Wednesday, March 13, 2013

a guest house

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Sepia Saturday is about 'crowds' & other stuff like that..........And imagine a Conference where a previous guest had stolen the Conference Table... Awkward,non? 
Mickey (in the foreground) convenes a planning meeting in the basement of the Fruit & Wool Exchange in 1941 { photo by Bert Hardy}

Musical entertainment for people sleeping in “Mickey’s Shelter” in the Fruit & Wool Exchange.

"Mickey Davis – affectionately known as “Mickey the Midget” – who became a popular hero when he took the initiative to organise the shelter in the basement of the Exchange where as many ten thousand people took refuge nightly, escaping the London Blitz............Mickey, who at three feet three inches tall was known as ‘”the Midget,” was an East End optician who threw his energies into organising and improving shelter life.......... he had emerged as the unofficial leader who pushed for improvements to health and safety in one of the East End’s biggest air raid shelters at the Spitalfields Fruit & Wool Exchange in Brushfield St. While the local authority, Stepney Borough Council, was concerned by the 2,500 people crammed into the shelter each night, with its lack of sanitation, risking disease and infection, and lack of facilities for food, lighting and heating, it was left to Mickey set up first aid and medical units, and raise money to equip a dispensary. He even persuaded stretcher bearers and others to come in on their off duty times to minister to the sick and injured. As a popular activist and orator, he became indispensable to the people, pushing the authorities into action..........."           {Read More...}
Hey! Billy No-Mates ! Create Your Own Crowd! Visit this site [based in Hebden Bridge} for all your future spectacular functions.
In a week where we saw those crowds greet  a new Pope....Haslingdon Sauna ,in East Lancashire ,was discussing  the value of "Faith".


Brian Miller said...

sounds like a pretty cool guy...and with a big heart to organize all that for others as well...

enjoed the dylan as well...

Kristin said...

Good work Mickey, great organizing. Perfect photos for the prompt too.

Brett Payne said...

Your image is very similar to the SS prompt, isn't it. In the pre-NHS era, I suppose there were a lot of people like Mickey who never achieved the recognition they deserved, nor did they seek it.

Martin said...

We need the likes of Mickey more than ever, today Tony.

Martin said...

We need the likes of Mickey more than ever, today Tony.

Eleonora Usher-Rigby said...

Such images, and good choice of music!
Illsa from Team Netherworld sends me this way.

Akelamalu said...

Mickey was short on stature but big on commitment eh?

Little Nell said...

A small man with big ideas - we could do with more natural organisers like Mickey. The wonderful Spitalfield Life blog too, a source of interest and enjoyment daily.

barbara and nancy said...

As they say, "it's not the size that counts".

Thanks for introducing us to Mickey and thanks for the Dylan concert.

Mike Burnett said...

Another peoples' hero ignored. Perhaps he showed just how inadequate our Governments have been (and still are)

Bob Scotney said...

When I saw your title I immediately thought of Edgar Alan Poe's story about the murders on the Rue Morgue and the 1950s film Phantom of the Rue Morgue - your first picture has an eerie feel about it.
However Mickey's efforts brought me down to earth - a little guy maybe, but good things come n little parcels.

Wendy said...

A perfect photo for this week's prompt and an inspiring story to match. That inflatable crowd - what a concept!

Postcardy said...

Interesting history. It sounds like Mickey did a great job, but I'm glad I never was exposed to those conditions.

Karen S. said...

Tony, Oh my......What a master-piece of an awesome post- I don't even know where to begin, but Bravo you sure made the most out of this prompt! Beginning with Rumi's quote that I have always treasured! :)

Emma Major said...

loving the rumi and the crowd photos

Alan Burnett said...

Air raids - war - crowds - Potsdam : great links Tony.
(By the way have you had an email from someone seeking info about their grandmother?)

tony said...

Yes Alan, someone called Mellisa emailed me a couple of times this week.Cant say I was much use to her.....


Mickey was certainly a hero of his days,
but I got my chuckle here today
with that inflatable crowd.
Interesting idea!!!

Teresa Evangeline said...

My lord, mister, every time I come around, you have posts that make me laugh out loud, then shake my head with wonderment... the missing conference table most unnerving... :)

Ann ODyne said...

Bless all the Mickeys of this world.

and it is nothing new then,
that Elf And Safety step in where people just want to survive, and say
"you cannot do that here without proper lighting, fill in an application'.
and that reminds me of the brilliant screenplay I'm Alright Jack.