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so, uh, just before you stick that there label on this, my shirt

perhaps you could do me a small favour first

maybe hold off on the label for just a moment

could you grab this piece of white policeman’s chalk

and carefully trace an outline

around my still and lifeless body

or, not so carefully, really

we just want to get the gist of who i might have been…

in fact, if you don’t mind humouring me for another moment

and pressing ‘pause’ on the label-adhering-to-the-shirt procedure

perhaps you can first assist me

in clambouring into this cardboard box that you brought

it looks like it might be quite the tight fit

and so i could sure use some assistance

to ensure that not a single part of me

body or clothing

and certainly no incandescent thought-bearing bubbles

might possibly be able to be seen

overlapping any of the corners or edges

once you have managed to close it ever so tightly around me

and taped me right up in there…

one more time, if i may be so bold

i know you’re in a rush

and you expected this whole write-and-rip-and-stick business

to be a whole lot more simple and routine and completely done by now…

but if i may

interject for a second

causing you to lay down your broadstrokes brush in surprise

and take particular notice of me

the person

the individual

the unique one that has certainly been affected

and informed and shaped and moulded

and influenced

by society

by my parents

by the school environment i was forcefully forced into and through and out of

the fallout from the colossal tug of war battle

between nature and nuture

echoing from my recently shaved head

through my still healing inner arm tattoo

all the way down to my shoe-forsaking feet

these feet may have been made for walking

but not so much for shoes, that’s for sure

can you see me?

do i exist yet?

are you struggling to find the right boxes to tick as you take this all in?

privilege-aware white heterosexual faith-filled male

forty one years of age, yet in many ways, still twenty-seven or thereabouts

“Keep up with me if you can, younger ones!”

introverted extrovert with subversive tendencies

poor? perhaps, when compared to you

yet excessively wealthy when compared to the millions of nameless ones around the world

who cannot afford in so many ways to be hooked up or plugged in or connected with,

in. this. specific. way.

and on and on the wheel turns

the hamster seems to be tiring, yet she labours on

while you appear to be hesitating

while i am done.

attach your label to me now if you please

and let’s move on with this charade

this little game we play

this binary interchanging of 1’s and 0’s

this tap tap tap on the button as the buzzer sounds once again

“i am choosing to hit the button of my own accord”

[of course you are!]

i am ready for you now

see how i bare my chest

waiting and


the death blow from that sticky piece of paper you would have me display.


so recently i started another blog called ‘The Weekly Mash [and Peace!]’ which has a different theme for every day and i have decided that i am going to post the Saturday Round Up on my Irresistibly Fish blog so that subscribers can have access to the week that we have just vibed through… so if you missed any of these, pick the ones that look interesting, and enjoy… [the FRIDAY one feels like one of the most significant things i have written for a while so would love for you to at least check that one out if you haven’t and share it with your peoples]…

Monday saw us being enlightened as to the amusing eating habits of a variety of wild animals, performed by a rather silly man.

Tuesday took a look at the death of Margaret Thatcher and some of the unfortunate happenings related to that.

Wednesday asked the question of how your relationship with yourself is doing at the moment.

Thursday was some more self-reflection, but this time linked to the state of your heart, and God’s.

Friday took a rather cutting look at the labels we put on other people and what that might say to them, and to us. [MUST READ!]

[for Last Saturday’s Round Up featuring celebrity marriage tips, angry umbrellas and Cloud Man, click here]

so yesterday i posted a very simple blog as a response to the wordpress challenge of the week which was a splash of colour [or ‘color’ if you’re americanese]

i found a picture of a splash of blue and posted that as the solitary post of the blog and then i gave it the title ‘red’ and then posted it at various times of the day with the following intros:

do you believe everything you see, or everything you read?

please do me a quick favour – i have just produced a blog on the theme of colour – in one word i would like you to go to my blog and in the comment section tell me which colour my blog is about… and go!

whatever your initial or thought out comment is, i would love for you to go to this blog and give a comment on the question “what colour do you see?” because there is a bunch of stuff happening here if you take a moment but just write what you see or don’t.

and as per usual, almost everyone posted on facebook and not on the blog [gotta figure that one out still] but here are some comments which stood out:

Ronnie Davis: Ah… setting up challenges for those of us of the color blind persuasion…

Ronnie Davis: I thought it a good blog about perception and labels… reality and expectation… or from an existential point of view–what is color (one I often debate as one who has a hindered visual palette)

Ronnie Davis: Just thought of something… if I take the “sucking the marrow out of life” into consideration, my thoughts move to color and blood (oxygenated vs de-oxygenated) and what type of social commentary that brings…. just saying

Byron Mountfort: my initial response is black, but this is to simplistic and one-dimensional. It’s about so much more. Red, Blue, white, purple… Neither are right or wrong. We don’t see things the way they are; we see things the way we are.

and then Georgina Beazeley who was convinced there was no colour in the blog: I think you know what I think already. I already said. The blog post is not about any colour

it was both a really simple blog [me just trying to mess with people and get a response] and a very deep blog [because there was some hidden meaning intended and i hoped people would take a bit more time to try and find some meaning, even besides that which i intended] and there are very many layers to it i think, but one thing i was thinking when i posted it was this:

what informs your opinions? so, for example, if i asked you to go and look at my blog called ‘red’ and you went and took a look and were confronted with the blue picture you might think the blue is a mistake. but if you just stumbled upon my blog and saw the blue picture and then looked at the title and saw it was called ‘red’ you might think that was the mistake.

the deeper question of perception and reality – is it the written word [red] or the visual word [blue] that informs your opinion? or can they be both right? or does one even have to be right? can they both be enjoyed despite apparent contradiction?

i have found that the older i get the more thing in the Bible and in life i have to hold in tension, not because they are as contradictionary as these two colours appear to be here but just because they seem so different and unrelated and it excites me when God opens my eyes to see how time and time again they work so perfectly together – an example being the Love of God and the Justice of God. and maybe i will look at those two later but for now, enjoy the colours, and the words…