Poem

A couple of days ago, alleged congressperson Marjorie Taylor Greene sent a letter to Joe Biden. I read it; you don’t have to. Unless you read at a third-grade level or worse, it might be hard for you to follow. It essentially boils down to “Wuhan lab … Chinese-made virus...

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  • June 6, 2021

Hearts are not had as a gift, but hearts are earned By those that are not entirely beautiful. These are some lines from one my favorite poems, “A Prayer for My Daughter,” by one of my all-time favorite poets, William Butler Yeats. They came to mind this morning as we...

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  • May 8, 2021

In particular Bill Gates pontifications under his label of the “Good Billionaire”. Yes he does keep to the science in a way, but  please stop with the hypocrisy. If there is a credibility gap in listening to Gates on this subject, it comes from the suspicion that he lives in...

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  • February 15, 2021

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle It is a fact that the biggest threat to our species is not climate change, though it will likely end much of what we experience today, but rather our war on bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is under attack from...

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  • February 6, 2021

There’s been considerable attention paid to Amanda Gorman’s poem at the Inaugural, and since I had 15 minutes to explain the last story on semiotics as a cultural analysis tool, I decided to try again, this time with twice as much time and with some simple and less-simple examples. From...

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  • January 22, 2021

Biden's inauguration poet, Amanda Gorman, is one of the most insightful persons I have listened to. This Lester Holt interview shows her depth. Her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” is a masterpiece. Amanda Gorman, insightful beyond her years x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. I was listening to...

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  • January 22, 2021

“Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into.” “A nation that isn’t broken but simplify unfinished” x WATCH: Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, recites a poem on unity in the U.S. at #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/3sIv7DBpla — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 20,...

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  • January 20, 2021

The national madness of 74 million people sent to the fainting couch by voting for a persistent complainer and his tweeted grievances, often as impure as their iteration. Courtesy must end if only because Trump ignored his intel briefings while in office. His only reason to want them would be...

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  • January 18, 2021

Throughout the Democratic primaries, the dueling campaigns, and finally the day of November 3rd, I feared the United States would let me down. I have blown the horn of warning to anyone who would listen that this election was not a referendum on Donald Trump it was a referendum on...

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  • November 25, 2020

An excellent speech pairing small details like “muzzle” with “mask”, carrying throughout the imagery of light and dark, and tight in length. It was well crafted and well-delivered. The peroration built on a poem and was a perfect match in tone and cadence to Biden’s regular speeches, complete with reproducible soundbites...

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  • August 21, 2020

President Donald Trump said a few days ago that in a mask, he believes he looks like the “Lone Ranger.” Setting aside, that even the simplest of comparisons escape him—the Lone Ranger wore his mask over his eyes, the irony of his Lone Ranger analogy is far beyond his comprehension....

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  • July 3, 2020

It is a surprise to some who haven’t spent time in African-American cultural institutions that Lift Every Voice and Sing is a standard for many events. It never substitutes for the US national anthem. It is equally surprising not to know the lyrics of a song that is much more...

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  • July 3, 2020

I don’t know who the hell is on Biden’s media team, but damn they are good.  I thought they couldn’t top the “Unprepared” ad, but the latest one showing factually the contrast between Biden and Trump is amazing.  “Crisis reveals character”.   x x YouTube Video In case you don’t...

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  • May 10, 2020

Prostate Cancer struck me where I’m blind Festered deep up my behind Four good doctors couldn’t tell Cancer was dragging me down to hell. For years it grew on my prostate gland and ate away what makes me a man By feasting on my testosterone ‘Till I couldn’t pee, or make...

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  • October 17, 2019

Who am I? Who am I, you ask? The Kurd of Kurdistan, a lively volcano, fire and dynamite in the face of the enemy. When furious, I shake the mountains, the sparks of my anger are death to my foes. Who am I? I am in the east, forts and...

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  • October 10, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1528. Slammed by an Ex-Foreign Service Officer for gross...

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  • August 16, 2019

< p style=”text-align:justify”>The first two lines of the opening stanza of my favorite poem read, “If you can keep your head when all about you, Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” –Rudyard Kipling.   One of the gifts of literature and poetry is confirming that you are not alone...

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  • August 9, 2019

The day before the historic streets of my hometown of Washington D.C. are possibly pulverized, by Donald Trump’s request for “Sherman tanks,” longtime childhood conflicts for me and many Black Americans are resurfacing. The Fourth of July celebrates the country’s independence. The day we memorialize as the beginning of independence from...

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  • July 3, 2019
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