I sing the American song,
Even as I mistake the words
Even as I forget sometimes
The reasons why I sing
I sing the American song
Faint smells of ale and salty tea
Some verses whispered dangerously
Some shouted in stark defiance
Blasphemous and brave
Foolhardy and great
I sing the American song
A melody heard in the parlor
Mixing with the cigar smoke and
The smell of excellent brandy
A cappella, the mourning notes
Of broken hearts, broken hands
Drifting over the Master’s fields
I sing the American song
The martial drum beat of soldiers
January 6, 2021
There was much to be repulsed by in yesterday’s assault on the Capital by a mob of Trump-inspired insurgents. There was the painful image of the government under siege by domestic political terrorists. There was the casual response by police and other forces, a stark juxtaposition to the same force’s abusive behavior when introduced to far more peaceful black protestors in the same city. There was the gleeful destruction of AP news cameras and equipment, a sign of the all-too fascist vilification of the media by Trump and his allies.
And then, there were the flags.
The paper sat unmoving
spaced between us, facing me
Accusing, evidence for the trial.
“Why bother with these simple rhymes?
Why limit your choices to the
Accidental last syllables
Of a tiny list of words?”
She leaned back, arms
Folded across her chest, eyes
Fixed on mine, a hawk’s cold stare
Imagining the coming meal.
I sat frozen in the field
Unsure of what direction
My path to freedom lay.
It’s not about the words, I said
But something that is caught between
When couplets slip into my head
Connections begging to be seen
It’s not that…
One cell, suspended.
One smallest beam of
purest light breaks in
Two cells now, but joined
That light reverberating,
Finding strength in the shared
Boundaries, gaining rather than
Diminishing in brilliance
Four cells, then eight
Momentum surging, energy
Creating life, life creating the space
To chase its prescribed destiny
To become more light
A mass of cells, pulsing
In the process of recreating
Itself over and over, that first beam
Illuminating a million microscopic stars
An infinity of light, and a new definition
Of what it means to shine.
Form emerges, fully familiar
yet never seen before or…
Let me try it this way…
It’s the Super Bowl, and you’re the quarterback of the defending champion. For weeks, you’ve been guaranteeing a victory. You boast that the only way you’ll lose is if the other team, or the referees, cheat and take the game away from you.
For the sake of this discussion, the other team isn’t the Patriots.
You build up a big lead early, but the other team comes back strong, and late in the fourth quarter, they score a touchdown to take the lead. Time runs out.
You complain to the refs. The refs meet…
Donald Trump can’t afford to lose, and he knows it all too well.
When Donald Trump ran for President in 2015, it was widely understood that the primary objective was a massive marketing play, a chance to elevate his brand to new heights and parlay the effort into a new media power. Nobody, including Trump and his associates, believed that he would actually win. It wasn’t particularly clear that Trump himself wanted the job.
And yet, here we are.
A tumultuous four years later, Trump is running for re-election like a man possessed, pulling out every possible trick and risking…
Trump Takes Another Swing at Murdering Americans…
How many will die this time?
This is what our President has just tweeted, in part of his announcement about coming home: “… Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump administration, some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
The President of the United States of America just committed murder.
First of all, in an environment where we are losing 1,000 people a day to the disease, where we are still by most…
What price a lie, or more to the point, lies?
In today’s disclosures, taped conversations with President Trump reveal that from the very beginning, following his being briefed in late January, Trump intentionally misled the American public on the nature and dangers around the covid-19 virus.
Despite clearly understanding the transmission aspects (air-born) and the mortality threat (five times the flu) Trump repeatedly projected that the threat wasn’t real, wasn’t severe or wasn’t understood. …
Wikipedia states that “Reparations for slavery is a political justice concept that argues that reparations should be paid to the descendants of slaves.” If we define reparations in that manner, I would contend that reparations are inappropriate, insufficient and dangerous.
Inappropriate, because it suggests that a check, regardless of the amount, is an adequate response to the enslavement and enduring abuse of an entire population of American citizens. It is not.
Insufficient, because the concept falsely implies that the damage done by centuries of endemic…