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Looking for Wonder – a poem

Looking for Wonder

 

From the endless sky to the churning sea,

A piece of art to a simple tree;

From mountain tops to the words in a book,

We need to stop and take a look –

At the flower, bird and the bee,

The fly, and even you and me.

 

For there’s nothing ordinary in anything around

From soil to air, mysteries abound.

Every step is a wondrous adventure

Into light, substance, energy and sound.

 

We too can add to that beauty to share

With music, paint and the things we wear.

Writing words to please the mind

Of all the friends that we will find.

If you’ve got a poem you need to bind it

If you go looking for wonder

You’ll always find it!

 

Opher – 16.6.2019

 

 

Wonder is all around us. There is no such thing as mundane. Every single aspect of everything is amazing.

Perhaps we should learn to value it more?

From there to here in a breath – a poem

From there to here in a breath

Form horse and cart

To space shuttle.

From dirt road

To motorway.

From stretched paper,

Line and prop

To turbojet.

From gaslight

To electrical appliance.

From unshod feet

To fashion shoes to throw.

From the soils of the earth

To the dust of the moon.

From an early bed

To late night TV.

From starving children here

To starving children there.

From one war

To a host more.

From a switchboard

And black Bakelite phone

To text and go.

From a letter on a horse

To an email.

From a reference book

To Wikipedia.

From a village

To the world.

It’s a long way to travel

In a single life.

 

Opher 18.4.2014

 

My how time flies – and the crazy change of progress.

Poetry – Hate – Who makes the hate?

Too much hate – not enough love.

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Hate

It seems to me that behind all the hate are people stirring it up, feeding in the lies, poking for an opening.

They have their reasons.

Perhaps it is about power?

Perhaps they enjoy cruelty?

Perhaps they gain pleasure out of chaos and misery.

The psychopaths and sociopaths are full of self-importance and hatred.

It is so easy to create. Yet what does it achieve? Division, war and cruelty.

So who are these preachers of hatred?

Isn’t it time we told them all to simply desist?

Tolerance, love and brother/sisterhood – that is what I preach.

 

Hate

 

Hate for the heretic.

Hate for the non-believer.

Hate for the apostate.

Hate for the deceiver.

Hate for the foreigner.

Hate for a colour.

Hate for everything

Makes the world so much duller.

There’s a world run on hate and fear.

Love and tolerance for the different –

Celebrate –…

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Donald trump – A great joke forwarded to me by my friend Graham Clarke

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Donald Trump addressed a major gathering of the American Indian Nation.

 He spoke for almost an hour about his plans for increasing every Native American’s present standard of living. Though vague in detail, he spoke about his ideas for helping his “red sisters and brothers.”

Afterwards, the Tribes presented him with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name, “Walking Eagle” which he proudly accepted.

After Trump left, a news reporter asked the chiefs how they came to select this name. They explained that “Walking Eagle”
is the name given to a bird so full of shit that it can no longer fly.

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Poetry – There’s room enough – a poem for environmental sanity

I’m beginning to doubt if there’s really room enough for us!!

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Rehabilitated young orangutan Perry van Duijnhoven

There’s room enough

There should be room enough for every type of life to live. There should be more than enough space for all of life’s profusion.

The planet is not huge but it is large enough. It used to be sufficient.

It no longer fits the bill.

It is a rock flying through space. It is alone and self-contained. It has sun, water and atmosphere. There is warmth and light enough for life.

This is our Ark.

We are all on the same boat. There is enough to go around.

Except that one species wants it all.

 

There’s room enough

 

There’s room enough

On this Ark,

As long as the landlord

Does not clog up the place

With progeny.

There’s room enough

For all of life,

Unless the tenant

Fills the rooms

With loot.

There’s room enough

For all to breathe

And blossom,

Unless the director

Feels…

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Boris Johnson Quotes – Is this our future PM??????

Our blustering Boris appeals to some people precisely because he is a bumbling, humorous cartoon character! But do we really want Bugs Bunny running the country????

Here’s what the lunatic says (engaging mouth before brain!!):

[Female students went to university because they] have got to find men to marry.

A sexist piece of crap.

Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3.

Obviously voting Tory just puts wealthy people in charge of the country. The only way they get in is through lying – so I suppose this is par for the course.

“I’d like thousands of schools as good as the one I went to, Eton.”

