........................................................................................ - a weBlog by Snowy and me.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Immoral Equivalence

Is the province of bullies and cheats.
It hides their deeds par excellence.

It blames the weak for their weakness
and beyond all reason it conforms their defeat.

Immoral Equivalence has shaped all history.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Pond Life

What the big fish have to remember
as they roam the pond
as the apex of the food chain
is that size isn't everything.

And they were once small
and dependent on the defenses
of the creatures they went around with.

With survival there are no blind hierarchies.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Hobson's Choice

What can the poorest do more than watch
as their time is bartered away by the rich?

This will go on until they have no more life to live,
they will have been devalued by how
their lives are shared beyond them knowing.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

An Illustration Of Grief

And if the difference between the two seems dramatic
it is merely the difference between how a therapist
sees their client and how the client sees themselves 

Friday, 21 September 2018

He Did Not See It Coming

Robert Hunter, did you see the death of Jerry Garcia coming?

I always saw it coming,
but seeing it coming is not the same as seeing it.

I didn't get the feeling he intended to live for very long.
In fact he had said as much, at one point I can remember.
He was conscious that it was not going to last forever.
Nor did I think he wanted his life to last that long.

There are things about Jerry I just don't understand.
Or maybe am not capable of knowing.





And this was said long after Jerry had died,
when Jerry's Garcia's death put asunder
a creative partnership that had lasted thirty five years.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Past We Never Thought Was With Us

In recent years the public have been made aware
of the issue of sexual child abuse to the nth degree,
through media reporting, through misery memoirs
which became a publishing industry success
second only to 'I survived the Nazi death camps' type books,
but rarely through any near-historical fiction.

Books published in the past, in the 1960's
rarely describe child abuse in any detail.
But one book I read recently did, and yes,
the reader has to read between the lines
and it does involve clergy....

'Father Gusewski had thick wavy hair,
black with the merest hint of grey.....

....Once when I was about thirteen,
he ran his small hairless hand down my back,
from my neck to the waist of my gym shorts,
but stopped there because my shorts
had no elastic band and I tied them with tapes.
I did not give the incident much thought,
Father Gusewski had won my sympathy
with his friendly, often boyish ways.
I can still remember his ironic benevolence;
so not another word about the occasional wanderings
of his hand; all perfectly harmless,
it was really my Catholic soul that he was looking for.'

From page 87 of  'Cat & Mouse'-Gunter Grass.
First published in German 1961, in English 1963.
Translation; Ralph Manheim. 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Past We Never Thought Was With Us

In recent years the public have been made aware
of the issue of sexual child abuse to the nth degree,
through media reporting, and through misery memoirs
that are second only to 'I survived the Nazi death camps'
type of book and celebrity memoirs, for propping up
the publishing industry through sagging times.

Books published in the past, in the 1960's
rarely describe child abuse in any detail.
But one book I read recently did,
and yes, it does involve clergy
and the reader has to read between the lines....

'Father Gusewski had thick wavy hair,
black with the merest hint of grey.....

....Once when I was about thirteen,
he ran his small hairless hand down my back,
from my neck to the waist of my gym shorts,
but stopped there because my shorts
had no elastic band and I tied them with tapes.
I did not give the incident much thought,
Father Gusewski had won my sympathy
with his friendly, often boyish ways.
I can still remember his ironic benevolence;
so not another word about the occasional wanderings
of his hand; all perfectly harmless,
it was really my Catholic soul that he was looking for.'

From page 87 of  'Cat & Mouse'-Gunter Grass.
First published in German 1961, in English 1963.
Translation; Ralph Manheim.