U.S. Finale

(with apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley)

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Trump, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

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(Poems Write Themselves These Daze When/Where Least Expected…)

Saturday Morning: Un-Fake News

Not looking for a poem, mind you,
driving to 7-Eleven for T.O. papers,
intruding on a flurry of feathers when
I stopped at the corner. Wings flailing,
a hawk in the process of killing a pigeon
as magpies jumped about nearby, frenetic,
blood-lust overcoming all of them
on a snowy sidewalk spattered with blood.
I heard the hawk screech thru the frost
outside the van as I drove off,
stunned by the raw basics of Nature
red in tooth and claw, this sudden, this early
in a world-gone-mad they shared with me.

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Finding Peace and Focus via Truth, Nature, Beauty, and Wisdom

Things no longer guaranteed in the external, melting-down, deconstructed, widely corrupt, destructive, greedy, largely unchecked political, economic, and social worlds.

Where will you find the four values mentioned in the title? Certainly not in Edmonton, Canada, or the States. Instead, there, only madness, unchecked political leaders, even flagrant hypocritical sexism and racism.

No, one has to look, increasingly, to the examples of great men and women, the lessons and beauty of Nature, the Arts of olde, and the collected wisdom of the best that has been said, done, and written in the past. These truly inspire and epitomize the highest milestones of human history, democracy, and civilization.

It is in and from the past, such as the funeral tributes to Bush 41, that one will relocate and rediscover decency, civility, common sense, perspective, compassion, and that elusive term–humanity. It is in and from the past that education will regain valuable purpose and significant depth. It is only in and from the past that individuals will be able to make any sense of what has happened and been happening the last two years. In that, bearings, focus, and true perspective of fully conscious life and living.

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“We fell in love”:

Trump about Kim Jong Un.
But now the bloom is off the rose and Trump says “He likes him”.

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No Question:

After a 15+ inch dump of snow, you can spend the/a day clearing the walkways, steps, and patio.

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The Four Letter Difference Between Bush and Trump:


Bush was a big dog lover. He was a Real Person unlike subhuman Trump.

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The Best Farmer’s Insurance Commercial

shows a guy parking his convertible on a downtown street. As he parks, he notices pigeons and their droppings everywhere on the street around his car so he decides to move ahead into a construction zone. After he’s left his car, a massive bucket of cement swings over it and dumps its load directly into all parts of the open vehicle. The punchline is the bird splat on top of the cement.

Life can be like that. No matter how careful and cautious you are, you can still get literally and figuratively dumped on.

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Early Morning Audio Book

Currently listening to a special CD edition of actor Michael York sensitively reading aloud the entire text of Alan Lightman’s brilliant novella Einstein’s Dreams. Here is the way Part 1 ends:

“The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or of joy, The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present. Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone.”

Strikes me as one of the truest things ever said about individuals’ life-experience, consciousness, and basic alienation.

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Winter Wonderland

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The World Is in Other Hands

again this morning as an asteroid whizzes past Earth about 11:20 am (our time) between us and the Moon. How could anyone conclude otherwise?

The Earth has long been a tentative exercise at best and has been lucky thusfar on a cosmic scale. People kid themselves if they dwell in the illusion that everything might not come to The End within a few short helpless hours despite all our brave new technology. Many of us dwell in doubt-less, blitheful, ignorant joy. And why should that be any different given the human penchant for hope and optimism, even in the darkest of human circumstances?

If there’s one thing human beings have it is Choice. We can choose to see the glass as half-full if we wish. There is a lot to be thankful and grateful for, and much to be appreciated. If there is something we can all control, it is our choices even when they themselves are very limited. We can always choose how we will respond to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. But…

As in this morning, the reality remains that our fates are often in other hands especially in big picture views and contexts of Nature and physics well beyond our/mortal control. To say nothing of, simply stated, the fact of universal Death. As one of my doctors used to say, “We are all going to die. Some of us today, some tomorrow; some next week, some years from now.”

(Above image:”In the midst of life…”,  found art by RD)

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