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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!

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The Old Cinema Empire ! ~ by Hénock Gugsa

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The Old Cinema Empire !
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

Cinema Empire (አምፒር) at the Piazza ! [Addis Ababa prior to the 1970's]
~ Monument statue of the Emperor in front, bottom right ! ...

    the little, triangle-shaped space (ትንሽዋ የታጠረችዋ ትራያንግል )
~ The main feature, obviously a western (a cowboy movie) ...
    I think it was "The Sheepman" with Glenn Ford !! 🤠
Observations by: Hénock Gugsa
===> The old photo depicted above was definitely from a period before 1963, European calendar.  As you can see, all automobiles used to be driven on the left-hand side !!! 😱

Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Awake ! - by Hénock Gugsa

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Awake !
~ by ~
Hénock Gugsa
           Awake ... yet again! 
  ummm ... ummm ... ummm .... aahh .... yawn (and a slight burping sound) ....
          Recognition of sensation of light and warmth is next.  But it takes a few seconds  before the sense of self-awareness takes over. Aha, so this is a living spirit inside a vessel known as a human body!
          Strange ... but why does this happen a lot lately ... this feeling of being an alien hopelessly stuck in a crude rent-a-body (i.e, a human body) ?!  The good thing today is that this "self" is not feeling any aches or pains.  [Correction: The big toe of the left foot is experiencing a little tremor ... or is it a mere twitch?!]
          But alas ... got to get out of bed and visit the bathroom ... the bladder needs to be relieved. The self is slowly transforming to the first person singular.  And so, I am now halfway awake, but I still want to crawl back into bed, curl myself up and simulate a return to whatever or wherever I came from.  So I am back in bed and I get into a quasi-zen meditative zone. 
          I attempt to analyze the self:  What am I?  Where am I?  Why and what am I doing here? Where is here?  Where was I before I was here?  Is here actually here and was it here before it was here?  If here was not here where was it?  If here is not here where is it?  Will here be here always or is here [here] only now? ....  Oh, yes ... now! When is now now?  If now is not now is it then then?  Will now be then tomorrow?  And will tomorrow be now?  So, is now always now?! 
          And so it goes ad-infinitum.  But my head has cleared up and I am now able to open my eyes wide and face the day. 
          Now seems permanent, and the spirit's eye senses that it (the self) will always be around somewhere, anywhere and everywhere! 
© Hénock Gugsa
" Open goddaamit ! "

Sunday, November 4, 2018

"Mi Declaración" ~ with Vinicius Cantuária and Bill Frisell

"Mi Declaración"  
~ with Vinicius Cantuária and Bill Frisell ~
Vinicius Cantuária and Bill Frisell are collaborating superbly and creating the most mellow bit of romantic and soulful music, and the guitar sound is just  soothingly beautiful !!!
 "Mi Declaración"
Estoy perdido, cahido
Tú lo sabe, yo non vivo
sin tu amor.
Tengo presa necessito
Yo tus besos , tus cariños
Tú lo sabe,
yo non vivo es mi amor.

Yo no sai ti vivir
tú pretendes si finita
Sin ti mi vida.
Ti scrivo una carta di amor
qui es para ti mi declaración.

Estoy perdido, cahido
Tú lo sabe, yo non vivo
sin tu amor.
Tengo presa necessito
Yo tus besos , tus cariños
Tú lo sabe,
yo non vivo sin tu amor.

Le ves ta,  espere mi
Tú pretendes si finita
Puedo sempre decís sin
mi vida.
Ti scribo una carta di amor
qui es para ti mi declaración.