Ragged Clown

It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing…


Tag Archives: poetry

Nov
12
2018

When do we forget?

Mrs Clown and I attended the Remembrance Day parade in Bristol yesterday. My nan and grandad took me to my first parade in Footscray in, maybe, 1972. I was in the first rank of the Bexleyheath parade as a Sea … Continue reading

Jul
10
2016

I Will Shoot Your Dog

I’ve been visiting┬áthe breathtakingly beautiful campsite at Mount Madonna at least twice a year for twenty years now. It really is a magnificent campsite. When Silicon Valley is so hot as to be unbearable, the shade of the finest coastal … Continue reading

Apr
10
2010

It Changed My Life – Book Three

I bought The Golden Treasury of English Verse and a harmonica as my only mementos of civilization when I set off to go backpacking around the world. I’m not entirely sure why though because I couldn’t play the harmonica and … Continue reading

Dec
8
2009

The Tortured Slumber of Brave Ulysses

The Sirens:[Singing, soothing] Sleep, brave Ulysses! Sleep! Let us soothe your sinews with our sensuous songs of slumber! Scylla: [LOUD!] *LOUD CLICK* I WHOOSH YOU INTO WAKEFULNESS! NO SLEEP FOR YOU! MY INFERNAL NOISE BRINGS FIRE FROM THE VERY DEPTHS … Continue reading

Nov
7
2008

Happiness is…

Sometimes in the middle autumn days, The windless days when the swallows have flown, And the sere elms brood in the mist, Each tree a being, rapt, alone, I know, not as in barren thought, But wordlessly, as the bones … Continue reading

Sep
13
2008

Ted in Love

Did, as Keats claimed, Newton destroy the beauty of the rainbow by unweaving it? Helen Fisher doesn’t think so:

Aug
21
2008

Thought for the moment

The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. … Continue reading

May
14
2008

Lines on the Death of Agitar

So. Farewell then Agitar Software (formerly known as TestAgility). We sent you code. You sent back tests. Free. You helped us find crappy code. Now we have to find it for ourselves. Shame it’s so easy. Here! I found some! … Continue reading

Jul
6
2006

The Old Lie

Timoth Garton-Ash describes in The Guardian what he sees as the root cause in the difference between the US outlook on the War on terror and the European outlook. He compares the pro-war conservatives in the US with the militaristic … Continue reading