• Melee-go-round

    Makes a blank evolution, turning like a slow elephant On a box, in a circus, blindfold Takes up proffered buns, a willing trunk, and grasping There is no other fare   Where is the tamer, the cicus master, cowering small? An Oz at a desk in Whitehall eating foie de gras With an ornate bookcase, […]

  • Porcelain Dolls

    Porcelain dolls dance down the streets; are here, Joggling high-shoes flap, flap; and to an urgent rap Overlord of the musak ruling in the Shopping Malls A persistent present’s peak-post-modern Music Hall Plaintiff, acknowledges suffering in the race for cool   Here the precocious ladies lordly revel; extroverted Comperes at modelling, advertising, solo dainty fashion […]

  • Reasons and Seasons

    Turning the world moves on equinoctial play Idly squandering time-on-its-hands away The sea-changes ring when the birdies will sing Pleasant part-song: lulla-lay   Clouds come and go, and sometimes the snow Impulsive weathers dump frolics Play the Boreal pipes of fine-edged Northern winds According to fortunes of comets   Even the sea carries great fishery […]

  • The Balloon of Science and the Ignorance of the World

    Our achievements in science are a paperchase after diminishing returns – the more startling the achievement, the more of an actual achievement it really is, the greater, the more appalling, are its consequences for humankind; and the paperchase is thus started which perpetually is gathering up its flying debris and which aims to allay its […]

  • What is the Point of the News?

    What is the point of the news? To fill one’s conception with views. Whose?   To tender perceptions directions Overwriting receptive election So to render, without self-detection, One’s cognisance   Lissome guidance Laying charms over thought’s apparatus And disarming a mind’s conversation Out of the zone   Indiscernibly prone Tuning in, we’re wired up to […]

  • Inauthentic

    Here are some girls – young ladies, at a foyer desk Dancing a double, from swim tickets to house cafe Two jobs in one, a posse modulating as a pool   This one, she bobs Now here now there, a leisure swim… or cake? Another ventures quietly to break… Alleviation is a guilesome shift   […]

  • Ego contra Death

    Building sandcastles on the beach, the reach Of tide approaching; time wafts, westers, lightly runs away Grains in the hourglass finely wetted set, cement together Adhere in the face of watery bombings spoken of, foretold   Fair fastholds (falsehoods) raised defensive against wide open sea Claim prospect of forward ground outfacing all even oblivion Spikes […]

  • King Canute

    In a time when teaching history was simply telling children stories about the exploits of famous British people of the past; and many years ago when I was at junior school, one of the time-worn stories which was told to us, along with those of King Alfred burning the cakes; and King Robert the Bruce […]

  • Thomas Merton

    I am not happy about criticising adversely any other person who is (like myself, I hope?) in the vineyard doing the work s/he sees God to have given her to do. There are plenty of books which do this, and that is enough said about them. I have read Thomas Merton various times in various […]

  • Flee from the Wrath to Come

    Go low into the earth, defend you from the wrath, Here sentience knows no comfortable berth besides Where works The Thunderer tender-set against self-harms: We riddle, chat, rat-catching one another for the stars we climb Haphazard scimitars sideslice barbarically collateral computations Smooth-curl commiserate circulated cotton candy folds Done risibly, wise thieves sale-surfeit conurbations stringing soaps […]

  • Technique and Torpor

    “Courts for cowards were erected Churches built to please the priest A fig for those by law protected Liberty’s a glorious feast” From “The Jolly Beggars- a Cantata” by Robert Burns Don’t mistake Robert Burns here: he’s not anti-justice nor is he anti-Christianity in him saying these things in his verses. He does however point […]

  • Don’t Follow Leaders

    How hard it is to advocate a remedial true cure Without attaching wrong bad faith conceitedly demure In a brute association with one’s rich urbane aplomb Of self-congratulation.   This difficulty pitched another way, in other terms, Rejoices in one’s weakly vices, feeds the sexton’s worms Abased before huge forces, quelled by insignificance, Self-flagellating   […]

