11.08.2011

breaker of the wind

this ache's like a mincing,
a slow pressing under bluestone,
stoning in the public square.

a salted wound, strangleheld
with gerrymandered allegiances,
filibustering to the bitter end.

a constant wipe and re-setting
of our humanity, our empathy,
leaving ill institutional memory.

we learn from our hurts, to hurt;
from our gains, to covet power.
who will listen to the children?

23 comments:

  1. Is this the missing track to Hole's "Live Through This" album?

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  2. The third stanza is so true. Instead of addressing problems and hurt, we just gloss over them. Brilliant.

    "we learn from our hurts, to hurt" - this could be put on the wall of every therapist's office in the country.

    I really liek the pain and depth of this Marian. Great poem.

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  3. An amazing piece, Marian. Tight write, excellent hooks, clear message cleverly transmitted.

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  4. Did I hear somebody break wind here?

    He who smelt it, dealt it!
    He who denied it, supplied it!

    (Sorry, couldn't resist! But seriously, a very nice piece of wisdom.)

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  5. "breaker of the wind" = Nit-A-Nee, native Indian maiden of legend, for whom Mount Nittany, at State College, Pennsylvania, was named. and, the Nittany Lions.

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  6. Ok, I do believe you are officially the only person known to use the word gerrymandered in a poem and completely pull it off without it smacking of pretension. I take my hat off to you, madam.

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  7. hah! well, i did write the poem on election day.

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  8. the new news about Joe Pa "retiring" makes this poem even sadder.

    the lack of protection of children is horrible

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  9. the whole thing is so awful, i've been completely distracted by it this week.
    i used to live and work in state college. it is incredibly sad and wrong on every level.

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  10. This is excellent. Took my breath away, hon.
    Thanks for it.

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  11. You are lovely and so are your words.

    Jo

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  12. This really packs a punch! Tight write!

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  13. Wow! gerrymandering and filibustering in the same stanza! Kudos. And every thought is a true observation.

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  14. Having now read up on the case in point, I have come back to add my voice to your final line:
    Those who ignore the plight of children, do not deserve the toleration of society: they should be shot at dawn!

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  15. Fantastic write, Marian. Just so good with a powerful final question. Bravo!

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  16. This is so packed with concepts and images. I like how its complexity ends with children voices.

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  17. Hello.
    Election day huh, now I see where all the gerrymandering & filibustering came from!

    You speak the truth Marian.
    Well done!

    Thanks for visiting last week, I'm sorry it's taken me this long to visit. I had to take a break from cyberspace to regroup.

    Imaginary Dreams

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  18. always good to take a break, andy.
    thanks, friends. this was a rough one.

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  19. pardon me for phrasing it thus...bloody brilliant!

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  20. so cool!

    http://bttrflyscar.blogspot.com/2011/11/blooming.html

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