Month: November 2016

The Secret of Small Things

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AFTER I ARRIVED IN TENERIFE LAST WEEK, I bumped into someone who I’d met briefly a couple of times before in the past and who knew I had just been in Stockholm for some time making a new CD album. The first thing she said to me was this: “So… did you make lots of money then?” She wasn’t the first person to make that kind of statement. (It’s what I call “an old aeon blurt”; and you’ll see why below). This little piece here is my “official” reply to her.

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My Crumpled Coat [poem]

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When on that hill, I hurled my worn-out body, broken,
to the floor, I heard a hollow sound of absent love
which mimicked curlews singing mournful over
moorland as they soared above me
tangentially jaggéd to my gaze
and I — alone as always
in my crumpled coat
(a strangled regent
dangling by a wire
wrapped around
my throat) —
will always smile,
break out my joy, for I have had those scars
since I was just a boy (and am still now,
today, though now with stubble on my face I chase
the dreams I harboured then) and wonder when
that curlew sound will cease (I long for peace).

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Oh Bob (Zimmerman aka Dylan)

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OH BOB (ZIMMERMAN aka DYLAN)! YOU’RE JUST A SHADOW OF YOUR FORMER SELF! I remember buying your album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” in 1963 as a fragile teenager and it woke my poetic soul and filled me with heartfelt passion for truth, peace and life. Why don’t you go down to that slaughterhouse of the world, euphemistically known as The White House, and play your masterpiece from that album, “Masters of War” (lyrics below), to the present murderous occupants (who received a Nobel Prize like you, for nothing)? Then use your great wealth to fly across to Sweden and visit the Saab Dynamics Corporation in Karlskoga (where most of the world’s battlefield weapons are made) and play it with passion to the board of directors, not for entertainment in concert circuses like you usually do but to sear consciences with its laser-like lyrics and tear down walls round hardened hearts. Then see if they would still give you a Nobel Prize!

e. e. cummings

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My favourite poet ever… I’ve been in love with his work since 1963, when, in school, I discovered the sledgehammer of his writing.

War is Who we Are

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HERE IS THE 2nd EDITION of my 53-page eBook, “War is Who we Are”. The images are the front and rear cover. The essay takes up most of the book and is a very thorough treatment of the causes of conflict at a personal level and how they issue in global war. The table of contents is interactive. If you want to view or download this PDF file free of charge (my love-gift to you), here it is:

PDF: War is Who we Are

© Alan Morrison, 2016

From the Sun [poem]

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The only thing
that’s going to change
this broken, crazy,
dazed and fading world
is one humungous
ghastly shock
beyond what’s ever been
experienced on earth before —
some cataclysm or disaster,
jolts to haunt us ever-after,
something which will throw us
all down to the floor —
an angel of death
going door-to-door
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To continue what I wrote on November 9th

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TO CONTINUE WHAT I WROTE ON NOVEMBER 9th, MANY HAVE BEEN SAYING, IN RESPONSE TO THE US ELECTION VOTE (and also to the so-called “Brexit” voting) that “democracy is starting to take a dangerous turn”. This seems to mean that people don’t like the way that the voting has gone. The thing is that if one wants to live in even the limited kind of “democracy” which one believes that one has, then one also has to accept it when the vote doesn’t go the way one likes it to go. I have watched with interest how so many on social media avidly badmouth the candidate they won’t be voting for (or didn’t vote for) and will also accept ANY propaganda or obvious lie which is told about him/her on the internet. I have seen this very many times lately, even among my ‘friends’ on social media. It’s just crazy — taking sides like that and then getting so horribly caught up in it that it becomes a real conflict and takes over one’s mind. Facebook, for example, has lately been absolutely resounding with these drama kings and queens! 😀 What a business it’s all been! People only seem to like the present (faux) democracy which they claim to support if the vote goes their way. If it doesn’t, then they start getting all worked up about how “fascism has returned” and other silly propaganda. (In fact, fascism — if by that term one means autocracy or totalitarianism — never really left but has always continued to work under the radar; but I won’t develop that here as it needs a paper all to itself 😉 ). However, the reality is that THERE IS NO REAL DEMOCRACY ANYWHERE. True democracy involves the people being active and welcome participants (or at least privy to the entire workings of the system) at all levels; but nothing could be further from the truth. The idea that the people are empowered by being able to vote for whichever politician matches their chosen ideology, or who they have been inculcated to vote for by a biased media, or who has sufficiently deceived them with lies is frankly ludicrous!

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