  • Lost in Space

    Do you not see how this load lays right hard upon us This lax remiss inertia like an immanent payload Bears down, and underneath it down we go, all tangled up Inevitably?   Remiss, contented, tacit, we consent to let things go, Easily moon, And delectate around about the fatal shores Where dreams are sold […]

  • Ryanair made £1.1 billion in half-year Profits in 2017:

    This money was made, was it really made, or was it merely aggregated as fees had from other holders of money? Let’s be generous and say some of it has truly been ‘wealth-creation’, which to define might be to say that a greater sum total of money value is now in existence than was the […]

  • Random Genetic Mutilation

    Hohoho in the news this week I say Embryos, human embryos, In a laboratory secure of course By competent paternal slightly condescending heads Whose work (of course) is for the human good Preventative or else remedial   Have put into their remit certain work with errant genes Human genes, genes of human embryos, (Are your […]

  • Unreality TV and Fake News Radio

    Here we are taking in another people’s dirty washing Another jamboree of luscious odorous comparisons Of Hecuba to him or he to Hecuba   The denizen curators of ailing, failing, BBC Who put planting potatoes would us better serve Have deemed, most likely schemed, wit titillations   Sauce for the great stag nation, countryside-and-wide diversion […]

  • Come Mystery To Me

    Come mystery, and be to me a good and honest friend, Impart here an allottment, string your solemn alembic strands Wind rolled up mists of circumstance which twitched, bewitch with glamours Carry your feet apace here, I would your untaught enamours   Along the moonlit paths half covered over lights play splash On leafy clothings […]

  • Catalonia

    Should we not hear the whole vice of the people Pursue democracy as politics’ most sovereign idol Abiding thereby by a common general wail So every individual gets his rightful Dignitas?   I look after me, myself, says this rumbunktious here, And I’ve a vanity project, I am set to commandeer, Says here another: my […]

  • Can’t Get the Staff

    Is there a time, since 1869, when first the poor, A proletariat, began, attained to sign To write more than their name or modest mark indite Becoming set among the rolls productive A lettered class, by rote named educated:   No time since which have high-ups shown such open candour Of ignorance – bragged ignorance […]

  • On a Pastiche Pieta by Sam Taylor-Johnson now on display at South Place Hotel London

    Here we have for you today A little consternation given in a roundelay   There is a bloke A self-proclaimed, self-gratulating artist/joke   Up to the minute cutting edge superbly self-assured Come out the golden teaching halls full-formed, imprimatured   Adeptly able, feted every side Told by his tutors and himself a wide   As […]

  • Thoughts After Sickness

    I have been fairly ill recently, and consequently things for the past month have slowed right down for me; and I have had time to rest up and think without pressures. I am now on the mend, and I have a few things to say – some of them about my previous written work and […]

  • Mendelssohn and The Paganism of Youth

    I mean by ‘Paganism’ that unoppresed and delighted sense of being trouble-free, of accepting appearances at face-value and feeling generously full of general goodwill and joy, in a thoughtless and sunny kind of way. It seems to me to be a state people can only attain to when they are adolescent; before the responsibilities of […]

  • I’d Like to Say

    I’d like to say I’m just a sinner, same as any other jerk The guy who beats his wife and goes berserk The gal who steals softly a pace away With client’ s purse after an evening making bedroom hay   I’m some part of the prob’ A breaker of the law and even doin’ […]

  • I’d Like to Say

    I’d like to say I’m just a sinner, same as any other jerk The guy who beats his wife and goes berserk The gal who steals softly a pace away With client’ s purse after an evening making bedroom hay   I’m some part of the prob’ A breaker of the law and even doin’ […]

  • Capital and Self-Interest

    It is true that private property ownership does have a ‘spin-off’ being that such properties are generally ‘looked after’ maintained and so what they do and achieve works and continues working. That this continuance transforms into goods and services for others who need them and who are without them. In short, the private property bastion […]

  • Everyone’s and No-one’s

    Mankind cannot without his neighbour’s heed Survive, but cannot, will not, trust his neighbour’s lights His guide his pride in oscillations frights Him in himself and in his neighbour’s eyes   Sees keenly his own faithlessness and frailties As another man’s, he owns his own noway Thus consequence is ever someone else’s problem That public […]

