Medicine today

Time was You got sick, you went to the doctor You got examined, you got medicine and advice How times have changed Now, you get sick And the doctor won’t let you in You might have the plague, they cry We’ll talk to you over the phone No examination, guesses instead of advice Left high…

Review “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

Fifty-four years ago a low-budget horror movie called “Night of the Living Dead” was released. The director, George Romero, and everyone involved did not anticipate how this film would become a horror movie classic, inspiring endless imitations and homages through to the present day. “Night of the Living Dead” was by no means the first…

Summer Voice

Meditating on the summer voice Contemplating the lazy hum of bees aloft In their hunt for nectar among the fading blooms Sleepy lizards crawl through crackling undergrowth Birds chirp wearily in the shady trees Venturing out occasionally for seed or bug Then back to shelter again Summer’s voice grows harsher With each passing year Choking…

Review “Bullitt” (1968)

“Bullitt”, a crime/action movie, starred Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn. It’s a much more intelligent film than you might expect, which is what makes it a classic.  Police lieutenant Frank Bullitt (McQueen) is asked by politician Walter Chalmers (Vaughn) to guard a mobster until a Senate hearing into organized crime, where the man will give…

Help

This is a problem And it involves us all So I need you to help me And we can overcome Sure, you tell me Of course I’ll help And here, this is what you need to do So, you hand me a list You’ve worked it all out You think you know exactly What I…

Emotion and Intensity in Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio was an artist of the Baroque period. He was a revolutionary painter and is considered to be a pioneer of the Baroque style. His realistic style created a name for him in the art world, using ‘tenebrism’ (extreme contrast between light and dark) to highlight in his paintings where he wanted…

Winter’s Bite

My toes Inside fleece-lined boots Feel like tiny ice-blocks My fingers Exposed to refrigerated air Are numb I can’t remember When it’s been so cold My bones ache They don’t approve of this Chills like miniature teeth Nibble at my joints Gnaw on muscles Graze across my skin Winter’s freezing bite Has me by the…

Review “The Body Snatcher” (1945)

Produced by Val Lewton, and directed by Robert Wise (who would direct “The Sound of Music” twenty years later), “The Body Snatcher” involves a doctor and student in Edinburgh in the nineteenth century, who are involved with a grave robber who sells them cadavers for dissection. The wonderful Boris Karloff stars as the grave robber…

Know yourself

You could talk to me Instead of at me You could stop shouting Try for silence Open your ears and listen You could attempt understanding A meeting of minds You could try Couldn’t you? Maybe not You would need to know yourself To comprehend limitations And you don’t, do you? How can you expect to…

Touch the Sky

Reaching on high Straining upwards Standing on tiptoes Until I leave the ground Floating higher Taking flight I soar on wings like eagles Catch the updraft Float ever higher Over forests and green fields Over rivers and oceans Over mountains and valleys Into the blue At last, at last My dream is real And I…