Friday, October 9, 2015

We pay taxes for this?

The mostly cloudy and cooler weather this week have left me increasingly uninspired. The weekend's warmer temperatures and approaching peak in leaf color should help perk me up, especially if I give up watching and/or reading the news.

Autumn maples enhancing a red barn
Autumn maples enhancing a red barn
Photo by J. Harrington

For now, let's play a little Friday fun game. See if you can figure out the message I'm sending with the following list of current news stories.

O.K. here's the message in the form of a question: Do you suppose we could hire the Tunisia national dialogue folks to provide training for our politicians (and the rest of us)? We seem to be having our own version of an Arab Spring that's continuing through Autumn into Winter.

It's Not That

By Maureen N. McLane 

It's not that I'm opposed
to poison in my lips

or pig in my soap—
it's not that I'm opposed.

It's not that I'm opposed
to plastic bottles that won't decompose

to malodorous phosphorus flows—
it's not that I'm opposed

to what you propose—
surgery on your imperfect nose

favelas blasted
with hoses— it's not that

I'm opposed to opposing
the opposite of anonymous

neighbors, the nosy stargazers
who discover new celebrity planets

about to crash into your car. It's not that
I'm opposed that we drive

when it's not very far
to walk or bike not opposed

you're opposed to the subway
the stink of the general—

train 4, 5, or 6–not opposed
to the sex on Craigslist

to your pets' special tricks
to the organized slaughter of cows

by the tenderest machines—
not opposed to your dreams

to their screams to our hopes
not opposed to the hordes

with their ropes knives and bombs
set in desolate streets slums

and thrumming towns not opposed
to your proms and baptisms

to ongoing Christian schisms
most unopposed to fierce Muslims

Jews Baha'is and Hindus posed
in poses temples now oppose

the Kama Sutra too ooh-la-la
for the petit-bourgeois members of the BJP

—not opposed to a big GDP
to a loud ATV not opposed to anything

I can see hear or touch
to "enough or too much"—

It's not that I'm opposed
to whatever I should propose

opposing, knowing
knowing is thinning

in the species' extra inning
on a world slow spinning on an

axis slightly tilting
into folly so is it folly

to suppose you could oppose
proposing something to oppose

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