Anthropocene Apocalypse – Imagine a world without Chimpanzees, Elephants, Gorillas, Rhinos, Orang-utans, Hippos, Tigers and thousands more. That’s what we are heading towards.

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All over the world the population of humans is soaring, the habitats are being polluted or destroyed, jungles being cleared, strip mining, logging and farming are taking their toll, and the animals are being slaughtered for meat or superstitious medicine.

We seem to be sleep-walking towards a concrete jungle.

The seas and rivers are overfished, the natural world is built over.

It’s time to make clear lines of demarcation – 50% for us and 50% for the rest of the animal life.

It is almost too late.

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Consciousness – a poem

Consciousness 

Firing electricity through
Throbbing pink jelly
To create
A version of reality.

Altering perception
Flooding with chemistry
Making
A new world to see.

An unreal world
Not the real deal
Just Biology
Pretending to be real.

Opher 22.6.2019

I’m always fascinated by our consciousness. We really believe we see and feel the universe as it is – which, of course, is a joke. All our consciousness is, is a product of chemistry and electricity.
If we stimulated our sensory nerves the brain would perceive things that did not exist. It makes things up anyway. What we see is not what it is.
Flood your brain with chemicals and reality changes.
Our conscious is a construct. It is not real.

Time we cared – a poem

Time we cared

 

Ice is melting – water rising

Up to their knees

And still denying.

 

Bird croaks it’s last fanfare

Frog’s last gasp

Of heated air.

 

We carry on without a care.

 

Heat increases – animals frying

Floods and droughts –

Not surprising.

 

Still they believe scientists are lying.

 

Concrete and plastic – land and sea

I’m alright Jack

Don’t worry about me!

 

Trophy hunting – forest clearing

Sounds to me

That no-ones hearing!

 

At least that’s what I’m a fearin’.

 

Making room for bird and tree

Before they pass

Into history.

 

Buried under life’s debris.

 

But it’s always the cash that counts

Stashed away

In large amounts.

 

Whatever they do it’s the cash

As long as they’ve got

Their share of the stash.

 

I think we’re heading for one ginormous crash.

 

Opher – 22.18.2019

 

 

I wrote this for the politically motivated climate change deniers! May they wake up soon!

Guanatanamo Bay – an offence to civilised behaviour.

Guantanamo Bay is a complete flouting of international war. It should be vilified by all civilised people. The fact that it exists at all is an illustration of what I believe is wrong with the USA.

Following Al Qaeda attack of 9/11 there was what was called ‘A War Against Terror’. Despite the fact that the 9/11 was carried out mainly by Saudi Arabians (an ally) with no Iraqis involved, it was decided to invade Iraq – and then Afghanistan (which at least did have some connection with the planning – although some planning was carried out in Germany and they weren’t bombed).

The turmoil in the Middle East resulted in the rise of various militant Islamic groups such as ISIS.

A lot of ISIS soldiers and other terrorist suspects were rounded up.

There was a new term in use – unlawful combatant.

Despite the fact that these people (Taliban and ISIS and Al Qaeda) were largely fighting in their own lands they were rounded up and designated ‘unlawful combatants’.

Nobody knew what to do with them. There were no ways of processing them. If released they might go back to fighting.

So they weren’t awarded prisoner of war status. They were not held on US territory. They were shipped to Guantanamo Bay where they could be held indefinitely in subhuman cages. They were not given a trial or any due process and were tortured.

This basically means that anybody could be rounded up, locked up and tortured at will. All human rights were denied.

Now, I know many will shout – ‘Good riddance’ ‘They deserve it!’ ‘They are a bunch of terrorists’.

Well I contend that if they are terrorists they should be tried in a court and punished accordingly. If they are soldiers they should be afforded prisoner of war status. And if they are innocent they should be set free.

Guantanamo seems to me to be a brutal, uncivilised way to treat human beings. If we are setting an example to the rest of the world I don’t think this is the way to do it.

Guantanamo is an outrage!

Neil Young – Seed Justice

I won’t quit either! Big corporations destroying land for greed. Big logging companies destroying habitat and killing animals. Big corporations selling modified seed, seed that does not produce viable seed, to farmers so they have to keep buying it. Big corporations greed destroying nature for profit!

Justice for all living creatures!!

I won’t quit!!

Show me the love
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
Fighting for the farmer in the land
In the good old ways that were here
Since time began
Slapping and clapping at the corporations greedy hands
For trying to steal the farm credo
Turning soil into sand
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
Bring back seed justice to the land
Bring back seed justice to the land
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
In the way we treat the earth
And in all living things
Do we know what they are worth?
Show me the love
We keep poor creatures down
To stand in their own sh*t
Then we blindly go on
And kill it, to eat it
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
Show me the love
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
I won’t quit
Bring back seed justice to the land
Bring back seed justice to the land
I won’t quit
I won’t quit

There are no Answers – A Poem

There Are No Answers

 

There are no answers

To the heavens,

To life,

To thought.

There are no answers.

 

There are no answers

To death.

There are no reasons

To be found

For being,

Seeing

Or wondering.

There are no answers.

 

But there are mighty questions

To be wondered at.

 

Opher 1.8.2018

 

 

To sit among the wonders of infinity and wonder – that is remarkable. I find myself surrounded by questions with no answers in sight.

But it is good to wonder.

So What Are You Happy With Oph?

So what are you happy with Oph?

I am happy to believe that humans are capable of using their intelligence for the good of all living creatures and themselves.

I am happy when I see people smiling, helping one another and caring for other living things.

I am happy when I hear of people opposing cruelty, conserving nature, and using their intelligence.

I am happy when I see beauty, hear beauty, taste beauty and touch beauty.

I am happy when I love and am loved.

I am happy when we are in harmony with the world.

I am an extremely tolerant easy going individual. I do not want everyone to think like me. I am appalled by the mess we have made in the world and I hold religion, politics and greed to be the worst culprits.

The Human Tide

The Human Tide

 

The human tide is springing high.

The love of babies a reason why.

The love of sex a pleasure for to die.

The family a disaster.

 

Opher 13.4.2018

 

 

I love babies – we all do. That’s the trouble. There’s too many of them.

We humans need things to live – room, food and water. In order to meet our needs we are chopping down the natural world and killing the wildlife. We use pesticides to protect our crops and maximize food production but it is killing off our bees and insects causing problems with pollination and starving to death the birds and animals that feed off them.

Our numbers are such that our impact is immense. Not only is it killing everything else off but it is altering the climate of the planet.

I love babies but it is time we reduced our numbers and became more responsible.

Northern Lights – a poem about a lightshow in the sky.

Northern Lights

 

Psychedelic cascades

In scintillating clouds

Streaming through the sky

With mesmeric majesty

In illuminations of gaudy display

Of glorious flourescent waves.

Magnetic colours

Wafting on the solar breeze,

Crashing on the seas

Of the moon

As electrons shine

Particles charge from the sun

To excite the eye

And flow across the retina.

 

Opher 17.3.2018

 

 

 

Living in the North of England we are fortunate to occasionally get to see the Northern Lights. The sky puts on a lightshow of scintillation with sheets of fluorescent colour like a psychedelic lightshow. The sky glows and shimmers as the solar stream hits our outer atmosphere in a rage of ions, electrons and magnetic fury displayed in beauty.