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

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Marcel Duchamp;

long before anyone else
he was the man who
made his success
by taking the piss
out the art market.

I Put My Trust In Ruins

of faiths and religions,
my trust in them is
that they are ruined
-foundations for societies
that will always be shadows
of the projections they
were intended to be.
Never to be completed.
I believe in ruins.

Friday, 30 December 2011

A Bhuddist Fell

into quiet conversation with an atheist,
who was desperately keen
not only to be accepted in his belief,
but that he should be accepted
purely on his own terms.

After some time the atheist's arguments
grew circular and repetitve.
Tired of being urged to convert,
the bhuddist fell quiet.
When finally he was asked for his thoughts
he replied 'My friend let us meet in my next life,
If then you are still an atheist,
let me remind you of this time-
it will help you recall your previous lives'.

At this the atheist fell silent,
the ardour of his belief faded
in recognition of a circular
otherness, beyond himself....

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Intelligence And Mistakes

'Intelligence is not to make no mistakes,
but seeing how quickly
you can make them good.'-Bertol Brecht 

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Investment Bankers,

are the lunatics who obscure
themselves with jargon,
who's high finance life style
is their asylum,
and who turn self-government
into a contrariness beyond belief.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Time Is Life Divided,

life is time counted out.
When we are with people
we like, then time,
like well received good
intentions, is beyond measure.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Happy Are Truly Invisible In Their Happiness

When I was young I was treated as if I was invisible,
until I got old enough to gain the enmity of my peers
and my family. I wanted, I needed, to be seen
to claim my share in places that I was told were there for all.

Now I blog, and my voice, is the page.
My statistics tell me of my audience.
Invisibility is integral to the territory.

I am happy that I make nobody jealous.
As my best friend said when he first met me,
'The happy are invisible in their happiness'.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Modern Scientific Atheism

seems to me to be so Fundamentalist
as to be hardened sclerotic thinking.

It echoes the win-lose logic of the Old Testament-
where with certainty the prophets won,
because as they wrote they locked later readers
out of other unrecorded histories
-without ever realising
how typically alpha male that behavior is.

I am just not macho enough to use words
like 'delusion' or 'phobia' of others unchecked.
Every day I thank my maker for the uncertainty
and creativity of the days through which I live.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Goodbye Kim Jong Il

may your son, your chosen succesor
Kim Jong Un, make it his gift
to the world that he chooses to be
the last hereditary dictator.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

In My Youth

I voluntarily read George Orwell's
'1984' five times, to comprehend
how mass-produced unhappiness
could be refined into normalising addiction.

My parents had demonstrated to me
that well how cynicism drains the esteem
out of belief such that I did not know how believe it.
Thank you George, for proving to me how it was done.

Friday, 16 December 2011

The Older I Get

the more I prefer to rummage in charity shops,
to find the thing with a limited life left in it just for me,
over the lotteries and lies run by governments
which promise instant total transformation.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Hope Deffered

used be thought 'to make the heart grow sick'.*
Now we call it advertising.

*Proverbs ch13 v12

Monday, 12 December 2011

I Was As Surprised

as everyone else when the economy
that I depend upon melted, from overheating.
With hindsight the sign that something was wrong
came when thrift shops accepted credit cards.

Thrift and easy money will never co-exist for long.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Irrationality I Prefer


is not the power of human will to err,
but the grace I cannot explain-
that draws success from failure.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Occupying Armies

do well to disguise,
and keep as a constant surprise,
for themselves and others,
how control leaves us all remote from ourselves.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

In The New Modern Sabbath

lawnmowers will chorus mechanical hosannas
and the poor will trade with the little they have
for equally small gain, less expenses.
The only sin will be true rest.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

In The Early 1970's Zhou Enlai,

the first premier of The People's Republic of China,
was asked his opinion of the French revolution.

His reply was “It’s too soon to tell”.
What was then seen as being far sighted,
for being a comment on the year 1789
was actually a reference to the Parisian
student revolts of 1968.

As he never said
'Diplomacy is being misunderstood by other means'.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Patriarchy-The Gordian Knot

which among other catch 22 situations it creates,
supports a law in fundamentalist Islam,
whereby when a woman is raped
she has the choice of being stoned
as an adulterer (for failing to stop her attacker
as if she were a heroic soldier)
or being forcibly married to her rapist,
because in his lust he was deaf
to her refusal and blind to her resistance.

