This – Ralph Angel


Above: Dark Foothills by Lesley Jones


You can find a reading of this poem by Ralph Angel himself here.



Ralph Angel

Today, my love,
leaves are thrashing the wind
just as pedestrians are erecting again the buildings of this drab
forbidding city,
and our lives, as I lose track of them,
are the lives of others derailing in time and
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Random pics – lazy Friday

Really should be working on the last bits for Crooked Step this week (which includes a song about procrastination), but I’ve spent all my spare time playing Hearthstone, so… yeah. Here are five animals that capture the feel of today:


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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

I’ve been reading The Case of Charles Dexter Ward because the flight mag on LAN Air (which is surprisingly good – both the airline and the in-flight magazine, that is) featured the first page after the publication of the Spanish translation.

Whatever else you may say about Lovecraft, he’s good at telling disturbing stories. You know exactly how it’s going to end, and that is badly, but still, it horrifies you. Sounds and smell take the fore-stage when describing unseen horrors.


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Failing and Flying – Jack Gilbert

At the risk of reducing this beautiful poem to a motivational message: But anything worth doing is worth doing badly. (Painting: Dream of Icarus by Sergey Solomko.)


Failing and Flying

Jack Gilbert

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It’s the same when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
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Random Pics Friday – Tortoises

In an attempt to add more structure to this blog, the only sensible thing is to add in more random factor, so here’s to the first Random Pics Friday. Theme = tortoises.

They’re amazing.

In Japan and China, for example, Genbu/Xuanwu, the Black Tortoise of the North is basically on the same level as the Vermilion Phoenix of the South (Suzaku/Zhuque), Azure Dragon of the East (Seiryuu/Qinglong) and the White Tiger of the West (Byakko/Baihu).


So… Random pics.

1. Taco Toirtoise from MossyToirtoise on Etsy.



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