Cassandra has moved. Ugo Bardi publishes now on a new site called "The Seneca Effect."

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The spirit of Christmas present

From "Attack on Earth"


  1. In the end, hopelessness is no more than a failure of imagination. Below, a short poem by Joseph Brodsky, who knew about such things:

    The following poem was written by Joseph Brodsky while in internal exile in Norenskaia, in the Archangelsk region of northern Russia. In the Soviet Union, New Year celebrations came to be seen as a substitute for Christmas. This translation was found among his papers:

    January 1, 1965

    The kings will lose your old address.
    No star will flare up to impress.
    The ear may yield, under duress,
    to blizzards' nagging roar.
    The shadows falling off your back,
    you'd snuff the candle, hit the sack,
    for calendars more nights can pack
    than there are candles for.

    What is this? Sadness? Yes, perhaps.
    A little tune that never stops.
    One knows by heart its downs and ups.
    May it be played on par
    with things to come, with one's eclipse,
    as gratefulness of eyes and lips
    for what occasionally keeps
    them trained on something far.

    And staring up where no cloud drifts
    because your sock's devoid of gifts
    you'll understand this thrift: it fits
    your age; it's not a slight.
    It is too late for some breakthrough,
    For miracles, for Santa's crew.
    And suddenly you'll realize that you
    yourself are a gift outright.

    - Joseph Brodsky
    translated from the Russian by the author

    Peace and goodwill to all...

  2. the penis shoots seeds to make new life; to poison the earth with a plague of men.

    the gun is good, the penis is evil.

    your god gave you the gift of the gun.

    go forth and kill.

  3. Ugo, you dont get it. We need more guns to solve mass shootings just as we need more debt to solve debt crisis... :-)

    And yes, we need more oil to solve climate change...




Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome, faculty member of the University of Florence, and the author of "Extracted" (Chelsea Green 2014), "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017), and Before the Collapse (Springer 2019)