in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Thursday, 31 December 2009

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Racial Identity

Never having known
my father
I'm a quarter of
whatever
you think you are.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

A good cook

is one who can make
a delicious meal
from the detritus in your fridge.

Monday, 28 December 2009

after Rumi

O tongue, you are a chattering disease -
and all our selves are withered worms
curled up on dying trees!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Recessional

The richest peoples in the world -
with running hot water,
cars, unlimited food and drink
- actually think they are poor,
as they shower their infantilised
offspring with expensive junk.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

The first property

was language,
and with it we exterminated
the Neanderthals.

Now the best property
is the English language,
whose native speakers
are the most depressed
in all the world.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

I love the smells

that other people hate :
chrysanthemums, my armpits,
cattle, horses, durian fruit,
dungheaps and wet dogs,
fresh tar, my socks, decaying logs...

Monday, 21 December 2009

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Exquisite irony

Some of the Victorian asylums
near London have been converted
into "gated communities".

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Error #58, Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, 1864

"No other forces will be recognised but those which reside in matter,
and all the rectitude and excellence of morality will be directed towards
the accumulation and increase of riches by every possible means,
and the mere gratification of pleasure."

- Pius IX, Pontifex Maximus

Monday, 14 December 2009

'Pygmy' children, seven years old,

male and female,
could - and still can -
feed and look after themselves
in the forest without the help
of the band.

'Civilised' children of similar
age can do little more than play
infantile games
and demand, demand, demand.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

The Christian missionaries

(we don't say fundamentalists)
made and make
all the almost-naked wear
unflattering clothes.

The Islamic missionaries
(whom we call fundamentalists)
make clothed women cover themselves
with even garb that is even less flattering.

Monotheisms mean clothes.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Friday, 11 December 2009

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

No fears where no fence runs

The only human artefact
visible from outer space
is the Great Wall of China.

The forests have gone,
the seas are sick,
the earth is a ravaged vagina
crawling with walls.
Such pettiness, and such insanity!
Fences and walls define humanity.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

It's not intelligence

nor even cunning
that has conquered the world
and raised city
after horrible city -

but our utter, our terrible
lack of pity.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

In the Land of the Raging Loonies

last week, parents were prevented
from escorting other parents' children
to a school play, until they were vetted
for pædophilia and 'criminality'.

At the same time, it was seriously asserted
that an intinerant, mendicant preacher,
one Jesus from Galilee, visited Cornwall
around 2,000 years ago, before he was 30.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Cells

commit suicide
to make us what we are:
the only animal
capable of suicide.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Even Sadhus

up to their necks
in sand
are
(and Jesus on the cross was,
like Solomon in all
his glory)
pastures
and toilets
for skin-mites.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Silent intelligence.

Wordless wisdom.

How unevolved we are
and will remain till our extinction!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Friday, 20 November 2009

Thursday, 19 November 2009

'Land of the Free'

In many suburban areas
of the USA
it is prohibited
to hang washing out to dry.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Nothing

is everywhere
and behind each
something

And nowhere to go
is desperate
infinity

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Monday, 16 November 2009

'The land of the free'

In the United States
there is (on average) one hospital
for every 55,000 people
and one prison for every
62,000 people.

Less than 5% of the world's population
locks up more than 25% of the world's prisoners.
In The World's Greatest Democracy
poverty is a crime.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

'The home of the brave'

The United States of
America spend more on
"defense"
than Russia, China, Britain and France combined.

How soon dictatorship ?
The American Dream
is smoke and mirrors
obscuring the Nightmare
of the Poor and the Weak.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Friday, 13 November 2009

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Once a year

on the eleventh hour
of the eleventh day
of the eleventh month
hypocrisy plays dumb.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Conformity

is fake morality,
and real corruption
is not financial
but moral.

Friday, 6 November 2009

September 11, 2001

Perhaps the worst
of the 'Western Values'
is the refusal to cope
with hate.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Friday, 30 October 2009

Thursday, 29 October 2009

The Romans

(it is said) were
mainly vegetarian.

(It will take some time
for the implications
to sink in.)

