Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 7: You Wouldn’t Know the End of the World if it Bit You in the Ass

| October 7, 2019

“In truth, most people really don’t understand the burden of responsibility they carry for their own safety and survival, and the commonalities that link every threat to life and limb. In truth, most people have accepted the idea that no matter what happens, all you need do is call “Them” and “They’ll” take care of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 4: A Little Leonard Cohen to Darken Your Day

| October 4, 2019

If ever human flesh were formed to personify the Truth that only in darkness can one see the light, it’s Leonard Cohen. Described as Cohen the Elder’s “first posthumous album“, announcement of the impending release of Thanks for the Dance, produced by Cohen the Younger, Adam, and scheduled for release on the 22nd day of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 1: A Season for Conversations

| October 1, 2019

“No organism can afford to be conscious of matters with which it could deal at unconscious levels.” ~ Gregory Bateson – Steps to an Ecology of Mind Welcome back thou frayed and fraught traveller. We’ve kept your seat by the fire warm and ask that you pay no attention to the vacant ones. We live […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 1: What Ho and Well Met!

| October 1, 2018

“… let not us that are squires of the night’s body be called thieves of the day’s beauty. Let us be Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon, and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, […]

How Cloying

| September 22, 2018

I had cause to use the word “cloying” today in a poem I’m working on. You’ll notice I didn’t say “writing” because that would imply some level of control. My intention was to convey the conventional meaning as defined by Oxford, that being an influence that will, “Disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 1: A Greeting from your Favourite Reaper

| October 1, 2017

“We say that flowers return every spring, but that is a lie. It is true that the world is renewed. It is also true that that renewal comes at a price, for even if the flower grows from an ancient vine, the flowers of spring are themselves new to the world, untried and untested. “The […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Sixth

| July 16, 2017

“Next time we’ll begin looking at these in concert with the other concepts I’ve introduced in previous chapters, as they are being delivered by a selection of Teachers, and the motivations of students who seek them out.” ~ The Goode Fyght — Chapter the Fifth Welcome back to the fireside Goode and Worthy Reader. Please […]

Howler

| April 20, 2017

On Day 18 of last season’s Dark Sentiments, I spoke of Dan O’Brien, Esq., and his film project based on the legend of the Dagger Woods Howler, a still from which appears at the top of this piece. Dan found me through my previous writings on the subject, and has since done me the honour […]

The Goode Fyght — Chapter the First

| April 2, 2017

Welcome, weary traveller, to this first chapter of The Goode Fyght. We live in a “polarized” world. All the talking heads say so. Any nitwit who’s ever changed the batteries in a remote control knows the dangers inherent in ignoring the rules of polarity, for one does so at peril of being forever cursed to […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 1: Never Tenderized but Better Seasoned

| October 1, 2015

  So you’ve come back Goode Readers. Welcome, and may I say that it’s nice to see your faces again, even as I note more than a few of you are a little more scarred and worn about the chassis than this time last year. Ah well; you’re still above the sod, and time wounds […]