Spring Again

Spring Again

  After winter’s ragged grin, spring comes greening in with leaf-curling smiles of hope for new beginnings: delirious-wild-flowerings in the serious month of May and, in spite of Eliot’s cruelest month, crocus and Iris and lilac and clematis, jonquils and tulips all rise up from their sleep in the perfumed poetry of April fading then back into oblivion never to be retrieved again until next year, when the cycle begins again with redbud trees and nomophobia blooming against the heart again. Honeysuckle vines and bridal wreath streaking through the palms up through the arms to the heart and lungs and brainstem of this organism which is a small part of the vast organism of air and water and leaf and cloud and dirt and stars we sometimes call “this vast creation,” for lack of better words or more elegant turns of phrase. The earth is all before me as Wordsworth said long ago. So I cannot miss my way, even if my only guide is a pale wandering cloud. Featured Photograph:  Purple Clematis by Nancy...
March, That Classical Month

March, That Classical Month

March, that classical month, sits upon her pillars supported by the plinth of dying winter and yearning towards the moony start of spring. The first of the month that classical month where the fish still swims towards the ram and the longest day of the year awaits the beginning where Kora will rise from the ground with flowered crown to greet her mother and bring joy to earth’s caught creatures. Ah March, you classical month you stop in the rush of time you cusp, you reminder that all things flow and follow the still beauty of constancy and renewal the logic of the turning year the priceless tale told over and over with the hope of each returning spring. . Featured Art: Cellarius ptolemaic system, by Loon, J. van (Johannes), ca. 1611–1686. National Library of Australia [Public domain], via Wikimedia...
Renaming the Species

Renaming the Species

  Pagans, Christians, Muslims, Jews: You are all the sons of blood. Worshippers of Mithras Of Horus, of Isis, or Mars: You are all covered in blood: The blood of sacrificial bulls And lambs and doves, Crucified messiahs and saints Lining the Appian Way For miles (miles in Latin meaning soldier) Soldier coming from solidus, Those who are paid in coin To perform certain actions Like eliminating the target Wasting the offal, icing Forever the unwanted presence Like angry Achilles dragging Hector Behind his chariot like a piece Of bleeding prime rib ripening In the Trojan sun. Or Lt. Calley And Company C in Vietnam lighting up Some poor “gook” villagers in a ditch In the hamlet of My Lai In Son My village, So’n Tihn District Beside some burning banyan trees Napalm clinging to their limbs And to the limbs of naked children Running up and down burning lanes While their few remaining loved ones Weep and scream and keen And pray to their ancestors For some rational answer To the specter of death and horror That has curtained their lives. Or protestors of that very same war, Students at a Midwestern college campus In Kent Ohio on a bright spring day In May 1970, shot down in cold blood Like criminals by soldiers of the state By the orders of a mad governor And a Chief Executive so paranoid and afraid Of dissent that he decided to wipe it off the map. Or jihadists beheading Christian Spies on the drone-blasted sands of Syria, An ancient land drowned in centuries Of blood since Alexander and Augustus, Or Templars...
Freedom Day

Freedom Day

Jack Ramey reads Freedom Day. http://www.springwoodpress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Freedom-Day.mp3 We hold these truths to be self-evident: all white men who own property are created equal – this of course excludes black people and Indian people and women and poor white whiskey tangos who have no pot to piss in. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful morning this morning when all Americans are freed from work (except those who work at Walmart and MacDonald’s and Burger King and Pizza Hut and Kroger and Safeway and Piggly Wiggly) freed to pursue barbeque picnics by the lake and drunken relatives and loud firework displays that proclaim with colored gunpowder our freedom. Oh say can you see? Those rockets bursting over your villages for the past ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cluster bombs and napalm exploding in jungles forty years ago in Vietnam, just look at the beautiful tracers shooting out from the sides of ironic helicopters bearing the name of those we have subdued – Apache! Geronimo! shouted those paratroopers who leaped out of planes on D-Day two years or so before I was born into this land of freedom and gory. The list of those we have invaded to protect our freedom is too long to tell: hello Philippine Islands, hello Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, Grenada, Cuba, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan,Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Japan (and all the islands she laid claim to) Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Korean Peninsula, the Five Nations, the Creek Nations, the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation, the Shawnee Nation, the Sioux Nations, the Comanche Nations, the Yuma, the Pomo, the Ute, the Cheyenne, Blackfoot, Crow, the Mandan, the Sauk and...
The Doomsday Clock:Two Minutes Till Midnight

The Doomsday Clock:

Two Minutes Till Midnight

At the near tipping point of the worldthat tilts ever more sharply now, greed and brutality slide down towardthe vast abyss that gaps beneath us and we stand at the still edge of raptureas the candy-colored clown laughs half-aloud his metamorphic chuckleand the earth we walk upon buckles like an uprooted sidewalk in a sideshowfarce that plays on and on forever: a forgotten suburban nightmarewhere dreams tumble down slowly into dreams and we are left standingdizzy on the thin precipice of a myth.   And now it’s time to panic. In The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells warns us that “No matter how well informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough.” The Doomsday Clock is ticking, and it’s less than two minutes to midnight.  “Midnight” is the total destruction of the environment and with it the destruction of many species of life, including homo sapiens. We can no longer control the fires around us, but still we burn the Earth with petroleum and coal. Even the Bible predicts our fiery Hell, which is turning out to be man-made.  Featured Photograph: Ohio River Sunset  by  Bernie...
Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

…………….. In Memoriam: Steven Urchek Death is the mother of beauty The mother of us all Birthing us on to new journeys Into new identities Melding us with the Holy Spirit The All-One Over-Soul. And on January Twentieth 2021 A day of hope for our country Your soul merged with the universe And became one with the Great Mystery. You gave your life over wholly to Others: your caring wife, your two fine children All the students you mentored over the years Teaching them the history of our nation The ideals of our democracy. All the boys and girls, young men And women who called you Coach Pitching and catching and all the while Learning how to be fair and decent human beings. You bravely fought the uphill fight Against an awful disease, hanging on Refusing to give up in the bottom of the ninth Until the final swing of the bat. Rest in peace old friend, my son – in law and in love – Now you play and coach in baseball heaven Sitting in cloud dugouts Swapping home run strike out triple play tales With Babe Ruth and Bob Feller; Hank Aaron And Herb Score – taking your rightful place In All-Star-Paradise All watched over with loving care By the precious and holy grace of God.   Urchek remembered for impact he had on so many lives  – by Mike Shaffer...