Poem: The New Normal Isn't NaPoWriMo #13

Inequality
Waking to a new world
Where fake news is real
And real news is fake
Where leaders destroy
And destroyers lead
And the powerful get more power
And the least among us
Lose even more
And that’s nearly all of us now
The 1% have more than the 50%
One is developing resorts
The other can’t pay rent
Those with the least rights
Are losing more too
Standing up against abuse
Makes a target of you
I’ll never say, oh well
I’ll continue to yell
I’ll never say, what’s the use
I don’t know if what I say matters to anyone else
But it matters to me
I’m sorry if you tire of it
But I never will
Everyday when I wake up
To another day of this new world
I will loudly say
The new normal
Isn’t
 
 
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About the poem:
If you’re not clear on income inequality, it’s not surprising. It’s a new phenomenon that has literally changed everything about what’s possible in the U.S. Beginning in about 1994, the 1% top earned more than the bottom 50%.
Here’s a link to a December 2016 article in CNN Money. If you haven’t yet watched the movie “Inequality for All”, I highly recommend you do so. It’s going to make you feel a lot better because Robert Reich explains it so well. And you’re going to feel worse, because it’s bad. And as the article above reports, it’s getting worse. And that was before the current administration came in.
Apathy got us here. Smart, strategic, tenacious engagement is the only thing that will get us out.
Jeff Sessions has ordered reviews of plans to help mitigate and correct problems in local police forces.  Rolling back police reform is just one more of the truly evil and anti-American moves by this new Administration. You can be pro-police, anti-police-corruption, anti-police-violence, and pro-black-lives. But there is money to be made in criminal systems, detention systems, and the militarization of local police forces.
Who is supposed to work for  the least among us? Christians? Average Americans? Country folk? Anyone??? It needs to be each of us.
Attorney Jeff Sessions Plans to Roll  Back Decades of Police Reform (April 2017, The Intercept)
 

Poem: Simply Bee #NaPoWriMo #12

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Pollen muscles
Marble eyes
Investigative antennae
Technicolor wings
You are more than these things
You
Simply are
You simply
Bee
 
 
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About the picture:
Just one of the many beautiful sites designed by nature (with a little help from the bee walk designer), during a mosey at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Poem: Artificial Flavor NaPoWriMo #11 Easter Cookies

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Hey, let’s celebrate
Pass the potassium … sorbate
Beyond butter and sugar too
Fill up on 5 yellow, and lake 1 blue
Everything’s celebrated with
Soy oil that’s hydrogenated
Wax of caranuba
Oil of cottonseed
Thiamine
Lecithin
And Dextin indeed!
Cocoa processed with alkali
Corn syrup
Cornstarch
My oh my!
Wait, what’s the connection
To the resurrection
Enriched flour
Spring flower
Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6
New lambs and ducklings
And little baby chicks
Fall forward
Spring back
How do cookies
Fill the lack?
The final touch
plastic
Wow
Now they look fantastic
Ready to savor
Artificial flavor
 
 
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Poem: Ouch NaPoWriMo #10

running-498257_1920feet pounding
sweat dripping
 
muscles aching
back screeching
 
saying something
 
 
 
 
About the poem:
Lately, I’ve been talking with lots of clients who are exercising so vigorously that they are reporting back spasms, hip injuries and foot pain. They can’t seem to stop. Bizarroworld where exercise causes pain, and yet is addictive. Tricky!
I’m remembering watching the movie Goshen about the Tarahumara Indians that run long distances with a very upright and light posture, often smiling.
Is it just Americans, or humans, that seem to find a way to overdo just about anything.
 
About the poet:
Joan Gregerson is a Wellness Coach & Eco-Nut. She is hosting a 3-day retreat in August, Nourish! and helps people overcome struggles with food through an online course and community program called Food Freedom Naturally.
 
 
 

Poem: Not War NaPoWriMo #09

I’m calling to ask, Are we at war?

No, if we were, Congress would have had to approve it.
And it didn’t.

But what about the 59 bombs?

Well, remember O-bomb-a…
We weren’t at war then.
We’re not at war now.

I didn’t agree then.
I don’t agree now.
How is sending Tomahawk missiles into a country not war?

They were just targeted strikes.

But how is that different from war?

Because Congress didn’t declare war.
Mam, do you have a comment for your representative?

Hmmm
Please tell her,
I’m against war
I’m against calling war “not war”
I’m against killing for any reason
I’m against war
And everything you say it’s not
Don’t kill in my name
Don’t support killing in my name
Tell my representative
To represent
 
 
 


About the poem:
The day after the bombing, I received a text from DailyAction.org. It suggested, call your representative and ask, Are we at war? So, I did.
And though my response was not as articulate as above, the lecture from the representative’s staff was clear. It’s not war, because we didn’t authorize it. If we had authorized it, it would be war.
My head hurts. My heart breaks.
Please study the War Powers of the United States and explain to me how this is not war.
https://www.loc.gov/law/help/war-powers.php

Poem: 59 More NaPoWriMo #07

12,192 bombs were not enough last year
We just sent 59 more
More war
While refugees running to our arms
Crash into
A closed door
A killing machine
Cannot teach life
59 more
More war
 


About the poem:
I am grieving of the news that the US bombed Syria in an escalation of the existing conflict, bringing us further into what must be called war. I remember when we went to war with Iraq. I was talking with my mom and I said, Well, I guess some good may come of it. And she said emphatically, No, it won’t. It never does. I agree with her now.
I do not believe that violence solves violence. I may be wrong.  But, I believe in what Martin Luther King said:

I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Price Lecture, 1964
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-lecture.html

Donald Trump launches 59 missiles in US strike after Syria chemical attack

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/apr/07/us-syria-response-donald-trump-assad-pentagon-live?page=with:block-58e6f704e4b05b487c0e006e
How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2016?
Council on Foreign Relations, January 2017
http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2017/01/05/bombs-dropped-in-2016/