Seventeen Summer Haikus

  A painting that’s green An embrace of golden arms What a day to swim.   Forts without colour A sky undressed by summer Hues of life and death.   At the funeral An insect lies with the worms And the slum lives on.   Time after time now I have asked why lesbians love…

Dictionary of the Numinous

    Isn’t it incredible how sometimes beautiful-sounding words happen to mean something even more wondrous? Think of ‘sublunary’, ‘sublime’ and ‘crepuscular’. The one that’s caught my attention most recently is the word ‘numinous’. But when I looked it up, for utmost clarity, on the Oxford dictionary, I found something disappointingly antagonising. The definition, according…

The Multitudinous Writings In Store For 2017

  Amidst all the high-profile deaths, the worrying political upheavals, and surprising football, what stands out clearest in my memory for 2016 is Planet Earth II. David Attenborough’s masterpiece and the BBC’s swansong for many years to come. It was the most inspiring thing to be produced and the most significant. And whilst, on a…

Why Attenborough’s Planet Earth II Matters

Ps put this on while reading: “Metaphysics must flourish. He who understand baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.” Charles Darwin The seemingly irreverent, joking quote of Darwin rang incessantly through my mind as I watched the whole of BBC’s Planet Earth II series from beginning until last Sunday’s Desert episode. It’s a phrase…

Don’t Let’s Preach Conservation

The end of the world is coming; humanity shall be punished for its sins; we need to change our ways; those that disagree are traitors. Does that sound a bit like some fundamentalist Christian sect? Well, you’re right, of course. But it also sounds a hell of a lot like most die-hard environmentalists that spear-head…

A Narrative Essay On False Happiness

How easy it is to see how Fate manipulates us. It uses all the superficial trappings of life. Distractions purely human. It uses supernormal stimulus to put ideas and dreams in our heads. Fate is the Great Media, subliminally manipulating us. Did you write the story of the happiest man on earth? Did you kill…