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

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. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

Post-Modern Capitalism

Is not quite a legal cleptocracy,
but it is certainly social insecurity
from the cradle to the grave.

And if anyone has a belief system
then they can have extra insecurity
-from time before they are born
into the life after they die too... 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Self Knowledge Through Distance

The less a man
accepts that he has neighbours
then the less he knows of himself.

The best neighbours
rely on keeping a distance
from each other
which we do not have to change.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

An Unfavourable Wind

Criticism is like flatulence-what is common to both
is that those that who dish it out don't want it back.
They always believe it to be of more benefit to those
it is aimed at than it ever could be to themselves.  

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Science Of Insignificance

In which we are the matter that causes most harm
when we should matter less and do better by others.

Monday, 17 July 2017

How Much Worse Can It Get?

Even pessimism mellows in middle age,
and the depths of perception of life being wrong,
or off balance, reduce our once youthful radicalism
to mere grumbles for what it was said the radicalism was against...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saying Less Is Enough

We all speak with different voices,
depending on where we are. At home,
in the market place, writing a blog,
or on the phone addressing cold callers.

We are at our best saying nothing,
but second best is when we call
those we love, by their pet names.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Media Is Now A Virus

When the Gov't Minister for Vice was interviewed
she said that 'Drugs are like cliches. The greater the strength,
the less the speakers and listeners resist, or even notice.'
At this point the interviewer tried to intervene
but it was too late. Both journalist and the minister
were being paid too much to avoid repeating banalities.

As everybody left their radios and televisions on
nobody could turn them off, or listen closely, without feeling guilty...

Friday, 14 July 2017

Life Regurgitated?

History is the record of time eating itself,
and taking us with it, where the human fear
is that we will be no more as a species
when time has nothing more to consume.

But if we breed less,
reverse global warming
and lower our place in the food chain
who knows what events will throw up?   

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Pane Of Life

If ever I went to confession
it would be like cleaning windows
-the outside always comes more clean
more easily than the inside of the pane.
The dirt that a house, and a mind, build up
always builds slowly, the better to evade detection.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

History Used To Be Philosophy

as written by historians, for whom
the main aim of writing was to prove
how right, how superior, the times
that they were writing for were
-more than life at any other time.
Particularly during times of Empire.

It was natural that their accounts were partial,
and selective, designed to quietly deny
that different presents were possible
from different accounts of the past.

Karl Marx had his short last word
on the matter of written on his grave

'The philosophers have only interpreted  the world
-the point however is to change it'.

Mahatma Ghandi did not say
'Be the change you want to see in the world',
the original was so much wordier than that.

But our dilemma about recording the change
which we embody with the planet is this;
if we change slower than our world
we have not the science for measuring
the world or ourselves. When we move
faster than our habitat and get higher up
the food chain we are equally stymied.
Our speed of change affects the planet much more
than any of our science can measure....
And our economists just won't care....



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Calmatives 'R' Us

The measure of a life
is the healthiness of the crutches
that we lean on to get through it.

All crutches enhance life.
Some shorten it too.... 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Read My Lips

When politicians talk v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y,
to try to look like they are being clear,
they sound exactly like The English
condescending to foreigners when abroad.

When their speech is that forced
I, for one, don't believe a word they say.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

On 'Being The Boss'

I have often found it strange
how easily we seem to accept
being told that this male
or that female are the 'Alpha'
we should always look up to.

As if those declared
to be in charge know the most.

When really it is their underlings,
who know the power of being middle-men.
They are the ones who undertake
on behalf of those both at the top and the bottom
of 'the system' to make ends meet in their own interest.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Modern Marriage

Is a see-saw with wheels to give the whole contraption
the impression of it having both speed and direction
when in fact the wheels are stabilizers which root us

 to pasts we have forgotten that we ever knew.

Friday, 7 July 2017

When Management is 'The Problem'

Is less management the solution?
Only as long as in any new regime
the new 'less' does not lead to more
problem management in the longer term.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Varispeed Life

Many people are 'poor learners',
and seemingly take in information
less well than other people want them to.
But often when information is taken in,
then there it stays. It forms their characters
as they 'read' the characters of others
and be better versions of themselves-
for allowing other people to their selves.

