Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Blogging With the Prez

* Simurgh of Persia with baby Zal

Blogging With the Prez

Imagine a cybercommunity,
a cyber world council,
a place people and presidents
talk, think and read
together, design agendas
for peace. Imagine
a cyber UN.

Imagine a sparkling-eyed president
who uses oil money to buy homes
for poor people.

Imagine a president
who can speak to foreign media (watch this)
without a script,
address root causes
of atrocity
in the Middle East.

Imagine a president
who makes Mike Wallace look
like an overbearing buffoon of a
mouthpiece for Zionist
and they both laugh
about it.

Imagine a president who jokes
about a jacket one minute
and explains that people have the right
to protect their homes the next.

Who doesn’t raise his voice
or point his finger,
who doesn’t sneer,
who smiles,
whose smile is dazzling,
who says
the time of the BOMB is over.

Imagine world council that
doesn't make a desert and call
it peace (Fisk).

Imagine a president who
reads, who blogs, a populist
who opposes oppression.

Who asks that Bush change his
way of looking at the world, his
behavior so Mike Wallace
doesn't have to ask
all these [stupid] questions.

Who talks to the people of the world –
like a Lula or a Chavez, who wears a plain jacket
and speaks about plain things —
who says this is a new age, a time
for talk, for understanding, for cultural exchange.

blogging with the Prez —

of Iran?

©Susan Bright, 2006

*Note: Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate under attack in Iran.

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.

*The mythical Simurgh or Simorgh is depicted in Iranian art as a winged creature in the shape of a bird gigantic enough to carry off an elephant or a camel. It appears as a kind of peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion; sometimes it is shown with a human face. The Simorgh was also called Siræng "Thirty Colors" because it is thought to have thirty different colors on its body, making it quite beautiful.

Because it is part mammal, the Simorgh suckled its young - and also has teeth. It has an enmity towards snakes and its natural habitat is a place with plenty of water. According to Attar, the Simorgh has thirty holes in her beak and blew the wind through them whenever she was hungry. Animals heard a pretty music and gathered at the peak of mountain where they were eaten by the Simorgh.

In one ancient Iranian account, the Simorgh was said to live 1700 years before plunging itself into flames (compare the phoenix); in later accounts, it is immortal and is said to have a nest in the Tree of Knowledge.

According to Iranian legend, it is said that this bird is so old that it has seen the destruction of the world three times over. Simorgh learned so much by living that long that it is thought to possess the knowledge of all ages.

Sassanid Persians believed the Sēnmurw would bestow fertility upon the land and the union between the earth and the sky. It roosted in the tree of life, Gaokerena, and lived in the land of the sacred Haōma plant, whose seeds could cure all evil. . .

When the Simorgh took flight, the tree of knowledge's leaves shook making all the seeds of every plant to fall out. These seeds floated around the world, taking root to become every type of plant that ever lived, and curing all the illnesses of mankind. Its feathers are said to be the color of copper, and though it was originally described as being a Dog-Bird, later it was shown with either the head of a man or a dog. It is inherently benevolent and a touch from its wings can cure any illness or wound.

Oz note:

The CBS site with the 60 minutes piece is crashing when the video is selected. We are pulling the link until we find a safe one.

The new link to the CBS Archives seems to be OK.


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Blogger oZ said...

the CBS news page with the video caused my computer to crash. I'm not sure why.

any one else?

6:58 AM  
Blogger SB said...

I found links on the CBS 60 Minute site but could only get audio. And I think it was probably the edited showl. If anyone finds the complete video on line -- let us know. The complete interview is an amazing piece of video.


8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I appreciate much of what you are doing. Like you, I am heartsick about the current state of the world, and about the contribution of our country to the problems of the world.

However, I think it is a serious mistake to think that everyone who opposes the evil done by the Bush administration is therefore good.

In particular, for all of the sins that Israel has also committed, I cannot have any sympathy for President Ahmadinejad of Iran, whose consistent position has been for the destruction of Israel. Indeed, he has made quite clear that he sympathizes with the destruction of the Jewish people as a whole, wherever they may live.

In the conflict between Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, and others, the forces of War on all sides are essentially allies against the forces of Peace in all those countries. There is plenty of blame to spread around. But what we need to do is strengthen the forces of Peace, in all those countries.

Sympathizing with those who consistently call for the eradication of Israel does not seem to me to be a step forward. Rather, it is supporting the forces of War, on the side opposing Israel. This, in turn, discredits our own voices as voices for Peace, and supports the forces for War within Israel.

I appreciate what you do when you speak for Peace. However, when you support President Ahmadinejad of Iran, you are supporting the forces of War. We oppose the Bush administration, and so does he, but he is no friend of Peace. Please do not think he is.

With my best wishes,

9:24 AM  
Blogger SB said...


Thanks for your thoughtful note. I'm not really saying that Ahmadinejad is a force for peace, just that he's an articulate and charasmatic world leader -- who made Mike Wallace look like a dope.

Comparisons to our own Prez who makes himself look like a dope, and us by associaion, every time he opens his mouth, are just too obvious to ignore.

And I really like the idea of a world forum. We saw Bush build a case against Iraq based on lies, censorship and bullying and today we see the CBS site with the full interview (the edited one is not nearly as revealing) blocked -- by whom? I don't know.

Maybe the West needs listen to the arguments he makes. Bombs don't work. Why is something that happened in Eurpoe a justification for giving homes, land that was Palestine to Israel? Making Palestinians prisoners in their own land,then blaming them for resisting? Maybe that's the myth he was talking about, mayabe not, we need to listen. We don't understand the Middle East.

Look again at the Simurgh myth. The bird when she's hungry blows wind thru holes in her beak, makes a beautiful song, attracts birds to the top of the mountain -- and then eats them. I'm not saying this is a simple deal.

We just need to listen. And not demonize every world leader who has oil we want.

We must write to congress, the US prez and insiste diplomatic relations be opened with Iran. The alternative is WWIII.

And, again thanks for your thoughtful comments.


9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am hard pressed to believe that this man is not a mad man. The Wallace interview does tend to make me reconsider what I have been led to believe though.


10:28 AM  
Blogger Fran / Blue Gal said...

congrats on the C&L link. It's a lovely poem. If only we could change the world. I think we are.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the unedited version last night, I I found Ahmadenajad to be less than forthright. His case that Iran loves all people does not pass the test of his treatment of his own people.

Still, there is little doubt, that his country has been a victim of American and English machinations for the last 60 years at least.

And without a doubt,Our threats to invade his country today are totally outside of the realm of international law and would represent one more war crime by the American and English governments. MS

7:06 AM  
Blogger SB said...

I find myself developing a new genre of poetry for the purpose of the blog -- and am calling it the "infopoem" --

It's out within minutes of completion, and often changes throughout the day. It links to the events, articles, images that conceived it. We used to have to go to a rare books room to get that sort of insight into creative process.

It changes and grows during the day as people comment, as I find more information that relates to it. It travels around the world in seconds.
All of which is remarkable odd for anyone who might hold a somewhat fixed notion of what a "poem" is.

Late last evening I happened on the second Mike Wallace link above -- and found he was the one at CBS to expose the Westmoreland cover up which led US troops to slaughter in the TET Offensive in Vietnam.


So I wonder now if Wallace's buffoon-ness wasn't dumb like a fox.

Thanks to all for your comments, for joining in the creation of this odd poetic metaphorsis --


7:57 AM  

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