Sunday, January 25, 2009

Poem: Wind Bag

Written unexpectedly a few weeks ago because I worry and also hold a low opinion for those who it behooves to play the part of what they are not.

Wind Bag

Pretends he’s enlightened

When the light barely flicks

He will sprinkle his musings

With some few choice-word picks

The soul of an artist?

I think not, no way

His clumsy conclusions

Barely mask what they may

From within threatening aura

An abuser implies

What she sees in this fool

While the truth she denies

Cook up the fictions

And set out to sail

The picture might focus

Into fullest detail

A surface illusion

And the warnings seem clear

In the bounce that she’s taken

There is much she should fear

Copyright SGW 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Obama: Re-Asserting American Ideals

"We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Poem: Take Out The Trash (Or George Bush's Term Ends)

Take Out The Trash (Or George Bush’s Term Ends)

Goodbye to that snicker
And the empty, dumb stare
Adios to the “leader”
Who never did care

I speak of Katrina
As he flew overhead
We can talk of our soldiers
Four thousand-plus dead

Or maybe the workers
Who Enron sold out
Perhaps deregulation
And the greed it would flout

Might mention the warnings
In the NSA brief
With a vacant expression
Our Commander in Chief

While Towers were falling
He read “My Pet Goat”
A half-hearted mission (Afghanistan)
Then a too early gloat (“Mission Accomplished”)

Tax cuts for rich folks
The planet a foe
Faith as a weapon
Divisions would grow

Never held interest
In the interests of all
Exclusive for zealots
With a self-righteous call

Gitmo and “Brownie”
Abu Ghraib, Karl Rove
Wherever the story
The low road he strove

Torture made “legal”
A Veep of no bounds
In every step taken
Corruption resounds

So goodbye George Dubya
Farewell Cheney, Dick
The people have spoken
As grown cold to your schtick

Copyright SGW 2008

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ten Things We'd Be Better Off Without

1. The far right of the Republican Party.
2. Cablevision Corporation.
3. Pennies.
4. FOX News (Ok, that is kind of the same as #1).
5. Text messaging.
6. Geese. Have you ever tried to walk in your yard if geese have left deposits behind?
7. Organized religion (As opposed to a strong belief in God).
8. Daylight Savings Time.
9. Anything in a TV weather report beyond showing the forecast and a quick radar map. You can just put it up on the screen, so count TV weather reporters here, too.
10. Ties (As in the men's clothing accessory, not a 3 to 3 score).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Poem: Present And Accounted For

I have combined Present's 3 challenges into one. Three different topics, but all done within the same cup of decaf, soy latte.

Present And Accounted For

Wind, Storms, Water

Spread the seeds of life

Wash upon a stain

Outlet for re-birth

Cleanse away some pain

Softness to the face

Cool against the skin

Mystery of God

Without and from within


Me, in my corner

Chance upon your lovely face

Catch eyes returning a gentle stare

You look away

Then back again

From the corner of my eyes I peek

Our little game

Or simply the goings on over my shoulder?

A lack of confidence says I will never know


Come home from our real day

Our real world

With tail between legs

Spent of life

Dripping into a recliner

Looking for escape and illusion

Televisions bring … reality TV?

Where nothing is really real


Voyeurs, wishing to flee from the mundane

Within the trivial, shallow, meaninglessness of another mundane

Watching, not doing, because the doing done doesn’t do it for us

Copyright SGW 2009

Footnote: For my poetry challenge from Present 1) the purpose or intention of wind, storms or water 2) glances or looks or eye movements and how they could be interpreted 3) attach an unusual meaning to every day observations, such as the way people walk, talk or dress and what it says about them.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Parting thoughts of George Bush

1. President George W. Bush will go down as the 42nd best president as of this writing.
2. Speaking of his presidential library, Bush said, "This is not going to be a ‘George Bush is a Wonderful Person Center,’ or the ‘Center for Republican Party Campaign Tactics. It’s going to be a place of debate, thought, writing, lecturing." Needless to say, President Bush will be supplying little in the way of thought and all writing will be done with crayons.
3. Sarah Palin: George Bush minus the Dick?
4. To the world one last time: We are sorry, we are sorry, we are sorry.
5. The George Bush Presidency: If we did not fuck it up, we just ran out of time.
6. The George Bush Presidency: Now morons everywhere can dream that they, too, can someday be president.
7. Preemptive, unjustified war, torture, thousands dead, a failed state, economic ruin, Constitutional violations, environmental decay, Katrina, religious intolerance, dishonesty, secretiveness. Just some things I will remember of the last eight years.
8. Come back on January 19th, as I "Take Out the Trash."

Monday, January 5, 2009

But how would we fit?

John Adams to son John Quincy: "You'll never be alone with a poet in your pocket."

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Poem: Brushstrokes


You never spoke in honest specifics
Said little … at least to me
You claimed … actually, almost nothing
From my perspective it was an easy way out
And such a disservice to the “us” we’d built
‘Least that is how I remember
I’ll never know how your mind spun
You only wanted openness in everyone else

Copyright SGW 2009

Footnote: For my poetry challenge from Jodi (Paisley) on a memory I share with someone else who holds a different perspective of that event. Again, a bit of a twist on my part.