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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Today, Tomorrow, And All Our Hereafters

When 'Why' does not explain why
it is not a matter of capitals and commas,
but the inadequacy of written language
to describe, or engage with, pain and loss.

And there is nothing wrong with that.
Inadequacy is common, if not integral,
to human life. It is what should happen
when, for instance, we become the apex
of the food chain and flood the oceans
with inedible and enduring plastics.

What is wrong is when our shame feeds into
our sense of inadequacy, and the two merge
to dis-empower us. When what we need instead
is to do less today but do something sufficient
to prepare for a more modest and active tomorrow.

Folly is bound to follow
when our shame becomes our pride,
and we cannot tell one from the other.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Christmas Depression

Every November is the same,
the darkness comes sooner in the day,
and the cold is there from breakfast onward.

And even on the best of days
the news sounds sick and tired.

I can't mind it when time passes slowly,
and for those who need
I will still have the time of day.

But the best way for my life to pass
is quietly when I can be alone.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Let The Past Remain The Past

Much as I enjoy studying history
I have no interest in any past life
of my own, some scene
where I might have had a greater effect
than I can know now
on any lives led back then.

Let each life find it's own trouble,
it's own causes for complaint,
and it's own joys too.

And when the joy
outweighs the misery
then that is a small bonus
we can enjoy which we know
might happen in future.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The 'I' Test You Can Pass

Because everything is limited edition.
 It is the height of foolishness to deny this fact.

And if life is as fuzzy as these letters are
than that is as clear as you should expect it to be.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Late Thought For 'Black Friday'

Finally! I understand
the modern 'season of goodwill'
the way a mature adult should;

1- accept the urge to borrow money
at interest rates that make the loan
impossible to clear up or repay,
which means you will be forever in debt.

2- prepare yourself to be sold a dream
that you never knew you had dreamt
because you actually did not dream it,
it had been dreamt up for you,
and many more millions like you.

3-having let your most vulnerable
dependents watched the adverts
on television, ad nausiem, then buy
 what the dream tells them is real.  

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Philosophy At The Supermarket Till

'30 percent off' seems like a good deal,
unless of course said offer is on your life
-in which case take whatever means remain
to live it as fully as the offer lets you.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Momentum vs Observation

In our youth we are full of enthusiasm.
We rush into projects not knowing ourselves.
As we work we incorporate our blind spots,
which we and many others are blind to also,
into what we do as part of the sheer rush
that is in the energy is only ours once.
Which otherwise will use itself up.

The older we get the slower we appear to be,
but for being so slow the more clearly we take in
the energies and limits of focus in those around us.

It is best to keep on moving, even when slow,
to draw on the greater energy of those around us.
And where we can, gently draw their attention
towards where they don't know they can't see
that they might be heading.


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Old Choices Of Quiet And Noise

I remember my grandparents,
particularly their approach to travel;
they liked the village they lived in,
they were tardy enough about leaving it
that they rarely traveled any great distance
for any length of time.

The comforts of their home had been hard fought for.

They had an 1950's television set
which was travel enough for them.
It gave them all the movement
they might think to want,
without them having to move.

They preferred the BBC
and stuck to 'The News'.

When the set was turned off
they unplugged it at the mains.
They then covered the screen
with a travel blanket,
which they kept for the purpose.

A woolen patterned test card
that required no power.
 
Then they traveled in real life,
cooked and ate, and played cards
allowing the quiet to settle around us.

Monday, 13 November 2017

The War On Terror Is Older Than We Think

'Night and Fog' is a thirty minute
documentary film released in 1956
on the horrors of the Nazi death camps.
It was made by Alain Resnais.

It is a film that was much admired
in it's time, the style of it
has been much copied since.

I have seen it, twice.

Every time you see news footage
of natural disasters and wars
in high density urban settings,
where the camera lingers
over where life is no longer present
those images copy the images
of Auschwitz and Mejdanek
that Alain Resnais filmed.

But I feel appalled that never delved
into the origins of the film's title.

It was the title of the 1941 Nazi policy
which was the original 'War on Terror'.
The forced removal of political opponents
who when they were arrested lost all recourse
to the due process in law that they had before
under the Geneva Convention, as the Nazi State,
prosecuted their war the length and breadth of Europe.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Musical Artillery Seems To Be The Best Weaponry

This is a Trench Cello, so called because it is the same shape
as a first world war artillery box, in which are stored the parts
to create the working musical instrument that is in the name,
including a pitch/tuner and the bow to play it with. 
 However much war remains lethal to humans, animals and habibats,
the older wars were slower in transporting men between the fronts
from which they fought 'for their country'. Weapons were slower
and more limited than the modern guns and bombs. This tardiness
was what allowed soldiers time to rest and play music to each other,
on instruments like this, whilst those just listening to write
about the home they miss, or play cards and take their ease.
  

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Is That Money Belt You Are Wearing? Or A Strait Jacket?

Money is a form of insanity
The more folks have of it,
the harder they have to work
to present themselves as 'normal'.
Hence 'The Protestant Work Ethic',
which took Organised Religion
(an unstable form of social glue)
to new heights of hyper-insanity.

The more money we have
the more we warp any reality,
built on simple commensality.

