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A holy season

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A Holy Season

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It is a holy season.

Cruel winds

shrill at the corners

scrub my face raw.

I hear a choir

dying in every gust.

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It is a holy season.

Ragged chanting

from the perennial faithful

to celebrate birth.

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It is a holy season.

Merciless children

torment the purses

of betrayed mothers,

extracting promises

like teeth.

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It is a holy season.

Her head rests

blind

on my shoulder

leaking tears.

Her dead breath

is captured

in my curls.

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It is a holy season.

I will undress it,

blue-fingered torture

from collar

to spine.

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It is a holy season.

Licking thin lips

fresh with the taste

of salt and blood.

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It is a holy season.

The meek

dream of inheritance

while the mighty

steal the shirts

from their backs.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Written during a bitter winter long ago when I lost my heart, my words, and the last tattered remnants of faith – in religion, in politics, in big business. In the time since I wrote this the rich have become far richer all over the world. And much more skilled at lying, cheating, bullying and stealing. Hence Trump, Johnson and many others.

It has become a ritual for me to post this every year. An antidote to the commercialism and tacky sentimentality that the season swims in.

photograph borrowed from diginoobsi

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2019 in Poetry, politics, Still Life

 

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Not all lives matter to me

ALL lives matter

It is not a cliché. Or a slogan. Or a wish. It is a truth.

Whatever sex, shade of skin, geographic location or country of origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, background, wealth or poverty, tribe, social standing, political position, fame, class or caste.

ALL lives matter.

Not only do all lives matter. But they all matter EQUALLY.

Nobody but nobody, is better or more important than anyone else.

But whoever you are, wherever you are in the world, if other innocent lives matter so little to you that you are prepared to kill, maim, rape, bully, terrorise, harass, suppress, disenfranchise, subjugate, or damage other lives …

Then your life does not matter to me

Not one little bit.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

I wrote and posted this two years ago, and repeated it last year. Nothing much has changed. In fact, in all of the most powerful nations, and in many others, to a greater or lesser extent, human life has been devalued further in the last two years.

Photograph taken from the web. I was going to use photos of religious extremists (of any religion) or American white supremacists or similar from elsewhere, but I could not bear to look at their foul hate-filled faces.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2019 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Not all lives matter to me

ALL lives matter

It is not a cliché. Or a slogan. Or a wish. It is a truth.

Whatever sex, shade of skin, home country or country of origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, background, wealth or poverty, tribe, social standing, class or caste.

ALL lives matter.

Not only do all lives matter. But they all matter EQUALLY.

Nobody but nobody, is better or more important than anyone else.

But whoever you are, wherever you are in the world, if other innocent lives matter so little to you that you are prepared to kill, maim, rape, bully, terrorise, harass, subjugate or damage other lives …

Then your life does not matter to me

Not one little bit.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

I wrote and posted this last year. Nothing much has changed. All lives still matter.

Photograph taken from the web. I was going to use photos of flag waving ISIS extremists or American white supremacists or similar from elsewhere, but I could not bear to look at their foul hate filled faces.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2018 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Why am I so sad for America?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during his campaign speech to hug the American flag Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) ORG XMIT: FLCO107

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during his campaign speech to hug the American flag Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) ORG XMIT: FLCO107

 

On the face of it, my political instincts ought to be in line with Donald Trump’s.

A concern for the working man, a dislike of the ‘establishment’, a distrust of the media. A growing worry about the effect of globalisation. These are all close to my own heart.

So why I am so sad for America?

Partly because of the man himself.

In my opinion, he is a racist bigot. It seems that, in his eyes, anyone who is not a white American is of lower caste, has less value, is less honest, less human.

His attitude to women is beyond belief. A fifteen year old schoolboy has more respect for the opposite sex. To Trump, women are clearly subordinate in all respects or he would not say the things he says about them. In the past and currently.

He mocks the handicapped. He publicly humiliates the families of those who served their country – which incidentally he notably failed to do. He encourages violence in the political process.

He accuses his opponents of a lack of transparency and yet refuses to do something as simple as reveal his own tax return.

He has a petty, ugly, volatile temperament, ill-suited to a statesman.

And as far as I can see, he tells lies. Repeatedly. Blatantly. Extremely. In a lifetime of listening to politicians I have never heard anything even close to some of his complete inventions and distortions.

While I personally find all these traits utterly appalling (though clearly his supporters do not), it is this last one, his dishonesty, that makes me sad for America.

