Morning Pogue, And a cold one it is🥶. But the sky’s clear and there is a stillness in the air which is welcoming. So much we get for free, everyday, that I’m sure goes unnoticed. And here’s my musing which arose from a walk I took in the woods yesterday. I am blessed in so … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, First one of the New Year. A little late? Yeah, life’s been busy and, to my shame, I’ve not done much listening🥺. But I’m back! And this morning, for some obscure reason, I found myself listening to a song I first heard 50 years ago😳 Here we are at the start of another year, … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now
We will lose everything we love, including our lives — so we might as well love without fear, for to fear a certainty is wasted energy that syphons life of aliveness. Maria Popova, Resolutions for a Life Worth Living: Attainable Aspirations Inspired by Great Humans of the Past in the The Marginalian
I made a mistake onceSomewhere on the wayI didn’t do it againUntil the other day,I felt something was missingAnd now I must sayI’m really, really tryingTo make one each day,I admit it’s not so easyI’m trying to not delayBut please, please appreciateWith life I’m having to play. I want to be quite human I’d be … Continue reading Mistakes
Happy New Year Pogue, The first post of the New Year and, in honesty, it’s been hard to get back to writing after the Christmas period. It’s that time of year when I find my space filled and completely occupied by others. This season has been no different and perhaps busier than previous ones. You … Continue reading Monday Musing
And an institution in my home since I have discovered it. I am sure I am a Swede in exile. Now where did I put the cinnamon rolls? Anyone else for a little fika?
My dreams are strongBoth day and night,In this reality I am feared,Even revered,Held in trembling respect,For I walk in placesOthers fear to go.With an elegant madness in my eyesI plunder the depthsBeyond death mysterious veil,Mordors fires,Valhalla’s glory,Nivarna’s bliss.What you prophesied as heavenWhat you call hell,Nothing is denied to the dreams I have.I tell you, you … Continue reading My Dreams Are Strong
There’s a poet in my pocketI think she’s rather quaint,She smiles like an angelAnd makes me feel a saint.She’s lending me her best linesThoughts deeper than I’ve known,Compelling me to write themUntil I’ve composed a poem.She’s not bothered about a creditIt really would be a bind,To have to wait to be acknowledgedMaybe getting left behind.For … Continue reading My Pocket
Her’s was a beautiful mindA place where the spring flowers growWhere autumnal leaves aboundAnd colours are awashYet as only nature canAll was held in harmonyShe had a beautiful mindGentle but self assuredQuietly constant without doubtLike the beach when only small waves lapFilled with purposeUndeterredAnd on days when the wind blewHer hair breaking looseThe waves would … Continue reading Beautiful Mind
Hi Pogue, So here I am and I’m still thinking about ‘weird’, your ‘weird’, my ‘weird’ and looking around and about for other people who have found their’s together with the determination and freedom to give it expression. To that end I spotted an account in a book I’m currently reading, A Moveable Feast, Ernest … Continue reading Monday Musing
YOU ARE NOT EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEAThe world is filled with people who, no matterwhat vou do, no matter what you try, will simplynot like you. But the world is also filled with thosewho will love you fiercely. The ones who love you:they are Your People. Don't waste your finite time and heart trying toconvince … Continue reading Be Your Weird
Well Pogue, We’ve spent two Musings thinking about the fact that we all have unique qualities and characteristics that make us different. Our weirdness. These things set us aside from others and make life more interesting. At least I think so. They also give us a new sense of freedom once we have learnt to … Continue reading Monday Musing.