The Paradise Papers prove all this.  

Friday, 10 November 2017

A Marketing Opportunity Missed

Every year, as the light draws in
and the dark nights lengthen,
so adverts for happy families
that are so thoroughly synthetic
that they are effectively emetics
fill the screens of televisions
across the western world,
proclaiming 'It's Christmas!'.

What manufacturers and advertisers
seem never to have grasped
is how many men react against
these images that sicken them,
because however much men have families
they dislike how they are possessed by them,
owned by how they work to pay for everything.

Given this, there should be a Christmas
celebration that is marketable to the men
who pay for their families, but want their own world
where they have a choice about the distance they keep
from the relatives who insist they close to who they are kept by.

More humbug at Christmas! That is what men cry.
And since mass marketing can sell us black as it were white
and vice versa, then why cannot advertisers sell us

'The Happier Humbug Laden Season of Goodwill'?

If they were really clever they would make it last all year. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Maths vs 'Religion'

The popular understanding of protestant work ethic
has been responsible for more activity
than with hindsight has seemed intelligent.

The humans who believed in predestination
sought their makers approval
through competitive and profitable good works
-the better to secure their place in Heaven
and make sure of their enemies' place in Hell.

When computers and algorithms
have taken over 95 percent of all jobs,
for which people used to be rewarded
for learning how to accept boredom
without complaint then the humans
will have set up a system and a test
more real than any Calvinist theology.

There altruism through very limited activity
both towards themselves and the planet
whilst still being the apex of the food chain
will be the only realistic choice left to them.




Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Monday, 6 November 2017

Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Armistice Days That I Will Remember This Week....

will be the men who survived.... 
great wounding and extensive restorative facial surgery
who were as brave in the socail isolation after 'The Great War'
as they were on the battlefield during their time on it. 


Saturday, 4 November 2017

I Don't Mind

Medical science,
and extreme wealth for the few,
extending human life for even fewer
to almost infinity if they can get there.

All I would ask is that any such life
would have a sense of purpose,
engagement, and altruism to match it's length.

Otherwise it will seem far longer than it is. 

Friday, 3 November 2017

How Do You Manage Your Holes? or The True Purpose Of Religion

We all have blame-shaped holes in our lives,
and if we are to have a self and self control
then these holes do have to be managed.

Any person of faith who is open and honest
will admit that the hole never really goes away
but it slightly changes shape every day
and with every paradigm of life it shifts, significantly.

If we do not take control
of the shape of the hole
then we will be unaware
when it changes us,
and we will not be in charge
of the changes we are put through.

Anyone who says they have no 'blame shaped hole'
in their life is either a psychopath or a politician,
there is not much to choose between the two roles.

It is a mark our modern sense of equality
that politicians and psychopaths can be of either gender. 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

100 years Of One Sided Thinking

And the longer it has gone on, from the foundation of the state of Israel
and the many wars since, the more the empire of suffering continues
until nobody knows where to start, to try to put an end to it.
The suffering is all too endemic, the defensiveness is all too absolute....  

On The Anniversary

of the 95 theses written in Latin
being nailed to the Wittenburg door
my I offer my humble readers a joke
I told a little more recently

My Lutheran Landlady; 'Martin Luther had terrible digestion problems'.

Me 'I know, it was the diet of worms that did it'.  

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Reduced Individuality Through Suffering Is Rarely What It Seems

One of the troubling paradoxes of modern life
is that to illustrate modern suffering well enough
it has to be rendered as a brief and well told story
about an individual as presented by mass media.

By the time the story appears it is aided
by a Greek chorus of mildly stricken relatives.
then an over competitive media reduces the original story
to 'grieving relative hits out' and otherwise makes out
that the experience is atypical from the norm.

To varying degrees, suffering is the common experience.
And when the stories we tell so easily misrepresent us
the more honest path will be a silent misanthropy..... 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Where There Is Life

there is always both sloth and avarice,
but where the sloth can make greed
work so slowly as make greed open weakness,
then each vice cancels out the power of the other.
Not that either can be the source of  purposeful generosity. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

This My Future Employer

And my past employer too. When I tried to work
for money the good will was worth less then the wage
and neither supported me in  the way they said they would.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A Choice Of Absent Government

I was chatting with a friend recently,
and explained that I might be absent
from them for a while-the government
had some forms that it needed me to fill in,
and further, it might well want
to interview me at some length.

My friend replied 
'You do know the government is in chaos?'.
It was only later the same day that I realized
that I didn't know which arm of government he meant.
All government, national, regional, and local,
are presently in a state of prolonged semi-collapse
with no sign of a return to a sense of direction in sight.
.
The civil service are what has always held the country together.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Probabilities

When a law is immoral
then breaking it will most likely
increase the level of immorality.

When a law is moral and logical
them the people meant to follow it
will still be immoral, at best
to less harmful effect than before.

No law, however easy it is to apply,
will ever have the effect
that it's writers seek for it to have,
in putting an internal logic to desire.



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Uncivilised Entertainments

My present reading is 'How to Murder a Man'
not long ago I enjoyed 'Confessions of a Thug',
both very readable books about life as it was
in the nineteenth century in The British Empire.

