nil by mouth* **

(don’t) turn a blind eye.

(don’t) walk on by.

As Lucy Mangan says in The Guardian:

“Any nature programme is now, in essence, just a list of things we’re killing; a record for posterity of what we once had and fished, boiled and starved to death via climate breakdown.”

‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ was recently on the box.

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We consume too much & we eat too many creatures (even 1 is 2 many)
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Many humans just dont give a fuck…

* I’m fucking numb: I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. The sea inside on one tide ferments and froths and blusters with the ferocious roaring forties then without warning the hewn cloth sail slips and sags, the tide turns and the sea inside saps and ledens, mirror imaging the gray blank sky above that arches away to nothingness and the Sea of Tranquility — like satellites in the sky I just want to be high (high on YOU my one&only) — and from way up there [[cloud nine and over the bloody sodding moon]] I come cascading down as do radio waves into [and through] the sea of sand that did give birth to you and does slip indefatigably through the narrowest point of the hour glass jar. I cannot close my ears to the castaway’s laments; my eyelids are closed tight but my mind’s eye pierces and fetishises all those cherished yesterdays. Moving swiftly on: I am hoping the BBC YouTube clip ^ is allowed to be viewed in your part of the world; my mate gave me a temporary VPN — call it HotSpot or V”B”N if u wanna — to see some of the show. See this post if you want: Climate change and moral responsibility (it’s a bit philosophical).


p.s.

Breathtaking
Something or someone that is/are of astonishing or awe-inspiring quality; so much so that it/they will take one’s breath away. — “Jameela’s beauty was breathtaking and her personality, utterly captivating.”


Don’t turn a blind eye
Turning a blind eye is an idiom describing the ignoring of undesirable information. It’s like ignoring something bad. So by saying ‘don’t turn a blind eye’ I’m saying: Pay attention! Focus on what the fuck’s happening to planet earth.


Don’t walk on by
‘Walk on by’ means to walk past someone, without stopping or saying hello. In a figurative sense, it means to ignore something or someone. So by saying ‘don’t walk on by’ I’m saying: Pay attention! Focus on what the fuck’s happening to planet earth.


Harrowing
Something that is acutely (‘very’ / extremely) distressing and/or upsetting. — “‘Nil By Mouth’ (1997) was a harrowing film about domestic violence.”


** Nil by mouth
Nothing by mouth is a medical instruction meaning to withhold food and fluids. It is also known as nil per os (npo or NPO), a Latin phrase that translates literally to English as “nothing through the mouth.” [[My dear 1, the things your mouth did with highlighter pens quite literally took my breath away.]]


Posterity
Meaning all future generations of people. — “MM’s poetry was supposed to be for posterity but inadvertently morphed (unread) into the belly of a papier-mâché piñata donkey that was beaten to bits by young innocent boys and girls and was swept up and trashed the following day by an unsmiling and petulant cleaner.”


VPN
Virtual Private Network. This is too technical for me to explain to you so I’ll quote with a little bit of poetic license: “VPN extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks by way of encryption.”

Author: Anna Bidoonism

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