Come back beggar man

  • I saw you on the pavement
    with your old brown dog
    You were shabby,poor,ragged,
    Sitting on your tartan rug.
    You had water for the dog,
    You hugged him and you sang,
    But the people walked on by,
    And no-one looked at you.
    No-one looked at you.

    But you still sang your song.
    And you sent me so much love
    It crossed from eye to eye.
    I felt it coming in.
    I heard that you had died,
    Though you were only thirty three.
    Only thirty three.

    I wonder,where’s your dog?

    I felt our souls had touched,
    You gave to me so much
    As I wandered in my grief
    Through the roads and round the streets.
    In your glance, you touched my heart.
    I felt love swimming through,
    From you right into me.

    Will you come again?
    I see all these dim, grey men
    Who cut your benefits
    To give more wealth to few;
    So that the needle’s eye,
    which is waiting when we die,
    is forgotten, for they want
    protection for their wealth.

    I wish that beggar man
    would come back here again.
    I liked to hear his songs
    But I can’t recall the tunes;
    Maybe I’ll write songs myself,
    That’s the highest sort of wealth
    Our creativity
    Is a path to dignity.

    Come back every one!
    Wherever have you gone?

    Wherever have you gone?


The cost

My velleity is not enough to call desire.

It summons up no demons with its power.

Yet  denying it would make me a true liar.

I have a wish which  fills  my surprised hour.


If    tremulous velleity should fall away

My life would be  a sentence to be served.

I cannot judge if I have gone astray.

Did I go straight  and miss  some hidden gentle curve?


At any instant, we may make a choice

Which sets us on a track we did not see.

Or daydreaming,  ignore dear psyche’s voice;

And with will power, demand how life should be.


Attention must be paid ,or lost

Is our vocation and we pay full cost


Goodbye Stan whispered


Chick pea pie and cats for the lively - Glimpses between the cracks:Alice's Looking GlassMary stood at the bus stop in her chocolate wool winter coat which Stan had always loved.It hangs so well,he had told her.The  optional imitation fur collar had been removed as she preferred natural garments made from wool with no ostentation.As a matter of fact she has one of Stan’s woollen vests on under her gold silk top.Her hair fell in light blonde curls around her pensive face and her eyes looked as if she were seeing a vision of the Matterhorn in midwinter.

Suddenly she realised the bus was there and she put her card up to the machine before looking for a seat.The bus was rather full so she sat down next to a youth with an i phone hanging from his hand.Suddenly it rang.His chosen theme was, Please release me, sung by Tom Jones.Mary smiled as, if she were near Tom Jones she would need no invitation to free him.The youth began to speak rather louder than normal.

Mary tried not listen but it was impossible.She was too hot.Wearing Stan’s vest was a mistake as the bus was overheated.She turned pink like sunrise over ICI in Billingham as the pollution had a beautifying affect.

I’m sorry I wore your vest,she told Stan.I should have given them away but I was trying to save money on heating.Still I will be home soon.

Where is your microphone, the youth demanded.It must be one of those new tiny ones.A microphone? Mary said curiously.Yeah, he cried.I assume your phone is in your pocket.

Actually it’s in a pocket in my knickers,she informed h m in a manner resembling that of a mildly autistic scientist.We used to wear these knickers in the gym at school.

Did you not wear a top? he enquired,his eyes running over her hourglass figure like water falling off High Force in Teesdale.

Well.I didn’t have a bra until I got my grant to attend  university,she told him sensitively.

Well,that’s news to me,he said.So you had to wear a bra at University? That was before feminism,of course.Did you burn it later?

Certainly not,said Mary.I’d been longing for one but my mother didn’t seem to notice my development which was her way of coping with adolescent girls.Of course my  older brothers may have noticed but they were  too nervous to tell Mother I needed support.We were all so shy and afraid..Anyway be quiet now,I want to speak to my husband.

Have you had your phone on all this time? he asked  anxiously.

No,I don’t need it to talk to him,she responded.

Why,where is he? the youth enquired sardonically.

He’s on my knee,Mary informed him.In this bag.She pointed to her hessian shopping bag.I have just been to the Coop for him.I ought to have got a cab as he is quite heavy.

Jesus Christ,cried  the youth,hastily pressing the bell before leaping off the bus into a small pond that had been created b y Hurricane Desmond.He swam away into the cold  night.

Well. that shut him up,Mary said to Stan.

Mary,don’t become less gentle and kind,Stan said in her ear.

I can’t be gentle now,she said.It’s a nasty tough world without you to help me and  tell me what you think of Jeremy Corbyn.And do I need to have a roast dinner at Xmas or just some toad in the hole?

I am sorry,sweetheart he murmured.Maybe you need assertiveness training.

I’ll just get more aggressive,she replied.Micro-aggressive perhaps.

You’ll need more than micro in this era,he continued.Mary forgot to get off the bus and found herself in the Leisure Centre by the River Trent.

