Sunday, May 31, 2015

duty to love

© Jacky Chevaux

Si j'avais à écrire ici un livre de morale, il aurait 100 pages et 99 seraient blanches. Sur la dernière, j'écrirais: "Je ne connais qu'un seul devoir et c'est celui d'aimer"

If I had to write a book of ethics, it would be 100 pages long and 99 of them would be blank. On the last page I would write: "I know of only one duty and that is to love"

Albert Camus - Carnets

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lizard play

Iguana, Tulum (Mexico), 2013

Frozen moment, cold blood time:
the Iguana lady is saying goodbye....
She's not quite ready, she wants to stay,
she wants to be perfect, but not in the way.
He tries to be cautious, one more cigarette,
he wants to be open, but the time
is not yet.

They talk about poetry, life-stories too;
he wants to know if she keeps a pet or two.
She's into lizards, she's into snakes,
he's into trauma - still got the shakes
from a lady who only talked dogs and cats
making love in the alley - she thought like that....
So he doesn't notice he's falling in
to a change in colour of chameleon skin.

And the sun beats down on the baking earth
in the land where the lizards play.
And the tongues flick out - though they want to touch
all the words get in the way.
And it's you and me and it's he and she
and it's everything I say.

Frozen vision,deaf and dumb:
still trying to work out what I've become....
I tried to reach you, I tried to score,
I shot the bolt on the open door...
the secret reaction, base metal to gold,
and all I felt was my blood froze...
I walked on water - I was wearing skis -
and now the water must dance on me.

Anyway, for all that, will you dance with me?
will you dance with me?

And the sun beats down on the baking earth
in the land where the lizards play.
And they shed their skins and at last begin
to find colours for the day.
Will you dance with me?

Peter Hammill - Lizard play (1977)

Van der Graaf - Lizard Play

Friday, May 8, 2015

Astronomy Domine

Saturn by Cassini / © Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound surrounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania.
Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.

Syd Barett - Astronomy Domine (1967)


Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fire ...

Fire / © I.A. Daglis

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost (American poet, 1874-1963)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

sending a letter

World War Two drawing by George Biddle

I'm sending you a letter
Because I don't think there's much time
Time to clear the cobwebs
Time to bear the crime

It's only a number
It's only a death
Another soldier died in action
The telegram regrets

I'm lying on a stretcher
They're lying to my face
There's no-one left to help me
I'm just a waste of space

It's a matter of moments
I'll be dead before you've read
There's blood on the table
And my back is full of lead

Steve Wilson, Synesthesia (1993)

Porcupine Tree - Synesthesia

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Paradox

© Babis Pylarinos

How wonderful that we have met this paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.

Niels Henrik David Bohr [Danish physicist, Nobel prize 1922, commenting to observers when an experiment took an unexpected turn]