President Obama

January, 2016: I see President Barack Obama crying.   Small splotches of white salt under his dark brown, snowy night eye seem dabbed on there by a paint brush; of course, it’s just the light reflecting off his evaporating tears.   The photo was taken by Jim Watson for AFP/Getty Images when President Obama was giving a … Continue reading President Obama

The 2018 Midterms

Now everything’s a little upside down, as a matter of fact the wheels have stopped What’s good is bad, what’s bad is good -Bob Dylan, “Idiot Wind”   “‘Can one be well while suffering morally? Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?’” -Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace   This … Continue reading The 2018 Midterms

Kavanaugh

“Don’t fret  Warriors will keep alive in the blood” -Simon Ortiz   The fight for justice…hands stretching, muscles tearing, reaching for the sky- daunting, tempting to surrender, and submit, assuming futility, but people walked on the moon, made a vaccine for malaria, polio, and other diseases.   I contemplate my White Privilege, resenting every remnant … Continue reading Kavanaugh

Art

Music plays on my Apple laptop…the back reads: “Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China.”   According to the “executive summary” for the China Labor Watch Website “workers making the iPhone” are exploited, paid just $1.85 per hour.   (Compare to my $11; compare to $7.25, America’s minimum wage).   The Guardian reports that the … Continue reading Art

The Skyscraper, Not the Cold, Bitter Wind

Mark Holland, he owned the hostel where I could no longer afford to lodge; with grace, he insisted I stay.   Mark treated my poems like hundred dollar bills; If I read them to him, and listened to his lectures on music, I could stay, and food was on him.   One night, Mark was … Continue reading The Skyscraper, Not the Cold, Bitter Wind

Perambulations

  Walking helps me meditate.   My thoughts: streaming, roaming, like wind, or birds flying.   No obligations… except to walk, and meditate.   The sky, a sheet of blank white paper.   I wish it would snow.   Yes, let winter arrive early!   Make it colder.   Cold air, so blunt, stimulating, ordering … Continue reading Perambulations

Exclamation Point

What the hell… do these “history teachers” …teach?   “Texas officials: Schools should teach that slavery was ‘side issue’ to Civil War,” says a Washington Post headline.   “Side issue?”   In the midterm elections, several Republicans sought to stifle the Black and Native American vote.   A few weeks ago, we witnessed… the worst… … Continue reading Exclamation Point

Dream Catcher

Fear of dying in my sleep…of dying in poverty, no career I climbed up to reflect on… just a plethora of aspirations and thoughts racing like a flock of thousands of birds headed south…while America’s democracy and rule of law corrode…gin and prayers fail to relax me…   But I am like my grandmother.   … Continue reading Dream Catcher