101 jots – (i) – (x)


Take away illusions and you take away happiness.


Democracy is a system where pious words are more important
than honest actions.


May you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.
Irish blessing


You can’t expect a boy to be depraved
until he has been to a good school.


If you have a taste for abstractions you’re Continental;
the English are interested in flowers and dogs.


To a man with an empty stomach food is God.


The truthmongers are closing in but we’ll continue to deny.
We’ve never had contact with aliens and there are no UFOs,
only weather balloons.

We can’t afford to admit because all the myths
we’ve spun for centuries would go down the drain
and the truth is not in your best interest.


If i’m annoyed because i’m in pain
why not be annoyed with annoyance that limits freedom?


hari hujan, tidur sedap
rainy day, sweet sleep


I’m an enclave person.
The country to the west rejects me, the country to the east ignores me.

When i’m sick the hospital won’t treat me
and i can’t get a school to take my kids.
When my house is broken into the police do nothing.
I have no status, no rights, no papers.

36 thoughts on “101 jots – (i) – (x)

  1. A charming, yet challenging, mix. Are they your
    originals? Did you create them over years or did you have an epiphany where they all just floated up at once? (I had one of those once, never knew why and it never happened again.)
    Confess I’m partial to the Irish Blessing. 🙂

  2. A very good compilation…nicely done and though they are not attached to each other, somewhere, together they do ring a bell… 🙂 Loved it… and I’m inspired, maybe I’ll be trying my hands with something like it…. 😀

  3. (vi) Gandhi:
    To a man with an empty stomach food is God.

    A genius that understood the soul of a man – Gandhi’s line hits it for me. A wonderful post Uncle John – have a beautiful week my friend.

  4. Rainy day wisdom is blanketed with provocative unconventionality. And damned it refreshes my thirst for arenas that invite possibility. Interesting work that I thoroughly enjoyed John. Ever your friend, Jon Michael

  5. @”I’m an enclave person.” – love this statement… 🙂 as I’m also “une enclave”, like Andorra… 🙂
    * * *
    have a great week and lots of inspiration, Sir! cheers, Mélanie

  6. “Take away illusions and you take away happiness.”

    This is my favorite. Literature, poetry, drama, religion and philosophy are wonderful stories which we tell about ourselves. These stories are mostly illusions, but they are the best thing about us.

  7. (i) and (x) and all in-between, so relevant but need to be presented to us by a person of your insight and perspicacity.

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