Author Archives: Jim Laing

About Jim Laing

The Buddha said there were four kinds of people. Those who run from dark to dark, those who run from light to dark, those who run from dark to light and those who run from light to light. From a life going from dark to dark to having a few years running from dark to light, with scuffed hands and knees from sometimes falling, I may be getting the hang of it now. How it began is not now how it is, I need a quiet space, After the noise of the day, So I take sanctuary in the creativity, And my soul feeds, On sometimes dark, Sometimes light fantasy, And I dare like many to work, But stay up off my knees, To dream, perchance to suffer, But always still to dream. Here are things mostly lyrical and poetic, with nonsense sometimes, reviews and personal musings. The coffees hot and always black. The words not necessarily so.

149. I wake up (A true story). (16 Oct 2016).

This was as literal as it sounds in the writing. Except that I hadn’t yet been to sleep last night. Make that this morning. I looked at the clock and it was 00:01. But what I like about this most, … Continue reading

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148. Sunday morning getting up.

148. Sunday morning getting up. (02 Oct 2016).   I don’t want to get up this morning, Because once I get up the day begins, And once it begins then the day must end, And once the day ends, It’ll … Continue reading

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128. Like a breath. (16/04/2016).

Breeze on the back of the neck like a breath, soothes as it comforts annoys as it saddens. A reminder of what’s needed. That what’s required isn’t always available, to be invited into some lives. That the surrogate, however flimsy … Continue reading

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Brandy Clark, “Big day in a small town.”

  Now, at last, I have the quiet chance to sit and give me the pleasure and the music the courtesy of having a proper listen to this. Brandy Clark seems to have delivered the goods again and I’m only … Continue reading

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2016. (01August 2016).

Not a piece that was shy about coming forward. From the first couple of lines to the final full stop was maybe 20 minutes. Here we are at the hour mark and it’s going out. But then again, good or … Continue reading

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49. Stuff and nonsense.

As it says on the “tin” stuff and nonsense. I’m not entirely sure where that opening line came from but I knew it only pointed in one direction. And it was never going to be a serious venture. So here’s … Continue reading

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130.It’s cheaper than the Co-op. (17/04/2016).

A short piece done a couple of months ago when I was in, as I remember it, a mischievous mood with just the first two lines to play with. As usual who knows where they came from. It wasn’t too … Continue reading

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134. Mickey’s not the only ghost. (12 June 2016).

Two Sundays ago the rain was doing just this. The perfect start to a day with no plans and no need to rouse myself. Not the first time I’d started something on this theme,but the first time something has been … Continue reading

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38.O Ralph. (July ’14)

A combination of things have reminded me of this this morning, so I thought I’d repost it. Just that, nothing more.   38.O Ralph. (July ’14)   If you like things dark and gloomy, Then my psyches plenty roomy, I’m … Continue reading

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131. The visits. (30/04/2016).

Surprising, sometimes, what will bubble to the surface during an hours session on a meditation retreat. Some of it’s not exactly what you would call appropriate either.   131. The visits. (30/04/2016). A surprise visit. “Hello there, it’s only me.” … Continue reading

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