Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Up-train





The Up-train 


At the top of the hill 
the name of the station 
is heaven, 

*

And travellers proceed 
to the exit, 
each with their goods.

*

Several go 
down, 
on the next bus

*





Saturday, 16 August 2014

Erosion


The ruins
Of an old church
Perched on the cliff top

The fog
Rising up
From the sea

Holes
In the walls
And pigeons

Cooing and flocking . . .



Thursday, 14 August 2014

The GOD thing ... 2


In his short story 'The judgement seat' W. Somerset Maugham's philosopher is killed in a war and finds himself in a long queue awaiting the decision on his ultimate fate. The Eternal is deciding the fates of women and children whose lives have been suddenly ended by brutal violence. Others having suffered disease and starvation must wait their turn too.

Eventually the philosopher meets his judge. 'No one can deny the fact of Evil ... ' he says to the Omniscient. 'If God cannot prevent Evil he is not all powerful, and if he can prevent it and will not, he is not all-good.'

An old argument.

Finally the Eternal speaks, 'I sometimes think that the stars never shine more brightly than when reflected in the muddy waters of a wayside ditch.'

He then turns his attention to three souls who have been waiting patiently. Two men and a woman. The eternal triangle.  He considers their lives. Their good but timid lives. And then he blows lightly like a man might blow out a match. With one small breath he annihilates them. They are gone.

The Eternal speaks, as if to himself. 'I have often wondered why men think I attach so much importance to sexual irregularity. If they read my works more attentively they would see that I have always been sympathetic to that form of human frailty.'

Now he turns to the philosopher.

'You cannot but allow that on this occasion I have very happily combined my All-power with my All-goodness.'

The fate of the philosopher is left in the balance.




Monday, 11 August 2014

The GOD thing


In the name of GOD!
The copied roar of battle cry

They know what GOD
Doth wish

In GOD
They too now trust where

Guns were left to rust


Monday, 4 August 2014

A little Elvis nostalgia


We know Elvis Presley was the son of Gladys and Vernon Presley but from where did the ancestors of this couple with their traditional Welsh names originate? 

My favourite theory is that they came originally from Wales, a place known as the Land of Song. And although I can't sing, it is, I'm proud to say, the land of my birth. 

There is an area of moorland and hills with rocky outcrops in Wales known as the Preseli Hills. It is not unreasonable to assume that the American name of Presley is from that part of Wales. 

The Preseli Hills are of historical significance for it is there that the unique bluestones for Stonehenge were quarried thousands of years ago. 

Perhaps some ancient ancestors of the King of Rock and Roll helped to build the iconic stone circle? I like to think so.  

The photos below were taken recently at the World's Smallest Elvis Presley Show in Austria.