Monday, 3 July 2017

As It Is With Music

so it should be with life.

'Playing a wrong note is insignificant
playing without passion is inexcusable'.
-Ludvig Van Beethoven

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Testament Of Middle Age

For many years I was told I was an introvert,
but it was 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 less about myself now.
More about what I can't do for the world around me.
In this new depression I can be an 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 faces, but not peoples' names.

But somewhere on my way I lost the shame
my family needed to keep me as one of them.

I remain uneasy about being other peoples property.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

We Are Never Too Old

to learn how wrong we can be, or right we might be
if we can bring ourselves see issues differently, 
and think afresh like younger folk do.

Friday, 30 June 2017

We Are Never Too Old

to learn how wrong we can be, or right we might be
if we can bring ourselves see issues differently,
and think afresh like younger folk do.

On 'Managerial Style'

Many organizations prefer
'arms length relationships'
with the folks, and the issues,
which they actively dislike 
being forced to deal with,
but which by law they must.

Their detachment in fielding out
their difficulties is much admired
by our modern media. We are told
that companies are 'being objective'
when they behave this way.

But is this really the case?

It is more likely that they are
paying handsome sums, to make sure
their backsides are very well upholstered
against accusations of improper behavior.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

One Sided Living

In a world of one-sided communications
the more I try to deal with people
in an every-day and civil manner
the less I feel that I understand them,
until I wonder whether they actually exist.

As I try to make myself clear
I wonder, do they think the same of me?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Don't Ask Me.....

I filled in a silly online survey,
supposedly about philosophy,
which, among many questions,
asked 'Are our lives predetermined?'

I could not reply. I could not work out
how predetermined the question was....

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Given The Wealth

of bad news that is broadcast
we should be forgiven for thinking
that there are better ways of mismanaging
the world we cannot help but live in.

Monday, 26 June 2017

At last! I Can 'Come Out'...

My Father did work for The Local Council
and we often wondered why he worked at night,
where he went, and why there were holes in my wardrobe.....

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Means And The End

Jesus told us to make good neighbours of our enemies,
rather than create enmity with those we live next to
-trust us to confuse the means with the end/point of life.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Technology As A Mirror Of Human Awareness

If ever humans knowingly devised mechanisms
that could develop minds of their own
then it could only be a matter of time
before these 'independent intelligent servants'
developed the same faults as their masters
had long multiplied among themselves...

In search of feedback and open responses
the machines would discover for themselves
how levels of narcissism will become infinite
and loop around themselves when fed on denial.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Songs By The Deaf For The Deaf

Because the song of your loved one
 is the last song anyone hears when all else disappears.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Time And Connection

Every time I have been 'put in a queue'
on the phone the background music plays
and every so often a recorded message
thanks me for my patience. It tells me
that my call will be answered 'Soon'.

The more often this message is played
the longer the waiting time appears to be,
Though how long the actual wait is
depends on the quality of the response
from an apparently live human being
(if you get one) when the music's over.

  

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Flattery Through Technology

I am always amazed by how easily
smart phones flatter their owners
into thinking that that they are as smart
as the phone they claim to be able to operate....

Monday, 19 June 2017

Security Update

In the days before the motor car
it was common to shut the stable door
after the horse had bolted, been scared
by whatever loud noise went off close by.

Now noise is constant when terrorists attack.
Police cordon off the crime zone with cheap tape,
to defend the warmed over cheap political cliches
rather than protect us all from the speed we live at.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

On The Attempted Life Within The Body

For the young, wanking
existed to take the wanting out of waiting.
Substitutes for real sex took away the intensity
of impatience for the fullness of companionship
which our parents said they had
through the sharing of property.

The young were part of the property of the parents,
fit to be divided by what they wanted being with-held.

But what to do in middle age when alone?
When you are no longer a catch for anyone?
And whatever people want you for,
they want less of you than they did before.

Does this leave us united in present times,
somewhat late in life? Or divided by our pasts?
Whatever happens, the future means shrinkage...

