There is a doorway

There is a doorway out of hell
Called love
As you near it
You see the sky

why is the highway
so empty and bare
am I the only one
walking there

No, there are shadows
trying to escape
writing the names of their souls
in the dust

if I can say it
I must experience it
Or am I still a child
Waiting to be called

I’m sorry I shouldn’t be sorry
I’m angry that I’m angry
I’m conceited by my conceit
Yet still I see the door called love

Or maybe I have it wrong
The whole world has escaped
Through the door
And I am the one
Left behind

Here I am in Central London

Here I am in Central London
Thousands of people with hundreds of things to do or not to do.
Buses, taxis and vans – that circle Trafalgar square
In a liquid sun bubble that melts the air
Where the guardsmen march
As you look through the arch
You might see the palace
Said Alice

I tried to hide in plain sight
But the sun was so white
I couldn’t quite hide my soul
But if you manoeuvre around
On that tourist mound
And look through the arch
Down the street of stars
You can just about see the palace
Said Alice

I took some photos of Admiralty Arch
Not thinking what my opponent’s next move might be
My imagination plagued by faces in a rage
And nice people were staring at me
I thought I might stay once I’ve walked all the way
The place holds no romance for me
So I took off in a march from admiralty arch
And did not look back at the palace
Or Alice

As I was escaping

As I was escaping
From emergency ward ten
Said one little pickpocket
Would you go there again?
Seeing how the surgery
Is on the top floor
And the priest comes to visit
To read you gods law

Rainbow the clown
Was a wonderful pal
He always got jealous
If I went out with a gal
So what if I do
See her again
It’s better than waiting
In emergency ward ten

The skateboard collector
Disregarded his health
He flew down the street
Like he was flying with stealth
What’s this I see?
If he does that again
I’m sure I’ll be meeting him
In emergency ward ten

With the jet’s near miss
And a chainsaw in the hedge
And the life insurance man
Wants the signature, the pledge
You just want the coupon
For something to spend
It’s a one-way trip
To emergency ward ten

I battle with Punch and Judy

I battle with Punch and Judy
They are inebriated
I listen to the sea sigh, the sshellfishslide by

I battle with Punch and Judy
Judy dies
Punch gets madder than a baboon

I battle with Punch and Judy
They carry her coffin along the seashore
Playing their banjos, violins and snare drums

I battle with Punch and Judy
Judy pops up out of her coffin
And hits me with a rolling pin

If I opened a book

If I opened a book
She’d be pressed between the pages laughing like a flower

If I opened the kitchen door
She’d be snacking on grapes and cheese

If I opened a dream
She’d be waiting to let me in

If I opened a letter
She’d be spying on me with her third eye

If I could paint her shadow on every wall
They’d be so indelible that they’d eternal

When first we met
She popped out of herself like a Russian doll

Again and again, and again and again
Until she was a very tiny baby

The sayings of John Ruskin

There is no wealth but life.

Make your young hearers resolve to be honest in their work in this life – Heaven will take care of them for the other.

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility, I don’t mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.

The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.

The power, whether of painter or poet, to describe rightly what he calls an ideal thing, depends upon its being to him not an ideal but a real thing. No man ever did or ever will work well, but either from actual sight, or sight of faith.

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it

The majesty of nature depends upon the force of the human spirit.

That which is required in order to the attainment of accurate conclusions respecting the essence of the Beautiful is nothing more than earnest, loving, and unselfish attention to our impressions of it.

You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.

It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.

Do not think of your faults, still less of other’s faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know in life.

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies for instance.

But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them.

Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.

People are perpetually afraid of doing wrong; but unless they are doing its reverse energetically, they do it all day long, and the degree does not matter.

To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.

A great thing can only be done by a great person, and they do it without effort.

Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back,

People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.

To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult, and perhaps as meritorious, as to speak it under intimidation or penalty.

Endurance is nobler than strength and patience than beauty.

It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.

You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and most delicate ways, improve yourself.

The entire object of true education, is to make people not merely do the right thing, but to enjoy right things; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.

A book worth reading is worth buying.

Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.

Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are

Sometimes the pigeons

Sometimes pigeons seem to be out of their depth, they preen themselves and care for themselves, but their appetites lead them into environments that they are not designed for.
Just like man who populates places inhospitable, but because of being fiercely territorial, because of governments, and because of lovelessness they cannot move on and are suffering.

Little pigeon you’re out of your depth
Your feet cannot grasp the stone
You preen and plump and go glassy-eyed
And suffer right down to the bone

Your enormous appetite and need for energy to fly, heads you into environments false and crude, searching the cracks of pavements for food and man follows your footsteps to populate ice and sand but because of territories and governments they must make a life where they stand

It’s the lovelessness of the system
It’s the stupidity of human wisdom

2003