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16 May 2010


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Patrick Lang


A good question. pl

Patrick Lang


The Ballad of the King's Mercy or Justice, I don't remember which. pl

Brett J

DanM? More like DaMn.


That's one of my ex-wives. Had to let her go when she put on weight.

Friendly Fire

It could have been tagged "NSFW"


the mind is its own beautiful prisoner.
Mine looked long at the sticky moon
opening in dusk her new wings

then decently hanged himself, one afternoon.

The last thing he saw was you
naked amidst unnaked things,

your flesh, a succinct wandlike animal,
a little strolling with the futile purr
of blood; your sex squeaked like a billiard-cue
chalking itself, as not to make an error,
with twists spontaneously methodical.
He suddenly tasted worms windows and roses

he laughed, and closed his eyes as a girl closes
her left hand upon a mirror.

& [AND]


Another reason for me to get out of the house more often.

At the Virginia Capes

Hubba, hubba!


Who is she?

"Aphrodite" is as good a name as any. For some reason the hairdo seems out of another era, but the image is timeless.


This picture of a woman with exceptional beauty reminds me of the news about a Muslim American being crowned Miss USA (see link below). Maybe my cynicism has gotten the better of me, but I view this noteworthy news from the brave new world of American beauty pageantry not as evidence that Muslims are gaining power here in the US, but as more evidence that Muslims are being exploited by the powers-than-be within America’s Judeo-Christian community. After all, power always exploits beauty, it's never the other way around. So, nothing will convince me that Muslim Americans are on equal footing with Judeo-Christian Americans until a Muslim American is elected to the highest office of the land or a Judeo-Christian American president has the guts the defy the powers-than-be within our Judeo-Christian community by appointing a Muslim American to the highest court in the land!


Dan M


Were you teasing? I didn't remember where it came from exactly. I suspect you were.

I of course knew it was Kipling but hadn't given a thought to the title:
"The Ballad of the King's Jest."

The three verses preceeding:
he lid of the flesh-pot chattered high,
The knives were whetted and--then came I
To Mahbub Ali the muleteer,
Patching his bridles and counting his gear,
Crammed with the gossip of half a year.

But Mahbub Ali the kindly said,
"Better is speech when the belly is fed."
So we plunged the hand to the mid-wrist deep
In a cinnamon stew of the fat-tailed sheep,
And he who never hath tasted the food,
By Allah! he knoweth not bad from good.

We cleansed our beards of the mutton-grease,
We lay on the mats and were filled with peace,
And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south,
With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth.

and the four that follow...

We spake of them all, but the last the most,
For I sought a word of a Russian post,
Of a shifty promise, an unsheathed sword
And a gray-coat guard on the Helmund ford.

Then Mahbub Ali lowered his eyes
In the fashion of one who is weaving lies.

Quoth he: "Of the Russians who can say?
When the night is gathering all is gray.
But we look that the gloom of the night shall die
In the morning flush of a blood-red sky.

"Friend of my heart, is it meet or wise
To warn a King of his enemies?
We know what Heaven or Hell may bring,
But no man knoweth the mind of the King. ''

How many Ltcl's have a chance?

Allen Thomson

> So, nothing will convince me that Muslim Americans are on equal footing with Judeo-Christian Americans...


Well, this is getting way away from the original (most estimable in my old guy estimation) picture posting, but it reminds me of a quote from a couple of decades ago:

"We'll know when women have full equality when there as many incompetent women in positions of power as incompetent men."

Sidney O. Smith III

What? You thought she was just soft on the eyes and nothing more? How about Dante’s Beatrice for starters?

Once you see that this lady falls into the category of “Poetry” -- as in poetic associations -- then it’s easy for one to identify her. Undoubtedly, she is a gorgeous woman, but, going beyond the obvious, all you have to do is couple the poetry classification with the venue -- sic semper tyrannis -- and then one has reasonable grounds to argue this lady is a candidate for the eternal soul of the poet-warrior. Yes? No? Poetry does give one license to make associations, does it not?

