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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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Am I sorry

that I can't write dense riddle-poems
which will sprout
game-filled thickets of interpretation
out of quagmires of unmeaning ?

Not really.
I think such poems
underhand and overweening.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Was the poet mad

besotted,
or just stupid when he wrote:
'What will survive of us is love' ?

What will survive of us is hunger.

When push comes to shove
Team Spirit is torture
Gang-rape is Esprit de Corps
and love
is of self and of war.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Papacy

was a kind of mediæval
internet:
master, medium and plaything
all at the same time.

'A light unto the Nations'

Isaiah 42. 6

Unfortunately all religious people,
all moralists
want to be lights -
and blind and/or set fire
to themselves and many others.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Most of the time

thought is just
the P.R. of the mind

and art
the occupational therapy
of the heart.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

'Aspirational'

is a weasel-word for
unsatisfiable.

My aspiration, alas!
is that people should
be reasonable.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010

The Horst Wessel Song

should be frequent, private listening -
for anything that's ever happened
can happen again.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Rigor Vitæ

How strange
that it is easier to read books
than faces!

Never shaving
I rarely look in a mirror
to see the face I hardly know,
reflection that I cannot read.

Maybe there is nothing to be read:
I am just a talking head.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Modus mortis

According to Howard Jacobson,
T.S. Eliot told W.H. Auden that
he played Patience every night
because it was the nearest thing
to being dead.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Reputable surveys

show that people with religious faith
are more law-abiding than those without.

This is not surprising:
laws are usually drafted pretty well
according to religious faith and faiths
prevailing.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

To be desired

is one thing, a pleasant thing.
But to be valued is quite another,
for most people
do not value mere desire
in a culture largely turned
towards the aspiration
to immediate gratification.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Woollier than thou

It is much more common
for people to change their
sect or even their religion
to suit their politics
than the other way round.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Friday, 8 October 2010

What we criminally flush away

Pee has replaced piss.
Poo has replaced shit.
English has become the tongue
of Pee and Poo.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

My graves are flowering

"Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night showeth knowledge"
- Psalm 19:2


Long experience
has shown me that
the only people who are truly
down to earth
are dead.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Similarities between Adolf Schicklgrüber and me:

I'm vegetarian
Adore German Sheepdogs
Am tidy and organised
Loathe monotheisms
and write diffuse and tergid prose.

On the other (left) hand
I am an Israel-hating Jew-lover
(especially of Kafka, Lazarus the Leper
and Spinoza).
Moreover, I speak and write
in expectation
of contradiction.

Maybe my father was
Jewish French-Canadian
and not my maternal
grandmother's brother's
son...

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A piece of tergid prose: Capitalism is Feudalism

Just as 'humanism' is Christianity with all its hypocrisy but without its razmatazz, virgin birth, vulgar miracles and gew-gaws, so capitalism is a 'refined' (as in sugar) form of feudalism - with the important difference that place, social position, birth have partly yielded to an aspirational, utilitarian, quasidivinely-established criterion of merit.

Villeins have simply become employees, with much better working conditions, but still in fief to superiors, with very little opportunity for avoiding their globally- (if not divinely-) established prerogatives.

Mass-employment and the employment-imperative are the reduction of the villein to the wage-slave - or worse, to the unemployed - a situation well-understood by those who rule recently-feudal and now-capitalist China.

And technology always further impoverishes the poorest, and further handicaps the most disadvantaged in relation to even the modestly rich.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Unholy (Apollonian )Trinity

Three Great Dictators
have carved up the world :
money,
education
and television,
each in service of the other.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Genital Food

If truffles are prized
as much for the
expensive naughtiness
of their cunty taste and smell
as for their rarity,
smoked eel
should be nearly as prized,
especially by women,
and queer men like myself,
for its cockiness.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Henry Ford

had a photograph of Hitler on his desk
Hitler had a photograph
of Henry Ford upon his desk.
One could almost laugh...