Poem: We Must Not Turn Away NaPoWriMo #19

When we don’t talk about species dying off,

It’s an elephant in the room

When we ignore air pollution,

It’s a haze of confusion

When we laugh and joke over a glass of wine

But never discuss the honeybees’ decline

It’s a line too fine

We need the wisdom of the owl

To stop fouling our nest

We need the ingenuity

Of Ananse

To unravel life’s mysteries

We need the kindness

Of the porpoise

To make peace in the world

We need the strength of rhinos

To avoid the fate of the dinos

When we hear the cries

We must not turn away




About the Poem:

I have a problem with new age positivity people who preach optimism, and I am often one of them.

But really people, we need to wake the fuck up, acknowledge the damage being done and come up with some massively different approaches. That’s going to take communication skills, science, compassion and urgent action. None of these are actually seen as polite in most conversations. And that’s a shame. We need to figure out how to talk about this stuff and get on with retooling our approach to the world.

An interesting, short article about apocalyptic anxiety


Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction





Poem: Stand Up (NaPoWriMo 8)


I don’t want to shout
And I don’t want to be rude
But things have got to change
I’m telling you dude

I gave it awhile
The benefit of the doubt
I hoped for the best
And sat it out

Now I’m older
If not wiser
And one thing fo sho
Power doesn’t get divvied
It doesn’t equally flow
Power is demanded
By those who know

We have a right to be
But we have a responsibility
We’ll get stood up
And knocked up
Until we stand up
And shout

I don’t want to be rude
But more than that
I don’t want to be lame
If we stay silent
We have only ourselves to blame

It’s time to speak out
For the least of us
For the homeless
For the old and the young
For the poorest among us
For our planetary lungs
For seven generations from now
For us for now
It’s time to stand up


About the poem:

We find ourselves at an epic point in history. When the wealth is getting more and more distilled into the hands of the few. When the planet is suffering. When my sweet friend has graduated from high school with high grades, and can not afford to even begin college. So the American dream is no longer? When money is buying our government right in front of our eyes. When hate and bigotry swell, powered by fear. What can we do? Quite a bit actually.

There’s a proven method that goes generally like this: Get together. Look for the underlying causes. (For example, poverty as a cause of crime.) Speak the truth as you see it. Identify solutions. Work as a team. Find someone who can lead. Support him/her. Repeat the loop adjusting as you go.

Naomi Klein coined the term “willful ignorance” talking about our planet’s fate. To think that we can go on with a corporate-funded politics does not seem realistic to me. We’ve tried it with increasingly reckless abandon over the past 100 years. For statistics on the trends of growing inequality, check out the movie “Inequality for All”. The opposite of willful ignorance is awareness and acceptance of the depth of the mess of our current situation.

I’m voting for Bernie because to me he sounds like the voice of love and compassion for the least among us. His words over the past three decades consistently sound like MLK, Jesus and Pope Francis, …my favorite guys. And by writing about this today, I’m taking that opportunity to (perhaps offend you or seem rude, my apologies but I gotta) stand up.

That’s me. What do you believe in? For what will you stand up?






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