Strange dream last night (though I suppose most of my dreams are strange, after a fashion). Just remember a tiny fragment: walking along a road where a couple of small girls were playing. After I passed them one shouted 'Are you an atheist?'
Only one answer to that: yes and no. Amis's definition of agnostic (as in acknowledging our immense ignorance in finding the right questions (never mind answers) to the great cosmic Because) is about right.
Anyway, Happy New Year to all. As your man puts it, 'Live long and prosper' (if the latter wish is not too tall an order under the circumstances).
Photo above is a view of our snow-crusted road after midnight on January 1st 2010 (you can see a firework going off far right). And here's a little something to go with it, if you're in the mood:
Dublin, January 2010
At home, hearing the knock
of fireworks – the city uncorked
shaking and shaking its bells –
he peers out, listens, inhales
real snow, newly laid
on steps, road –– a decade’s
slippage underscored by black
looping the hedged corner
out of what was –– just –– there.