Of Cotton & Things Rotten


‘Poetry of America –
The Cosmic Athletes’
~ by Salvador Dali

Everybody knows
that the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls
with their fingers crossed.
Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
That’s how it goes.
Everybody knows.

And everybody knows
that it’s now or never.
Everybody knows
that it’s me or you.
And everybody knows
that you live forever,
ah, when you’ve done a line or two.
Everybody knows the deal is rotten.
Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton
for your ribbons and bows.
And everybody knows.
~ Leonard Cohen


‘The Angler’
~ by David B. Redpath Β© 2019


‘Heavy and Metal
Industrialised Refreshment’


The spiritual home of Whopper Culture.


Reigning Mustard …
in the Hall of the Fast Food King.


The Missionary … San Pepsi,
Patron Saint of the Junk Food State
and the Grand Wholly Processed High Carbohydrate.


The Converts …
Obesity & Malnutrition
dished up on one plate
in the developing world,
where the profits are great!

Photography :
David B. Redpath Β© 2017-19

51 thoughts on “Of Cotton & Things Rotten”

    1. My pleasure, being a blonde
      with a dose of concrete blues 😎
      Being a mad dog in the midday sun
      I also like Joe Cocker’s take on
      First We Take Manhattan

      Everybody knows that
      Lady Liberty has been faithful
      Give or take a century or two
      Everybody knows she’s been discrete
      So many people she had to defeat
      That’s how the Empire grows
      Everybody knows

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    1. I have a penchant to enhance the
      light with my new app, Dwight😎
      I do dream of a world where right
      makes might. Perchance, no need
      for fight or flight, it would seem, for
      long overdue justice is soon coming.
      As always, thanks for reading πŸ™

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  1. Beautiful art, David, as always! I like the social critique so explained with images and words. I immediately saw DalΓ­ in the first picture. And I love Leonard Cohen! You also make me think of Alfred Hitchcock many a time when I look into your artworks. There is your picture as Hitchcock appeared in his movies.

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    1. Thank you very much, Marta πŸ™
      Hitchcock’s movies had a profound
      impact on me during my lava phase 😎
      Of my top 10 movies, 5 are Hichcock’s.
      With his movie, ‘Spellbound’, Hitchcock
      got together with Salvador Dali to make
      an all time masterpiece.
      Despite the summer tourist congestion,
      I do envy you living in Barcelona, so
      close to Dali territory.
      T’he trobat a faltar, Marta.
      I’ve been too much on the road,
      and sadly, neglecting my friends
      on social media. Mea Culpa.

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      1. You are welcome, David, and no worries. WordPress is highly time consuming.
        You should come to Barcelona one day
        I’d have a chance to meet you in person.
        Wouldn’t that be great, my friend?
        Una abraçada ben forta per a tu.

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      2. I was there a few years ago, Marta,
        on the way to visit Dali up in Figueres.
        It was Summer, and I spent most
        of the time at the Pablo Picasso
        Museum, instead of swimming
        in the Mediterranean 🏊 πŸ’¦

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      3. I swam in the Mediterraean this morning.
        My town is just about 12 km (8 miles) from Barcelona’s famous PlaΓ§a d’Espanya.
        and I know of a wilder beach which is
        also around 8 miles from my town
        quite easy to reach riding my bicycle. 🚲 πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ

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      4. I’ll be there hopefully next year.
        With more time to spare. I’ll be sure
        to bring something to float on πŸ„β€β™‚οΈ
        Spent a week on the Costa Brava
        a few years back, and the Costa
        del Sol more recently. But, apart
        from Caledonia and Australia, my
        heart belongs for Catalonia β™₯️😎

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    1. Yes, apologies to Edvard Munch 😱
      I found the Gingerbread Scream on
      a T-shirt in Venice. It was munchie
      … I mean MUCH cheaper to take a
      picture than buy the T-shirt. Simply
      buying a coffee in Venice will leave
      you broke! I couldn’t even afford a
      cookie to go with my cafe latte 😎

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    1. Thank you very much, Peter πŸ™
      Yes, there must be a solution
      to man made pollution. As friend
      Graham just hinted at, perhaps if
      man was taken out of the equation?
      That does seem to be the current
      Hollywood hypothesis πŸ€”

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      1. Yes, umm… well there is always the tried and tested nuclear option but that would wipe out the human race entirely so the game masters are understandably (mock sympathy) somewhat reluctant to go down that path since they stand to lose the most.

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      2. Funny too that you talk of the dice being loaded (synchronicity perhaps) because I just ordered a copy of Einstein’s Dice and Shroedinger’s Cat… from my understanding, as a necessitarian, it would seem that man, the human race, is powerless to change course.

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      3. Apparently, Einstein’s quote saying
        that God doesn’t play dice with the
        universe was referring to the total
        randomness of Quantum Mechanics.
        But I think God must be a gambler,
        as he’s placed a bet on humanity.
        I think he’s a winner when it comes
        to you and me πŸ₯‡πŸ˜Ž
        I’m not too sure when it comes to
        the rest πŸ€”

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      4. Here’s a delightful quote from Einstein: “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns Himself with fates and actions of human beings.” Sounds about right to me. Although I wonder why, since time immemorial, men have sought the meaning of life behind appearances. Reminds me I must read Schopenhauer’s “World as Will and Idea” again…

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      5. Man is ever seeking perfection.
        We are shards of a broken mirror
        looking for a divine reflection.
        Endlessly searching Plato’s Realm
        of Form for some tangible celestial
        reality … perfection that’s beyond
        time and space.
        I believe in the Christ connection,
        Peter. He is there for the whole
        human race to interface with true
        perfection. And to even mend that
        broken reflection, so we can all shine
        a lot bit brighter πŸ”†
        Sadly, religion keeps getting in the
        way. Truth isn’t a thing to argue,
        or to fight over.

