Poems on this day – 17th June 2021

Twelve

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?

Gift

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.

Poems on this day – 16th June 2021

He Is Not…….

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

Annual Caper – 15th June 2021

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

Poems on this day – 14th June 2021

Stupid Rain

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

Co-op

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

The Art of Noticing Electricity Meters – 13th June 2021

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.

My random playlist is better than your random playlist – 12th June 2021

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!”

Mother #2 Omoide Hatoba The Public Bath Singles Collection
Forever Government Issue Complete History Vol. 2
Altitude Lake Slift Ummon
Tarpit Dinosaur Jr. You’re Living All Over Me
Mind For Sea (Disc GO: GO Vol. 1) Various Artists Bibliotheque Exotique Volume 4: Musique du “Voo-Doo”
Traum von der goldenen Zukunft (Theme) Kosmischer Läufer       The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83: Volume Three
Bright Lights The Pogues Pogue Mahone
Drop Dead Pussy Galore Historia De La Musica Rock
I Spread My Wings Towards You COH     Above Air
Society Subhumans
Another Victory Cypress Hill Skulls And Bones
Midnight Train (demo) The Monkees Missing Links Vol 3
Balladen Om Björnbär Och Nätmelon Kebnekaise Kebnekaise III
God Bows To Math The Bugs Know Best Project Fake: A Tribute to The Minutemen
Dusk Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins I’m Armed With Quarts Of Blood
Of Schlagenheim black midi   Schlagenheim
Maailmantekijät Oksennus   Valkoinen jättiläinen
Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Mono, Single Version) Ramones Ramones 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Obsession The Stills Beyond The River
Feeding Evil Sebadoh Freed Weed
Predecessors Expire Secretary So Diabolical
Piledriver Z-Rock Hawaii Z-Rock Hawaii
Crazy Ass Shit Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Rebel Truth-Dreams of a Boy Various Artists Charred Remains
Doom Jean Louis Morse
Set Of Crayons Motor Totemist Guild Archive Two
I Don’t Go Back All, The Prae Kraut Pandaemonium 
The Way She Smiled Max Ryan & Where Were You At Lunch     Before We Lose Each Other Again
His is the Acetate Scepter Gapeseed       Project 64
Mummy Wheat Mark Stanley & Farquhar Meadow Full Of Serpents
On a Roll Wipers Silver Sail
Mercy of Slumber Rudimentary Peni Archaic
Sensitive Plant Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe M144
Another Piece VERMINES Killed By Death #100
Nervous Duy Tuxedomoon Scream With A View 12”
These Hands The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette
Song #1 Fugazi 3 Songs EP
Game Over Antelope S/T
Show Me DENNY WARD L.A. In 1979
Leland Shatner’s Bassoon Aquatic Ape Privilege
Heavy [Remix] The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 1999 – Xtra-Acme USA
Tijuana 3/28/96 Smart Went Crazy Con Art
Pet Dub (Live) Pell Mell The Bumper Crop
No More – Blood And Flowers V German Punk and Wave 1978-1984
Klonopina Jenny Fatale y Los Degolladores Bloodstains Across Puerto Rico
Six and Change (live) Pagans Pink Album Plus!
This Little Girl Hombres Coloured Sights & Sounds – Vol 4
Crack In The Concrete Fred Frith Gravity
(crazy) love beam automatic supper & rabb2 Usagi-Chang Superstar
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V’Shamru Jon Madof Rashanim
Time Unrest Lisa Carol Freemont
Super ape BLONDnewHALF CLEAN
Opuscul PoiL     L’ire des papes
Three Heads Lindsay Cooper Rarities
مرصد سمرقند كاسيت التاجر التجريبي الأول
Bro. Bill Cactus LP
It’s Not Imagination Gentle Giant Civilian
Forget That Girl [Mix #4] The Monkees Miscellaneous Trax
No Home ZEAHORSE Torana Dreamin
World Looks Red (Live at The Kitchen 1982) Sonic Youth
Savage Sea The Pop Group Y (Rhino Reissue)
Once I Had A Woman Jimi Hendrix
Telethon Archbishop Kebab Beyond Ma Ken
Duchess Barzula Phleg Camp Repeat Until Change
CinChiller’s Over Listen CinChiller Music For Maniacs – Nugglets vol 1
Monday Night Native Orthodox
Chinese White The Incredible String Band The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers of The Onion
The Dungeon Next Life Electric Violence
Big Jesus Trash Can Lozenge Mishap
Les Bonnes Chansons Single Bullet Theory Artifacts/yclept Necroscopix Addenda
Ammunition Train Swell Maps International Rescue
Finger on the Pulse My Dad Is Dead The Engine of Commerce
Rock Around The Clock Cardiac Arrest Eric’s, Liverpool – 13 November 1979
Apples From Eden Creeps on Candy Wonders of Giardia
Last Man The Deviants Disposable
Junk NoMeansNo Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed
Follies Fat Day My Name Is I Hate You
Seethruskin Jawbreaker Unfun
Getting Over You (Spirit) Coffee House Blues Debris Vol. 21 (Various Wimps From The Sixties And Seventies!)
Dance The Night Away Cream Disraeli Gears
Mount Celestia Rolo Tomassi Eternal Youth

One’s Utensils – 9th June 2021

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

Teacher, teacher – 8th June 2021

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