Musings Nature Philosophy Poetry

You Are Close to Nature Wherever You Are

Regardless of where you may find yourself you are always close to nature. Even if you are in a big city or some industrial landscape, nature herself is inescapable because wherever you go you take nature with you. The great winds of the sky blow through your lungs into your body and they dwell inside you. The seas, rivers and streams are always circulating inside your arteries and veins. The rocks and mountains are in your bones and the soil that rests upon them in your flesh. The fires that light up the dark nights or even propel the cars around us are burning deep within our cells driving the life force within, just as the electricity in power cables can be found in our own nerves and brain.

In one of W. B. Yeats’ most popular poems, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, he concludes:

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

W. B. Yeats, whose poetry is full of the hermetic mysteries, knew of the Macrocosm and Microcosm and that the external world of nature was also reflected in the inner world of the “deep heart’s core”. So if we are to live in harmony with nature we must also live in harmony within ourselves as the natural forces inside us which we sense internally are also just as prone to moving out of harmony and out of balance as the Earth’s systems. By listening to the voice of our inner nature we may learn by extension to live harmoniously with the nature surrounding us even in the least “natural” of environments, such as a city with its built landscape, noise, bustle and pollution. It might be difficult however it would do us all good if we could stop and listen for the quiet sounds of nature within the “deep heart’s core” every now and then.

Blog Politics

Our Consitutional Circumstances

I have just been watching the court case in the Supreme Court which is currently ongoing about the decision of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to prorogue parliament. If this is not a time to write a blog post then I don’t know what is. But don’t worry I won’t go on too much because I, like everyone else, don’t know what the outcome will be. All I know is that it will be very important.

I have been following this not only because like many people I’m still not sure what the plan is for the impending date which we have set for Brexit but also because part of the saga unfolded just up the road from where I live. I was at the Court of Session in Edinburgh when the first hearing’s judgement was in favour of Boris Johnson. If that had been the end of the story I would not be writing this now. A week later, after an appeal, the more senior Inner Court of the Court of Session made a judgement against Boris Johnson saying that his advice to the Queen to prorogue parliament was a ploy to silence the parliament and was therefore “unlawful”. I wasn’t in the chamber that day much to my disappointment.

Now the appeal against that judgement has been taken to the highest possible court in the UK, the Supreme Court, in which 11 judges must now preside and make their decision and I was just watching the statement by the lawyer arguing the case against Boris Johnson and his government. Perhaps not the most riveting thing to watch but he certainly made a compelling argument. It was also interesting to see some of the faces in the audience and, to my mind, the glares they made towards judges who  even made a slight suggestion that they might agree with what he was putting forward.

As I await the judgement I can’t help thinking that whatever the outcome this has demonstrated how the cracks in the UK constitution have been growing wider and wider, and I wonder how it will be possible after this for those cracks to close up again. It is not the process itself which has caused the problem, every step along the way due process has been observed. It just shows that whatever the system, there is none that is perfect, there are none that have been able to prevent the machinations of people from causing some form of political upheaval, even in our modern society. You would think that such things were a thing of the past, but I guess that in all times and in all places people have had to live with the realities of governement, whatever form that takes, in their lives. I do hope though that someone steps forward to repair those cracks because until they do they will just get bigger and bigger. And let’s see what the judgement is.

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Disappointment and Hope

Today I got an email telling me that I had not had some of my work accepted for publication, this was after also hearing nothing back from a poetry competition I entered. I had been hoping that I might have had some success at either or both of these and it is disappointing to find out otherwise I must be honest. Last night I also wrote a rather long piece which I thought I might post on here about the Edinburgh Poetry scene but I haven’t typed it up yet and I’m still debating whether or not to do so. However I also am very aware that there are things happening around me which are very much bigger than just a couple of rejections. The court case in Edinburgh this morning in which three Court of Session judges ruled that the government, and Boris Johnson specifically, acted illegally in dispersing the parliament through the formal process of prorogation took me by surprise as I was at the hearing last week in which a judge found in Johnson’s favour. I wish I had known this was going on or I would have tried to get into hear that one as well. Sitting in the Scottish Poetry Library when I heard the news, I decided to get up and go down the road to Holyrood to see if there was anything going on there. I couldn’t see anything specific but I’m sure that the news must have been on a lot of peoples’ lips throughout the building. With historic events such as these going on in the vicinity I’m not sure that my disappointments are really of much consequence. And besides now I know that my poems are no longer being considered I can publish them on my website.

Blog Musings


In the time since my last (first) post I’ve been busy working away on this website, making some adjustments to the look of it. I’ve been experimenting with bits of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) code which I’ve never really done before so I’m learning something new. I even showed my daughter how it worked so she picked out the look of what you are reading now and I put a note into the code saying this was “Ella’s preference”. That’s now in the code of this website even if unseen as a nod to her and also to remind me not to change it.