The former is set in Ireland, the latter set in India,
at roughly the same time. Both portray the natives
as dishonest in ways that do not flatter the empire
or make it seem as if it were a wholesome thing.

In both books/countries the economy works well
for the few, and badly for the many locals,
who are forced to bend and break the law
to make wealth work a lot better.

Through charm, threat, incantation
and secret planning men (it is always men)
sought 'the good life' where it could be found,
when with laws like those that contended with
the best life was often being dead and in the ground.

In their pursuit they made sure
that many other people got there.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Prewash

The most amusing and fulfilling commensality
comes when humans domesticate their animals,
as well as each other, by letting the former
clean up after every meal they make.

In serving themselves whilst serving 'their master'
a dogs actions in cleaning a plate can make redundant
the many thousands of words on the subject of sharing
that with a dog are always surplus to our needs.

Monday, 23 October 2017

A Good Heart

resists hollow words
and very slowly
makes few new friends
whilst seeming friendly
to the many who pass by.

A good heart learns
to keep false connections at bay,
without seeming to be aggressive.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A Choice Of Unwanted Messages

I find it odd, almost quaint if not funny,
how internet programmes that promise
to remove every advert from your browser
that might pop up, the one advert that remains
is the for the programme to get rid of adverts.  

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Anti-Natalism Essay Ahoy

The more I have blogged,
the more I have used up my opinions,
and used up every fresh angle on a subject
which I might refresh myself and my readers with,
until I have come feel that every thought seems tired.

The agendas set by the media don't help.
All that anger and despair at events
that require something calmer
if anything positive and win-win
is to be wrung out of the future.

So for today please accept this link
to a long but succinct piece of writing
which is much better than anything
I am presently able to produce, here.  

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Peacetime Experience

1-Economic depressions come round once a decade,
this is as stable as any peacetime economy ever gets.

2-The unstable money rarely affects everyone
but is felt second hand by anyone who reads the news.

3-the unstable money usually hits those
with the least in the first place,
but the scary headlines are good
for frightening the rest by telling them
of experiences they can be glad
they never have to endure.

4-This makes an economically repressive
government seem attractive to many at the time.
Whoever poverty hurts hardest and most,
they are the scapegoat fit for purpose
who the voters believe should suffer.
If they are not strong enough to endure,
then by the time this is discovered
it will be too late to restore
long gone future fortunes.

Let future governments apologize for histories
they could not be possibly be responsible for.

Personal depressions will make up
a large part of the effects on the one in four
who live with mental health problems,
partly as a result of 'economic climate',
who at any one time the healthier
three in four will have to observe them.   

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Poverty, Wealth And Quotations

John Berger (1926-2017) was more an art critic 
and social commentator than a political commentator.
Nonetheless the above comment holds true-
many of the the richest people in the world 
actively dislike meeting meeting poor people 
and believe that the air that the rich breathe
 is different to the air that the poor have to choke on.   

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Outside And Inside

'Know thyself' is the command we follow
when we look after our outward appearance
by taking care even more about what gets inside of us.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Never Knowing

what the time is,
and never caring,
is as near as we get
to being as naked as animals,
and as welcoming of life,
with a natural body-clock,
as anyone could ever be. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Humility

I have never taken an IQ test.

I regard everyday life
in all it's complexities
as an intelligence test
that is enough for most folk.

What I have found most often
is that testing each other for empathy
would serve us a much much better. 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Another Loathsome Cliche

is 'I have mixed feelings about.....'
(add the subject here). Why so?

Because even as the phrase is about feelings
it always spoken in highly neutral tones.

Whoever uses it sends their audience
into instant and infinite boredom,
sufficient that when the speaker finishes
the audience can't remember what it was
that left the speaker so double minded.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Modern Communications

If all the mobile phones in the world
were arranged in the form of a tower,
and the words once spoken through them
turned into cement, the way the words
once cemented people to each other,
to bind the phones all together
we really would have an all new,
and digital, Tower of Babel.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Autumnal Thoughts

In Autumn in Southern France the figs ripen on the trees. 
In time they lose their plumpness and look like old men's testicles
Like old men's genitalia they lose their cover and ooze a bit.
 The more they ooze the better they taste.....

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Telling Stories

is an ingrained habit for humans,
who clearly like to detain each other,
at length with expansive narratives.

The technology by which we do this
has vastly expanded our means of being entertained.

The problem is that as our stories get retold
many a story travels less well
than it's teller likes to think;
the less personal the means of conveyance
the tighter the script needs to be
to refresh it's audience properly.

But in our deathly self absorption
we continue to insist we are 'entertaining'
with repeats of old stories that have become cliche.

God save you all from my when I become bored with myself
-you will spot it before I do.....

Monday, 9 October 2017

A Year Of Disapointments

will last longer than any other type of year.
The number of dates on the calendar
will be as fixed as they ever have been,
but the events that punctuate it's length
make sure that our sense of time stretches
ultimately losing all it's 'give',
until it has nothing left to give but emptiness,
and an old ache that passes for a pulse.

The heart is a very strong muscle
which can withstand a lot of stress.

