Idol of the book



Lostness   (72)




Saying “No” to so much
yet missing a “Yes” in its place


yearning for transcendent events
as life stays drearily normal


a spectre haunting modernity
is nihilism

by abundance.



We lack replacement consolations

while old beliefs survive
on more than truth.


Tired from logic
religion can traverse
ghettoes of the inexplicable

where hearing: “God told me to do this”
people don’t ask
how one knew that was him

or beings get defined as existing
in teaching set
against critique.


superior entities
would feel
any need to create

should flaws be excused
such designers

depicted greying with age

when images of a playful child
may fit the role instead?


of the book
can occur

certain infallible words
preserving ossified hate
still able to damage

though killing transgresses most doctrines
a few might be sought it fulfils.



Our reaching an end

leaves only bias
plus faith.





I persist:

agnostic in intellect
atheist at heart
but usually seeking

from reason’s empty hallway
past humid bathrooms
of metaphysics.


Dreaming toward closure

lured around libraries

stacked titles
before me

already suggesting

untrodden paths

these printed










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This sense of beauty





Lostness   (71)



This sense of beauty
leading to a fight

an unwinnable war
against nature.


Picture the cosmetic surgeon’s blade
slicing through surfaces
beyond rhetoric
as people vote with bodies
plus their cash
showing true
symmetric bias.


imagine androids
reflect desire

to escape
by original skin
from mucus and mortality
rising above limited potential
on earth-bound fields of play


(art versus the eternal)


wounded reason has its dream
into pureness
via digitality
attaining full creativity without
infinities required

merely letters, numbers,
colour, tone.


which parts of freedom
could I claim?

Being incapable of doing much
except observe my own decay.

once standing
clearly lost
before the mirror’s reproach

“With genes like mine, who needs enemies?”
I murmured
at its polished glass

across an inner emptiness
insignificance-haunted solitude
where all experience ends



I also failed
to console loneliness
by doubt

while questioning romance
I wondered:

“Can one be in love, and not dependant?”


But answered:
“What joy did “independence” bring?”


Would “autonomy” become my latest
for aloneness?




I began thinking
about that fragile moment
when a person calls us
the first time.

And whether it
will ever happen



For me.













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Lostness   (70)



The loud persons pleasure
can be a quiet persons pain.


Some move within a noise-cloud
in sounds of self forgetting
creating asymmetric stress.


Fragile equilibriums
are easily disrupted

by love.


(And one achieving parity
may no longer marry up.)


But my thoughts diverted here
toward fresh questions…


Whether half-truths could be harder
to refute than lies
comparably dangerous?

Or eternal vigilance might also form a price
for falsity?

Would relativists: accused unfairly
appreciate a unitary view
that acts against injustice?





where certain writers use
impenetrable complexity
as if mere clarity
were too vulgar.

How critics resembling
intellectual porcupines
of cerebral hostility
root irritably after faults.


Should we prefer art
standing free
from explanation’s crutch?





a story concept
came to mind

about morphing text
each time it was read.


isn’t that what good books often do:

keep opening
new views through their words

showing memory’s
elusive flaws?


I abandoned the idea
(fantasy scarcely being my genre)


Though suddenly
the beginning of a different tale
spoke clear



“Boredom pressed upon him like a misshapen hat.”



Now I waited
for the rest…



did not emerge.


So I stayed

Vainly feeling aspirations
while the muse
had other calls to make.

that supposed
first line


Like me.









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Sadness tax






Lostness   (69)



Lottery tickets were my sadness tax


allowing dreams of riskless generosity
and seeing altruism shine, at last,
beyond this anxious poverty, while
stuck in rented social housing
lacking sound-insulation
thus ensuring peace
will not
break out.


Soon questions start their nagging:


About whether
(setting aside ill-health)
I ever headed toward success?

Or when brooding over
“Where did it all go wrong?”
becomes just more self-reproach?


Perhaps trauma
plus biology
always marked me as
eventual human wreckage?

Lying here
to gain quietude
in the soul-gloom


Seeking light
I found darkness

Needing love
I was betrayed


Where is safe exit
from such muck?

Can I reach belief without dishonour?

once life is soiled by misery
how melancholy may fetishise
an unknown.


