........................................................................................ - a weBlog by Snowy and me.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Signs Of Greater Age (40)

1-reading with envy in today's music press
that tickets to see The Grateful Dead
in London forty five years ago, 1972,
cost a trifling £1 and wondering...
What happened the price of legendary live music?

2-Getting leaflets for stair lifts for the elderly
through your letter box, and wondering.
which of your friends could do with one most,
were they rich enough to be able to afford it.

3-Come the latest election preferring humour
over genuine news from the campaign trail.
There is a leavening with the laughter of recognition
that no serious politician can get anywhere near,
an acceptance of the absurdity of the human condition.   

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Artificial Obedience

Intelligence is neither natural nor artificial,
and machine are only ever machines.

But as humans we form ranks and grades
with each other sufficient to create histories
-unreliable narratives in which we grade
past words and deeds.

Always the few reduce the intelligence
of many by making the many repeat tasks
that stop thought, particularly the thought of refusal.

So even if such a thing as artificial intelligence
was real it is never as real as the artificial obedience,
and artifice of deference, that we build societies upon.  

Monday, 24 April 2017

Double Vision

Benjamin Franklin is the person most credited
with the invention of bi-focal glasses,
the better to both see clearer at a distance
and read legal and social texts close up.

Was this his greatest gift to the U.S. presidents
that followed him? A means for the loss of focus
in their political vision, from their prescription
needing renewal. This lack of clear sight of society
was what enabled them to pursue arguments
with pin sharp logic for the legal perpetuation
of the inferior status of all non-whites and immigrants.

Such clear vision as there was,
was based on the needs of the few
which were expressed best with economy,
the better to avoid all the broader implications.

Those who read and wrote were The Few
and they owned everything,
particularly the deeds of the state
on which all ownership was based
which they read with the close part
of their bifocal lenses, whilst being blind
to the bigger world around them.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Im/maturity

Being asked to 'Put away childish things'
is not about losing our playfulness
any more than we are meant
to become utterly serious.

It is about a person being grown,
rather still growing, and not knowing
what they have yet to grow into.... 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Irritated By Bitter Nothings

The popular press
has always had to pay for itself,
and has never done better
than when they goad the reader
to keep on reading for more irritation.

The more the reader reads
the more they pay more to read,
the better to make them more annoyed...

Thus the papers meet
their real reason for being-
raising revenue from advertising.

Given a choice of untruths
to amuse the populous with
the press have to care
about which lies to tell,
that they are not seen to irritate
whilst doing exactly that.

This is one of many examples
of the counter-intuitive logic
through which
modern capital
keeps it's grip
amid our 'freedom of choice'.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Unexpected Warmth

Grace in life is a matter of the cut of your coat
being better and far more enduring
than you ever predicted it would be,
given the materials it was cut from.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Inter-species Communications

What dogs think about the humans
who care supposedly care for them
is 'What part of 'Woof!' don't they understand?'.