Tag Archive: insanity



autumn haiku d’automne – Edvard Munch – scream murder = hurler le meurtre

scream bloody murder
on the charcoal bridge! 
are you insane? 

edvard munch the scream haiku 620

hurler le meurtre
sur le pont gris foncé !
toi, es-tu fou ?

Richard Vallance

illustration, painting, The Scream (1893), by Edvard Munch (1863-1944)

illustration, peinture, Le Cri ( 1893 ) d’Edvard Munch ( 1863-1944 )

  

spring haiku de printemps – lemmings leaping = les lemmings qui bondissent

lemmings leaping
off a cliff into the sea -
sheer lunacy?

lemmings haiku 620

les lemmings qui bondissent
d’une falaise dans la mer -
folie flagrante ?

Richard Vallance

I am astounded that no-one seems to get the pun in this funny little haiku and that no-one likes it.


Who the hell?

behind-me-satan

Matthew 16:23
Get behind me, Satan! 


As madness burrows through the psyche’s realm,
it means to chew her up and spit her out.
I ask you, who the hell was at the helm?
And who was God to prove, “What’s that all about?” 

It rankles me too few will dare to ask
why some of us are sane and others not,
why some are not, while some are called to task,
while others see their faith is come to naught.

If faith in God were not enough, then what  
in hell would satisfy our lust for love,
and what in Heaven’s name has madness wrought
to place us altogether on the spot?

Since your concern was just an empty show, 
Don’t ask me why. You know I’ll never know.

Richard Vallance,


January 10, 2017



Easy Prey

easy-prey-greek

Matthew 18:12

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them
has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains
and go in search of the one that went astray?


Since Hell’s self resurrected on the mad,
the sane dare not consort with the insane,
unless they find themselves as ironclad
in mind as soul to shear across the grain
of equipoise and suffer the untold,
to cast themselves on Sinai’s desert rocks,
to wander off  and stray beyond the fold
where they’ll fall easy prey to Satan’s hawks.
But pause... and ask yourself if you’d submit
to humiliation, the same embraced
by martyrs such as they, or counterfeit,
and by the latter token be defaced.
      The wolf has left his lair, and shall attack
      the sane and the insane... and can’t turn back. 
      

Richard Vallance,


January 9, 2017



Famous quotes from Latin authors in Linear B: Part B

Greek and Latin quotations in Linear B Part B

Translations:
amabalis insania = adorable insanity
Mater saeva cupidinum = the savage mother of avarice
Nil esse in summa, neque habere ubi corpora prima = in the sum of all things there exists nowhere an abyss, nowhere is a realm of rest for primal bodies.
Cuius, uti memoro, rei simulacrum et imago = An image of it, like an idea, as I recall (to  mind)...

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