Monday, July 18, 2016

The point of it all.

I'm tired of being called racist because of my skin color.
I'm tired of being called ignorant because my viewpoint differs from yours.
I'm tired of using labels to justify and vilify.
I'm tired of building walls held together by excuses and fears.
I'm tired of a civilization that needs to lash out to be civil.
Take my hand.
Walk with me.
Talk with me.
Listen to me.
Let me hear you.
Let me work to understand you.
Let go of me so I can share what I learned from you with someone else.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Today's insight

Sometimes doing good is as simple as letting evil people fail.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What is the arrangement?

If a writer is an arranger of words, then is an editor a re-arranger of words?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Poem

I have a little secret,
I would like to share it with you.
I hate humanity,
with good reason, too.
You see we hurt each other,
no matter what we do.

We presume to know
that what is good for ourselves
is what's best for the rest.
So we seek out assurance
by setting up test after test.
To weed out the infidels
and calm our fears.

If I didn't do this,
What else could I do?
Let you see behind the curtain,
To know that I am hurt, too?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tyranny

"Not individuals but institutions are the enemies, and they most afflict the disciples who the most generously serve them. They insinuate their tyranny under a hundred guises and pompous names, such as Polite Society, the Family, the Church, Sound Business, the Party, the Country, the Superior White Race; and the only defense against them, Carol beheld, is unembittered laughter."

- Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 - January 10, 1951), American author and playwight, Main Street.

Friday, March 25, 2016

An Election Year Poem

A Poem, March 26, 2016

Sauerkraut colostomy
feasting on sunshine.
Cuddle up against
your teddy bear of fear.
Lock yourself in
the closet of ignorance.
Bind your mind with
the chains of intolerance.

Stand the words of
your prophet on their head.
Justify your antithetical behavior
with the sayings of religion.
Find the hate in words of love
to save a few dollars at the store.
Megalomaniacs are eating politicians
as a symbol of freedom.

The walls are Tumbling up,
the gates are closing in
celebration of openness.
The Man riding a burrow
carries a briefcase and
Does a statistical analysis
to measure the belief of the faithful.

The poor are atmosphere.
The disenfranchised are collateral damage.
In the Marketing War for your soul.
The draft board infiltrates your screens.
Your deployment orders are songs in the air.

You can turn in product points
for a free fear blanket.
Don't share it with anyone
that is not one of us.
They can get their own
if they just sell their soul for product points.

Why are you sitting there naked
with that ridiculous smile?
Have you not been listening
to a word that I have said?
Wait until we start funding
the regulators again.
They’ll want you as one
of their first cases
unless you do as I say.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The best non-fiction graphic novel of 2015

Darryl Cunningham has provided a solid primer for 2016 politics in his graphic novel The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality and the Financial Crisis.

Here is a review by Paul: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1546293062