The way to a woman's heart
is not through her cunt, and it has nothing
to do with religious legalese,
patriarchal culture, militarism, or male paranoia.
But old lies will persist.

Every day I find more reason
to be be happy to be gay,
or at least unpatriarchal...

Thursday, 24 November 2011

When Eve

was tempted by the fruit
from the tree of knowledge
Satan was teaching
her and Adam the novelty
of built-in obsolescence.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Raising Awareness Is....

a phrase used by liberals
who say they want to change
the world, but when action
is required to confront taboo
they shrink away, for wanting
to appear to be inclusive, thus
they refuse all confrontation.

Passivity of speech makes them passive,
actively wasting life and choice
by going through motions
that change nothing.

Conviction always carries costs,
that sometimes convert into gains. 
Passivity will always turn cost into loss.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Television

-the medium which claims
to calm it's audience
by fidgeting on their behalf,
without ever leaving them calm.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

In Another Depression Long Ago


Noel Coward quipped about
'the extraordinary potency of cheap music'.
I remain tight lipped at how recessions
normalise the atonal potency of cheapness.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The Piety

of sadism
makes forgiveness
the road untaken.

The Richer The Country

the more opaque it's media will be.
Vested interests will seek respectability
at the expense of integrity
whilst talking down to the voters,
and claiming not to.

The core of Capitalism
is about yoking private vice
with the shrunken ghost
of public virtue, the better
to normalise a corrupt future.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Apocalypse

is a subject on which I rarely reflect.
But it is clear to me that the global arms
industry will make The End
the biggest bang humanly possible.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Moments Of Truth

always present themselves
as Tragedy;Comedy is
the reassuring vanity
of finding mirth in loss. 



Saturday, 15 October 2011

Alpha-Maledom

the modus operandi that in humans
(but not animals) maintains,
and needs, scapegoats
to prove it is right.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Thought For The Christmas Sales

The Exceptionalism

of Evolutionary Theory
is that the species that expresses
the greatest faith in it
denies the corollary; it's own extinction.

'Never Divide The Dead'

Stalin said, of the Soviet victims of the Shoah,
whilst he in his turn uprooted the tribes
of the living from their lands they belonged to,
killing on average a million citizens a year
through out the twenty five years of his Czar-ship.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Family

are the people we rely upon
to argue and fight over
how much more irresponsible
other people are than them.

Monday, 10 October 2011

When Prophets

tell of disaster due,
they never know the time
in which it will come true.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Edward Bernays Would Be Proud

of how today's media describe nation states
 in such triumphalist and existential terms
-particularly during currency crises.

The emotions invoked deny the gravity
of inhumanity-uncontrolled world-spin.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Steve Jobs

made the world a push-button place
for the richest world citizens.
For a time he made lifting a finger,
and doing nothing more,
get them further than ever before.

His achievements and death
will mean nothing to the poor-
for whom food and shelter mean more.


Friday, 7 October 2011

Wars Are Like Jokes


Both need good timing
and positive humour
to meet their audience
and hit their targets.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Sin

of Adam and Eve was accepting
the pursuasion that they could own
the garden they lived in, in their own right
when really they were paying rent in kind
through their labour of  naming all the animals.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The Urge To Breed

is much more about taking
the waiting out of wanting another person,
to take care of us than we are prepared to admit.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Capitalism Is War

by other means, because it is about competition,
which if it never ends defines perpetual  instability.
The ultimate in instability is open war,
where there is always money to be made.
This makes money a most powerful weapon.
Capitalism and war are two sides
of the same forever spinning coin.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Weather Report

Expecting Jesus to come back
is akin to the hope of lightning
striking twice in the same place.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

The Piety of Sadism

is what turns pilgrims into tourists,
vocation and charity into consumerism,
and empties public ritual of meaning.
It hollows out martyrdom, which
used to be a catalyst for change,
into mere sadomasochism,
a mutuality of suffering,
which makes death meaningless.

Sadism's gift to the world
is to make humans highly selfish.
To call sadists animals insults
animals who are selfish within
their actions, but never pointless.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Being Human

is about producing
unmemorable memorabilia
in the pursuit of amnesia.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Faith;

the fetish for the unseen
where we devalue
what is in front of us.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Where There Is a Will

there is usually a wilfulness;
material gain fits very well
with leaving behind the means
with which to divide others.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

In My First Langauge,

english, I am secure, I understand and talk
with equal assuredness, I even swear.

