An American Insurrection

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The colors of late fall
seem brighter this year
as a failed president departs
and American values reappear

The “hopes” and “changes” of 2009,
the lies and misdirection,
encouraged a changing of the guard,
and birthed an American Insurrection

(hg, 2016)

After President Obama’s re-election in 2008 my first thought was: ‘How can they do that?’ How can Americans re-elect a man whose entire presidency has been devoted to weakening America financially and internationally? Are they not listening to Obama himself? His often repeated mantra, even before his first term was ‘level the playing field’. That’s the rhetoric of a Socialist State; this is a Democratic Republic and Democracies don’t work like that.

And it didn’t work!

Congratulations to Donald Trump and his team on their significant defeat of rampant Liberalism in 2016.

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Interlude: An Unaccountable Peace

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Thunderstorm

An Unaccountable Peace

Rain begins to sprinkle then a gush,
damp chill wrests control of the night,
thunder roils then shakes the world,
the sky streaks with beautiful light

An unaccountable peace fills me up
as it does during every storm;
as I sit, I question this tranquility
this peace that keeps me warm

I ponder and wander my mental realm
till I last discover a salient thought:
my mind, so busy controlling life’s course,
has surrendered to the chaos nature has wrought

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My thunderstorm, described above, took me by surprise at a moment when the details and minutiae of that day in my life were swimming through my head and, I swear, threatening to move down to my stomach and ruin any chance for a peaceful rest, after a day without peace in the equation.

The rain began and then began to grow, from small droplets to large, from a gentle pitter-pat to a relentless pounding. Flashes of lightning decorated the sky over a nearby city before visiting mine — visiting and staying for nearly a half-hour and calling, while they were here, an orchestra of kettle drums hidden behind every vague cloud.

Overwhelmed by this display of uncontrollable nature’s wrath, my mind was lulled into peaceful coexistence with my world; the obnoxious people, unpleasant sights and bothersome events of my day were so inconsequential, when compared to the sound and light show nature had prepared for me, they slid away into some mental warehouse where these things are kept until once again useful.

Soon after, I too slid away; slid away from the world as I allowed this ‘unaccountable peace’ to lull me to sleep.

There should, perhaps, be a moral to this reflection but all I can imagine it would be is this:

At least occasionally, stop fighting against the uncontrollable elements in your life; don’t just ignore them, accept them and use them as a soporific.

Community Creatures

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The topic of this blog post
the poem: “Community Creatures”
is best presented with a rhyme
a rhyme, that is, which features

An invitation to peruse
by clicking on this LINK
the observations of a poet
that both entertain and make you think

My introduction, above, is presented with apologies to “real” poets everywhere, including the creator of the very clever verse titled: Community Creatures.

If you take just a very few minutes to read Community Creatures you will easily find yourself and/or your favorite group within at least one of its five stanzas. Solo bloggers, social bloggers, and those of you dedicated to or entranced by forums or wikis are all represented in a way that will surely make you smile and nod. We “creatures” have been captured!

Even if you normally ignore poetry, rhyme or free verse I really think you’ll enjoy Community Creatures.
. And while you’re there, click on the “Trails” link at the top of the page to find other cleverly rendered poems on your favorite topics.

This post is sponsored by Community Creatures