I have answered the most questions
and what I know is only the truth and love prevail.
When I set sail across the ocean of time
will you remember me with love in your heart?
Grieving is waste of time.
I like you to smile and laugh again.
I don’t know if the voyage will be long or short
since time is endless, I need your love
to sustain me through choppy water....
Monday 27th September 2021 8:52 am
If you see an old man with an unsure gait
Coming your way, do not pretend he is a bit of fluff.
If he looks at you it is because you are lovely
He admires the beautiful you looking like his granddaughter.
If he nods and smiles do not be offended
In his eyes, his wife is beautiful too.
If he says good morning, do not act as you do not hear
Say good morning ...
Sunday 26th September 2021 6:23 am
The colourblind scientist
He was from Pakistan, always wore a blue suit
we were walking away from a ship that sank.
So, I said, what are you doing for a living?
I´m a mathematician, he said currently I`m trying to make
brown into green by using a math formula, so far
I have got grey colours but lack funds to continue.
We came to a park and sat down, I pointed to the grass
Saturday 25th September 2021 10:01 am
There is a hill behind the houses round and soft,
I call it a mother hill it welcomes you and murmur
How do you do?” and let you sit on a boulder
to enjoy the peace.
If you sit too long enjoying your sentimentality,
it wakes, the boulder gets cold and hard to sit on.
The wind suddenly blows, has a fragrance of Siberia and Vodka.
So, you walk around to kee...
Friday 24th September 2021 8:07 am
At the pharmacy, I met Hans, ten years ago when I stayed in Faro
he rented my house and being an industrious German
he and his boyfriend baked bread and sold the product mainly
to his compatriots and locals.
He used the oven at the local bakery after their bread and the ovens were hot.
this suddenly ended I knew why but preferred not to say anything.
Friday 24th September 2021 7:44 am
The ship was old once it had been a big ship
now, it was small compared with the newer fleet.
The shower system only had saltwater which was nice
to cool off after a hot day in the Red sea.
But we had to rinse the body with fresh water
or we would scratch all night.
For months we didn´t have a proper shower until the ship
went to Bremerhaven for repairs.
Thursday 23rd September 2021 4:29 pm
The class drove upland skiing, I hated snow, always have
cold and clammy.
I put the ski on and fell over, to the delight
of other boys, snotty little bastard.
The fastening on my skies didn´t fir gave me
ulcer on my left heel.
I took the bloody skis off and hid them behind a hut.
A teacher told me to put them on, I refused and had to sit
in the cold...
Thursday 23rd September 2021 7:40 am
A day in Loulé
The café had a big window facing the street.
It was almost empty except for three scientists talking about the heavens.
I noticed a dog outside running up and down apparently lost
and tired of listening to the wise men, I walked outside and fed the dog
I also gave it water in the park so it could sniff the trees telling other dogs
“I was here with a human.”...
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 9:19 am
Alexander Graham Bell
It was fine, quiet winter´s day I listened to distant noise,
dogs bark -you can´t avoid this in the Algarve-
smoke from chimneys straight up before disbursing and disappearing.
A few clouds drift about looking like wedding dresses of the unmarried,
The sun is a golden coin captain hook would kill to obtain.
I smell grilled sardine, and a cat on a fence...
Monday 20th September 2021 10:10 am
I sit on the verandah look at the sea no ships in today
open view until the horizon after that, on the other side
there are new limits
I have seen many horizons, some of them are blue or green
but have in common stopping me from seeing what is beyond
What if I met a horizon that had no new horizons?
A blank nothingness that has no dreams.
I look behind me a...
Sunday 19th September 2021 4:02 am
Now that the debacle of Afghanistan is behind us
we have to find something else to keep the war machine going
“Aucan,” an alliance of Anglophone countries are formed
A defence of the Chinese who dares to build
Canada was not included too many French speakers live there
and they talk about peace with the enemy which everyone
Is too polit...
Saturday 18th September 2021 1:11 pm
In afternoon glow
I ought to take an interest in death
but I don´t find it a stimulating subject
it has to do with acceptance.
This is comforting since I’m not religious
but has a strong spiritual streak.
I believe in the mystic.
What we fail to understand in normal life can be understood by
a second sight.
I can see the near future
based on experience.
Friday 17th September 2021 8:03 am
It was peace in the valley, a deep harmony of those
who had fled the air of a town´s inequity?
Then there was an avalanche of thoughts which caused confusion
when it settled, a gramophone voice from 1930 sweetly sang
“I love you, yes I do, my darling.”
Back then, singers appeared in suits or long skirts.
Now it is about tight trousers and tits, never mind th...
Thursday 16th September 2021 6:54 am
The olive trees in the landscape
near the village,
Have working-class trunks
and no illusion
Of becoming middle-class trees.
They refuse to grow
in a plant- nursery and be tampered with
They do not envy tall palm trees.
Good luck to those who see the world
through an elevated height.
Good soil and water the plebian olive tree wa...
Wednesday 15th September 2021 1:59 pm
I have neglected to visit my “Africa”, the flatland between
two hills that appear like a young mother`s breasts.
I know the trees and bushes, used to drive there to say hello.
