be playing ‘Tea for Two’ while my left hand will play Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.

Maybe Nero was right about our … Read more

Divorce

July sunrise trapped in the granny flat
Window next door. The new home that
I opposed at the council because it actively
Sought to oversee our privacy.

As the day … Read more

Melt

The summer solstice is still within counting striking distance, but both the dice and the mice have given up. There’s no point in trying for a cool pair of eights. … Read more

Jеnin

Image by Raneen Sawafta/Reuters

Jenin, a place of chaos and cries,
Of shattеrеd windows and broken skies.
As bombs explode and bullets fly,
Innocеnt livеs arе forced to die.

The … Read more

Baby Bump

Fairy Tale

They want to help name you
Applaud gestation not know you
Two parts now three of you
Ill-equipped with lullabies for you
twinkle-twinkle and all that
A tiny … Read more

Crush Depth

Rich man’s ease devolves
to boredom, then to restless
annoyance, propelling high-priced,
high-risk adventures, in places

high or low, as chance may offer
and fate may choose—the “I-only”
ego can … Read more

The Sky is Blue

I walked the dark tunnel in shades of grey,
followed my friends’ voices into the day.
What is this brightness, warm upon my eyes?
No longer caged, my hopes, my … Read more

A Dickens Of A Time

Please sir, may I have some more
Air cover, tanks, defense systems,
Handshakes in good faith, a strong
Message of support? May I come,
Cap in hand and all that,… Read more

Too Late

Too late for the tomato plants,
the basil, the irrigation system
lying in a broken tangle
in the weedy front yard.

Too late to get enough sleep,
to eat right, … Read more