Wayne’s World

Wayne’s World

I call B.S.
on LaPierre & Loesch claiming
lawmakers & media exploit
tragedy, when cries
for change have been heard
all along. I don’t hear them
admitting lax gun laws are
exploited in those tragedies,
while they exploit the same
tragedies for their own agenda.

Speaking of opportunists.

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 22, 2018, National Rifle Association Executive Director and CEO Wayne LaPierre and NRA National Spokesperson Dana Loesch had this to say:

Loesch (on media): “Many in legacy media love mass shootings. Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings.”

Loesch (on Dem. lawmakers): “They’re exploiting a tragedy for an agenda. Shame on you. We call B.S.”

LaPierre: “As usual the opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain.”

CBS News — BBC NewsThe Atlantic
(If you read any of these, read The Atlantic.)


Holding the Trump Card

Holding the Trump Card

Take my cue. Wouldn’t
you do the same thing
in my place? Face it.

Holding the Trump Card

You wish you could
be me, free to bend
the rules. Don’t apply

normal standards here.
We’re all in this together,
whether we like it

or not. Take your best shot.
After all, whom did you
elect? Selective memory

won’t get you anywhere.
It takes a certain flair
for that. Everyone

take note. Time to promote
my agenda. Empty promises
coming up. Now, to sum up,

I feel your pain. I know
it may strain credulity,
but I hear you.

Image source: the guardian

Hail to the Chief

Hail to the Chief

Hail to the Chief

Our Commander
in Chief, a man beyond
belief, attempting to ease pain
with diversion, his version
of the world with him
at the center. Enter
that mind at your own
risk. His words will not
calm the rising storm of
protest, as you ride
(in)sanity’s rough seas,
documented in not-so-mute
testimony every morning,
warning you with deceit
in every tweet.

The five word prompts for The Secret Keeper’s Weekly Writing Prompt #129 are calm, rough, storm, ease and mute.
I need to find a new topic!

Secret Keeper Prompt

bitter shot

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bitter shot

a storm rose
over the land
all beauty crushed
in a rain of shadows

arms placed above lives

The Oracle in a mood most foul.
If you want to try Magnetic Poetry, you can do it online, here.

morning glory drinks

morning glory drinks.jpgmorning glory drinks
slaking thirst by any means
my newfound desire

At Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #21 Revise That Haiku, Kristjaan asks us to revise a classic haiku by Chiyo-Ni:

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled
I ask for water

Image source: wikimedia.org

The Wiki description explains the original haiku: Chiyo-ni standing beside a well. This woodcut by Utagawa Kuniyoshi illustrates her most famous haiku: finding a bucket entangled in the vines of a morning glory, she will go ask for water rather than disturb the flower.

behind the layers

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behind the layers

In the United States, we have had no leaders without flaws, but many have had virtues that command respect. In February, two of those who deserve our respect, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, are recognized with holidays on their birthdays. Washington’s Birthday has come to be known as Presidents’ Day, a day on which to honor all Presidents, both past and present. Our national flower is the rose, and it’s fitting to think of it, the depth of its many layers, when considering the character of those men on Presidents’ Day. It’s ironic that this thought comes to me at a time when we have a man who brings nothing but disgrace to the office. This rose does not smell so sweet.

behind the layers
discerning integrity
character within

Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #21: Rose asks us to use the kigo “rose” as a symbol for Presidents’ Day.
Image: Rose (wikimedia.org) layered over Mount Rushmore (worldatlas.com)

ever growing depth

ever growing depth

ever growing depth

From the beginning, I could have sworn our love was like a rose in full bloom. But, as the years pass, I find that layers exist, like petals opening further to reveal a depth that draws me in ever further.

ever growing depth
within layers of beauty
forever blooming

This haibun in no way meets Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge for this week, to use the kigo “rose” as a symbol for Presidents’ Day, but I’ll admit it was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of “rose.”