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

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Weather Report For Foodies

With global warming now firmly in place,
and the ice caps melting, Baked Alaska
is going to be a much easier recipe to follow.

Another Jerermiad....

With possessiveness I never know, which comes first.
The jealousy? Or the lies? But in whichever order they arrive
the result is always more of the same. A sinking spiral
where one feeds into the other which ends the death of trust.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Scary Art Made Simple

This 'painting' is by Andy Warhol. He made his work easy to admire at a distance and hard to like close up. But then again, seemingly, he combined a strong work ethic with his own variation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder long before ADHD was a well known acronym. I like this picture for the simplicity with which it was made. Take several sheets of metal, lay them flat in an large open space, urinate upon them in different patterns and leave the elements to do the work of discolouring the metal. Later select the best patterns. He never gave them titles beyond calling his selection 'The oxidisation series'. If you were inclined to puns you could call the series 'Taking the piss', because that is what the metal did, as if they were some sideways take on Duchamp's 1918 'Urinal' installation. To me they are more quietly aesthetic than Duchamp excercise, and quite natural to life.....    

Friday, 29 January 2016

Noisy Certainty vs Quiet Persuasion

Millions of people believe themselves
to be among The Elect, ready at any time
to recieve their rewards from their maker,
in The Rapture. Apparently ready to leave
all the decay,  'unworthyness' and those
'works of the flesh' which flourish then fade.

But I have no truck with that ill tempered spirit
inside The Elect that calls itself  'perfection',
nor do I accept the binary logic said spirit employs,
which has only one message through which to affirm
-'I am right-you are wrong,
and my being right is all that counts'.

Heaven's existence has to be taken on trust
if  it is to inspire, and its fruit will be diversity.
For Heaven to be it has to prove to those that are,
here and now. Saints are proved by their generosity.

The bluff of The Self Elect is not for me,
except as the talk of tricksters, figures
who disguise themselves to fool the unwary.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Morality And Gloating

Speaking from a privileged position
often turns into gloating, and it happens
when the speaker is unaware
of both the depth of their privilege
and how this causes them to speak
with ignorance and condescension.

Since bile is part of human nature
I prefer the targets of my bitterness
to be out-of-scale human inventions,
like multi national corporations
whose open lack of soul
will corrupt individuals,
and smaller social structures
forced to be dependent on them,
along with as many government officials
as they need  to keep on-side,
to over-defend themselves well.

My belief in the individual
is what gives me the best chance
of being recieved by similar
-individuals who will believe in me.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Ultimate Catch-22

My name is Legion,
and I am the phobia of all phobias
and the denier of all denials,
particularly when admitting might be helpful.

I inspire the names
people put to their many fears,
as they discover how estranged
they are, one from another
-and removed from the nature
that supports them.

I am the ultimate fear,
the simplicity of avoidance
that, unseen, mutliplies
into overlaping phobias.... 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

“Look At Walls Splashed With A Number Of Stains.....

....or stones of various mixed colours.  If you have to, invent some scene,

 [that] you can see there [that has] resemblances to a number of landscapes

 adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, great plains, valleys and hills,

 in various ways. Also you can see various battles, and [the] lively postures

 of strange figures, expressions on faces, costumes and an infinite number of things, 

which you can reduce to good integrated form.  This happens on such walls

 and varicoloured stones, [which act] like the sound of bells, in whose peeling

 you can find every name and word that you can imagine."-Leonardo da Vinci

Monday, 25 January 2016

An Education

which excludes a sense of  irony, 
will always make poorer grown ups
out of children for whom such irony
would fire them further towards reason.

A morality with added irony
has more grit in it. This helps us resist 
being the punchline to the mirthless joke
of how poorly we treat each other.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Thought For Holocaust Memorial Week

A german journalist
at the Frankfurt book fair
asked Art Spiegelman
on the publication 'Maus'
'Isn't it in bad taste to make
a comic book of Auschwitz?'
'No' Spiegelman replied,
'Auschwitz was in bad taste'.

A Living Work Of Art

attractive, fun to do and preserving life, from here.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Putting The War Into Awareness

War is as old as time
because the measurement of time
was started started by war
-by one person measuring the depth
and quality of their own life
by how much they could take
the same out of other people.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Press Here For Poor Representation

It might seem that we live in a bright new digital democracy
when from our fingertips we send each other messages of ease
and change from the comfort of our lap tops and i-phones.
But like direct democracy vs representative democracy
-where we get to vote once every five years or so-
real change can only come from direct action, not an X in a box.
Signing online petitions are okay but rarely help any cause
as much as the petitioners say it does-though sometimes
the right money in the right places has a positive effect. 

