Poetry 94: ‘Against Purity’ by Andrew McNeillie


Gold is pure and look at the life it’s led.

in the annals of inhumanity.


Give me something rougher instead,

inflected by the ordinary.



Picture: ‘Joy and the Labourer’ by Mary Young Hunter (public domain)

About Robert M Ellis

Robert M Ellis is the founder and chair of the Middle Way Society, and author of a number of books on Middle Way Philosophy, including the introductory 'Migglism' and the more in-depth 'Middle Way Philosophy' series. He has a Christian background, and about 20 years' past experience of practising Buddhism, but it was his Ph.D. studies in Philosophy that set him on the track of developing a systematic account of the Middle Way beyond any specific tradition. He has earned his living mainly by teaching, and more recently by online tutoring.

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