potential (2020049) – Poetic Re-blog

I love it…

Words and Feathers

hold the flashlight up
under my chin
like a suicidal jedi knight
breathe out
empty those lungs yogi-style

in the light a vapor forms
the amorphous shape
undulates away
disappears as water droplets
spread and the temperature
between them and the adjacent air
becomes insignificant

exhale again
step into
the little cloud of myself
feel nothing

neither the sudden cooling
of nighttime sea spray
nor the volcanic steam
of the just finished running dishwasher

just nothing

and is this
–i wonder aloud to the dog–
what ghosts don’t feel
when they pass through
one another?

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Random Musings From My Bell Jar

On cable there’s a view of the pandemic lowering barriers between people, of experiencing us all as co-inhabitants of Earth, as individuals making sacrifices to help others.  Then there’s the announcement that the U.S. will try and interfere with Iran’s efforts to get help with their pandemic.  I guess it’s our puzzling mix of values,  and questionable ability to compartmentalize.

Now, hunkered down in my bell jar, images, metaphors  and clumps of emotions are set loose.  I remember for some reason The Emperor’s New Clothes and the Boy Who Cried Wolf, and vulnerability posed by my own emotions. I distrust my emotions at this time.

They carry too much weight on my judgment.  I can’t stand to watch the frequently repeated footage about the abused pets, and I notice with dismay the repeated footage that says everyone has the right to caring and respect just because they’re…human?  And then footage about China’s “wet markets” with live meat animals.

Our appreciation for postal workers, firemen, health care providers and those willing to help during this pandemic is widespread, yet from a different perspective we dehumanize those in Iran suffering also in the pandemic.  And the American woman who attacked an Asian woman with an umbrella…

Perspective depends upon where one is standing.  Warning: Do not read both pro Left and pro Right blogs at the same time!  It’s too hard on the emotions, and too crazifying.

P.S. I HAVE AN IDEA:

Why don’t folks fact-check BEFORE they make statements, not after?

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OF COURSE!

“Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!” (Barney to Andy)

President Donald Trump has sidelined the acting Inspector General for the Defense Department, Glenn Fine, and removed him as chair of the newly created Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which is tasked with overseeing $2 trillion in emergency coronavirus funding.

Late last month, a group of independent federal watchdogs tapped Fine, a career official, to lead the group tasked with preventing “waste, fraud, and abuse” in the use of coronavirus relief money but he can no longer serve as chair of the committee after being removed as acting inspector general for the defense department.

–CNN news alert

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LAST CHANCE SALE ON LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE COURSES?

Do they know something we don’t know?

(I hate complainers, don’t you?)

He wants the fans back in the arena.  (I hate getting all paranoid)

I just told my best friend not to come over for awhile.  (I hate being so disoriented and frightened.)

DRIVE -BY FUNERALS?….Ice skating rink morgues?….Advertisements for fashionable face masks?  (Who’s to admire them?)

We have preachers saying the Bible tells us we should be willing to sacrifice our grandparents to save our economy?   HEY! …………. I’m a GRANDPARENT!                                                           

 And I was worried about climate change in 30 years!

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Dark Humor to Lighten

Not mine–from gmail:

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These Worms Keep Surfacing

Someone somewhere has been asserting that we the people are kind and generous–firemen singing thank you’s to hospital workers, free lunches for front line workers, free HBO, mass internet choirs, etc.  Unfortunately the cover keeps getting blown:

Faithful America reports that The Lt Gov of Texas says grandparents are willing to die to save the economy. A conservative religion journal is trying to give him moral cover….and did I just read that we are paying for a $45,000 set of golf clubs purchased while others are perishing?  Let me know.  P.S. Sorry–but just found this:

I really want to believe that some altruism remains in the human species.  (Just found out–on today’s Alter Net)

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A Baby Died

A Baby Died*

He or she?  I want to know more.

Breast fed?  Hugged enough?

Oh oh oh, this was the world, for you.

Hello, goodbye.  Come again.

 

 

 

*March 2020 Pandemic

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