  • Capitalism and The Kingdom

    Let’s look at the pillars on which Capitalism rests, and set our findings on their nature against those basic teachings by which Jesus taught that The Kingdom of Heaven might be ushered into the world. I will tell you now that Capitalism will be found to be AntiChrist; it will be found to be not […]

  • The Miracles 3: Filling out Background

    There is a second battery of offence which confronts a Christian of today in regard to her/him accepting the supernaturalness of The Miracles as being necessary to firm Christian belief; and it stems from a prejudice widely-held, by almost everyone, Christian or not, that: a) Ancient peoples, like Jesus’s social fellows, were greatly more ignorant, […]

  • Stravinski and The Soviets

    Just as T S Eliot entered in as a poet like an earthquake at the turn of the 20th century around the time of the First World War; so to about the same time Stravinski shook the foundations of what was then considered art and music fashion, and entered in with a similar violence to […]

  • The Global Fairy Tale

    Dressed all invincible without a hint of flaw Tan, tattoos, shorts, the largesse mighty men Sling-on, as sword, for attitude – and candy dolls Lolling, profiterolling, outfitted in cakes   Conceptual worlds away   Here, an image of myself, reached, as you also, soon Enough, upon a floor Hand laid expanded, half extended, at a […]

  • Formulary

    There’s crystals Then there’s muck to build a wall And then there’s rock as stones and gravels, cumbrous boulders Whole faces, worlds, and in the stars their fluid counterparts Gaseous essence of new mucks, new crystal stones, And portents of the coming time’s new worlds   And then the other way – down where components […]

  • The Miracles 2: Why not just quit?

    In the first part on The Miracles I hope I showed to you how I worked out for my own self’s benefit that a Christian must, has to, accept the supernaturalness of The Miracles so as to be able to believe in Jesus without him using what might be called ‘doublethink’; a holding of obviously […]

  • The Miracles

    I have been allowed some rigorous self-reflection lately; firstly about my own character and secondly about the miracles. I have always been a person who was willing to pass over a multitude of flaws, obvious dubieties, even glaring halting questions; about a person whom I have adjudged to be of a good character. Likewise about […]

  • Hurt and Understanding

    Hurt understands consideration: These words whose scopes reflex  so intercedently This way and that, as how one might consider How taught consideration voluntarily concedes Its graciousness to others   Whether a brother? Or else a mother?   The laws of nature jingling on God’s angling golden chain Working a way within dry hearts may make […]

  • Christmas Spirit

    For many years there was that hiatus; that gap between a hankering-after and remembrance of a time when there was a ‘Christmas Spirit’ in the air at Christmastime; and now in these recent years that hankering-after and remembrance is hardly ever referred to anywhere anymore. Nowadays we celebrate Midwinter Break, and all the Advent Calendars […]

  • Justice versus Mercy

    “Everyone has won, and all must have prizes” – Lewis Carroll- The Alice Books In regard to the age-old conflict and debate arising from conflict concerning Justice versus Mercy; I would like to add another coupling of terms in a grapple of antagonism: Logic versus Grace. Logic most often sides with Justice; and Grace with Mercy. […]

  • Root 2

    I’ve been reading Maths so as to be able to help educate my son in the subject. The guy who wrote the textbook I am using says that there are ‘rational’ numbers and ‘irrational’ numbers. He says an ‘irrational’ number is one which when expressed as a decimal figure carries on (it is thought) to […]

  • Crazy Shoppers

    Saw a bald guy cruising casual in a tattooed vest Thought it was Bruce Willis He maybe thought he maybe was Bruce Willis too? And saw Beyonce’s perfume feted in the local news An avalanche of scent orders just hit the town I tried a shellsuit on and strutting out went playing the dude I […]

  • Lies, Damned Lies and Politics

    The art of politics in liberal democracies seems to be one of the lowest points in the dignity of human relations to which a so-called public servant is able to stoop. Liberal democracies being societies wherein at the least nominally an electorate has influence, for good or ill, to bring to bear on those who […]

  • The Servant of All

    Jesus said unto them: The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.  But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. I am among you as he that […]

