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The Smoker’s Prayer

This poem I wrote felt strangely appropriate for Ash Wednesday, so I thought I’d post it.

Lord
As this flame ignites
tobacco and paper
so ignite me
with your consuming fire

Breathing in
this mix of good
and bad air
this quickening death

Breathing out
as I let go
both the things I cannot cope with
and the things I can
a temporary relief

And as I stub this cigarette out
I remember that I too
will one day burn no more

For dust I am
and to dust I will return

Amen.

POSTED 21.02.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (5)

Acre Lane

Walking down the street

One day
I separated
I was crying
divided in two
a casual observer
watching myself cry
beside myself

What’s the matter?
I casually asked
Not knowing how long
This division would last

(No Reply)

Mildly anxious
disinterested
wanting to join in
enviously detached

(Keening)

Building annoyance
Look
what is this about?
No patience

(Accept me)

I give up
this puzzle
wasting of time
a nonsense

(Breathing space).

And I think I am whole again.

POSTED 18.02.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Acre Lane

Whilst we are on the Subject……..



Thought i’d recommend the most fascinating site I think i’ve ever come across on the internet.

Show and Tell Music is a gallery of the most Obscure, (and that’s a Capital O), recordings and Artwork unearthed from American Dimestores by someone with a real obsession for the aforementioned…

Higlights for me are Little Ralph, the 9yr old precher who must be heard to be believed; Baby LuLu – I don’t know where to begin here; and the Christian Astronauts in outer space.

The site covers all sorts of Subjects, but the Christian Galleries have a major interest to me. Kind of everything that Flannery O’Connor would have warned us about and celebrated too.

Although the initial response is ‘How Bizarre – this cannot be serious!’, I found this site also suggests something very powerful about the naivité, fragility, and conviction of the artists involved. Maybe they truly ‘come to me as little children’.

Laugh, (and then ponder…)

POSTED 12.10.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

Mini-Mooter


Finally!

Emergent baby – Ivy Alma Radcliffe was born at 11.15am this morning of the 17th of September by ceasarean, weighing 9 lb 9 oz, and she’s, of course, absolutely beautiful. She looks like Carey.

Carey is still at the hospital, mother and baby doing well.

We’d love you to come and visit us at the hospital, as she’s going to be at the hospital for a while, but just call Mike to check that it’s ok first.

Cigars and whisky to follow….

POSTED 17.09.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments (10)

We're not at Greenbelt


Well, now.

Carey and I are unfortunately not at Greenbelt this year (BOOOO!) because Carey is due to give birth (HOORAY!) very soon (2nd Sept.)

However I suspect that there are many other people out there who are not going to Greenbelt through ignorance, through weakness, or through their own deliberate fault.

I’m wondering if we could all console ourselves by sharing what we’re doing instead in the comments box below, instead of moping about. I suspect they’ll all be full of it when they get back, which will just rub salt into the wound. So let’s make the best of it.

Carey and I are going to be …err… moping about as there isn’t much we can do when she’s eight-and-three-quarters months pregnant, and I’m going to be desperately trying to distract her so that she doesn’t remember Greenbelt. Don’t mention the “G” word.

Her Mum’s coming over for a couple of days, as she’s just back from a month’s worth of pouring concrete in Tanzania (true!). So that will help. Does anyone know any card games?

POSTED 26.08.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on We're not at Greenbelt

We’re not at Greenbelt


Well, now.

Carey and I are unfortunately not at Greenbelt this year (BOOOO!) because Carey is due to give birth (HOORAY!) very soon (2nd Sept.)

However I suspect that there are many other people out there who are not going to Greenbelt through ignorance, through weakness, or through their own deliberate fault.

I’m wondering if we could all console ourselves by sharing what we’re doing instead in the comments box below, instead of moping about. I suspect they’ll all be full of it when they get back, which will just rub salt into the wound. So let’s make the best of it.

Carey and I are going to be …err… moping about as there isn’t much we can do when she’s eight-and-three-quarters months pregnant, and I’m going to be desperately trying to distract her so that she doesn’t remember Greenbelt. Don’t mention the “G” word.

Her Mum’s coming over for a couple of days, as she’s just back from a month’s worth of pouring concrete in Tanzania (true!). So that will help. Does anyone know any card games?

POSTED 26.08.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on We’re not at Greenbelt

Mike goes clerical & Car boot sale


Who says Moot doesn’t try traditional things. I have to Mike looks much better in the kit than I do – although he does create a slight scandanavian feel to the whole thing.

The other pictures are evidence of people from St Matthew’s travelling to Battersea for a car boot sale. I am still repenting from applying coercive sales pressure on people to by tack and **ap. It is amazing what people buy really…..

POSTED 25.06.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Mike goes clerical & Car boot sale

Mike goes clerical & Car boot sale


Who says Moot doesn’t try traditional things. I have to Mike looks much better in the kit than I do – although he does create a slight scandanavian feel to the whole thing.

The other pictures are evidence of people from St Matthew’s travelling to Battersea for a car boot sale. I am still repenting from applying coercive sales pressure on people to by tack and **ap. It is amazing what people buy really…..

POSTED 25.06.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Mike goes clerical & Car boot sale

SHOW

…and a good time was had by all – including me!

I’ve never really been a great fan of open studios, but tonight’s was really enjoyable. They came, they drank my wine, and they bought stuff.

The reaction to my two “Trinity” pieces was very favourable. Discussions had about Jung’s version of the trinity, exclusion and Palestine. And they say art is dumbing down.

The trickster in me really enjoyed people stuggling to interpret my piece “Monkey shoes point forward” It’s a bit of a departure for me, but sometimes you need to do something a bit different to shake things up a bit – for you AND the viewer. And I’m still not going to tell you what it’s “about”….

POSTED 09.06.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on SHOW

Why do I always do it to myself?

…with exactly a week until the show, I’m STILL putting finishing touches to various works of art. One day, I will have everything together in plenty of time to relax and enjoy the night. Ah well…

The open studio is on Thursday 9th June, 6.05 – 9pm
St. Matthew’s, Westminster
20 Great Peter Street
LONDON
UK

Bring friends with deep pockets… (and long arms).

POSTED 02.06.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Why do I always do it to myself?