Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring Cleaning/Frustration

Open the one window wide
breathe the springtime air inside
this dark basement where I hide
hoping for a change.

Feeling powerless and small.
(Governments of lies should fall.)
This ship of state will doom us all.
[deck chairs : rearrange]

A democracy no more,
robbers run the bank and store
as we hide behind the door
staying out of range.

Covering mouth eyes and ears
as they monkey with our fears;
in the planning over years
is something cold and strange.

Who will stand and shout "You lied!"?
When will come the clarion call?
What are we all waiting for?
Will we just drown in our tears?
Nothing rhymes with orange.

- "Spring Cleaning/Frustration" (April 7, 2018)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Signs Of The Times

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.” - Susan B. Anthony, in Federal Court being tried for voting (June 18, 1873)

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. - Noam Chomsky, In American Power and the New Mandarins (1969)

Resistance to tyranny is man’s highest ideal. - Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 3 (1917)

You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil. - John Ruskin, The Two Paths, lecture 5 (1859)

The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. - Woodrow Wilson, Address to the New York Press Club, New York City (September 9, 1912) 01/29/2017

Women's March, 21 January 2017, Portland, Oregon