The Flower Outlives the Dick-Tater

The Flower Outlives the Dick-Tater

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. ~Pablo Neruda The flowering words of the poet Pablito Neruda focused eyes on the horrors perpetrated by the coward pinochet, a human being so despicable he does not deserve to have his name capitalized. I shudder to even put it into print. […]

The Human Being

The Human Being

A velvet sun was painting the streets with innocence. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón To all but the poet or one with the heart of a poet, the quote is applesauce, nonsense, silliness. Facts decree the sun is a cauldron and innocence exists only in the soul. Sadly, it is those existing outside of poetry in charge […]

Bullets From The Poet’s Pen

Bullets From The Poet’s Pen

Between my fingers and thumb The squat pen rests; a snug as a gun. ~Seamus Heaney What is more powerful, a gun in an expert marksman’s hand or the pen in the hand of a clever poet? In the immediate, in the short term, the gun has the power to snuff a life with the […]

Fact by Fact You Lose

Fact by Fact You Lose

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. ~Cassandra Clare To be influenced by literature or poetry requires empathy. Without empathy, it is impossible to enjoy literature, other than as a study in connected words. Without empathy, it is impossible to feel the emotions of actors, to swim in their pain […]

Free Speech Anarchy

Free Speech Anarchy

Freedom, not safety, is the highest good. ~Edward Abbey I have an anarchists love of freedom when it comes to “Freedom of Speech”. I am a zealot for the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Freedom of speech is the bedrock for a free society, the bulwark ensuring We the People have a voice even […]

A Thousand Truths

A Thousand Truths

Poetry by it’s very nature is subversive. It turns worlds inside out, confounds meaning, changes black to white to contiguous shades of gray. Never trust a poet. ~Pablo Neruda Poetry, the encoding of ideas and emotions in imagery, is considered so dangerous the US-backed dictator Pinochet silenced the pen of Senñor Neruda with poison. Words […]

Living Poems

Living Poems

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words. ~John Fowles What is a poem but an arrangement of words creating images that move a person emotionally, ideas that can stimulate intellectually? The intellect buoyed by emotions have the power to incite revolution in peoples so long subjugated […]

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