But as a physical repository of memory
it will only carry so much despair voluntarily.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Absence Of Mind Does Not Mean Absence Of Words

Billions of souls live on their own,
in spite of their attempts at living together.
At best each soul is an unreliable narrator,
an unreliable navigator,
which knows little of it's own unreliability,
much less everyone else's.

How unreliable they all are together
is the sum of human confidence
about human omniscience over nature.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

More And Less

The more I understand 'politics'
the less I wish I understood it,
and instead I could find a distance
where what I can no longer avoid feels safer.

Satire helps, but in the end no distance
from The News ever seems safe enough.  

Friday, 6 October 2017

Cycles Of Liberty Will Vary

But any liberty won on the back of acts of aggression
 will always be limited for the victors by how defensive 
the terms of the peace can be made to seem against
 the losing side, whom they seek to keep at a distance. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

When Paid Employment Fails The Turing Test

Most people have heard of The Turing Test.

It is the proposition that where a machine
gives every impression of being human,
in so far as human beings can test it blind,
then they accept that what they are dealing with
has a consciousness, and is not merely mechanical.

But I have been aghast at so many of the humans
I have spoken with by phone who would fail the standards
set by the Turing test, because they spout scripts
from screens provided for them by employers,
and the money they get for what they spout
matters more to them than whether they are thought
to be robots, as they are attentively listened to, or not.

The net result is that I nearly every time
part way through an attempted conversation
I cease know how to respond as the ghost
of the script takes over their voice.

That is usually when for me feeling ashamed
to answer a robot, I find I don't how to answer.
That is when the robotic management intervene.....

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Ultimate Phobia?

'Islamophobia' and 'Homophobia'
are two terms among many
whose very trendiness
I struggle to comprehend.

But the oldest phobia comes
from cursing someone as 'stupid',
and making out that a bad deed or two
by them the sum of of the whole person.

There we act out our fear
of rational argument by ignoring
the vital differences between people
which multiply the sum of life.

To curse and do down the intelligence
of another is to reduce your own self
to brute insensitivity, and to increase
the other persons sense of burden
to make it carry your contempt.

Such contempt is a living death wish.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Most Sectarianism

is despots reducing their enemies
into well mislabeled groups
convenient for the despot,
much to the discomfort
of those impersonally labeled.

As the discomfort multiplies
many feel trapped in a political ghetto
made by others, one where fighting
makes leaving the ghetto harder,
and swearing at the media is proof
that they are not being heard.

For myself, and for everyone else,
I prefer my insanities to be more wholesome
-inequalities which because they are reduced
can be shared with less need for aggression.


Monday, 2 October 2017

The Work Ethic Never Stops....

Particularly not for those who are ill or disabled, 
or are otherwise of no service to employers
as millions of people know. 
It is what keeps on going around them...

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Mathematics Of Weak Morals

Personal charisma + Vast wealth + The pomp of office = Potential for corruption. 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

How 'The Fall' Actually Happened

Eve was at her ease in the garden.
Mistaking her rest for boredom,
the snake quietly whispered to her
'Cheer up, Love. It may never happen'.
and in that very instance whatever 'it' was did.
Her curiosity was piqued by his comment.

She wanted to know what 'it' meant.
Adam avoided all her questions,
but could not stop her asking.
He wanted to be in the image
of his maker, who back then
was more into labeling things
and did not ask questions
nor answer them either.
He has rarely done so since.

Eventually God,
who was by his own definition
plural, infinite, unified, and replete,
quietly gave Adam and Eve their notice
to leave the ease of his exclusive company,
for them and their descendants
to pique their curiosities by themselves.

Stretching Hope

Why does modern life
seem like the credit tab
in the most popular bar
on the RMS Titanic,
just before it sank? 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Testament Of Middle Age

For many years I believed I was an introvert,
but it was much more that I was 'in the closet'.
I had to be secretive about a sexuality
that I was taught to feel depressed about.
But the secrecy went further than that......

For the sake of appearances I was also required
to be 'in the closet' about my being depressed.
My family lived in denial about mental health.
They lived life with a determined determinism.

I still get depressed,
but about the world rather than myself.
In this new depression I can be the extrovert
when I want to be, when I see the opportunity.

I can still be horribly wrong about people.
And tactless too. In so many situations
I remember peoples faces, but not their names.
But somewhere on my way I lost the shame
my family needed to keep me as one of them.

I remain uneasy about anyone
being another person's property.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Banal Potentialities?

Many such urges seem quite resistible.
If truly irresistible urges to life do exist
then procreation is one of them.
The women that carry children to term
are likely to understand these urges
more than the men who have to be there
to start the process but rarely  think
far enough ahead to be able to plan
how to insert themselves comfortably
into the creative process, for the child
and the mother as (in theory) they all grow together.

That said I wonder, how well non-procreative sex
compares with procreative sex in it's potential for banality?
For repetition disguised as circular hope?

It has to be said;carrying infants to term
is not something to do 'for fun', whatever
the message women get from their hormones. 

Monday, 25 September 2017

Something For The Autumn From The Spring

 'Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap
 nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.' 
  (Mathew 6; 26) 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

It Is Meat And Drink

for grown-ups to talk with detachment
about 'changes in the systems of management',
in work, in I.T.,
and in life generally-
particularly when the changes
apply to others more than them.

