Hilaire Belloc: Expressive Patriotism – Astrology Bites

Moon conjunct Uranus, Venus conjunct Mars, plus the Moon's North Node in Cancer in the eighth house, reveal how deeply invested his strong emotions were; he was both eccentric and caring, passionate and tender. He was able to instinctively home-in on the shared feelings and inheritances of England, France and their respective cultures, his life's work. Little wonder that his patriotism and traditional sensibility stretched across The English Channel and beyond.

Haibun: War is Never Civil

Some arresting civil war portraits, they are not easy to share. Two young men posing awkwardly, bow ties for battle, their absent smiles due to the long exposure. A picture may say a thousand words but raises profound questions too. It's brother versus brother, one in blue, the other in gray and no quarter will … Continue reading Haibun: War is Never Civil

Poem ‘The Country’ (for England)

"Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget; For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet." from 'The Secret People' by G. K. Chesterton The Country It's all around them, though they never see it, like Jesus said about the Kingdom of Heaven. Some, even a poet, … Continue reading Poem ‘The Country’ (for England)

Poem ‘Another Day in Helmand’

Another Day in Helmand He joined willingly and has no complaints. This is the life he chose. He signed on the dotted line knowing the score from day one; about the low rates of pay and the invisible enemy who won't play by the rules. And show me where they said all the equipment would … Continue reading Poem ‘Another Day in Helmand’