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Dear Heart

What is life? Oh, Maggie May. It’s question after everlasting question. It is a tumble of words and a throb of sounds; music to lift you and gift you and steal you and fill you. It is the quiet of … Continue reading

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Berlin, From Here

Once upon a time, at Christmas, I went with my mother to see John Moriarty in the chapel in UCG. John Moriarty was a philosopher, a storyteller, a seer, a visionary. To me he was a prophet and a holy … Continue reading

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Gáslampaí

Gabh i leith a’ siúl liom faoi na gáslampaí Má dhúnann tú do chuid súile Aireoidh tú peitil chumhra ag titim orainn sa dorchadas Aireoidh tú ceol ársa i bhfad uainn; Oirthearach nó Gaelach seans Aireoidh tú m’anáil á ligean … Continue reading

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Rosa-Luxemburg Platz

He leans against me, fast sleep. I can’t see his face but his nails are long and not entirely clean. His back leans against me. Tentative at first, then entirely trusting. I wonder if he’s dreaming. If it were daytime … Continue reading

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Peddler

The travelling man’s bags were filled to overflowing, and although our mothers turned their noses up, we children recognised the smell of adventure. The cheap baubles were gems from Persia where the king was called the Shah and women wore … Continue reading

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Kitsch Sunday

The shops stay closed here in Berlin on Sundays, with a few small exceptions. Bakeries and cafés are open (yay) and so are the markets. I wandered by the giant Flokmarkt am Mauerpark with my camera today, and then, too cold … Continue reading

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Yellow-Red

I have an awful memory for certain things. Names, for instance, I’m abysmal at remembering. I’ve traced it back to about six years ago when my thyroid became under-active, though possibly that’s just a big fat excuse and actually I’ve … Continue reading

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Horizon

Ten years ago I moved to New Zealand. Well, I didn’t so much move there as go there with a backpack and a sleeping bag. I ended up staying for two years and, yes, it’s an incredible place. In the … Continue reading

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Aye, but are they happy, Jimmy?

So last night I did a short ‘loving kindness’ meditation.  I’ve found this American radio show called On Being and am a bit hooked on all the stuff about human spirit and curiosity. Well, that’s my take on it, the … Continue reading

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Bei Nacht

This is where I live at the moment. Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin. I feel such gratitude that when the notion takes me, late at night, to go for a walk in this small part of a huge city, I can. The … Continue reading

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