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.
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.
Brian McMahon purchased the first paper-back copy of Thailand in perspective – Volume 3 of my Thailand Diaries series available on Amazon.
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
Sadly but gloriously I’ve found Leonard Cohen late in life. We miss so much during our struggle for survival. In the short time since his death his work has been an inspiration to me as I approach the final stages of my first novel. He obviously moved James Radcliffe, and this beautiful obituary is a fine tribute to a wonderful human being.
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As I move towards the final stages of completing the first draft of my novel I needed to take a little time out to start developing my Facebook author page and re-publish my Thailand Diaries which has been on my mind for some time. The repub is now done and the three ebooks, published by Pronoun, are now all FREE. They can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Google play. If you click where you see the link underlined you will be transported to my book page where you can choose your favourite retailer. Continue reading 15 Weeks – Republished 2017 – FREE
I’m missing each day
Looking over my shoulder.
Missing in every way
Tired and much older.
Not so amused.
Dazed and confused.
Why am I looking?
Looking way out ahead.
There’s nothing out there.
It’s here in my head.
I am not amused.
Just dazed and confused.
If my mind isn’t here
Am I not present?
And where is the here?
Life seems not so pleasant.
Am I amused?
No; dazed and confused.
It’s passing me by
And nothing is clear
There’s only today
The blur is the fear.
I was once amused.
Now just dazed and confused.
No presence of mind
And fearing the worst
Not living at all.
It must be a curse.
I’m sure not amused.
Still dazed and confused.
Now mindful again.
Eyes no longer blind.
The fog starts to lift.
Clear focus of mind.
Not amused for a while.
Just dazed and confused.
When we were young and life was fun,
We didn’t care, we had no clue.
What was there for us to learn,
In those days before we knew?
Soon we were warned about Big G.
Of mortal sin we lived in fear.
JC would save us from our woes.
The Holy Ghost may not appear.
Then came a man with sparkling eyes,
With silver tongue and many lies.
But you saw through his fake disguise,
And tales of how to live and die.
We searched for meaning of some kind.
Egoless with no false pride.
We left our worldly goods behind,
And travelled far and often wide.
We lazed on islands of the East,
And filled our lungs with pristine air.
We gorged ourselves on nature’s feast,
And other stuff we should not dare.
When the well it did run dry
We had not found the Holy Grail.
Back to the start we had to fly
But never thought that we did fail.
We worked and strove in boring ways,
To fill the pot again and dream
Of soon, when we would spend more days,
Wandering again, perchance to dream.
So this is life’s eternal search.
Back and forth we go and come.
The only one we have to teach,
Is our self, that life is fun.
I weaved on gently through Phangna.
Its forests lush, its air cool steel.
When soon it seemed and not so far,
How small did I then surely feel;
As overpowered by limestone cliffs,
The sky was filled with monoliths.