Unseasonal Greetings (2)

I got the greatest warmth and most fabulous smells 
when in the new year my friend and neighbour
gave me her Christmas tree-for burning.....

Thursday, 21 January 2016

They Don't Like It Up 'Em

Only recently did I realise that A. I. means
both Artificial Insemination, an activity
that farmers and vets do regularly with cows
to get them to bear milk for our consumption,
and Artificial Intelligence.

Humans often express the fear
that they might create a technology
that proves more intelligent
than are prepared to credit.
Humans are also highly blind
to the discomfort they force
on animals who, if they let them live,
force into sequential pregnancies.

How much do we fear
that the technology that comforts us
will ultimately do to us
what we force cows to do?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Book Bound?

It is odd how for the monotheistic faiths
faith in The Word
becomes their blind spot for the world.
The Word is their book, the place
where the present is bound to the past,
to create their sense of the future.

And for the most faithful, the theocratic,
their past has to be made to account
for everything and everyone, particularly
those nearbly with different histories to theirs.
Thus Faith in history curdles into remaking
other peoples pasts in the light of your own.

Choice becomes select misrepresention.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Walk On By - Carefully

Everyone know how we feel older
when old friends die before we do.
We lose the joy in the person's voice
we heard on the other end of the phone.

But do we feel older still at the deaths
of our enemies? The energy spent on hate
over a lifetime will suddenly feel pointless
as its target dies of their own accord,
rather than any fate we had in mind for them....

That Explains Pornography

To paraphrase Ezra Miller,
'I am in lust with nobody particular-including myself.'

Monday, 18 January 2016

Home Can Be Anywhere

Contrary to the claims of many families
home is not the house we were raised in,
but it is anywhere where right now our lives
can be lifted above the level of the mundane
by the company we keep-and sustained that way.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Equality In The Future

In error C. S. Lewis is credited with the phrase
'You don't have a soul, you are a soul because have a body'.
Whoever said it first is mis-quoted with a purpose.

Those who misquote it do so to open up two questions.
The first is rather rhetorical-
'Do animals have a greater depth of sentience
than our lack of humility allows us to admit?
The second is more open, 'If Eternity is real,
then how much might it be as real for animals
as it seems to those humans who accept it?'

Some believe in Eternity for themselves
but disavow other humans the possibility,
others disavow it for all, including themselves,
smugly believing that consistency in disbelief
is more consistent than anything else could be.

For the inclusively minded, unafraid of unreason,
the attraction of Eternity is that don't have to know
who will get there, or why, but for all who arrive
they will have all-new bodies that won't decay.

The fear of humans resistant to belief
is of being seen by any Heavenly Host
who looks after their every care as similar
to how they see many animals-attractive.
But by design lacking some vital life-force
through which to be rightly autonomous.

But to those who accept 'being inferior'
their Heavenly Host will be fairer to them
than ever they could have been to each other
when they had force of choice in their former lives. 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

We All Take A Tumble

at some point in life,
and those who fall lightly
illustrate grace as they land
-something that the rest of us
would do well to seek to copy.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Units Of Detachment (2)

Here at Zombies Inc, the call centre
where whatever the public share
the script on the screen is always right,
we know that the recorded apologies
over the crass commercial music
that you hear before you get to us
are the apogee of insincerity
but they exist as a warning
-to prove how little we care.

Since we want to be market leaders
we trust that our customers
will come to see that we are right.
When everyone fakes their own sincerity
for themselves we will all be alright
-regardless of the consequences.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Hunting Metaphors

When I was young
I often heard the phrase
'let the dog see the rabbit',
as an order from an adult
for me to back off,
and give them the space
to see what was going on.

Now, as an adult myself,
and in these post hunting times,
I like to try to imagine that
'the hare can run with the hounds'
and they threaten each other less
without the big people in charge.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Assertiveness Training

is teaching people how to put themselves in the 'emit' mode
of communicaton - e.g. giving orders, rather than in 'recieve',
whilst creating the impression with those they are with
that they are there to try to listen to what others might think. 