  • The Grand Global Dream Disaster

    Dreams slide into screens Slide into schemes Slide into means Celebrity rock, and movie stars Top sports heroes, and all those packing life’s a blast All revel, handsomely enthrall, In the glossy fancy photos on consoles And in glammy mandatory magazines And on tempting charismatic TV shows And on rabid radios The cool set lives […]

  • Empty Society

    Free to be empty, To have been deemed, esteemed, pre-empted And had schooling in the ruling to be inarticulate Free to accept of what has been decided What’s been provided By the engine drivers of the choice machine: Buy their tablets, clothing, bet and booze regimes Be free to slouch in what has been presented […]

  • The Day Today

    Recently thought on friends who have of late left light behind, Resigned the day, and gone into The Delphic Mystery T’has plunged a needle puncture in my crimpled heart Where bites it there, as it were a singularity A moot eventuality Jacking up pain struck of an absent magnitude   But borne in still is […]

  • The Leash

    Life’s livings played, mislaid, by bought desires, acquired constraints By-pass the marching heady saints’ close tonic harmonies Tub-thumping in pursuit of coin collections Their raucous pier-end silver-bandstand unencumbered keys Breathe over sands a music poured out oil on treacherous seas   In roving bands our lives are led – by wacky Frodo quests Following a […]

  • God and Mammon – Two Masters

    Assuredly captive shakes our head on haphazard Under the Christmas tree are occular daylights clean blown out On the block of the rational executioner presumed disembling quarrels Ready his circling axe   With an aim to the tree root cut down, offers sunny dreams, dayglo, With an eye to a new development on a new […]

  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 and other of his works

    There are said to be two modes of music – dance and song – and that universally music tends either towards the dance or else towards the song. (I believe I first discovered this distinction written in Ezra Pound’s writings who has made the observation?) In Tchaikovsky’s orchestral works we very often see the dance […]

  • Wayback When

    Each a Creation of The Big Bang are we perhaps, maybe? Must marvel at what we are, and hither have come to be, A gala of implications in a Christmas tree snow globe Surpassing in wizardry its incidence arose   Back, back in time before, the stars galore were not nightly lit Nor circuits cut […]

  • All-Consuming Marketplaces

      Assorted games of apprehension they play and captivate us The grammars of gladsome glamour are so well-known; are lightly thrown Over one’s eyes   Suborning us by liquid tempting lyres of lily lies Our fluttering hype pretensions cause us chase cheap butterflies Among the designer quarries   And join in the singing chorus with […]

  • The Song of a Creature of a Day – (inspired by a drawing by Durer and by my city walks)

    A single upstart soldier stood Waving like a silly body A tunic green; a hood of blood From dawn to noon, from bud to bravery    Upholding a light to nature’s Spring courages Tucked in a niche crevice upright alone No panoply profuse nor gaudy entourages Just a nip of soil, around plenteous place of […]

  • The Messiah

    I have been unable to get out of my head “And who shall stand when he appeareth?” I have been unable to lay its song And symphony   Of chords and carols, it follows me around As Shostakovich was said to hear his native sounds And it has given a sympathy to me Has been […]

  • A World Unregenerate

    What’s trapped in us – that forces its way out Mangles a heart to shreds, affrays; and in its rage Licenses no remission, intimately steals Apace against a better furnished mind   Where ought fare seated rarer truer things, Hopes for the scopes that hope premeditates, Roads that affirm, confederate a peace…. Dishevel: Shaken indeed, […]

  • Schiller Beethoven and Joy

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Xian Zhang with BBC National Chorus of Wales and the CBSO Chorus This evening 30th July 2017 performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall was Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. One of the most remarkable pieces of music from one of the most remarkable of composers. Since having first listened to […]

  • Post-postmodernism

    The pyre upplumes; ignited by hot hands’ exhilarations A ratio exactly furbished by fire-waving bonded bands Descendants of the village-swarm compound on evil doers Laughingly to burn   The hope’s to scare off shadow-casters, primates habit-shaped Nightshades whom pressed to say within, without, are housed, Defined as matter or as mind? Inhibiting, inhabiting, fear’s backwoods […]

