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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Monday, 31 May 2010

Agencies

of successive
U.S. Governments have killed
at least a hundred times more Americans
than al-Qaîda:




(click on the above for a two-hour documentary)

Saturday, 29 May 2010

How peculiar

that geranium-leaves
should smell of mass-murder :

the smell pervading
Bergen-Belsen
concentration-camp
was that of crushed
geranium-leaves.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Democratic Government

Meetings about meetings
to spend imaginary money
with fine distinction,
in response to 'popular
demand' for an ever-higher
standard-of-living
for the not-so-poor

guarantee
the agonising
Sixth Extinction.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

I feel

as if I might have been
born on an asteroid.

Not a Little Prince
but a Diogenean Android.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

after Li-Po (8th century)

The birds have melted
into mist
and mist has turned to rain.
I'm sitting on a mountain-top.
The mountain will remain.

Monday, 24 May 2010

The Hospice at Jerusalem

Somewhere, nowhere,
everyone everywhere
grades everyone else
according to the state
and the quality or absence
of their underwear.

What I cast off in summer
is much like my mind:
underwashed by the over-hygienic.
Only the loincloths of yogis
and saints were more full
of the odour of transfiguration.

So I remain in occultation.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Unlike many

I have always wanted
to think the best of people.
But nearly seventy years
of life have finally convinced me
that some people are only at their best
in extreme circumstances
of hunger, pain or thirst -

or in what we rich, totalitarian
sedentarists insist is deprivation
(no access, for example, to
infantilising education) -

and that most people who live
in employment-economies
are mostly more than
half-way to their worst.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Breeding and fighting,

feeding and blighting,
and even
reading and writing,
we only get more terrible
as our tools get better.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Fame,

maim, blame
all chime
and rhyme.

Man is no greater
than his misery,
no better
than his shame.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Horrible words

like cull and weed,
troubleshooting, bestial
and chaste,

can have been invented only
by the terrorist species which I call
Hazardous Waste.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Monday, 17 May 2010

On the day of the end of this little world

the prisoner on death row since 1995
is very happy to die
at the same time as everyone else.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Such a pity

that scientists don't seem
to talk to each other.

Climatologists, botanists
and evolutionary biologists
tell us that The End is Nigh

while medical researchers
are insanely hopeful
about extending the length
(but never the quality)
of human lives.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

All religion is idolatry

- So what ?
Besides the overwhelming
majority of unborn, the wholesome-
minded once-born, and the divided
Tolstoyan-Kierkegaardian
twice-born, are the very few,
and non-elect:
the thrice-born who live
from moment unto moment
of spontaneous insight.

[written after listening to a BBC broadcast
on William James'
Varieties of Religious Experience]

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Saint-Lazare

Lepers catch coins in their mouths
like dogs
when they have no fingers.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Totenkranz

and Totentanz
are dead

on est en-chant
begeistert
ensorcelled
by the trivial
instead.

Singular and single
the wolf's and
my saliva
mingle.

for Mary Ann Heywood

Monday, 10 May 2010

Progress

We have turned ourselves into
the only mammalian species which cannot
(and will not)
clean its genitals with its tongue.
This is just one of the sad degeneracies
caused by culture.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Go figure!

In Albania today,
men who, twenty years ago,
went on hunger-strike
to help topple a dictator

are now on hunger-strike
to protest against last year's
rigged elections.

In Northern Ireland
on the other hand,
violent fanatics
starved themselves to death
just for the unsuccessful
egotism of 'recognition' as
'political prisoners'.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Cannibalism for Beginners

Bigotry
is moral tribalism

Democracy
is the codification
of bigotry.

You can dumbly vote
for the arrogant and pathetic
only when the powerful permit.

But you can subvert
the system and 'society'
every day of your life.

The last Age is
the Age of Antisensuality.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

British General Election

I would never cast a vote
for anyone so arrogant
and so pathetic
as to want it.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Appellation non-contrôlée

In the British Isles it is very easy
to change one's name officially.

I have never liked my surname
(which is that of my maternal grandfather
who was hated by his family
for his sheer, Victorian hypocrisy) -

but I can't decide whether all my future
documents will be signed
Diogenes Xavier Antichrist

or Demerara Cane Sugar
(natural and unrefined).

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Every animal

is a cathedral of chemicals.
And Man
(it seems to me)
is a doomed Vatican.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Proud never to have been employed

Next to being rich
the greatest compliment
in our degenerate
and limiting society
is to be called
hardworking.
You are very close
to criminal
if you're known for
shirking.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

More urgent

than "what oft
was thought, but ne'er
so well express'd"

would be to say
what people rarely
dare to think - lest
it make their
hard minds soft.


[In other words:
To have universal appeal is to convey very aptly
something evident or unoriginal.]