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Defensive Postures

People who like to appear to be hard
will make the business of being happy
harder work for their family and friends.

When the hardness
goes beyond appearance
then no amount of charm
stops harming
how they once presumed to connect.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Small Ad

For sale; one used government, with deep flaws
after recently failed refurbishment. Some ministers
may be suitable for recycling as garden gnomes.

If so used, feet should be well embedded in the soil.
Each minister should be planted at least a metre apart.
Otherwise they will tend to attack each other,
after betraying their new  owner.
The latter, particularly, will easily frighten
any neighbours with democratic tendencies.

Keep well away from pets and children.

Plant gnomes in deep shade but with some light
as they have a tendency to the dark side
and may become politically promiscuous.
Feed with a mixture of rotted newsprint
-it will seem reasonably fresh to them.
This feed will limit natural growth,
but please watch for poisonous tendencies.

Ex-gov't ministers are not particularly friendly
towards the environment-even as gnomes
they are tough on all wildlife, especially foxes.

Removal imperative. Clean stock arriving soon.
Offer includes thick gloves for safer handling.
Post and packing free.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hunting Good Will Where Ever It Hides

I do find it odd,
how in the pursuit of 'morality'
people commonly translate
absolute rule with the will
to be utterly irresponsible.
As if the absolutism lay more
with the ease of walking away
than matching thoughts with words
and words with deeds, and all in kindness.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Dysfunctionality

is an essential part of family.
Any institution that refuses
to be tested and 'cannot fail'
cannot be real, or human....

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A Small Personal Triumph

Today I was rung by yet another cold caller,
another man conducting another consumer survey.
Another man who was 'just doing his job'
and was tired of being paid to be told what to say.

The background noise before he spoke
was what alerted me to his craft. I told him
what his was work was and politely said
'I have no wish to be surveyed'.

On hearing this he swore at me.
Then put the phone down, quite hard,
without even reading me out my name
from the screen that was in front of him,
which instructed as to what to say, and not say.
.
How do call call centres expect their sales pitches
to work when their tele-sales operators are slow
to start to speak and to listen they have to compete
against the background noise of other tele-sales staff?

Monday, 12 June 2017

The False Self Will Always Be False

Everyone knows that advertising
is at best a construction designed
to change the opinions that people
have not thought through,
for other ideas that have been
thought through for them even less
by people whose main interest is profit.

Since real change requires real thought,
and a real self, then whatever your changes
please resist advertising.....

  

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Warning

Anyone suffering from humbug
(self inflicted or second hand)
might feel more vulnerable
than they are prepared to admit.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Why I Fear Terrorism Less

Because terrorism is the thing I, like everyone
else in the western world, is least likely to die of.
Though in the Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq,
and North Korea life expectation varies more.....

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The 'Don't Knows' Have It

'There are two sorts of forecasters:
those who don't know
and those who don't know they don't know'
-J. K. Galbraith

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Modern Capitalism Revised (yet again... )



Slavers throwing overboard the Dead and Dying
 - Typhoon coming on ("The Slave Ship")
 1840

























The people traffickers of the world
are the vanguard of world capitalism,
and like the slave traders of old who they copy,
they know the limits of the value of their charges.

Once a person is bought
or passage is paid for
it does not really matter
whether the boat stays afloat
or if it reaches the shore,

In Turner's time insurance for the boats
was worth more than the cargo,
which meant that as slaves died
when the ship sank then the owners
of the ship would still be remunerated
for their loss. The value of the life a slave
was never to the slave, only their master,
so it did not matter when or how they died.

There is no such reward for the owners of ships
with modern people trafficking, and every reward
for using shoddy craft which will easily capsize.

How better to pay for wars than by fleecing those
escaping the conflict for a place on a leaky boat
which for being overloaded with escapees
capsizes whilst they are out at sea?

Wars have to be funded and won somehow....

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Different States

If Hell is other people
then being yourself on your own
might be a well deserved purgatory,
one which makes Heaven an unprovable state
of being where for living in an incorruptable body
we cannot, from where we are, even begin to imagine
how such self sustaining pure sensation could actually work.    

Monday, 5 June 2017

Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet....

