THINGS ARE REALLY NOT THAT GOOD

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Things are really not that good.

Control is everything, and the good

Is not the goal; control is.

The start and end of us all

Is not love or good, but control.

Everything truly good is merely food.

All that’s law is trampled by the rude.

There’s only two forces: Control

And “I won’t be controlled,”

And neither exists

Without the other, and that’s all there is.

That’s it. If you want to know why

Everyone is proudly crazy, that’s why.

If things aren’t good, this is why.

Control is everything, not the good,

And when you do experience the good,

Shortly after, you’re heartbroken.

You realize control has spoken.

The professional, large, sleek animal

Who purrs, and is beautiful?

They will control you and kill you.

No kindness, no law, will save you.

Despair will once again advise you:

The amateurish and the nice

Is all you’ve got. Or seedy vice.

The good is a mystery

To itself. Sunday, a little sublime poetry.

 

27 Comments

  1. maryangeladouglas said,

    February 18, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    The way of the world delineated;but goodness WILL emerge in more than a single shining hour. This poem has such magnificent despair and resonance but truly I hope you dont personally feel this way all the time;its too heavy a burden.

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 19, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Thank you, Mary. No, don’t worry. Writing the poetry I do, and being able to understand things as I do, even though it’s sad, makes me very happy.

      • maryangeladouglas said,

        February 19, 2020 at 10:56 am

        Very glad to here that and I do understand that paradox in my own way of course not yours. Your way is yours alone. I have a Poe question to ask you. I am just now reading a Father Brown story *by GK Chesterton natch) and came upon the following sentence:

        In short, there is in life an element of elfin coincidence which people reckoning on the prosaic may perpetually miss. As it has been well expressed in the paradox of Poe, wisdom should reckon on the unforeseen

        DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT AS THE PARADOX OF POE and that last bit wisdom should reckon on the unforeseen. I have no way to even wildly guess what that means. Please advise. Thank you.

        • thomasbrady said,

          February 21, 2020 at 11:27 am

          The Poe paradox can be found in Poe’s lesser known stories, such as The Angel of the Odd and Lionizing. Great thinkers love paradoxes in general, and Poe was certainly no exception. In Lionizing, the hero of the tale had a very handsome nose and his philosophy was Nosology. In a duel, he shot off the nose of his opponent, but sadly, his “hit” was really a “miss,” because in Nosology, it turns out, the most admired, finally, is the philosopher who has no nose at all.

          • maryangeladouglas said,

            February 23, 2020 at 9:10 pm

            Sounds kind of like the Twilight Zone mixed with the last paragraph of any O. Henry Story but Poe was earlier. Nosology. Haha. Kind of reminds me of Gogol too. I never would have found this out on my own. Thanks for the help Tom.

            • maryangeladouglas said,

              February 25, 2020 at 7:06 pm

              THE INTERIM

              somewhere there is a golden tree

              that silver birds anoint with song

              a mist that opens on a stage

              an infinite gilding of the day

              and starbright children still at play

              and I want to go there

              winged with all wishes and I want to know

              there that God meant time for happiness

              and nothing else

              and then I will read all the books on the shelf

              so that all colours rise from the pages mingled

              the sounds of flutes and trumpets, acutely bright

              the sound of the piano in its autumn sonatas conveyed

              while the morning glories on the fence are trumpeting too

              the glory glories and we inherit all the stories

              where wrongs are righted where love is plighted

              and lives on

              where nothing and no one is missing from the feast

              and then we’ll know the soul’s release.

              as we know only now the tinsel in dreams

              partly in the shade part light our names turned inward, questioning,

              preparing for flight.

              mary angela douglas 25 february 2020

  2. noochinator said,

    February 20, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Lizzie attacked Pete,
    And his face made a spasm,
    Like this Larry David target
    On ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’:

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 21, 2020 at 11:21 am

      The “brawl” format in these debates is being done intentionally—it’s “training” for the Democrats, who fear that Trump, the great white shark of ballsy debate cunning, will destroy any Democrat on the debate stage. Trump won in 2016 because of his debate style. No one had ever seen anything like this. The Dems are looking for the moment when someone like Warren can take down Trump the way she destroyed the helpless Bloomberg.

      • noochinator said,

        February 21, 2020 at 2:42 pm

        Quoth Lance Morrow:

        The consensus on the left declared the evening a triumph for Warren. She was “on fire.” She was “aflame.” MSNBC and the New York Times editorial board assumed that her fiery passion was a good thing. They used the word “eloquent.” Warren insulted Bloomberg as mercilessly as she knew how, her relentless voice hammering and quavering, her hair bouncing as usual, her blue eyes flashing behind the oval panes of her eyeglasses. The performance seemed to pay off in all directions; the Warren campaign raised $3 million in contributions in the hours after the debate. These things are a matter of taste. Senator Warren’s indignation struck me, anyway, as narcissistic (a common affliction on the left). People out in the un-woke reaches of the country find that quality to be not just unlikeable but unbearable.

        https://www.city-journal.org/bloomberg-democratic-debate

        • thomasbrady said,

          February 22, 2020 at 11:56 am

          Who publishes the City Journal? This guy does a great job of getting Bloomberg off the hook, I’ll say that. He’s “vulnerable and human,” but he gives money to “good” causes. Well, no, he isn’t, and he doesn’t. Bloomy is a globalist monstrosity, wealthy due to China. Did anyone notice in the debate, one of the few “facts” Bloomy offered was a lie—that India was a worse polluter than China? Bloomy, unlike Trump, came across as dead on the debate stage, because he is dead. He’ll drop out. And keep funding his zombie causes.

