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Monday, August 06, 2018

Mysteries and Things: poetry

Mysteries and things,
"Being" and "Existence",
"I" "That" "It":
Who is "I"?
What is "It"?

August 5, 2018:
Daylight is in the process of exchanging itself with dusk,
the afternoon breeze makes tall spindly sunflowers shimmy and shimmer 
in ever moving splotches of sunlight.

Old bones ache today
under blue skies and
"Being" identifies "Itself"
by the location of its pain
as afternoon and evening exchange colors
until there are no colors left
leaving behind only the Mystery of the "I"  
and the aching.

Poetry and photography by David H. Roche © 2018

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Coffee and Crumbs: Poetry and photography

Coffee and Crumbs

After four days without coffee I made three mugs.
Four tablespoons of ground coffee,
six cups of water,
push the button.

Remembering the bag of bird seed bought yesterday
I fill a cup with seed and dried bread crumbs
to sprinkle in the yard.

A raven lands before I sit down inside,
a band of half-wild ducks arrive like a scourge of vacuum cleaners.
The seed and crumbs are gone
before the first mug is poured.

Hurry out with another cup of seed,
pour it in the grass,
hurry in,
fill a mug with coffee,
sit down,
sip carefully,
enjoy the taste with toast and butter,
watch through the window with a smile
as the horde of ducks
make the seed vanish before my eyes.

poetry and photography by David H. Roche
(C) 2018

Friday, August 03, 2018

Go Catch A Mouse: note to the cats on the porch (Poetry)

Go Catch A Mouse:
 note to the cats on the porch

All I can say is
"Go catch a mouse"
to the cats peering through the glass door…

The three cats come morning and evening and sit
looking through the glass until
I open the door
and pour food into their bowl 
but tonight I have to say:

"There's more in the morning
but no more tonight…
go catch a mouse.

I managed your food along with mine as good as I could.
It lasted almost until I could buy some more
and if you catch a mouse tonight tomorrow Social Security comes
and I can go to the store
and buy butter and chicken and cat food and bird seed …
I'm out of everything too."

( C)David H. Roche 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Goodbye (poetry)


The driveway packed with cars,
brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.
Some sit on the steps,
others walk back and forth
taking turns entering the house
and returning to sit on the steps
or pace to and fro
while Jesse lays inside on the last day of his life
saying "goodbye" to everything
but the cancer.

poetry and photography by David H. Roche 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Big Thank You To U.S. Lawmakers

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.
Forests are the lungs of our land, 
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.


Democracy Now had a report on our nation's relationship with the natural world this morning. Noam Chomsky reveals the peril we have been placed in. 

I am responding to what I heard with the art above.  It should be evident by now that the Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. are responsible for enabling the disabling of the life supporting capabilities of all the eco-systems and the entire bio-system we depend on for our lives, our personal welfare and our health. The Real News provides the information about government decisions to devalue the viability of the living environment. The report is at the highlighted link..

We need to question if the reasons we are being required to relinquish a living breathing earth for the future are good reasons after all.
Do you even know what those reasons are? America’s Lawyer: Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss some of the reason's at the highlighted link. 

If you wonder what kind of environmental blow-back to expect from your lawmakers decisions regarding the environment Stanford University has put together a list of anticipated consequences related to the impending climate debacle. You can read it for yourself at the highlighted link.
Remember all environmental legislation is made by both Republicans and Democrats working together toward a single goal. Do you know what that goal is?

Now, ask yourselves why your lawmakers are preparing this kind of future for you and your family. What answer did you come up with?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

News From A Parallel Universe: political satire.

Note to reader. This is not fake news,it is not news at all it is political satire.

News From A Parallel Universe

 In the aftermath of the Trimp - Penis contiguous impeachments a stunned nation began to become introspective. (Link to MSNBC report on similar topic of betrayal of the nation.) The Vice President was also impeached for violating his oath of office and failing to defend the nation by remaining silent in support of President Trimp. 

USA Today has made note of the oath of office that  both the men took while taking up the service of the nation. Following is a quotation from the article. "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

When President Trimp was finally called to account for publicly embarrassing the American people and then telling the world that he trusted Russian Intelligence over American Intelligence Vice President Micky Penis said not a word. He was as silent and as expressionless as a moldy potato as if someone had removed his tongue. He was impeached after it was determined he still had a tongue. No one thought his silence was a good faith example of upholding his oath of office.

The amazing thing is the transition was almost unnoticeable. As was expected the populace was stunned in a way they had never imagined was possible.  

The transitional government took one draconian step which most likely saved society from falling into absolute chaos.  The public sale and consumption of alcohol was made illegal. Every liquor store and bar, every supermarket, every place that sold wine or spirits was forced to cease sales of those items.

Then the transitional government did the unexpected. This is the miracle that saved the day. 

Due to an over production of marijuana in marijuana legal states the transitional government bought up the crops and in every location across the land that had sold alcohol marijuana was substituted. The alcohol ban lasted only a month but was largely credited with keeping  the nation from falling into anarchy. 

Inversely the soothing effect of marijuana replaced the expected blow-back from supporters of the corrupted and disgraced pair. Another result was a temporary shortage of snack foods and soda. When the ban was lifted some of the most hardened Trimp supporters were suggesting that the national anthem be changed to Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".

Somehow the nation had run the gauntlet of the Trimp-Penis Administration and survived and we THE PEOPLE  became stronger and wiser.

And we all lived happily ever after.

Monday, June 25, 2018

America At The Crossroads

A fairly significant number of American's are distraught at how their elected representatives have transformed society.  (commentary by Farron Cousins, the Ring of Fire at opening link.) Many feel they are being victimized by their government because of the lack of social services and the lack of employment, the lack of educational opportunities, the lack of healthcare, the lack of a sense of security when walking down the city streets because of police brutality. 

Even overt supporters of the State are alarmed at the beast like approach the Trump gang (Administration) has managed to pull off so far.

The spectacle of the mistreatment of human beings at the border (as this Democracy Now report reveals) makes many of the populace dismayed leading them to ask themselves and others: 'How this can be happening?' 

Some of course are happy with the mistreatment of these human beings and they justify it on the basis of the laws they have had made. "We have a law," send them back the proponents of this activity say.  

However it is not so cut and dry, America is split over this. Imagine the condition of the soul of one who is able to be defend such activity. How is it they are not crucifying Christ again  (article by John Piper at previous link on topic of man made in the Image of God) when God regards those they wish to reject as himself?

The mistreatment of human beings is a crime against God in the western religious tradition of Christianity.

Many do not believe in God but do have concern for unfairness and inhumanity being perpertrated on the helpless. Whether they know it or not they are responding to the voice of the Universe that has woven 'peace on earth, good will toward men' into the fabric of their being by speaking out and saying this is wrong and they do not want to be associated with that kind of behavior. Which side are you on, who do you love?

This is a spiritual as well as a political and social crossroads for America. Today America is deciding what their God is like and what course of action to take. I prefer Jesus and those like him to Trump and those like him.

Which side are you on?

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