Identified flying object

One of the key understandings in mystical thought is the idea of identity. Words morph their meaning over time, and identity is a classic case. We might think of the police knowing the ‘identity’ of a person they want to speak to. We would find it in fashion magazines for both genders in the context…

The Human Soul…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* …No mere forest this, but a jungle! Foolish to venture in alone. Trackless… One would be eaten alive. Far safer to mount an expedition. An advertisement should suffice. Only the bravest adventurers need apply. What, no takers? Non whatsoever… In which case, alone, it’ll have to be, It’s as…

On these days

On this day A meagre seven years ago I woke to find you gone A day premature Just the nursing angel in your hand The phone receiver in mine △ Now, at these times I picture you in your old shop Happy to leave your kitchen For shop’s bell, whose call To seek but not…

The land of the ‘stone father’

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
At the heart of an ancient landscape is the Dorset village of Cerne Abbas. The village grew up around a Benedictine Abbey founded there over a thousand years ago and it is still a place where folklore, myth and legend come together…and few of them agree. The holy spring…

Nuances of living…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* Even the ‘nays’ and ‘ayes’ of youth have their revenge. * The intoxication of our early-life responses eventually gives way, turns in on itself and introduces us to the consequence of blind enthusiasm. * Having thus acquired deliberation… And no longer rash… We learn, instead, to side against our…

Daydreamer…

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
Crack. The ruler slapped down on the desk, narrowly missing my knuckles and dissolving the magic. “Daydreaming again? You will pay attention in my class, young lady!” The French mistress, determinedly optimistic to the last, turned her back and returned to the blackboard. Oddly enough, French was…

Chiaroscuro…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* It is in the nature of things to deceive. So, if we take ‘space’, ‘time’, ‘form’ and ‘motion’ to be deceptions… Would it not be justifiable to mistrust our ‘thinking’ also? ‘What innocence!’ ‘What daring!’ To expect consciousness to be honest about the outside world. Should we not screw…

Broken village

The beautiful Northumberland village of Etal, one of a local twin, has a fine ruined castle; but this blog is not entirely about castles… The picture above is the castle at Etal. It was constructed in the middle of the fourteenth century by Robert Manners, a Norman descendant. It consists of a residential tower in…

Frankenstein, Gollum and the unseen will…

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
“I’m re-reading Tolkien,” said my son. “Cool. How far have you got?” “The riddles in the dark bit.” That made me smile, as we’d taken inspiration from that chapter for the December workshop. “What do you reckon… when Gollum says ‘my precious’, is he talking to the ring or…

The Tree in Winter

The tree in Winter Its life-trail etched against the sky reveals what we cannot Who stand below and try — To see within How we became this shape This pattern in the now And asking how — Did we result in this? Our branching tale of history Concealed in layered thoughts And wrapped in finery…

Singular Mind…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* Few are born to ascent. Those few that are may lack the strength of character to attempt it. Without recklessness it is almost inconceivable. Our Minstrel, hazards the mountain path alone, and asks none for advice, for who could tell him even of its existence? If he falters, his…

Riddles in the church too…

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
A little while ago, we visited Great Longstone church, but it was early on a Monday morning and the doors were closed. Even so, it had not been a wasted trip and we had found enough intriguing riddles in the churchyard to make us return later that…