Time changes I have no motorbike.
On the road driving to the shop, I can see the valley, yellow digger
And blue tractors near the wadi where I once saw a brown crocodile
waiting for rain.
Once I saw a...
Wednesday 15th September 2021 8:26 am
The sea ghosts
The first time I went to sea as a mess-boy, it was on an old ship.
It took two days to find my seaman's legs and take a look at my surrounding.
The crew didn´t look real like they were shadows caught up in a war
that was not of their choosing.
When ships were torpedoed and the sea was afire.
Drowning seamen slowly sinking in a circle like a macabre dance of death.
Tuesday 14th September 2021 10:16 am
1950, there had been a war, but things were going back to normal.
My mother had a new boyfriend who also had a small cabin on an island
and a rowing boat.
On a nice Sunday, we rowed out, mother had made sandwiches mostly filled with jam,
a thermos of coffee and a bottle of soft drink.
Her boyfriend gave me a line with a hook and a sinker and told me
to go to t...
Monday 13th September 2021 10:17 am
We must haste
They are so happy, the parents, grandmother’s uncle and aunts showing on Facebook the addition
to the family.
Do they not for a minute think what the child´s future will be?
The world is on the brink of total collapse, but no one takes this calamity that is coming our way, will
kill them and the children.
The polar ice is melting so much sea it is drowning s...
Saturday 11th September 2021 8:56 am
After my morning shower, I noticed blood from my middle toe
(the one beside the big toe) I bent down the nail was loosened
I pulled it off and I thought of Socrates.
In a few days, I need a new battery in my pacemaker, a small surgery
when doctors say small, be aware.
I friend of mine, the late actor Clive Dunn, went into hospital for a small
surgery that became ...
Friday 10th September 2021 11:51 am
When I grew up
I stopped believing in God
Toys belonged to the young
And Santa fanatics.
I leave a small light
On the bedside table
The fear of the dark
Never left me.
I knew Christianity had taken hold of me
The dark hue of the sinner
Is always present.
I believe in the day
Truth must not be hide
Friday 10th September 2021 8:31 am
My life is in three parts
30, years as a seaman until it became unbearable.
30 good years in the deep hinterland
a place of contemplations and trying to write,
walking with my dog in the woods, there was so much to see.
I feel imprisoned.
My house is sold, I have nowhere to go.
Living in a building of snobs who rather wait for an elevator
when the transport...
Thursday 9th September 2021 8:14 am
Writing and movies
In my mind exist, people, I have not met
they are a friendly lot not giving to dispense advice
points to me to write that floats into my mind
even if it is not deeply intellectual.
Trash is the weed of writing, without it how else
can a movie be made?
Look what happened to Hemingway´s book of a poor fisher
who caught a big fish only to have it eate...
Wednesday 8th September 2021 6:15 am
A lesson learnt
The ship I saw in the bay and thought a princess of the seas
came back this afternoon when the sky was murky, she was sad
the cook was fired, and the crew was sorrowful.
Nothing wrong with the new cook, but as good as the old one
The cook had read too much Hemingway and wanted to be like him.
He took to calling the ship “el Pilar” and drinking whisky in th...
Tuesday 7th September 2021 7:55 am
The beginning of the night was hot
I went to bed naked (daredevil.)
On the other side of the bedroom, I saw a naked man who had a big stomach, large balls and a small penis.
Since he wasn’t me, I did not bid him good night
I switched off the light.
During the night it got cold a foretaste of winter
hastily put my pyjamas on.
I had noticed the man in the ot...
Monday 6th September 2021 8:26 am
The girl in the bar that had floors made of stranded schooners
came and sat by us
Many sailors had drowned in her eyes.
On the way to the Saragossa Sea, their blood
ran down cracks on the floor,
Dripped into the sea below the colour of crimson.
Looked into her eyes an evil goddess with green eyes
I followed her to a room in the back
She laughed when she ...
Sunday 5th September 2021 8:01 am
When clearing out my old home in Algarve
I had no place for my many books, they ended up in a garage
until I get to buy a bigger bookshelf by moving a sofa that has no place in my study.
Since my old bookshelf was double stacked and come across books, I had forgotten
many of the books were mine, but there was Steinbeck, Hemingway and many others
and I miss ...
Saturday 4th September 2021 9:54 am
He was not for me
He was not for you.
We miss his absence.
Saturday 4th September 2021 8:29 am
Bosporus 1956, the old tanker where I was a galley boy
had anchored waited for orders to proceed into the black sea.
A rowing boat came alongside they were selling fez
the latest fad among us seamen.
They also sold sweet liqueurs which I drank, got drunk and sick
for the first time in my life; I was 15teen.
In the old days, you had to grow up fast and learn...
Thursday 2nd September 2021 10:54 am
The lucky ship
I sat on the terrace at the enchanting hour when the sun has gone westward
but it is not dark yet and saw a long sleek cargo ship in the bay.
A well-kept ship manned by professional seafarers who have s contract
and get to go home on vacation every three months.
The cook is often referred to as a catering officer, sits in his spacious cabin
reading a book by ...
Wednesday 1st September 2021 3:55 pm