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Mirror Poem Reflections 21-25

Over thirty reflections from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections are on the Writing and Poetry blog now, so following on from reflections 1-5, reflections 6-10reflections 11-15 and reflections 16-20 here’s reflections 21-25.

I originally repeated Reflection 22 in 24, and have now edited it. Sorry about that!

Reflection 21

Reflection 21 mirrored Between Times of Fantasy. Maybe it was thinking of some time in the future like now when it was written. Here’s Reflection 21:

Sometimes I have written poems about my unknown future with inspiration from the forgotten past.
Then, a few years later I read it again.
The time when I wrote the poem, which is now of course the past, is then relived by the future mind that was written about.

Reflection 22

Reflection 22 mirrored Multitasking Melody:

Been walking
around the mountain
looking for a clear path
enjoying the view
now it’s getting late
time’s running out
fog’s forming
need to make a decision
or just keep rambling
to the end.

Reflection 23

Reflection 23 mirrored Not Love, Gnat Empathy:

Is it worth contesting people’s religious, political and cultural beliefs and views? While you may save them, you could also destroy them.
Somebody who might be saved in one way from a life of slavery and ignorance may in other ways die from freedom and knowledge.
And if you show them the possibility that life has no meaning, without providing anything else, are you not like a doctor taking heroin away from an addict without providing any methadone.
And for yourself, maybe you’ll ruin your career or life trying to do what you think is good, and do very little to change anything: or even make things worse by giving those you consider wrong more ammunition and an enemy to deflect attention and legitimise their cause.

Reflection 24

Reflection 24 mirrored Contented Living, Contents of Dreaming:

Keep honey cooking in the kitchen
memories on the mantelpiece
old flames in the fire.

Reflection 25

Reflection 25 mirrored Inner Strength, Mental Health:

The poem was written after the UK riots of 2011. Although I sometimes dislike modern society and yearn for a more natural one, the scenes of mass destruction against homes, businesses and landmarks looked all wrong.
Whatever the pressures and problems (if it wasn’t just greed and power), there are always places to escape if desired, rather than trying to create space in somewhere densely inhabited.
Many people feel they’re not their real selves within modern society; which is literally a construction. Most think they become their real selves outside the work environment, when they spend time with their family, play sports, or escape into the countryside.
I often wonder whether this is something inspired by life in modern society; a natural desire of your life in the here and now; or is it something imprinted in your genes stretching back to our ancestors in prehistory.

Michael McCarthy was also quoted from an article about St. Kilda published in the Independent newspaper on August 9th, 2012: ‘…I think the longing for nature in its pristine state is much older. Remember, we have been computer operators for a single generation, and workers in offices for about three; but we were farmers for 400 generations, and before that we were hunter-gatherers for perhaps 20,000.’

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No Need for Wizard of Oz Theories for Werewolf

YouTube has many videos offering theories for the real meaning behind the Wizard of Oz, with most considering the book to have been an allegory for the economic situation in the U.S.A. at the start of the twentieth century. This video is an example, and also has some great greenYgrey scenery… at the start, before green takes over!

Werewolf of Oz

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, satirical comedy fiction writing correspondent inspired by J.K. Rowling.

Luckily for today’s Werewolf of Oz readers, our Grey explained the background to that book. It turned the witches of the Wizard of Oz around to criticise fundamentalist monotheist religion through the monotonous monotheists, while supporting the right to follow monotheistic religions in a personal worth rather than personal gain way through the mildly monotheistic Moby.

It also featured the WWW of the greenYgrey world, with strong independent women; a (were)wolf leading an animal welfare and environmentalism theme, and working class characters rising above discrimination.

It also tried to throw in a lot of comedy, while providing geographic, cultural and historical information about Australia. It is still on sale, and as relevant today as when it was written all those moons ago.

Link for Amazon book and kindle.
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Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.

Australian Weekend Begins with Werewolf of Oz: Beginning of the End

Hi, it’s Greenygrey, our summer-September photos reminded us of Grey’s epic comedy-fantasy travel-quest epic saga Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, so we thought we’d end the week with another thrilling episode of your favourite werewolf travels Australia by Google maps to a Wizard of Oz theme story.

