Appearance

In the autumn of 2008 when Mr. H. Polson was the U.S. Secretary of the treasury the word “transparency” became a popular expression used by media and politicians often implying a kind of moral forthrightness. Now the term is sounded so often that it is beginning to mean “goodness” so that “transparency’s’ opposite, “opaqueness” seems to imply a kind of hiddeness, behind which fraudulent actions may be committed.

But to me “transparent” means only something that one can “see through”, a gauze curtain perhaps, or an X-ray image which I see but may or may not be able to understand. So for me the word opaque never implies a quality of less worth than its opposite transparency; whether an image or an action appears through a transparent glaze or is immediately visible depends only on one’s ability to understand what one sees.

Armies

They used to say it would end all wars
That world-wide calamity;
Then with just a glimpse of history
Prize in hand for peace he planned his war.

And the army, Oh the army
Hushed
Guns behind them,
Motionless, scarcely breathing
Waiting, watching for the moment
Like a house cat waiting
To be a leopard
Leaping.