by Marie Scampini
A violation of more human rights
and makes no sense
as a light rain
turns to waterboarding
in my brain
in my chest
We cannot say this madness
a horror movie
a reality show
that we are all paying for
and will pay more
with more bloodshed
if these bans aren’t reversed
I fear for all lives everywhere
No one is safe
Nowhere is safe
No place is home
Do we only become human
with a Trump-approved passport?!
We shouldn’t have to
beg borrow steal
our basic human rights back
from a man who is a knee jerk reactionary
not a newfangled leader
but a builder of crafted illusions
Perhaps we need
a ripped warrior
who might guest star
in Game of Thrones
Why aren’t there any laws
that allow us to impeach
a man for inciting more violence
in the name
and in the land
we used to call
the land of the free?!
We need unity now
hands across the borders
Wherever there are walls
with only cracks
a tapestry reflected off the moon
of millions of windows and doors
we are blinded by the brilliance
of their light that floods in
a perfectly framed portrait of peace
Marie Scampini is a published poet, playwright, short story writer, currently working on a poetry collection and project – 1775 Poems in 1775 Days, to save her life every day, on a page, and in this world, fighting for justice and equality, living out loud, louder than ever
by Eleanor Parker Sapia
“It is very interesting that foolish people make the world what it is, and wise people have to live in it. Foolish people can create disasters, but they cannot endure them; wise people do not cause them, but they can endure them. One of the proofs of wisdom is the fact it can survive the shock and stress of change and the shock and stress of error. There is something immortal about wisdom because wisdom can live in an environment where stupidity cannot exist. Wisdom possesses a certain immortality. A wise person can live in a world as it is, regardless of what that world may be, regardless of the religions and philosophies, or absence of them, regardless of the intemperances and intolerances. That which is truly wise flows continuously and placidly on its way, unmoved in itself by any of the changes which affect and afflict that which is unwise.”
~ Manly P. Hall
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by Kevin Nordstrom
It’s routine in our house in the morning, when my almost 8 month old son awakes, for he, my wife and I to lay in bed together. We allow ourselves the time to wake slowly and bask in the happiness and calm we have before the madness of the day begins.
This morning was no different. At least at first.
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It scares the hell out of me to publish this the day before the American presidential election, but a lot of people are interested in reading it and I promised. Please do not judge me too harshly. I wrote it because it was homework.
How Our Government Has Failed Us, and What We Should Do About It
The American people are living in a period of time that is frustrating, stressful, and emotionally draining. Many of us, myself included, have cited the desire—more than once—to give up. To hide. To drink with our friends or read our favorite book as an escape during the presidential debates. This is the role of government in our society. A system that directly causes its citizens to dread its presence, as if we are children at Christmastime, avoiding that great aunt who pinches our cheeks without our permission. But if we are to be successful as a thriving country with the foundational basis of freedom, we cannot just close our eyes and cringe. We have to be strong and tell Aunt Ginny no, you have pinched my cheeks too many times and I have had enough. I don’t like you anyway. We must stand up for what we know to be right, which is, and has always been the right to be free and unchained by a government that does not do the right thing for its people. We have a right to live happily in our society by feeling empowered to accept nothing less than the best for our people, which is to accept nothing less for ourselves and our children.
Continue reading How Our Government Has Failed Us, and What We Should Do About It
As a writer I’ve been very lucky to meet and come in contact with people from all over the world, most with cultures that differ from American culture on a grand scale. Unfortunately, due to my work, it is usually on the Internet. I consider my Internet friends to be my real friends just as much as the next person, but the Internet tends to cut out key elements of a “real” friendship, such as knowing somebody by how they actually look like day-to-day rather than the avatar they choose from themselves.
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