Like those who campaigned for Brexit in the UK, he has tapped into the fears, concerns and issues of the blue-collar working man. He has recognised their real sense of isolation, the feeling that no one cares about them, that no one represents them, that they have no future, that their jobs are being stolen or simply disappearing, that they have been disenfranchised, that they are being invaded by cheaper labour, inside and out. That there are ‘foreigners’ everywhere. That America is not what it was. He has understood it and used it.

He has made America promises.

America will be great again. The border to the ‘rapist’ Mexican job stealers will be closed with a huge wall (that Mexico will pay for!). The imposition of tariffs and tearing up of trade treaties and agreements will bring a new age of prosperity. He will dismantle the establishment. He will make the poor better off (though not through a minimum wage or changing the grossly unfair tax structure). A host of other ‘feel good’ commitments. It is (he says) a new dawn for true Americans.

Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps he really believes in the plight of the blue-collar American (although the plight of all poor Americans is what matters). Perhaps he really will achieve his much repeated goal. Perhaps he will change everything for the better.

I don’t think so. I think he cares not a jot for the ordinary citizen. I think he cares for one thing. Trump.

So, I am sad for America because you have been sold a pup, because you have been lied to, because you have been used by a very rich man, a celebrity, in his raw quest for power.

And you have elected a man who has no redeeming features whatsoever to the exalted position of President of the United States and de facto leader of the West.

Because of it, overnight, to the rest of the world (except Russia), America has become smaller, grubbier, less credible, less likeable, nastier, and more intolerant.

And over the next four years those promises will stir up so much unrest and unhappiness. There is, in my view, disturbing social upheaval to come, much of it painful and bleak. Dark days lie ahead now – particularly for all minorities, but eventually for all Americans of every ethnicity and persuasion . Pandora’s box is open.

This is why I am so sad for America.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Photo : Chris O’Meara, Associated Press

I may be wrong, of course, and I will commit now to review this post every year to follow his progress towards making America great again. If I am wrong or have misjudged him, I will apologise.

 

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Opinions which will lose me followers

Art by Fabian Perez

Sometimes I feel mischievous.

Here are  ten of my personal opinions which are certain to offend. They are completely random, not in order of significance, importance or relevance. Some are strongly held beliefs, some are simply petty views. Yet I utter them in the same breath:

  1. Kim Kardashian is a wonderful role model for a vacuous, inane, pointless lifestyle in which she has nothing of importance or value to say on any subject worthy of a discerning person’s time. She has achieved nothing except empty celebrity – and that was on the back of being rich anyway.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey is, from a literary perspective, a dreadfully written book. Utterly cardboard stereotypes, risible plot, appalling dialogue. And as far as D/s is concerned, Christian Grey is embarrassing. He does things that no Dominant would ever do (ignores safe words for example) and actually the whole thing is closer to domestic violence than D/s.
  3. Adele‘s ’25’ is not half as good as ’21’ and is an exercise in hype over reality..
  4. America has a population of 320 million. The best it can do in terms of candidates for President is Donald Trump a) an apparent racist, misogynist, sexist, compulsive liar, fantasist who is a laughing-stock as far as the rest of the world is concerned (except North Korea) and b) Hillary Clinton (a jaded, flawed democrat and yet another member of one of the political dynasties/elite families – Kennedy, Bush, Clinton – dynasties which should never exist in a true democracy).
  5. Paul McCartney has not made a single piece of passably good music since the very average ‘Band on the Run’ decades ago. Indeed he has made three of the worst records ever (Mull of Kintyre, Frog Chorus, Ebony & Ivory)
  6. It is hard to imagine any other universe where the actions of Michael Jackson would not be considered those of a paedophile.
  7. The blatant and sometimes outrageous lies told by both sides in the EU Referendum has completely undermined any belief or confidence amongst the UK electorate that its political leaders have any integrity, credibility, honesty, or morals. They don’t. It has been a long time coming.
  8. Kanye West has far, far less talent than he thinks he has and is an immodest, self-obsessed arsehole.
  9. Piers Morgan has no redeeming features whatsoever.
  10. Despite my disparaging comments about individuals above, all lives are absolutely equal. Regardless of sex, colour, age, creed or belief, caste, class, wealth, fame, talent, intelligence, health, physical/mental ability, handicap and mobility, or location. This is not a cliché or slogan. We are all human.

Your opinions may differ from mine. Probably quite radically. And while I may disagree with you I support completely your right to have them, speak them, and write them.

Normal service will be resumed with my next post. If there are any of you still left reading.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Fabian Perez

 

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in Still Life

 

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