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

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Marxism Today

Signs Of Greater Age(2)

1-finding the courtesy and
engagement of public library
staff a cause for a greater
gratitude than previous.

2-naturally disengaging
from films where the actors
are promoted as stars,
fit for media gossip, because
they are under thirty five.

3-finding the fake tension
of detective fiction more
entertaining and enlightening
than what are presented
as real life moral dillemas.

Monday, 30 January 2012

It Takes Ambition

beyond self awareness
to want to live in debt,
which is why resisting
wanton idealism is always
damned as caution.

The Future

To find out more about the continuing influence of John Betjeman click here.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

I Dream

of washing his feet
with my tears
and dry them
with my beard...

Friday, 27 January 2012

Albert Camus on Autobiography

"If Nietzsche is correct,
that to shame a man is to kill him,
then any honest attempt at autobiography
will be an act of self-destruction." - Albert Camus

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Tongues And Tails

How I admire dogs
who share their happiness
with each other by wagging their tails
-sniffs to follow.
How unlike the human
wagging of tongues to form
words with which we tell others
'ignore my body language
and four of your five senses'.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Flapping Sound

of the swans' wings
echoes off the surface
of the water, leaving
ripples in my ear.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

"An Englishman's Home is His Castle"

Like all clichés that cliché
is a lie built like castle walls,
through the solidity of repetition.

Every castle in every country
in the world was built
by marauders from abroad,
to secure their new
feudal rule, post invasion.

Home governments later adopt
the building as historical amnesia
from newer locals in power,
unknowingly imitating the old invasion,
the hierarchy and enmity of divide and rule.

My home is a place of rest and focus,
a temple or a palace; an invitation to share.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Piet Mondriaan

would have been a great designer
of wonderful, if somewhat austere,
designer duvet covers for post-modern houses.

Team Games Incorporated

Team games always
have sides, winners
and leaders-usually
men who subordinate
others by becoming a side,
in themselves, like
corporations who rule
the rules they take
the openness of game
away from the unwary.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Old Coffee,

like old age, is best served weak-
the better to disguise it's bitterness.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Rhetorical Battle

If Atheism ever developed
into a worldwide self-founded
movement which fundamentally
rewrote the older languages
and myths developed around
by then-discarded religions-
in winning the rhetorical battle
how, without being absolutist itself,
would it then describe it's absolutism
as a self-ascribed Liberal Diversity?

Friday, 20 January 2012


are like well kept graveyards-
for the half-living to visit,
to see how the now
non-living used to live,
through viewing the objects
that no longer have any use.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

An Old Stone

breaks perfectly in two.
Each new surface reveals
the imprint of a pressed leaf.
Ancient carbon. Copied.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Gutter-press Newspapers

television and cheap alcohol-
the surest way to create  a
mass disinterest in literature,
mass illiteracy, poor spelling
and mass attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder.
What better way to build
in obsolescence to intelligence?.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Young Woody Allen

was asked 'Is sex dirty?'
after trying to look sheepish
he replied 'Yeah, if it is good'.
I admire religions of dirt,
where the faith is brewed
in secret, like poitin,
and it renews in the imbiber
equal measures of both
melancholy and passion.

Monday, 16 January 2012

The Truth In Fictions

"Organised religions create holiness,
canonize it and institutionalize it
in order that they can then use it
as a truncheon with which to herd
their little sheep into the slavery of dogma.
Opposed to that are poetry
and the imagination to create fantasia,
which open the gates to freedom."
-Jan Svankmajer, 1999

Sunday, 15 January 2012

A Life Out Of Mind

When I was  about seven or eight
I wanted to write and paint-
at home, rather than in school,
where it was done by rote.
I asked for the materials
to do just that. I had grand
ideas about self expression.

The paper offered left me
no room to write, and would
never be thrown away.
The gift of a painting book
engaged at first sight,
until I saw the thick black lines
that outlined characters
from Dickensian melodramas,
lines which watched for my error
and my choice of colour.
I was meant to shade in the blocks
within the lines.

The book drained Dickens' characters
of their natural life and danger.
Being watched took the life
away from my mind.
Whatever I thought to draw
the black lines trapped me,
as if what I saw in my head
I could not draw
-the lines were prison bars
which broke up distant landscapes.

