Only a little reading time today.
Who Has Seen The World Aflame?
On the 2019-20 bushfires in Australia
Where have you been in recent times?
Have you seen the fiery effects of CO𝟸?
Did you feel the heat?
Did you hear the trees alight cry out in pain
And see their leaves fly away from normality
As burning embers
Setting fire to other forests of worldly schemes?
In the midst of all this
Did you support the paranoia of climate doubt?
Yes? I cannot continue this discussion
Because the world is still aflame
In my mind
Cooked to a cinder like a Pudding Lane house in 66
Yet the need arises to tell the story
To strive to impose wisdom on a witless world
Even though the smoke of the inferno
No longer curses my eyes
Or maligns my breathing with a malevolence
That takes away my sanity
As I hear again
The sirens sound the death knell
Of my tomorrows
5 May 2020
Instructions to Schools 2084
Children must be tested
Thoroughly and without deviation
To promote compliance with the norm
Difference brings intense remediation
Plead for funds if you wish
But do not be over demanding
For thrift must be the rule
With government revenue
Teach the arts
But sparingly lest revolution show its dangerous face
Train the drones for work in the market place
Beware of satire and humour
For laughter is a threat to equanimity
Teach history synthesised as a harmless piece
This above all, observe approved practices
As you impose a spending ban
And it shall follow as the night the day
Each child will grow according to the plan
8 May 2020
What must our children learn today
In this arid testing time?
How to save water they need to know
As the rivers no longer flow
An attitude to lightning
Will clearly be the norm
As violence shakes the world each day
In the shape of a savage storm
History of science will be much taught
With links to all the great theses
Lots of pictures and ancient films
To remind us of lost species
Admen will sponsor our daily life
With a constant barrage of lies
So children must learn the crucial art
Of rejecting what truth denies
Above all else will be the need
To reach out for pure air
Since what was once a heavenly breath
Is now no longer there
Teachers will teach and pupils will reach
A stage of desired augmentation
Whatever the outcome our leaders will say
It’s all for the good of the nation
2 May 2020
Time for sleeping Daddy?
Yes my love
Will you tell me things before I sleep?
Yes my love
What was a tree Daddy?
It was a tall post with arms and things called leaves my love
What was a bird Daddy?
It was a living spirit with wings that flew through the air my love
What is a flower Daddy?
A beautiful joy that one day you still might see my love
What was a butterfly Daddy?
A pretty thing that danced on the air my love
What was a tiger Daddy?
A brave and noble creature once roaming the earth my love
Why is the sea so angry Daddy?
Storms without end give it no peace my love
What is a split atom Daddy?
A nasty thing that blights the world my love
I am tired now Daddy I think I will go to sleep
Good night my love; rest well
14 July 2012
A Word From The Sponsor
Thank you for providing such interesting films
For me to purloin for profit
I enjoy so much
Interrupting each plot at a crucial moment
As this sells so well
With the would be client’s attention at its peak
News bulletins also
Are a major source of funds
Murder and violence take interest for a ride
If you fit an ad in where the victims died
Give those soaps your approval too
Love affairs have a great sale capacity
They have what it takes to sell
And the actors play their parts so well
The actors in the ads I mean
Who catch our gaze with each scene
So there you have it
The arts whose verifiable function now is earning
Will keep the wheels of commerce smoothly turning
So let me assure you
As long as there are Academy Awards and Logies
I will be there to use a constant stream of your time
Raising interest in the adman’s bogeys
For my own ends
Yes. Thank you so much – so very much
12 May 2020
Minos Inc. of 2084
The first Minos was a Greek king, very rich and powerful.
Tell me Minos Inc. what do clouds do?
Clouds give us rain polluted by me.
Tell me Minos Inc. what does rain do?
Rain gives us rivers failing to reach the sea.
Tell me Minos Inc. what does the sea do?
The sea is filled with plastic made by me.
Tell me Minos Inc. what does the plastic do?
The plastic kills the fish once caught by me.
Tell me Minos Inc. what do the fish do?
The fish float dead in the ocean.
Tell me Minos Inc. what does the ocean do?
The ocean is a garbage tip created by me.
Tell me Minos Inc. what does the garbage do?
It washes up on beaches bespoiled by me.
Tell me Minos Inc. what do the beaches do?
They are zones of people’s despair created by me.
Tell me Minos Inc. what do those people do?
The people retreat sadly to their houses.
Tell me Minos Inc. what do their houses do?
The houses are their shelter from the grime.
Tell me Minos Inc. what does the grime do?
The wind blows it away as dust into the city.
Tell me Minos Inc. what does the city do?
The city is the marketplace where I sell my schemes.
15 September 2012
Well now here I am – somewhere
What am I doing here?
According to many I am in my senility
Using the surplus time of my life
To fill a few pages with my lack of ability
That’s true enough I suppose
No work – little play
A recipe for a dull old man
And yet maybe
There are some extenuating circumstances
(Big words I learnt seventy five years ago)
Maybe, just maybe
Someone will read those pages of mine
And get an idea for me or against me
As a consequence
The world will be just a little different
As I wander towards my grave
14 May 2010
That’s all for the moment. Thank you for coming here.