I think that is the last thing I’d want any school to become – a way of drumming elitism and arrogance into a kid.

“I don’t see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap-dancing, and other related and vital subjects.”

The sexism comes to the fore.

“I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn’t go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar.”

The hypocrisy and lies screams.

On cannabis:

“It was jolly nice. But apparently it is very different these days. Much stronger. I’ve become very illiberal about it. I don’t want my kids to take drugs”.

More hypocrisy.

On using a mobile phone whilst driving:

“I don’t believe that is necessarily any more dangerous than the many other risky things that people do with their free hands while driving – nose-picking, reading the paper, studying the A-Z, beating the children, and so on.”

Very revealing and rather stupid.

“We should be helping all those who can to join the ranks of the super-rich, and we should stop any bashing or moaning or preaching or bitching and simply give thanks for the prodigious sums of money that they are contributing to the tax revenues of this country, and that enable us to look after our sick and our elderly and to build roads, railways and schools.”

Except, of course, they avoid paying taxes by using all the tax loopholes that the Tories have conveniently left open! But the Tory Party is there for the rich. They don’t want ordinary people getting uppity. They should know their place.

“There is no point in wasting any more moral or mental energy in being jealous of the very rich. They are no happier than anyone else; they just have more money. We shouldn’t bother ourselves about why they want all this money, or why it is nicer to have a bath with gold taps. How does it hurt me, with my 20-year-old Toyota, if somebody else has a swish Mercedes? We both get stuck in the same traffic.”

So the people dying of cold in winter, scratting around for food, using food banks, choosing between eating and heating, and committing suicide are just as happy as those tax-avoiding people swilling champagne on yachts in the Caribean. 

“Times have been tough, the economy has been tough. But I want to bring forward a fantastic manifesto for taking the city forwards.”

That means – I want to give the money to the rich!

“I’m backing David Cameron’s campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest.”

Once a chancer always a chancer!

“London is a fantastic creator of jobs – but many of these jobs are going to people who don’t originate in this country.”

Those pesky immigrants!!

“The Americans were perfectly happy to go ahead and whack Saddam merely on the grounds that he was a bad guy, and that Iraq and the world would be better off without him; and so indeed was I.”

So let’s have lots of wars against all the bad guys!!

“It is possible to have a pretty good life and career being a leech and a parasite in the media world, gadding about from TV studio to TV studio, writing inconsequential pieces and having a good time.”

A summary of his overpaid life in newspapers.

“I can hardly condemn UKIP as a bunch of boss-eyed, foam-flecked Euro hysterics, when I have been sometimes not far short of boss-eyed, foam-flecked hysteria myself.”

There you have it – out of the mouths of fools.

“No one obeys the speed limit except a motorised rickshaw.”

So why was he making a fortune out of speeding fines???

“My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.”

Here’s our opportunity for the biggest disaster in British history – I present Boris the Wazook. 

 

 

Snooks Eaglin – New Orleans Street Singer

Well worth a play or two!!

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Snooks Eaglin

I have just purchased a CD of Snooks New Orleans Street Singer/That’s alright. It is very nostalgic for me.

I first had this album back in 1965. It was a beautiful old cardboard sleeve Folkways album. I was sixteen and avid about Blues. Those albums were hard to find. You had to hunt them out.

That Snooks album was different. It wasn’t the standard Blues that I was used to from Chicago with the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf, neither was it the country Blues of Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Son House. This was softer, more melodic and varied. It was almost folk music with that drawling New Orleans voice.

Back then I did not know about New Orleans, Cajun and Zydeco, but I can hear all that in there.

I was very attached to that album. I used to study…

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Just What We Need!!! – Another Etonian Bullingdon Boy!!!

Yes after a dose of Cameron and Osborne obviously what we need is a blustering, inept, bombastic Johnson; someone who knows little but can spout gobs of Latin that make him look as if he’s bright! A sort of Trump light! I’d put a picture of the Bullingdon Boy up but he’d sue me! Here’s a link:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?ei=F_UEXZy8IPSV1fAPqqOPgAU&q=bullingdon+club+boris+johnson+photo&oq=bullingdon+club+boris+johnson+photo&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i22i30.5298.7365..9531…0.0..0.133.564.5j1……0….1..gws-wiz.wRCmgUmQ7EY

After ten years of Etonian austerity we’re crazy for another dose!! Those boys did so well didn’t they! At least they did very nicely for themselves, thank you! Then jumped ship and left us with the mess to clear up!

