Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

Herd Instinct…

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Let every man aspire to a Silent Citadel in the sky,

and there live free from the crowd.

Eventually, if he wants to learn about himself,

he will have to climb back down into the throng.

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Once here, what can he hope to glean from the squeals and grunts,

the coughs and splutters,

And all the dark muttering?

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He will need a well tuned ear,

and a steady eye,

to pierce the irony of these cynics.

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Cynicism is that form of expression by which the ‘common man’

finally approaches truth.

 

Just desserts…

The Silent Eye

No…! Really? That’s terrible…” It may well have been, but I doubt the subject of their gossip would have appreciated the evident relish with which the two women were discussing her misfortunes. I wasn’t eavesdropping, the strident voices were inescapable in the waiting room.

“Must be karma…” She folded her hands on her bag and sat back, nodding sagely.

“Yeah,” the lady almost licked her lips, “She must have done something really awful in a past life to deserve all that…” Here we go again, I thought, itching, as always, to jump into the conversation on that one subject, at least. Then, I suppose they would say the same of me… 

It is no secret that I have fulfilled the criteria of the infamous ‘Chinese curse’ and lived in ‘interesting times’. What with one thing and another, life has never had chance to become monotonous, though…

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