Here is an elegantly written piece of micro fiction, which John C Mannone describes as a prose poem that doesn’t use juxtaposition, yet is surreal. I was just blown away by the density and depth of the chosen words that makes this poetic picture one to never to leave your mind:
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The river writhes through narrow chambers, crisscrossing into reticulation of arteries mapping the heart of earth. For a moment, I’m smaller than a drop of that water dissolving through rock; smaller than a microbe propelling inexorably to the source of life, to the laughter of rain, to the brass-brilliant sun, to the hero of creation.
I thought this was exceptionally beautiful poetry!
SHARING A #WRITING #CHALLENGE WITH YOU: I am about 80% through with the longest most complex fun novel I have ever written, “The Carneeg”; however, for the first time ever I noted that I was avoiding completing my work. I was writing poetry, researching marketing, working on our author’s meetUp group, learning new software…. Just not writing.
I told my wife, Evelyn, where I was in the story. She had read and quickly edited the first 200 pages 3 weeks earlier. I had added 50 pages but not more. Because the story is so complex and rich with world creation, I have 26 pages of notes which include my first attempt at interviewing my characters as @Alvin Wander, my friend and author, inspired me to do.
I needed someone to talk to about my problem so she listened. I told her wear I was in the story and I enumerated the 6 sub plots that were seeking resolution, most of which had started in the first 200 pages she had read.
As the wise teacher once said, “the solution is in the problem,” also a powerful 5,000 year old Rosicrucian teaching. When I finished, I knew why I was not writing and what I had to do. I had “felt” overwhelmed by the complexity of what I thought I had to keep in mind; however, in reality all I had to do was summarize the issues and speak them to another person. When I clearly formulated my challenge, I also formulated a question that my mind could ask of the muse and I had the answer. All I really needed to do was decide which were the main subplots, how they would resolve (completely in this book or partially for the next volume to come), decide what is a great ending for this series installment and write it. My books write themselves, I never know the ending. In this way it is as much fun writing it as reading it. I have my 26 pages of summary notes to reference and my editor will know if I have left anything untied. Tomorrow is the beginning of the end 🙂
Around our country we have seen people reject speakers of opinions they do not like or believe in. However, that polarizes and divides us.
Some people can speak just as clearly many of us can write. They stand up and speak and change the world… a spark of that happened today. Here is a magnificent story that is reality, today…. the power of communications. – Creative Experiences To Inspire Us all! it makes me proud to be an American!
Does it matter if a book of poetry or a book of prose is published as an e-book or physical book? I asked this question and was told that an e-book detracted from both. To some extent this may be true for those who grew up with physical books but less for the next generation. On the other hand, it did make me think a lot about this and here are some thoughts you may enjoy reading:
I feel that a paper book has a sensual classic beauty, feel and even smell. This is particularly relevant to poetry, I believe, because poetry is both an art form and a language media. I say this because the words in poetry are denser than in prose. They are more visually evocative, filled with simile, metaphor, sound, rhythm and even rhyme. The language may more frequently be esoteric, historically phrased, culturally unique or even quite stylized. This is not so common in prose. Just as putting a beautiful painting in the right frame is critical, the same is true for poetry.
Putting prose in an e-book read on a thin light kindle tablet or other device is not so traumatic to prose as it would be to the more mystical beauty of poetry.
Something to think about…………
Recently, an Imam in California preached that Muslims should rise up and wipe the Jews from the face of the Earth. He was supposedly angered by metal detectors placed by Israel at the spectacular Al-Aqsa Mosque (pictured at the left) after terrorists gunned down Jewish Police by smuggling weapons into this holy place. Unfortunately it appears that no one really spoke up against his hatred preached in the house of Allah! It is true that later he recanted when publicly admonished but that was for the news. Was he asked to step down as an Imam leading his congregation? Did he tell them he had preached hatred rather than a love of God’s children and as such needed to step down? What does this silence from the congregation tell us? Silence is consent. This Imam, Ammar Shahin turned a house dedicated to God into a place to launch genocide, destruction and terror.