Monday, 11 January 2016

This Blog Needs To Rest Awhile

So please accept this soothing video to rest along with it.....   ....it will be back, later in the month.

Table Manners For Better Life

To forgive is to choose to swallow
when you would rather spit.
When such a throat reflex
comes from someones heart
it proves that their self control
is greater than the those
who need is to be forgiven.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Optimum Distance For Both Sides In Relationships Is Important

I'll never understand how human birth families
think how they are they are the number one choice
for networking, for health, and for wealth
when the world is in a fragile state
and there are so many other kinds of bonds
which also create communities and networks
whose greater flexibility than family
and more forgiving nature is their strength.  

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Signs Of Greater Age (37)

1-Your musical heroes, artists
you have liked since your youth
and from their early maturity,
rarely release new material
but they will release new albums
on their birthdays, because-
for generally creating fewer headlines-
that is when the popular press
most remembers their existence.

2-Holding old grudges more lightly
than you used to, but never letting
go of them-if you did let them go
then you never know where
the person you held them against
might bury the hatchet
in pursuit of their personal peace.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Electronic Shadows

For those of us who assume a clean conscience
because we worry so much, a shadow is no more
than something attached to us, exposed to all
and sundry by our blocking out the natural light.

In the past people lived well by writing
but in these present internet led times
writing has diminished in value
 -to the point where we think 
the internet us rather more
than than usual toil by natural light.

With every small munitiae we leave
we create a new kind of shadow,
which remains for the future to puzzle over.


Thursday, 7 January 2016

New Snipes For Old

I often read the opinions of Republicans
in many countries decrying their government
from the position of opposition, via the press.
They snipe at the actions of those in power
as if with their new wealth, but no power,
they feel it is right to publicly complain
about perceived threats to their privilege.

If those complaining got their way
what would they replace the current lot with? 
A new system that was at least as badly bent,
the better to improve reasons for complaining?  

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

1 + 0 = 0

in many places, particularly on Facebook,
comment is free at the point of thought
for those think they have the imagination.
But where there is no reciprocation
all language becomes miscommunication. 

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Units Of Detachment

On this day, widely known as 'Fat Cat Tuesday',
the day when collectively UK based City Bankers
give themselves more in annual bonuses
than the annual wage of every ordinary citizen
in the country combined, it is worth noting
how we all detach, each from the other
and whatever we have we can, and will, use
to separate ourselves from other people.

This activity of detaching is something
we have no unit of measurement for,
any more than we have ways of measuring
how some folk insist on being deferred to.

But it must be said that the more money anyone has
the more detached they will be from those with less.
And the rich will arrange it that they are not even seen
to be detached from the society and community
that creates their weath by determining that their money
(a measure of their detachment) should remain un-discussed.
They want to become invisible, as they set up
nearly everybody else as 'well underneath them'.  

Monday, 4 January 2016

Deep Science

I am mildly bored with all the anecdotes
about the number and variety of animal species
that occasionally exhibit homosexual behaviour,
concocted to tell me that affections between humans
of the same gender 'are completely natural'.

I am looking for the future in deep science
-gay behaviour in plants which prove that affections
between people of the same gender are quite natural
but also that homosexuality need not be camp and noisy.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Unseasonal Greetings

For some Christmas is like bad weather,
particularly when it starts rather early.
So, to avoid it, they open their umbrella
-or even better; they move away.
By taking a longer holiday....

Friday, 1 January 2016

A Gentleman Pansy Writes....

When I was old enough to accept
being shut up and made to listen
I was frequently told how much
my good manners were required
to support the local social order.
Whatever others said and did against it.

When I was older and I could answer back
I found that the cards were stacked,
against me. A gentleman was a male
who was readily deferred to. Undeclared
I had become a pansy, a homosexual,
because everyone refused to defer to me.

But a gentleman is not just someone
who is deferred to, but also a person
who takes their complaint to its source
and to become a proper gentlemanly pansy 
I 'came out' to myself, and to all around me.
Particularly my family who were the last people
on earth who wanted me to know I was gay.
They already knew it and didn't support me.

I became much younger for no longer hiding,
and I have stopped myself being pushed around
In the same way I now resist giving other people
cause for gossip, after the years of self doubt.
I am visible, and don't let people blank me out.

They became the shrinking violets, not me.