What about the river,Stan, she asked.Would you like me to throw  you in.A policeman standing near by ran over.

Madam, is it suicide or murder, he asked her.

No,it’s a life sentence,she said humorously as she put her hand up her skirt to get her phone.That’s a stupid place to keep a  phone he said.Anyway don’t call a cab,I can run you home in my car.Have you got any China tea?I could kill for a hot drink.

I have some lapsang souchong,she told him.Do you fancy that? I do called Stan from the bag.The policeman passed out.

I told you not to get a boyfriend yet,he continued to Mary.

I’ll do whatever I feel like,she said rudely.I could use  a comforting arm around me.Stan sobbed.

She said,quickly don’t worry.I’ll get Emile to sit on my knee.Goodbye for now.Goodbye  whispered Stan faintly.Good bye

Another new word for me

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Microaggression: Words We’re Watching

Subtle comments that are demeaning to a marginalized group

We have been referring to offensive actions as aggressions for more than four centuries. The word first referred to military attacks, and by the 20th century its meaning had expanded to include non-martial behavior. Now at the start of the 21st century, the meaning ofaggression is changing again through the addition of a prefix: micro-.

Microaggression — which refers to a comment or action that is subtly and often unintentionally hostile or demeaning to a member of a minority or marginalized group — has seen a decided increase in usage over the past several years, though the word is at least 45 years old.

The first known written use of microaggression comes from January 1st of 1970, when the word appeared in the scholarly journal Universitas, in an article written by W. Hallermann (Reports on Crimes of Aggression):

“Between the first and second, I should insert those forms of microaggression such as squabbling, mocking irony, didactic arrogance, authoritative presumption, and so on.”

Although the phrases ‘mocking irony’, ‘didactic arrogance’, and ‘authoritative presumption’ all might relate strongly to the modern-day concept ofmicroaggressions, the article written by Hallermann did not concern itself with issues of bias.

Later that same year, microaggression began to be used by the man who is generally credited with having coined it, Dr. Chester M. Pierce, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard University. He wrote the following in The Black Seventies, a collection of essays:

“Hence, the therapist is obliged to pose the idea that offensive mechanisms are usually a micro-aggression, as opposed to a gross, dramatic, obvious macro-aggression such as lynching.”

Pierce was using microaggression to refer to what he called an ‘offensive mechanism,’ one that was specifically motivated by race. In a November of 1970 article in The Journal of the National Medical Association, Pierce wrote “Every black must recognize the offensive mechanisms used by the collective white society, usually by means of cumulative pro-racist microaggressions, which keep him psychologically accepting of the disenfranchised state.”

Most of the early 1970s uses of microaggression are either by Pierce or by other academics who are referencing him; Hallermann’s near-simultaneous use of the word does not seem to have gained any traction. This would appear to be one of those unlikely events where a word is coined almost simultaneously by two different people. If we had to grant credit to one or the other for having ‘invented’ the word it is almost certain that Pierce is the one who first used the word that is now being regularly employed.

The meaning of microaggression began to broaden later in the 1970s, and to be applied to offensive mechanisms motivated by something other than race. Pierce himself used it to refer to injurious behavior directed by adults toward children, and other academics employed it soon after to refer to similar treatment of people based on gender or sexuality.

Microaggression has shifted from academic jargon to common parlance only in recent years. It has not done so without some measure of controversy, which is not uncommon for words which deal with subjects that make people uncomfortable. Dictionaries do not pass judgment on the words they define; if enough people are using a particular word to mean a particular thing it will be viewed as a word that should be defined. Microaggression, about which there are a number of blogs, numerous articles, and seemingly innumerable tweets, certainly appears to meet these criteria.

Words We’re Watching talks about words we are increasingly seeing in use but that have not yet met our criteria for entry.

Word of the day:Velleity

I have never heard of this before.


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December 11, 2015
: the lowest degree of volition
: a slight wish or tendency : inclination
Samuel sometimes mentions that he would like to go back to school, but his interest strikes me as more of a velleity than a firm statement of purpose.

“It should be enough of an advantage for online retailers … that you can order items from them the instant your internet-browsing fingers conceive a velleity to own something; exploiting and maintaining anachronistic tax loopholes is uncalled for.” — The Economist (online), 9 Sept. 2011

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Allow us, if you will, to volunteer our knowledge about velleity. It is a derivative of the New Latin noun velleitas, from the Latin verb velle, meaning “to wish or will.” You might also wish to know that velle is the word that gave us voluntary (by way of Anglo-French voluntarie and Latin voluntarius) and volunteer (by way of French voluntaire). While both of those words might imply a wish to do something (specifically, to offer one’s help) and the will to act upon it, the less common velleity typically refers to a wish or inclination that is so insignificant that a person feels little or no compulsion to act.

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This poem  is also an example of the use of quiddity. Nowadays if you want to be published the cognoscenti prefer  quiddity to   vague or general spiritual writing.Alliteration is very well done here.
Glory be to God for dappled things –
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
      And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                Praise him.