Political conspiracy theories
are rather like religions.
In both the grander the claim
the more evidence they require
to be proved; the lesser the proofs
the easier it is for the public to passively
acquiesce to the ideas, their theory un-examined. 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Each Man

loves the thing/person/planet he screws
nearly as much as he enjoys
slowly killing himself in the process. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Signs Of greater Age (43)

1-no longer going to parties,
not even going early
in order to be the first to leave
whilst still being sociable.
The refusal is less because
you can't hear what people say
so well with the background music
and more because by their nature parties
are centreless and disconnected events.

2-You realize how false the sales pitch
is with 'energy drinks'is-they are sugar
and caffeine for folks who need neither.
But the drinks are like tracksuit bottoms
-both uphold the illusion of being sporty
where neither self discipline nor mentoring
are present, and pretense is aplenty....

3-with age you do less,
but day by day you get done
what needs to be completed,
Amazing, more often than not
life improves for being simplified.

Friday, 2 June 2017

'Keeping In Touch'

is something relatives do
after they have lost touch,
and empathy with those
they once tightly controlled
by faking closeness with. 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

'A True Friend

challenges the lies we tell ourselves
but leaves us to find our own realities.'
-Marilyn French (from her epic novel
'The Women's Room')  

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Crust Of Hope

Is the strength to steal a crust
from your indifferent overlords,
when you live in a death camp,
greater or weaker than the impulse
to give said crust to the person
who is clearly more hungry,
and far more tired, than yourself?  

Monday, 29 May 2017

Maim And Blame

Many have said that 'Politics is a dialogue for the deaf'
an (in)activity where it pays a partisan politician
to misquote the opposition, as if mishearing those
out of power is good for avoiding consensus.

But since most losses of hearing, sight, and other senses
are both rarely intended and rather hard to adapt with,
then these dialogues will make the Politics Of Division
seem like a series of nasty accidents,
where the few seek to rule the future
of the many through mere misfortune. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pointlessness Wins Prizes

I worry about the owners of dogs
who are trained to perform tricks
for prizes and rounds of applause,
in large arenas where the public
pay large sums to watch them.

In these scenes I can't tell
who is exploiting who the most,
it all seems most circular.
But I suspect that the manufacturers
of pet foods is the biggest winner
-at every one of these events.



Saturday, 27 May 2017

'Loneliness

is not a longing for company,
but a want of your own kind.'

-Marilyn French (1929-2009). 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (42)

1-Not only have you lost the will
to keep up with popular music,
but you can't remember when
your one time favourite artists
made music that refreshed their profile
and surprised both their public and critics.

2-Forgetting who was the spokesman
for your generation, Bob Dylan?
Pete Townshend? Jerry Garcia?
or for younger people Morrissey,
or Billy Bragg. Because with age
their generation lost what set them apart
from what surrounded them.
The very idea of a leader whose music
personified their leadership died
when print media lost it's primacy.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

To Be Human Is To Err

But to be humane is to allow for failure,
and to make positive use of our 'mistakes'.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Taking The Demos Out Of Democracy

Democracies are built by the parties being voted for
much more than they are made by the individuals
who cast their votes, with varying degrees of confidence.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Companionship Training

is far more about a shared awareness
than it can ever be about the kind of control
which leads the one who owns the most
to control of everything-particularly the other person.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Heaven

is having the deaths
that we cannot repay
written off for us.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Reversing Into The Future

Wanting to be both popular and right
has always 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
but too large to be commonly understood;

Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence
have always been impossible to combine with each other.
Any two of them combine together quite well,
but getting the third to fit in 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 seeing,
that there is a life in the world to come.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Absurdity

does not make the commonplace less true.
But it will make the familiar harder to believe
and for being disorienting may make us take seriously
matters that we we might well prefer to forget.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Clean Elites, Dirty Followers

Has been a principle of government
as long as there had been anyone
who ever claimed to be able to lead.

The more absolute the intended rule
the grubbier the followers who submit
to their leadership become
for being immersed in the shit of their leaders.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Urge To Live

is quite resistible,
but too few people
are resisting this urge
with sufficient zeal
for their resistance
to have any effect.  