Hi Pogue, Remember last Monday we talked about embracing your weird? Well today I’ve been listening to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, on the TV, five days before his first budget statement. And it was refreshing to listen to him because he told it as it is. We’ve some hard times ahead as a country and … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, I came across a quote from Sylvia’s Plath yesterday where she said she had learnt “to embrace her own weirdness”. It sort of struck me that in doing so she found her own creative genius and whilst her life was a troubled one, she left us with a legacy of great poetry. Her … Continue reading Monday Musing
The children still play in the old school field.The trees stand in the same places,Shed leaves in the same season,Look bare in winter like before,They’re just bigger than on that dayWhen you and I climbed so highHid in their branches And were possessed by make believe.I was happy then.The crime was that I did not … Continue reading The Old School Field
Hey Pogue, Monday morning. The clank of the letter box and, here I am with thoughts born of wisdom. Good morning. This week I’ve been thinking about how we form judgements of other people often based on very little actual knowledge. Do you think there might be something slightly wrong in this? Be careful who … Continue reading Monday Musing
I have been thinking of silence. I wrote over the last couple of weeks on silence, the creative forces of the Universe and our own creative process. Then, wham, there are all these quotes appearing in my reading about the creative process. Synchronicity at work again I guess. Leave to your opinions their own quiet … Continue reading Silence and Creativity
Pogue, I wrote last week about the music that pervades the universe and how so very many have no awareness of its existence. And, as is usually the way, having put that out other similar thoughts and ideas returned to me. Synchronicity, don’t you just love it! So I came across a quote from a … Continue reading Monday Musings
Pogue, I went to a concert on Saturday just gone. I saw a band called Nearly Dan, a Steely Dan tribute band. I can hear your brain already, wondering, “Dan who?” But stay with me here. Back in the day I really loved the music of Steely Dan. I owned most of their albums. And … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listen To Now.
Dear Pogue, I wrote to you in the week about the creative process and suggested that inspiration came from outside rather than within. I questioned whether we had lost our way and turned to our own very limited ability to find creative impulse. So thinking about this and practicing the thought to test its veracity … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, We need a song, we really do. Life has been so busy and distracting that I haven’t sent you a song for a while. My bad! I’m sorry🥺 But here’s a song I’ve just heard and it’s going around my head so, please, have it. It’s a band that’s new to me but I … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’mListening To Now..
I choose you And bid you Come away with meSo our hearts may become as oneAnd our days will run togetherWe will be indistinguishable As when rivers mergeThey will not tell us apart.You will take all of meThe best and alas the worstIt will be yoursTo do with as you pleaseAnd I will be better … Continue reading Given
Flickering flamePulsing,Sputtering lifeAnd dancingAlways dancing,Bent by breeze,Reaching upTo cast shadowsOversizedThere and goneAnd back,As flame flaresSpits from waxReceding Shadows fallDwindle,As dance declinesLight retreatsBreath is heldThen releasedWith luminosity renewedSo fragileSo persistentSo,Mesmerising? Will the flameOutlive the candle?
So my best friend and I are on our travels and laying by a pool, in the sun, on some foreign shore. It’s late morning, breakfast is some hours gone and the need for coffee is beginning to rise. I stop the waiter as he passes and request a double espresso with a little milk. … Continue reading A Coffee Incident
Pogue, It’s Monday and I’m back. Just for you. Feel the love! I’ve written a few letter and poems in the last few weeks which some have seen as an expression of darker emotions. Darker? Rawer would be a more accurate description. And people have come along and asked: “Was that me?” Well firstly, these … Continue reading Monday Musing
Your word is the core of your relationships. Given and kept it is a strong chain holding you to others, removing concerns and creating a foundation on which to build bigger things. If you would but realise, your word has great value and will go before you in the world giving you a reputation acceptable … Continue reading Your Word
Who’ll do the hard thing?The question has been askedHe who must The reply was givenBut me, I’m not so sureFor the world gets no betterOur hero’s are no moreIndeed do we even want them?Their very being and existenceCalling each of us to be betterTo choose the path of painOr stand lonely in placesOthers will not … Continue reading The Hard Thing
Hi, Someone wrote me and said I’d upped my poetry game but poetry seemed to be my language of grief. Hmmm, maybe. I have felt rather sad of late and I do feel that giving our expression to feelings is a healthy thing and helps us to understand them. So I’ve found myself listening to … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Pogue, I don’t know about you but there doesn’t seem to be a day go by when I don’t turn on the news to be told how much my energy bill is about to cost me🥺 Day after day after day! And I’m a smart guy (at least I think so) so I get that … Continue reading Monday Musing.