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Awake! for Morning in the bowl of Night
Has flung the stone that puts the stars to flight:
And lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The sultan’s turret in a noose of light.

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Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. ~Rumi


Pangs of life have seared me to skin and bones,

Oh lover of my soul;

But you sent Mercy to feed me

Wild apples which were early for season;

It must be a boon neither for good men nor for the poor-

But Mercy must have her own reasons,I admit

And how has it fleshed me out!

In joy muscles wrap around bones and packs marrow.

Of Mercy she grudges never.

How has the skin taken to its tints?

For Mercy comes never alone but with her brood-

And love its badge that even fools cannot miss.

 

 

benny

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Love’s secret is always lifting its head out from under the covers – “Here I am!” ~Rumi


Love when lost finds its way back to source, this much I know, drawn from my mothers milk.
2.
Had not love its own wisdom this earth would be wilderness
With all bleached bones of love left behind.

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? ~Rumi

No walls dare fall though I am down
For I am the door that finds its feet up
.

2.
Oh keeper of Ignorance How shall you keep One
Who is neither here nor there behind prison walls?
You have done unimaginable crime
Against your own soul.

benny

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Mr. Edward Snowden is traveling by commercial air while the USA want him grounded and delivered to them. Can’t a Giant get his wish?June 23.

The USA have their reasons while Mr. Snowden his reasons for what he did. Alas there isn’t an earthly court where they can establish truth.

Till such time truth can be revealed and understood by all, suffering of each is not for own self but also for sins of others.

Prisons, till Truth is enshrined in the land as real, are for the dispossessed, weak, poor and needy. The biggest rogues are let free. Because they know how to manipulate the system to their advantage.

When society made prisons it made its burden of guilt also more harsh.

June 24,

What an humbling exercise to find you have practically none when you need help? President Obama is in a fix.You may judge how effective has been the US foreign policy from this.

Pres.Obama has been reaching out but his long arm, both Secretaries of State, seem to have drawn blank. It is not for want of trying but the perception others have of real intentions of the US. Is it trying to create conditions for peace and International understanding? Each nation will have its own opinion.

Diplomacy is not in not simply picking chestnuts from fire but controlling the fire till chestnuts are got out.In post-Cold War the US policy was all along to take opposite view of Russia (the war in Syria) Why should Russia oblige USA over Snowden? Now Russia takes this opportunity to deny cooperating with the US.Those who need friends must show themselves friendly that applies both in personal and national relationships. No exception to it.

June 25.

Snowden affair seems to get murkier with each day. He is now like Jonah swallowed by an ideological whale. Where it will spit him out?

June. 26

Snowden still at airport, Ecuador asylum decision could take months. Reason is simple. Ecuador has to think of trade with the US.

Ecuador has to think of its flowers, vegetables and the Yankee dollah funds its economy. So Snowden has to cool his heels longer.

Idealism is fine but cost prohibitive; Ecuador knows by now Marxism may be polished by rhetoric but it is money that fills their belly.

June 27.

If Politics of nations runs on hard realities of dollars and cents individuals are not. So much is obvious.

Whoever first got nation concept accepted as ‘politics of the future’ is the one who sold himself. He might have called himself a realist.Time judges how real he was.

No nation has learned to tame an individual simply because nation is a creature of all individuals where no democracy in its ideal state can exist.Nations at best try to cater to the good of majority which is not good enough for those who happen to be left out.

In the post WWII Karl Fuchs was among a small group of intellectuals who objected the role of USA having total control of nuclear arms. He turned a spy. Compare the fate Rosenberg couple in the 50s and AQ Khan who cut an pasted nuclear secrets and sold through internet.

 Was justice served equally to those who leaked nuclear secret of the west to other nations? Nations blunder as much as individuals.
Modern Age is better served by the likes of Orwell,Thoreau who are best representative of the Outsiders but well tuned to speak truth.
On what motives Edward Snowden leaked sensitive information we may not really know. Was he bent on mischief or out of idealism? Everyone shall have an opinion to which I would rather not get into. Lesson that L’affaire Snowden teaches us that nations tribes, secular, theocratic for that matter any system run by man or body of men, is an exercise in futility. Immoral it shall be and we need to ask how far we may rid us off the sheer fools, mullahs devoid of common sense or how human nature works, from tampering it.For example see the state of Egypt in post Mubarak period. So much blood of ordinary citizens was shed for what, so some religious nut can run the country from bad to worse? Or what about Pakistan?
benny

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Rancid was heavy metal band

Hooked on acid and what not;

My ears are OK But light years

Away from hanging out with

Rancid the Band. 

