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Crosswords Society Analogy Mirror Poem

Life was a tea-break quickie for me until I went to uni, and it began becoming cryptic, using a crosswords analogy. Cryptic crosswords don’t make much sense until you know the rules, and common forms of encrypting them, and I think the same is true for society.

If you have no interest in such things, the good thing about relatively free societies such as dear ol’ Blighty, still at the moment anyway, is that you can get by just doing the tea-break quickie.

Moreover, you can look smarter and quicker doing that, rather than struggling over learning and deciphering the cryptic.

John Lennon’s Working-Class Hero, 1970

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules

When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see

Read more: John Lennon – Working Class Hero Lyrics | MetroLyrics

John Lennon and Marc Latham (4-6)

For those who’ve grown up in the social media age, Lennon wasn’t criticising the working-class, saying peasants; he thought he could be sarcastic to make a point, even though he was very rich by then.

I was probably reminded of Lennon watching an Imagine two-part documentary about Cuba this week. A lot of what the Habaneros said about socialism is how I feel now, after being a staunch one back in the 1980s. I still think it’s a good ideal, but hasn’t worked that well in practise, with even Russia generally forgetting it now.

A soft form works well in countries like Norway, but they do have North Sea oil money too; but have used it wisely, only spending so much each year, unlike Blighty!

The lyrics to Working-Class Hero seemed still apt for my experiences at university, but they also did in my day-job, when the bullying perpetrators were working-class from all ethnicities.

So, I’m not trying to convince you I’m your working-class hero here. I’d rather be living in a secluded mansion in the Hollywood hills; or somewhere similar in Blighty or Europe, like most of the working-class who’ve made some money.

That’s in contrast to people like Russell Brand and Lily Allen, who do the same, but try to hide it, while trying to claim they’re ethically squeaky clean. You want bollocks go to them!

Blighty Since 1980s

However, if the ‘Editors’ change the rules, withdrawing the tea-break quickie and imposing the cryptic on you, then you can come unstuck, and look stupid; as happened to people like poor Jade Goody, who seemed to me and the Mirror‘s Carole Malone (cited for her writing rather than her looks; a common mistake made in the current social media age) to be sacrificed for Multicultural Fascism under New Labour’s openly stated strategy to ‘change the face of Britain’ after the working-class had rebelled in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Jade and the others did look horrible at times in the Big Brother house, but that was predictable, put into a situation with a person and rules they didn’t understand, and who could be snobby, because that’s the life she led. For Jade and the others it was like being forced to try a cryptic crossword without any knowledge of them!

Society of Crosswords, Clues are Scrambled

no more tea-break
quickies for queue
straightforward view
while having brew
equality delusion
you know
the puzzle
so it’s time
for a new muzzle
multiculturalism

what you write today, tomorrow we’ll make hearsay

elitism
elegant word for meism
enjoying new lease
riding theism
we preach
our superiority
have another theology
new tautology
fork isn’t cutlery
cryptic-cross cultery now

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Bipolarity and ADHD to Folding Mirrors by [Marc Latham]

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New Folding Mirror Book Cover and Contents

Hi, exciting news on the book publishing front, with 242 Folding Mirror Poems and Reflections nearing completion for Amazon Kindle. Here’s the cover and contents:

