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GOODBYE, YOUR MAJESTY. A POEM

September exposes the python winding its way
A concrete world, of slabs of stone with
Daunting streets and the chill of the coalface Continue reading 



Lives of the Dead. A book of death poems by Hanoch Levin, an Israeli playwright. A review. Provocative. Frank. Uncomfortable Reading

I received an email from a Dharma friend in Israel recommending I read playwright/poet, Hanoch Levin (1943-1999), who lived in Tel Aviv. I checked out some of his writings on social media and then purchased his collected poems Lives of the Dead. Continue reading 



Eight Poems with an Edge. To be Read in a Time of Reflection. Written by English, Scottish, German, Israeli and American poets

1. THIS BE THE VERSE
Philip Larkin (1922-1985)
One of his best-known poems in the past 70 years in the UK. Larkin says our parents were fucked up by their parents so we can’t blame them. Public who know his poems often regard him as a national treasure. Continue reading 



Boris Johnson, Political Death. Karma. Rebirth. The Buddha

I am in a Buddhist Centre in beautiful Bavaria. Nshorna, my daughter, sent me a brief text. “He’s resigned.”

The ancient Chinese proverb that the rotting fish starts from the head rings true
in the UK with the scale of political confusion, disarray and conflict sweeping through Westminster and the rest of the country. Continue reading 



First Five Sonnets by William Shakespeare – the Buddha of the Heart. With a brief explanation of the meaning of these Sonnets on beauty and love

At the age of 14, I played in the class at school the part of Brutus in Caesar, one of the 37 plays of William Shakespeare. It was my first introduction to the playwright making a long-lasting impression. Brutus, a politician and orator, engaged in the plot to assassinate Caesar. The following year, I quit the John Fisher Roman Catholic School in Purley, Surrey, England to get a job and taste a new kind of independence. I never missed school except for the English literature class studying the bard of Britain. Continue reading 




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