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I woke up today
Looked at the news while still blurry-eyed
And cried. Again.
Pulled the covers up and retreated into my blanket fort.

I spent yesterday dealing with my sorrow
And my anger and my frustration with our so-called leaders
Who spout platitudes but do NOTHING
To stem the tide of ignorance and hatred and violence.

Who consider lobbyists’ money
More important than lives.
Who consider some people’s lives
More important than others.

Who deliberately and with malice aforethought
Spread hatred and lies
Spread racism and otherism and speak of infestations and vermin
Because to them we are not all equal…

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How many times
have you thought that question
quietly to yourself?

How many times
have you wanted to speak up
but didn’t want to draw attention
to yourself?

How many times
have you let something slide
because it was easier, because it was safer,
because “someone else will take care of it”?

I am ashamed
when I truly consider
how many times in my life
I let this happen.

I taught my children to ask why.
I told them it is better to ask,
it is better to learn,
it is better to know.

And they do.
They ask the…

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100 years old.
Hard to fathom.
Feels like I’m only 92.
OK, then, sonny.

You want to know what
Ancestral knowledge
I have to share with you
At my advanced age?
Sure, sonny, why not?

First, history repeats itself.
And the winners write the histories.
If you don’t want to repeat history,
Go to the source: original documents,
Journals, and stories.

Make up your own mind
As to the truth of what happened.
Too many official histories leave out
The tragic, the embarrassing,
Or the merely stupid parts of the story.

Or they are written
From a slanted viewpoint.
You do…

Peace Lily
Peace Lily
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It hit hard and unexpectedly.
The feeling of loss,
When I realized my plant was gone.

Such a minor thing,
In the much bigger picture
Of the pandemic.

One potted plant
Should not have caused
Me to sob.

My team gave me
The plant
After my father died.

A peace lily, it thrived for years
Despite my black thumb,
Endlessly forgiving.

It was a fighter.
I hadn’t realized how much
My mind had imbued into it.

When the pandemic hit
We were lucky enough to be able
To work mostly from home.

I couldn’t take the plant
Home with me;
It was…

American Flag
American Flag
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Why do some people
Default to the negative?
More than pessimism–
Active antagonism.

Every action must
Have a hidden motive,
Or be deliberately
Meant to spite them.

Every suggestion is
Ridiculous or ignorant
Or purposely difficult
Or impossible.

Questions are deflected
With questions asking
Why you need to know
And what is it to you anyway.

Cooperation is no
Longer a word
In their vocabulary
Or their skillset.

They become so toxic
No one wants to
Work with them
Or even talk to them.

It is easier to avoid the toxicity,
The confrontation,
The strained conversation,
And just do all the work yourself…

The House on Mass

Random musings from the window seat in The House on Mass.

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