Oh they were gay, Oh they were merry

Loaded to their gills with nose powder.

They flashed bills around and were they not

wowed and towed away for Dtox?

Rancid the Band where are they now?

They were on the road 

loaded with weeds and weirdoes

Till Sid ran with the loot

None knows for where.

Rancid isn’t much for music

But they smell heavily

of Yesterday, Isn’t that a shame?

benny

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Paradise Lost- Satan in reverie

VI-406 “Now Night her course began”

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An Ode on Snowden’s Flight

 

Here am I Edward Snowden

Bowed down by this burden

On a flight to th’ unknown,

With no destination-

How’s it all of sudden

The world  deem me as some evildoer

And would seize what load that I go under?

For all gold in the world how shall it ease 

This awful sin,  burden of my conscience?

I like Jonah of old  cast out by seamen

Do I see  any whale in the horizon?

There the Bear and the Eagle palaver-

No good can come out,

No good can come out

With their schism so sized as leviathan

None deserves hell as the pair.

Chorus:
Oh Im undone, undone
Ding dong sounds the knell;
With each passing bell
I know I’m undone Snowden

benny

 

  

Original poem is given here(excerpt)
‘Twas at the Royal Feast, for Persia won,
By Phillip’s Warlike Son:
Aloft in awful State
The God-like Heroe sate
On his Imperial Throne:
His valiant Peers were plac’d around;
Their Brows with Roses and with Myrtles bound.
(So shou’d Desert in Arms be Crown’d:)
The Lovely Thais by his side,
Sate like a blooming Eastern Bride
In Flow’r of Youth and Beauty’s Pride.
Happy, happy, happy Pair!
None but the Brave
None but the Brave
None but the Brave deserves the Fair.

CHORUS.
Happy, happy, happy Pair!
None but the Brave
None but the Brave
None but the Brave deserves the Fair.

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After Rembrandt etching-pen

Man with a beard and fur cap

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Prayer Before Birth

 

I am not yet born;O hear me.


Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the
club-footed ghoul come near me.

I am not yet born, console me.


I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,


with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.


I am not yet born; provide me
With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk
to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light
in the back of my mind to guide me.


I am not yet born; forgive me
For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words
when they speak me, my thoughts when they think me,
my treason engendered by traitors beyond me,
my life when they murder by means of my
hands, my death when they live me.

I am not yet born; rehearse me

In the parts I must play and the cues I must take when
old men lecture me, bureaucrats hector me, mountains
frown at me, lovers laugh at me, the white
waves call me to folly and the desert calls
me to doom and the beggar refuses
my gift and my children curse me.


I am not yet born; O hear me,


Let not the man who is beast or who thinks he is God
come near me.

I am not yet born; O fill me
With strength against those who would freeze my
humanity, would dragoon me into a lethal automaton,
would make me a cog in a machine, a thing with
one face, a thing, and against all those
 who would dissipate my entirety, would
 blow me like thistledown hither and
 thither or hither and thither 
like water held in the
hands would spill me.


Let them not make me a stone and let them not spill me.
Otherwise kill me.

Louis Macneice(1907-1963)

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Jon Logie Baird (1888-1946)

The son of a Scottish minister he is one of the pioneers of Television, an invention that revolutionized the modern world. It has been vilified as ‘chewing gum for the eyes'(FL Wright) and I consider it as ‘Suck or twiddle, it is still a mindless thumb for the visual generation to pass time.

In his youth Baird attempted at many things without success including his soap, ‘Baird’s speedy cleaner’ Though he is called father of TV in the fast changing world of technology television bears nothing of his thumbprints. In the early 30 he was officially transmitting for a handful of viewers. BBC checked his rotating disc system side by side developed by Schoenberg’s team at EMI and finally selected the latter system. Unfazed he went on with experimenting with  stereoscopic system and color . Certainly his role in popularizing the medium and keeping it in the public mind  entitles him the title of Father of Television.
evolution of his invention:
He produced televised objects in outline in 1924, transmitted recognizable human faces in 1925, and demonstrated the televising of moving objects in 1926 at the Royal Institution, London. The German post office gave him facilities to develop a television service in 1929. He completed his researches on stereoscopic TV in 1946.

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