Today’s Music to Blow My Mind – Roy Harper – McGoohan’s Blues

One of the greatest songs ever written. Life, love, the futility of society, religion, politics and purpose against the backdrop of nature and eternity.

Always blows my mind.

McGoohan’s Blues (Remastered) – YouTube

Poetry – Take me back to – a poem that reworks the theme of disillusionment


Take me back to

As I walked around the deck of the Marco Polo and thought about the immense changes that have taken place in the last two hundred years I kept reworking this poem.

I’ve travelled through oceans that once teemed with life and are now empty.

I visited islands where British ships replenished their larders by bludgeoning to death all the indigenous creatures.

Two hundred years ago life teemed. Now it is hanging on by its talons.

I am aging in fits and starts on a slow decline towards an inevitable death. The planet is on a similar trajectory.

In the next two hundred years we will have paved it all, caged what’s left and be living in an artificial, plastic paradise, as free as any good consumer can be.

Take me back to where I can breathe and wonder. I want out of this nightmare. 

Take me back to

Take me back to the African plains;

Away from the bombs of the insane;

Away from the craziness of god’s refrain;

Away from the missiles and blood stains;

Away from every human brain;

All the bones of the animals we have slain;

The trees that rot where they’re lain.

I’d send the whole lot down the drain

And start over again.

So I could wonder at the universe

In one sand grain

And find the will

To refrain

From slaughter.

Opher 22.2.2016

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Poetry – Eyes Open – A poem to the splendour around us.

Awe and Wonder


I wanted to write a poem to encapsulate the incredible beauty of the universe and life on this vibrant jewel of a planet.

Evolution has provided us with sense in order to enable us to survive. It has provided us with a brain to process the data. Our senses see all that is around us in order to protect us from predators and enable us to find food and shelter.

An offshoot of this is that we have developed consciousness that allows us to comprehend, create and wonder.

The world around us is full of immense beauty. Life on this planet has evolved into immaculate forms. The natural features of this planet are marvellous to behold.

We should open our senses to the full and bask in it and thank chance for dealing us this hand.

We are possibly the only intelligent life in the whole universe who are able to witness the extent of this wonder. I hope that we are able to not only appreciate but preserve the splendour we are surrounded with; much of it is delicate.

Eyes Open


Petal and scale

Iridescent –





Wing and crystal,

Aromatic scent


Awe and wonder

We cannot repeat.

In the midst

Of splendour

We exist

With sense

To feel

It all;

With open eyes

And ears

To insist

That life is here

To feel

That pull.

There is wonder in our being;

Greatness in our seeing,

And love enough

To hold it all in


Opher 27.7.2015

A Trillion Reactions

A Trillion Reactions

A trillion reactions a second.

                A trillion jolts of electricity.

A trillion tiny elements

                Adding up to one massive miracle.

A network of tiny circuits

                Of chemical switches,

Of binary choices,

                Adding up to a colossal


A mesh of interconnecting strands

                Of pulses

                                Streaming along,

                                                Of waves

Of polarisation,


The sum of chemical parts

                Adding up

To touch

                To sounds

                                To awareness

                                                To pictures

In my mind.

A trillion reactions a second.

                The sum total

                                Of who

                                                I am.

Opher 15.3.23

I am conscious.

That is beyond me and everyone else. We take it for granted.

I am conscious.

I am nothing more than a trillion reactions a second.

How does that work?

Those reactions give me a whole universe.

A miracle of nature.

A product of three billion years of evolving complexity, more wondrous that the universe itself.

A one of?

So incredibly unlikely.

Yet it has happened. I am here. My reactions wrote this.

I’m going to sit here and contemplate that for a minute or two.

One Shot

One Shot

One shot!

                That’s all we’ve got!

This is it!

                We can take it!

                                Or blow it!

One shot

                To get it right.

This is it!

                We live it to the full

                                Or throw it!

One shot!

                To win or lose!

This is it!

                We can pretend it’s not

                                Or know it!


                Under blue skies

This is it!

                We can hide from it

                                Or show it!