Table of Contents

1. Personal – Psychological
1. Sagas: Solipsistic Astronaut Gravitates Agnostic Space
Reflection: Understanding and Meaning.
2. Hopes Rise With the Sun
Reflection: Narcissism and Ego.
3. Hazy Horizon Optical Illusion
Reflection: Social Fantasy and Maintaining Interest.
4. Adrift in Unnavigable Oceans: Sodium Chloride
Reflection: Thoughts on Class.
5. Night is a Part of Day
Reflection: Perceptions of Sunrise and Sunset.
6. See Below Sea
Reflection: What People Show in Society.
7. I Am What You See, But You Are Not Me
Reflection: How Words Change with Travel.
8. Orbital Perceptions
Reflection: Doors of Perception, Time and Space.
9. Koala(ity) on a Eucalyptus Tree at Sunset
Reflection: Communicating in Modern Society.
10. Driving Through the Desert
Reflection: Living in the Void.
11. Tale of the Weakness Tail
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
12. Human and Society Chicken and Egg
Reflection: Getting Even.
13. Mine Bipolar Mind
Reflection: Bipolar Mind.
14. All Cooper
Reflection: Benefits of self-analysis.
15. Climbing Over the Hill
Reflection: Is Middle-Age Purgatory?
16. Middle-Age Memories
Reflection: Our Age is One of Great Importance.
17. Living in the Middle-Ages
Reflection: Middle-Age Choices.
18. The Futility of Life and Death
Reflection: Vampires are all in the Mind.
19. Art of Humanity
Reflection: Travelling with Janis Joplin.
20. Summer’s Sunset Soliloquy
Reflection: Strength and Death.
21. Between Times of Fantasy
Reflection: Creatures of Habit.
22. Multitasking Melody
Reflection: Walking Around the Mountain.
23. Not Love, Gnat Empathy
Reflection: Dangers of Bipolar Highs.
24. Contented Living, Contents of Dreaming
Reflection: Old Flames.
25. Inner Strength, Mental Health
Reflection: Thought of Rioting.
26. Dying to Live, Living to Die
Reflection: Life is Like…
27. Life has More Meaning than Death
Reflection: Making the Most of Depression.
28. Y Green and Grey Go Together
Reflection: Funny Farm Sounds a Laugh.
29. I Can See Through You, Why Don’t People Understand Me?
Reflection: Social Masks.
30. Space Brain Becoming Plain
Reflection: Thoughts Beyond Vision.
31. As each second of the present passes…
Reflection: Living the life extraordinary.
32. Blue Skies, Delta Blues
Reflection: Striatum Controls Desire.
33. Hope for Humanity or Full Speed to Calamity?
Reflection: Vicious Circle.
34. Inside Out
Reflection: How Society Controls Thought and Individuality.
2. Social
35. Railway Line Division Vision
Reflection: Ballad of a Young and Old Hobo.
36. When Life Looked into the Mirror of Death
Reflection: Facing the Reality of Humanity.
37. Sacrifice and Celebration
Reflection: Passing of Time.
38. Humanity is the Filter of the World
Reflection: Trying to Like Humanity.
39. PEACE DAY POEM
Reflection: Life and Soul on Golden Wings.
40. British Electorate Reunite Long Lost Political Twins
Reflection: Red Sky at Night or Morning.
41. Libran Scales
Reflection: Spin or Sorry.
42. Remembrance Day Poem
Reflection: War for Freedom?
43. The God PiL
Reflection: Punk Thoughts Time Cycle.
44. Twist and Shake the Snake
Reflection: Reward or Complaint.
45. For God’s Sake
Reflection: Life and Death Mystery Tour.
46. Simplicate, Implicate, Complicate
Reflection: Wisdom of Enjoyment.
47. What’s Your Work Worth?
Reflection: Jobs Don’t Define Personality.
48. Status Haters
Reflection: Shadow of the Stone.
49. Distraction in Spin Action
Reflection: Both as Bad as Each Other.
50. Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth.
Reflection: Rebel Without Applause.
51. My God, An Insect
Reflection: Comparing humanity and ant society.
52. Natural Disasters
Reflection: Humanity is a Part of Nature.
53. For Richer, For Poorer, In Life and In Death
Reflection: Analysing Axl Rose.
3. Culture
54. Cloverfield Central
Reflection: Inside and Outside the Political Centre.
55. Life Reality and Media Publicity
Reflection: Limits of Freedom.
56. Wonders of the South Park Solar System
Reflection: Benefits of Television and the Media.
57. Immersion Meeting Mirror
Reflection: Image Dependent on Time.
58. Vera, Pink Floyd, Doris
Reflection: Necessary Heroic War?
59. The Whistle Cried Heavy
Reflection: Nothing is Worth Dying For?
60. Two Days When My Cultural Worlds Collided
Reflection: All My Heroes are Dead.
61. News of World – Sky – Sun on Sunday
Reflection: Using Media.
62. The Reverse Werewolf Transformation
Reflection: Benefits of Wolfdom.
63. Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole
Reflection: Poetry Time.
64. The Devil Rides Out… Of You!
Reflection: Frankenstein Features.
65. Samhaim to Halloween
Reflection: Flu Inspired Poem.
66. Dark Knight Fights Against Joker’s Delights
Reflection: Do People Get the Leaders they Deserve.
67. The Diamond Mermaid
Reflection: Sea Swimming Sun.
68. New Year 2010 Poem
Reflection: Free Life Limits.
