is called the Visegrad trust
You and I must to ourselves and each other admit
(before we get into deep shit)
it's an awesome responsibility
balancing privilege and abundance
distributing to all fairly
whether the mixing bowl
or the dole.
Embracing all members
of the Polish community
isn't always easy!
Helping Australians equally
embrace and harness
unity in diversity
can often end up wheezy!
But we will always know why
bother and encourage others to try
Giving a hundred
for our captains
we hope to show
in our wide brown
We will try
always your concerns
to first understand
Then we will
Readership middle years
to middle age
helping every age and stage
Life's circle reveals
Learning English and Polish
no such thing as early or late
We will always
start you with
if not clean slate.
Bilingualism helps us all
to stand tall
learn even better
to understand we tolerate -
we understand this is hard
even for the bard
a writer needs a wife
or at least support for life!
Partnership - colloborations
for close on fifteen years
We try honestly
literary and artistic ideals
legacy of post communist Poland
While in euphonium this
in which we trust!
with sensivity adapt
that is our best guess
this is hard - we must confess
We could not do it
if we didn't help each other
like literary sister and librarian brother
Socretean practice and theory
of self-examination searing
what at first might be appearing
We focus on what small thing
might to us be endearing!
While we realise lasting repute
does - never did - not lie on being cute
but with complete honesty
reaffirm our commitment
slouch towards integrity
Unlike your multinational Starbucks and Walmart
We share with you
(y)our best interests at heart
to Australian reality
finding our mutual way
to the recipriocal start
it's the only way
It's up to you
we never make you stay
once you're safe
we know ourselves
you can't always look back
We respect values
stretch back from long history
now - you - in the easy chair! - do stop snoring
Polish history is far from boring
Learning may pay you back double, triple, quadruple with interest
even if getting dates and people right
is initially a mess!
We do try to keep the legacy of 1995
the international year of tolerance
the letter and the spirit
with us still alive.
Since we touched that internal (infernal!) flame
we learnt - that when we burnt - we hurt the same!
Preaching our message
prompting and scaffolding
kindly maximum capacity
not forgetting the pain of hegemony
the pain of no change is worse
even when change might seem a curse
It is the salad's dressing
when it tastes good and adds a tang
ultimately a great good blessing!
when tracking trends economic
and embracing inner animal political
Stretching our resources -
making bold and brave choices -
with us always remember
from January right up to December -
we'll try not to regret
Let's put our history
to this most vital test.
Effort achievement commitment
becomes good enough
Remember here in Australia
we have a knockabout kickarse attitude to failure!
There is always more
completely we understand if your tummy had starved in Warsaw!
And when that you find in Melbourne when your body is distended
we commiserate when you learn it can't do the things for which it is designed and intended!
Just raise your voice
and make the effort to ask
Questions out loud
achieving truth in statements
committing forward pushing
This is a matter of course
to be pursued
through the life course
We will always
push debate forward
and through rational discussion
with healthy disruption
and natural interruption!
our ideas develop
in the style
service with a smile!
of our own pilgrim's progress
we've found it's human development
so if you commit one hundred and ten percent
remember Horton the Seuss elephant
Continuing to leverage
(get your intriguing eyes off my cleavage!)
Look first behind my mask
try to realise
we eat first with our face
fingers knife or fork
our own style is ours
never shame or disgrace!
You are seldom if ever pressured
Quite the contrary -
(remembering mother Mary)
will by us valued
by your friends and families treasured
We all want to make a difference
we understand the undertow of feeling insignificant
of sometimes feeling so small
we can't walk or talk yet, if at all
Receptive we try to be
respectful to all believers
so many sincere creeds!
An embarrassment of riches
let's try not to be jealous of their fancy britches!
Proactive we have been
continue we hope to be
in matters of life
the pursuit of love
its uniquely perfect happiness
the lack of which
will inevitably depress
but this does not have to be!
Just be yourself
show your foot
that walks best!
I hope you do find the hand
which signs the paper
and tries to mutually understand.
As long as you hope
and both want it to be
and gain it freely and morally!
Support of honest intention
proactive in intervention
strategies cutting edge in prevention!
