in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Women are mostly

more mature than men
(it seems to me)

but they often let little petulant boys
have their way
so they remain little boys,
that is to say:
little gangsters.

And so we have hideous hierarchies
of childishness,
nation by nation:
patriarchies that petulantly
pillage the world
in childish frustration.

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Gloss on a poem by R.L. Stevenson

Love - what is love ? A stupid, aching heart;
rage, tears, more rage, regret and long despair.
Life - what is life ? Expulsion from the lair
into a world that is a world apart.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Friday, 26 December 2008

Excess

(the opposite of access)
is also contagious.
We are the only excessive
species, now become
fanatically ignorant.

Thursday, 25 December 2008

The keenest Christians have mostly been murderous

- they have made it the only murderous religion, obsessed with torture, blood and murder - on the one hand - and vapid, sickly redemption on the other.
(Of course I know of the tiny sects of Islam and 'Hinduism' - the Hashishin and Thuggs - whose practices were not remotely on the same scale.)

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Money :

at best, it's
vulgar -

at worst, it's
mundicidal.

It's often at its worst.

Monday, 22 December 2008

One-third of the people who live

condemn the other two-thirds
to death
simply for being
too many
too smelly -
indeed,
simply for being.

Friday, 19 December 2008

A Declaration of Intent

I will respect the stone
even if blood
comes out of it
whether love
or nothing comes
out of it
for my respect is moss.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

40% of all human beings

(several billion)
have nowhere to shit
but a bush or a ditch
in the dangerous dark.

For them, only numbers
have changed since the Ark.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

UNDERSTANDING FRENCH CUISINE

French "haute cuisine" originates in aristocratic circles in the 18th century, some time after the Russian novelty of serving meals in courses (rather than as a kind of buffet or mezze) was introduced to France. It catered to a class which ate white bread and sugar - and had no teeth except those bought from peasants who ate hard brown bread and a great deal of (mainly) wild fruit. This class liked bland and mushy food raised in the Paris area (Ile-de-France and Upper Normandy). The diet thus leaned heavily on butter, cheese (especially local Camembert and Brie) and cream. Butter, cream and white flour were used to make sauces which made chopped-up meats swallowable by the toothless.

After the Revolution of 1789 the rising bourgeoisie took over aristocratic tastes (and aristocratic cooks) with a vengeance. They started eating song-birds, foie gras and other delicacies of the degenerate and amoral. Governmental centralisation by Napoleon ensured that Paris was the fount of all knowledge and fashion. But it took another 100 years for Parisian bourgeois cuisine to penetrate the whole country. Today there is very little indigenous, local cooking. Those recipes which are claimed as regional are Parisian versions or perversions of ancient dishes. Right up to the First World War most people in France ate very little meat. They lived from hard bread (sometimes baked only once a year) and bad wine (since water was often dangerous to drink), wild fruits and herbs, and what they could grow in their 'potagers'. No French people, not even rich Parisians, ever abandoned the traditional eating of bread, hence the strange habit of eating quantities of bread together with quantities of other food. Since bread is often filling, the Parisian baguette came about: a kind of bread with very little bulk, taste or nutritional value.

All this said, it should be noted that the most common dish eaten in restaurants in the 20th century was (English/American-style) Steak & (Belgian) Frites or 'French Fries'!

Monday, 15 December 2008

Bernard Madoff

How the sophisticates laughed
at the naive Albanians
who lost all their savings
to Pyramid Scams
not long after capitalism
and chaos
took over their country.

Perhaps Albanians
are laughing now
at Banco de Santander
amongst many others.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

for Louise Erdrich

What is sacred
is secret -
which is why holy books
are no more
and no less
than literature.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Monday, 8 December 2008

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Saturday, 29 November 2008

UNDERSTANDING male HOMOSEXUALITY

Males who, for one reason or another (e.g. absent fathers, rampant narcissism) have difficulty in relating to other males, often sexualise this difficulty in adolescence - perhaps through mutual masturbation with peers, or, more simply, from seeing an admired or feared male naked. They thus continue to try and resolve the problem of their relationship to other men through sexual or sensual contact. Those who like to penetrate other men try and resolve the problem through establishing a relationship of power, whereby they 'prove their masculinity' by 'conquering' passive men - who themselves thus feel feminised (hence temporarily justified) in a similarly banal and erroneous way.