In all other tongues, like those of angels
and prayer, my words will falter,
but my thanks are sincere.

Addressing so certain and unknown
a cause as the intelligent nature
of the world requires humility.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

My Shadow,

like other shadows, will be competitive.
But in myself for having less than others,
and for sharing it, it will always seem lighter.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Present Passivity

of hope deferred and then obscured
beyond recognition is the religion
of the 21st century.
Nothing ever happens in the present.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Where The National Dish Is The Menu

'You never Know it might be the effect of their pioneer history.
All that rancid belly of pork which frightened them off food,
and made them think that anything that you could actually taste
must have something wrong with it. Sometimes the only way
of identifying the food in America is by eye, rather than palate.
It has to be food shaped.  Where has all the flavour gone?

One theory is that it has been syphoned out of the cuisine
and put on the menu.There your hamburger is a Kingburger,
a Bulgy burger. A Hugeburger, is not cooked, but  smoked
oh so slowly over crackling hickory logs prior to nestling
within, being cuddled between, or indeed graciously amassed upon,
two  super-soft bake oven baps and served knee deep in sweet mustard sauce.

That is why when it arrives, piping hot, from your hosts
genial charcoal heart, I should  say hearth, it tastes of nothing.
Drowned in rhetoric, the flavour dies.
The national dish of America is the menu.'

-Robert Robinson on American cuisine

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Bullet Proof Glass

in front of the podiums in the stadia
where The President speaks
are as transparent as America
ever gets about it's gridlocked Politics.
Unseen, it shields the human behind it
from the bullets, whilst it leaves the fight
to continue though words.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Terrorism;

surrealism through violence,
assisted by the 24 hour media circus.

Monday, 19 September 2011

When I Was Reared

there was an 'us' in which the 'them'
mattered more and we all knew it.
Where there was a 'we' it over-ran me.
There was 'I' too, but it was one
where I was never allowed to be.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Fish For All?

Socialism was the belief that everyone,
man woman and child, merited their fish,
and there are enough fish to go round
if we all shared what we had.

Capitalism says that men should
compete for rods to be sufficiently proud
of what they possess to do each other down
and what they aspire to, through what they own.

Christianity is the hope, against all realism,
that the sea is blessed with enough fish
to make the species that uniquely believes
it has a soul appear to be modest.

Friday, 16 September 2011

A White Lie,

however well intended a ruse,
will blacken what it touches
just as surely as the hit
from a fist will form a bruise.
The main difference
between the two  is that
the lies shows up slower.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A Long Gone Presidential Candidate Writes

'As Long as there is a lower class I am in it.
As long as there is a criminal element I am of it.
As long as there is a soul in prison I am not free'
-Eugene Debs 1855-1926*



*four times a socialist candidate for the presidency of the USA,
at his peak in 1912 he polled 6%  of the  popular  vote,  900,000
votes. The last time he ran in 1920, he did so from a prison cell
and had been barred for life from voting, himself.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Monday, 12 September 2011

The Father Of Perpetual Infant-asy,

Sigmund Freud, never saw his mother naked,
he merely imagined that he had seen her that way.

When he imagined that he saw his mother
naked he imagined he was aroused by the scene.

What he imagined, for his never actually seeing it,
became a collective fantasy, beyond counting.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

For A Tidier Life......

'Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion
I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterwards'-Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Education;

how to squander
the energy of youth
and infantilize adulthood.

Friday, 9 September 2011

After Nearly 800 Years

of The Chinese using gunpowder
to ward off evil spirits,
Chairman Mao changed the script
when he said 'Political power
grows out of the barrel of a gun'.
But the makers of guns have more power
than their holders. Now,
like all previous empires,
manufacturers fight wars through trade
-evil spirits for export-to create
a new more sustainable dependence.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

The Money Shot We Don't Count

'Prostitutes are not paid for having sex,
they are paid for leaving afterwards.'-Charlie Sheen

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Entertainment Vs Irritation

'Seeing a murder on television can help
[you] work off one's antagonisms.
And if you haven't any antagonisms
the commercials will give you some.'
-Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Television Is....

