Morphine

I'll have you know, me lovelies That the opposite of pain is not pleasure (Though there is pleasure in pain, the kinky folks will have us believe). The opposite of pain is not no-pain either Uh huh, no. The opposite of pain is numbness. Not comfortably so, Roger Waters, bless your soul, you were on [...]

The Dark

I had an epiphany: We are scared of The Dark. Both inner and outer. The fragile inner nightscape, we napalm it with opioids, antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics. We walk around like shell-shocked extras from District 12 and are deemed fixed. The outer darkness was far easier to civilize. Pluck the forests, drain the swamps, [...]

Decoration

With half my life gone it occurs to me In a maudlin moment that I'm nature's Hippocratic oath, Primum non nocere. Harmless, More decorative than decorated, Like the epaulettes on my jacket That bear no rank, nor insignia For I won no wars. Just bright and inconsequential bits of Haberdashery picked up From Colaba Causeway [...]