Will the mess that Johnson leaves us with be able to be cleared up?

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/toffishness-and-twittishness-boris-johnson-spills-beans-on-bullingdon-club-and-reveals-childhood-8539391.html

The Rewriting of History and Redefining of Fascism.

 A number of Right-wing Americans, following the lead of Trump and Bannon, have set about trying to obfuscate the past. They are trying to redefine Fascism as a left-wing, socialist ideology. It’s all mixed in with the Holocaust denial and blatant Anti-Semitism.  They would like people to believe that Socialism is responsible for all the ills of the past century and Capitalism is the saviour of the world (not the creator of gross inequality, exploitation and the destruction of nature as some of us perceive). I would suggest that the reality lies somewhere in the middle – both extreme left-wing and extreme right-wing ideology has resulted in totalitarian states and draconian policies. They equate Social Democracy with the Totalitarian Communism of Russia and China.
Talk about rewriting history and redefining fascism.
What we really need is less division and more constructive dialogue. What we do not want are any more totalitarian governments.
But Fascism is not a left-wing phenomenon as is now being asserted. I think the Right need to very much study harder. Gentile, the fascist philosopher and politician who started the movement was a fascist through and through – a thing of the right.  He was vehemently opposed to the leftist philosophy of communism (both fascism and communism being diametrically opposed ideologies of Left and Right – both tyrannical and both equally despicable). Hitler and the Nazis were extreme Right-wing nationalists with racist, totalitarian policies.
Fascism and other right-wing ideology (with its racist Anti-Semitic, extreme nationalism and anti-Communist ideology) did certainly have a following in Europe and the USA. But it was greatly opposed by all left-wing people and people of decent mind. Just look at the battle of Cable Street where the left united to oppose Moseley and his fascist black shirts and prevented them marching through poor Jewish areas of London. No – fascism is not, and never has been, supported by the left.
Trying to rewrite history and redefine these things is pointless and quite devious. It’s part of this denial business – the holocaust, the pogroms, the crusades, the Native Americans. All cover-ups and attempts to deny what really happened.
I put this redefining of the past in the same league as the present global warming denial. It is a deliberate obfuscation – an attempt to create doubt and enable denial.
Trump and his ilk have a lot to answer for. Their stance of undermining experts and facts is merely a means of enabling them to claim the real truth is whatever they want it to be. Anything or anybody that disagrees with their stated point of view is simply fake news – despite all evidence to the contrary.
But we have to find a way of healing this division.
I really think people have to get their heads out of this silly labelling tendency. It is the cause of a lot of antagonism. People are really not simply Left or Right. They are more complex than that. Both left and right are made up of a wide range of differing views and always have been. The extreme ends are equally as obnoxious.
How do we move forward?
It’s quite simple really. Just forget left and right. They are silly inaccurate descriptors.
Start from a basic philosophy and agree on it. For example (all great simplifications requiring greater description):
Tyranny = bad.
Racism = bad.
Imposition = bad.
Gross inequality = bad.
Division = bad.
Fairness = good.
Tolerance = good.
Equality = good.
Collaboration = good.
Care and compassion = good
(of course there will always be a minority who believe tyranny is good or racism is justified etc. – but most sensible people can agree.)
One can then refine things from there. It’s not about labelling people and trying to reduce them to some stereotyped, narrow position. Most don’t fit neatly into the pigeon-holes these people would try to stuff them into.
I have yet to find anyone who mirrors my views.
But in any case – trying to twist things round to move their definitions 180 degrees is plain devious. It needs opposing – it’s Orwellian!

My Views – Opher’s World

Yessssssssss – life is for living!

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I stand Full Square for living and wringing every last drop out of every second. I want a full life of fun, love and friendship. I am loyal and greatly value loyalty.

I believe in the power of love and understanding to heal and nurture.

I believe in tolerance, freedom and equality.

I stand up to be counted when the chips are down and will put all my energy and strength into opposing racism, intolerance, indoctrination, religious fanaticism, violence and oppression.

I abhor tyranny and coercion.

Those that try to restrict the minds of the young need opposing and those that inflict their religious or political beliefs on children should be locked up. That is the worst crime of all. Everything should be open to debate. Put it on the table and argue your case with all your strength. There are no facts.

I adore mystery.

I love nature, the…

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