She’s been around as long as the arts, if not language itself, appearing in many cultures. The 20th century West may have seen her demise, but Carl Jung, perhaps seeing what was at stake better than most, tried to save her. By employing his unfortunately obtuse language, the meandering Jung ultimately described her as the positive “anima” (soul) that brings the benefits of the unconscious into the light of the consciousness. She informs the conscious, in other words, and leads to intuitions otherwise unavailable. But to find the anima “archetype“, so his thinking goes, you’ll have to experience a death of the ego. If you make it, a new life -- meaning a heightened self awareness -- emerges, with the anima as your inner guide.

Whatever…as I say, Jung was a bit obtuse. May have something to do with the translation but I dunno’.

Instead of Jungian lingo, perhaps it is preferable to compare this Lady to examples of art. And no better place to start than Lucchese boots, since they were mentioned recently.

I don’t wear cowboy boots but when I visited the Lucchese website, the “diva” boots caught my eye, (probably both the boots and the legs). Check out this website and click on “find your inner diva” -- a phrase that, coincidentally, has cachet among the Joseph Campbell crowd, as it suggests the inner journey one is suppose to take to discover “the anima” within.

The Lucchese family is Italian, obviously, and one thing is for certain -- the Italians know how to design shoes -- they probably are the best in the world --plus they are famous for one of the all time great earlier manifestations of the “eternal soul of the poet-warrior”.

Beatrice was her name. Beatrice was Dante’s guide to the “beatific vision” and played a deciding role in several of his works, including New Life, as well as his magnum opus, Divine Comedy. And -- check out the 19th Century painter Dante Rossetti‘s vision of Beatrice and you will see that the Lady in the photograph bears a uncanny resemblance to Beatrice:

But, of course, Habakkuk, as I am sure he well knows, has little to worry about because the woman has most certainly appeared in the English Language. Chaucer may have been one of the first to mention and rely upon her, but Edmond Spenser surely was referring to her in his epic story (in iambic pentameter no less) about the Red Cross Knight (St. George), notwithstanding the story’s historical and cultural limitations. Una was her name and the Order of the Garter, back when it meant something, was probably dedicated to the “eternal soul of the poet warrior.

The above mentioned (English) painter Dante Rossetti -- whose entire artistic life appears dedicated to the “eternal soul” -- has several painting of women who resemble the Lady in the photograph. Here is one in which the Lady in the photograph is depicted as The Beloved and here is another one -- La Ghirlandata

One thing to remember -- at least so I have read. The appearance of the eternal soul is an act of nature. It is crucially important to realize that aspect of her appearance. particularly since she is the one who leads you to the inner experience of what was called the Holy Grail (Beatific vision). In other words, the experience of the Holy Grail and nature are one in the same.
Look at this Rossetti painting
and you will see the connection between the eternal lady, the Holy Grail and nature. Nature is represented by the flowers in the painting.

But if it is true that the eternal lady is an act of nature…then the more one is cut off from nature, the greater the likelihood she will vanish. Once a society is cut off from nature, then she disappears. For what it is worth, I believe that imperialism cuts one off from nature and ultimately will cause psychological disassociation -- perhaps what Eliot called the Wasteland.

It would probably help if this photograph of the Lady instead, were a painting, say by Monet. But as Dorothea Lange once wrote or said, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." And to get an understanding of Lange’s insight, check out Weston’s photographs of Charis Wilson (and some of Alfred Steiglitz’s silhouetted photograps of Georgia O’Keefe, for that matter).

What? You mean, they don’t teach this way of thinking at Fort Bragg? Well, if it is any consolation, I doubt that they teach it at any of the Ivy League schools either. Perhaps this suggests that Fort Bragg -- at least those pushing COIN -- along w/ some at the Ivy League schools -- the neoconservative crowd -- have much more in common than meets the eye, to harken back to Lange’s quote. It was not always this way but COIN and the neoconservative outlook are now one and the same, and both are cut off from nature.


wrt Jung: his writings are obscure. I am the one who is obtuse.

For another riff at the animus/anima business:


Once a society is cut off from nature, then she disappears.

She doesn't disappear, she gets fitted up with silicon tits (which giveth not milk) and Postfunctionalism rules.

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