The problem is, of course, never resolved, since sex is only one - very limited, over-valued and fairly closed - aspect of life. Thus homosexual men suffer from arrested emotional development and, in my experience, generally have an emotional age ranging from around 7 to around 15. This does not mean that heterosexual men are emotionally mature. The main feature of competitive societies is the neotenisation of males to make them demanding, envious and receptive to the work-ethic. Success is achieved by those who are most infantilised or emotionally undeveloped, and these, increasingly, include women.

Friday, 28 November 2008

The 'greatest' art

is many things to
many people
Which is to say
somehow meaningless -

I mourn
'great art'.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

UNDERSTANDING ART

We are all artistic, for life is art.

The capitalist system of "divide and rule and stupefy" has
taken art (=celebration of life) away from everyone, and offered us work and
labour instead.

In the arts of the visual, which are bizarrely much more highly
valued than, for example, ceramics or serious music, a few over-achieving,
competitive, driven, or monomaniac people are allowed to be "artists" by virtue
of the market, which of course is completely capricious. The rest get on with
working for the system which exists for itself and not for its members.

A few of us make art as a 'hobby' or 'pastime', and some of us can buy what 'artists'
create: the poorer buy 'work' by unknowns; the rich inflate the market for the
'successful' by investing in their output.

Seen another way, though, art is just another kind of mind-shit.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Osama ben Laden

is a most interesting
latter-day fusion
of Agamemnon
with Odysseus.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Understanding Capitalism

Keep on dividing and ruling.
First: corral people into Nationalities.
Then divide them into Nuclear Families.
Then divide the families
into frustrated, infantilised,
isolated Individuals.
Then sell them everything
except what you have taken from them:
connection
(and ultimately the world).
And for those who will not buy your trash:
correction.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

"Whoever controls the weather controls the world,"

a United States Department of Defense
spokesman said.

In the Book of Job we read
that God was schizophrenic,
hiding from his majesty
underneath his throne
inside his head.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Monday, 17 November 2008

Sunday, 16 November 2008

To a canine friend

My theory of mind
is that your mind
though different from mine
is a beautiful function
of your beautiful body.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Never

is where most
people live
in fatuous
endeavour.

Though I'm a
contemptuous
kind of
holy ghost,
I'm not so clever.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

I once knew a millionaire

who lived just outside Dublin
with a marvellous megalith in his garden.
He kept shit in his fridge.

I was invited to stay
because I was 'gay',
but I really fancied the dolmen.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

the sickening hypocrisy
of the aggressive and evil
English Empire
now claiming (it seems successfully)
to have 'sacrificed' its subjects,
to have destroyed a thousand cultures
and ten thousand environments
in the name of Liberty and Justice!

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Every 'middle-class' value

is false.
Every 'bourgeois' moral
is hypocritical.
This is obvious to every
four-year old -
which is why Education
is compulsory.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

All governments are bad

- though some are much worse
than others.
And sex is silly -
though sometimes it seems
majestic.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

All generalisations are wrong.

Francophones
have poor peripheral vision
(because they look you in the eye),
and are now taught
to think that animals
are stupid machines.

Anglophones
who are always looking sideways
are good at catching shoplifters.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Check the Figures

Because English expansion,
piracy, conquest and empire
lasted for so long,
British genocides, reprisals,
occupations, wars and holocausts
wrought far more evil, mayhem
and destruction than Hitler's
unbecoming, evanescent Reich.
And no apology
will ever be forthcoming.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Monday, 20 October 2008

Since I judge

men by their beards
and women by their brains
almost all of my friends
are women.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Thursday, 16 October 2008

It is obvious

that most people would rather
be entertained than wise.
What is even more depressing is that
they would rather be entertained
than happy.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Forest :

an area the size of a football-pitch
is cut down
every second.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Monday, 29 September 2008

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Chunqing

Long ago, the population
of Babylon exceeded that of France.
Now, the population of one Chinese city
exceeds that of Australia and Canada
combined.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

They have taken away the poles

and replaced the cables
but the electricity
seems no better than before the war.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Men are mostly

mindless,
women sometimes
heartless.
The brain and the heart
are houses without air.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Those who love silence

understand all that needs
to be understood.
Words are bedizened emptiness.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Monday, 15 September 2008

A Curious Thing

Men's armpits in their natural state
have a range of smells
- fennel, ginger,
leather, ripe date,
pipe-tobacco, damp logs -
but their balls
all smell the same

though maybe not to dogs.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

The joy of sex

is not ejaculation
but the fun of doing silly,
sensual, sexy things
à deux.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Louisiana Purchase

OK
is a conflation of
Scots Och Aye
with French d'accord;
and guy is a corruption
of the French word gars
with echoes of English
anti-Catholic bonfires.