When we deal with ordinary
- yes - even happiness is imperfect
and always we remember -
barring an extremely stressful temper -
People are in themselves great ends
be careful to judiciously measure the means
whether financially in kind
keeping Mother Teresa
how could we forget hero-electrician Walesa
who in the martial law protest
Poland first attracted the heart and mind of the middle class West
It really isn't not so long ago
in the long perspective
perhaps I draw too long a bow
returning our weary minds to the
of the white rose of Athenian democracy
fighting for which has bled together a willing coalition's blood
too often though peaceful intention and intervention
is trampled thoughtlessly by thug/jack boot
hopefully not by khaki hat and akubra the heat to suit!
So long as your own
deeply held values
have high congruence
with what we are obliged
You are free to practice philosophy absolutely relatively completely
with us the distinction - analytically or continetally
is neither here or there
- so long as you do it consistently!
Truly madly deeply
for whatever you most deeply hold together and want to trust
Do what you can, you really don't need the word should!
Not if you want to practice all in your nature and nurture
and protect and hold fast to all which is truthful, beautiful and good!
And while we're going through that negative gear
kindly remember we do what we do in the now and aren't fussy about the way we do it here!
Don't live - as if - live not as if you could but as you truly must
and then you will please and delight and earn our trust!
Live always in truth
if it means talking in strine and strewth
so be it
though we do it far too often holding sheep's eyes and bones we confess!
slang often causes storm and stress
misunderstanding on both sides far too often makes learning English a soggy tissue of mess!
Not to mention this exclusively with your mind to mess - neither to cause distress but nor to impulsively reaffirm your obviously to us - and burgeoning to you - heartening interest
in the work rest and play of our trust
Here a regularly ordered routine
we here never really considered obscure obsolete or obscene!
If us you want to serve but you're unsure in or for what capacity
do try to make an appointment with your friendly trustee
if you have a knotty question on behalf of your beneficiary
or your judicary/fiduciary needs we do have
two experienced and hardened nominees!
We have always tried to hold clear
our values in both heart and mind
And if a body ever hurt another body
we at least will never kiss and tell
we ourselves have learnt from early experience far too well!
And we know the consequences and when to blow the whistle
show the card and ring the siren which happens to ting ting
blowing in the wind with its sound like a gentle little bell!
We hold the historical ancedents
so that what we believe and learn makes some real sense
in our ever growing universe of imagination
our ever expanding multiverse of memory!
With absolute respect
for individual decision and institutionally run precision
here - you are still in fact free to call it as you see it!
especially if you feel your self vulnerable in the face of those who tend to be
or would like to befriend but are too isolated ever to be considered
complicit alike in maintaining defensive or paranoid
positions of ideology thus a rotten and falling hegemony
Losing grousing choosing winning living fast and loose
with tight as tight boundaries
Within tolerances within preferences
you are empowered to do
just whatever you please
creating your own neverending tale
with whatever you wish!
We try to emulate the ideals of the boy scout
If any of you ever cause trouble with a sex scandal
not only will you lose your card and your clout
your selfishness and abusiveness is the sort of attitude
we would be to do much better without!
If however it is with altruism's beats your heart has always in some way in accordance with inner and outer harmony without boundaries or jump hoops and check boxes to tick,
And you promise to try really hard not to be a dick
or if you are a man to crack too much of a stiffy when you first know your powerful prick!
Then we would not be remiss to recommend
a continuing personal and working relationship for which we will investigate for you more thoroughly whatever good - or evil - you might intend.
So long as it matches and despatches concentrated on the sacred side so many forget too often to tame and to tend!
We hope you are here for direction and one day someday find a critical mentor or a four-seasons-in-one day friend!
So long as you remember that you aren't here to get drunk and we may not always look as kindly if you seem to be a fairly aggressive punk
but with women and men of the calibre of Roger or Alecia or Demi Moore
Of their truth and celebrity - of directly achievable and reflective glory - like Dicken's twist and with Dickin's Northcote grandmother - in life and to cheat deaf, we will say Yes and ask for More
and try our best to settle when we need to do with so much less
and with our spirit and account to the letter the newspaper or magazine we shall try with our writing and speaking to impress!
Finding direction -
We accept the negative
Always try to back it up with our accentuation of the positive
this softens the blow
we have and do still have feelings ourselves you know
And though now to you we have seemed exalted
in living memory some of our obligations we have had defaulted
but now - much more often - we kiss and make up (and say sorry to those we fucked up/who fucked us over and over/until we cried red red rover/and poof!/they seemed to have heard never cry wolf!) over a kentucky martini with irish cream malted!