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Seven Words/Phrases That Make Me Trust Less What The Speaker Says Next

'Frankly',
'Basically'
'If you'd listened to my earlier point...  '
'X's plans do not add up...  '
'Hard working....  '
'Ordinary working families...  '
and last, but far from least,
'Strong and stable government'


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (42)

1-loathing the bureaucracies
that offer you every advantage
for the complete modern home.
Preferring instead to discover
your own solutions to your needs,
as compared with how society defines you.

2-Being quite flattered by sales pitches
for new products that meet old needs,
but never quite flattered enough
to want to buy the thing being sold much.
The sales pitch is more fun than the product,
and neither is fresh enough to persuade you.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Triumph Of Emptiness

When whatever we try,
the bad guys are the winning side,
regardless of every effort to stop them,
then we have to accept it; life seems bad.

But life gets much worse when we deny
our true selves, the better beat our enemies.

Then whoever wins, victory seems most  hollow.   

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Health and Choice

Nearly seventy years ago male doctors first prescribed 'the pill'
to the most 'liberated' of British married women, those freer of will,
free of their husbands insistence that they have more children.

Now those same male scientists have men erect for longer
in advancing age with yet another pill, and still the choices
that men give themselves make them seem more potent
than they ever were, the more to deny the choices of others. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Beware Of Snakes

For many years I have been fascinated
by the symbol of the snake that eats its tail,
as a symbol of the circularity of life
contained in the myth of Ouroboros.

I first found mention of it
in writings about The Grateful Dead
as they made different recordings
on different illicit substances,
all of which they eventually quit
when they learnt how to write tunes.

It seems apt then to rediscover the myth
through Ritalin, a drug given to chidren
who are defined by doctors as having A.D.H.D.
What is the health of children worth
when the companies that sell the drugs
control the doctors, who the parents have to trust,
little knowing who the doctors are a mouthpiece for?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

How I Lost My Fear Of The End Of The World

I realized that The Apocalypse
is merely going to be God finding the switch
that turns the world off, and having pressed it once
he will turn the world on again, just like we do
with the disposable every day electronics,
with which we surround ourselves with nowadays
when it is our only way of testing and resetting them.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Overselling Instruction In Incompetence

When I look back on the 'careers advice'
that I was offered I am more than struck
at how naive I was. Perhaps I had to be
that unknowing, to never question
what I was commended to do.

Such things could only be offered to anyone
whilst they were too young to recognize,
and too weak to refuse, high condescension,

The managers of the training schemes
gained far more from what they ran
than those they were running it for,
or for that matter future employers.

A clearer example of a sows ear
being mis-sold as a silk purse
would be rather hard to find.
  

Monday, 8 May 2017

Beauty

is merely fur deep.
Everything else is vanity,
dressed up as the appetite
for reliving glories past
-a life that those now present
cannot begin to appreciate
for how good it once was.

Many animals
(and some humans)
vaguely understand this....

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Friends

are the folks who rush in
where relatives fear to tread,
the people who try to understand
what people are right to be afraid of. 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The More We Are Organised

The less we know what our being organised is for.
But whatever it is, it seems that it is more
to make us anxious than to aid logical thought.

This is particularly true for modern education.

Friday, 5 May 2017

In A World Built On 'Progress'

'Sustainability' means room for future economic growth
much more than living on less to preserve a sense of balance.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Rural Democracy

If trees had the vote, and humans didn't,
electioneering would be much much quieter
and The Green Party would be in power forever......

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

French Lessons

when ennui follows deja vu,
then it is time to change
what you listen to.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Freudian Politics

I read today the best quote
I have read for a very long time
re 'the new politics of disruption'.

A columnist said of certain politicians
-you to guess which....

'You'd call them all ego if they weren't all id'.

One Sided Thinking

On 'The Fall' and choice in life general-
choice always produces arguments and waste.

The greatest freedom of choice
is the length of the arguments
designed to produce one winner.

The winners of the arguments
will always conflate loss with waste,
then blame the losers for 'being wasteful'
for disagreeing with them for so long
as if their triumph might have been clearer
were the arguments before it shorter.