Woman dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West ...
Woman dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And it is an important episode, because with Bonzo now travelling alongside it, Grey Werewolf meets its nemesis for the rest of the story: the Monotonous Monotheist. The MMs take the places of the witches in the Wizard of Oz.

Thousands of women and men have been executed/murdered for the power, greed and politics at the historic heart of organised religion, so who’s the baddie? Monotheistic religions did help end pagan life-sacrifices, so they have done some good, although it could be argued that the execution of innocents by monotheistic religions on trumped up charges, and the slaughter of animals without a ‘humane’ system are a kind of sacrifice, to make the persecutors/executors feel closer to their God.

All aboard, then here we go…

19.  ORLOVS OF OZ suffer MONOTHEISTIC MADNESS

The storm seemed to be catching up with us, so I shapeshifted into a flying elephant, which is one of the hardest single-species shapeshifts to accomplish. Looking back on it, I was probably showing off in front of Bonzo; or below him to be more exact. My new friend hung on to my ears for dear life as we flew high over the Kalbarri National Park, which looked so beautiful I somewhat regretted not being on the ground.

Washington DC - National Museum of American Hi...
Washington DC – National Museum of American History: Dumbo car (Photo credit: wallyg)

A couple of hours later I caught sight of Meekatharra for the first time, but couldn’t see any meerkats; I was sure Barry said there was a big community. All I could see was a single human, who seemed to be ranting.

I started to descend slowly, but the storm caught up with us just afterwards. I was spun out of control and we were soon falling like a rock and pebble; until I landed trunk-up on the human. Bonzo was sent sprawling, but was back on his feet before me. I shapeshifted out of elephant first.

The Meerkats Emerge from Hiding

I felt awful to have landed on the human, and Bonzo was distraught. I felt better when masses of meerkats emerged from hiding and seemed to start celebrating with a song that went something like: ‘ding-dong, the monotheist has been put to bed, the monotonous monotheist has been put to bed…’

I was still shocked though, and asked the meerkats what they were so happy about. A couple introduced themselves as Bruce and Sheila Orlovbefore telling me their story.

Robin Smith finds himself surrounded by foragi...
Robin Smith finds himself surrounded by foraging meerkats while filming them (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Meerkat-Monotheistic History

They said most of their family had settled in Meerkovo after emigrating from Africa, but they had continued to Oz; building an idyllic meerkat community amongst the wonderful nature in this area. Then a monotonous monotheist (MoMo) arrived, introducing itself as enaB. The MoMo persuaded them to cut all the trees down to build a big new temple, promising them that it would safeguard their future.

There were no problems during the next decade, and they thought they’d done the right thing, but then the rains came. With all the trees chopped down there was nothing to stop flooding in the area. This also polluted the river, so they were left without food and water, and needed to call on their reserves to save the community.

That was when they found out the MoMo had traded all their riches, and left the area while they tried to survive the disaster. It had used its money to grow ever more powerful, and they had been hiding from it ever since. So they felt liberated from a great evil.

I said I knew how they felt after my recent experiences in the Greenygrey world.

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Notes

Grey’s elephant flight with Bonzo is reminiscent of Disney’s Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse.
Wizard of Oz, Wicked Witch of the West (classic film and character).
Orlovs (Compare the Market [Meerkat] advert characters live in Meerkovo).

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Wolves in Fantasy / Myth / Society / Religions

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, literature correspondent at the Greenygrey. I was getting ready for my weekend when I was unexpectedly called into the office, as a great blog post about the history of wolves in human fantasy stories, myth, society and religions has just appeared on the Ashsilverlock fantasy writing website.

Wolves Demonised and Celebrated

The blog starts off by explaining how many old societies and religions demonised wolves through a mixture of symbolism and fairy-tales. Wolves were of course still rivals to humanity for land and food at that time, before being largely exterminated, after man’s best friend dog had been extracted from the wild wolves.