If reality leaves parched the thirst
for a sublime
what remains but magical thinking’s
to those
nature flawed?


Some lured then follow visions
like apocalypse:

which totalise
a mean end
surmounting private ordeals
that pass generally unseen

and there
any who possess
the effrontery to outlive us
get conscripted
under fatal equality
shared through righteous fire
in gratifying flame.



So my poetry
could be another
of suffering

Its word-steam
spouting from pain’s
warm vessel

Easing off, now
after writing
still persistent

upon cycle
until whatever stokes
this heat


turns cold.







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Conceptual symptoms




Lostness   (68)



I seem to be reinfected by philosophy


and hope this relapse proves temporary

though thoughts
(some off-topic)
soon erupt like symptoms
through my head…




That single acts hold meaning
lacked in a totality

As each sentence, not whole language, makes its sense

So life could have many meanings
bound to separate events
rather than reflected overall.

Hence micromeanings
without a macromeaning.



If character results from experience plus memory
living fully in the present
might depersonalise.



Are death-instincts glimpsed via powers of shame
akin to programmed cell-death (apoptosis)
scaled up on social levels?

Feedback from others keeping us alive
while prolonged isolation fuels rumination,
even entropy.



Potential instability in those whose hatred of authority
masks desire
for its love.



People quoting “God is dead” as atheism:
neglecting metaphysical



Religion also stuck at the denial stage of grief.
For millennia.



Pride in our originality
aided with ignorance of history.



Ends corrupted by means.
An ethical sentiment.



Consciousness distributed
letting organisms tap into it
at a neural interface.



Screens replace ancestral campfires
gaining an attention primed across evolution
to motion
indicating agency…




Here occurred my own distraction.


Once hail began
upon the windowpane

beneath deep grey skies
of an England
where summer
may not quite


yet somehow

always does.






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Lostness   (67)




This pen, urged across a page
by underlying restlessness…



“Is my needing to create, another form of bondage?”


If writing springs from lack
one could attempt a floating-free

leave laden bookshelves to the intellect
move through uncluttered psychic space
not chained in data’s thrall
with knowledge indexed and textual
against mere being.


Supposing only heart heals heart
hence words, alone,
fail to suffice

fearing the day
we must release
safe grip upon
our guarded selves

yet feeling fully unprepared

missing any surety
to compensate such doubt


Here, atheism can spread
an elemental isolation

while believers sense
non-visible observers

risking judgement
via unseen eyes.




(Might it shrink life’s dignity:
providing brief distraction
for imagined deities?)







Does “god” explain
if we cannot explain god?



Religion correctly identifies
problems of existence
but gives
those certain answers
many struggle to accept

where notions act
as sustaining
cultural glue
absence seems both actual
and conceptual


Easily mocked
are stories people tell
helping rouse their tired souls
to try again

How well, then, may
questioning enthuse
or scepticism motivate?




When time is all we have
comes dread at wasting it

about a fruitless search
for purpose

some lost interest

(perhaps obsessive,
even held essential)

which led nowhere

now discarded



Like old things
left broken

that once

were loved.







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Tortured reason





Lostness   (66)


We can torture reason in the name of spirit


Once doubt begins to doubt itself.


Am I on a path already
or only lost?

Does depression cloud my sight
through defensive negativity?


That charge appears unfair
when striving at belief
not for comfort
but for truth

and trying to add beauty
rather than
be a dark
in darkness


after words fall away
what remains, except
this void from letting go
of everything
while lacking faith
in anything

unless, perhaps,
minus rebirth
equals more than emptiness?


If religion gives no consolation
why make those efforts
it demands?


God is an answer
breeding questions…


upon originating origins

whether malign outcomes
excuse a cause

people still worship higher powers
without responsibility
keen to punish weak mortals
over almost universal faults.


How often are we willing
to put aside
hard-won convictions

even briefly
sense them teeter
at a brink of chaos

recoiling from imagined shame
before life’s enigma
like cryptographers who
forget their key


Doctrine and rationality
might both prefer
leaving flesh behind
one to be pure soul
the other to be pure mind


Urges for transcendence
revealing alienation


also shown uncertain
noticed by an ebb and flow
where moods change faster than


just as daylight
now grown brighter
across my room
cuts around these
half-closed blinds



thinking it was dust

I tried to wipe a sunbeam
from the tablecloth.