'Have a nice day!'
is an intrusively
imperative version
of Bonne journée !

Denim comes from
French de Nîmes,
as Gènes, French for Genoa,
turned into jeans.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

I am

a bubble of being
outside the bubble
of breeding, of meat-
eaters - almost
a ghetto of one.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Monday, 1 September 2008

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Culture:

the Police Commissioner
to incarcerate the living
for being dead.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Apart from our turds

(which dung-beetles like)
and our corpses
(which vultures value)
and our blood
(which nourishes leeches)
and our bones
(which dogs love to bury)
the only good thing that humans produce
(and which few other animals appreciate
is music.

Monday, 25 August 2008

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Friday, 22 August 2008

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Saturday, 16 August 2008

God is praised,

described, interpreted, denied
upon the pulp of trees.
And God is a tree.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The most intelligent

being on the planet
uses his intelligence in unintelligent ways
and wipes out almost everything -
including (at last) himself:
another evolutionary error.
So,
'intelligence' is just a fancy word
for 'pathological cunning'.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Kissing

was considered sinful
in medieval Europe.
But it is now
unacceptable to be
a hermit.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Friday, 8 August 2008

Thursday, 7 August 2008

LOYALTY

Because we invented it,
time has been too long
on our side.

Because we are
time's product,
we have passed our sell-by date.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Monday, 4 August 2008

During the Black Death

the principal scapegoats
were Lepers and Jews.
The Gypsies had not then arrived.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Dissidents

are just the few and only people
who dare - or bother - to think
outside the corral of conformity.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Friday, 25 July 2008

Music

is in the instrument not played
- and in the instrument not made.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

an excuse for cowardice

life is not worth living
but I'm not sure
that death is worth
killing myself for

Monday, 21 July 2008

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Human stupidity:

Growing crops to fuel cars,
wasting land on tasteless meat
instead of eating beans and fruit
and slugs and vegetables
and actually using our feet.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Monday, 14 July 2008

minotaur

the terrible difference
between man and beast
is terrible arrogance

(arrogance of ignorance
and stupidity)

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Friday, 11 July 2008

There can never be

more people living on the earth than ever died.
Man is the only beast designed for suicide.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Monday, 7 July 2008

Saturday, 5 July 2008

In our solipsistic society

life gets more
and more interesting
for those who are interested
in life more than themselves.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Machines are stupid

because they are brainless
and made by us
who are even more stupid
because we are ruled
by machines.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Written on a viaduct

near Carcassonne:
DIEU MOURUT POUR NOS PECHES.
God died for our peaches.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

What's so great about

- Einstein
- Art
- Orgasm
(to take three at random) ?

Charge and discharge,
Inquietude,
Absence of serenity.

Suddenly

at 66
I'm starting my

Janáček Years:

all inspiration -
but no young lover
no sex, no fears.

Monday, 30 June 2008

INTEGRATION

I visit the ugly, local graveyards
to read the names upon the
hideous graves -
the better to know the people I meet
and smile to in the street.

(Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val)

Sunday, 29 June 2008

ANIMAL SACRIFICE

It is difficult to avoid
people who sacrifice
animals to sheer greed
(and mere habit).

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Housework

is better done in the dark:
it's so much easier
and leaves the day free
for sleep or the tending of plants.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

GETTING RECOGNITION

Though dead, Aristarchus 'had to wait'
two thousand years for his proposition
to be endorsed.

Monday, 23 June 2008

The stupidest thing

about The Only Stupid Species
is that, unlike really
successful animals like rats,
cockroaches, spiders
and many other beasts
of true distinction,
we have dread
refuse to eat our dead.

And so The Sixth Extinction.

Virgo:

transparent
and
impenetrable.
Perhaps unbreakable.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Made by humans,

machines are stupid.
We are even more stupid
as we are controlled more and more
by thoughtless machines.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Self-congratulation:

when the last
miserable human
dies, dehydrated
on this dessicated earth
- will he know
or care that
I told you so ?

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Justice

is on all men's lips -
except when they
ostentatiously
shit on it.