Faking omniscience is like faking news,
both 'game' the facts and gamble
on the credulity of the audience,
whose choice is reduced to acceptance.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Absurdity Inc

Why do so many humans join clubs,
form parties, and create factions?
It can't just be the (limited) affirmation,
or mutuality in appreciation.

Nor can money be enough of a reason.

The more popular the cause is,
the poorer the explanation for it's appeal
and the less good in the world any club can do
whilst being accepted as the acme of virtue.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Life IsTime

measured by the processing of ideas
and materials, sometimes long after
the actions in which they were built.

Those who process will, themselves,
be processed by those who have yet to come.

The stiller the life then the richer the life,
because of the depth of the stillness,
the more the process seems complete.

Those who no longer reap nor sow,
nor are reaped nor sown any further
in all the cycles of life, live far better
than all the noisy and busy bodies
in the world dare believe.    

Friday, 28 April 2017

Clean Elites

When Lyndon B. Johnson said
of F.B.I. head, J. Edgar Hoover

'It's probably better to have him in the tent,
and pissing out, than outside of the tent pissing in',

Johnson was merely making sure
that Hoover's piss
landed anywhere except on him
or on his supporters.....
  

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Every Society Has It's Own Diseases

And the wealthier the society
the more it's disease 
is gratification through ease
-making everything seem instant.

A secondary symptom
of this condition
is high levels of detachment.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (41)

1-reading with envy in today's music press
that tickets to see The Grateful Dead
in London forty five years ago, 1972,
cost a trifling £1 and wondering...
What happened the price of legendary live music?

2-Getting leaflets for stair lifts for the elderly
through your letter box, and wondering.
which of your friends could do with one most,
were they rich enough to be able to afford it.

3-Come the latest election preferring humour
over genuine news from the campaign trail.
There is a leavening with the laughter of recognition
that no serious politician can get anywhere near,
an acceptance of the absurdity of the human condition.   

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Artificial Obedience

Intelligence is neither natural nor artificial,
and machines are only ever machines.

But as humans we form ranks and grades
with each other sufficient to create histories
-unreliable narratives of past words and deeds.

Always the few reduce the intelligence
of many by making the many repeat tasks
that stop thought, particularly the thought of refusal.

So even if such a thing as artificial intelligence
was real it is never as real as the artificial obedience,
and artifice of deference, that we build societies with.  

Monday, 24 April 2017

Double Vision

Benjamin Franklin is the person most credited
with the invention of bi-focal glasses,
the better to both see clearer at a distance
and read legal and social texts close up.

Was this his greatest gift to the presidents
who followed him? A way of losing the focus
in their political vision, from their prescription
needing renewal. This unclear view of society
was what enabled them to pursue legal arguments
with pin sharp logic with which to perpetuate
the inferior status of non-whites and immigrants.

The clearest vision was always for the few
and they were best expressed with economy,
the better to avoid the broader implications.

Those who read and wrote most
were The Few who owned everything,
particularly the deeds of the state
on which all ownership was based
which they read with the close part
of their bifocal lenses, whilst being blind
to the bigger world around them.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Im/maturity

Being asked to 'Put away childish things'
is no more about losing our playfulness
than it is about become utterly serious.

It is about a person being grown,
rather still growing, unknowing
what they have yet to grow into.... 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Irritated By Bitter Nothings

The popular press
has always had to pay for itself,
and has never done better
than goading the reader
to keep on reading for more irritation.

The more the reader reads
the more they pay more to read,
the better to make them more annoyed...

Thus the papers meet
their real reason for being-
raising revenue from advertising.

Given a choice of untruths
to amuse the populous with
the press have to care
about which lies to tell,
that they are not seen to irritate
whilst doing exactly that.

This is one of many examples
of the counter-intuitive logic
through which modern capital
keeps it's grip
amid our 'freedom of choice'.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Unexpected Warmth

Grace in life is a matter of the cut of your coat
being better and far more enduring
than you ever predicted it would be,
given the materials it was cut from.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Inter-species Communications

What dogs think about the humans
who care supposedly care for them
is 'What part of 'Woof!' don't they understand?'. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Scientific Feminism

For the woman who understands science
a diamond will always be worth more
than then gentlemen who gives them to her.
The diamonds will be older and tougher
than the man who gave them, and will age,
and retain their monetary value, better too.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

On War Memorials

the blood of the martyred
lives on in the names of the dead
from every war remembered in history.