When we were alone but together little wild colts
who shared both signature strengths and life-threatening faults.
And as we both have grown up
perhaps no greater lesson than this -
in a recipriocal relationship one will always find things in the other
which remind of the smothering mother -
the solution, of course is to admit or quit - to put up or to shut up
Now that we are grown up - we hope - we forget how easy it can be say
and how when we were children we would scratch each other's faces
how we hurt each other in the pursuit of our selfish outbursts of truth
now we do look back and we think and wonder how could we both have been so crude rude and uncouth!
It is not so long ago we both were introduced to socialisation
with regard to 'dulce decorum' ... we both found damnation or at least humilation
As long as each understood where the latter was coming from we were all right
and on the importance of 'patri' we both found far too important to bicker or to more seriously than play fight
and we both had our diverging ideas of what we both found good and bad about civilisation
and flew like homing pigeons - migratory birds, anyway, - back to the founding values of our respective nation
We must remember that when we both and other people struggle
we none of us - not even the most sensitive and deviant for it - can forever be protected in a bubble.
We all know that has led often to trouble.
Now we have both grown up we share an unafraidness of complexity
and we will never let argument or rhetoric impugn our mutual dignity
Wishing both as much as the other for peace, intention, safety and security.
Ourselves repectful rarely failing to see the other side or point of view
and knowing that it is deeply held and for that valid, reliable and true
To respect privacy and confidentiality for similar aims but different rooted reasons
embedded and embodied through empowered and articulate intelligence
but initally a barrier to a world that if we were honest did not forgive and made so little sense
I wish I had known you when you were a small fellow
Perhaps then I might have worked and we might have been far more mellow
We do honour and respect each other when we say hello
May we meet again when we are each visiting Lodz or Warsaw and our - well yours - all right, ours - what's mine is yours and what's yours is mine? Right? Got that?
Poor boy - to negotiate separation was simple when you believed I'd turn on the light and I'd go and I'd stay gone
and when you did realise I would keep on coming back we built upon ourselves a gently intrusive bond
Which is the long way to saying
I try to use your history in weighing
So I keep sharp and not dull in the appreciation and commiseration of what I am treasuring.
I became intimately aware
while you were not there
that while lots you did might appear to the outsider or objective
on the subjective it was obvious you were young, dislocated, disconnected and very very sad.
What a pity
we did not scaffold better your introduction to our fair city.
But I must admit we ourselves would fail such a stringent test.
We are humans after all who must do our best
I do appreciate now understanding Warsaw so much better
and I wish concerns and prejudices would not now too much fester
You have been struggling since before your conception
with the power and the magic spell known as perception!
I know it has been to you as a rotter,
and I wish I could make it go away like the scar of Harry Potter.
But I always do like to hear your own report
of how you are coping with your own personal Voldemort
If we cannot yet heal
with our resources and our hand that we are given in the cosmic deal
May I remind you that it is true that all humans must do their best
This is our universal law - our cosmic task - let's at least try - I do hate to see you cry - but when I take a bath - and I hear you laugh - I welcome the rapture - and try again to read or write together another chapter! - whether in Poland or in the West.
I love you with so much agape love - that suggests compassion
I did it long before tolerance became a superficial fashion
I did always know your problems were real
I did try to turn a blind Freddy, but I could not ignore still that you were so awkward at every meal.
I knew we could not deal yet with manner of the type with elbows on the table
Until you felt your matter stable and your method secure
I knew quite well with you the battle was treatment and not some miracle obscure.
Without some way of knowing whether you had survived and why you failed so far to thrive,
I did not any longer wish particularly to alive.
Far far too well we have known
How it feels to have the mask exposed, the cover blown
It's a risk, isn't it, to let the true us be known!
How much easier to start to open up and to reveal to a trusted few
How much harder to explain in a way that feels simple, natural and true!
Please remember next time the situation seems so long and almost irresoluble and you bang your head in the car window, for the moment absolutely inconsolable
How hard it is to try to open up to what has long deemed been intolerable
But we will try and try again until we win or at least obtain a fair go - and that is the moral
as gritty as a precious oyster pearl and as shiny as coral.