I soon gave up, as long as
I seemed more grateful than
passive my watchers thought
it fine. Creativity always had
to lose to manufacturing.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Global Warming

-to boldly go
where no man
has gone before,
by burning through
all the fossil fuels
on the planet.

For Balding Men

the warmth of a favourite hat
can be as comforting as
their teddy bears once were.

Friday, 13 January 2012

File Under Misanthropic

Life is the the art
of making want
seem like need,
and need seem
like generosity.


is when receiving a gift
finding that the wrapping
is more engaging and valuable
than what it hides.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Monsters Inc

If in the next life the great
and good from now shared
with each other on art vs life,
from here who's conversation
would seem the most grotesque?

Andy Warhol vs Francis Bacon,
on who made the most creative use
of being mildly mentally diseased,
for massive profit in the Art Market?

Or Ayn Rand vs Edward Bernays
discussing which of them told
the biggest and most believable
lies through the 20th Century?

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Signs Of Greater Age (1)

(1)when hearing modern music
complaining that you can't hear the words
for music-you wish the backing music
behind the singer was at lower volume.

(2)quietly mourning the loss
of doors that open manually
in public spaces, because
you miss the small grace
of opening the door
for another person.

(3)Finding that the longer you live,
and more you experience it,
the more silence increases in value.

As Oedipus Never Said,

but surely proved,
revenge is like rape,
a dish best served cold,
the more surely
to make life seem
unappetizing ever-after.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

In Democracies Yoked To Capitalism

the open secret is how much
society is a pyramid scheme,
The theories for which
are written by the rich
for the rich,
to justify always making more
there are losers than winners.

Every top dog is the top
of a hierarchy of underlings.
The gain at the top
is inversely proportional
to the number of people
decreasingly gainfully
employed beneath.

The most achievable success
is to make an art out losing
that gives you self respect.
"Don't keep up with The Jones'-
drag them down to your level"
-Quentin Crisp.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Happy Birthday David Bowie,

who turned 65 yrs old yesterday.
To fill their pages the press reran
all his greatest publicity hits.
He did nothing:
the best illusionists know when to stop,
the better to leave behind a good impression.

Liberace For President

Liberace is proof that if you fake sincerity well enough
the world will be your oyster and you will become it's pearl.
I would have like to have seen Liberace stand for Presidential Office.
His smile would have ensured his election.
And who knows where the election would have got his dentist?.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Fashion Note for the 2012 Recession

'Less' is the new 'more',
there is more less-ness
to sell than ever before,
it is very cheap to market.

Instruction Manual For The Hopeless

give up on self
improvement now;
it will save time
and make failure
a happier experience.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Virtual Friends-

you can have as many
as you like, they are free,
often free of commitment
beyond the moment.

Online they travel light-
they are just who they want to be,
at the time, with as little
or as much 'baggage' as
seems right for their listener.

When they are finished
then they are gone,
like fairies-into the ether.
You can be mine if you like.

Friday, 6 January 2012


is a place of stasis, free from entropy,
a place where everything is self renewing.

No wonder humans admire the idea
but find that the hope of getting there so tiring.

Dogs Run Free

in St Antonin, and the cats
have the life of retired deities,
by the communal bins,
sharing sacrificial leftovers.

Like the lilies of the field
they neither reap nor sow,
but they are the core
of a slower more restful life.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Moses And Noah

were said to live for 120 years
and 950 years, respectively.
The  calendar used to measure
their lifespans remains unknown.
But for the women, children
and livestock detained
under their protective patriarchy,
ceaselessly being dragged
back and forth across the desert, 
the time surely felt much longer.

Monday, 2 January 2012

From Hope To Cyncism, to Ignorance,

for the want of something sure in which to trust,
is but a short journey, the steps of which,
once taken, are impossible to retrace.
Though many try to get around that impossibility
by going round in circles, created around their loss of belief.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

The Old Testament

is the set of books that seeks to prove
that grumpiness needs to exist and must be loved.
But for faith in grumpiness to be sustained
it first has to be embodied,
and then hardened,
and then tenderized all over again.

The terrain that gave birth
to The Old Testament experience,
is like the stories themselves, spare
difficult to appease, and very unforgiving.