when wisdom profits not,"
says Tiresias to Œdipus.
But another wisdom lies
in ignoring profit and
encouraging yourself to rise
above all sorrow, like a lark
above its devastated habitat.
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
when wisdom profits not,"
for a new Bestseller novel:
The Omega Variant.
It may be "hitting bookshops" in a few months' time.
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
In bed this morning I suddenly remembered
returning to Europe from equatorial Africa
and my shock at seeing the grim, glum faces
of people who did not have to sleep in doorways,
under bridges and other insalubrious places.
Monday, 28 June 2021
You can find awareness only within yourself
but it is very possible that you will be
(or already are - since we are all
so shallow and so careless)
unaware of your awareness
just as you are now are ignorant
of your crippling unawareness.
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Good morning, sir, good morning, ma’am.
Yes, I’m wearing a different uniform,
different gloves, different hat.
I’ve cleaned the glass of the door—
I discovered a new solvent.
Isn’t it glorious, how the glass
is so thoroughly transparent,
transmitting sparkle from the Sun?
Yes, you’re right, it’s a different door,
different frame, different hinges, too.
Notice, in fact, that the building
into which I’m ushering you
is a different building
than the one you routinely enter.
Please, take a good look
at your reflection in the glass—
that’s the last you’ll see of it.
It won’t survive the walk across the lobby.
Someone else will step out of the elevator
on a different floor, different company,
different industry, different agenda,
different obstacles, different opportunities,
different priorities, different purpose...
Saturday, 26 June 2021
they charged across Africa and Asia,
massacring 'the natives', burning villages,
looting temples, seizing land :-
the British in Nigeria, the French in Niger;
the British in Rhodesia, the French in Algeria,
the Belgians in the Congo, the Germans then the French
in Kamerun and Togo, with missionaries at hand.
The British bombed the Kurds, transported Indians
as 'indentured labour' to the Caribbean (already full of slaves),
the French abducted half a million 'savages'
from the banks of the Ubangi to build their Congo railway.
The British blazed away in India, the French in Indo-China,
the Dutch in Indonesia, the Belgians in the Congo,
the Belgians in the Congo,
the Germans in Deutsch Ostafrika
(now Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi ),
and the British (followed by the Japanese) in China.
Genocide on genocide carried out the length
and breadth of the Americas by the English, Scots
and Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and French...
Those greedy civilising hypocrites
and murderous moral cretins
now indulge in outrage at China's
'pacification' of Uighurs and Tibetans.
Friday, 25 June 2021
Thursday, 24 June 2021
"Let me tell you this:
if you meet a loner,
no matter what they tell you,
it's not because they enjoy solitude.
It's because they have tried before to blend into the world,
and people continue to disappoint them."
Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper.
But aloners enjoy solitude.
It mitigates the disappointment.
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Having had measles and chicken-pox
(but not scarlet fever) and had the opportunity
to escape from school for a week or so
to read Conan Doyle and E.A. Poe
and The Wind in the Willows while I was recuperating,
I'm glad there was no vaccine when I was young.
What we (and the planet) really need
and will never get, is MMM inoculation.
There are even worse outrages than Vaginal Infibulation -
such as repeated gang-rape, massacres, genocide,
compulsory religion, slavery, misogyny, racism
- and war. To these I would add Mass Mental Mutilation.
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
On this freaky and paltry planet
wandering round a trifling star
in a middling sort of galaxy
a freaky species - the first with intentionality -
is well on its way to achieving
a minor episode of extinction.
The last (major) extinction
millions and millions of years ago
took millions of years of tectonic upheavals
and slidings, vast volcanic eruptions, meteor-impact,
dramatic (but slow) global warming and cooling,
but the current little extinction didn't get going
until about 200 years ago and might take
less than 100 years more of wanton pollution,
pandemics, bio-breakdown and war.
Is this a record ? I ask
my young friend, the plesiosaur.