In a debate group, I recently attended, we brought up the question of why Muslims don’t speak up when hatred is preached in a mosque? The common opinion is that they’re afraid of their own congregants. None of the group could believe that most Muslims are violent and hope to kill those with differences of religious belief, at least here in America. This then begs the question, is Meetup afraid of the movement they started called “#resist?” If not then why do they not speak up when it has strayed tremendously further from its original principles as Meetup documented for its creation? Is meetup becoming a terrorist supporting media? Does it really push for the overthrow and destruction of our elected president and his government? Or, are the leaders at MeetUp terrified of the people they empowered by building a Temple of #RESIST for them to pray from?
I personally suspect (or would like to think) that MeetUp.com did not intend to create what many call the hate media that some or the most visible parts of #resist have appeared to become. MeetUp’s leadership, in the beginning, stated at the startup of Resist that their intent was: “to be champions of democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, and sustainability.” Somehow that does NOT sound like #Resist nowadays. If so why does MeetUp.com still makes #Resist free with organizing benefits no other MeetUp group has? So either MeetUp is supporting what #Resist has become or they are Terrorized by their own creation much as Muslims seem to be of their own congregants. Remember SILENCE IS CONSENT!
What are the main focuses of #Resist MeetUps today? Is it peaceful protest of some government policies that seem to violate human rights or is it the overthrow of the elected president that many of them choose to believe is not “their” president? Chapters of Resist, do not offer much printed web information other than the meetUp sanctioned statements but what happens at meetings? Here is an excerpt from a L.A. #Resist group meetup that appears well attended. The question is what if Mueller is removed? “……….Be prepared for three days of protest rallying there with other progressive patriots! Make waves that all members of Congress will see and hear, let them know they will be gone IF they do not draft and present Articles of Impeachment for all the high crimes and misdemeanors that are now trickling out of this temporary POTUS administration.”
Now it is important to notice that the focus is on overthrowing the president. Note the words: “Temporary Potus,” “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Drafting Articles of Impeachment.” This not about social justice, equality and democracy, it is about stopping the candidate America elected (that they don’t like) because they can call him names and make false claims. Claims they need not support to their members. Hello? Is this democracy? Is this working with the institutions of government? It has gone much further too in what has come out of Resist and likely is its strong arm, Anifa.
Since the election of 2016, many say the left has gone crazy. They now have their version of the tea party and call it the Resistance. The leadership of that is a loosely formed violent group called Antifa. Antifa is short for Anti-Fascist. The irony of their name is not lost on those who actually know history, as their tactics are straight from the fascist playbook. In the past few months, these groups have repeatedly disrupted peaceful pro-Trump rallies. They have called for and used violence against people who support the president or disagree with them and even against members of the media who will report things Antifa doesn’t want reported.
Is this what MeetUp wanted? Is this what MeetUp supported? Perhaps if the truth is that MeetUp wanted justice and equality, they now need to start a group called #Asist or #Unify! Silence is consent. However if you see an injustice it does not mean you have to scream in someone’s face in public. If you really care, you discuss things quietly and calmly and you seek understanding. You also create groups working towards those goals. Screaming, beating, burning, trashing, is not in our constitution. It never gets you anywhere anyway, it just marginalizes you, your group, your cause and draws the masses to the center. To the center so they can they distance themselves from your out of control violent behavior. Is it time for MeetUp to starts #Asist or #UNIFY? What if we actually try to work together peacefully as we all did under Obama? #UNIFY!
People who know little, believe they are the smartest type
People come in different colors, and see beauty in variety
People see beauty in their variety, but don’t want to come in different other colors
People dress in different styles, and love the change
People who love the change, won’t dress in different styles
People pray to different Gods, and find their God exclusive
People finding their God exclusive, want to pray to different Gods
People alone, like to gather and so they may talk together
People who talk together, gather that they would like to be alone
People who are different come together to form a nation for support.
