Saturday, 27 February 2010

Sunday, 14 February 2010


The Great Fires

Love is apart from all things
Desire and excitement are nothing beside it.
It is not the body that finds love.
What leads us there is the body.
What is not love provokes it.
What is not love quenches it.
Love lays hold of everything we know.
The passions which are called love
also change everything to a newness
at first. Passion is clearly the path
but does not bring us to love.
It opens the castle of our spirit
so that we might find the love which is
a mystery hidden there.
Love is one of many great fires.
Passion is a fire made of many woods,
each of which gives off its special odor
so we can know the many kinds
that are not love. Passion is the paper
and twigs that kindle the flames
but cannot sustain them. Desire perishes
because it tries to be love.
Love is eaten away by appetite.
Love does not last, but it is different
from the passions that do not last.
Love lasts by not lasting.
Isaiah said each man walks in his own fire
for his sins. Love allows us to walk
in the sweet music of our particular heart.

--Jack Gilbert--

(from "The World")

Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills -
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.
Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn't matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn't always understand.

--Czeslw Milosz--
translated from Polish by the author

Saturday, 13 February 2010



Vice - Cold War bunker

....scouting the empty hilltop listening station, going down into Berlin’s underground bunkers; we’re investigating the abandoned spaces that the Cold War left behind...we’re meeting old soldiers who are telling us stories of a city filled with thousands of spies and governmental agencies...we’re heading down into the mythical bunkers of Berlin to see what’s left...we’re putting our boots on and climbing through the city’s spy labyrinths, into the buildings that housed the hidden world of military espionage....//

Sunday, 7 February 2010






I think you're a contra