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Renton's Musing : MealsReady - A lovely Malayalam short film

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About mannussakama (humaneness) and love ....

Directed by Nithuna Dinesh

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Renton's Musing : Power !

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Power

  

It matters not
subject to what
reins held
whose end
strong, weak,
blood, sweat
Power, power corrupts.

It matters a lot
where and when
then, now
far, wide
hearts and minds
shining bright
Love! Love is might.


by Renton de Alwis
Written on the morn of Sunday 20th January 2013

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Renton's Musing : A Sunday morning muse …

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"The Muses are all of one mind, their hearts are set upon song and their spirit is free from care. He is happy whom the Muses love. For though a man has sorrow and grief in his soul, yet when the servant of the Muses sings, at once he forgets his dark thoughts and remembers not his troubles. Such is the holy gift of the Muses to men."

 

Hesiod - the Greek epic poet who probably lived around 700 B.C.

 


 

The Greeks
poorer today
for they, muse
not with thought
or carefree song
but with stuff pecuniary
much greed stuffed

Zeus and his wife Mnemosyne
I thank thee
for giving me
your lovely daughters
to sing and dance with
nine in all, not one less, not one more
Pierus came to Thespiae with them
to sing, to dance, to make merry
fly spirited, fly free,
sing spirited, sing free
dance spirited, dance free

An Oracle laid
show off Pierus to be wise
even said, were his granddaughters
Muses, not of Zeus
gentle and sweet
fly petals of bloom
on clouds roam
dance ye on an olive bush
please, please not Gods, but men

Come! Calliope, tell tales of yore
in verse, in song with poetic grace

 

Clio come! sing of kings and queens
heaven’s treachery and pain, losses and gain

 

Erato, of love, endless love, dipped
in poetic zeal, passion oh! Passion

 

Euterpe, seek the rhymes of hearts
to give, to get, to feel and touch

 

Sad! Melpomene, bring tears with love
on tombs lay wreaths of rejoice

 

 Holy thee! Polyhymnia, sing songs
of praise of Gods, sing divine

 

Terpsichore, you float with ease
on dance floors, grace, such grace

 

Oh! Sweet Thalia, you make me laugh
 your sweet tales of jesters in Gods

 

Urania, gape at stars, Saturn and Mars
Moon’s soft feel, for Jupiter’s call

 

Dance ye all! Dance till fall of night
into the wee hours of the morn
Muse ye all! Muse to your heart’s content
fill me with joy, make me sing! make me dance! 

 

 

Written on the early morn of Sunday 6th December 2012, listening to drops of falling rain, recalling a journey made with ‘The Muses’  over forty five years ago, with my Guru, The late Reggie Siriwardene and the stark inspiration I drew then, from his poem 'Colonial Cameo'.

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Back to Basics by Renton de Alwis: The politics of protest

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Back to Basics by Renton de Alwis: Of commandments and precepts

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Back to Basics by Renton de Alwis: The importance of living within means

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Renton's Musing . සරන සිතුවිලි ... Beyond it all

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What I seek
must surely be
where all else is
dumped in the junk yards
of butterfly wings

Winds come please to take ashes like pieces
clouds of yore
make empty spaces
like gallery walls

Stay hung please streamed free flows framed
works of art blows
minds and hearts
beyond it all

Strange silence falls
deafening hearts and minds
a soft song sung
oozing feelings of
yesterday's cold

dripping dreams
on a wonderland
to search...to find
to please, to seek
but beyond it all ...

 

Written on Thursday January 24th 2013

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