Paul Kelly – Meet me in the middle of the Air

A favourite song of mine, too – the choir I sing in is practising a version of it at the moment…

the fifteenth to twenty-first lines in a sonnet

This is one of my favourite songs of all time. It’s a song about Jesus, written by Paul Kelly, probably australia’s greatest songwriter of all time.

As far as i am aware, Paul Kelly is not a christian, but that doesn’t make this song any less insightful into the christian faith.

1Thess 5: 16-17 says “The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the middle of the air”

The song is mostly a mixture of that and psalm 23; which combines into a beautiful picture of the assurance we have in the love and provision of God.

I’m not sure if…

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On a Darkling Plain – “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold

A favourite poem of mine – “Dover Beach”, by Matthew Arnold – courtesy of Margaret Langstaff.

Margaret Langstaff

I stumbled on this wonderful old poem today and was wracked  once more by its beauty – in structure, meter, image, theme, everything in the poetics toolkit-so masterfully melded, pulled together, so plaintively and  profoundly phrased,no wonder that it’s a poem emeritus in the canon of English verse.

Perhaps you will appreciate it too.

Dover Beach

By Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,

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Beautiful and knowing it – on being too sexy for your [shirt, hat, cat]

E.M. Forster was [ostensibly; tho perhaps not] thinking of female beauty, specifically, but mutatis mutandis, it still seems to be true:

“…beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face, as Botticelli knew when he painted her risen from the waves, between the winds and the flowers. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.”

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Angels and ministers of grace – aberrant saliency

OK, this is a second attempt at yesterday’s blog entry, because I left things out ‘cos they seemed a bit embarrassing to admit to, no-one likes to seem too mental. But it only really makes sense if I tell the story as a whole.

ADDED CAVEAT: I don’t really mean to sound flippant about bipolar disorder – bipolar is an awful disease for many people. But also, it’s really, really odd, and I can’t help myself from mentally “poking” at odd things and wondering why they happen.
  Obviously, it’d be great if there were better ways of treating it, with fewer side effects, and I hope that happens, but I really don’t think there’s much I, personally, can do to speed up that process. Not right now, anyway.
  I don’t like the romanticization of bipolar that you sometimes see – sure, like any natural phenomenon, there are interesting things about it, that perhaps can illuminate some of the way brains and nervous systems work, and hopefully lead to better treatments; and for some people, bipolar might even be a catalyst for creative work – but for most people, it’s just an awful thing to live with and cope with. I haven’t found it especially easy, and I only have a pretty mild case; I have a reasonably close relative (an uncle) who has far more severe bipolar than I do, and it’s had a terrible impact on his life.


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Rational craziness

Last night, as I was falling asleep, I dreamt I was among voices clustered around and hovering over yesterday’s blog post, and a male voice spoke, telling me the correct term for this was “rational craziness“.

Well, thanks, subconscious, that’s sweet of you to say 🙂 I’m glad we both agree I’m mostly rational, if slightly crazy 🙂

A query for bipolar peeps – things that aren’t hallucinations

This is just a general query, out of curiousity more than anything else.

I’ve never had a visual hallucination in my life, but a handful of times, I’ve had things which I can only really describe as almost-, not-quite-visual hallucinations – these have been during hypomanic episodes.

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