Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Poem

Ember

Back from the fire
I sit and slip
into idle imagination
losing any concentration
to my pursuit
of your ambivalent perfection.

Tepid Fire, Absent Fury: A Mini-Review

So, I read most of the much-discussed Fire and Fire yesterday, though I hadn't been interested in doing so, and came to a conclusion I don't see in all the raving about the book, both positive and negative:

Dull scumbags are dull.

I don't find horror in gossip. I find it in the horrific policies being pushed, which were not addressed at all in the book, other than as some cocktail party obstacles, leaving much of the focus on faux intrigues, on rich white people vampings as they undo the world.

Most of it wasn't anything new.

They like to hate: It isn't deep.

And as awful as this administration is, the text wasn't even interesting enough to be anger inducing.

Just dull.

The dullest scumbags, floated up top.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

An email from "Trump Headquarters"

"Friend,

Now that we are officially in 2018, President Trump has requested a list of all supporters who have renewed their 2018 Membership by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

These are the patriots who are laying the early foundation for an even stronger second year of our historic presidency. These are the patriots who refuse to let the media define our movement.

And this is your chance to put your name up top, Friend.

Please make a contribution of $1 to renew your 2018 Sustaining Membership before MIDNIGHT TONIGHT to show the President he has the FULL backing of the American people in the new year.

We have now entered a CRITICAL election year. The media is hoping to claim that 2018 will be a referendum on President Trump.

It’s up to us to prove them WRONG. Let’s show them that we are starting off the year stronger than we started his inauguration.

America is waking up to the fake news. We’re waking up to the lies liberals have been feeding our country for decades. We are still fighting to take our country, and we will not rest."

Here are a few pictures of said "patriots" that they must just have "forgotten" to include:

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Langston Hughes

Happy birthday, Langston Hughes, one of my favorite poets:

Silence
I catch the pattern
Of your silence
Before you speak

I do not need
To hear a word.

In your silence
Every tone I seek
Is heard.

I Continue to Dream
I take my dreams and make of them a bronze vase
and a round fountain with a beautiful statue in its center.
And a song with a broken heart and I ask you:

Do you understand my dreams?

Sometimes you say you do,
And sometimes you say you don't.
Either way it doesn't matter.

I continue to dream.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

For the Record

Centers for Disease Control data on deaths per year in the U.S.

Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5,000 traffic fatalities
Tobacco: 480,000
Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
Cocaine: 4,906
Heroin: 7,200
Aspirin: 466
Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
Marijuana: 0

Friday, December 29, 2017

On Such a Winter's Day

Saw a rooster playing soccer yesterday at the park by my place, with some kids.

No active engagement, granted, but he was standing in perfect defense formation as his two kid companions kicked the ball back and forth across the grass, and I should know; I used to play, too.

Oh, and it's 81 degrees here, but feels at least 10 degrees cooler, so it's perfect weather by my human standards and also good soccer-playing weather for roosters, as it turns out.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Yes.