Month: February 2016

An iceberg universe

Nine Deadly Sins with Coffee, part 50 – Snakes Down Below

  Nine Deadly Sins with Coffee, part 50 – Snakes Down Below .Alexandra. “Scary stuff!” said John, smiling at my carefully planned opening. I carried on using my twisting hand and wrist to greet him, as though both were parts of a snake. “Okay…enough,” I said, feeling my wrist muscles start to ache, “And I know I’m eight of them short…” “Need some hydration?” he asked, with … Read More Nine Deadly Sins with Coffee, part 50 – Snakes Down Below

The stream

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
While I would much rather contemplate the swirling waters of a river and watch the birds take their morning bath, there is nothing much to do in an urban traffic jam except people-watch. The stream of humanity, though, offers its own gifts. From the children making their way to school, those who walk quietly and those up to…

Circles beyond time

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
An ancient landscape, shrouded in mystery… strewn with stones and the last of the summer heather…scattered with sites of ancient sanctity. Stone circles… an enigmatic fortress rising from the bracken like a ship to carry mind and imagination back beyond the veiling mists. Time becomes fluid, marked in shadows cast by standing stones. Stories carved in millstone grit…

Still Vermin

  Still Vermin — I am just like you But hungry My stomach longs For days of food A taste that through My numbing mind I sometimes still remember — I am just like you But dirty My oily, spotted flesh Smells rank and damp From days afloat With no warm breeze to sing to me Just the icy spray from salted sea — … Read More Still Vermin

River of the Sun, chapter 16 – Old Friends, New Dangers

  River of the Sun, chapter 16 – Old Friends, New Dangers “Forgive me, high priest,” said Menascare. “Times have changed and we live in a dangerous age!  Had Rameses – or anyone else here, known that we were friends of old, the situation could have moved beyond my control!” Sitting on the curved chair in his chamber, Anzety massaged the back of his head. … Read More River of the Sun, chapter 16 – Old Friends, New Dangers

Ben’s Bit, part twelve – Cold Governance

Ben’s Bit, part twelve – Cold Governance There’s something about the door that terrifies me. I suspect that it’s still unlocked. But I won’t try it to see. To try it would risk some fragile things.  If it were locked and I had maintained my belief that Roger Sylvester, my new gaoler, being a good man, had left it open as a rebellious gesture against a system … Read More Ben’s Bit, part twelve – Cold Governance

Nine Deadly Sins with Coffee, part 49 – The Questions of Balance

  Nine Deadly Sins with Coffee, part 49 – The Questions of Balance .Alexandra. “I can see you’re brimming with ideas,” said John, looking at me slyly, over the rim of his coffee cup. “But perhaps you’ve not connected them all?” He was right. But I sensed an uncertainty in him, too, about the myth of the boar. As though it still held much that he … Read More Nine Deadly Sins with Coffee, part 49 – The Questions of Balance

Evening on the Moors

Beheading the Rose – The Mystery of St Valentine

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
In a plastic bucket beside the counter sat a dozen roses, each one individually wrapped, slightly faded, but with their heads held firmly erect in the stiff plastic. Each one would doubtless be bought and, given their garage location probably as an afterthought, along with the milk and petrol, and taken home to a loved one as a…

Silent Eye Summer pre-Solstice Weekend 2016

    Shake off the Winter blues – Anticipate the Summer ahead and book now for the Silent Eye’s 2016 pre-Solstice weekend, “Whispers of the West” to take place in the ancient landscapes of Pembrokeshire, West Wales,  June 17-19, 2016. We will base ourselves in the ancient Celtic city of St David’s near to the cathedral, whose site dates back to the 6th century. … Read More Silent Eye Summer pre-Solstice Weekend 2016

River of the Sun, chapter 15 – The Intimacy of Enemies

  River of the Sun, chapter 15 – The Intimacy of Enemies “I am not always the brutal man I portray,” said Rameses, lying to one side on Neferaset’s bed and sipping his wine. “Authority must be established before a new situation is allowed to develop. The seed must be placed, not where it might fall, but where it should grow.” From the floor … Read More River of the Sun, chapter 15 – The Intimacy of Enemies

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