Anybody Seen Joe Hill?
I have to admit this last week
of nut bucket fear mongering and
(that calls a vote for Democrats
a vote for terrorists)
(Conservative Andrew Sullivan
says simply: "Bush has lost his mind.
This is no longer an election,
it's an intervention")
and bizarre behavior
(Senator Allen's Aids Tackle Blogger!)
have jarred me somewhat from
electoral dread and loathing.
Ad space fills up with sexist, racist
crotch grabbing, pander blab
emmanating from the state of denial.
Dick Cheney says waterboarding
isn't torture, his wife says
they inherited a recession,
the religious right's screwing
up the revival tent.
The America I love —
unlikely to recover in my lifetime.
In my home town we can't
build a library without buying off
Freeport McMoRan's spin off
company, Stratus Properties.
Next week we start paying tolls
on roads we've already paid for with
our taxes illustrating once again
that Republicans can't count.
I'm a public spirited person,
who is sick of people at
every level of corporate-owned
I'll vote tho.
I'll study the ballot, make lists for
I'll take a video camera to the polls.
I'll make phone calls on election day.
If/when the neo-cons, Diebolt et.al.
steal another election, we can,
I suppose, remember what
Abraham Lincoln called the
divine right of revolution.
As much as I'd like
to cast a straight protest vote —
(I've never been so fed up)
I won't do that.
Anyone — a tuna fish, a gargoyle —
would be better for
the planet than a Bush apologist
in any position of authority
anywhere in the world.
This from our friend Tim Jones:
Just in case you've had a rough day, here's a
stress management technique recommended in all the
latest psychological texts.
The funny thing is, it really works.
1. Picture yourself near a stream.
2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air.
3. No one but you knows your secret place.
4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic
place called "the world".
5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the
air with a cascade of serenity.
6. The water is crystal clear.
7. You can easily make out the face of the
Republican you're holding underwater.
8. See, you're smiling already.
©Susan Bright, 2006,
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
*Graphic: Stress Management website
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