Don't worry. I will try to keep our friendship stable and secure
and in this my intentions this time are quite completely pure
Even while you must still have a tough time to mature
My brave boy - still in a special way my dear boy - we will see you yet a master of your dragons - but this time in control of your development!
When I hear that moment it will have made everything we've shared seem like it's heaven-sent!
I will try to help you through the process of the becoming
the person I know I see
the person that is really deep inside there
and is right now just a bit scared to be!
I have known you since you were a boy of seven
So very nearly from the cradle my picture your high chair must obscure - certainly from the age of reason to the time when our hormones made life obscene and impure! - may we continue through high table to high heaven!
And we must do more than tolerate
We must more actively and adaptively negotiate
What you what and whether and wherever and whenever
Yesterday, today and the continuance into the death of the illusion of invincible forever ...
More alike than different
We love the spenders and we will too protect the spent
as we were once protected at that stage
by decent folk of both youth and age!
Let us ourselves always be innovative in trying new ways
to negotiate these everlasting problems with folkways!
We remember - and now we avoid - and now protect others - from those who would profit with malfeasance and betray the intent
And temporarily our star performances the anxiety betrays our make up and our melting faces reflect our upset.
Our trust is a wonderful trust
We hope it's a sound way of protecting whatever legacy
Please consider joining our family.
And you will grow to really see
You really do not wish to change a Pole just to have him fit in
We have tried too hard with round peg and square hole
Let us then forever learn the lesson of the sunny openness of a child eighteen months old!
Don't worry for dindins we will try our hardest to bump him in.
And if you please
we descend into the intricacies of motherese.
And then we will bump and bump a little more as we move on up!
But please never overload the signal or overload the transition from tolerated to mated!
Remembering Solidarnosc while we reminscience through Conrad's Marlow in our vessel called Endeavour
(That's for you - saw it cheap second hand - immediately my incochate thought - your very own enchanted storyland - ecriture feminine still if you should remember me!)
We know you too would love one day to prevail.
Don't worry I'll leave the marks - and the dog shit - well on the trail
And when from us and our sphere you may move
And to us you may one day prove
Yes - we will help you prove
Develop skills and not just get but stay in the grove.
Creating together an absorbing fantasy and turning it into consensus reality!
It's a miracle when our plans change from the idealistic to the materialistic and then to the rationalistic!
Applies to all - alike the neurotypical and the neurodivergent
(My dear boy - please don't mix whites and colours with that particular detergent!)
No - silly boy - I want to promote collegiality and commonality!
You know that's damn hard - I want to make you see what I see every day in every way
Breaching and teaching, once again, unity in diversity!
That is our object (and relational) constancy - one day it will be crystal clear what it is how much there is to see!
From there the next logical support is to support and arrange
How well we have known and your tested your adapativity to change
The detailed response to change is the crux of the transition!
And whether you barely cope - and I hope you still hope against hope!
We will support you in most every major life decision.
Without scission and always with the Swiss watch position
Now that you keep and have kept such a thoughtful blog
Do you have trouble still with the watch analogue?
It's really quite simple.
There is a freckle faced dimple
but let's get rid of this realia
and I want to immerse you in my vision of Fantasia
Whatever you look like whatever clothes you do wear
We impress you how to get there
When at last your family embarked on port
We shall afford you much warm support
and pretend the people who want sport want per se to play sport!
You remember we should support refugees, skilled and humanitarians
with unconditional positive regard
Let me say that in maths you and I are both pretty much the common garden variety re - tard!
That's okay - most people adore the common variety bard.
It works both ways!
Especially with writing poetry and dramaturging / purging plays!
But we will learn and with learning we will burn
The problem is not how we get it -
or even why bother or why worry -
we are still so young - now eat this gorgeous Flurry -
which I ordered in Maccers just for you
and is a sensory delight and treat that is beyond tip top true blue true!
One of us came here as a weeny little tike
And we can imagine his feelings as he first learnt the freedom of a bike
One stood always by him and made it clear that though his behaviour she didn't always like
She always worked hard and consistently over a dozen years
To work over her remaining prejudices to feel an additional emotional commotion to the ones she met with pearly beyond price like bubbly tea balls laughter and tears
She appeared as A A Milne's Dairy Queen
and floated through life it seemed with the unconcern of the bumblebee
She would not have considered it a normal thing
to ever use her sting
in anything but self-defence
and even there she sat on the fence.
