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Am I an artist or a businessman?

If a businessman have I got a plan?

I have a product to sell, a one way ticket out of Hell.

I must get out there, knock on doors.

I should get out more.

I decorate my cave with a painting of a dinosaur.

In the Louvre would I sell more?

I am modern and I am old.

Is art made to be sold?

Tutenkhamun’s mask is pure gold.

Tich Ennis

11th August, 2018


Tips And Quotes

When something seems too good to be true it usually is.

What everyone knows is wrong.

The professions have mystique, that’s what you’re paying for.

The professions are a conspiracy against the laity – Bernard Shaw

What politicians are best at is postponing decisions.

I believe what you do, not what you say.

Doing things is easy. Finding out how is the hard part.

I have six honest serving men who taught me all I knew, their names are where and what and when and why and how and who –Rudyard Kipling

A person can be wrong about some things and right about others.

Of all sad words of tongue or pen the saddest are these, it might have been – Robert Louis Stevenson

Never say never.

The hallmark of stupidity is doing the same thing again and expecting a different result – Albert Einstein

It’s the meaning that matters, not the exact words.

The people who get on best are the people who are best socially, not best academically – a lecturer

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

Presentation matters.

Answer the question you were asked not the one you would like to have been asked – schoolteacher

Timing is more important than getting the exact notes – music teacher

The Spanish painter Goya said that he was still learning at the age of ninety-five.

When you stop learning you are dead.

The law is entirely procedural.

The law is not about justice, its about the law – Billy Bragg

A patriot is a person who thinks a country is the best in the world because he was born in it – Bernard Shaw

The truth is what is most hated – T. S. Eliot

If you want to write a comedy tell the truth, nothing is funnier than the truth – Bernard Shaw

The state of your place is a reflection of the state of your mind.

Excellence is not an act, it is a habit – Aristotle

Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication – Leonardo

You make your own luck.

A man who doesn’t smile shouldn’t open a shop – Chinese saying

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

The more things change the more they are the same – French saying

There’s nothing new under the sun.

The new is made from the old.

Waste not want not.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

The Irish are a very fair minded people. They never speak well of one another – Samuel Johnson

The Irish are a nation of begrudgers – Brendan Behan

People who are said to be good talkers are not. They are full of themselves. Not all of them.

A person who has been there for years and never got anything is put on a committee. Buggins’s turn.

You prove yourself by what you have already done, not what you might do in the future.

It it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Chronological is logical – Tich Ennis

If you want a thing done right do it yourself.

If you do anything in a half hearted way it never works.

The simplest solution is usually the best – Ockham

A person who understands a thing clearly can explain it clearly – Montaigne

If a person doesn’t understand a thing clearly they can’t explain it clearly – Tich Ennis

Some people love obscurity.

There’s no fool like an educated fool – Samuel Johnson

The best explanations are clear and simple.

Never part with original documents.

A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience – Samuel Johnson

Hear and forget, see and remember, do and learn – Confucius

Learn by doing.

I may disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it – Voltaire’s attitude to free speech

People who don’t let people say what they think are awful and the death of democracy.

The answer to a lie is the truth – Tich

Tich Ennis

10th August, 2018




Broken Wing

Every belief system has its loony wing.

Extremists do their thing.

Its possible to go too far when you aim at a star.

Too much religion is bad for you and so is too much food.

Too little is another thing, I’d explain that if I was in the mood.

Look around you, listen to the ranting ravers, the ones who are so sure.

Tell them you don’t eat manure.

They may kill themselves and you.

Given half a chance that’s what they’ll do.

Give me a peaceful world, don’t shout.

I turn off my hearing aid when they’re about.

Tich Ennis

3rd August, 2018

Talking Cure

We give each other therapy, you and I, who has the cure, must we die?

Thanks for the talk therapy, I am not a dog.

I am allowed on the couch, neither am I a frog.

If I said I think I’m a spoon would you say don’t stir?

If I said I am transgender would you say him or her?

Was Freud a fraud, did he fiddle his results or what?

In which belief should I put faith, gobbledegook or not?

You are a friend who does not charge, at least you do not cost.

Just another member of the legion of the lost.

Tich Ennis

2nd August, 2018


I write to prove I am a poet.

Not many know it.

Many want to write a book before they die.


To prove they exist or list the girls they kissed?

And sometimes missed.

Does it matter if I am or if you are?

What price a star?

We cheer each other up sometimes.

Some of us commit crimes.

Happy times.

Does time go on forever, is it better to have been once than never?

Oh yes, I say so.

I am a poet, what do I know?

Only this, I told you so.

Tich Ennis

2nd August, 2018

Modern Song

I want to commit suicide but I haven’t got the guts.

Don’t you know I’m nuts?

I want to share my misery and pain with you.

I think that’s the right thing to do.

You’re nuts too.

You enjoy my stuff because you are a misery boots.

I don’t give two hoots.

I am a comedian on stage, I give vent to rage.

A funny thing happened on the way to the loony bin.

Or alcoholic treatment place or drugs clinic, where do I begin?

I am depressed and I want the world to know.

Its my ego, its not small, I am a bomb about to blow.

Yeah, well, so people get killed at pop shows, so what?

I have the ticket money, thanks a lot.

I made sense once but I forgot.

Cheer up some other voice said.

It could be worse, you could be dead.

Who says everything is futile?

Some guy who forgot how to smile.

Life is awful, you’ll get over it in a while.

Is there no place for laughter, none for joy.

Not from this boy.

I say life is a one way suicide trip.

And people say I’m hip.

There is a word, masochist, look it up.

When you understand its meaning I might shut up.

And drink the loving cup.

In the meantime, okay, eat my turds.

You don’t understand words.

Because you don’t want to, it doesn’t suit you.

People like you shoot you.

Wallow like a pig.

Call me mister big.

Since when has it been best to be insane?

As that stupid saying has it, feel my pain.

Your pain is self inflicted.

You are addicted.

Grow up, get out more, life your life you fool.

Did you learn insanity at school?

Okay, I’ve had my say, I don’t eat vomit.

I prefer Wallace and Gromit.

I smoke and smoking is mad so I’m mad too.

Just like you.

I am the meaning of this song.

If I gave you a rope would you say so long?

Who has the cure, you or me?

Wait and see.

I do not choose misery and woe.

I go.

And so do you, what are you, Asian flu?

Solve the Arab Israeli conflict and I’ll believe you.

You are not the answer.


As for me, I am a dancer.

You are a romancer and romance is false.

I prefer rock‘n’roll to the waltz.

I too have faults.

If you see yourself in this song well, hello.

I don’t want to say I told you so.

Music should be fun or transcendental.

Not, as we say in Ireland, mental.

Is there a place for gentle?

Tich Ennis

1st August, 2018


When tears come unbidden and grief can’t be hidden.

Life goes on, take refuge in a song.

A period of contemplation.  Never again.  Consternation.

It is, it was, it will not be.

Life’s history.

Sadness for what is gone.

Life goes on.

Still, memory is there.

And always will be for those who care.

Memory is in the air.

Tich Ennis

28th July, 2018