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Politicians

are false people
who make a career
out of parading
their sincerity.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The falsest people

are those who don't even know
they are false

while the falseness seeps out
and seeps out...

(I have always connected falseness
with clean fingernails.)

Monday, 26 October 2009

Money makes us all mean

But it's better for our integrity
to be mean to ourselves
than to others.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Let us praise al-Qaïda

for putting their hatred
and anger out in the open -
where as we
corrupt Westerners
make the crass error
of hiding real feelings
in sound-bites. We spew
out insanities such as
War against Drugs, and
The Sanctity of Human Life, and
War against Terror.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Copernicus, Darwin, Freud

The earth is not the centre of the universe.
Mankind is not the summit of evolution.
The ego is a petty and
deranged dictator.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Time

is an invention to persuade us
that things happen consecutively
and not all at once in a muddle.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

When you think people are laughing,

often they are weeping.
When you think people are weeping,
the worst of them are laughing.

Weeping is better than words.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Love is also

a kind of greed

But if you love yourself
you will be too loving
to bother others for love
or sex

Monday, 19 October 2009

Greed

is the opposite of curiosity.
Life is such a deadening experience!

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

An open mind

- an open prison.

(If you open it too much
your brain might fall out!)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Everyone denies

that they wish
they had never been born.

But we all
compulsively tell lies.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Malheur

The only afflicted species
afflicts almost every other.

The most afflicted members
kindly kill themselves.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Overcoming consciousness

Against Nietzsche's
injunction to become
what you are
must be set Rumi's
observation that
your life is not your own.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Monday, 5 October 2009

That means and methods

may not be justified
by ends and goals
is hardly controversial.

Much more radical
and more important
is the understanding
that ends might be justified
only by the means employed.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Elites

aren't what they used to be.
The best things in life
are often broken.
Or never happened.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Work Ethic

People who lack it
should get a
Disability Allowance.
But the strivers and achievers
wouldn't like that.
The Work Ethic is not
an ethic at all - but a means to an end:
riches, power, glory,
control of the planet until
it turns to poison and desert
beneath our hide-shod feet
before our unseeing eyes.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Metaxu

Two solitary prisoners
separated by a wall
tap pointless messages.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

My fellow-blogger

came to THE END.
He struggled to formulate
coherent and cogent observations.
He sent them into the world
and they fell down a hole.

He struggled through childhood.
He became an adult.
He slowly unlearned all that
he'd been told and taught.
He struggled to understand
what is going on
and off.
Then came to the conclusion
that life isn't worth living,
anyway.
But on he struggles
silently.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Sunday, 27 September 2009

For many women

religion seems to be
the heart of a heartless world

while for men
it is often a handy excuse
to be heartless.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Spirituality is purposeless,

and thus true to itself.
Religion is teleological,
purposive, a means to an end
- and thus it is fundamentally
non-spiritual.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Sunday, 20 September 2009

It should be no surprise

that after the demise
of grotesque, aggressive
dinosaurs (e.g. T-Rex)
top-end abominids
should be grotesque,
aggressive hominids -
to wit: H. 'sapiens'.

Friday, 18 September 2009

The Business Prayer *

Our Business which art Divine,
Hallowed by Thy Name.
Monopoly come;
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in thy Desire.
Give us this day our daily job.
And punish us for our debts,
as we punish our debtors.
And lead us not into unproductivity,
but deliver us from all control -
For thine is Monopoly,
the Power and the Glory...

* (inspired by Black Redstart)

Thursday, 17 September 2009

To seem to justify

their own existence,
people have children
who have children,
dynasti-exponentially
with insane persistence.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Thursday, 10 September 2009

The arrogance of stupidity

The stupidity of arrogance
The futility of communication
The communication of futility

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

So many times :

Man's time
Noman's time
Sidereal time
Utmost
eternity
And the time it takes
to turn a child
into a producing
and consuming
ghost.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Monday, 31 August 2009

Meat-eaters

who are repelled
by bullfights
have never been to
a slaughterhouse.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

1914

While Danish children
were reading
Hans Christian Andersen
German children
were reading
the Brothers Grimm...

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Isn't it sad ?

