Tuesday, 20 September 2011



Every year I clutch
at the last of those colours
before the inevitable fall
into the long white day,
and every year I fail,
for my porous memory
will let them all leach away.
It is then I remember
that green is the only colour
I need register in my mind's eye.
Through the long, dead days
I shall wait for green's return.
Green is the colour of faith.

John R. Nicoll

I am having trouble leaving comments on my own blog, would you believe. I'll get the hang of it some day. In the meantime I would just like to thank Pearl, Suz and all of you for your comments - particularly on the last posting.

To Sledpress: You are absolutely right. There are a lot of very dodgy men out there who just use people for their own amusement. I'm also not denying that other people have been treated in a far worse manner. I don't take drugs and I don't believe in counselling (some of the most screwed up people I have ever met are, or have been counsellors), unless its for something serious, so I am using these postings as my own self prescribed therapy. I am trying to make sense of it all myself. As you get a bit older these things affect you more acutely and I would just like to get it all in perspective and, hopefully, find someone who actually is who she says he is.

The Trouble With Adrienne should follow shortly and, as you will see, things get even more confusing. Thank you all very much. You've restored my faith in women. Hope you don't think that I am being patronising - cos I certainly don't mean to be.



  1. "some of the most screwed up people I have ever met are, or have been counsellors"

    Oh yes yes yes. I was once the Department Secretary serving, among others, several professors of psychology and their graduate assistants, and the ones with counselling practices or ambitions were the flakiest of the bunch -- the only sane one was the closeted gay guy.

    Blogspot is an awful mess. I migrated a Blogspot blog (not the Sledpress one, but one connected to my literary alter ego) to Wordpress a year or so ago and it was pretty seamless. Wordpress isn't perfect either, but it doesn't create half the problems with commenting.

  2. A lovely poem by John R. Nicholl. Thanks for posting it! I quite like the oranges, reds and pinks that pop up at this time of year, myself.

  3. Excellent. Now that I've gained your trust, would you be willing to lend me a small amount of cash, just until payday?


    Happy Friday!


  4. Ha! Pearl cracks me up.

    You don't sound patronizing at all. I find you genuine and sweet and brokenhearted. You will heal, my friend. She will be but a bad dream before you know it.

    Happy Friday indeed. :)