Getting There – 31st May 2022

I don’t want you to get left behind
I know you feel you’re standing still
The world is running too fast to find
The chances to improve your skill
So I’ll give you all the time I can
Although my time is hard to spare
Let’s walk together to make a plan
That will see you getting there

Failures really gave me confidence. They led to great things and opportunities. I was terrified of those very things happening until they happened.

Cindy Spiegel

Old Geezer – 30th May 2022

We didn’t know it before
Why the dark clouds came
You just had to get on with it
With only yourself to blame
Then someone turns on the light
And it all starts to make sense
So begins the slow process
To down the shields of defence

Inspired by reading Mick Wall’s Black Sabbath biography and Geezer Butler growing up with undiagnosed depression, much like myself.

The feeling of having no power over people and events is generally unbearable to us.

Robert Greene

Smoke – 29th May 2022

He’s the number one, top dog
Always best in class
Sits quietly satisfied
As smoke is blown up his ass
Everyone else plays in the mud
Whilst he lounges on the grass
In between sips of champagne
Smoke is blown up his ass
Whilst everyone struggles to get in
He always gets a pass
Head held high at the gate
As smoke gets blown up his ass
A nose, again, turned brown
From impressing all the brass
It’s difficult to focus
With all the smoke blown up his ass
Smiling teeth a-gleaming
A halo as clear as glass
Powered by all the steam
Of the smoke blown up his ass

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were reality.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Slave Driven – 26th May 2022

Having walked through shadow and light
Seeing the slaves in misery and distress
Even those with strength and faith
Struggle to make sense of this mess
The apprentice, artisan and employer
The soldier, governor and king
All enslaved with submission
Of another’s tune to sing
Chained to the parent’s past
Urged to yield oneself to tradition
Words create empty echoes
When failed to express contrition

Certain types of persons are terrified even to poke a big toe into genuinely felt regret or sadness, or to get angry. This means they are afraid to live.

from The Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Me Vs You – 24th May 2022

Is a choice between two evils
Even a choice at all?
And the middle is mediocre
If that’s where the chips fall
The balance of all power
Remains in the hands of a few
So the systems maintain
If the parties are one or two
Where corruption can be stamped out
And happiness prevails
Any system promoting self-interest
Will be the one that fails

The real object of pity is the person who has never been through adversity.


No Luck – 23rd May 2022

It’s not luck that gained success
Things didn’t just fall into place
Good preparation, good decisions
Kept everything within its grace
Hard work and perseverance
Never giving up on the goal
Fall down and get up again
Choosing things within control

The difference between good and great results is often found in consistently doing the boring things you know you should do when you feel like doing them the least.

Farnam Street

Empire Fanfic For Slow Kids – 22nd May 2022

Words are written to fan the flames
Generate outrage with magic games
Knowing nothing except the names
Of all those whom the writer blames
Propaganda pushed to every screen
Harmony must remain a dream
The devil, front and centre, seen
More dangerous than it’s ever been
Heroes forever dashing hopes
Innocents on hanging ropes
Testing how its society copes
Forever sliding down slippery slopes

*Inspired by and title appropriated from Caitlin Johnstone

What are you going to believe, the facts or your eyes?

Ronald Reagan official