  • The Other Side of The Bubble

    In the world like a bubble In the world you don’t see here’s the bubble You’re in, you’re curled No, not the social whirl, though the social whirl’s A bubble A container framing trouble among the merry muddle Hustling grandiose bustle There is with nature and the leaves of greening trees With the breeze and […]

  • In Captivity

    What is it we want? What lack we, to make our dreams? Dishonest desire is led astray by artificial need. Destructive vires grow day on day and speed with famished feed   That habit to consume, a mainline drug deal, liberal to Hang-up, hang-out to dry, us on the lie’s production line As we follow […]

  • On Balance

    All the days shimmering flurries stir belligerent people Seeking, and serving, not their brother’s better interest, neither Their sister’s, mother’s, father’s, cousin’s, favourite budgie’s, rather   Leathering, lathering, taking up, and to task, to town, acute brouhahas Circling a prey at night, eyes set, aglowing; rival tigers Follow a wrathful vengeance; equity behind closed doors […]

  • Hope

    I was searching for a hope at any price – except Integrity – not mine – but of that skein, reputed Of fine thread held up, held out; which latched onto That it should hold me firm   And take my wait, so break my fall, my fears Colliding head-on with uprushing floors, concrete, intact […]

  • “The Terrors of the Earth”

    “I will have such revenges on you both That all the world shall—I will do such things— What they are yet I know not, but they shall be The terrors of the earth. You think I’ll weep? No, I’ll not weep.” These are words spoken by Shakespeare’s character King Lear in the drama of his […]

  • Eliot: Early and Late

    Even so great a figure in the intellectual world of the mid 20th century as Sir Maurice Bowra was persuaded that T S Eliot’s later works represented a falling off of his poetic gifts; and that Eliot’s early works – I guess Prufrock, Portrait of a Lady, and The Waste Land being primes cases in […]

  • Fragments

    Coursing across down up roads crossing taking lefts Rights, centres, to the body; blows from city heats Preliminary knockout rounds selecting who might what Fill out our set shop-window: paucity today Of finer decencies   I made a list this day on a short shopping trip To buy Some stocks of groceries, and whilst sat […]

  • Love and Language

    Some schemes are proper to poetry; some pertain To prayer more nearly, yet are proper frames; Here then are two alike; two schemas; two regimes Apprising our sincerities   Suborned are words like kernels gated inside wooden shells Invention; attached intention; easiness of phrase; These are the haul demanded; hard-commanded; seldom To be come by […]

  • Poker

    A reasonably perspicacious person might have predicted that the card game of poker should have become greatly celebrated and its players raised to high esteem in a Post-Modern age such as ours is. Post Modernism for the most part having ‘left behind’ the virtues which had been tied to Christian belief, although I believe these […]

  • In Memoriam: Tony Bianchi

    Inquisitive athirst, rehearsed in eager earnest A guy no barrier to engagement might propound Reserve or distance to preserve a height Of fancied amplitudes Like he was local the sort of bloke who’ll Seem ordinary anywhere there special was Embedded here he shone whole and regardless Himself he spread as easy quicksilver Across a medley […]

  • “Thy Rebuke Has Broken His Heart”

    It is a shaken weakening ailing sort of thing Throws you over like a fall at combat A thwack and the nervous heart-strings take a tragic loop A fragile shiver   That scalpel of Bible language cuts at hanging strains Hits to the midriff like a boxer’s body blow effects Opening up rigor, the tough […]

  • ‘I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now’

    Doomed dust; thrust from a womb Out of dumb lusts begotten A birthing done forgotten; a wet thirst At once nursed; then days’ rehearsal bit-parts Not yet written; deeds no pattern Eyesight no labels and thought bides vegetable Unsighted to discern the eventual urn Framing all context; and normative reflex; Consideration uninformed, and set intention […]

  • One’s Lone Narcissism

    Locked in a limpid pool which reads your lily eyes Rocking so lightly over waters; gaze ablaze You face the pleasing promise; A moving pictures idol smoothly-groomed of gracious stance A gander being a swan   Chases unreason’s fancies, bringing hand-on-hearty sighs Conjuring invitations, unilluminating bright Purlieus of looking glasses carrying brittle hopes Raise passions […]