She was a gentle worker bee
who - even then - condemned the pure social climber and the narcissistic wanna be.
They both were in a school magazine
I bet they never
Thought how hard the ensuing months and years would be
Sometimes than for those who don't write regularly like Do You and Sue Me!
To balance as always risk with responsibility
They had then to do it so delicately
like a beautiful butterfly.
Matured they had become from when they first met as child prodigies
and she absolutely fascinated about his fabulous early life over clear blue seas.
These captains of industry
Separately - and together again - we soon shall find out the results of our bet!
Somebody somewhere will follow the trackless path of truth they have set
(but not quite yet!)
And none of us who knew them closely or at all will forget
That at any time either or both they could have acted in ways we could seriously and deeply regret
Building castles in the air
Staking claims foul and ultimately fair.
Though for a long time they had to part
And then they felt ambivalence over a possible new start
United once more - we hope - together they mostly stand
A professional partnership as long - as loyal - as committed as the wedding or engagement band
Their power incochate as we remember their baby shower
Separately they overcame
things which would drive most of the rest of us insane
and together then realised and struggles were so nearly eerily the same.
And when she at last she showed him how to care
To stand or fall as the hot chicks/chaps do
If he now does is probably not to us strangers here or there.
What matters to us: they chose bravely what was inclusively and instinctively fair.
Their shared mental Melways will uphold legal and natural and moral law
Which of course does apply everywhere civilised whether in London - Paris - Athens - Warsaw - Melbourne - Canberra
Without patronisation or pity
We do try to cover the needs of each city
We embrace the reflected and reflective philosophical traditional glory of Greece
And always we will continue to try to release every day new doves of peace.
We remember and bury the mockingbird
If killed we would not be true to our beginning and ending in the ministry of the Word
Which does not mean we shun our facing inevitable tug of war between Greek or Greek
which matters so much more than we both knew before we ever did speak - we both or either can speak!
We respect every animal or bird
Life and literature, an abundance of the preponderance and preposterousness of the absurd.
As long as people are tolerant, diplomatic and essentially kind
The word, spirit and flesh of the trust will minister salve to almost every heart and mind.
We stand or fall
on the strength of our own resillence
We know truthiness has a scratched face
(it's painted on by the actor!)
With our healing honesty (even with or without or especially about you, the best policy)
It's oh so okay - and even healing! - to make a fool - or at least not take yourself too seriously.
I know we both sometimes misplace that book on the shelf or worry about our dirty nails.
What are these matters when we know both that tolerance and persistence will prevail
and be as clear as was the simple magic of the water when we played with a bucket and pail.
And though her living space is suited intimately to one so petite
She is seldom if ever organised
And if she admits
Ever the full extent of her 'executive function' deficits
Then many people who trusted her will with her get the shits!
But when it comes to preposition, and not least conjunction
Both in Polish and English we will fight for the humble[!] interjection!
And against undue expediency
As long as we count and own and acknowledge every opportunity:threat cost
The time for me to have the floor is now so very nearly up
It is time for us both to shut up
Now, dear, please please stop barking like a frightened pup!
Whenever I say that I don't always mean you
Please take this apology at face value!
See what appeal means the most to you
And do remember consciously
risk entails responsibility
Remember the Bennets' couldn't get their house in order
They were really rather screwed
Until Darcy - now, tell me, is he a wet dream of Freud?
Is that what is making you so hard laugh
While I am in the shower and you are cleaning the bath?
Whether tolerance is observed through the Word or the breach
Whether we eventually end up out to lunch in a studio apartment on the beach.
We will try very hard to as little preach and so much more to model what we teach!
If you are a man or woman who needs a friendly letter,
We use caritas, agape, pragma
to run our karma over your dogma
does it seriously impede - we worry - the possiblity of your life getting better and better
That's all from me
Especially about your developmental trajectory
Please do let me know if I overstepped some invisible boundary
That people who love and hope never seem to see
unless it is bound on many poles on a string
go you crazy good wild thing!
This is the promise of our trust.
Now be a good boy and at least try this soupcon crust!