T   P   O
The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

G r e e t i n g s !

** TPO **
A personal blog with diverse topicality and multiple interests!

On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!

Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

* Your comments and evaluations are appreciated ! *

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Negeru Endétt Neww?" - by Kuku Sebsibé

Kuku Sebsibé
"Negeru Endétt Neww?" *
ነ ገ ሩ   እንዴት   ነው?
- by Kuku Sebsibé -
  *Rough translation:  Where are we on this matter [of our love]?

*Une traduction sommaire: Comment va ce truc [de notre amour]?
A love song, Ethiopian!  ... Une chanson d'amour, éthiopienne!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hiraeth - by Hénock Gugsa

 - by Hénock Gugsa -
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~~~  "Hiraeth" is a Welsh word! ~~~

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Deplorable Kanye West - by Hénock Gugsa

The Deplorable Kanye West
 - by Hénock Gugsa -
Kanye West * said during a TMZ interview he believed slavery to be a “choice.”

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?” West said. “That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”

TMZ employee Van Lathan replied, “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything. … 

I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought.”
* Source: Marwa Eltagouri, The Washington Post, 05/02/2018

My reaction:  ===>

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Process of Getting Old - by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1930-2018)

Observations by Ursula K. Le Guin
“The whole process of getting old—it could have been better arranged. But you do learn some things just by doing them over and over and by getting old doing them. And one of them is, you really need less. And I’m not talking minimalism, which is a highly self-conscious mannerist style I can’t write and don’t want to. I’m perfectly ready to describe a lot and be flowery and emotive, but you can do that briefly and it works better. My model for this is late Beethoven. He moves so strangely and quite suddenly sometimes from place to place in his music, in the late quartets. He knows where he’s going and he just doesn’t want to waste all that time getting there. But if you listen, if you’re with it, he takes you with him. I think sometimes about old painters—they get so simple in their means. Just so plain and simple. Because they know they haven’t got time. One is aware of this as one gets older. You can’t waste time.”

—from a 2013 interview with the Paris Review

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


- from LAO TZU -  
Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.

The Master remains as calm at the end
as at the beginning.

He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.

What he desires is non-desire;
 what he learns is to unlearn.

He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.

He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.