The human curse:
we take something good,
demean, destroy it;
we take something bad
and make it worse.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Thursday, 20 August 2009

The function of culture

is not to enlighten,
but to particularise

thus ensuring
that few realise
how the grinding systems work.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Evolution

was also
a free market
until we decided
that we were
Masters of the Universe

of greed

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Monday, 17 August 2009

Saturday, 15 August 2009

We are the only species

whose members
cannot size up each other
on sight or smell.

Is this intelligence ?

Friday, 14 August 2009

Unpleasant words

make unpleasant people:
- eradicate
...abnormal
...traitor
...exterminate
...paternity
...troubleshoot
...money
...right
...patriotism
...acquire
and a thousand others.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

To the grand collections

of the grandiose
Victoria and Albert Museum
in London, Queen Victoria
donated only a Raphael cartoon.

But more recently,
that august institution acquired
a single nether piece
of that Queen's
underwear.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Life is like

Tripes à la mode de Caen*.
If you're lucky, you love it.
If not, you have to decide to
take what you're given,
pretend that it is something else,
or get rid of it discreetly.

*Cold pickled tripe in disgusting jelly

Monday, 10 August 2009

The art best cultivated

is the art of waiting
for the art of being still

or for the strength of clay
that can resist the potter's will.

(Homage to Omar Khayyám)

Sunday, 9 August 2009

The 'lily'




















of the Song of Solomon
was the Lotus, symbol of purity
and immortality (genus Nelumbo).
Its nearest living relative
is, suprisingly, the plane-tree.
A red-flowered lotus has recently
been germinated from a seed
3,000 years old, found in an
archaeological dig near Tokyo.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Ten Reasons why the British* are the Living Dead of Europe:

1. they live in a bubble of obsession with the two World Wars

2. they are in love with their grotesque ideas of Germany and Germans (and keep publishing books about Hitler, Nazism and the Third Reich - but not about Mussolini, Stalin, Franco etc.)

3. they hate the European Union because it was the post-war peace-child of Germany, Benelux and France, founded - without England's permission - to guarantee no more wars in Europe

4. they are still in the mind-set of the Hundred Years War and the Napoleonic Wars
against France, wallowing in a myth of an 'Island Race', though they are of Franco-Germanic origin with a touch of Celt even less than the Irish and rather less than the French.

5. they refuse to believe that their genocidal empire was evil in any way

6. they share a language with the USA and, since the withering of its empire, are always trying desperately to share America's power

7. they do not know how to enjoy themselves pleasantly abroad

8. together with the Irish, they have become the most discourteous, most off-hand, unwelcoming and peremptory people in the Northern Hemisphere

9. they regard all other languages and literatures as inferior

10. they think that morality resides in lucrative hypocrisy, which is why the French have for long described them as 'perfidious'.

*They invented the weasel-word 'British' along with the pompous 'United Kingdom',
and, not suprisingly, have an Identity Problem nearly as great as that of the Northern Irish.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Yesterday

the last 'British' soldier-survivor of World War One
was given a splendid funeral. Thousands lined
the route to the grave, and they appear on the front page
of today's newspapers.
Hundreds of thousands died in World War One:
cannon-fodder, only some of them 'British'
(including Scottish, Irish, Welsh and Manx).

The 'British' never get to hear about the French, whose countryside
was utterly destroyed, and a whole generation of whose males
were wiped out from Metz to Biarritz and Marseille to Dunkerque.

The crippling war-reparations that Germany
had to pay France in the 1920s went, largely, to fill in the trenches
and the craters, bury bits of corpses,
and to re-establish the local populations and
their farms, their livestock, and their copses.
Now you would almost imagine rural Picardy
had always been serene and lush.

The 'British' do not want to hear about the French who defended them
(and France) in World War One,
nor about the million Russians who died in World War Two
and kept the Germans from invading England.
Both France and Russia suffered terribly in both World Wars,
but it is the 'British' who keep droning on about heroes and courage
in two hecatombs for which they were
in great part responsible.
There were also Turks and Austrians and Czechs, Hungarians,
Ukrainians, Poles, Romanians and Lesser Subjects of the Evil British Empire
including many Irish and some Africans - and, last, but certainly
not least, envied Americans (many of them black).

