11 Haiku from Japan

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Old town Kyoto!
Where geisha trot through the streets
Gift-wrapped like presents

A deep green pool
held in cracked raku tea cup
offered with two hands

On Trump, Brexit, Bogus Revolutions and the underlying cause that 'The Free Press' won't mention

Thursday, 10 November 2016

If 2010 was the summer of the Arab Spring, then 2016 has been the summer of the Bogus Revolution.

In the USA and the UK, two of the world's most ardently capitalist societies, it turns out that working class natives, isolated and struggling to get by after decades of neo-liberal policies, are feeling disenfranchised. No surprises there. Even 150 years ago, Marx predicted the isolation of workers and subsequent class antagonism under capitalism. Marx also said that "history repeats itself - first as tragedy, second as farce" - and that's where Nigel Farage and Donald Trump come in.

Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016 - a poem

Monday, 19 September 2016

(Vipassana is a type of meditation, taught all over the world in the tradition of SN Goenka, in 10-day silent meditation courses). 

Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016

We're welcomed by the wind turbine
that sits on the crest of
Mount Soleil
rotating and waving like
the Dhamma wheel,
and the reason we're here
is to look inside
because didn't one saint or another
say 'know thyself' ?
and the surrounding quiet
is broken by a rickety shelf
of terse conversations
and unnecessary introductions
before being stripped down
by the gong,
and so it begins;
Day one

On the first Scarboro Naked Bike Ride and an introduction to the walking enigma that is Blind Giles

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Blind Giles told me long ago about the plans for Scarborough's first naked bike ride. But, ever the pragmatist, he always has his reasons for asking.
"Maybe you'd like to... come along, Sherwood. It could be fun. And you could block off roads and be in charge of filming it all for me." I've never been one to turn down bizarre invitations. Besides, the prospect of seeing how the people of my hometown react to gratuitous nudity was a good one.