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

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Metaphor vs Reality

When 'the sticking point'
is whether 'the band aid'
will stick or not, you can be sure
that the debate is about avoiding
talk of the gaping hole of the wound.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

On Hot Summer Days

keep cool in your local supermarket
enjoy the free air conditioning. 
Don't buy anything you don't need, though.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Nihilism and Democracy

For over thirty years
I have lived through three
recessions and two up-turns.
The last recession is on-going.
When times improved I never gained
from the fragile spread of new wealth/debt.

The first downturn was the sharpest-
partly because I became an adult through it.
Wanting to see my world expand
when the money for growing it shrank
from where I lived was hard to grasp.

During that first recession some graffiti
appeared on the local railway bridge.
'SLIT YOUR OWN THROAT-VOTE TORY ',
they were the party reinforcing the hardship,
and the party of the representative we had elected.

Then after some time the word 'TORY' was erased....

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

If Schools Tried Maturing Children

into a self sufficient adulthood they would soon be closed.
Such maturity would limit future debt based economic growth,
and reduce the potential for commerce by multi-national companies 
who use 'family values'as the gateway to mass infantilisation.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Mercy

of the Hobbesian view of life
was that it was that even though
life was seen as brutish, nasty,
and solitary, it was at least short.

As anyone of advanced age knows,
the technologies that increase
our longevity also prolong our cruelty
and deceive us as to their kindness.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Gruesome But Necessary

is how the angels who destroyed Sodom
saw the their mission;
a tabula rasa beyond human compare.

From Jihads to assassinations,
faith in the power of cleansing fire
remains strong. Now it comes
cleanest from the barrel of a gun.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Lack of a Soul

is not required for negotiating a supermarket.
But it sure helps to avoid the numbness
that often follow from such negotiations.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Lenin Asked,

before he died, to be buried in St Petersburg,
next to his mother. He also asked
that there be no statues of him,
and that Stalin should not be his successor.

For the 20th century's most influential demagogue,
and successor to The Czar, Lenin expired
like his predecessor, weak and unheard.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Sunday, 17 July 2011

The Best Insurance Policy

used to be a combined belief in neighbour and deity,
for better and for worse. At it's best it worked,
in this world it was called 'The Kingdom* of Heaven'.
It had as it's reward an anti-litigious
no-claim-no-fee-win-win policy
called forgiveness and it worked


*Mathew Ch 5 Verses 3-12 inclusive

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Where The Buck

has nowhere to stop
irresponsibility has
infinite room to roam.

Friday, 15 July 2011

From Me-Generation To i-phone

we mine ourselves and rare earth elements
to traduce as trash 99.9% of the ecology
that 'less developed' creatures sustainably share.
The result being 'detached modern living'.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Whether Your Destination

is the Imitation of Christ,
or The Cloud Of Unknowing,
it is important to believe
that you know where
you are going.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

A Saint Writes

'Resentment is like taking poison and hoping
the other person will die'-Saint Augustine.

The unfortunate thing is it does work,
and works best when the poisoned don't die
but lead reduced lives as a result of their intake.
  

Monday, 11 July 2011

Talk of Genes

'being selfish' is surely rhetorical,
and a weak defense of a reductive
sense of choice and self.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Castles In The Air

'A neurotic is a man 
is a man who builds
castles in the air,
a psychotic is a man
who lives there.
A psychiatrist is the man
who collects the rent.'.
-Dr Anthony Clare

Friday, 8 July 2011

Each Night I Sleep

I hope to reach the bottom of the barrel.
Each morning I wake with the ache
for there being more to scrape.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Choices of The Poor

are limiting, and hard to own as spurs to generosity.
But their choices are still more generous
within their limits than the luxuria of the rich.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

History Is The Immurement

of the great and good in time,
through their deeds being mis-described.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Homo Erectus

is the form, that was once water-bound
and has now evolved to live on dry land.
It is a creature which now has such a nostalgia
for it's sense of loss that it needs to share
and inflict on the planet; Becoming a fish out of water.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Ninmby-ism Starts Here

Good neighbours the world over
usually agree, how un-neighbourly
life outside them seems to be.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

In Ancient Times

Summer was when men took up war.
Now it is a time to riot, march or pageant.

Testosterone needs ritual to remain constant.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Multi-national Charities

must be either 1)agreeably corrupt
for the hierarchy required to run them
to work with the rulers of the host country
they work in,

or 2)benignly unaware of the terminal contradictions
within their sense of purpose to be able to continue.

Charity can only start and stay true with the selfless self.