WHEN PEOPLE SAY TO ME: “What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?” I say: “Nothing in particular. It’s just a day like any other”. Then they reply: “But aren’t you going anywhere?”. When I say: “Nope”, they say: “What? You’re going to be on your own?” (accompanied by a tearful emoji 😥). When I say “Absolutely!” they say: “Oh, that’s terrible!” To which I say: “Actually, it’s fine. In any case, the year started really at the Winter Solstice. I was on my own then too. I’m on my own every night. By choice. This is who I am: A man on his own. A monk without a habit; whose sleeves and cuffs are ragged even when they’re new. Though you may find me writing some poem about the meaning of resurrection or the spear of self-reflection”.
Then I, far from the madding crowd of phoney bonhomie, will hear the fireworks in the Read the rest of this entry »
SITTING HERE ON MY TERRACE in the ardent sunshine, I was going to write about the alchemical effect of music on the soul as strains of a Handel Concerto Grosso drifted through the living-room entrance. But as I began to type, I noticed a heart-stopping, long-awaited sight just a metre from where I was sitting: My little citrus Lime Tree had suddenly acquired a leaf-shoot bump, as I realised on closer inspection; followed later by more similar bumps all over it, along with a number of flower-buds bursting out with Read the rest of this entry »
THE MODERN FEMINIST MOVEMENT is not truly a spontaneous movement of women who seek equality and social justice for their gender. For there is a psychological and emotional background at play here which has been almost completely ignored. The modern feminist movement has flourished primarily on the back of many women’s profound fear of losing themselves through wholly surrendering their heart to a man. This is the “elephant in the room” in any discussion about feminism. As Kim Anami has rightly said (in words which must be understood in a primary sense metaphorically): “Every woman secretly wants to be chased down, penetrated and ravished by her man; to be annihilated; to be left breathless”. Please let those words soak in; and if you are triggered by them, then honestly ask yourself why. A great many women have Read the rest of this entry »
There is a curtain right in front
of every soul who scours this earth;
though most are blind and see no veil
or element obscured by drapes.
And written on this curtain are
some words right off the Richter Scale
in ink invisible except to those
whose hearts the whole Truth rapes! Read the rest of this entry »
The Assimilation of All Countercultures Except One
The word “counterculture” was first coined in the late 1960s in reference to the growing movement which was anti-war, hippyish, non-materialistic, unconventional, experimental, sexually debauched, non-conformist, inclusive and claiming to celebrate love and peace (albeit in a rather naïve and idealised manner). It was counter (contra, against) culture in the sense that it opposed and was a reaction against the mainstream culture of the time, which was predominantly conservative, W.A.S.P., prudish, hawkish, discriminatory, sexually uptight, materialistic, mundane and conformist. (It also has to be said here that the hippie counterculture was considerably progressed by the CIA’s deliberate mass distribution of LSD within it by its assets in its programmes of mind-control, all of which can easily be researched). However, there have been other countercultures earlier in history (especially in the sphere of the arts), when a minority group stood in opposition to the prevailing culture which it regarded as corrupt, limited by boundaries, defective or defunct. Read the rest of this entry »