Monday, 20 July 2015

The summons

Sunday village
Bells have rung

and rung

and in the sun

Behind great  doors
Behind sealed glass

The dust motes

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

It's not all Greek to me

     When it comes down to relationships between the peoples of the EU, or in this case the Euro Zone, the main criteria the EU wishes to apply are listed as dignity, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens' rights, and justice.

In the case of the ongoing crisis involving Greece are these criteria applicable? And if not, why not?

Can the paymaster countries, principally Germany,  ignore 'fundamental rights' such as Greek 'dignity' or European 'solidarity' for whatever reason; perhaps because they do not want their negotiating powers to be disadvantaged or encumbered by them?

By the same token can Greece neglect to enforce the 'justice' and 'citizens' rights' aspects? 
Should greedy  bankers, corrupt politicians and others be allowed to get away with their wrongdoings at the expense of the citizens?

The above image is of an EU mouse mat given to me at an EU publicity event. Perhaps the noble words on it have no real value, maybe they are not really meant.

Monday, 13 July 2015

New American Poet Laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera, "Five Directions to My House"

1  Go back to the grain yellow hills where the broken speak of elegance
2  Walk up to the canvas door, the short bed stretched against the clouds
3  Beneath the earth, an ant with the grace of a governor
4  Blow, blow Red Tail Hawk, your hidden sleeve - your desert secrets
5  You're there, almost, without a name, without a body, go now
6  I said five, said five like a guitar says six

     I want to write of love in the face of disaster - Juan Felipe Herrera

To Greece the Laurels

The Grumbling Hive - A Eurozone Handbook?

And to
Standing alone
Guarding the Gates
The Laurels
This friendless Night
In the Eurozone Maze
Of Debate
And Discussion
Land of no Money
Make Poetry
And Story
And Pray to your Gods
Address your Philosophers
Your Marathon Runners
Setting the Pace
For Democracy
Cry:  Byron for Freedom!
 Strive like Olympians
 Keep the Flame burning!

Friday, 10 July 2015

haiku for peace

just four men     
planting a tree
they bury a war