Mary Oliver Died Today

Mary Oliver, a poet of the natural world, no longer breathes but her words will live forever.

When Death Comes

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

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“Something there is that does not love a wall.”

In Robert Frost’s poem, The Mending Wall, he states “something
there is that does not love a wall.” His references seem to imply
that the “something” is nature. Yes, eventually nature destroys
even a great big beautiful wall.

BUT, the latest political controversy has nothing to do with a wall.
If tRump wanted to build a wall he had two years and the Republicans
had control of both branches of the US Congress. Why didn’t he go for
it then? Because he really did not want it. He wants to use all the
bluster he is now spewing as a diversion while he rapes the environment,
destroys Social Security and Medicare, eliminates healthcare, expands
tax cuts for himself and his fellow 1 percenters, and whips his base
into a racist frenzy about the criminals and drugs coming from the south.

He has the entire country upset about the wall, who will pay for it and
how it is to be constructed. Forget it, folks. It has never been about
a wall. He desires power. He now has everything he wanted in the first
place. A stymied Congress that cannot stop him. An excuse to close the government “maybe for years” he said, thereby hurting the most vulnerable
in our midst. An reason to declare martial law…not to build the wall
on his own but to do what his mind desires all in the name of national
security. He will use money from the defense budget, thereby bankrupting
our military.

No one will stop him now, how can we then?

Democracy is gasping its last breaths. It will expire not with a bang
but a whimper.

Meanwhile, the Russians are smiling.

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tRump gives up a pawn

Beginning to feel the heat of the Mueller probe
our illustrious pResident decided he needed a plan
to silence the testimony of the Russian female spy
who has agreed to testify against him.

No problem. 1.) Find and unsuspecting US citizen
travelling in Russian. 2.) Have Put-in arrest him.
3.) Arrange for a prisoner exchange.

Problem solved.

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Message to Democrats in Congress

My wife has a message for you:


I would add, especially one who does not mind having a few children die for his cause.

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Martin Niemoller Revisited

First they came after the homeless immigrants and I didn’t speak out because
I wasn’t a homeless immigrant.

Then they came after the unionists and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t
a unionist.

Then they came after the reporters and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t
a reporter.

Then they came after the generals and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t
a general.

Then they came after me…and there was no one left to speak out.

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Thanks to Pam Welch, a Yucatan friend, for the following quote:

“Hate can be a deeply stimulating emotion. The world becomes easier to understand and much less terrifying if you divide everything and everyone into friends and enemies, we and they, good and evil. The easiest way to unite a group isn’t through love, because love is hard, It makes demands. Hate is simple. So the first thing that happens in a conflict is that we choose a side, because that’s easier than trying to hold two thoughts in our heads at the same time. The second thing that happens is that we seek out facts that confirm what we want to believe – comforting facts, ones that permit life to go on as normal. The third is that we dehumanize our enemy.”
― Fredrik Backman, Beartown

This is my new guiding light.

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Damning with Faint Praise

I am having a problem with all the sudden adulation of George W. Bush.
Have we forgotten so soon?
A sycophant for Ronald Reagan and never escaped that shadow.
He sold out his moderate credentials for the reactionary mantra “no new taxes”
which eventually caused him to loose his run for reelection when he did
raise taxes.
He is praised for the Gulf War victory but it unleashed a flood of anger from
the Arab states resulting in Bush “43” trying to fight it all over again with lies about WMD.
He gave Dick Cheney credibility, which resulted in “43” naming him Veep
and deferring many decisions to him.

Sorry, but the praise we are seeing far and wide is problematic. He resisted
any efforts to provide support and recognition for the rights of gays and
He accomplished next to nothing in the domestic realm because he was focused more on foreign affairs.

So, how do we explain all this admiration we are seeing?

I believe the cancerous tRump has so poisoned our perceptions of presidents
that even George W. Bush looks wonderful by comparison. We long for the
mediocrity of both Bush presidents.

Lest we forget how mediocre they were….tRump is so much worse that we miss
them both.

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