Archive for November, 2006


Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

I’ve just met
myself in a
dream: I look
like Nellee Hooper
I’m funny and
play the piano

Mother Nature

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Our first attention is justly due to Man, for whose sake all other things appear to have been produced by Nature; though, on the other hand, with so great and so severe penalties for the enjoyment of her bounteous gifts, that it is far from easy to determine, whether she has proved to him a kind parent, or a merciless step-mother.

Pliny The Elder
The Natural History

Skin And Skeleton

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Do you know the Momordica? It is a humble Cucurbitacea, common enough along the Mediterranean coast. Its prickly fruit, which resembles a small cucumber, is endowed with inexplicable vitality and energy. You have but to touch it, at the moment of its maturity, and it suddenly quits its peduncle by means of a convulsive contraction and shoots through the hole produced by the wrench, mingled with numerous seeds, a mucilaginous stream of such wonderful intensity that it carries the seed to four or five yards’ distance from the natal plant. The action is as extraordinary, in proportion, as though we were to succeed in emptying ourselves with a single spasmodic movement and in precipitating all our organs, our viscera and our blood to a distance of half a mile from our skin and skeleton.

Maurice Maeterlinck
The Intelligence Of The Flowers

La Porte Ouverte

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Et s’il revenait un jour
Que faut-il lui dire ?
Dites- lui qu’on l’attendit
Jusqu’à en mourir…

Et s’il m’interroge encore
Sans me reconnaître ?
Parlez-lui comme une sœur,
Il souffre peut-être…

Et s’il demande où vous êtes
Que faut-il répondre ?
Donnez-lui mon anneau d’or
Sans rien lui répondre…

Et s’il veut savoir pourquoi
La salle est déserte ?
Montrez-lui la lampe éteinte
Et la porte ouverte…

Et s’il m’interroge alors
Sur la dernière heure ?
Dites-lui que j’ai souri
De peur qu’il ne pleure…

Maurice Maeterlinck
Et s’il revenait


Monday, November 27th, 2006

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tunny Ache

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Reaching land, Pinocchio jumped down first, and then he helped his father. Then he turned to the tunny, and said in a trembling voice, ‘My dearest friend, you have saved my father’s life! I cannot find words to thank you. May I give you a kiss, as a token of my eternal gratitude?’
The tunny put his nose out of the water, and Pinocchio, kneeling on the ground, pressed a loving kiss on its mouth.
At this sign of real, unaffected love, the tunny, who was not used to such things, was so moved that, ashamed to be seen crying like a baby, he dived under the water, and disappeared.
Meanwhile, the sun had risen.

Chapter 36

Goodbye …

Monday, November 27th, 2006



Monday, November 27th, 2006


Fill Yourself Full

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Don’t underestimate evil
(”It won’t come to me”).
A water jar fills,
even with water
falling in drops.
With evil — even if
habitually —
the fool fills himself full.

Don’t underestimate merit
(”It won’t come to me”).
A water jar fills,
even with water
falling in drops.
With merit — even if
habitually —
the enlightened one fills himself full.

The Dhammapada

I Say “Ouch”

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

It’s a dream:
walking (home, perhaps)
when I bump
into Alex James,
the bass player
from Blur. I
say “Hi”, he
says “Hi” - we
shake hands, his
is very light,
mine is quite
electric. I point
out that we
are both wearing
black bottoms and
red tops - he
looks as if
it is not
a coincidence to
cherish. We walk
to a building,
he opens a
garage door and
he invites me
in (to his
studio?). I pretend
to be excited
pretending not to
be excited.
There’s a red
sports car under
a leather cover,
everything suddenly seems
derelict but the
tiny, fastest sports
car. I stay
behind to close
the door - he
smashes a mouse
with his hand
covered by a
towel - I watch
in a mixture
of awe and
repulsion. He goes
(upstairs, I imagine).
I feel a
sharp pain in
my right shin -
I see a
mouse’s teeth stuck
in it - with
a key I
try to remove
the little rodent.
I surrender to
its determined grip.
I think, smile
and say “Ouch”