Monday, 21 June 2021
Sunday, 20 June 2021
Bread, with its intensive, uncertain,
back-breaking cultivation, came a very long time ago,
when and where there were no bananas, broccoli,
asparagus, artichokes, cabbages, leeks, brussels sprouts,
courgettes, squashes, tomatoes, avocados, goji, oranges,
nectarines, apricots, plums, apples, cherries, pears...
rice or maize or quinoa, seaweed, seakale, spinach...
And yet people insist on eating bread, which now depends
on vast industries of seed-hybridisation (and patenting),
of machinery devoted to ploughing, planting, harrowing,
spraying, cutting, separating, winnowing, milling,
marketing, baking, marketing, transporting,
when they and the planet would be better off -
if we would only tell each other and our children to eat
all those fruits and vegetables which have been
developed since the start of the malign
and divisive dictatorship of wheat.
Bread is a complicated cultural artefact like language or religion
- and is just as toxic to the biosphere as the industry of meat.
Sic transit stultitia humana.
Leavened bread and alcohol both depend on yeast.
Bread and alcohol together constitute a feast.
Saturday, 19 June 2021
because democracy created capitalism,
then consumerism, and nobody wants
to reduce their standard of living
(which they think is quality of life)
and dependence on things,
even on swindles like bottled water.
Only enlightened dictators can possibly
avert the holocaust to come. Unfortunately
there have never been any Philosopher Kings.
And so Planet Earth limps on
like a lamb to the slaughter.
Friday, 18 June 2021
I am always saving paper, writing on the backs of scraps and cut-up cardboard packaging. Thanks to Google and Duck-Duck-Go I found this statistic :
Click to enlarge. If it doesn't show properly, click here
and scroll down.
the average office worker in the UK uses up to
45 pieces of paper per day, and a staggering two-thirds of that is considered to be waste.
Thursday, 17 June 2021
by life - even though I regret my birth.
I never had much motivation
to search for love in bars or plazas
social gatherings or nooks
upon this sorry earth.
What I sought was inspiration,
which I found in books
was wicked only to me
(his sister's awkward bastard)
because he did not like shy,
wussy, left-handed little boys.
He was a medical practitioner,
a family doctor who used to make tea
for his elderly patients,
light their fires in winter
and take an interest in them.
He or his practice-partner often knew
other family members
and the family history.
But he frightened me.
It was he who prevailed
upon my mother to send me to a school
which would 'toughen me up'.
In this (I'm glad to say) he failed.
declared that there were
just two classes in the civilised world :
the naïve (or natural, spontaneous, uncorrupted)
and the sentimental (or filled with false sentiment,
hypocritical, corrupt). He was discussing poets
(presumably male), but the idea is worth expanding.
I know from experience that sentimental hearts
are mean, rococo, and that naivety in men
deprives them happily of all standing.
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
"Scientists have developed a technique to turn waste plastic bottles into the synthetic vanilla flavouring vanillin."
What then happens to the millions of litres
of unused (unusable ?) vanillin ?
And what about the millions of plastic bottles
in the middle of the Pacific.
Who will fish them out ?
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
could have done with some help from me
to 'loosen up'.
The word quack is one of many Dutch words
(as well as pronunciation-changes)
that crossed over to Britain
with William III of Orange:
Kwacksalver = a healer-spieler.
Nothing to do with Quicksilver.
Monday, 14 June 2021
A couple of months ago I discovered
that flapdoodle meant not only 'nonsense'
but (originally) was a wonderful
word for the male member or pizzle.
Codswallop is another graphic term
for the same appendage..
Today I learned that baloney is a synonym
of Bologna, a kind of spam sausage, as well
as for hogwash, bullshit, and so on...
...and on to jiggery-pokery, presumably by weenies
- from Wiener[wurst], another kind of sausage.
My new web-page of poems by
can be read here.
I discovered her only yesterday.