When they speak like that who listens?
Who takes in what people say in 'emit' mode
believing it never applies to them?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

On The Impossibility Of Genuine Generosity

All societies are consumer societies,
the more they consume the more they dream.
After having briefly finishing consuming
we all they have dreams further consumption.
which palely reflect our consumptions past.

The more we mine our unconscious
through drugs alcohol and entertainment,
to avoid seeing how far we are from basic need,
the more our dreams become the vomitorium
where all we can smell is our own greed.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017

In Praise Of Primitive Societies

All societies are consumer societies,
the more they consume
the more they dream of further consumption
and after having temporarily finished consuming
all they have are their dreams
as pale reflections that will be lost
of the vibrant life that there once was.

The more we mine our unconscious
through drugs alcohol and entertainment
the more infinite the seam of greed
that we collectively live by.

Even the best of the outsiders to all this
can never get far enough outside of it
to both survive
and be in balance with their environment.  

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Youthful Attentiveness

Though how much those who stop learning may well
 feel old for the static life they have is not mine to comment on.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fear And Fiction

stalk all of human life,
devouring who they may.

Disbelieve them
where you can
if you want to stay.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Connection, Speech, and Gender

The telephone was invented by a man,
and from the candle stick of the 1920's
to modern times so many of the appliances
into which we have to speak into
have been firm and somewhat phallic.

The lead in their pencils makes men
always want take the lead in life,
unaware of how this makes them controlling,
and this include the design of technologies
to assist future communications.

Were women to take a greater hand
in our collective designs for future living
I wonder how much more feminine,
sensual and inclusive the shapes
of their designs for sharing speech
at a distance in future might be.

Would talking into differently designed phones
more naturally suggest everyday cunnilingus?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Maturity Is Always Relative

Sometimes maturity requires us
to live apart from others,
particularly our families,
the better to be clearer
about the nature of our vice.

Through separation
we can resist the charms of co-habitation
and refine ourselves into something nicer.
 .

Friday, 15 September 2017

On My Own Planet

Comparing being alone with being lonely
sails so close to cliche
that I don't want to go there.

The times when I felt most thorougly
ill-at-ease were in the company of family,
or with teachers or other instructors
barking orders, who said they cared
but acted as if they were on another planet
whilst engaged in their constant activity.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Timing Is Not What Used To Be

Some folks say 'It's not over 'til it's over'
-what ever 'it' might be. Reprentative Democracy?

What is is more true is that fewer things in life
ever start when they are promise to,
and when they end they always cost us
more that we were prepared to pay.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Discomfort Zone

Since 1979 more walls have gone up
than have ever gone down, erections
made out of money as much as bricks.

The Construction Industry is in robust health,
with all the new divisions that it is expanding!
The new walls are better than the old,
they are less physical, and have less barbed wire,
with very few machine guns required for hire.

The 'no-man's-land' in between the divides
is now maintained by black ops manouveres
backed up by hidden security cameras
coupled with plenty of noisy propaganda.

From behind our wall we accept what we are shown,
democracy where the highest level performers
get the most bread, the rest just watch them perform.

Our screens define our histories as battles
between causes that haunt us like old ghosts.
Who did what and when they did it can no longer
be remembered well, but comes to us in fragments.

Our turmoil is both within and without,
there is barely the need for the knife in the back
to openly prove what the conflict is all about.

In the dying light our media shout for the shadows
of those in whom we once put hope,
looking for how to 'rediscover our traditions'.

When the walls seem high enough we stop listening,
and sit and mutter to ourselves instead.
No enemy can penetrate a mind so well divided
so in our madness we feel safe from all invaders.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Secrecy Is Not A Disease

it is more a common necessity,
whether we are intent on good or evil,
and everything inbetween.

When we do evil
we have to cover
what we do with good,
to make it presentable to those
we want be evil towards.

When we do good
we have to disguise the good
from other people's unbelief
that good is real, and the labels
that it comes with can be trusted.

Please be careful
when choosing your motive,
and level of tact.

Monday, 11 September 2017

True Charity,

however small or vast the sum given,
abjures all acting, flummery, and pretense
on the part of both the giver and the recipient. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Wayward Pulpit (1)

Jesus never said 'By their management systems shall ye [all] know them'*,
but there is something prophetic about poor management skills.

They are the most reliable guide to human error
that we could ever devise for ourselves,
to the exclusion of all other competence and tact.
Often they will do this and understate the fact,
until the system speaks loud enough to deafen us.


*an adaptation from the gospel of Mathew Ch 7 V 20.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Brahms-The T Shirt?

One of the many oddities of modern life
is to see so many images from the 1960's
onward, from modern popular music,
being re produced on 'limited run' T shirts.

Seeing the faces of now wrinkly old rockers
in their youthful form, adorning to the torsos
of modern youth is somewhat disconcerting.

I get it, but I lived that past and seeing it reheated
 in the light modern clothing leaves me rather cold.

Perhaps we could look back further,
to another range of images,
one where the faces of classical composers
adorn the front and notation from their sheet music
is written on the back, sponsored by Classic FM.?

