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Edge of Life

I won’t come from the mountain,

While days they are still long.

I can’t come from the mountain,

Until my work is done.

I’ve still got my marbles,

But my balls are getting weak.

My eyes are somewhat hazy.

Thank God that I can speak.

If I am the first to leave,

I’m sorry for your loss.

Come now, let us walk a while.

Let’s walk until we’re lost.

Walk me to the edge of life.

Walk me to the brink.

And when it’s time for me to leave,

We’ll raise a glass and drink.

The road I trod was long

And never was it straight.

The life I’ve led is filled with love,

In a world that’s full of hate.

 

 

Heaven’s call

If I could recall one moment in time,

That was more vital and more passionate.

Tempests have smoothed sandstone and lime

And new tenants now in short and long relate.

Where once our passion burned with deep intent,

Now wrinkled and dimmed with furrowed brow.

All sweet and youthful features then are spent,

As time erodes them even faster now.

Though your sharp wit may not diminish,

Nor cast out the power of thought,

Your enduring mind may see no finish;

When all is done, time can’t be bought.

I would welcome now the heaven’s call

And rest my weary head on you, before I fall.

 

 

The Wrecking Machine

English: Protest against fossil fuels April
English: Protest against fossil fuels April (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s coming from all sides

But mainly from the right.

It’s cloaked in many guises,

In the shadows of the night.

It’s breaking up the Union,

It’ll soon break up the States.

It fears the enemy within,

At heart it’s full of hate.

It’s turned the truth upon its head

And placed a child upon the throne.

Cries wolf when it is challenged;

A massive rolling stone.

Watch how it cuts the funds,

Needed to save the world.

Boosting the use of fossil fuels,

It fracks the earth till all’s unfurled.

Watch, listen now, to the glaring truth.

It turns deaf ears when science cries,

As though it is mere whim,

And more discoveries then denies.

Filling government with corporate men

And then, dismantling regulations.

Fuelling avarice and greed,

It pockets billions in elation.

Consumed by thoughts of deeds so foul,

That even it can’t sleep at night.

Bent on destroying human life,

Well past the tipping point all right.

It plans to make the world one totalitarian state.

We’d better join together before it is too late.

Happy Birthday

Your birthday was a special day.

Your tiny body from this world did come.

Your mother smiled the pain away.

Your father shed a tear and some.

Each year another candle’s lit

In memory of that wondrous day.

With close friends you laugh and sit

And celebrate in many ways.

 As you grow the flame burns bright,

Then flickers in the winds of time.

Dimming in the fading light;

Sweet memories flashing through your mind.

So you don’t forget when you were born

Cakes get bigger one by one.

More candles the globe to warm

Till one day the fire is gone.

Life is short, the days are long

But you dear friend are going strong.

I’ll see you soon; till then so long.

But now please listen to this song.

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Save our words

I recently received a complimentary email from a friend who is an accomplished author. She was responding to a post of mine entitled ‘I’m over the moon‘ and it led to a discussion about the English language.

Congrats James!

Have you joined Goodreads yet?

Hey is jewelry mis-spelled or the British version? “He is now Chairman of a jewellery wholesaler”

My reply was; Continue reading Save our words

Is original thought possible?

Sam Harris

English: Sam Harris
English: Sam Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author describes ‘Freewill’ as an illusion. He uses brilliant analogies to explain that acting of your own freewill implies that you could have done otherwise. He poses the question, ‘What are you going to think next? Your next thought comes out of nowhere. Whatever you are doing you have a voice in your head which just says things. Thoughts just emerge in consciousness. We can’t choose them before we think them. So if you can’t control your next thought where is your freedom of will?’ Continue reading Is original thought possible?

The sound of silence

There came an old man

Who sat down by me.

He had a white cane

But still he could see

The world and all in it

Much clearer than me.

 

I could hear the man’s voice,

Though he didn’t talk.

Just a tilt of the head

And a way in his walk.

 

The sound of silence alone,

Alone in the mind,

Is a sweet sound of silence,

Which flows like fine wine.

But in the company of others,

Such a feeling divine.

 

We sat there in silence,

Kindred spirits in union.

Not one word was spoken,

The most joyous communion.

 

Thailand Diaries – FREE – Available NOW

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All 3 Volumes of Thailand Diaries have now been released and are available for FREE download by clicking the book cover icons in the menu bar to your right as you read.

Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

I present my views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of my arguments may be viewed as polemic which ‘was absolutely intentional’. I believe there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree and we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

If you decide to read any or all of the books I hope you enjoy them and I would really appreciate it if you posted a review. Your honest opinion is valued.

Now I really must get moving and finish my first novel.

Celebrating my first Paperback sale

Brian McMahon purchased the first paper-back copy of Thailand in perspective – Volume 3 of my Thailand Diaries series available on Amazon.

Brian shows off the first Thailand Diaries paper-back
Brian shows off the first Thailand Diaries paper-back

The Series of eBooks, just published by Pronoun, are all FREE so grab them while the generosity lasts by clicking here.

Last week Brian came to Phuket on holiday from Liberia where he now works. He kindly brought me the amazing hand-made shirt I am modelling so I will be easily recognisable and safer in the traffic. After the photo-shoot we had a drink or two and a sumptuous fish supper at the Sea-Gypsy village in Rawai. Continue reading Celebrating my first Paperback sale