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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, August 11, 2004
    Laughter can't be far away
     
    The design is from my new Current 93 t-shirt. I don't quite know what it means. Knowing them it might have occult symbolism. But I like this little man made up of the signs for alpha and omega, and to me this is what he's saying: between the beginning and the end there are tears and laughter.

    This is not profound but it gets me through a day when my soul's been battered by more death: wrote two funeral addresses and made one visit to a couple just suddenly bereaved.

    In the death book that has been my companion for many days recently, is a quote from Edna St Vincent Millay: "The presence of that absence is everywhere."

    That's how these days feel. But if between the beginning and the end there are tears and laughter, then laughter can't be far away.