  • To Make Do and Mend

    It‘s too late once emerged to hatch ways out of here After the nursling corn Our fate speaks: make a headway quick and clear: Then are we born   Adrift, no rules no signals, in Creation’s arms The formulaic fails, engagement leans, betakes the helm   Our lackings schooled Are promptly tooled By consanguinity Against […]

  • Taking a Cut

    A surly flick, a twist -‘Item of mine – is this’ –   Possession holds men sway, as they consider And turning over toys search highchair money moves On what’s their best demeanour, The utmost sign inclined to reputation, So to; Beat up a thrum, be brazen brash – command   High feverish declamations state […]

  • Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique

    Racked, stretched out prone on its cross of hectic passion Large music plays you; welcomes through cruel iron Gates, wit-hung, levered open Comes Hector-like: Tchaikovsky battle-throes ring agonistes Horns rail out; brass supplies terse anabasis march Its deluge overwhelms, and mustering Hands caught-up in flail and flourish, beating eggs The unreasonable neuroses fester wrested clues; […]

  • Flower Power

    Is it a paranoia or psychoses That creditor, rings in rhymes with predator That drama chimes out nicely against trauma And evil turns live backwards? That history opens out to show His Story And evolution renders out in love? So prosecution measures up as persecution Omission photo-calls upon emission And desiccation synergises meet with desecration. […]

  • Proportionality

    Proportionality is best known in its use as a word in Law; Statute Law. Most of us know that rule on which our law is based and which was parodied by the operetta-makers Gilbert and Sullivan, who said;’ Make the punishment fit the crime’. This making the punishment fit the crime is an example of […]

  • Doing Time

    The jailer turns and passes through a shone hard ray of light Burning along like fire the dire and coffin-square enclave Palled full of darkness-dormered souls, abort of inclination; It bursted in from outside rare where ebullient air revives Asthmatic breaths   An alien sojourner with us, and fleeting friend; stylus with hand Of brightness […]

  • ‘The Serpent Beguiled Me, and I Did Eat’

    Let’s first run through that Bible story in Genesis of The Fall from Grace of Adam and Eve, the first people and created by God, and placed by him in Paradise in the Garden of Eden. There are people here in the UK today, many, many, who are not familiar with this story; or else […]

  • Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru:

    Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru: Hay Festival Talk by the Author to James Naughtie of BBC Radio 4 Sunday 4 June 2017 The author was interviewed about his award-winning novel ‘Gods without Men’. I myself have not read the novel; this essay I am about to write refers to this interview led by BBC’s […]

  • Nonsense Logics

    I have been reading a book, a religious commentary, being a feminist look at a male dominated Holy Bible, and specifically The New Testament. The aim of the editor of this book is stated by the her, being put into my own words: for the writings it contains to assist in liberating and broadening the […]

  • Anger, Despite, and Frustration

    I try to avoid the mainstream news media and their commentary. I have found my mood is more even and settled whenever I am able to get away with not being exposed to these published and broadcast items. I walk out quite often into my home town centre; and there I see how very deprived […]

  • Why I am so Protestant

    Thinking of myself I was struck quite suddenly by the realisation that I am very very strongly Protestant in religion. That’s not to say I condemn all other denominations, communions faiths than my own; nor it is to say that I see and find nothing of use, comfort, or salutary in others ways of acknowledging […]

  • Passion and Desire

    There’s a Hebrew image from the Rabbinical writings to which William Barclay, author of The Daily Study New Testament refers, and which conjures the idea of The Lord God leaning forward in prayer to Himself beseeching that He should always remain merciful. A fine if unusual image carrying many layers of query and thought within […]

  • On Spenser

    Hear of that lovely hoary tale of old Folding its speculations round us, and never yet over-sold Encapturing in its raptures cheering turbulent dull clay; Wanderings into wolds of words in a wonderful melee   Recover on that good rush; for blood slips their veins, and wails The blasted halting labour making turns on bacon […]

