May 18, 2014

I come to you like an Eskimo

On the last remaining ice floe

when the icecaps have gone


I come to you like an astronaut

Who has lost contact with his ship

And floats towards the sun


Displaced and disembodied

Alight with hope





My mother

October 17, 2013


My mother was beautiful and stupid and clever

Poetic and selfish, misguided, perceptive

Useless with people, terrible with men

Sentimental, not loving

Adored, not loved

Contradictory, direct

Fallible, impetuous

Reluctantly, I suppose, only human

Spirit me away

September 8, 2013


Spirit me away


I whisper as I watch you play


I know you see a better world


Spirit me away



A note about “How To Be Happy – The Maxus Irie Book Of Happiness”

August 18, 2013


Happiness should be fun – and I thought of this book, and the whole concept of Maxus Irie, as a way of emphasising the fun aspects of religions and cults both for those who are religious and also for those, like myself, who are not. Everyone should be able to enjoy prayers, rituals, hymns, psalms and myths – so why not democratise our natural instinct to rejoice?

Sing and you almost immediately feel happier. Pray, and you immediately have a sense of connection with the world into which you are sending your words. Rituals imprint mood patterns more firmly on your mind, while at the same time affirming your principles and beliefs within the material world. These are marvellous ways of expression and they deserve to be shared.

If you say these words:

“The power and the light

And the warmth

Of the sun

They are in me

They are in me

And they fill me with joy”

then you will almost certainly feel a little bit happier – and if you are unhappy they at least suggest and affirm the possibility of a happiness to come.

So, as you open the pages of How To Be Happy, I hope you will join me on a journey that I am just starting out upon: to happiness, contentment and love.
For more information visit  and @maxusirie is on Twitter and you can contribute to the Maxus Irie group page on Facebook.

To find the book:



                                (Elsewhere – just try your local Amazon)

The Maxus Irie Book of Happiness

August 9, 2013






Fed up with

bad news?


Put it all

behind you…



Maxus Irie

The Captivating

Cult of Happiness

and Joy



Winner to be announced

January 6, 2013


The winner of the Dark Green Books Short Film and Video Competition is shortly to be announced (10th Jan!).


Here are some examples of the wonderful shortlisted entries:


From Cape Town, SA:


From the US:


From Bristol, UK:


For more videos see


The First Prize is $700 / Second Prize $200 / Third Prize $100.


More news to follow!



November 29, 2012


Do I do anything of which I would not wish


My father to approve?


The way I walk or where I walk or when?


The words I write the words I say or think?