Author Archives: Universal Octopus

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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GATES OF EDEN

It is now two millennia sincethe Security Seraphimswere withdrawnand the Gates of Eden reopenedto the General Public. Free Admissionto all children,(before their parents succeededin banning them). Free Passesto those adults who agreeto leave their baggage outside(as strongly recommended by JC)and … Continue reading

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VIRGIN STURGEON

Of French descent,Madame Estourgeonhas made the ascentof Ben Neveristto look down from the cloudsat the crowdsof neo-Scotsmarching to the bannerof their newfound Queen. Meanwhile,From a disused dungeonin St Andrews,the spirit of John Knox,of Scottish descent,can still be heard intoning, “Monstrous … Continue reading

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EGO EGO LORD OF THE JUNGLE

My task(and yours)is(and always has been); to get rid of you and meto get rid of us and themto get rid of was and will beto get rid of should and shouldn’t beto get rid of might and mightn’t. Is(and … Continue reading

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FUNERAL

We crawl our way from earth to starnor calculate from birth how farour tiny feetwill take us,before the karma that we meetwill break us.And cast us adrift on an outgoing tide. While those onshore mutter simply,“He died!” Ding-dong,Fay’s gone.Life long,Death … Continue reading

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KNOTTING AND TATTING

The stringof Being windsthroughout a luminous universe. Everythingyour hand reaches out to graspis Adam’s curseand a knotappears within your mind. Your original faceis suddenly forgot,hid in your own entanglement. .

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MAGISTER LUDI

So, who are you?Mr Teacher. Oh yes. And what do you teach?I teach people what they already know. And what’s that?That they have nothing to learn. And how long does that take?Usually, many, many lifetimes. Of hard work?Of hard suffering. … Continue reading

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COMPUTER TEMPLES

The Faith Homes of the World,Buddhist, Moslem, Christian,have acquired spiritual bolt-onsbuilt by enterprising entrepreneurswhose Collection Boxesfunnel the money into handsthat have slipped in between the sheets. Thou shalt not kill.(But needst not striveofficiously to keep alive.) Thou shalt not eat … Continue reading

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TREASURE SHIP

The Treasure Ship returns to harbour.The wave disappears without a trace.Heureux qui, comme Ulysse,a fait un beau voyage. Happy the hero,who dies full of yearsunder the tumuluswith his sword. Happy the young manwho dies youngbeloved of the Gods.Happy, too, is … Continue reading

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