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Some slight romance




Lostness   (65)


Belonging: arisen by separation
from what does not belong.


Inclusion that excludes.


Identity involves division.


Though minds may meditate over
problems of personhood
immune systems must decide immediately
between self
and other…

as, at tribal levels, xenophobia
might protect a culture
against outside influence.

Nerves aroused in fear
attend to threats;
hostility defending
under stress.


For anger
the world is full
of opportunity.


Talk being often democratic
feeling tends to bias
seeking affirmation
until a story sets
or grows mythic
exaggeration aiding recall
hence, perhaps, our ancestors
built memories around past glory
then those exemplars
gained rank
among heroes
turning, later, into gods
with legends read
toward heaven
and marked across stone.



Amid conflict
some attempt neutrality
though sitting on the fence
can make it harder to stand up
for anything.

Like learning ways to doubt
while lacking any method
of belief.



Even romance has downsides
reflected in my slight experience
on dates
where her needs seemed met
yet mine remained postponed
when she took a certain pride
at how much had been withheld.


Thinking back
the great reward of sex
for me
was assisting female pleasure
sharing which
to my surprise
(after such intense aloneness)
could still be done.


And thus I
went on clinging
to an idea
of love…

despite its long









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Random news





Lostness   (64)



Unshared experience is lost to the world.


During struggles with oblivion
might fatalism offer solace
for a botched existence
by transcending the indignity
of randomness?


Infinity, god, and zero


flash across my mind
as if not quite understood
like signs in search of full meaning…


A sudden racket, from outside, interrupted these thoughts.


Noise invades private space
against our will.
Triggering vigilance.
Becoming harder to ignore
or endure.


I reached for distraction
via a bedside newspaper…


Reading, first,
that psychopaths share great success
at producing children.

(Possibly a better evolutionary strategy
than writing poems?
Though not the best advertisement
for female mate-choice.)


Next, an article on cryogenics.

Thus some rich Americans aspired to avoid
life’s traditional twin certainties:
death and taxes.

(“Truths are not self-evident,” I mumbled,
“Men being made unequal.
Rights find wishes, recast as law.”)


A headline mentions “Community care”.

Yet cities lack community,
and nobody cares.

“Neglect in the community”
sounded less appealing?)


A reader’s letter, praising divine creation,
bemoaned devilish influences.

(Why god created Satan
went unconsidered.)


A book review questioned fiction
spanning barriers of class and gender.

should be a safer option;
given approved opinions?)


A survey revealed
celibates suffer twice the mortality rate
of men getting regular, weekly, sex.

“My situation is one long touch deprivation,”
I mutter, gloomily.

Having gone without such pleasure for years
perhaps there could be more
than mere hyperbole
to an admission that,


“I’m dying for it.”






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My mirror is an enemy




Lostness   (63)



My mirror is an enemy…

A zone of continual dissatisfaction
for someone humiliated by their own appearance.

In maleness
I already sensed myself
on eternal probation
under wary female scrutiny.

While, by beauty’s natural aristocracy,
fated to remain
hopelessly lower class.




Scanning a newspaper
next to the bed
it struck me how modern liberalism
looked aberrant amid history’s cruelty

(where “forgive, but remember”
seemed more prudent
than “forgive and forget”)

Much politics involved an imposition of will
by one group upon another
via law or force
as media stirred up complacency,
and impotence.






In illness-prone lives
may assume greater interest
than missions to the stars.

Given my current
exhausted state
going out has a value
above staying put;
like hunting over gathering
(though these days women also get to hunt,
men stuck at home might still
lose status and esteem).

Here I cope with exclusion
from normality
but since sexuality
refuses to die
proves elusive.

When loneliness drives me,
pushing through symptoms,
to social events
at times I experience an inkling
of being selected against
by evolution.



One recent challenge
to say something positive
about my life
almost provoked this reply:

“However submerged with uselessness
I have not entirely spared myself the effort
of attempting to think.”


Yet, that sounded a little too grand
so, instead,
changing the subject
by counter-question

I obtained a refuge
in silence.






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