"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Caught On A Wire



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Like a bird on the wire,

like a drunk in a midnight choir

I have tried in my way to be free.

Like a baby, stillborn,

like a beast with his horn

I have torn everyone who reached out for me.

( From “Bird On The Wire” by Leonard Cohen)



Photographs of a discarded snake-skin & plastic bag caught upon the razor and barbed-wire, that surround our local Naval base.

4 responses

  1. Uffda …

    January 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    • Having googled uffda, I am not much wiser!

      January 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

  2. “Uffda is often used in the Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload. It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay. For many, Uffda is an all-purpose expression with a variety of nuances, and covering a variety of situations. The expression has lost its original connotation, and it is increasingly difficult to specify what it means now in America. Within Midwestern culture, Uffda frequently translates into: I am overwhelmed. It has become a mark of Scandinavian roots, particularly for people from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.”

    January 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  3. Wonderful pictures. That last one looks like a crazy roller coaster. I am going to try to work uff da into a conversation soon.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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