Who We Are

Racialized in our society

Or being socialized in sobriety,

Or drunken ugliness

That leads to this mess

I must confess

To help redress

My part in the

Lifetime of our nation

Conundrum

I wish we were all hypnotized

And it was all humdrum

To see that

It’s better we change racialized

In my, your, their eyes

That we instead become humanized

And come to realize

That we can apprise

All

That

There is but one race

The

Human

One

Lets slow down

Look around

See the

Beings that are

Humans making

Up

Humanity

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Words

Words delight

Word slice through

Left and Right

Words on the page

Can convey rage

Words show love

And tenderness

Words give hope,

Explain distress

Words are thoughts,

Visual representations

Words unspoken

Are still creations

Words thought, but as yet unshared

Are words in our psyche, still ensnared

Words help heal

The troubled, infirm

Words spoken without thought

Can make us squirm

Think about the words you use

Those words once out

Might disabuse

You and me and many more

Of things that most abhor

Communicate

With words written on a page

And those spoken without rage

Reasoned discourse, real dialogue

Truly listen to each other

Don’t be a cog

On the wheel of some false visionary

Let’s use words – complimentary

Words of Light

Will follow

Won’t follow

Every word said sounds hollow

Platitudes are weak

Why even speak

It’s the same as turning the other cheek

How about words of kindness

Problem-solving too

With so many in pain

It’s what we need to do

Lets live the life intended

Not one prematurely endedIf we as followers don’t

Then they as leaders won’t

Lead us to demise

Rather than the light

In others’ eyes

Citizenry

To be me

To be free

To be part of this

Country

To see

Truly see

What we’re supposed to be

Not part of Illegitimacy

Decision

Division

indecision oblivion

Branch Dividian

all earth citizen.

It’s all a con.

Not just by

the Orange Don.

But his Trumps all.

This is not – a ball,

nor any fun at all,

this constant call

for vitriol.

Against us all

Muslims, blacks,

immigrants one and all.

Unless you’re white y’all

and maybe “Christian” if that’s what you call

all this ribald folderol

behind your wall.

Let’s change

the conversation

for creation

of dialogue,

a prologue

to minimizing this long,

slow slog

and end with an epilogue

of love.

A decision

ending derision.

Putting This Aside

All politics aside

How do we thrive

Stay alive inside

No hide

Or claim

I’m beside

Myself

Hiding on a shelf

Like the that little red elf

Moping

Hoping

It’ll all go away

We can stay out of the fray

Today

And everyday

Then we say

I’m better than them

I don’t hate Muslim

But that’s all you do

Then you say phew

That got me off the hook

I can turn away, not look

Must.

Do.

What.

I.

Can.

Fight through

Do what you can do

Resist

Persist

Help all humans

Exist

Thrive

Be alive

Live

Give

B. S. @ Castleton

Listening to Bernie

As he earnestly,

Attempts to make us

See connections and thus

Become better informed

And possibly forewarned

That at this going rate

Are we becoming a nation

Less great?

Let’s return the nation

To its higher station

Respected, revered

In many cases cheered

As bearers of what’s good

Across the planet’s neighborhood

Stupidity

Stupidity

Blatant stupidity

Sometimes comes so easily

Almost fluidly

Yet having no clue it’d be

Emanating from me

You see

Without thinking

Before speaking

Sometimes your words

Are only tweaking

The other’s sensibilities

Leaving them thinking

What an __________ you are

Ive made this discovery

That the only recovery

Is the recognition

You must be a true apologician

100217 Perspective – Mine

I am fucking angry and angry is not enough, fucking heartbroken and being heartbroken isn’t enough, fucking sick and tired of it and that’s not enough.

When is it going to stop? Together how can we affect the change? What can anyone do about it?

The answer lies in so many places. The answer is to get those that are elected to represent us out of office if they continue to do nothing. The answer is to elect people who can affect the change. The answer is constant, wholesale non-violent protest and pressure on your representatives.

Some gun control legislation makes sense.

The motive for this egregious horror does not matter. The fact that this man had what appears to have been automatic weapons is what matters.

The time IS now to talk about changes in gun control laws. Sara Huckabee Sanders is dead wrong in saying she and the president don’t think the time is now. If it’s not now when should we wait? In between this tragedy and the next one sure to come in the days, weeks, or months following?

The white gun lobby, the NRA, our elected representatives are all cowards. No one’s asking to take your right to possess a firearm away.

However, there is no reason on this earth for anyone to own an automatic in the United States or anywhere for that matter. These are solely designed to kill and maim as many HUMAN BEINGS as quickly as possible.

How many more will it take before we force the change to happen? Will it have to be more children? More senior citizens? Will it need to be larger collection of government representatives slaughtered all at once or like Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise?

This is an ongoing National Tragedy. It is even more tragic when you consider that our citizens don’t have a right to health care be do have a right to purchase automatic and semi-automatic weapons.

We need to make it stop!