Pythonism

writing about my life

Concerning family arguments over climbing trips

leave a comment »

Dear Mary,

Here is a piece I wrote as a guideline for our coming trip to Kanchenjunga, after our disagreement.

Notes on why camping and travel equipment must be durable
Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Written by Luke Dunn

April 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Prose

Short Study of Social Anxiety #00862

leave a comment »

I walk out of the front door of my block and point myself in the direction of the shop. As I emerge I sense that the “bad family” neighbours might be there. Sure enough my senses pick up their trace even though I have only seen the vague shapes of people out of the corner of my eye. I am dressed more smartly and my hair is brushed. I feel that this time the encounter may go better. I focus on “minding my own business” which primarily involves not looking at them, and giving out completely neutral body language. I advance pace by pace, walking quite slowly because my usual rushed walk sometimes arouses attention. As I am nearly passing them I sense the exigencies of ths siutation more clearly and realise instinctively that it is appropriate (or even required) thing to flick my gaze up at them very briefly. as I do I realise that the female, who must be in her early twenties I should think, is actually not at all pretty, contrary to my previous impression of them.
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Luke Dunn

March 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Posted in Mental Health, Prose

The Tale of the Man and the Seagull

with 2 comments

One day a brave and happy little seagull made friends with a strange and wrathful man who had a window.

Every day the man would give the bird 3 pieces of food, and no more.

One day when they had begun to trust each other the strange man spoke to the seagull in bird language

“your name shall be Nkosi for you are brave and fly far. Do not trust that crow who comes, he will chase you and steal your bread”
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Luke Dunn

March 6, 2018 at 9:05 am

Posted in Prose

Nkosi ate some cheese

with 2 comments

There is a poetic sense that seems to depend on slightly blurring the hard edges present in the meaning of words, or even in the identity of people and beings.

I have experienced whispers of this sense and judged it to be a kind of magical thinking that is bad for reason and sanity. I now wonder whether I was wrong to do this and should in fact cultivate it.

“Nkosi”. This is my seagull’s name. I made it up to mimic the sound of certain words in African languages. It has to be spoken with a plosive K.
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Luke Dunn

February 26, 2018 at 8:56 am

Posted in Prose

Don’t Feed The Worry Monster

leave a comment »

jdjsj

The worry monster has slavering jaws with diamond sharp teeth.
It lives in a cage called “you”.
It is a unique creature because it has an “inverse appetite” – the more it eats the hungrier it gets.
Never start it off, never feed it even the tiniest morsel,
or its ravening quest for things to devour will never cease.

Written by Luke Dunn

February 14, 2018 at 11:09 am

Posted in Cartoons

Halluce (poem)

leave a comment »

presences come to me
who can they truly be?

voices speak in the shade
just once… then fade

through this I’m never alone
a mad dog gnawing an old bone
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Luke Dunn

November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

Posted in Poems

Arbeit (poem)

leave a comment »

Instead of moving up another level in game-reality
by getting better at wasting enemies as meant to be

something moved me to ahimsa – harmlessness

while in the west we still fight the devil of our projections
in the grip of an inherited piety

ahimsa makes a home for the sensitive soul
the one that each of us really can be

whether those once sensitive were thrashed out of it
in the bootcamp of capitalism

treated and incarcerated for the crime of natural awareness
and left without work, like I am
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Luke Dunn

November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

Posted in Poems