The Sun Just is.

Everything is everything cos everything just is.

Opher's World

The Sun Just is.

The sun just is.

The story reads itself.

Any dream is as real.

A mind roams the universe.

We feel

We think

We see.

Everything adds up to nothing.

Nothing contains it all.

We wonder

We taste

We conjure.

Reality is inexplicable.

Consciousness an illusion.

We touch

We think

We disappear.

I just am

When I am.

Opher – 7.12.2021

Explaining infinity, consciousness, dreams or reality requires magic.

We exist.

There is no explanation.

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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.

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

There’s a tragedy going on in Iran. The misogynistic fascist religious zealots are crushing the life out of brave young women and men.

The media carnival has moved on as they are being shot, beaten and imprisoned by ruthless old men and their mindless goons.

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!!

A Sea of Chaos

A Sea of Chaos

Life is a series of coincidences

                On a sea of chaos;

A game of chance

                Of win or loss.

We have but an instant

                In infinity.

An illusion of forever

                On an endless sea.

We know it’s not true,

                That it will soon end,

So put our faith in gods

                On which we can pretend.

The young cannot imagine

                That they’ll ever die.

They’d rather believe in heaven

                Up in the sky.

We fail to come to terms with death,

                So, we invent forever.

Skirting round the truth

                All so very clever.

Opher – 2.10.2022

I don’t like to think what I would do with forever. Filling this short life with hope and meaningful existence is bad enough. What you’d begin to feel like after the first billion years or so doesn’t bear thinking about.

I bet all the Muslims would start getting bored with their twenty-five virgins and I bet all the Christians would get fed up singing exaltations.

After I’d spent a million years writing, a million years painting, a million reading – with fabulous food, drink, music and sex on tap – I expect to be seeking out some heroin and a million years of oblivion.

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!!

What is it for?

What is it for?

What is it for?

                What purpose can there be?

Justice and peace;

                Setting people free?

We’ll never stop

                ‘Til we’ve gained equality

For all of nature

                And humanity.

Joy in the sunset

                Wonder in the sea

Ecstasy in rock,

                Bee and tree.

Finding that the universe

                Is all part of me.

Opher 3.12.2021

Who knows? We have to make it up.

What will we do?

What will we do?

What will we do

                Now that we’re here?

We’ll do everything

                Until it becomes clear.

We’ll dance through our dreams

                Face all our fear.

We’ll stand up to you

                With laughter and tears.

Opher 3.12.2021

What the hell are we doing?

We’re filling an interlude.

The Value of Gestures

It’s personal!!

The Value of Gestures

Some things cannot be fixed.

They are more complex

                Than they once seemed.

There are no easy answers;

                Nothing black and white:

                                Nothing we can do about it.

Poverty, inequality, hatred and war

                Are here for evermore.

It’s human nature, you can’t change it.

                There’s no way to rearrange it.

These are the things I do not believe.

                We can change the world..

Besides, what can be wrong with

                                The strength

                                                Of a pointless gesture.

In the end

                It’s about us, how we feel and what we do, what we stand for.

Even if we cannot change the world………….

Opher 8.8.2022

Things have got better.

We can change the world.

It is being run for and by a crazy, greedy elite.

Collectively we can force them to change.

It’s been done in the past.

Besides, we have a life to lead and we can either make a stand for what is right, or we can ignore it all and pretend it isn’t happening.

Our morality is up to us.

The Simple Life

The Simple Life

A bird sang at the top of a tree

A male chaffinch in full plumage,

Colourful,

His song strong and beautiful.

He watched me warily but did not stop singing.

He sang with all his heart

But he was not singing for me.

His song was a warning.

He had staked his claim.

His song was a boast.

It said he was powerful.

He warned off the other males.

He called out that he was here.

He was shouting that this was his patch

That he existed.

That he was strong and fit.

If he sang long enough,

With enough force.

If he sang the song of all time perfectly

She would hear it and she would come.

They would mate, nest and rear their young.

It would make his song worthwhile.

She would come.

So he sang with everything he had.

One day he might not be wary enough.

One day he might not be strong enough.

He would be eaten,

Or chased from his tree,

Succumb to the cold or hunger.

Drop from his perch.

For now he sang.

Life was simple.

She would come.

Opher – 4.5.2021



It is too easy to romanticise nature. Life is hard. You fight for your territory, assert yourself, prove yourself the most handsome, the strongest, the highest status, the one able to provide, and you are rewarded.

Life is simple.

You need food, water, shelter and a mate.

You fight for it with all you have.

If you are the best your mate will come.

If not she will select someone else.

If you are not watchful you will die.

If there is not enough food, water or the weather becomes too harsh, you will die.

So you find a place with sufficient, assert yourself; you sing.

It is a song of strength, a threat, an enticement.

You boast with all your might.

Singing is naked aggression.

If it is enough they will stay away and she will come.