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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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Romance Fades

Screaming pulses,
Beating hearts.
The sky's the limit
when you're in love.

Once announced
the object turns
from one of affection
to that of indifference.

Romance fades.

Routine creeps in.
What once was sweet
new and exciting
is now tarnished.

Requited love is often
the hardest love of all
for it is much easier
to love from afar.

Romance fades.

Who knew that he
wakes up disheveled
every morning
with as many flaws as me.

Imagination cuts deep.
Champagne and strawberries
turn into a six pack
and backseat fondlings.

Romance fades.

The sun has risen
Now it will set.
What once was golden
Slowly blackens.

Muted sensations.
Slurred voices.
Reality is tiring
and romance is dead.

Nadine Tisdell


Monday, 19 March 2012

A dream

A lonely dark room

A deserted place

A sleeping fellow in an adjacent bed

Noise of loud talk

A silent struggle

Of wish and will

An aroma around

A tickle of rain drops on the roof

A light breeze fluttering across the window

An eerie moment in time

What is it?

A craze?

Clouds of thoughts?

Shadows of reality?


a dream?


What is it?

Is it concrete
Is it abstract
Is it phronetic
Is it epistemic
Or is it gestaltic

Where is it?

Is it in the bird
Or in the flight of it
Is it in the fish
Or in the swim of it
Is it in the bee
Or in the honey of it
Is it in the rose
Or in the colour of it
Or in its fragrance
Is it in the poet
Or in the poetry
Is it in the philosopher
Or his philosophy

Where is it

Is it out there
Or is it in here

How is it?

Is it black or white
Is it grey
Or is it coloured
Is it straight
Or crooked
Or square
Or biological

Is it yours
Is it mine
Or is it ours

But who are you?
Who am I
Who are we
Are we one
Or many
Or many in one
Is reality in us
Or are we in the reality
Or is it that we and our reality
Are but shadows of the real?

P.S: An extempore flow of consciousness that I wrote for my talk on ontology to my colleagues at a UK university.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

The ‘castle of Islam’ concept

The ‘castle of Islam’ concept : The tool of isolationism is ideology because it indoctrinates and creates the uniformity of thinking that the castle demands. States that give the impression of being castles insist on the uniformity of mind. It is only by thinking the same way that you can live inside a castle without conflict. Hence, the importance of an agreed ideology protected by a Penal Code prescribing the measure of punishment that a breach of ideology, will entail.

Pakistan, as a castle, is trying to defeat efforts at creating difference of opinion and tolerance of opinion opposed to the indoctrination of the state. If English punctures the isolationist discourse, it must be either abolished or tamed through forcing ‘three streams’ of education — English, Urdu, madrassa — into becoming one dictated by the state. The castle of Pakistan is still being built.
Khalid Ahmad ET, Pakistan

Saturday, 3 March 2012