In A Waiting Room – 30th June 2022

In a tent, surrounded by nurses
The sick and the fainting
Sweaty palms and sweaty necks
Infected double-masked painting
Every hour numbers multiplying
As the heat keeps turning up
Medicine and food declare the end
Holding onto the winner’s cup

Many people are so worried about looking good that they never do anything great. Many people are so worried about doing something great that they never do anything at all.

Derek Sivers

Camouflage – 29th June 2022

I didn’t see you coming
And I’m not laughing now
An elegant transfer
From there to here somehow
Hiding in the open
Invisible to touch and tongue
You have become a part of me
Buried within my lung
Your camouflage removed
The fight has now started
It’s going until the bitter end
And one of us has departed

First, we must come to believe that we have the capacity to raise ourselves up. Second, we must develop a solid work ethic to back this up. If we are rigorous and persistent, we will be able to overcome almost any obstacle and elevate our position. People who are lazy and undisciplined are much more prone to feeling envy.

Robert Greene

The Collar – 28th June 2022

An elephant in snow eating a purple tangerine
Wears a collar of bread crusts discarded at dinner
A fairy-eared Asian man describes a perfect shoe
And a simple Simon is applauding this night’s winner

Books, walks, parks, runs, libraries, striking conversations, philosophical discussions, sports, introspection, meditation, sunrise, sunset, rain; people who get excited from these are lucky.


The Decline of Western Civilisation Pt II – 26th June 2022

It’s difficult to care about the west
Always declaring itself as best
Fighting its war against the beast
Maintaining control across the east
Patience one day will gain reward
No longer counting whose goals were scored
A better way will come to be
A time that most of us wish to see

Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.

from Welcome to Night Vale

The Week That Was – 16th September 1979

The Decline of Western Civilisation Pt I – 25th June 2022

America is the land of dreams
Only because everyone is sleeping
Nothing is what it seems
Its children are quietly weeping
Glam, glitz, all those shiny things
Pursuit of happiness year-round
Who knows when the fat lady sings
Or words are whispered profound
Watching an empire in decline
Must be frustrating from within
What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is mine
Is no longer seen as sin

You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted. Begin again the story of your life.

Jane Hirshfield

The Devil’s Despair – 22nd June 2022

Scrabbling around in the emptiness
Finding only scraps of dust and hair
Searching for long-buried treasure
To sate the devil’s despair
Concentrating all the kindness
Praying for a new light to shine
Longing for a fuller measure
To shiver on down my spine

As any gardener knows, the vitality of a garden does not end with a harvest. It simply takes another form. Gardens do not ‘die’ in the winter but quietly prepare for another season.

James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games

The Week That Was – 2nd September 1979

The Rock Of Truth – 21st June 2022

Standing on the bank of the river
Sympathies for those floating by
Your tears will cleanse your heart
You cannot comprehend my cry
I am the truth as rock
Stood for a million years
Listening to your sad songs
Whispered between your tears
Empty is your heart and hand
A touch so inviting and smooth
Your house without mirrors
To view your soul to soothe
Long you looked in ridicule
Shackled to the ebb and flow
Grabbing onto sparkling gold
And screaming to never let go

Imagery inspired by a Khalil Gibran short story

Our diversity is not a reason to hate each other. Quite the opposite, we must admire and respect it.

found at Khimushin Alexander, original unknown