July 31st, 2020

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Poem of the day


— Charles Bukowski

”– you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,

something has always been in the


but now

I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this

place, a large studio, you should see the space and

the light.

for the first time in my life I’m going to have

a place and the time to


no baby, if you’re going to create

you’re going to create whether you work

16 hours a day in a coal mine


you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children

while you’re on


you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown


you’re going to create blind



you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your

back while

the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,

flood and fire.

baby, air and light and time and space

have nothing to do with it

and don’t create anything

except maybe a longer life to find

new excuses


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Be what you already are

It's not a piss-take, honest.

You'd think it was easy to be alive all body, mind and spirit. 

To live in this moment — as if there was a choice!

But we seldom (if ever) do. 

Our mind makes it so. The discursive, always-on mind. 

Nature on the other hand:

A tree gives glory to God for being a tree — Thomas Merton

In case you hadn't noticed, it's not running off trying to be a bigger tree, a better one or even something else. Conjecture of course, but having walked past a few in the last six months, they seem fully at ease with who or what they are — whatever the weather.

That's not the case for humans — or most of us. 

We're ill at ease — anxious (see the writing of Rollo May) — rushing off in search of something better or seeking to avoid the pain, suffering and discomfort that's part of — a large part — the human condition. (I think meditation if you're not careful can become another aid in the lexicon of 'get better' props.)

One of the things I see in my old own life (prior to my near-death experience in March 2010) is that we're never or rarely asked to examine the unexamined life (Socrates) but instead to add to our knowledge, change appearance and work a great deal harder if we want to obtain, if not enlightenment, self-actualisation. We do this (in my case at least) because we're told or assume it will lead to a settled, more contented state. And it does, fleetingly, but as soon as we think we've grasped the essence of life, we lose it. It's like Will-o'-the-wisp.

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Round the world

I don't call myself an international lawyer — better a man of mystery! — but this week I've had to cover so many legal jurisdictions, I'm no longer sure when I speak to anyone which law applies. 

For all I know, I could be advising on Swiss law for an English project, or German law for an English project. 

Never mind, there's probably not much to choose between any of them.

Bring on the weekend.

Tis the b'day — mine — tomorrow. 

53 years of age. 

Where did the time go?

Working that's where it went; lots of dull work. 

This morning's picture was a corker.