During the Minority Confab

After the official questioning, during a break,
Several of the white, male, minority committee
Members and their white, male assistants
Stood around yucking it up showing for the
Cameras that they were confident of what had
Preceded. During the confab, two assistants
Chuckled nervously (with their ample waists
Bobbing up and down and their double chins
Flapping back and forth like two Santas at
Macy’s listening to eager kids), but their over-
Exuberance and the disconcertingly rapid
And persistent nail-biting by one of the
Committee members told a very different
Body language story.

Never To Be Heard From Again

So many we are encountering, so many who now
seem so important and more than we ever thought

were around or we would ever have to encounter,
tell us things that over time will be forgotten be-

cause they are false and because they are out
there by these people who wax so important but

are just blips on the face of history, forgotten and,
by the grace of God, never to be heard from again.

He Doesn’t Mind Dying; Just Keep Him Out of Pain

He stood at the commode thinking about a potential
major surgery and a conversation he might have with
the surgeon, “I’m not afraid of the surgery. I’ve had

a lot of surgeries over the years, but I don’t want pain,
because I have had a lot of psychic, mental, physical,
emotional, spiritual pain in my life and I really don’t

want anymore. I’m not an addictive personality so you
can give me whatever it is that will keep me in la-la land
until my body can get along by itself and don’t worry

about constipation; things move along pretty well for
me. If I were given a death sentence today, it would
be all right with me, speaking as a former hospice

spiritual provider, and as I heard from so many
of my hospice patients echoing what I just said,
‘I don’t mind dying; just keep me out of pain.’”

It Is All Closing In On This Pure Animal Who Is Like A Rat

It is all closing in. He is the only species that
acts in one’s self-interest but only because
that species doesn’t have any alternatives or

choices. This example of a species has had
alternatives and choices but he doesn’t see it,
thus making him the equivalent of a pure species

without knowing he has alternatives or choices.
He is a pure animal, one who acts totally in his
self-interest as with all other pure animals be-

cause he doesn’t have choices about any of that
except that all those animal species know enough
to stop when enough is enough and then they will

stop fighting and killing and will go away except
the rats and this guy who would go on killing and
killing and killing in his own interest if he per-

ceived that that was the only alternative which
for him would be no alternative at all except to
do it.

New Covenant People

Are the Kurds the Lord’s new covenant people —
Searching for a home, being persecuted everywhere,
Reviled by surrounding nations and now betrayed
By the great distant nation under the leadership of a
Crazed wannabe dictator, a man without a conscience
And concerned only about his hotel business and
Pleasing a once-great nation but now a third world
Country with a small economy but a lot of nuclear
Bombs, another crazed true dictator and a liberal
Policy of loans to the real estate developer disguised
As the president of the United States? The Lord calls
What is despised by the world but precious in God’s
Sight to find safety in the arms of unconditional love
And to reveal the bankruptcy of those who whore
After mammon, illusory political power and con-
Sequent nation-numbing violence through war after
War. Kurds have suffered from horror upon horror
But the Lord does not abandon the chosen and we,
Chosen to identify with the wretched of the earth but
The beloved of the Lord, must not abandon them either
For they are our brothers and sisters who through their
Unjust suffering for simply being human beings and
Pawns among the nations are helping us to see the
Universal covenant we have with all peoples of the

The Know Nothings

The Republicans on the House
Intelligence Committee, obviously,
never had a basic philosophy nor
basic debate class in college be-

cause they don’t seem to know
the difference between Socrates
and sophistry/Sophocles and
sophistry. Socrates was a great

philosopher chronicled by Plato
as being victimized by lies and
false testimonies and finally killed
by the power politicians’ sophistry.

Sophocles was a great tragedian
recounting the tragedy of sophistry
because the Greeks were living the
tragedy of sophism. And Republicans

repeat the tragedy by telling the lies of
sophism in defending the Occupant
who is the Great Pretender, the
dispenser and defender of sophistry,

which he doesn’t even know but thinks
he, the self-proclaimed stable genius,
practices a philosophy as great as
Socrates and writings better than those

of Sophocles even though he doesn’t read
and only tweets. And the lies are dis-
pensed and defended by the Intelligence
Committee, sycophants of the Occupant’s

sophism, the Know Nothing’s of true
philosophy and the honorable practice
of debate with integrity without even
knowing they don’t know it just like

the Occupant.

Every Which Way

I thought I had been fighting for the
environmental health of the world but
I had no idea how insidious the des-
truction of the planet was by simple
chemicals that are destroying us every
day in every way of every month of
every year of our life — chemicals which
now are in our DNA and we are concerned
about external things like hybrids vs. hy-
brid plugins vs. electric vehicles, which,
still are good things to be concerned
about when each and every day I see SUV
after SUV after SUV traveling fast up
and down the highway. We want to have
it our way as we move every which way
but loose because we aren’t loose of the
global warming noose hanging us up
every which way but loose.

She Doesn’t Claim To Know

She doesn’t claim to know everything
contained in the US Constitution

even though she has read it several
times and, probably, should read it

again soon given the political events
of the day, but she believes she still

knows more about it than the Temp-
orary Occupant of the White House

who, undoubtedly, hasn’t read it at all
as evidenced each day by his tweets

which are more in line with the thinking
and actions of King George III, Putin,

Kim Jong Un, Erdogan, the Crown Prince
of Saudi Arabia, Heckle and Jeckle,

Darth Vader and Ming the Merciless. She
wonders to herself, Where is Flash

Gordon when you need him most?

A Rusty Bucket and a Theory

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth
he had a medical procedure, passed the test
with flying colors and, because of his age,
won’t ever have to have that procedure

again. The physician said he graduated from
Colonoscopy U. In an unrelated health issue,
he’s been moaning and groaning about failing
eyesight in one eye. He has experienced some

tragedies over the years, but he has survived,
in fact, thrived and is still trail jogging, albeit
more slowly and with the assistance of his
beloved hiking sticks. He has a theory that

if time in the womb and the first five years go
really well with lots of love and hugs, a kid
can endure just about anything life throws at
him or her. On the same day, a kid celebrates

his sixteenth birthday by going to school and
shooting five fellow students and himself. The
senior citizen wonders how the kid’s first five
years went. Then he gives thanks for all those

hugs and all those kisses and all those sincere
declarations of love he experienced. He hasn’t
done any research on his early-childhood theory
and it might not hold water any better than a

rusty, old bucket, but he figures it can’t hurt and
he gives thanks for all the hugs, kisses and sincere
declarations of love his own kids got. They have
gone through some tough stuff, but they, too, have

survived and thrived and, as for the grandkids?
Ditto. Knock on wood, he thinks. He says a prayer
of gratitude on the anniversary of his birth and then
he prays for all those kids at that high school and

then he prays for sensible gun regulation and that
legislators will wake up, hear the screams and smell
the gun powder.

Slip Sliding Away

He’s afraid he has missed out on a lot of life
and love offered right before his eyes but to
which he was blind because he was staring
at a past that was gone and only lived in his
dreams and in the sentimentality of times
during the day and in the evening when his
mind would wander away to that which was
but no longer is here to stay. He thinks he
wasn’t present in that day and now he isn’t
present today. He wonders where he is as
it all starts to slip away.