Ukiyo

Little twigs in fast-running stream we are caught in the current dragged in the wake of the great god Fun We follow blithely along, drone-like after movie stars, pubs and clubs, fashion and tv gossip and nonsense excitement and games bread and circuses So it’s nothing new pursuing amusement at the expense of thinking ready…

When the Lighthouse Broke

When the lighthouse broke The world crashed and sank Detritus on the rocks And the screams of the condemned Join with the howling of the gale When the lighthouse broke There was only the darkness Of despair and death Hopelessness and futility Shall we stand on the edge of the world And face the abyss…

Let us Dance

Come with me and watch the dolphins while they play leaping, exuberant, into the air diving down into the ocean deep describing an ocean dance eons in the making old as time, young as a new dawn There is so much we don’t know so much yet to learn why can’t we dance like the…

Review “Duncton Wood” by William Horwood (1980)

It might seem that a story about moles might not be particularly exciting. After all, they spend a lot of time underground and can barely see. But William Horwood has created an epic tale of love, faith, and overcoming all odds, which any lover of fantasy will enjoy. “Duncton Wood” is the story of Bracken…

Liminality

On the threshold standing between the light and the dark between summer and winter between day and night For a moment we are in netherspace no man’s land a world neither here nor there a borderland between sea and shore a place outside of space and time where order is diminished and chaos reigns Seasons…

The fires of Samhain

Before Hallowe’en, there was Samhain (pronounced Sawin). This refers to a Celtic/Gaelic festival that marked the transition into the colder part of the year, the dark half. Celtic people counted a day as sunset to sunset, so the celebration for the festival would start at sunset on 31 October. This festival marked the midpoint between…

For the nameless

We never know their names We never see their faces We don’t know who they are or where they live but they are all around us Anonymous, hiding in plain sight Saving lives and saving souls Mending bruises and mending hearts Making peace, making love Holding lamps in the darkness so others can see their…

A Drawbridge and a Moat

Wouldn’t it be fun to go live in a castle a real, old, fairy-tale like castle with high walls and battlements, and, most importantly, a moat and a drawbridge! Wouldn’t it be so good to come home from all the noise and fuss cross the drawbridge into your castle and then, with relish raise that…

Review of “The Outer Limits” – 1963 to 1965

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the…