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August 5, 2016

At the 21st Century's turn,
Seems we have abandoned
Each other and the idea
Once called give and take.
No one wants to concede
Anything anymore. Like
The action is some sort
Of failure rather than the way

Civilized humans live together. 
We won't approve your choice,
Or look at your plan
Or understand
Why someone thinks 
A little differently than we. 


This is Poem #139 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I challenged myself to spend a year in which I’d wake most mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee. By the end of the year,  I had written 241 poems.  Here, I have published second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.

This poem was written in 2016, before things got as bad as they are now. To be honest, I don’t want to spend too much time making excuses for or attempting to understand the rising voices of bigotry and hatred that have escalated in the past two and a half years. Some things must not be compromised.

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June 28, 2016

It could be so simple,

Really,

To make sure there is enough

To go around – so no mother

Watches her child starve.

The world’s created – in man’s

image. Violence, cash,

“Man-up” have taken hold.

While the elements that matter 

Are swept away as woman’s

Trivial dust. 

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This is Poem #106 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I challenged myself to spend a year in which I’d wake most mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee. By the end of the year,  I had written 241 poems.  Here, I have published second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.

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The photo above of Ruth Coker Burkes is borrowed from Out.com

I previously published poem #20 of the Poem (almost) Everyday project when I wrote it.

Here is the link to #LOVE 

I was honored when Ruth, who’d inspired the poem after I read about her and her selfless act of compassion in OUT Magazine, commented on my work. In the OUT article I had learned of how as a 25 year old woman, Ruth had cared for over 40 young, gay men who were dying of AIDS and abandoned by their families during the height of the AIDS epidemic.  She is a true American hero.

 

Words found in my journal after the first draft of this poem: “Redemptive Voice.”

 

 

 

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