IMPORTANT NOTICE! PLEASE READ BELOW!

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FROM NOW ON, all my spiritual and investigative writings will be placed on my new Diakrisis Project blog and NOT on the Naked Troubadour blog, which is now reserved solely for my poetry and music. So, if you want to continue to receive notifications about my spiritual and investigative articles, essays and reflections, you will need to go to https://diakrisis-project.com and subscribe there. I have no way of carrying over the many subscribers on the Naked Troubadour to the new blog, so you will have to do it yourself. Remember… only my poetry and music on The Naked Troubadour blog, while my spiritual and investigative articles will be on The Diakrisis Project blog. There are already many new pieces on there which you are missing out on. So please go there now and subscribe. Thank you and see you there!

Everything is Upside-Down [new song lyrics]

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FROM birth to death we’re taught things wrong
as if they all were right.
So now I’ve made this little song
to shed some needed light.
For everything that’s done to you
is done to make you fit
into a world that’s fake, untrue,
to which you must submit.

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Freedom Cannot Shine on Tarnished Gold

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FREEDOM doesn’t write itself with airspray on a toilet wall;
for only through deep work and trouble
(living as we do in 3-D rubble) can it come at all.
If left to find its own sweet way, inevitably it will
end up lost, alone and subject to decay
(at unrecoverable cost — a price for which so many foolly pay).

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The Trenches of Our Time (war poem for 11/11/21)

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“Gas-masks on! Into the trenches, lads, spritely as you can”,
the Sergeant said, as a pungent yellow cloud then spread
across the desolate ruined landscape with indecent haste.
Into those stinking shovelled rancid rat-run holes we ran
and hurled ourselves without a second’s time to waste.
I saw men fall, their gargled gasps and cries. So many died.

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I Am With Child (again)

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EVERY YEAR, AS THE 11TH DAY OF NOVEMBER APPROACHES, I feel a strange enshrouding pall descend (or is it a‑scend from the pit of hell) upon my mind and soul, and poetry begins to form inside my heart — a kind of tribute to the role of all the Wilfred Owens of this world who barely lived yet left their art in verbal gemstones twinkling in the blood and mud and dirt. This year, that poem (a war poem, as it’s called) has even now begun to weave its spell inside my pen — ‘The Trenches of Our Time’, this time it’s called. I’ll publish it this many days from now (that’s ten), no matter if it’s fully formed — a grim gestation’s bloody foetus skin and bones, though few will grab the rusty old defibrillator hanging on the wall (for out of primal swamps most folks won’t crawl).

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The Blasted Face of Darkness [new sonnet]

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Down deep within the cesspit pool of Hell
(by “Hell” I mean the world where demons lurk;
one which we cannot see – it’s parallel),
Beelzebub had on his face a smirk.

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Sonnet to Solitudinarianism

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Further into obscurity he goes;
far from the madding crowd he never knew.
The mystery of this life’s arpeggios
has cauterized his earthly field of view.

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All Investigative and Spiritual Articles Now Being Moved to new Diakrisis Project Blog. Please Re-subscribe There!

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PLEASE RESUBSCRIBE TO NEW DIAKRISIS PROJECT BLOG!

AS THE DIAKRISIS PROJECT BLOG has now been completed and gone live, the spiritual/investigative articles on the Naked Troubadour site will gradually be deleted as they have now been transferred to the the new blog which you can find here: https://diakrisis-project.com. If you wish to continue to receive notifications about new articles written, you will need to subscribe at the Diakrisis site. From now on, The Naked Troubadour is being reserved solely for my poetry and music (or articles about poetry and music). So please don’t forget to re-subscribe on the Diakrisis site if you still want to receive notifications about my articles!

PLEASE NOTE! MAJOR BLOG CHANGE! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

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FROM NOW ON, this blog, “The Naked Troubadour” will be reserved solely for my poetry, fictional writing, and music (or articles about poetry, writing, and music) and will function as my arts blog. In future, all my investigative or spiritual articles will be on a completely new blog, entitled “The Diakrisis Project” (link below). This is a revival of a hard-copy magazine I started in 1990 called “Diakrisis” (Greek for discernment, the ability to choose wisely), which morphed into an online service later in the 90s and continued until around 2011 when I went under the radar to go right back to the drawing-board regarding spiritual matters. I emerged from that, recharged and renewed, in 2017 and wrote the book, “Narrow Gate ~ Pathway Strait”. Now, continuing in that vein, “Diakrisis” is back as “The Diakrisis Project” blog, with around 300 items already there for you to read. As I will not be putting any investigative or spiritual articles on The Naked Troubadour in the future, if you are following me here and you want to continue to receive an email notice about my articles, please go to https://diakrisis-project.com where you will see an invitation to “follow” or “subscribe” by registering your email address to receive a notification each time something new is published. I look forward to hearing from you there. To whet your appetite, a new 8,000-word article, entitled “Transhumanism, Posthumans, and the Need for Authentic Leadership”,  has just been placed at the top of “The Diakrisis Project” blog (with PDF version at the foot of the article, if you prefer that). I hope it will set the standard for what is to come. Blessings and best wishes from me!

Logic Comes From the Logos

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WHAT IS MOST LACKING IN SOCIETY in the 21st century? *LOGIC*. If the majority of people had not been so dumbed-down that they cannot think logically, governments would not have been able to pull off the stunt which they have throughout the past 17 months. Frankly, sharing a world with so many who are unable to apply logic means feeling not only like a complete alien on one’s own planet but also as if one is imprisoned in a medieval lunatic asylum!

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