  • Where The Three Ways Meet

    The number three is for many persons special. We say – ‘three cheers!’; three scores we call ‘ a hat trick’; God Himself is three ‘the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit’; we ask in fairytales for ‘three wishes’; we get ‘three goes’ with darts; in many sports – hammer – javelin – long […]

  • On the Far Side of The World

    Boy-biker joy raises terrible noise on the block And reminds me of a man I knew once, Geoff; Dead now of motor neurone; he was pretty gauche; Performed a business operation for his late employ In North America.   Went up by air balloon; the Arizona desert strewn below; For why? There is that tiny […]

  • “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;…”

    What is this hope; this anchor; on which the soul is secured; and which enters as the scripture says “within the veil”? And what can this mean; this “within the veil”? The words are a mighty bit obscure here; there’s nothing, no word amongst them all which has not got a clear and direct meaning […]

  • Simple or Sophisticated?

    Originally I wanted to write about how plain and simple language is able sometimes, when well thought out, to move a person as deeply as any strong experience in life is able to. Then I heard a news bulletin – much to my disturbance, as usual, – and it was about the current French National […]

  • Edmund Spenser: Poet Supreme.…..who???…

    A dead name. One of those uninviting white Anglo-Saxons of yore. To us, in a time when people are so busily living, past times are so very much not of account. There are ever-current for us fervid movements for the progression of this agenda, and hectic lobbyists for the furtherance of that campaign; and altogether […]

  • The Feral Weatherman

    As on the morning of the bash his position not assumed But compromised by spew bursted across the news G spot: BBC’s Weather Office took a sedentary view Saved him, his job strung out on isobars, from houshold scrap   Another iteration of his competence forthwith (Like other cover stories covered heretofore were played Oafs […]

  • Organic Food: The Body as Temple

    One of my favourite authors, as anyone who reads my stuff might know, is John Milton. Following the precedent of The Bible; in particular at 1 Corinthians 6.19 which states: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye […]

  • Wherefore There Care?

    Where care in love gets in, Into daily to-dos and gesturing At the junctions at cramped crossroads; bulked by rolling rows, Of lumbering trafficks;   Or else in the working life, beyond relief, where battle thrives, Impairing, and forestalling good report; and criminals Courting displeasures of The Crown, receive her frown, On starting sentence   Wherefore […]

  • The Great and The Governed

    Dreaming a demos, The Founding Fathers laundered out Their Worships on a Line of Truth in hope, now puppet-show; A conceptual Escape from Alcatraz by leave of Crazy Horse; And the sheen of silver sidewalks soiled, abraded off   Steer here, or nearly hereabouts, coerce there peradventure; And worse, envisaged freedom bombs; a crude attack […]

  • Dead Dead Things, Dead Live Things, and Live Things

    This article aims to take a look at some conundrums of biology, natural selection, and adaptation. I know very very little about the workings of cellular biological organisms; or for that matter about any biology or organisms of any kind at all. The enquiries I shall be attempting to make will be moreso then philosophical […]

  • True

    I began a series on Words a few months back, and this article I write now aims at being a continuation of that theme. The word under consideration is the word: True; and a lot of what I am about to write will speak about Christ and about Christians and their faith. Firstly, – you […]

  • My Friend The Vegan

    I have a son who is a vegetarian. He eats dairy products and vegetables, grains, and fruit only. I have a friend who is vegan; and she eats only foods of the plant families of living things. I understand the motivations – especially those which rest in an appalled sensitivity to the plight and fate […]

  • Consumption by Consumption to Consume

    The crazy rabble catching capital trouble, Rouble or dollar, blue n white collar Lean virulent servitudes; renascent slaves Make trade beatitude   Postmodern blacks installed in racks, perfunctorily paraded To a once-a-day-dance pistol shoot – The Wild Wild West! High harvest home of honour high, accompt philosophy, Heritor of garbled-massages of garbaged Christian kindness True […]

  • Songs and Tunes I Recall (3)

    Now there was plenty of mysticism in the later 1960s and early 70s; associated with popular music and musicians; and there were few performers of the first rank who did not dabble at the least in a little quasi-religious, slightly vague sentiments, on vinyl and in person or performance. Commonly the media at least, and […]