Wolves were associated with an evil created by religious monotheism to contrast with their good, starting with Zoroastrianism and copied by other Middle-East religions.

Thinking of the last Greenygrey blog post, and David Shrigley’s comment about the Glasgow weather inspiring existentialism, I wonder if religious monotheism still dividing the Middle-East; and being stronger in the Mediterranean than northern Europe, and bible-belt USA rather than the northern states has anything to do with them having more sunshine?

Greater Middle East
Greater Middle East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, I digress; maybe it’s the Greenygrey Rambles influence?

A More Positive and Realistic View of Wolves

Ashsilverlock’s blog then goes on  to detail how more modern fantasy stories have thankfully provided a more positive, diverse and realistic view of wolves.

Wolves do of course have to do unsavoury things to survive; but much less on a global scale than humanity does.

Ashsilverlock’s blog unfortunately doesn’t include the wonderful Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, but hopefully will in future updates, after Grey’s ground-breaking comedy-fantasy is recognised for the classic epic it is.

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Wolves, Witches and Giants is not Politically Correct is it?

Spike Milligan
Spike Milligan (Photo credit: the justified sinner)

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, tv expert at the Greenygrey. I was touched to see the reaction of the wildlife experts when they saw my namesake on Land of the Lost Wolves: a wolf silhouette howling on a hill. We transcribed the two episodes today, and should have some articles on Suite 101 and detailed blogs about it in the next couple of days.

Wolves, Witches and Giants

I was shocked to see a cartoon called Wolves, Witches and Giants the other day, and especially as it had stereotypical images of wolves, witches and giants. More new wolfophobia I thought. But then I looked it up on Wikipedia (link above), and turns out it was made in 1995, and is narrated by an old favourite of ours, Spike Milligan. We still question whether it should be shown though, under the strict rules of political correctness now ruling the media. As the Land of the Lost Wolves documentary said and showed, wolves are one of only 2-3% of animals that live as a family (the pack), and who visibly show mourning behaviour when they lose a partner.

And that’s not to mention the witchaphobia the cartoon contains. Wicca is a religion chosen by a growing number of very respectable and life-valuing people. Can you imagine any of the monotheistic religions being depicted as a baddie in such a cartoon? Thousands of people were executed after being accused of being witches in Europe during previous centuries, and many are still being killed around the world to this day on the witch premise. There have been some victims killed in the UK recently. Most of those accused of being witches are the victims of paranoid zealots, so the continuation of this negative stereotyping of witches in the mainstream media is questionable.

While this blog is meant in jest, there are a couple of genuine concerns within the above paragraphs; as well as the identification of one religion being treated worse than others.

And tall people might not be too pleased about the giant aspect either?

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Poem comparing war and propaganda to natural disasters

lava fountain, lava flow, Eruption column
Image via Wikipedia
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem draws an analogy between natural disasters and human wars. Are human wars as natural, unpredictable and unstoppable as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Human history up to the current time suggests so. The poem is shaped like a volcanic eruption, with the lower half of the poem preceding the upper half narratively.
Here’s the poem:
Natural Disasters
nuclear winter clouds all
bombers above radar
missiles fly silent
artillery arches
shellshock
war erupts out of earthquake words
propaganda
leaders launch
masses find voice
ideology under religion
culture clash tectonic impact
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk).

Poem Plays with Words and Pays World

Disparities Solution Center Anniversary Event
Image by Office of Governor Patrick via Flickr
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem has a social conscience.  Although its message is not new, it tries for originality with its use of words and rhyming.
The top half of the poem has a double rhyming of ‘ity’ words on the top half, and the bottom half has a double rhyming of ‘ion’ words.
Does that make sense?  Please check it out for yourself:
Simplicate, Implicate, Complicate
Homo-sapiens became the height of clarity and hilarity
knowledge of sanity at backend of insanity
yet impoverished humanity can’t break parity from disparity
human is in the middle of inhumanity
media show images of construction coming before destruction
leaders use rigged elections or God’s intervention
justifying wars and excusing pollution is our evolution