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Saturday, 24 July 2021

Hindsight is An Uneasy Thing

A friend of mine recently admitted that much
when he attempted, and failed,
to start to write his life story.

He wrote his first draft,
of a just a few of the facts
and so hated what he wrote
that first he hid it from himself
then he burnt the paper
as if that would destroy the past,
and then he told me after.

What he wrote down
must have been very unhappy
for it to trouble him so;
he was always such a cheery soul.

Amend that title;
hindsight is an uneasy thing
for an optimist to contemplate
when their optimism
is built on ignoring
everything they have lived through.


Friday, 23 July 2021

The Vanity Author

I am used to the idea of 'the vanity publisher',
the business where manque writers
are taken for a ride on their own vanity
as they pay to see their work in print,
and then have to work out
how to get famous enough through the media
to recoup the money spent on publishing.

I am also used to some politicians
having a gift for writing fiction
that meant to merely entertain
and is a sideline on their career.

What I have hitherto been unaware of
is the political vanity author,
who wants to be known for writing a book,
makes notes and does interviews
for a ghost writer to make sense of,
and publishes the result as if they
had something to do with how it was assembled
when privately they don't read, much less do they write.

But then these politicians believe
in the power of extemporised speech,
which has no dept of reason
with which to convict anyone of any idea
-there is just their charisma
to persuade their listeners
that there are hidden depths
of wisdom in their nonsense.       

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Ontological State Sponsored Personal Insecurity

First they came for the free press
and I was happy to stop buying newspapers
that I no longer read; I trusted the government.

Then they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not in a trade union.

Then they came for the gypsies
the homosexuals and Jehovah's Witnesses
and I was pleased; none of them was 'me' 

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then the government came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

When 'Me Too' means 'Us Too'

The 'Me too' movement emancipated
several wealthy American actresses,
who after years of fame were the first to cry 'foul'
about the tactic of the casting couch,
even though said chaise long
had long been there,
ever since Hollywood started.

But these privileged people were only the start
of breaking the grip of male sexual values
built on male secrecy, humbug, and hysteria
from those who controlled all the money
who had to get what they wanted
without ever having to ask for it.

Many ordinary middle aged men and women
who were abused in their youth also found
that they now had the voice to complain
about their former abusers when previously
they did not, and the sense of being wounded
seemed fixed, as permanent as was secretive,
for lack of language to describe it.

And now as we raid the graveyards
of the institutions of the past
in which was invested morality and power
once again we find the skeletons of abuse past.

Payback for these crimes against the self
of the powerless has a long way to go yet. 

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

For Sale; One Pre-used War; One Previous Careless Owner

I have heard it said
that the tragedy in Afghanistan
is that trillions of dollars
were spent by America
but as the invaders
they 'had no long term plan'.

The money got frittered away 
because long term developments
required a domestic consensus
of determined the long term aims
where the war started.

But the political cycle in the USA
is two years between elections
that serve to sharpen the narcissism
of minor difference between the two parties
as they brandish their ignorance
via misbegotten foreign policy.

But then again the aim of all the wars
that America has set up, or joined in on,
is less to make peace among nations,
and more to give the U.S. arms industry 
a reason for selling weapons 'safely' -
that 'keeps the peace' the home country.   

Monday, 19 July 2021

Crime Does Pay

But it only pays for the few;
the documentary makers
who work in radio and television 
whose work fills the broadcasting schedules
with the narrative depictions of those
for whom crime did not pay, the criminals.

After watching many of these series
the plots get disturbingly familiar.
Step one an observant member of the public
spots weak security in the transfer
of huge amounts of money
and sets out to make a plan that exploits
the weakness that they recognise.

The planner does not know it
but the weakness in his system
will be who he compromises over
when choosing his gang members.
Every gang has it's weakest member,
the person makes simple mistakes
after the robbery seemed to be a success.

That the police and FBI rely
on mistakes made after the robbery
and rarely recover all the money stolen
and the criminals lose it too
is the cliche turned truism
that the viewer can rely upon
to complete the story.  

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Divine Closure?

In the pasts in which religion was a given,
and doubts were kept private
and kept out of the history books
Heaven seemed like a very real place,
where we were assured that suffering
would be no more.....

Cut to the modern world, cut to pieces
by Marx, Freud, and Adam Smith
and doubt is the currency of this age,
where the best cure for grief and doubt
is 'closure', and it is a rare experience indeed.

If Heaven was supposed to hard to enter
though many supposed they should be there,
then how much like Heaven is closure?

Both are conditions set up by mass expectation,
neither state con be objectively confirmed
for any longer than very short periods of time.

To make the past meet the present, in terms of belief
Heaven should be renamed Divine Closure,
since both are states of relief beyond expectation.