'Television is more interesting
than people, if it were not
we would have people
standing in the corners
of our rooms'-Alan Coren

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Choice in Disbelief

'When I told the people of Northern Ireland
that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience
stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God
of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants
in whom you don't believe?'-Quentin Crisp 

Saturday, 3 September 2011

The Evening News

is when presenters
say 'Good Evening'
and proceed tell the public
who it was not so good for.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Long Before Rohypnol

created amnesiac victims of sexual assault
absolute power, corruption and self censorship-
to the point of total misinformation-
made people yield just as effectively.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Secret Of Happiness


is knowing our own transience-
that is what makes for the lightest,
and most powerful, self renewal.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Life Beyond Contemplation

We all Consider suicide
at some point in our lives.
But actually taking our lives
away from being overpowered
by others takes a courage
that goes beyond contemplation.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Indirect Language

'Euphemisms are unpleasant truths
wearing diplomatic cologne'-Quentin Crisp

Friday, 26 August 2011

The More

the amount of money
the less we understand
how its value is sustained.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

You Can't Be Too Thin Or Too Spiritual

Incredible? Man 'Survives Without Food' For 70 Years

Indian doctors are studying a remarkable 83-year-old holy man who claims to have spent the last seven decades without food and water. Military medics hope the experiments on Prahlad Jani can help soldiers develop their survival strategies.
The long-haired and bearded yogi is under 24-hour observation by a team of 30 doctors during three weeks of tests at a hospital in the western city of Ahmedabad.
Two cameras have been set up in his room, while a mobile camera films him when he goes outside, guaranteeing round-the-clock observation. His body will be scanned and his brain and heart activity measured with electrodes.

"The observation from this study may throw light on human survival without food and water," said Dr G. Ilavazahagan, who is directing the research.

"This may help in working out strategies for survival during natural calamities, extreme stressful conditions and extra-terrestrial explorations like future missions to the Moon and Mars by the human race."

Since the experiment began on April 22, Jani has neither eaten nor drunk and has not been to the toilet.

"The exercise of taking this yogi under the medical scanner is to understand what energy supports his existence," Dr Ilavazahagan added.

"Jani says he meditates to get energy. Our soldiers will not be able to meditate, but we would still like to find out more about the man and his body."

Jani, who dresses in red and wears a nose ring, grew up in Charod village in the Mehsana district in Gujarat. He claims to have been blessed by a goddess when he was aged eight, which has enabled him to survive without sustenance.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Learning Humility

'Just because some of us can read
and write and do a little math
that does not mean that we deserve
to conquer the universe'-Kurt Vonnegut

Monday, 22 August 2011

Honi Soit

From what St Paul said
about the love of money
he would agree with me
that the distance between
'Evil be to him who evil thinks'*
to simply 'Evil be'
is shorter than we think.


*HONI SOIT Q MAL Y PENSE in medieval french, inscribed on pre-decimal coinage in the United Kingdom. £.s.d dissapeared 15th Feb 1971.




Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Car Crash Economics

of Cynics Inc,
fueled by self belief
and schadenfraude,
howl against the law.

The best the poor
can do is confound
the fears in which
the rich invest,
the better to endure.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

As A Non-Member

of a non-society
whose most dynamic
industry is producing
evasions of being,
may is I am almost
glad to be here?

Wherever 'here' is...

Friday, 19 August 2011

Lights On, Nobody Home

In City Life the people reflect absence of presence of where they live.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

In Solopsism

we act on what we think
is our greatest strength,
whilst transparently living out

our greatest weakness.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Fall;

The presumption
in the hindsight of faith
of an unmeasurable
prelapsarian utopia?

Or Satan's literally once
only closing-down sale
of universal innocence
to the most cynical bidder?

The choice is ours, as long as Eve
does get all the blame for us
having choice. Women-kind
deserve better than that.

Monday, 15 August 2011

George Orwell Wrote

'Advertising is the sound
of a stick rattling inside
a swill bucket'.
Sadly, his quote demeans
the intelligence and
sensitivity of pigs.
Though it is accurate
about the vast expanse
of human passivity.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Thinking

the unthinkable is all very well
but doing the undo-able
will always be the road to hell.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

If 'Shopping With Violence'

accurately describes looting,
how much more at peace
was the process
of making the goods
that came to be stolen?
 

Friday, 12 August 2011

Thursday, 11 August 2011

In The Midst Of The Riot

the Sky News reporter
shouted at the looter
'Where are you going
with that television?'

The looter replied
'I am taking it home,
to 'believe in better'*
through Sky satellite news'.



*Sky's advertising strap-line.