170 articles in General

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]