Psyche:A sonnet

Pyschic pain  may take us to the depths

Absent may  we wish to be from these,

Where Jesus in  Gethsemene has  wept.

What is it  we ‘re reluctant to perceive?


Universal answers don’t exist.

We differ in what we willingly accept.

From  over frantic action I desist,

While learning what defences from me kept.


I fear humiliation and ill will.

Yet in the deep   a response may be hid.

Despite the suffering, I remain quite still

I gaze at trees, awaiting psyche’s bid.



Psyche wished to see and then was pained.

Yet, with desire, much knowledge she attained




Examples Word Origin
Spell Syllables
Classical Mythology. a personification of the soul, which in the form of a beautiful girl was loved by Eros.
(lowercase) the human soul, spirit, or mind.
(lowercase) Psychology, Psychoanalysis. the mental or psychological structure of a person, especially as a motive force.
Neoplatonism. the second emanation of the One, regarded as a universal consciousness and as the animating principle of the world.
a female given name.
Origin of Psyche Expand
1650-16601650-60 for def 2; < Latin psȳchē < Greek psȳchḗ literally, breath, derivative of psȳ́chein to breathe, blow, hence, live (see psycho- )
psych1or psyche
Spell Syllables
verb (used with object), Informal.
to intimidate or frighten psychologically, or make nervous (often followed by out):
to psych out the competition.
to prepare psychologically to be in the right frame of mind or to give one’s best (often followed by up):
to psych oneself up for an interview.
to figure out psychologically; decipher (often followed by out):
to psych out a problem.
Origin Expand
1915-20 in earlier sense “to subject to psychoanalysis”; originally a shortening of psychoanalyze; in later use (especially in defs. 1 and 2) perhaps independent use of psych- Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for psyche
Contemporary Examples
Mercury retrograde inspires you to revisit ignored destiny callings that still silently echo in your psyche.
Starsky + Cox
August 5, 2011
These pressures in the psyche are as taxing as physical hardships.
June 30, 2012
Still, the white-knight syndrome is deeply embedded in the Republican psyche.
June 22, 2010
“It took months for this initial trauma to ebb, years for my psyche to regain its equilibrium,” Sullivan writes.

Historical Examples
psyche approached it timidly, and presently found courage to enter.

Gods and Heroes
R. E. Francillon
“And you know we shall be in mourning,” said psyche to her brother.

The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
How freely psyche breathed, in the innocently white glowing fire!

Louis Couperus
Of course this isn’t all mine; it includes ma’s and psyche ‘s.

The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The beautiful fable of the winged deity’s love for psyche, is the most pleasing of those related of him.

British Dictionary definitions for psyche
the human mind or soul
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek psukhē breath, soul; related to Greek psukhein to breathe
(Greek myth) a beautiful girl loved by Eros (Cupid), who became the personification of the soul
(transitive) ( informal) to psychoanalyse See also psych out, psych up
Word Origin
C20: shortened from psychoanalyse
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Word Origin and History for psyche Expand
1640s, “animating spirit,” from Latin psyche, from Greek psykhe “the soul, mind, spirit; breath; life, one’s life, the invisible animating principle or entity which occupies and directs the physical body; understanding” (personified as Psykhe, the beloved of Eros), akin to psykhein “to blow, cool,” from PIE root *bhes- “to blow, to breathe” (cf. Sanskrit bhas-), “Probably imitative” [Watkins].

Also in ancient Greek, “departed soul, spirit, ghost,” and often represented symbolically as a butterfly or moth. The word had extensive sense development in Platonic philosophy and Jewish-influenced theological writing of St. Paul (cf. spirit (n.)). Meaning “human soul” is from 1650s. In English, psychological sense “mind,” is attested by 1910.

as a noun, short for psychology in various senses (e.g. as an academic study, in student slang by 1895). As a verb, first attested 1917 as “to subject to psychoanalysis,” short for psychoanalyze. From 1934 as “to outsmart” (also psych out); from 1963 as “to unnerve.” However to psych (oneself) up is from 1972; to be psyched up is attested from 1968.



Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psyche in Medicine Expand
psyche psy·che (sī’kē)
The mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior and consciously or unconsciously mediating the body’s responses to the social and physical environment.
Psyche [( seye -kee)]

In Roman mythology, a beautiful girl who was visited each night in the dark by Cupid, who told her she must not try to see him. When she did try, while he was asleep, she accidentally dropped oil from her lamp on him, and he awoke and fled. After she had performed many harsh tasks set by Cupid’s mother, Venus, Jupiter made her immortal, and she and Cupid were married. Her name is Greek for both “soul” and “butterfly.”

psyche [( seye -kee)]

The mind, soul, or spirit, as opposed to the body. In psychology, the psyche is the center of thought, feeling, and motivation, consciously and unconsciously directing the body’s reactions to its social and physical environment.


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