We are all going crazy with this
guy in the Oval Office. Seriously,
it is a fact that we need a
leader, a truly benevolent,
person who will bring
unity, peace and love,
uphold the Constitution,
obey the law, deflect
praise, lift up others,
be humble, self-
have a genuine
sense of humor,
be a secular
enabling a noble
then there is
what we have
and we are
This is really, really serious — serious
for us — individuals, families,
states — the
People, legislators keep saying,
in reference to the occupant
of the Oval Office, that they
hope he will change. He will
not change, cannot change. He
is incapable of self-reflection
or self-criticism. Please
stop being political and
saying that you hope he
will change. It’s a sick-
ness: he cannot change.
We are going crazy and
we need to do the only
thing that can be
done — VOTE HIM
OUT OF OFFICE
and save our
The mayor proclaimed
the community is on tenter-
hooks, while taking aim
at that which was to blame —
stretched to the point of
breaking (?) — or a state of
the dictionary’s way.
it’s not okay
for an American city
to feel stretched in that way.
we could say
is the way
it is down El
Paso way —
We should be floating
down the Rio Grande
not burying legislative heads
in the sand.
El Paso on tenterhooks,
not fishing bubbling brooks.
not the still, serene waters
of the bucolic Boundary Waters
but tenterhooks —
stretched to breaking
or a state of
not a place
for American space
that makes any sense.
It makes sense
in the Chicago River
to paddle a canoe
or a kayak
or visit the Lincoln Park
or Brookfield Zoo
or in a National Park
go on a backpack
trip, but it isn’t okay
in this day
for cities to be
on tenterhooks —
this very day.
It’s not okay.
It’s just not okay.
CONTROL the guns
the mayor did say.
The well-coiffed, white woman sat at
the bar in the upscale hotel talking
non-stop at the woman she was with
about how much she loved her church
and how wonderful it is to be a
Christian and how when she travels
out of the country how glad she is to
get back to such a great Christian
nation. As she spoke she found time
to raise her glass of Pinot Grigio
to her lips and as she did, her Gucci
watch and bracelets jangled. When
she tossed her head back, her neckless,
just above her scoop-necked, expensive
blouse, glimmered in the summer’s
descending sun. Her companion’s hus-
band arrived and the woman excused
herself with the announcement that
she was late for her pedicure. When
she got up, she said to the couple
that she was sure they were at the
right place to make the decision for
Jesus. She tossed several singles
onto the bar complaining that the
cabbie in “D.C.” who drove her to the
plane, paid her back in them. As
she walked off, she made a statement
with her cut-off, designer jeans
and just the right height open-toed
clogs. She moved too quickly to see
how badly she might need that pedicure.
Everyone looks at their phones constantly;
there is no excuse,
no matter where they may be,
so, if I send an e-mail
and don’t hear back without fail,
those e-mail addresses are deemed obsolete
and I just jump up,
wipe my hands and dust off my feet.
I will oblige,
no hard feelings to hide.
Perhaps, my missives
and considered just a bother;
no hard feelings, they won’t get another.
I get the delay
and adios I will say.
They don’t want contact, it’s obvious,
so, as far as I’m concerned, to them, I’ll be oblivious.
Friends come and go,
so, come rain or snow,
come gloom of night, come the day’s heat,
that particular address I’ll simply delete.
Oh, look what just came in;
wouldn’t you know it?
They’ve been on a phone-free vacation.
I love these guys.
It is time to travel upstream,
not to die like salmon
but to live like steady, friendly, social bream
to catch life’s spiritual fun.
The theologian said, “Headwaters,”
where moving through the shallow stream,
brothers, sisters, sons and daughters
would find water deep and life might teem —
one race, all children of God
frolicking and emerging;
they dash, applaud, are awed
by love’s journey converging
at the headwaters of life’s eternal stream.
*idea from a Richard Rohr meditation
quoting Cynthia Bourgeault
The man reads the headlines online every
day and knows that things might never again
be okay. He thinks of himself as a mature,
balanced adult but sometimes his shock
goes to shrieks at the outrageous, racist
rants and the rollover, play-dead response
from unresponsive legislators when minor-
ities are actually dead on arrival, and he
goes into a primal scream and misdirected
verbal aggression and then he calms down,
feels guilty but still wonders why his neigh-
bors in his quiet neighborhood don’t stand
out in front of their homes and scream bloody
murder on occasion at what is happening.
But they don’t. The timid, mostly members
of the silent generation have decided that
he’s the identified family problem for dis-
turbing the peace. He just doesn’t fit in and
then he considers a wise friend’s question,
“Why have we taken so few steps from the
face of the cave?” He looks at his front door.
There are in America fewer people than guns
We always feel that we won’t be the ones
Who are in school, a church, a store
When a shooter appears to kill yet more
Every gun death diminishes you and me
Something self-involved 45 chooses not to see
Blind, too, Kentucky leader, Turtle: will he call Congress back
Or simply wait to endorse gun sales till September, so slack
We owe our existence to sheer chance
That we were absent from bullets that danced.
I’ll avoid public venues, order from Bezos
Till I am summoned to meet Jesus.
*Vicki Hill is a poet and friend of mine.
Don’t ever question why
Kaepernick took a knee;
it is right there in photos
for everyone to see:
A black seller of illegal cigarettes
and the brutal police chokehold death he met;
and a white guy (aiming for Latinos) killing more than twenty,
he stands among police guys —
absolutely, disgustingly extraordinary!
Don’t ever question why
Kaepernick took a knee…
racial justice and equality.
*idea from a post on a twitter site
of a friend.
“I said that since humans came from Africa and migrated to all
parts of the world, their skin color changed so that they could
survive in their new environment. Therefore, we are all shades
of color and we are all One Race…”
I’ve been thinking and appreciating —
appreciating and embracing
our friendship since we
met in fifth grade.
How rare is that —
a friendship that doesn’t fade.
“Well, I’ve had it,” he said
After fretting all day about
The terrorist attacks in
El Paso, Texas and Dayton,
Ohio and he emphasizes
That both were terrorist
Attacks. #1. They created
Terror and #2. They were
Mass shootings by young
White guys against black
And brown people. “This
Isn’t rocket science,” he
Says revealing himself to
Be someone whose hay-
Day was the Sixties. So
He’s looking forward to
On a summer Sunday
Evening having some
Bourbon and then in
The morning thinking
A bit more about being
A privileged, old, white
Guy with his heart in the
Right place which actually
Is the left place, except
That because he is the age
He is, people make all the
Wrong assumptions about
Him. As a retiree, he feels
Almost as comfortable as
Republican Senators who
Spend most of their time
On break, like right now,
And then send their staff
Out to fundraise when
Those senators are back in
Washington having a few
Martinis over lunch. As his
B-i-l ended a recent e-mail,
“Meh,” revealing his b-i-l
To be a 90’s kind of guy
Which the 60’s kind of guy
Had to Google to find out.