Monday, 16 June 2008

The Chippewa

have a word for
The Sickness of Long Thinking.

I have a word for
The Sickness of Bad Thinking:
civilisation.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Friday, 13 June 2008

Thursday, 12 June 2008

In the serenity of my alleged despair

I'm old enough
and wise enough
to know that life should not be engendered
much less saved,

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

He told me I was

'contrary'.
I asked him what the virtue was
in being conventional.

Convenience,
he replied.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

In our 'advanced' society

rites have almost disappeared
to be replaced by fragile,
arbitrary rights.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Friday, 6 June 2008

Art

should challenge us
- not send our debauched consciences to sleep.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

For every good poem

there are perhaps a hundred
good novels.

(But novels are always
anecdotal.)

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Words are a plausible army

occupying the head.
That which most needs saying
is that which is left unsaid.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Looking forward to death,

to non-being
is a kind of paradox,
a strange logicality -
but mortality rocks!

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Monday, 5 May 2008

'Listen to the ear of your heart'

said St Benedict. Where
is the ear of your heart ? Where
is your heart ? Where
is your ear ? Where
is your reason ? You are
deaf and numb:
a jerking product.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Friday, 2 May 2008

It's not 'love'

that 'makes the world
go round' -
but the seizing
and abuse of power.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Which is worse:

that God is dead -
that poetry is dying -
or that the world
of the dodo is dead ?

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Monday, 28 April 2008

Utopia -

such a relief to know
it could never
and doesn't
and cannot exist.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Friday, 25 April 2008

Shrivelled

by the dragon-breath
of academics,
wizened as a mummy's dug:
Contemporary Poetry.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Humility

is really knowing
what you really are:

the only kind of animal
that sneers.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

GLOSS ON A POEM BY R.L. STEVENSON

Love - what is love ? A stupid, aching heart;
rage, tears, more rage, regret and long despair.
Life - what is life ? Expulsion from the lair
into a world that is a world apart.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Friday, 18 April 2008

Thursday, 17 April 2008

MINOTAUR

The terrible difference
between Man and Beast
is the terrible power
of arrogance.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

The anti-rights

of the anti-man
and the anti-woman
are only three:

The right to question everything
- everything
The right to be illiterate
The right to have no name.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

With this poem

which you may think is not a poem
I offer you more than a poem:
a little gift of silence.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Religion :

more an attempt to
justify the unjustifiable
than to explain the inexplicable.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

You write a poem,

stop. Then silence.
The silence is
a better poem:
the rest is
(as Verlaine wrote)
merely literature.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Saturday, 5 April 2008

A true atheist

is truly hard to find.
As they say in Albania:
Vetë e vërteta s'është shumë e fuqishme -
The truth, in truth, has little power.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Hate

is a poor protection
from hurt:
a soiled nappy*
never removed.
Contempt is much saner.
The Cynic's secret of life
is to loaf, despise,
and be happy.

*[US: Diaper]

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

'Made in God's image',

the only species to make
war on itself
and all other species.

And you wonder why
I loathe monotheisms
and am ashamed to be human!

Monday, 31 March 2008

The Jesus Laundrette *

Self-operated
washing-machines
for the most soiled
and torn and twisted souls.

* [US: Laundromat]

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Saturday, 29 March 2008

We think we're living

in the froth of time
and not, as the wretched know too well,
drowning in its dregs.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Better not

to want to be
more than you are already;
better not to have
what you will not be happy to lose.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Monday, 24 March 2008

"Art"

is the art of display
and the "Great" are greatly alone
while the small are
merely arrogant.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Friday, 21 March 2008

Saturday, 15 March 2008

People, rubbish

people, rubbish, people,
rubbish, people, rubbish,
people, rubbish, people,
rubbish, people, rubbish,
people, rubbish, people,
rubbish, rubbish, people,
rubbish, rubbish, rubbish,
rubbish, rubbish,
rubbish, rubbish,
rubbish,
rubbish,
rubbish

Friday, 14 March 2008

The problem with Reason

is that we throw out the
Information that would
allow us to exercise it.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Kiss a girl and marry the world

Marry a girl and live with the world
Lie with a girl and father the world
Live with a girl and die with the world

Sunday, 9 March 2008

He lost his fur

in a storm
- and instead of letting more grow
he's been trying to change the weather.

Thursday, 6 March 2008