Never mind The Grateful Dead, Roy Harper
Led Zep and Pink Floyd and the T-shirt artists
that sell by the bucket load, let us re-imagine
what we really want to see. Beethoven!
Bach! Bruckner! Bartok! and Brahms!
And that is just the most famous B's!
there are another 25 alphabet letters
of both major and minor composers,
and complete obscurantists, to choose from.

Let their music be heard more too,
and played live and in the open air,
to replace much that seems forced
by the rhetorical sense of fame
which is led by E.D.M. at present.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Work, Eternity, And Memory.

When Zeus finally gave Sisyphus his eternal punishment,
for his cunning and hubris, and the gods opened
the first quarry to help humans recognize themselves,
how much was Sisyphus permitted a sense of Deja-Vu
with each rock rolled up the hill that fell down again?

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

'Go Forth And Multiply.... '

Inside the few good ideas there are in the world
there are the seeds so many thousands more bad ideas,
just waiting to get out and propagate themselves
through the collective human consciousness.

They team and mill about
when we try to act out
those few good actions
humans are ready to do.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

(Plant) Life On Mars

Everything you were unlikely to be told but would need to know 
about surviving a life in outer space for a long period of time.

Monday, 4 September 2017

This Carnal Earth

The following was quoted in the front of a book of reviews of television, 'Glued to the Box' by Clive James, which was published before the age of the internet. The quote itself was written well before the telephone had taken off, and long before the classic age of three channels of analogue television in Britain, which is the period that Clive James collected television reviews cover. But it expresses clearly how little we travel for all that we change the means of transmitting information.

'Humanity will surpass the first dirigibles as it has surpassed the first locomotives. It will surpass M. Santos-Dumont as it has surpassed Stephenson. After telephotography it will continually invent graphies and scopes and phones all of which will be able to go round the earth in less than no time. But it will always be only the temporal earth. And it will be possible to burrow inside the earth and pierce it through as I do this ball of clay.  But it will always only be the carnal earth.'

-Charles Peguy (1873-1914), written in 1907.     

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Deathwatch

At the tills of my local supermarket
I returned to talk with my favourite cashier.
He is always a tonic after trawling the isles
for my few items, that takes ages to find.

He had a florescent green strap on his wrist,
on it there were lights that were flashing.

I asked him about this, and he replied
'It monitors my health, whilst telling me the time.
It was sold to me by my health insurance.
They lower the premium which I pay them
when I wear it....  '.

'Oh' said I 'I thought that it was the watch
that would tell you when you were going to die,
as sold by technologically advanced undertakers.'.

We laughed at our mutual incomprehension,
and joked about 'best before' dates for humans,
as if we were similar the stock of the shop.
The conversation ended with me speculating
which of my relatives we might send
this undertakers watch to, for Christmas.

He knew nothing of how deeply
the false cheer of Christmas sales
depresses me, beyond belief.

We both knew that he would soon
be stacking shelves with Christmas stock
but his all-year-round cheer was better. 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Putting The 'less' Into 'Blessed' (2)

Because out of your thrift and generosity
will come other people's self sufficiency

Friday, 1 September 2017

If I Am Going To Be Pointless

I would rather do it slowly,
the ease of my journey
might allow me the luxury
of finding a purpose
because of how slow I am. 

Thursday, 31 August 2017

So... ...Women Are From Venus and Men Are From Mars

And we are the aliens, on the planet which we occupy
 -for how we have risen to the top of a food chain
that used to make the planet as self sustaining as it could be.  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

April Is Long Gone

and I don't want to be a fool
for just one day of the year
-and only before Noon.

I'd rather be the fool
who works his way
out of being an idiot too,
and works towards reason,
or something that feels like it,
regardless of date and season. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Are We There Yet?

We all have habits which we might be better without,
but which it will take time and effort to refine out of us.
If anyone wants to radically purge themselves then fine
-use the means at your disposal, take the time you need.

Beware; many of our self imposed purgatories,
and the self important improvement regimes
that we accept without question from without
will leave us feeling like we are catching up
on living in a future/present that we can never reach.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Giving Marriage The Finger

The symbol of a ring
must be a fine thing
but it will create baggage
that you can't take with you.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

False Eternities

Did we invent plastic
believing it to be soulful
because, like us, its life
seemed to be infinite?

Saturday, 26 August 2017

How Bad Rhetoric Makes For Political Weakness

In 'dog whistle politics' politicians craft speeches
designed to appeal to the easily displeased,
to make sure they get a strong public response.
Less 'Grab 'em by the pussy', more grab them
through the hot air time of the hyper-media world.

What this politics does is integral to the art
of sustaining the appearance of useful activity
by the journalists who operate the 24 hr news cycle,
through which the politicians prove their popularity,
and seek to validate their relevance,
whatever it costs and regardless of their values.

When their speeches become more
about what can be inferred from them,
than what can be plainly declared
their arguments are bound to generate
more heat than light. And the art
of skilled popular oratory is surely dead,
killed by what can't be said-which politicians
decide is all the public ever want to hear.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Lead And Follow

Unless you are a dog who likes the lead,
and the hand of the leader on the other end
then the most difficult life to follow is the one
where Nobody will be your master.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Freudian Theology

Why do men imagine
that the whole world is aroused
by their fantasies of big willies?

