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
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.
- The republican house can't find a way to elect a speaker.
- Cleaning up the country's water seems beyond reach
- We continue to trip over the second amendment
- Nobel peace prize: national dialogue brought Tunisia back from the brink
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
It's not that I'm opposedto poison in my lips
or pig in my soap—it's not that I'm opposed.
It's not that I'm opposedto 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 blastedwith hoses— it's not that
I'm opposed to opposingthe opposite of anonymous
neighbors, the nosy stargazerswho discover new celebrity planets
about to crash into your car. It's not thatI'm opposed that we drive
when it's not very farto walk or bike not opposed
you're opposed to the subwaythe stink of the general—
train 4, 5, or 6–not opposedto the sex on Craigslist
to your pets' special tricksto the organized slaughter of cows
by the tenderest machines—not opposed to your dreams
to their screams to our hopesnot opposed to the hordes
with their ropes knives and bombsset in desolate streets slums
and thrumming towns not opposedto your proms and baptisms
to ongoing Christian schismsmost unopposed to fierce Muslims
Jews Baha'is and Hindus posedin poses temples now oppose
the Kama Sutra too ooh-la-lafor the petit-bourgeois members of the BJP
—not opposed to a big GDPto a loud ATV not opposed to anything
I can see hear or touchto "enough or too much"—
It's not that I'm opposedto whatever I should propose
opposing, knowingknowing is thinning
in the species' extra inningon a world slow spinning on an
axis slightly tiltinginto folly so is it folly
to suppose you could opposeproposing something to oppose
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