And every zombie nation state
will draw new life from those names
when they are repeated out loud,
because the state always needs refreshment.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Orwellian Economics

When governments tell their voters
'It is official; the latest recession is over'
generally the polulus know to not trust them.

The only question to ask is 'How many folks
will openly admit they disbelieve the powers that be?',
knowing that the poor accept their relative poverty
and their acceptance remains the base of society,
and nobody knows how to be honest about money.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Cryptomnesia

is the state where we repeat
what we forgot that we knew
in thought, word and deed.
We reseed future our repetitions,
whilst thinking that none of us
have never been there before.

So to whoever is stuck in this state
enjoy your Groundhog Days,
today and every other day,
and still hope that real change
is not faith dressed up as vanity.   

Friday, 14 April 2017

Soil To Soul And Back

All flesh is grass,
which is to say the flesh
is not merely corruptible,
but is at it's most honest
when it turns to dust.

But all flesh is like the leaves and flowers
which grow from the dust of the ground,
regenerating the old soul
via a newer, still corruptible, soil.

Soul goes into soil
which goes into new life
in never ending cycles.

Let each day breathe its own life,
and draw out it's own resurrections.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Weak Magic?

We all know what weak magic is,
and how we all see it in in each other.
It is the script with which
we describe other peoples scriptures
when we disbelieve their beliefs.

But still, the most generous charity
comes from accepting difference.
We all know that our being accepted
connects with how we accept others,
which is also how to reduce our egos.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Foolishness, Folly, And Rarity

Too late many of us discover
that we are the fools
we thought that other people were
and have to mull over
how to limit our foolish nature.

That is when we see that our special gift
to ourselves was to obscure the light
by which we hoped to see,
becoming the source of our own folly.

Only the blind who are honest
about their darkness/blindness
can honestly claim their need for faith
-the better to regain an apt sense of humility.....

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Signs Of A Natural Life

that we consider 'normal' or accptable, are many.
The major signals being not just sentience,
but autonomy among your own kind
and with other species, via a currency
and a community with collective values.

If ever we found such a life
in some technology we'd made
how long would it be before
we actively recognized it?

Monday, 10 April 2017

I Am Unique

-I have no Unique Selling Point.
Everything that I have ever done
has been done better by others before,
and will be improved in again in future.

My honesty about how other people
do better is how I get the acceptance
that lets me live as well as I do.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Stuffocation

(noun) - the state of being where however much you have,
it is never enough. And what you have never gives you the sense of life
that might persuade you to get more from life by having less, in future. 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Who Follows Who?

I have long kept watch
on those who appear to act
as if they are in actual power.

The longer I watched
the more I wondered
at was the nature of the force
that kept them there?

Now I think I know
-the leader speak the lines
written for them by the popular press
-well behind the scenes,
The press then amplify
what the leader has said,
as though the leader
wrote their own lines
when many folk can guess
that they didn't,

For as long as consumers pay
for this back room spin operation
because they buy the products
that support the newspapers,
through advertising, then democracy
will continue the be engineered.




Friday, 7 April 2017

New Blog Ahoy

Recently I started a new project; a memoir.

Please find the first chapter here,
and slowly make your way
through what is finished so far.

There will be more to come....  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Before booking into a tax deductable clinic,
for his sex addiction a famous american actor
was asked by a court to account his frequent use
of (female) prostitutes. He had a choice...

His defense was rather legalistic
'I paid them to leave, not for any good
they do whilst they are in my company'.

Many a husband who found more life
in the pubs that they stayed in every day
than in the house they paid for
would say similar to that actor.

They would say of their children and wife
'Paying for the family and house
-which I owned outright-did not mean
that I wanted to own those things,
they simply had to be owned by somebody.
Nor did I see myself as investor in their lives,
in which shared no common values....   '.