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In Defense of Poets

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Fear, Featured, Survival
In Defense of Poets

If the shit ever hits the fan, and we find ourselves selecting a group to start over, don’t count us out. We might not know how to hunt or fish or garden. We might not know how to govern or how to lead. We might not know medicine or construction. We might not know how […]

Relentless

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Fear
Relentless

John Keating: Close your eyes, close your eyes! Close ‘em! Now, describe what you see. Byron King: Uh, I-I close my eyes. John Keating: Yes. Byron King: Uh, and I see the line. John Keating: An endless line. Byron King: An endless line that devours space and time. John Keating: Oh, that’s *excellent*! Now, give […]

To Wash the World of Fear

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Fear
To Wash the World of Fear

If a cure for hate was contagious. If peace was a virus. Would we cary it from town to town? Would we fly it into another country? Undetected. Unfettered. Fluids swapped. Airborne soldiers dropped. Would it sweep the world like a storm? Hurricane force winds swarm. Infecting our minds and media. News channels changed from […]

We Could Have Been

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, psychology
We Could Have Been

I could have been a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, an architect. I could have been respected, well off, helpful. I could have been somebody, elected, official. I could have been religious, well traveled, well dressed. I could have been a lot of things I was told to be. I chose to make art. Not […]

We Will

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Climate Change
We Will

  we will fix it. with imagination. with our own creation. mixing genetics and technology. engineering botany. with faster growing trees. injected with bamboo to freeze time. to regrow in days. soak up carbon like a mop. vacuum up poison from the air. regulate our toxins. purge our history from the soil. we will make […]

Dearly Departed

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Peace
Dearly Departed

all severed heads speak one last sentence before bleeding out. dismembered. burnt tongues. one final transmission. they speak through you purveyors of death. sons of Seth. you participate through viewing their timeless execution. before they transition what final word? what could be heard? a call for vengeance. a prayer for peace. love from the departed. […]

The Random Story Machine:

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Featured, healthcare
The Random Story Machine:

I could say why not? Why share my story with you or anyone? I suppose you could. I suppose you could take it with you. Where would I be taking it? Do you know? I didn’t say I knew anything. I just said maybe you don’t want to share. And why would I? Why would […]

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

Florida. What will you do when they come for you. On your coasts. Never hiding from the storms. As you beckon to carpetbaggers new to perch on your beaches. To steal your sacred views by destroying animal habitats. To buy homes to retire on buried cul-de-sacs. What will you do when the big one comes […]

The Greatest Generation

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Featured
The Greatest Generation

The greatest generation of all, is ahead. Look forward. Can you see them? They are coded. We carry them inside our cells. Be thankful. There will never be a need for them to fight a war. No need to be shot and bled for loss of limb or more. The greatest generation of all time, […]

Look Forward

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Featured, Survival
Look Forward

if there is a chance. another way. to survive the storm. it is through you. your generation will rebuild a nation that has taken one step forward and two steps back. for we seek progress from the attack of facts. proving basic math. from religious fanatics of the old ways. of primitive thinking. from which […]

I Can See for Miles

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Fear, Peace
I Can See for Miles

From my stateside post I saw for miles and miles. We drank all night. Came to shift hung over. Serving with teenagers. Taking naps between duty gaps. No Officer around. Plug in your Play Station. Serving your nation at war. Wishing the hours away. To transfer out. To see what the fight is for. For […]

To Level Up

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Survival
To Level Up

In order to understand any problem one must have empathy. One must imagine themselves in the shoes of another. Humanize the enemy. The spree killer. The deserter. The terrorist. With love and family and fear. Somewhere something went wrong. With that deer in the headlights blank stare, the ability to feel the other’s loss lost. […]

Dribbling Genetics

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Truth
Dribbling Genetics

I don’t like sports, never have. I played them because that’s what boys did. My father was a coach so I did not have much of a choice. To show up. To participate. The only lessons I learned on a court. For years I watched him take bleachers full of kids and bring them to […]

Save Me a Seat

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Featured
Save Me a Seat

Cancer is a killer. When you first hear the verdict most collapse in horror. Then time begins to really mean something. Emotionally it is equal to genocide, war, spree killings to the ones who live with it and the ones who support those who do. To cancer survivors, cancer is a connection. It is like […]

Let It Last

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Fear, Featured
Let It Last

Be quiet. They don’t know. Shhhh! Let them believe a little longer. You didn’t know? They still believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. It’s true. None of the kids let them know any different at school. This morning, I turned down the radio. NPR is talking about three hundred children stolen from […]

Mr. Somebody

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word
Mr. Somebody

do you exist. can you prove it. can anyone. is this the only life we live. are we vibrating strings from what physics gives. one note to multiple lives. wave after wave as gravity fades. pushing us outward from our big bang. don’t want to live. quit making choices. stay in bed and sleep. even […]

I am Average

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Featured
I am Average

I am your average minority lesbian woman who loves her family. Works hard. Pulls her own weight. I’m looking for fair pay. I’m looking for immigration reform in anyway. So I can see my parents before they die. I want to marry the partner I love. I want equality in every way. Not just a […]

Losing Touch

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Featured
Losing Touch

breath. focus on third eye. as i was taught, push tongue to roof of month. inhale deeply from belly. let it out. repeat. s l o w l y. body becomes like jelly. breath. mind begins to drift. thinks of sounds that move adrift. in the mix. in the home. in the mind. noise is […]

Empty Shoes

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Peace, psychology, Recovery
Empty Shoes

In the footsteps where
buildings once stood.
The graves of where
the dead mixed in
with concrete and sand.

Deceptively Simple

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in 2014, Choken Word, Fear, Peace, psychology
Deceptively Simple

a chess board is laid out new. so many options. each piece must conform to its role. to know empathy play the pawn. they are strong and many. hear their voices. each one, a choice. when on the line what will they do to realign the board. will they stay put. will they cross into […]