People who form a nation for support can’t come together because they are different
GENDERLESS: Last night at our meetup we talked about a “new” term for gender non-identification. Some young people want to do away with any description of LGBQT… etc. Would this be good or bad? First of all wearing a badge identifying your “sexual preferences” seems unnecessary anyway. We have two physical sexes despite Caitlyn’s confusion, it is male and female. What you choose to do in your bedroom with your sex is your affair and no one else’s! It does not take away your physical sex, that was given at birth despite what you choose to do with it. Surgery can make it appear that way but your genetics still tell what you are. So, as I see it, we each have one of two genders; however, that does not negate what we chose to do with that gender, MFLGBQT ?
GIVE LIFE A CHANCE: As for non-identifying gender boundaries and making it a spectrum, this seems to lead to confusing practices like parents deciding their 7 year old boy is really transgender and “helping” him transition. See the National Geographic cover picture –> https://tinyurl.com/gktes3p (here Nat Geo explains why they did the right thing…) It seems to me that children have to figure things out on their own sexuality and be given time to do so not have someone start feeding them hormone shots or surgical “fixes.” A good reference to this understanding is “Psycho Cybernetics” by Maxwell maltz. Read this to see why surgery is not a solution for children and probably even adults! The childhood practice of gender identification with toys, activities, clothes etc is valuable in that it helps children learn who they are. Clothing, activities toys that are gender specific help what has always been normal development (even in prehistoric times). After age 18 or so, after lots of experience, if someone really feels they are LBQT, then God bless them, and may they not be unhappy in their choice or abused for it!
SUICIDE: Taking away boundaries by erasing names does not make sense, it makes confusion. Suicide rates tell us about people’s unhappiness with themselves. It is not the responsibility of society to love and accept any and all spectrum of deviations, surgical modifications or personal choices. It is probably society’s responsibility to be civil and respectful of differences; however, not something to be forced on children in school. The feedback (good or bad) from other children, in childhood, is essential to developing and choosing identification. Children’s play is not just learning coordination, it is role playing that helps them define themselves! Physical violence or social media stalking … is NOT acceptable. I am not talking about this. Plants and people need night as well as sunshine to grow. We need to lose and win at sports, not get a reward for showing up.
PRIDE DOES NOT NEED SURGERY – THE NEW NORMAL?: Caitlyn Jenner’s remark about being the “new normal” is nonsense. A normal is something that is common and expected by society or the rest of the animal kingdom. Pride is evidence in the posture of a lion as seen on the left here. Caitlyn is a surgical aberration. Dr Maxwell Maltz described, in his first surgical experience, doing a nose job for a lady, who believed she would be beautiful after a nose job. When he was proudly unveiling her new beauty she remarked “I don’t see any difference.” This was because she was unhappy with who she was and the nose was just justification. By contrast at a party one evening he offered to correct a facial scar for a man who had been cut by a dueling sword. The man was offended and refused. He said, “I earned this scar dueling! Why should I have it removed?” His scar made him beautiful. I think Bruce Jenner should be watched for suicide tendencies. He cannot love himself if he was willing to pay so much to be mutilated.
SELF RESPECT: Civility in adulthood is, I believe, an underlying premise of America as a melting pot. I believe that harassment of sexual choice must stop. However, suicide rates would best decline if people were inwardly truly proud of their choices. Gay Pride, a beautiful concept, needs to figure this out for their brothers and sisters. If that can become a reality, society will not have to change to meet this need, it will simply become a reality. I have known a good number of proud, special, sucessful “gay” people in my life and my life is that much richer for this experience. Many of today’s gay people are special, especially the ones who learn to love themselves despite the childhood cruelties we all suffer (gay or not). There is wealth in diversity. Who is stupid enough to strive for poverty?
ABOUT TRANSGENDER SUICIDE RATES: http://www.vocativ.com/culture/lgbt/transgender-suicide/