Why do men talk
as if soul were equivalent
to not merely having genitalia
on the outside of the body
but also the bigger the member
the more generous the soul?

It can't just be hormones and testosterone.
When you find answers to these questions
please write them on the back of a used planet,
the one nearest to you that is being ravaged,
and save the planet by sending the men into orbit. 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Laughing Matters?

When we can laugh at our mistakes,
along with the many errors of choice
that others unknowingly thrust upon us,
then our humour is what gives us the best release.

And with life as large and dark as it can be,
particularly when parts of it hide unawares
of their own nature, waiting to ambush us,
the humour has to be larger and darker still
to bring is towards a sense of lightness.
Finding what it is easiest and best to carry.

Sharing laughter about error
is practicing forgiveness our of our pasts.
Good and therapeutic as sex can be,
the laughter that comes from one soul
to another as each soul bears itself, naked,
is a far more sustaining release than sex.

Giggles allows us to forget,
and start afresh hoping for better.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Living In The Past

Never mind modern literary prizes,
the greatest prize for a poet
is being read after they are dead,
long after they can know it.

The living should value more
the wise words of those
who have passed before them,
whose utterances have survived
the editing of History.  

Monday, 21 August 2017

Slap, And The Dash Towards Destruction

One of the popular measures of modern feminism,
and the feminine take over of developed economies,
is comparing a countries annual gross amounts
that women spent on make up and surgery
against the amounts spent by a Masculist military
on technologically advanced hardware,
designed to frighten other macho regimes.

Few humans have ever died directly
from the overselling and overuse of make up,
though invasive cosmetic surgery is more risky,
and there is a long and unpleasant history
of pointlessly testing products on animals
that women should take into account.

Whether it is guns or make up,
both are signs of aggression which further
the humans being top of the heap
in the war of consumption
where they destroy what they depend on.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Futile Potential

We all retreat from being thought of
as human cul-de-sacs by others.
That is the less obvious side
of human consciousness at work.

But how much does that retreat
ensure that our being known,
whether freely or with conditions,
is the surest route to us unknowingly
becoming a dead end for other people?

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Everything I Touch Turns Into Technology

Technology always amazes the naive,
but then again it always will....

The more computers invade
the everyday service industries
the fewer the shop staff become
and the more exhausted the service
that they provide becomes also,
the better to numb the consumer.

The more widespread technology becomes
the more the wealthy live hi-tech bubbles
where every means of communication
mirrors back to them their high level of wealth.
Until everything they have becomes a wall,
something they don't realize that they can't see over.

As a mirror, technology hardens the divide
between the experience of great wealth
and common poverty more than can ever comprehend.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Life As If It Were A Soap Opera

Fifty odd years ago the satire on suburbia
was as tidy as suburbia itself.
'Little boxes, little boxes....
little boxes full of tick tacky.... '.

The listener knew that it as an attack
on how twee suburbia could be
the sing-song voice of the chorus
was all too cute for it's own good.

Now as householders age
so they can take comfort
in the new digital tweeness,
videos of cats doing things
om facebook, and make themselves
a newer, even more hermetic, bubble
than that of old, out of such light fare
that not even the satire
of a saccharine chorus can pierce it.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Misanthropic Potential

The less a man wants to know of his neighbour
the less he wants to know of himself.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Philosophical Super-Heroes

They are not quoting Nietzsche as you'd expect
 any well respected ubermench would, but Dostoyevsky.

The Trees Have Eyes

And they can tell by other means as well
when we are careless, and too tired to help them
 give us the rest and sustenance to keep all things well.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Reversing Into The Future

Wanting to be both popular and right
has always been the height of hypocrisy-
the words of world leaders prove this.

That is why I accept belief in God;
his inconsistencies echo all human life,
all writ large enough to be recognizable
through the different religious beliefs

It has always been impossible to combine
Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence.
Any two of them combine together quite well,
but getting the third to fit is what makes it harder
to sustain with goodwill and logic, in faith.

I live for insight; let my mistakes be visible,
and let me know beyond having to see
that there is a life in the world to come.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Heaven Is....

a place where everything is direct,
there are no displacement activities
nor are there weapons or aggression.
All needs are met in mutuality and ease.

There is no advertising; no hope deferred
the more to be multiplied into wants
that prove impossible to meet.

In Heaven there is neither debt,
nor ownership, nor is there hunger.

We will rarely find the ease of Heaven
on this earth, and where it is presented to us
we surely know, but don't like knowing,
that what we see is surely a disguise
for a chain of dis-ease that we can't see
which we know goes on in other places.

But with the strengths for today
that we have we can meet the needs of a few,
without knowingly dis-serving many more.

That is if we really want to......

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Grey Light

Everyone suffers personal crises,
sufficient to test their resolve to live.

After they happen the sufferer will describe
the event as 'a test', or a darkness, and further add
that for the time after they were 'led by a light',
as if sensory metaphors for living come in pairs
when we struggle with both life and language .

The light that leads them on need not be that bright.
And the lower it's power whilst leading folks on
then the more efficient the grace it leads us in.

Where the lights direct us well,
let their smallness be enough also.

