"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)

Listening For Silent Melodies


To and fro,
He struggled with burdens.

All the while listening
To a silent melody
Which sang in his heart.


An Die Musik

O fairest art how oft in troubled hours blighted,
When I am trapped and lost on life’s wild race,
Hast thou with love on this poor heart alighted
And flown it gently to a better place.

From thy sweet heart a sigh so often drifted,
A chord of blessed harmony and bliss.
Thou show’dst me heaven’s holy light uplifted.
O fairest art I thank thee so for this.

Franz von Schober  (1796 – 1882)


Pictures taken in Cochin 

8 responses

  1. You’re creating art here, J, with this mix of of photography, words and music. And it’s lovely.

    July 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    • That’s more than generous, Glynn! My worry is that I lapse into self-indulgence..

      July 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm

  2. Yes! to what Glynn said so well … there’s so much life in what you share with us.

    July 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    • One of the unexpected wonders of India is that so much of life is “in the raw”. You see life as it is, not air-brushed, prettified or bowdlerised.
      The West is more careful to disguise its truths…

      July 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      • We do tend to whitewash fences, don’t we?!

        July 31, 2011 at 12:58 am

      • Here, we tend to paint them pink!

        July 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

  3. toniannealyn

    Why should you not be self indulgent? It is your space to write and record.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    • Yes, but I like to pretend there’s still a smigin of self discipline left in me!

      July 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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