Days and Days

Salvador Dali-The Eye of Surrealist Time 1971
Salvador Dali-The Eye of Surrealist Time 1971

There are days and there are days,
Days like this, days like that,
The long ago and barely remembered
Days of wine and roses:
Slow kisses beneath a soft spring sky
Your look spells out a symphony
A communiqué from a soul
That holds out the possibility
Of untying this knot of inarticulate
Longing and overwhelming desire
That strangles all my attempts
At communication, at establishing
A rapport or just being
On the same page for once.

There are days and there are days,
Days like that, days like this,
The burning urgent and hotly evocative
Days of anger and wrath:
When in my primal rage
I scream out at the roiling sun
Why did you have to do me like that?
I gave you everything I had to give,
But you didn’t need anything from me
And haughtily rejected my heart
Laughing as you turned away in disdain,
So I tend and fuel this boiling hate,
Waiting for an other to inflict
The same wounds upon and so taste my pain.

There are days and there are days,
Days like this, days like that,
The oh-so awaited and rapturously received
Days of retribution and judgement:
The end is nigh, thank God for that
Who in their right mind would want to miss
The cinematic descent into chaos,
The unleashing of pandemonium,
Slights are revenged with vig on the vig,
Enemies crushed and ground to dust,
Free from stricture, desire is unbound,
The orgy to end all orgies, everything goes,
Make haste on this day of days
For the righteous are crowned only in heaven.

32 thoughts on “Days and Days

      1. Yes I can agree with that. Definitely less predictable than two lovers being swept away by the apocalypse. Just not as swoony. But that’s your prerogative Mr. Cake!

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    1. Thank you Kestrel. I do follow the news on Brexit, though really Danny Dyer ‘it’s a riddle’ best sums it up, so maybe subconsciously it worked it’s way in, however apocalyptic themes frequently make an appearance with me for some reason. Not that I think that Brexit apocalypse, but it does add to the general sense that something is going to give sooner or later. But then again I am huge reader of the end of the world scenarios of Ballard, Burroughs and Kavan, plus I know Revelations pretty well.

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      1. True. I don’t know which country you are in so whether Brexit looms large or not. I was think of this both as a broken love affair and as a catastrophe. But it’s neither of course.

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      2. Although it wasn’t my intention your rewarding has an allegorical elegance. I am from the UK, although I am a bit of a wanderer and haven’t lived there for a while. I am watching events to see if it has an effect upon me, but who knows what’s going to happen. The rise of popularism is very concerning, but not entirely unpredictable considering the botched neo-liberal response to the 2008 crisis.

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      3. My thoughts too.
        I am torn. As a middle class liberal I am a firm remainer, but I keep remembering why people voted leave, and botched neo-liberal something has a lot to do with it. There will be an artistic response to this sometime. There’s an opera here for sure.
        I love your stories and poems, and the illustrations too, some of which come from another artist whose work I admire.

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      4. I would be of that camp as well (not sure about my class really, never have been) but it annoyed the shit out of me when supposedly free market governments gave out corporate socialism to companies because they were too big to fail, and the whole tweedledum and tweedledee of the two party system in both the UK and the US (I lived there for a time). I think that we are seeing a radical change, like the end of the feudal system or the redrawn map after WW1, or even the collapse of the Roman Empire…as to where this will lead God only knows. I love a lot of art but obviously Surrealism and Symbolism are my favourites. Which artist do you admire?

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      5. As to class, my perceptions don’t map onto formal socio economic groups or money but relate to autonomy, power and dignity. Basically if some petty manager can dock your pay when you need a crap, you’re working class. If you love your work and feel fulfilled by it, chances are you’re middle class. I was taught Marx was still trying to define class when he died.
        I think you’re right. This has an end of times feel to it. However, it’s not Brexit or Trump who are the cause. At the heart is climate change and destruction of the biosphere. Inequality and capitalism are the engine. You are spot on I think about the handouts to companies. Capitalism is itself just a tool, a means to pool risk to facilitate human enterprise. However, the so called free market is an ideology which socialises the risk but privatises the profit.
        You ask about artists and so catch me out. I have no art history training and know only what I chance upon. So what came to mind was Sarah Lucas and others, shown at the Royal Academy as a feminist response to Rubens and his contemporaries. Those old timers did just love a classical rape scene. I came out of that show into another curated by Jenny Saville, with Lucas’ “Two Fried Eggs and a Kebab” and laughed out loud in relief. I still love Tracy Emin’s “Bed”. The concept reminds me of lived found, usually transient, installations, like coming downstairs and seeing the kitchen chairs still positioned as they were as my teenage children reacted (positively) to being told we were expecting a new baby. Ai Wei Wei also springs to mind. I saw huge pieces a year or so ago, commemorating the disappeared in China. Jacob Epstein keeps popping up. There is an angel in our local museum by him, and I found Ecce Homo in Coventry Cathedral recently. But I also really love the day to day sketches, works in progress and expressions of cognition, here, on peoples blogs.

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      6. I have a lot of time for Marx, though I think his ‘cure’ for capitalism is wrong, though his analysis is spot on. But the problem since Thatcher has been that the neo-liberals found a way to hollow out the working class as a revolutionary force with the growth of the aspirational classes…those who had aspirations became middle class (or thought there were, which amounts to politically the same thing) while others dropped into the under class, i.e. The lumpen proletariat, who ,as Marx diagnosed, are instinctively reactionary. So then you have a situation where the aspirational middle class are conservative, the underclass reactionary, the more established middle class socially liberal but upholding the economic status quo (neo-liberalism) so appearing elitist and out of touch and the upper class as always making sure they come out ahead and hey presto the mess we are currently in. As for what we have done to the world, well it ain’t good but nature is waiting to get her revenge.
        Unfortunately I know very little about art after Warhol…my area is really modernism with a concentration on Surrealism, though I have no formal art history education, it is just what appeals to me. I don’t we properly digested modernism before we rushed onto post-modernism and then whatever stage we are currently at. Thanks for the lovely and lengthily reply.

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      7. My pleasure.
        I enjoy discussion at this level on art and politics. But I think I misunderstood your question about which artist I admire (you meant in your blog) so gave you an essay about art in general when one name would have done. I twigged after posting my lengthy reply.

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