Day: July 24, 2021

The Placebo Diaries (4)

David Redpath

D.R.;

After a fatal incision
of self infliction
I attended the autopsy
of humanity high on LSD
It was a questionable decision
. . . but that’s just me
The event was well advertised;

“Come witness the Mystery and
Rebellion at the World Famous
CARNIVAL of CARNALITY ⭐
~ Where The Flesh Is Weak
And The Clowns Are Hungry!”

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Little Inspirations: walking with the ancients

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From the very first time I stepped onto the continent of Africa in 2003, that moment when I put my foot onto the tarmac at Cape Town airport, I felt a strange tingle in my bones; I felt I’d come home. So far as I’m aware, I have no family roots anywhere on this huge continent, but nevertheless, I felt an affinity with the land. Even before connections and coincidences led me and my husband to start another chapter in our lives in South Africa, ten years ago, I’d become fascinated with the landscape, the wildlife and the people who’d foraged along the shores and wandered over the wide, scrubby grasslands of the veld.

The story of the original inhabitants of what is now the Western Cape is a sad one of exploitation, displacement and dispossession, all so tragically similar to many of indigenous populations across the world. I’ve…

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Dripping Poison

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Dark times
was it planned?

Malice aforethought
not sleight of hand.

People gather on the streets
a bottle’s thrown
petrol flares…

Shelves are cleared
bags are stuffed
snatch a shopping cart
fill it to the brim
seize a hi-fi
grapple with a fridge
snatch another shopping cart
come back for more!

Grab your phone
tell your friends
the shelves aren’t empty yet
and not a cop in sight…

We might pick up the pieces
we might mend fences
but it’s going to be
a long
road
back.


Written in response toSadje‘sWhat do You See#91photo prompt.

The imageshows a bust of a man. A dark thick liquid is being poured on it.

Important note: this poem was written from the photo prompt. The fact that it shows a dark liquid being poured on a white figure should not be taken as a representation of the…

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Little Inspirations: chasing rabbits

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Would you follow this rather curious rabbit?

I’m still not entirely sure how this particular creature hopped into my consciousness to become the eponymous rabbit in my historical fantasy novel, Following the Green Rabbit, but it is he, or at least one of his cousins, that leads my two young heroines, Bethany and Bryony, and their tutor, Mr Eyre, through a portal into the past. Somehow he seemed to fit the bill, since I needed an unusual animal to appear in order to pique Bethany’s youthful curiosity and engage the interest of Mr Eyre’s enquiring mind.

Here’s where the two sisters come across the rabbit for the first time:

They had been silent for a little while, when suddenly they heard something rustling in the bushes by the fence behind them. They looked round to see an enormous rabbit emerge, nose twitching. His fur was grey-brown with a slight…

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Why North Korea is so afraid of K-pop

North Korea is doubling down on its culture war, warning citizens to stay away from all things South Korean — including its fashion, music, hairstyles and even slang. In the past decade, South Korea has emerged as a formidable cultural force, with products from makeup to K-pop and K-drama finding enthusiastic fans around the world. … Continue reading Why North Korea is so afraid of K-pop

2019 के एनएसओ मालवेयर अटैक के 1,400 प्रभावितों में सरकारी अधिकारी शामिल थे: वॉट्सऐप सीईओ

वॉट्सऐप के मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी विल कैथकार्ट ने कहा है कि उन्हें 2019 में वॉट्सऐप यूज़र्स पर हुए हमले और लीक डेटा के आधार पर पेगासस प्रोजेक्ट की रिपोर्टिंग में समानता दिखती है. 2019 में वॉट्सऐप यूज़र्स पर हुए पेगासस हमले को लेकर फेसबुक के स्वामित्व वाली कंपनी ने एनएसओ ग्रुप पर मुक़दमा किया है.…2019 … Continue reading 2019 के एनएसओ मालवेयर अटैक के 1,400 प्रभावितों में सरकारी अधिकारी शामिल थे: वॉट्सऐप सीईओ

Are the Tokyo Olympics the Catalyst to Spiritual Change in Japan?

Image courtesy of Dick Thomas Johnson/Wikimedia Commons. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are officially underway following today’s Opening Ceremony. Delayed by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Games will run through August 8th. See a full schedule here. The Tokyo Paralympics begin August 24th. Athletes and fans aren’t the only ones affected by Japan’s attendance regulations. “We … Continue reading Are the Tokyo Olympics the Catalyst to Spiritual Change in Japan?

Poetry – Senryū – Spun in Starlit Dreams – A poem by Goff James

Poem Attribution, Goff James, Spun in Starlit Dreams Copyright (c) 2021 Goff James – All Rights Reserved  View more senryū poems by Goff James Thank you for your visit goffjamesart.wordpress.com Art Photography PoetryPoetry – Senryū – Spun in Starlit Dreams – A poem by Goff James

It Exists, It is Real

It’s YOUR life, no one else’s. You choose how to live it. If you don’t choose, someone else will choose for you. The life you want is one of infinite possibilities that all exist at once. Reach into the future with your thoughts and claim the possibility that you want. Intend to make it real. … Continue reading It Exists, It is Real

Kenyan man returns home 47 years after he was sent to buy rice for his family

A Kenyan man, James Mwaura, who disappeared from home 47 years ago has found his way back home in Molo, Nakuru County thanks to Facebook. James Mwaura, now 70, went missing when he was just 23 years old in 1974 after he was sent to a shop to buy rice for the family. According to … Continue reading Kenyan man returns home 47 years after he was sent to buy rice for his family

Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, July 24 (Reuters) – Rescue teams in India struggled through thick sludge and debris on Saturday to reach dozens of submerged homes as the death toll from landslides and accidents caused by torrential monsoon rain rose to 125. Maharashtra state is being hit by the heaviest rain in July in four decades, experts … Continue reading Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead

The Anthropocene Hymnal is published! — Experiments in Fiction

Today, this book of wonderful poetry about saving our planet becomes available in both paperback or kindle versions. Two of my poems have been chosen to be in it. All proceeds from the book go to organizations working to save our planet. Please consider buying one $4 (for kindle) or $9 (for paperback) or donate … Continue reading The Anthropocene Hymnal is published! — Experiments in Fiction

Reality Revisited: Learning To Sleep

First posted in April 2019. We have grown so much more than we ever thought we would, and we want to share our earlier posts. We aim to reflect on the early struggles of our grief, and what we went through without our mum. We are proud of where we have come from, and of where…Reality … Continue reading Reality Revisited: Learning To Sleep

Family – a short story

Anika followed the family of ducks as they made their way to the pond on the grounds. She watched intently as the little ducklings launched themselves into the water in tiny splashes after their mother. At times, Anika felt jealous of the ducklings. Unlike her, they never had to worry about school, homework, exams, chores, … Continue reading Family – a short story

Morning kittens

Butterscotch’s babies were extremely active in the cool of the morning. 🙂 It took them stopping for a nursing break before I could get pictures! I didn’t want to disturb them, so I used the zoom on my phone’s camera, which takes the worse pictures. 😦 I still ended up disturbing them. Ah well. Earlier, … Continue reading Morning kittens