4. Literary
69. Muse Scattered Seeds for Poets to Harvest
Reflection: The Point of Short Poetry.
70. When the Muse has no Consideration
Reflection: Shower Spain Paen to Poetic Disdain.
71. Breathing Works Both Ways
Reflection: The Games People Play.
72. Alphabetica Mirroretica
Reflection: Happiness in Fantasy.
73. Easter Nonsense
Reflection: No Talent.
74. In the Middle of Ahead and Behind
Reflection: Natural Reflections.
75. In the Beginning of the Conclusion
Reflection: Honey Bee Sees Things Invisible To Me.
76. Surreal Water Wheel – Wheelbarrow
Reflection: Propaganda Ranter.
77. Reflecting on Poems of your Future
Reflection: Poetic Reflections by the Unconscious.
78. Turning Around OCD
Reflection: When You’ve Controlled All Your Addictions.
79. Backward Static Messages
Reflection: Poe-ate-tree Poetry
80. Denied D9
Reflection: Poetry Can Be Cathartic.
5. Nature
81. On the Surface of it, Ants…
Reflection: Ants Seem Our Perfect Mirror.
82. The Caterpillar and Butterfly: Metamorphosis in the Middle
Reflection: Caterpillars and Ants Alliance.
83. I Mirror, Therefore I Zebra
Reflection: 6500 Zebra Views.
84. Chameleon Mix and Match Conundrum
Reflection: Clowning Clouds.
85. Reflecting on Rainbows
Reflection: Magic of Mountains.
86. Diffraction Delivers Sensory Satisfaction
Reflection: Travelling Storm.
87. The Day of Double Eastern Delight
Reflection: Sunset Love Poem.
88. Changing of the Guard
Reflection: The Locality of Philosophical Thought.
89. Valentine Night Sky
Reflection: Good and Evil’s Love-Hate Relationship.
90. Constellations of the North and South
Reflection: Literary Nonsense Twin.
91. Shadowless Seconds on Earth’s Equator
Reflection: Mind of Matter.
92. Ring a Ding Ding, it’s Spring
Reflection: Spring into Life.
93. Following the Last Light
Reflection: Midsummer Inspiration.
94. Falling Autumn Gold
Reflection: More Trees Thanks to Jubilee.
95. Autumn Air Spins Summer Samaras to Equinox Earth
Reflection: History of Helicopters.
96. Snowcatcher: Cradler of Cosmic Latte
Reflection: Life and Love in the Himalayan Mountains.
97. Eagle Down
Reflection: Grounded Thoughts.
98. Keeping it Clean: Humanity, Environment and Earth
Reflection: Catch-22 of Human and Nature Relationship.
99. Gold and Paper Compared
Reflection: We are Nature, not its Enemy.
100. Earth Hour
Reflection: 5×5 Nation and Planet.
101. Surfing Sea Psyche
Reflection: Ocean of Love.
102. The Secret Life of Chaos
Reflection: Mind’s Natural State.
103. Divided Earth, Unifying People
Reflection: Above and Below Mother Earth.
104. The Skull of Eyjafjallajokull
Reflection: Mountain Spirit Dancer.
105. Reflecting on Reality, the Reality of Reflections
Reflection: Time to Think.
106. Times of Dry
Reflection: Unnoticed Normality.
107. When Earth and Sky are as One
Reflection: Greenygrey Creation Myth
108. Greenygrey Sandwich
Reflection: Examples of Greenygrey.
109. Flight of Imagination Returns to Memory Destination
Reflection: How Images Inspire Poetry.
110. Embracing Sea at Midnight
Reflection: Sun, Sea, Fish and Coral.
6. Travel
111. Between City and Sky, Let Your Mind Fly
Reflection: Sky and City Mirror.
112. Jet Landing Through Cloud
Reflection: Above and Below the Clouds.
113. Dawn Cinderellas Pink Candy Dance
Reflection: Mountain Melody.
114. Islands of the Sky and Sea
Reflection: Is Britain Still Bearable?
115. ATM in the AM: Atacama Thought Mission in the Morning
Reflection: ADD a DD.
116. A Member of the Human Race Between Time and Place
Reflection: Making of the Cover Image.
7. Space
117. How’s that for a Mexican Hat?
Reflection: Repetitive Shapes.
118. Norma’s White Dwarf Colour Composer
Reflection: Computer Helps Create Art.
119. Space from Singularity Expanding Universe
Reflection: The Universe has Always Been Divided.
120. The Universe in a Planck
Reflection: Progress Breakthrough?
121. Future to the Back
Reflection: Telescopic Poetry.

Poem Wondering if Politicians can offer Hope for Humanity and Lathamity

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As David Cameron and Ed Miliband present their policy for the future of Britain, Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem is inspired by national and global events rather than personal or local ones, with the ‘riot tsunami’ that spread north from London not crossing the Pennines to Leeds.  The BBC reported this as being because of strong community liaison work in Leeds.
The riots seem to be the tip of the iceberg, with many rioters expressing their desire to get rich quick like the investment bankers exposed in recent scandals, rather than wanting a better society and world.
Hope for Humanity or Full Speed to Calamity?
I used to hope humanity was progressing
but now I just find them depressing
looking out from within, searching inside without
or maybe it’s because I’m getting older
and no longer view civilisation with wonder