She is as good as Sylvia Plath.
She had a Kurdish lover.
She reminds me of Jean Rhys.
She had a break-down,
subsequently became a Baptist
and was immersed in the river Jordan.
She disowned her poems
presumably because she thought them louche
But where did Jesus shit ?
There are no relics.
Sunday, 13 June 2021
as I like the word WHOLESOME,
but there is a noxious miasma of a word
which I greatly dislike.
If only we could replace LOVE
(unstable, hormonal, irrational,
with GENTLE FONDNESS
we might release each other
from the inane evils
of the soggily amorous.
[see also a previous blog]
"Thank you for the love !" said ex-king Trump to his fans.
which occurs nine calendar months
after my birth day : the feast day
of St Anthony of Padua
who had a pet pig.
Name-days used to be celebrated,
especially in Russia, when everyone
was named after an archangel or a saint.
Now we are much more egotistical,
and allegedly more 'individual'.
This is not true.
Sheeple breed in their billions,
individuals are very few.
[Sant’Antonio da Padova, original name Fernando Martins de Bulhões, (born 1195, Lisbon, Portugal—died June 13, 1231, Arcella, Verona; canonized 1232; Franciscan friar, doctor of the church, and patron of the poor. Padua and Portugal claim him as their patron saint, and he is (bizarrely) invoked for the recovery or return of lost property.]
Saturday, 12 June 2021
is neither artificial nor intelligent,'
writes Kate Crawford of Microsoft Research.
It is made from rare natural resources (e.g. lithium mines),
uses vast amounts of electricity
and large numbers of people
(mostly badly paid and non-unionised)
who perform the (mostly menial)
tasks that make the systems seem
automatic and autonomous.
It is just a new kind of resource-devouring slavery.
My belly buzzing ?
No - a small bee trapped
between the pages of my book.
Friday, 11 June 2021
Christianity was what we would now call racist,
and was certainly divisive.
Civis romanus sum,
declared the controlling, micromanaging St Paul,
not Iudaeus sum, nor even Humanus sum.
(If you don't know basic Latin or basic Christian history,ignore this blog.)
(Incidentally, women were not virile Roman citizens, merely women,
even if they manipulated emperors, as did Agrippina and Helena.)
(Christianity was a disaster for the planet; it produced Islam and, much worse, modern science and technology which have reduced the Earth to short-term resource.)
(And so they, the white Christians, plan to migrate to another planet, create another desert without Desert Fathers.)
(Paul hoped to "save" himself [from what ?] by "saving" others. And so he and the cult that he founded doomed the planet and its dominant race to bleak sterility.)
Thursday, 10 June 2021
The odious Marcus Aurelius
genocidal Roman Emperor
and fake-philosopher, tycoon,
in which a hundred European lions
(now unsurprisingly extinct)
were slaughtered in one afternoon.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Climate-change and the collapse
in both sexes of human fertility
(due to the spate
of industrial chemicals in the water
and the atmosphere)
may shortly combine
to Save the Planet
just a little late.
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
contains the Latin word for man,
as does VIRile.
Even worse, the same syllable
occurs, slightly transformed,
But women will never
abandon virtue and give birth
to women who might rescue
the human-male-choked earth.
Monday, 7 June 2021
that most psychological experiments
have been carried out on students
in euro-american universities and hospitals.
Many of the many conclusions drawn may well not be
applicable to people of other classes, cultures and times.
And there are no Universal Human Values,
just universal human crimes.
Sunday, 6 June 2021
from the destructive effects of technology
(especially of technology which was designed to
but did not reverse or even ameliorate
the destructive effects of technology)
any better than militarism can save us
from the evils of militarism.
Saturday, 5 June 2021
Friday, 4 June 2021
towards alleviating Climate Change :
World Masturbation-Celebration Month for Men.
"It goes without saying" -
which is why no-one says - that
climate-change is a function of overpopulation.