Take me to the twelve The leaders of the show From up on your mountain Looking down on all below In awe of your majesty All the fighting has been done Time to make some toys Now the battle has been won Something still was missing All the goals had been achieved The minions needed order And something to be believed Here we are many eons later Mistakes still being made Fighting amongst each other Our peace has been delayed On our way underground Discovering truth much too late Wishing for eternal youth For which we’d always wait Wisdom came and found us It was always oh, so near Take it to the after life Because you can’t have it here Sailing down the winding river Darkness is descending Say goodbye to all you know This is your life ending
Currently reading Stephen Fry’s ‘Mythos’ – it’s intriguing that the tales of Gods captivate us in some way despite knowing that it isn’t real. Are we even looking at them and laughing at these old stories to describe our existence? I laugh at many religious beliefs because they are nonsensical and I wouldn’t even really bother to read them and whilst I’m enjoying reading this book and these stories – what to make of it?
You got a gift, virus infection Breathe it out, in every direction No one knows until inspection No one safe until injection
Students came back to school on Monday, by Friday the school was closed again as there was a case of Covid (more on this at some point in the future) and they are still making the teachers come to school to teach online! Something that we can easily do from home. Thailand – I despair, sometimes.
What am I? The hip-priest? Unappreciated? I have feelings too, though I often hide them well Words cut deep until your appetite is sated Where do we go from here, only time will tell Just a little confirmation, inquiry on my state Will go a long way to making me feel okay Let’s make it good again before it’s too late And regret all the things we forgot to say
In Your Head
There’s a coward in the room Hiding out of sight Stuck alone with you Through the day and night A shadow of a being Testing all your ideas Teasing and twisting Pushing the buttons of your fears Naggin’ at your noggin You listen to each spell Mixing up your emotions You can no longer tell The differences of what’s right And wrong at all If you keep listening to that devil You will surely fall
Running around, filling in forms Photocopying passports and paper Wasting time and wasting petrol On this stupid annual caper “You’ve done it wrong, take it back” Take it to another station Always use blue ink, never black For those lovely folks at immigration “Thanks for coming, we’ll take your money But go away and do it right” Said one thing and meant another “Now get the hell out of my sight” Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full Please let me stay in your land It’s enough to make you want to leave This isn’t what I’d planned It’s like you don’t want us here Unless we pay through the nose Your useless corrupt system’s Designed just to keep us on our toes I’m trying to make it along here A house with pets, a job and a wife But maybe it’s time to reconsider Where I spend the rest of my life
Stupid rain, you wet my shoes Flooded the car park badly Jump right on in the river Now my socks are smelling, sadly Left my umbrella in the house When yesterday’s rain abated No sign of a break in clouds No matter how long I waited
The kids are back in school today Happy to see their friends and play Look at their personal screens Is this what playing together means? Is co-op play really that social Why not run around a park that’s local? But if this is how the future’s set It’s the best education a kid can get
On a walk last week I picked some things to notice, one being electricity meters. In England and Australia these things are usually hidden away somewhere but here in Thailand they are usually visible somewhere out on the street where, although they can be easily tampered with, they can be easily read by the Electricity Board. They are not particularly noticeable though – unless you start looking for them. I found these ten quickly on a single walk.
The other thing that these pictures got me thinking about was Thai’s fascination and superstition about numbers. I haven’t heard anything specifically about numbers on these meters but lottery tickets and car number plates (as well as auspicious dates) are considered gossip worthy by many people here. When folks are told that their car number plates are not very lucky they may be guided by a fortune teller or particular monk to add another number to the plate, usually smaller than the numbers of the official plate. This goes along with a superstition about the colour of one’s car and if told they have an unlucky colour will add a sticker saying ‘This car is blue’ to improve their luck.
Thai’s (generalising) put way too much stock into these kinds of things, thinking that they have little or no control over their own lives. When they put little effort into improving themselves they can blame bad luck for their failures. Obviously I don’t think this is good, but am I right? I just tell myself I am.
Well, this made for a pleasant afternoon, sometimes listening in the background as I swung in the hammock reading through more Infinite Jest, other times blasting out loudly to shaking fists and sing-a-longs “Our society – what a drag!”
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Looking with fresh eyes of wonder The non judgemental eyes of a child Eyes that ignore another’s blunder Eyes at once both wide and wild Mistakes forgotten, sweet eyes forgiving Eyes above looking down their perch Youthful eyes not tired of living Energetic eyes on a constant search
You are my favourite fork Comfortable in my palm Pins not sharp enough To do me any harm You are my favourite knife Good for cutting cheese Just right for some butter Spreading as I please You are my favourite spoon The right shape for my mouth Soup, yoghurt, stir fry Smoothly in and smoothly out Some utensils just aren’t right Others are perfect for me I’m grateful to find the ones For breakfast, dinner and tea
When everyone laughs at you It’s best to laugh along too Don’t let things affect you so Stand upright to any blow Strength’s applied when nothing done It’s not a game that must be won Take it with a pinch of salt It’s not really anyone’s fault Emotions tug at simple minds The simple comes in many kinds Our reactions were never taught Perhaps that’s something that we ought To teach our kids in schools Give them these important tools Inner peace and satisfaction As opposed to angry passion
Give me the big cup! Double up! Make them big shots Top it off! Drink it slow Then take off! When it’s time to go I got enough! Buzz and howling Flying high! The fear of falling Pushed aside Tomorrow morning Same again! Without a warning Jump my brain!