Opher – 5.3.2023

Life. We only get one chance. There are no rehearsals. Every second is a second away from it ending.

We can seize it and make it beautiful or we can wreck it and make it ugly.

One shot.

I try to fill each second.

Women, Life, Freedom. (For Mahsa Amini & the women of Iran)

Women, Life, Freedom. (For Mahsa Amini & the women of Iran)

Women    Life    Freedom!!

                We cut our hair

                                Throw off our chains.

They beat us.

                They kill us

                                But the will remains!

Incredible bravery

                In the face of death!!

We oppose injustice

                With every breath!!

A regime of terror

                In the name of God.

Enforced with violence –

Gun, gas and rod.

We stand together

                For a better life!

The cry for Regime change

                Is becoming rife!

Women    Life    Freedom!!

                Equality for all!!

                                Fighting for our lives

                                                With our backs against the wall!!

Opher 5.10.2022              

The brave women of Iran are standing up against the authoritarian, misogynistic, regime based on terror and repression.

The zealots of extremism are not content to have their own views of religion; they have to impose it on others!!

This misogynistic philosophy comes screaming out of the bowels of the Dark Ages, from tribal nomadic Arabs intent on suppressing women.

These tyrants wish to shackle half the world’s population in sackcloth and masks.

It’s time everybody rose up and demands equality!!

Down with tyrants!!

Down with evil purveyors of terror and oppression!!

The nutters of God need putting back in their box!!

Solidarity with the fearless women of Iran!!

Mahsa Amini lives!!

Endless Ocean

Endless Ocean

An endless ocean,

                Spanning eternity,

                                Still and dreamy,

Crystalline in the darkness,

                Yet rushing,


                                                In slow motion

                                                                Ever outward

At unimaginable speeds.

                Towards the inevitable,


                Unending variety

                                Of transmuting



                All the dreams and wishes;

                                The hopes and fears,

That have ever been

                Or ever will be.

For a fleeting moment

                We are swept


                In its undulating tides


                All we are.

Opher – 10.12.2022

We are voyagers on a ship that is a lump of rock as it dreamily speeds through an endless journey across a fathomless void.

This sea has no shores.

This ship has no destination.

This ocean has no waters.

The reality is totally at odds to the impression.

What appears serene is really an unimaginable fury.

What appears to move so slowly we cannot see it change, is speeding at a rate we cannot even imagine.

It presents us with a never-ending stream of wonders.

Sit back and enjoy the trip.

Life Goes By

Life Goes By

Life goes by

                With us

                                Or without us

                                                Despite us

                                                                All around us

But for how long?

Just once

                On a bombarded rock

                                Dancing in the rain

                                                Wearing just one sock

A profound dunce capered.

Opher – 25.6.2022

It always seems amazing to me that on this tiny barren rock, in the middle of a vast ocean of stars, life began.

So much we don’t understand.

So much awe and wonder.

So many coincidences.

Instead of appreciating the stupendous circumstances that surround us we have to make up rigid fables and tie ourselves down.

Instead of respecting the wonders we are surrounded with we have to carelessly ignore them, destroy them and try to rule over them.

I can’t help thinking that we’re destined for a big fall.

Give It all You’ve Got.

Give It all You’ve Got.

All the laughs,

                All the love,

                                The agony

                                                And loss.

Will be forgotten,

                Count for nothing,

                                With nobody

                                                Counting the cost.

In the darkness of forever

It won’t matter

That we went for it

                Hell for leather.

All we have is

                A brief moment in time

In which

                We love and shine.

Though it won’t matter a jot.

We’ll still give it all we’ve got!

Opher – 25.6.2022

I often feel that life is a gesture, nothing more.

It is testimony to man’s essential nature that, despite knowing that it is all meaningless and destined to end, we still strive to create.

Pointlessness does not matter.

In the moment we attempt to understand, to express and to raise our puny flags as if staking out eternity.

In this moment there is no death, no aging; no such thing as futility. In this moment all things are possible.

In this moment we can experience everything, fill ourselves with bliss, understanding and love; we can live. Only in this moment.

That is what makes life worthwhile.