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 ! *

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Four Humors ~ by TPO



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The Four Humors

~ by TPO ~

The Four Humors :===>  Fire, Earth, Water, Air
Quartet of liquids: ===> yellow bile, black bile, white phlegm, and red    blood

The key to good health was thought to be an ideal balance among the four humors. Danger arose if one predominated, so periodic voiding was crucial. For the most part, the body took care of this naturally: black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm were expelled through excrement, sweat, tears, and nasal discharge.
Side Note:  
“I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

~ Sterling Hayden  quote [in Dr. Strangelove]


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Black Cat ~ by Rainer Maria Rilke



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Black Cat 

- by Rainer Maria Rilke - 


A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place
your sight can knock on, echoing; but here
within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze
will be absorbed and utterly disappear:

just as a raving madman, when nothing else
can ease him, charges into his dark night
howling, pounds on the padded wall, and feels
the rage being taken in and pacified.

She seems to hide all looks that have ever fallen
into her, so that, like an audience,
she can look them over, menacing and sullen,
and curl to sleep with them. But all at once

as if awakened, she turns her face to yours;
and with a shock, you see yourself, tiny,
inside the golden amber of her eyeballs
suspended, like a prehistoric fly.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

America in Mourning - by TPO


Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2020

America is in Mourning !


By Maya Angelou
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
promised walks
never taken.
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.
* Source: Homebound Publications


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Excerpted from a Facebook Post ~ by Hénock Gugsa


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Excerpted from a Facebook Post 

~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

A Facebook exchange is taking place between two women about a  neighborhood convenience store (C-Town) and the checkout clerk who might already be sick from COVID.  This is from a post by a FB friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

I found the conversation somehow hilarious.  But someone objected, thinking that I was laughing "because [I] found the women ignorant."

On the contrary, I don't think these women are ignorant at all.  In fact, what I see is pure, unadulterated and visceral responses and reactions to everyday life.  

Actually I find  the humor arising not from their " ignorance" but in other things that come into play such as politics.  

These women are actually slamming Trump for his racist "shit-hole countries" remark that he made some time back.  There is also an unspoken criticism of his administration's total failure in this pandemic to help out the most affected communities.  

I was laughing at the extreme irony of it all !  This is a serious, "hurting-funny" situation where we are all weeping at the madness and craziness of America now!


Friday, September 18, 2020

Apathy ~ by TPO



~ by TPO  ~

Apathy !
One definition ===> Absence or suppression of emotion, feeling, concern or passion
It's where we are or where we're headed !

Monday, September 14, 2020

A Socio-Political-and-Cultural Assessment of Our Times - by Hénock Gugsa

 A Socio-Political-and-Cultural Assessment of Our Times 
- by Hénock Gugsa -
Somebody posted this in response to a comment on the subject of sexual repression ! 
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