  3. noochinator said,

    February 22, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Lizzie Warren took an ax,
    Gave her rivals forty whacks—
    Next day when she made three mil,
    Thought, “I’ve found my big blue pill:

    Slash my rivals in the rump,
    Just like big bad Donald Trump—
    Sure, I’ll come off like a creep,
    But I might get picked as Veep!”

  4. noochinator said,

    February 23, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Lizzie said Mike’s NDAs
    Should bring about his ban—
    Mikey should have said to her,
    “Dear Lizzie, I’m a man—

    “I’ve got ambition, power,
    And an inf’nite pile of pelf—
    The women, they go crazy!
    Were you honest with yourself

    “(Which you’re not) then you would realize,
    That were you in my spot,
    You’d too have lotsa NDAs
    With ladies you had bought.”

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 23, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      The Trump haters want Biden to win, so it will show the people believe Biden on Ukraine. So they can run on impeachment and if Obama’s VP wins, it will effectively cancel 2016 for all the butt-hurt mainstream, Democrat neo-liberals, who read the New York Times and the New Yorker and are smug and woke and status quo, and includes many who are very wealthy, who now feel so humiliated and out of sorts. Biden will do that for them. Biden will heal their wounds. Bernie won’t.

      • thomasbrady said,

        February 23, 2020 at 8:46 pm

        The American Left hates Putin because they loved the Soviet Union, and Putin is just a sober and very adept Russian patriot. So the crazy globalist Left equates one sober patriot with another—Putin and Trump. The MSM says nationalism is always bad; there can never be a good nationalist. You can’t possibly have Putin who wants peace and also the best for Russia, and Trump who wants peace and also what’s best for America. No, we have to have the loony, foaming at the mouth, paranoia of the Trump haters 24/7.

      • noochinator said,

        February 24, 2020 at 1:34 am

        Red America thinks Joe was bad
        To stroke little girls while their moms & dads
        Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
        Silent, upon a peak
        of Ambition.

        • February 24, 2020 at 2:37 am

          SEIG HIEL!

          • February 24, 2020 at 2:43 am

            We love you, Komrad! Thank you!

            • thomasbrady said,

              February 24, 2020 at 11:23 am

              Watch out for those evil Russians, Gary. Look out, I think there’s a Russian bot under your bed! Or maybe it’s a Washington Post or CNN “journalist…”

          • thomasbrady said,

            February 24, 2020 at 11:19 am

            Gary, you’re a nitwit. Who is going to “save” us from peace and prosperity and low unemplyment? Who? Bernie? Bloomberg? Biden? Hillary? If you equate patriotic Americans with Nazis, I think that says a lot more about your warped perspective than anything else. Stick to poetry, lad.

          • Desdi said,

            February 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm

            Acht, mein freund, what a silly response to Tom’s words of wisdom.

  5. noochinator said,

    February 24, 2020 at 12:57 am

    This passage from Edmund Wilson’s Memoirs of Hecate County (specifically the story “Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn at Home”) so reminds me of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    “I spoke of this and when I looked back at her face, I saw that she was smiling and gazing up with her lips parted in such a way as to show great long bare-gummed teeth that stuck out and yet curved back like tushes and that seemed almost too large to be contained in her mouth. She looked like a dog panting when you take it out for a drive, and for a moment I was sharply repelled; but then, saying, ‘Yes, I see what you mean,’ she closed her lips, and the teeth disappeared. I saw only her wide wet mouth, and I pounded kisses against it with summoned determined passion, tasting her perfume and her flesh. It was precisely those long teeth, I thought, that gave her large mouth its peculiar attractiveness: it might have been unpleasant, but wasn’t.”

  6. noochinator said,

    February 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Bloomberg performing “In N.Y. Sea”,
    Wear’ng a fish tail! Break a leg, Mik-EY!

    And a turn as Poppins (Mary),
    Though not in drag— that woulda been too scary:

  7. noochinator said,

    February 29, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Gun Crazy (or, Mass Generalizations)

    Here in Massachusetts,
    We’re anti-gun,
    So Bloomie has a chance of
    Getting it won—

    Other states, though,
    Are rather alarmed
    By Mikey’s gun grabbing—
    For “never be harmed”

    Is their motto—but here,
    Our motto is wot?
    Maybe “never be wrong”
    (Which explaineth a lot).


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