Author Archives: Universal Octopus

BHAVANA

The great gates hangon broken hinges,the temples blaze,the walls are breached;the palaces have all been lootedthe end of a dynasty has been reached. Those still livinghave all been taken,women and children have been sold;the last king hangsfrom the palace lintel,the … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY LIFE (DYING NORMALLY)

Going out there is no othercoming back there is no trace.As Eternity comes nearer-clearer,the brackets themselves have a smaller place. Meeting in a far-off futureyou will not recognise my facebut will turn away to your then-close familyin your then-dear corner … Continue reading

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JUGGLING

First the left hand, then the right;in each, a ball, in each held tight When a third comes into view,what exactly will you do? Let it roll past on its way,down the hall and out the door? Or grab it … Continue reading

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THE EGOIST’S AMBITIONS

To be the youngest playerto be the youngest player. To be the oldest playerto be the oldest player. I always knew that if I could do it,I could do it.I never doubtedthat I would never doubt it. Statistics is the … Continue reading

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THE WORD OF THE BUDDHA

According to the manuals,they are everywhere.How is it, then, that Icannot see them? Under my feet,in the silent corners,under the stairs,in the crowded common rooms,I search;and find nothing. But, when I speak,what is it that crawlsalong the fissures of my … Continue reading

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EXTINCTION CRISIS?

Our creditors are comingcoming with all due speedand what they want is everything we thought we’d ever needin full and instant paymentfor our each and every deed. And though we cannot bribe them to make them go awaywe might put … Continue reading

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HAVE A HAPPY WEEK!

“Empty-handed I comeand lo!the spade is in my hand.” In the illimitable VoidAll is destroyed(and Nothing is lost!). Everything appears anew:good seeds flourish(and evil too). They said to the Poetat his birth,“Go! Love!Without the helpof anything on Earth.” A naked … Continue reading

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MAN INVENTS

Man invents and Man becomesthe slave of his invention –Time-clock invention.Maintenance and breakdown.Marriage the chains of Marital Fidelity.Governments and the lawsof taxes and repression.Medical Science and the slaveryof Pharmaceutical Propaganda.Money. Clothing, the Tyranny of Brand Names,clothing factories for Indian children.Agriculture … Continue reading

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TIGER CAVE TEMPLE

By the Temple Gatemacaques lie in wait.They squabble and fight,like chickens, for the bananasoffered by northern Europeans.They snatchbags and camerasand are happy to scratchand bitethe hands that feed them. An enormous limestone hillthree hundred metres hightowers above the temple. A … Continue reading

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JESUS’ CURSE (IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE)

Delivered from the Crosswith all the authorityof the Saviour of the Worldat the precise momentof his people’s rejection of Him. “Forgive them Lordfor they know notwhat they do!” And within forty yearsit came to pass. Their Temple destroyed.Their Holy of … Continue reading

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