That Is Just the Way It Is?

‘that is just the way it is…’

I watch you say…through my native eyes

Just a private conversation with kindness and hate

How long before…

‘that is just the way it is…abates?’

A generous thief…this loathing

But when all is said and not done…

I say to hate, it does not pay to live like that…

With both feet in the past

Good People

Wrong or resolute, I’m in the mood to obey
Station through station
Desensitizing the nation
Where did all the people go?

A pair of gun incidents with possible racial motives have roiled Kentucky. On Wednesday, Gregory Bush, 51, a white man with a history of racist comments, killed two black shoppers when he opened fire at a Kroger grocery store in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersontown. In a chilling echo of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, Bush reportedly tried to enter a predominantly black Baptist church minutes before the attack, but couldn’t get in. The U.S. attorney for the area is investigating the rampage as a possible hate crime.

Bush also had a record of violence against his family, and had been hospitalized twice for mental illness and suicide attempts. Judges ordered him to surrender his guns several times, and in 2009 he was convicted of domestic violence, which bars him from owning a gun for life. Police are not yet sure how he obtained one.

“Something needs to be done to stop putting guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” the nephew of Kroger victim Vickie Lee Jones said the day after the shooting. “Something is wrong with the system. This shouldn’t have happened.”

A week earlier and about 30 miles southeast, a man possibly plotting a mass shooting was apprehended by police as he was pulling out of his driveway in the small city of Lawrenceburg. Dylan Jarrell, 20, was armed with a gun, 200 rounds of ammo, a Kevlar vest, and a detailed plan of attack for two nearby schools. The authorities were tipped off by a woman in New Jersey, who had woken up to a Facebook message from Jarrell, a total stranger, saying her three black children should be lynched.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders believes Bull’s tip saved lives. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and do havoc,” he said.

So, I ask…

‘Where’d all the good people go?’

Facing Change

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced!  James Baldwin

In awe, as a writer, poet, thinker, depth diver…I wonder…

‘How did we get here?’

Some of us so far in the minority.  It takes a ladder to stand up to the wind.  Faith and persistence must not wane.  For as certain as, one open door appears ahead of us.  The door shutting behind…never closes completely.  

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Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.

James Baldwin/the Fire Next Time

 

Supple Irritation

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Can only build a wall around the heart.

This is the best place to start.

Infractions of others only a fur… stole.

No matter, the walk in the park.

A distant infraction in the woods.

How to best console?

Lend the earth a hand.

Be it earthy green.

Be it solemn.

Or, factual pearl white.

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