Then there were the thinkers, the conscientious objectors, those
who refused to be deceived into patriotism, who were shot
as traitors because they rightly thought the war was wrong.

Who bothers to mention the tens of thousands of handsome horses
who were killed all over Europe ?

Coming up to date:
we have heard little about the tens of thousands of Iraqis
shot or otherwise murdered after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq
under false pretences - which didn't fool the French or anyone else.
We hear almost nothing about the thousands of Afghans
shot and blown up in yet another British Military Adventure.

And it is still criminal in the British Isles to help
a helpless friend who wants to die.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

For that carton of yogurt you've just thrown away

cattle had to be bred
for a few thousand years
of war and rapine

and the cows inseminated
and fed chemical supplements
and their calves removed
while the mothers grieved
and moaned for many days
and were milked by incredible machine
until they were too old
and were 'recycled'.

the milk was taken by a tanker
to a factory, and checked
and separated from its cream
and superheated and processed
and put into silly plastic cartons by machine
and packed into boxes and sent out
to supermarkets where you bought a pack
of six and forgot about them in the fridge.

This 'Natural Product' went first into a dumpster
and then a dumping vehicle
and then a landfill Gehenna...
Our species is a monster.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Saints and Traitors

The difference between a traitor and a saint
is that a traitor is considered to belong
beforehand
while a saint belongs afterwards.

There is very little difference
between a traitor and a trader.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Dogs do not deceive.

We beat them,
treat them as living furniture.
Some eat them.
We, who live by malice
aforethought, think
they are inferior.

We think that beating
is superior behaviour.

(posted on the Feast Day of
St.Basil-Fool-for-Christ)

Saturday, 1 August 2009

God, the Divine Criminal,

who runs a gulag in the sky
where there are no turds,

and justifies the criminality of Man,
is a distant being, composed of words.

But the Devil has a tendency
to live next-door.
Stupidity is a condition
that makes friends with fear.

Friday, 31 July 2009

Civilisations,

obsessed with produce
produce only
mass-destruction.

Cultures
obsessed with achievement
achieve only
mass-destruction.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Religion

is a strange kind of
sewer
containing a great deal of
blasphemy.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Slaves of Nevermore

Humans are the only animals
obsessed
with their mortality.
And humans are the only animals
so unpleasantly intelligent
that they had to invent
constantly re-invent
morality.

Monday, 20 July 2009

GSOH

I am only as good
as my sense of humour.

How tragic it is
that humans are
humourless.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Anniversary

I have never had
and never will have
a television set.
So I did not see
the First Men
Walking on the Moon
forty years ago.

I was surely not
the only one
to murmur
"So what ?"
when I heard it
on the radio ?

Friday, 17 July 2009

This planet

is an amazing
conversation
which you and I
are stifling
to a sigh.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

'Jouir'

is French for 'to rejoice'.
The difference between
Anglo and Franco
(Lewis and Louis)
is encapsulated
by the respective words
for 'ejaculated':
come, and joui.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Rather than being the only

moral mammal,
I suspect that humans are
the least moral mammal.

Our 'superiority' inheres
in our immorality.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The human

is an animal which invents
narratives, now called myth,
religion, fact, understanding,
science etc.

What we call soul is just
an aptitude for narrative.

This is what makes us mad,
bad and dangerous to know
- especially if you're a wolf.

And beyond the narrative of the
Sixth Extinction, bacteria
are Lords of Creation

who lived before the First Extinction.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

'A monk

shall think of himself
as evil and worthless.'
- The Rule of St Benedict

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

In democracy's

escalating fraud
the rich extract
and the poor
far, far away
expire:
half a million every day

while human population
increases exponentially.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Sunday, 5 July 2009

The cleverest people

are those clever people who
can make the stupid
less stupid.

If there have ever been any

for stupidity constantly
cleverly
re-invents itself.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Thursday, 2 July 2009

The self

is a machine
for telling half-convincing
stories
to consciousness.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

People

(especially the French)
eat fish
like there's no tomorrow

- for the fish.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Sanity

(in its complexity)
is much more inexplicable
than madness
in its simplicity.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

The first miracle

is birth
or breaking out of the egg.
The second miracle
is male erection
especially a mule's.
The last miracle is
death.

