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  • 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 […]