War and Remembrance — Art of Darkness

| November 11, 2019

“… If you think those wars and the things these people were or are called upon to do, are horribly wrong, then I would suggest that every one of them might agree with you, for let it never be forgotten that the soldier hates war worse than anyone, but being good at waging it does […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 31: Let the Ribaldry Begin

| October 31, 2019

Here we are again, Goode Reader, at the end of another season of Dark Sentiments. Our most heartfelt thanks to you all for joining us and staying the course As regular attendees will recall, this is not only All Hallows Eve, the night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 23: Dead Spider Serenade

| October 23, 2019

This is a song I wrote based loosely on actual events. There is music and I’ll be recording it for your edification in a future fit of publication. In the mean time here’s — Dead Spider Serenade By LFM Dearest spider on the ceiling I won’t ask you how you’re feeling We’ve not spoken since […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 22: Keeping Watch

| October 22, 2019

Another rite of passage piece with echos of last season’s Willie and the Bear. The term “traveller’s lantern”, perverted to Hunter’s lantern here, and not to be confused with Hunter’s Moon, refers to a time when safe travel was denied to the average bloke between the first quarter, through full, and to the last quarter of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 15: The Hour That Never Was

| October 15, 2019

A foundational part of our animal nature is a hefty dose of healthy opportunism, and it pains me to see it practiced on such an amateur level among humans these days. So here’s a lesson. The Hour That Never Was By LFM Consider now the question of what happens after death, What phantasmagoric wonders might […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 12: Predator and Prey

| October 12, 2019

I am the mirror the kitten doesn’t see As it stalks the other. Its efforts exhausted in reaction To only what it, itself, has done. I am the dream that makes real all that you see in me, And I remain unseen As you believe in the lies you tell yourself, Absent thought. ~ I […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 11: Perennial Weeds

| October 11, 2019

“A label can be a physical object that, when applied to another object, conveys important information about it. What it’s made of, how to use it, how long it may be kept, and the best means of storage before use or consumption. Things like that. These sorts of labels abound in today’s world and are […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 9: Wetiko

| October 9, 2019

I have come to know that my Esteemed Friend Master At Arms James Keating and I are joined at the spiritual hip, and so it came as no surprise when late last August he emailed me some articles on the Wetiko. If you come here often enough, you will know that I have previously written […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 5: A Tipple With Death

| October 5, 2019

A Tipple With Death By LFM Death came to call on a neighbour last night, One I never knew well past a nod and a wave, That she drove her wee car just a little too fast, And a widow, her husband three years in the grave. I thought, it’s a while since we shared […]

The Sheer Nuggetry of It

| August 18, 2019

As anyone who frequents this establishment will know, when it comes to determining the True meaning of any word or phrase, we exclusively turn to the Triumvirate of Linguistic Verisimilitude (TLV), to wit: The Oxford English Dictionary (OED); The Urban Dictionary; and although listed last by no means held in any less esteem, The Devil’s […]