Antithesis

We can bloom in our corner

No one to tell us what to do
No one to tell us what not to do
No one to tell us where to be
No one to tell us where not to be
No one to tell us how to look
No one to tell us how not to look
No on to tell us how to think
No on to tell us how not to think
No one to tell us anything
No one not to tell us anything

We can dream of what we want to do
We can dream of what we don’t want to do
We can dream of what we want to be
We can dream of what we don’t want to be
We can dream of how we want to look
We can dream of how we don’t want to look
We can dream of how we want to think
We can dream of how we don’t want to think
We can dream of anything
We can not dream of anything

We can ponder what we want to do
We can ponder what we don’t want to do
We can ponder what we want to be
We can ponder what we don’t want to be
We can ponder how we want to look
We can ponder how we don’t want to look
We can ponder how we want to think
We can ponder how we don’t want to think
We can ponder anything
We can not ponder anything

We are beautiful blooming in our corner

62 thoughts on “Antithesis

  1. I don’t know why exactly but this makes me think of a song by Tommy James & The Shondells: I Think We’re Alone Now. While I was reading this it just popped into my head. Your words radiate with hope.

  2. Seems to me those โ€œpowers that beโ€ are putting everything they have into telling us what to think anymore, and are succeeding with a good portion of the population. Too many have given up critical thinking to worship at the alters of talking heads. But like you say, inside our headsโ€”if we so chooseโ€”no one can tell us any way to be.

    • In the words of Eleanor, you nailed it, KT. A major part of the problem lies in “The facts!” Politicians have found BS (based on science) and IF (it’s a fact) to simply cut off conversations and debate of their draconian actions and nonsense policies. They are simply telling everyone to “shut up!” because “It’s based on science!”, which is total BS and because “it’s a fact!” Too many people are swallowing the hogwash wholesale, when “facts” are useless pieces of information that refer to a singularity within a proposal, proposition, hypothesis, or theory at a given point of time. “The facts” are outdated the minute the are fabricated for political purposes. But the media and politicians have found appealing to science and “the facts” to be so effective.

  3. I wholeheartedly agree! Iโ€™m sick to death of hearing โ€œfollow the science โ€œ and โ€œthe new normal.โ€ And anyone who states facts that donโ€™t suit our wantabe overlords are quickly discredited by any means, even if it involves downright lies. And sheeple follow meekly along to the destruction of our country.

  4. Timothy I love this. Firstly cos it could just be about the flowers but it’s not and you are so very right. the world has gone stark raving mad following the BS.

      • Oh aye. Even today English newspaper on about the amount of deaths again down south. And I just thought read in blank and white what are we are shovelling here in terms of misrepping the figures to suit themselves. . It said these deaths were within 28 days of a positive test. And there’s your lies and more. You get killed by a bus here but hey, if you tested positive within the previous 28 days, it is a covid death

      • Absolutely. Same here. Doesn’t matter what killed a person, they died of covid.

  5. You rake hard enough here in Scotland you get the proper figures for Covid deaths in Scotland. They are nothing like what is being shoved down our throats on a daily basis.

    • That’s what it was like here all of last year. The politicians will tell you “Do the math!” What math? There’s no math involved in simple calculations. It’s another way of cutting off debate and telling us to shut up and swallow their numbers. However, if you actually do “their math” and run the calculations, they rarely add up.

      • It’s like when they used to say “If it saves just one child it’s worth it!” about stupid policy decisions. Never mind all the people who die from the unintended consequences of the policy implemented in hopes of saving one child.

    • it is beyond disgraceful. The fact is the last time I looked the other week re the actual covid deaths in Scotland where Covid was the main first cause of death, there were 406. Average age 86 (when 82 and 84 are life expectancy here male and female. )All of them had a very very serious underlying condition in at second and third cause of death. A condition that was otherwise going to be first cause.

  6. I will be thinking of your poetry this coming week, Tim. Happy International Cat Day!! I think that cats are the coolest friends that we have – – they are the philosophers in our lives.

    • Hi Rebecca. International Cat Day? Around here, every day is Cat Day. I’m not very good at keeping up with all the commemorative days and weeks. I’m still getting over becoming aware that it’s National Underwear Awarness Week (NUAW), that follows National Underwear Day (NUD) last Thursday. NUD and NUAW follow National Girlfriend Day (NGD) that was August 1st. I think the three, NUAW, NUD, and NGD are somehow related. When I pulled a load of clothes out of the washer early this morning, I made it a point to be especially aware of how I hung up our underwear to dry. I don’t want to start off NUAW being unaware of my underwear. Hmmm. “Unaware Of My Underwear” might be a good title to a country song.

  7. Our lives are full of antithesis and choosing which way to go is up to us. No one else. Got to start using our brains. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Eleanor really nailed it!
    I love it and I love the photo too!

  8. โ€œTrying to get away into the night and then you put your arms around me and tumble to the ground, and then you sayaaaa. Wow how fun I wish I had a tambourine, the only instrument I could ever play. How fun, this just made my night.
    Tim I know what you are saying in your piece and I like it. There is a weird sense of not feeling like you have to do anything but be yourself. It is socially freeing to a certain extent. I have gotten to where I know all the birds in the yard and could watch them for hours. You have your animals and we have companionship. I think these times are hard for people alone. Anyway I loved what your piece said, the truth. I always have a smile when I visit your blog. Sending love to you both and all the beautiful creatures. Love โค๏ธ Joni

    • Thanks, Joni. I think a lot of people have struggled with dealing with the corners. Especially those people who are alone and isolated.

  9. I was going to comment that you are turning into poet and was going to ask where’s the “Cranky Tim Price” fellow. Nice to see he made an appearance in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

    National Girlfriend Day, I wish I knew about it. My Laurie told me I have two girlfriends, with a third hanging offstage, well really, she would be the fourth, but who’s counting. She’s really been good about it, but I think she would be mad if she knew who one may be. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    How much smoke do you have? Today is Day Three of a dense smoke advisory (why an advisory when you can see it) on top of an Ozone Smog Alert. I don’t worry about the ozone alert since it’s summer and ozone is generated on hot, sunny days. It’s all about science, if you know what I mean. And, why a dense smoke advisory? It’s like a Winter Weather Advisory. You have 2-4 inches of snow on the ground, with another 10-14 in the forecast.

    • Thanks, David. The crank is still cranking. We have enough smoke that it’s like a thin cloudcover muting the sunlight. We’ve been inside all day other than I went out this morning and got another sack of green chiles.

      With the politicians trying to own science and politicizing it, I fear science is going the way of religion in the public sphere. There is and always will be serious, professional science like there is still serious, professional theology, but few people see or hear about it, or have a clue, that there is serious, professional theology in the 21st Century. What most people see and hear about is the sensationalized religious cooks who, together with the media, fan the flames of warfare between religion and science, snf religion and the state. The politicians and the media are creating animosity about how people think of science, alienating scientists and science organizations that don’t tow the correct political lines and creating distrust of science. “It’s based on science” coming out of the mouth of a politician or reporter is BS. Many people go into politics and journalism because they failed math and science.

      • Haha, I do love flowers. A metaphor I am keeping in my mind. This poem resonates! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Actually, a great list of those things we can do if we just give ourselves but a minute to slow down, tune out the noise and just be mindful of ourselves.

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