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Blondin & Other Poems
by Brian F Taylor   

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Publisher: ISBN-10:  1847282741


Copyright:  2006 ISBN-13:  9781847282743


The chinese character, Tao, can be deciphered as a small boat with a single oar, a divining rod and an eye.

These poems are bubbles from its wake.

As with Blondin, so with us. 
Life is one breath/step after another,
with rushing waters and jagged rocks below. 
Nothing can be taken for granted. 

Blondin above Niagara,
the rope begins to sway.
The rocks below are grinning.
Every step is Judgement Day

Hermit in the forest,
the mind begins to play.
Mara's hosts are grinning.
Every thought is Judgement Day.



"Blondin shows a true understanding of suffering, impermanence, karmic action, and its consequences, not to mention the insubstantiality of all that is composite as the Poet kindly points out in this work of Art..."  -- Brion Sweeney, Dublin

"Brian, you are wise.  You can see the light at the end of the tunnel."
 -- C.P. Sharma, India

"So deep...  yet the message is revealing...  
The powerful words... so strong as it hits every reader... 
Truly...   a masterpiece...  only great poets could make... 
Thanks for sharing, dear poet..."  
    -- Min Sia, Philippines

"This really blew me away, Brian.  Great work."
                                                                   -- P. McFarlane, U.S.A. 



Where oaths are demanded
for a place in the sun
and the labour of many
serves the dictate of one;
where fast trades are made
and fixed deals are done;
Loyalty - le loi - is the law of the gun.

Where gifts are exchanged
and the pure mind leads,
the heart with it's wisdom
sows loyalty's seeds.


The great stone Hall is silent
that is now millennia old.
Through the western windows
shines a glorious sun.
It floods the walls and floors,
the tables, chairs and doors,
panelling, pictures, artefacts
and illumines every one
until the wraiths that gather
cry out in joy,
'Everything is gold!
Whatever is, is gold!'

A majestic cloud
emerges from the southern sea,
slides across the western sky
blotting out the sun.

Light through those western windows
pales to a thin grey day.
It dims the walls and floors,
the tables, chairs and doors,
panelling, pictures and artefacts
pales every one
until the wraiths in the shadows
cry out in dismay,
'Gone is gold, the gold is gone!
All joy has passed away.'


Of building houses there is no end
with bricks and feelings thoughts and mind,
using the universal glue
that clings and sticks and binds.

Lovers spin webs or castles,
conquerors ancestral halls,
angels their heavenly mansions,
demons their prison walls.

Actors tread the boards
and actors on the street
have studied how to speak their lines
and where to put their feet.

Each is his own creator
and jostles with the crowd,
entangled with his own conceits
by turns both arrogant and cowed.

Professional Reviews

This poem about Cinderella from Blondin & Other Poems by Brian Taylor was posted on an International poetry site and within weeks it had attracted thousands of hits from all over the world:

'The ugly sister, Alice,
glared at the mirror with reflected malice;
gave a grin
and blew a bubble;
stroked the stubble
on her chin
and simpered, in unbridled bliss,
"What a charmer I iss!"
Adding, with a grimace,
"Who's the prettier, glass face?..."

What makes 'Cinderella's Shoes' remarkable is that it is embedded in a jewel-like collection of visionary poems which illuminate that beauty fades; bodies get sick, old and die; wealth is transitory; princesses and princes lose their palaces and castles; happiness is short term because whatever caused it is not long lasting, not permanent... Shining through these unique poems is a wise understanding of things 'as they are'; that life is a disintegrating process, each breath taking us nearer to our last breath. Each day passing is one less day of life left. The poems invite the question, what's it all about?

The answer is revealed with startling poetic genius, in the contrast between the teeming multiplicity of life and the utter freedom and stillness of the Unconditioned State, which 'runs like a crack through the universe'. It is a state of peace and highest happiness which is to be realised and found - within oneself! The journey to this transcendental goal begins with a desire to change and not suffer. A wish to fit the 'glass slipper'...

'Cinderella slipped easily into the other shoe,
was whisked off in a gilded carriage
to a brave new world where her goodness drew
her, to liveried servants and a royal marriage!'

Cinderella's story reflects the fairy tale wisdom of 'Do bad, get bad. Do good, get good.' Many of the poems in Blondin masterfully illustrate this truth. The subject matter ranges from 'The broken bird's wing at your feet...' to the Far East with its temples, and two and a half thousand year old Buddhism. They inspiringly reveal a point in the present moment, here and now, of a stillness that remains after the 'glass slipper' breaks, disintegrates and returns to dust.

And what happened to Alice?

'...She stumbled her bloody way
to a fate far worse than death.
To a tiny cell with wallls of mirrors.
Unbreakable, bullet proof, everlasting glass!'

CINDERELLA'S SHOES from Blondin & Other Poems by Brian Taylor

Linden Brough
Ariya Books, U.K.
October, 2010

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Reader Reviews for "Blondin & Other Poems"

Reviewed by Linden Brough 11/15/2010
Sparkling with light, easy to read and yet profound! A rare, wise and entertaining poetic companion on the journey of life.

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