Cutting Strings

28 Aug



“All the world’s a stage

And all the men and women merely players.

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts…”


William Shakespeare;  As You Like It, Act II Scene VII

Thinking Outside The Box 2: The Sphinx

22 Apr




” The riddling Sphinx compelled us to let slide

The dim past and attend to instant needs.”


“Well, will start afresh and once again

Make dark things clear…”


Sophocles, from “Oedipus the King”.

Thinking Outside The Box

17 Apr



A Thought Experiment.


” … It is typical of these cases that an indeterminacy originally restricted to the atomic domain becomes transformed into macroscopic indeterminacy, which can then be resolved by direct observation. That protects us from so naively accepting as valid a ‘blurred model’  for representing reality. In itself, it would not embody anything unclear or contradictory. There is a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks.”


Erwin Schrödinger, “Die gegenwärtige Situation in den Quantenmechanik (The present situation in quantum mechanics), Naturwissenschaften (translated by John D Trimmer in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society) – (the “cat” Thought Experiment).

Bacchus In The Vineyard

9 Apr



“I call upon loud-roaring and revelling Dionysus,

Primeval, double-natured, thrice-born, Bacchic lord,

Wild, ineffable, secretive, two-horned and two-shaped.

Ivy-covered, bull-faced, warlike, howling, pure,

You take raw flesh, you have feasts, wrapt in foliage, decked with grape clusters,

Resourceful Eubouleus, immortal god sired by Zeus

When he mated with Persephone in unspeakable union.

Hearken to my voice, o blessed one

And with your fair-girdled nymphs breathe on me in a spirit of perfect agape.”


Invocation Of Dionysus, from the Orphic Hymns.

Persephone I

25 Mar



“Tu mi fai remembrar dove et qual era

Proserpina nel tempo che perdette

La madre lei, ed ella primavera.”


“You make me remember where and what

Proserpina was, in the time

When her mother lost her, and she lost spring.”


Dante Alighieri, “Purgatorio”, Canto 28.


Ivan Opens The Box Given To Him By The Little Sister Of The Sun

10 Mar



“What must be, must,” says the Sun’s little sister; “Though she is more likely to eat you than you are to save them. You shall go…”

From “Old Peter’s Russian Tales”, Arthur Ransome, 1916

There are many, many versions of this story. Usually the hero – or heroine – is given a range of magical objects by some powerful helper; in at least one version – I think it is a Grimm’s one, but I can’t find it – it is a mysterious box, only to be opened in the hour of direst need…


22 Feb






sea is a womb

sea is a womb

dip and flow the small boat.


rock and rock

rock the black black


gold lace a-glitter

and rocks – the

rocks scrape her timbers


beneath the carved wave

lie monsters clawing at her base


From “She”, by C. Murray.

Available shortly from Oneiros Books.


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