  • No Respecter of Persons

    The Lord Jesus Christ we are told in several places in the four gospels (the AV 1610 version) was such; was ‘no respecter of persons’. The expression is now antiquated; but I am reliably informed that in our times it might be rendered as ‘not a person who pays attention to rank, position, titles, influence, […]

  • Pitch and Performance

    “At the ripe old age of 34 – statistically the happiest of your life – comedian C*** D****** is now seemingly finding peace in a vegetable-planting, self-hating liberal existence… but has he made a terrible mistake?” Hereabove is the ‘pitch’ come from a venue in my home city which is hosting a UK standup comic. The […]

  • Why me?

    Kids ask themselves questions pretty soon after they begin school. Questions like: ‘How/Why am I me?’ And ‘What’s it like to be someone else?’. It’s an acknowledgement by kids of the curious and ineffable mystery of consciousness; self-consciousness. As a parent one is able to ramble on somewhat discursively about an embryo having been formed […]

  • God allowed Trump to be Elected so as to give the Tabloid Press some Real News to Print

    Everything’s satire, parody, an entire blancmange Of genres, letting-go of moorings slipping free, adrift, Charts off the radar, dances in the hold, recruited crews Guffawing on All troth and fealty neatly being drowned like kittens   We dig out our exposures. empty earths from underneath Our feet; might upright have been stood against a day […]

  • What Happens to All the Mayhem

    Cantor and Mentor; what becomes of sin After your hand, O holy Christ, has entered in? After a grimy board is wiped, and pristine once again   When Love triumphant burnishes a savage soul.   How might that load of ugliness be shent, or go Down to the devils contemplating spitefulness below Or turns it […]

  • Songs and Tunes I Recall (2)

    I wrote in the first of this series of pieces on Songs and Tunes about the rise of idealism as expressed in social conscience and consciousness of larger and unwieldy political issues; about how the big issue of The Cold War and its threat of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) was taken up by Barry Macguire in […]

  • The Problem of Evil

    “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us”. Galatians 3.13 Having been as if I had been in a […]

  • Songs and Tunes I Recall (1)

    Let’s begin with Barry Macguire, whose single popular song with which I am acquainted seemed to me, and looking back yet seems to me, to typify strongly one impressive aspect of life for most people during the nineteen sixties and seventies. This aspect was called The Cold War. There were at least two occasions during […]

  • Life-aims in Purgatory

    I am sure of God Of Him I am certain . Piddling, meddling, concupiscence of dreamers curtain Interfere Obscure, adhere   Their super-glued tight sticking plaster scraps Over wet wounds which otherwise would heal Paste aspirational goals As like some invalided well-advanced diabetes Burdens the whole   In such things I am sure slick schemers […]

  • “What a piece of work is man… how noble in reason…”

    Shakespeare’s encomium on humanity which he put into the mouth of his Hamlet: “What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon […]

  • A Deeper Look than Perception

    There is a weekly newspaper from an organisation named The Salvation Army, and it is called The War Cry. As anyone reasonably conversant with British history will understand; the name of the organisation and of the weekly are both indicative of their origins; and that they were created here in the UK first during the […]

  • “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

    What does this mean? Jesus’ words here are difficult to interpret singly; as having a sole and lone meaning; definitively so. They contain so much meaning they act to confuse a reader of them; because meanings which a person might derive from them are able to permutate by means of overlap; and thereby they multiply […]

  • Paradise Lost – An Epic Poem (3) – by John Milton

    Part 1 of Paradise Lost Part 2 of Paradise Lost __________________________________________________________ John Milton lived through a most tumultuous period in English history. He saw in his youth the procession of events and tensions which led to The English Civil War breaking out; the king versus parliament; the Anglican hierarchy against The Puritan non-conformists; know more commonly as […]

  • Vestiges

    Having no star to reach for; nor no landscape of a sake; No avatar to preach over, hence no scope to cultivate; Failure cuts up desire; forever Christ hangs-on His trace A portent daily   A social whirl redounds applause; its danse macabre pastiche Of scarecrow partner existential fairy step and creep Propels each man […]