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      6. You really do have a way with words David. I’m not sure about the Christ connection although my long gone mother always swore by the morality (a word that has negative connotations unfortunately) sermon on the mount and he seems (assuming he existed) a man of peace and love… yes, religion, well, that’s something else! Was it Pilate that asked, What is truth? Well, no matter… if only men and women could be left to work things out without external agencies interfering and laying down laws…. agh… but it’s all a vast collection of quandaries and insolubles… I believe that, left to their own devices, and with a much more equal distribution of the goods of life, not just the materials ones either, in other words justice seen to be done, humans could sort things out… but maybe I’m just a dreamer, a hoper!

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      7. Peter, your mother had something
        in common with Mahatma Gandhi.
        The Sermon on the Mount was his
        favourite piece of scripture …

        “Blessed are the peacemakers,
        for they will be called children
        of God.” ~ Jesus

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      8. And Mahatma Gandhi I’m pretty certain was influenced by Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy. The latter-named thinker analysed the Christian teachings extensively after his mid-life crisis. I have all his books and they make for interesting reading. No, more than that, they rewrite the meaning of the Christian texts. Naturally the Church objected to his interpretations… it’s a long time since I read his works / words but he deals with the subject of non-violent resistance extensively. Thoreau, of course, is famous for his work on non-violent Civil Disobedience.

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      9. Just as Martin Luther King;

        “We must develop and maintain
        the capacity to forgive. He who is
        devoid of the power to forgive is
        devoid of the power to love. There
        is some good in the worst of us
        and some evil in the best of us.
        When we discover this, we are
        less prone to hate our enemies.
        ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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      10. Yes, I would call it ‘being understanding’
        rather than ‘forgiving’… perhaps ‘sympathetic’ or ‘loving’ ie ‘charitable’ understanding… which isn’t easy. For me such requirements as ‘moral responsibility / accountability’ get in the way. Are we responsible for our actions? Or are our pathways predestined? Great photo of MLK and others: https://onbeing.org/programs/arnold-eisen-the-opposite-of-good-is-indifference-sep2017/

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      11. Thanks Peter πŸ™
        And this Rabbi Abraham Heschel
        seems like an interesting character.
        At the 1963 March on Washington,
        where Dr Martin Luther King made
        his β€˜I Have A Dream’ speech, Bob
        Dylan performed ‘Only a Pawn in
        Their Game’, and ‘When the Ship
        Comes In’.

        “On August 28th, while thousand
        upon thousands upon thousands
        of people, after marching on
        Washington, looked up to the microphone they saw a young
        white man with his guitar ready
        to join the march, the fight, the war with a simple but poignant song.”

        Oh, the time will come up
        When the winds will stop
        And the breeze will cease
        to be breathin’
        Like the stillness in the wind
        Before the hurricane begins
        The hour that the ship comes in

        And the seas will split
        And the ship will hit
        And the sands on the shoreline
        will be shaking
        Then the tide will sound
        And the wind will pound
        And the morning will be breaking

        Oh, the fishes will laugh
        As they swim out of the path
        And the seagulls they’ll be smiling
        And the rocks on the sand
        Will proudly stand
        The hour that the ship comes in

        And the words that are used
        For to get the ship confused
        Will not be understood as they’re spoken
        For the chains of the sea
        Will have busted in the night
        And will be buried at the bottom
        of the ocean

        A song will lift
        As the mainsail shifts
        And the boat drifts on to
        the shoreline
        And the sun will respect
        Every face on the deck
        The hour that the ship comes in

        Then the sands will roll
        Out a carpet of gold
        For your weary toes to be a-touchin’
        And the ship’s wise men
        Will remind you once again
        That the whole wide world
        is watchin’

        Oh, the foes will rise
        With the sleep still in their eyes
        And they’ll jerk from their beds
        and think they’re dreamin’
        But they’ll pinch themselves
        and squeal
        And know that it’s for real
        The hour when the ship comes in

        Then they’ll raise their hands
        Sayin’ we’ll meet all your demands
        But we’ll shout from the bow
        your days are numbered
        And like Pharaoh’s tribe
        They’ll be drownded in the tide
        And like Goliath,
        they’ll be conquered
        ~ Bob Dylan

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      12. All I can say, from my short stay
        in this material world, is that God
        is real. And Jesus is the real deal.
        In the Spirit, I’ve met him in person.
        In my lounge room I once heard
        the angels singing (man, that was
        something!). And believe me, I do
        like to be logical, and all scientific,
        but … “There are more things in
        heaven and earth,Β Horatio, Than
        are dreamt of in yourΒ philosophy”.
        On Earth, his Kingdom is yet to
        come. We are in the midst of a
        bad deal going down. But for all
        who overcome;
        “But to all who believed him and
        accepted him, he gave the right
        to become children of God”.
        ~ John, the discipline

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      13. Well I agree with you that we are in the midst of a bad deal going down! Will it ever end though? And I envy you your faith – something denied to old sinners like me. The idea of us being children of God is an ancient one… pre-Christian… and is probably just as valid as the idea of a Big Bang. There have been other ‘sons of God’ Diogenes of Sinope immediately springs to mind. He too had a fierce sense of justice which, of course, the masses / the earthly powers misunderstood / misinterpreted.

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