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 ! *

Saturday, September 29, 2018

"A Taste of Honey" ~ Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990)
Sarah Vaughan + A Taste of Honey

Winds may blow o'er the icy sea
I'll take with me the warmth of thee
A taste of honey
A taste much sweeter than wine.

I will return
I'll return
I'll come back for the honey and you.

I'll leave behind my heart to wear
And may it e'er remind you of
A taste of honey
A taste much sweeter than wine.

I will return
I'll return
I'll come back for the honey and you.

He ne'er came back to his love so fair
And so she died dreaming of his kiss
His kiss was honey
A taste more bitter than wine.

I will return
Yea, yea, yea , ... yea
I will return
I'll come back for the honey and you
I'll come back for the honey and you
I'll come back for the honey ...
  honey ... and YOU.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sa Reina, a very naughty tree! ~ by Hénock Gugsa

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Sa Reina, a very naughty tree!
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

Naughty in the sense of tricky, sly, almost deviant ....! 

There are so many suggestions from top to bottom. Begin with the whole picture first ... then, just zoom out and take it all in. I see a Medusa-like creature with stringy old hair and a melting-wax face. She looks immortal ... look at her ... despite all the dents, bumps and even shotgun bullet holes on her, she sits there defiantly like a queen. She has intertwined creatures on her body that look like they are in some sort of bacchanal orgy. There are no signs of actual living creatures (birds or animals) on or around her.

I bet she's a baobab tree, she is worshiped in some parts of Africa.  You can start thinking about TAOT (ጣዖት)  and  ADBAR (አድባር) and that should complete the picture for you!

Okay, that's enough discussion about a gnarly old tree!

Kerry Washington


Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Stripping Away of Citizenship ~ by TPO

The Stripping Away of Citizenship
~ by TPO ~
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    The following commentary is in response to Jennifer Wright's article in  
     Harper's Bazar titled :  "Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is   
     a Precursor to Genocide"

And when they're done with Latinos, they'll come after Asians, and Africans.  Then, the persecutions will be religion-based ... all non-Christians better watch out ! 
The takeaway from the current directions of evil-design is that the outcome will all depend on the level of indifference by the unaffected as well as the lack of preparedness by the victims. 
By the by, I have heard that some members of a very large immigrant community here are actively going out and purchasing arms for personal protection.  They definitely are not planning to be herded like sheep into some fascist-built slaughterhouses.
CONCLUSION:  Taking away anyone's rights of citizenship, rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"', can only lead to a bloody revolution.  It won't be pretty!
Armed Jewish Resistance - WWII Eastern Europe

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Swaying of Hips ~ by TPO

The Swaying of Hips 
~ by TPO ~
(Tyra Banks emceeing "America's Got Talent")

Gregory Peck to Anne Baxter in "Yellow Sky"  *Stay away from my men [his bank robbing followers], and stop swaying those damn hips all over the place!
* "Yellow Sky" -- 20th Century Fox, 1948

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Carson / Davis / Pryor ... 1983 ! ~ by Hénock Gugsa

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - 1983
~ Guests ===> Richard Pryor and Bette Davis ~
** Outstanding ... just Outstanding !!! **
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Du hast mich tausend mal belogen!" ~ Andrea Berg

"Du hast mich tausend mal belogen!" 
[ You have lied to me 1000 times!]
~ by Andrea Berg ~

Dear Readers (viewers) :

I have [yesterday, 9/8/18] published this video on YouTube and I have provided the English translation of the lyrics there.  I've had this video in my files for at least six years, and I finally decided to subtitle and submit it for viewing on YouTube.  Hope everybody enjoys this joyously infectious song, and maybe even pick up some German words along the way!

Thank you.

Hénock Gugsa 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pierre Rabhi, farmer philosopher ~ by TPO

