Natural Meditation

Sitting amongst the purple foxgloves meditating,
The unnatural quietness of a glorious dawn.
The profound stillness of the early morning air,
Brings awareness of nature’s smallest sounds,
The muted murmur of early morning,
Swelling and pulsating with its own rhythm.
One can hear, and even feel,
The ancient heartbeat of the countryside,
For a brief space it seems as though one
Marks time together with the world.
Having felt an outsider during most of life
One becomes all at once an intrinsic
And important part of nature’s whole.


The anarchist in the head
Fighting to be released
Examining the rules
Champing at the bit
Seeking ways to break them

Anarchy and formality
A potent mix
Conflict ever lurks there
Waiting waiting waiting
To explode the myth

Formality rules
Anarchy subverts
The winner takes it all
They say
The anarchist thinks not

The Anarchist

The anarchist


in ma heid



ready to pounce

upon any


it spies

rules must

be broken


kicked oot

of ma heid

no room

at the inn

anarchy cries



your knocking


not welcome


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They are always with me,
Those from the past,
Giving me advice,
Telling me I’m wrong.

I can never forget them,
Those from the past,
They will not allow that.
And I value their concern.

I remember them living,
Those from the past,
We all had such fun then,
How could I ever forget?

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Consider the stories and the characters that might lie behind this sketch:

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Alph Thomas

The thoughts of Gittus Miserabilis concerning travels and photography, and many other things.

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