today called for William Blake. and most evidently mr. roger mcgough too.


a strange day, after the EARTHQUAKE and all that.

people drove tentatively or crazily.

some mentioned it or not at all.

nervous laughter abounded.

it wasn’t the Big One.

which means that’s still around the corner – in a decade – or more.

or less.

in the meantime, poems (scroll down for those).


and some photographs we took because our (only) response to fear is to look more closely (within).


that was Rather Deep.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA well. darlings.

an earthquake will do that to you. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

even if it wasn’t a massive one.

before we digress (yup, a Distraction Ahoy!) here’s a Moment of William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence:

Every Night & every Morn
Some to Misery are Born
Every Morn and every Night
Some are Born to sweet delight
Some are Born to sweet delight
Some are Born to Endless Night
We are led to Believe a Lie
When we see not Thro the Eye
Which was Born in a Night to perish in a Night
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light……………

and the last few stanzas go to Mr. Roger McGough.

The Time I Like Best

The time I like best is 6am
when the snow is 6 inches deep
which I’m yet to discover
’cause I’m under the covers
fast, fast asleep.

Roger McGough


Goodbat Nightman

God bless all policemen
and fighters of crime,
May thieves go to jail
for a very long time.

They’ve had a hard day
helping clean up the town,
Now they hang from the mantelpiece
both upside down.

A glass of warm blood
and then straight up the stairs,
Batman and Robin
are saying their prayers.

* * *

They’ve locked all the doors
and they’ve put out the bat,
Put on their batjamas
(They like doing that)

They’ve filled their batwater-bottles
made their batbeds,
With two springy battresses
for sleepy batheads.

They’re closing red eyes
and they’re counting black sheep,
Batman and Robin
are falling asleep.

Roger McGough

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAspotted this on a notice board very near the post office boxes (yes, an earthquake does Not stop us sending out hand-written cards and dividing them neatly between different postal receptacles) in Topanga Canyon.

Canyons are always soothing after strangeness.

just so you know.

the mersey sound

found a copy of Roger McGough’s autobiography “Said and Done” yesterday and settled down to read it on the subway last night (coming back from the second party-on-a-penthouse-roof) and got completely caught up in the mersey sound again and wanted to share….(team gloria is a HUGE fan of BBC Radio 4 so if you click on the “today” picture of Roger, there’s a link to his “Poetry Please” web site where you can here the shows again)