Pierre Rabhi, paysan philosophe *
Pierre Rabhi, farmer philosopher
Le paysan, écrivain, philosophe et poète Pierre Rabhi, 80 ans, a largement atteint l’âge d’une retraite bien méritée.   Il n’arrête pourtant pas et reçoit 600 demandes de participation à des conférences chaque année ! Ce jour-là, il se rend dans un lieu de formation qu’il a ouvert avec des amis en Ardèche. On y apprend notamment à faire pousser de bons légumes en respectant la terre nourricière.
80 year-old farmer, writer, philosopher and poet Pierre Rabhi  has on the whole reached the age for a well-earned retreat.  However, he has not gone entirely idle and receives 600 invitations a year to participate in conferences!  On this [particular] day, we meet him at the location he and his friends had opened in Ardeche.  There we properly learn how to plant vegetables while at the same time respectfully nourishing the soil.
"Ce n’est pas seulement un lieu d’apprentissage, c’est aussi une philosophie, explique le paysan le plus célèbre de France et pionnier de l'agriculture bio au magazine "13h15 le dimanche."  Nous pensons maintenant qu'il faut que les citoyens se réapproprient leur capacité de survie.  On a des gens hors sol, concentrés dans des villes, avec des camions qui leur apportent à manger", précise l’auteur de Vers la sobriété heureuse (Actes Sud) et de La Puissance de la modération (Hozhoni).  "On est en train de leur faire un monde invivable."
To the magazine, 13h15 le dimanche, the most celebrated farmer of France and bio-agriculturist pioneer explains, "This is not simply a place of apprenticeship, it is also a philosophy."   " We now think that citizens must recapture their capacity to survive.  We have folk with no connection to the soil, living massed in cities, with trucks that bring them food to eat,"  states the author of "Vers la sobriété heureuse (Actes Sud) et de La Puissance de la modération (Hozhoni)."  He says, "We are in the process of making the world uninhabitable for them."
"Pour moi, cultiver son jardin, c’est un acte politique.  C’est un acte de résistance légitime à des systèmes qui confisquent toute possibilité au citoyen de survivre par lui-même, pour le rendre entièrement dépendant.  Et la
disparition de la biodiversité est devenue une problématique extrêmement grave.  Ah, je me demande parfois
pourquoi je m’emmerde avec tout ça.  Et pourquoi je ne passe pas une retraite tranquille..." s’interroge-t-il en souriant.
"For me, cultivating my own garden is a political act.  It is an act of legitimate resistance against [those] systems which deny all possibility to the citizen to survive by himself, and to render him totally dependent.  And the disappearance of biodiversity has become a hugely serious problem.  I sometimes ask myself why I give a shit about all of that.  And why I don't just move on to a quiet retreat ..." he says laughing.
Alors, pourquoi n’arrête-t-il pas un peu ? "Eh bien parce que je ne peux pas. Si je ne le fais pas, je ne dormirais pas bien. C’est comme s’il y avait le feu et qu’on dise n’en avoir rien à foutre.  Il y a le feu et il faut l'éteindre.  C’est un devoir.  Vous avez des enfants ?  On est en train de leur faire un monde invivable.  Tous ces salopards de gens qui n’ont d’autre préoccupation que de faire du profit … Ils se foutent littéralement de l’avenir de l’humanité.  Non, on ne peut pas ... Là, on est obligé de prendre le maquis.  On ne peut pas faire autrement !" affirme Pierre Rabhi dans son éternelle chemise à carreaux.
So then, why doesn't he take a break?  "Well, because I can't.  If I don't do it, I will never be able to get a good night's sleep.  It's as if there were a fire, and we said we don't give a damn.  There is a fire and it must be put out.  It is a duty.  Do you have children?  We are in the process of making the world uninhabitable for them.  All these bastards who are preoccupied with nothing but reaping profit ... they are literally damning to hell the future of humanity.  No, it can't be .... On that, we must go underground [form a resistance movement].  We cannot do otherwise!" asserts Pierre Radhi wearing his checkered shopworn shirt.
* Source: "13h15 le dimanche". Pierre Rabhi : objectif Terre ~ francetvinfo.fr

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Eternal Internal Beauty ~ by TPO

Eternal Internal Beauty 
 ~ by TPO ~
Eternal Internal Beauty !!!
~~ የዘላለም  የውስጥ  ውበት !!! ~~

Oh I am love, loving this poem.

Beneath The Sweater And The Skin
How many years of beauty do I have left?
she asks me.

How many more do you want?
Here. Here is 34. Here is 50.

When you are 80 years old
and your beauty rises in ways
your cells cannot even imagine now
and your wild bones grow luminous and
ripe, having carried the weight
of a passionate life.

When your hair is aflame
with winter
and you have decades of
learning and leaving and loving
sewn into
the corners of your eyes
and your children come home
to find their own history
in your face.

When you know what it feels like to fail
and have gained the
to rise and rise and rise again.

When you can make your tea
on a quiet and ridiculously lonely afternoon
and still have a song in your heart
Queen owl wings beating
beneath the cotton of your sweater.

Because your beauty began there
beneath the sweater and the skin,

This is when I will take you
into my arms and coo
you've come so far.

I see you.
Your beauty is breathtaking.
** by  Jeannette Encinias **