Add worship
to miracle
and you get
deceit everlasting.

Friday, 26 June 2009

I don't find

that my socks smell worse
on the twentieth day of wearing
than they did on the first.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

MONEY

You can make a market
out of anything:
love, justice, beauty, tragedy,
faith, hope and charity.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

If I have said it before

I really do not care:
civilisation, it seems to me,
is just a dancing bear.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Friday, 19 June 2009

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Capitalism

is a system wherein those who are active
constantly try to cheat each other
and those who are passive.

If this really is the least-bad system we can devise,
we are less intelligent than dogs or rabbits.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Friday, 12 June 2009

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Monday, 8 June 2009

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Friday, 5 June 2009

Yesterday

- was I the only person in the world
eating cherries, drinking Gaillac
while listening to Schnittke's
3rd quartet ?

Thursday, 4 June 2009

The last people

that a true poet wants to meet
are other poets - whether true or false;
which is why so few true poets
go to poetry festivals.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Many people are born

zombis
Some soon turn into
zombis
And most have
zombihood
forced upon them.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Surveillance

Above, beyond the queue
the monitor
displaying every aisle
and every stand
within the store, revealing
all except the slight
shoplifter's sleight-of-hand.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A religion,

culture, or civilisation
that cannot cope with suicide
is fundamentally defective.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Friendship

is swapping credit-cards.
Love
if not forever
is just infatuation.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Drowning

Real men drink piss
Real men don't shave
Real men do kiss
Real men don't wave

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Time goes forward.

Memory goes backward.
In the Beginning
we were stories.
In the End
we are oblivion.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Why do human babies cry ?

Is it because
life is such an outrageous
imposition ?
Or is it because
human consciousness
is a kind of
continual drowning ?

Monday, 18 May 2009

Having turned

cornucopia
to
pharmacopœia,
we
are now thoroughly
poisoning
the sea.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Knowledge

ploughs the fertile
soil of prejudice.

Self-delusion
feels really good.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Monday, 11 May 2009

Mass individualism

produces tax-payers
transcended, transfixed
by the gorgeous miracle
of their dull personalities.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

A wet Saturday

I'm considering the rules
of Haiku Tennis.

It never occurred to me before

that sex
for most people
is some sort of
validation.

Yet this might have been
part of the soft, rich
tapestry of feelings I had
on those few occasions
when intimacy
was flawless,
wonderful.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

The obscenity of lawns

As the world heats up
we'll pour more water on our lawns,
then burn up petroleum to cut them.
And we think we're rational.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Each of us

is Allah's
carpet-flaw.


Version for Muslims:

Each of us
is al-Mumit's
carpet-flaw.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Tourism kills

many times more people
than non-governmental
terrorism
The terror is
in
the tourism.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Progress

should be measured by
the diminution of the self
not the diminution
of the world.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Monday, 20 April 2009

The rain of error

The reign of terror
The terrifying brain

The cuckoo in the dodo's nest
will never be the same again.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Friday, 17 April 2009

My Ego

like a Ming vase,
delicate
hideous.
Come help me smash it.

(a homage to William Sorlien)

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

If you're thinking

that you don't
fit -
remember:
families are just
blood, and sperm
and eggs
and shit.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Médecins Sans Frontières

In twenty years' time
or less, the kids you saved in Africa
will be trying to tunnel under
or storm the high walls of Europe,
and will perish in the attempt.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Gloss on lines by William Blake

Every afternoon and night and morn
millions to dreadful humanness are born.
Every morn and afternoon and night
few are born to sheer delight.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

There are hundreds of millions

of dead people walking,
dead people ceaselessly talking,
under the clouds, under the sun,
dead to the world,
to awareness -
are you one ?

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Friday, 3 April 2009

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

I do not see how

people who abuse children
are worse, in the Scheme of Things,
than those who abuse other animals,

nor why those who abuse animals
are worse than those who torture plants.