Survival is living beyond the need to brag. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Push-Me-Pull-Me of Journalism

In which even the most inclusive communities are both more pushed 
and pulled in more different direction than they can ever account for. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

In Any Given Society

the middle men are the decision makers,
the people who engineer the dodgy deals
between society's extremes of wealth and poverty.

It is natural for them to be shy
about telling those they do down,
and those they flatter through lies,
how much their advantage matters.

That would be giving the naive
an even break to become liars
in their turn, and their offspring
to become future middle men. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

World Leadership Is Rather Like Washing Up

Everybody thought that Somebody could do it,
Somebody thought that Everybody should do it.
Anybody might have done it, for part of the time at least.

Everybody thought Somebody ought to do it.
Eventually Everybody got angry when Nobody did it. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Marxism Today

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble,
 finding it everywhere, 
diagnosing it incorrectly 
and applying the wrong remedies.” Groucho Marx 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A Rather Scary Smile

From a man,William Seward Burroughs, who made a reputation
out of writing about the fear the unknown. He said he cured himself
 of a Heroin addiction.whilst denying he spent forty years on Methadone.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (43)

1-seeing cultures and artifacts
that you once prized as distinctive,
particularly technologies that seemed to last,
not just lose all their market cashe,
but then become fit only for dressing the windows
of trendy retro/pseudo charity shops
of the type that last one summer and close.

2-Losing patience with the news,
beyond the headlines. Every story
seems to be a retread of past events
which in the more analytical media
you trust more they are always discovering
that the same thing happened before
-going right back to the earliest times
that there is still evidence for.    

Sunday, 6 August 2017

If Respect Were A Currency,

much more than money is at present,
how much would trust be it's gold standard?

What sort of utopia would it be,
with a currency so abstract and basic?
So difficult to quantify, materially,
that it hardly seems like a currency at all?

And yet this is how hunter/gatherer societies
actually work, they are what happens
when skills vital to survival are retained
which means a society maintained
and, finally, ecology naturally sustained
for the many future generations.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

No Acting Required

True charity, however small or vast the sum given,
abjures all acting, flummery, and pretense
on the part of both the giver and the recipient. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Those Were The Days

Because the memory of a poor quality of life remains
long after the surety of financial probity through thrift has gone.
 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Impossible Peace

In the world wars of the past it was well known
that many people ate well when rationing was effective,
not that populations liked being told what to eat.

So in the peace before the next world war,
assuming it is not going to be thermonuclear,
can we collectively devise a diet that seems attractive
in spite of the world of choice and advertising,
which makes peace with the planet for it's resources?

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Drink Less, Think More

I don't know which is the cause
and which one is the symptom;
the society wide abuse of alcohol
or the bland highly processed food,
and kitsch decor of modern housing.

Either way reversing into a future
in which a sense of greater distinction
in how we live and share what we have,
arrived at through relative sobriety,
is going to be harder than we think.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Putting The 'less' into 'Blessed'(1)

Less activity means less reward and less interference, less of everything,
 the more to be nearer our true selves, and help others do the same. 

Monday, 31 July 2017

An Early Death For Some

When we die we all enter history,
that is when we start to be lied about, in earnest.
But some folk live lives built on lies
well before they die, thus killing off
how much they are known about, early.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

More And Less

The more we sow in light entertainment
the more we reap avoidance,
casual violence, and moral relativism.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Royal Courts And Shops

are both places where we show our deference.
One of them licenses the printing of money
which we spend in the other,
where our appetites have licence and rule.

The tighter the Royal license
that controls the money supply,
the sharper our appetite to consume.
And the cheaper we become to each other,
as our lives become the pursuit of  bargains.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Mis-Underestimating The Value Of Education

It might once have been the case
that spending longer in education
meant children learning more,
and as adults having a knowledge
that is more useful than education
would have permitted them before.

But with mass inflation in qualifications,
such that employers mistrust what they read,
whatever we learn it is highly diluted.

This both dilutes the practical use we can be.
and allows a media led by misinformation
to rule how we think. Our weak education
pushes us to the occasional riot over student debt,
but weakens our means of arguing against
what we know, but cannot prove, is wrong. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Love Is Not Just Blind

it is often selectively deaf too,
which is part of it's strength
against the insults that people
like to sling at it, for it being tender.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hobson's Truth

Whoever leads us,
including the official opposition,
their leadership is the only reason
that anything will ever be credited
as a government achievement. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

So That Is History....

Every society that merits wealth over wisdom
and the power to wound over the nature of nurture
will de facto make religion a thing of utter hypocrisy.

Any such society will laden the soul with inequality
and make robbery though dishonesty it's prime virtue.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Paws For Thought

If dogs ever took out
romantic personal ads
in the back of periodicals,
to find each other, sociably,
would their adverts always end
with the phrase 'Must have G.S.O.S.'
(good sense of smell) ?

Humour is for humans
what a sense of smell is to dogs
-both enrich companionship.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Hope Of Silence

'The word is now a virus.
The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. 
It is now a parasitic organism that invades,
and damages the central nervous system. 

Modern man has lost the option of silence. 
Try halting sub-vocal speech. 
Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. 
You will encounter a resisting organism
that forces you to talk. 

That organism is the word..... '.

From 'The Ticket That Exploded'(1962) -William Burroughs

Four noisy words that make quietness harder.