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August 14, 2020 - Boots The Clown – World’s Greatest Act Part II

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2020 - Being Different Is No Joke

 

 

 

Racism Is No Joke .

‘The Joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else.  He’s not a club, diamond, heart, or spade.  He’s not an eight or a nine, a King or a Jack.  He is an outsider.  He is placed in the same pack as the other cards, but he doesn’t belong there.  Therefore, he can be removed without anybody missing him.’

Jostein Gaarder.

‘Joker and Impossible Things’.

December 6, 2019 - Toothache and a dream

 

 

The Artist Crime of The Century .

Imagine … sitting in the waiting room of a dentist surgery, flipping through a newspaper.  You spot a sketch of the proposed Twin Tower buildings in New York.  In that moment you decide, upon completion of the buildings, you will (illegally) string a tightrope wire between the towers (450 metres high) and attempt the impossible.  And you do it.  Not once, but you dance (and kneel and lay) along the wire, crossing back and forth 8 times.   Philippe Petite devoted years to making his dream a reality -along with loyal supporters.   A friend told me this story and recommended the movie ‘Man on Wire’.  I return to it time and time again for inspiration and strength – and the message that we must prepare our steps well but also be prepared to step back from the wire when those steps don’t feel right to take.

 

Find in Clunk & Jam book.  See ‘Man on Wire’ documentary film, 2008).

August 4, 2019 - Gone To The Dark

 

 

Up Above The World So High .

On the night you’ve gone to the dark, look to the black tinsel sky and see how small you really are.  Let it shrink, for a moment, the swell of emotion that engulfs you, anchoring you in your small and fleeting space, so you can feel the splinter of time that holds you here until the next.

(From book, ‘Clunk & Jam’).

For anyone who has experienced overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair, you’ll know how hard it is pull up out of that space.    And it’s not always the ‘light’ that consoles us when in a dark space.   This poem arrived at a time when in the grip of one of these moments and how taking myself outside into the dark night and looking up at the stars helped put things in to perspective.   Offered reprieve and relief from the state of mind that gripped me ‘inside’.   And for those supporting someone in a dark space, it may be helpful to know that you don’t necessarily have to make things ‘bright’, ‘light’ or ‘right’ to help someone.  Sometimes just keeping them company, sitting quietly, can help to secure a line to something outside of the head space they feel lost and alone in.

The poem’s picture comes from the documentary film ‘Man on Wire’, about a French tightrope walker who strung a wire between the twin tower buildings in New York and did the impossible.

 

(Reposted from 2011)

July 19, 2019 - Special You

 

 

(Original music by Radiohead) .  Believe in the possible.

December 25, 2018 - Army of Ink Ride In A Pumpkin

 

army of ink ride in pumpkin

 

Sometimes I Wish I Wasn’t Me .

This little soldier finally realised that being the fairest isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and looking up to stars can be dangerous – especially when they fall.  And that ‘way up high’, ‘over the rainbow’ and ‘climbing the ladder’ are sometimes dangerous places to try and reach.  And too far away to possibly get there on time.

Footnote:   It’s such a competitive world.  There’s a strong current drawing us up, up and away from who we are – or are comfortable and content being.  Acceptance, popularity, success and fitting in, can feel so out of reach.  It can feel impossible to meet the expectations of others.   Until the question arises –  what and who determines our worth?  It’s also wise to question the notion that a sense of belonging exists somewhere outside ourselves.  And that bigger and the better and more determines if we are –  ‘enough’.   It’s potentially a hothouse for discontent.  Home?  Home can be a building, a place,  but it can also be a secure feeling within yourself. 

The feather?   Perhaps a reminder to hold tight and true to our uniqueness, strengths and even strangeness, despite the world’s mirror reflecting back little to support diversity and difference.  (See the film, ‘Dumbo’, original movie trailer below.  Tim Burton’s adaption was released in 2019).  The pumpkin?  Maybe that’s about Cinderella.  Her tenacity and creativeness in getting to where she wants to be – on her own terms.   

 

 

(Reposted from 2009.  Originally in ‘Rock The Boat’ handmade book, 2009.  Handwriting by Mags.  Now in Clunk & Jam book, 2019)