10.23.2018

Satire, Truth, Life, Death


Jostled from morning dreaming
with sing-song chanting
bouncing around in my brain
charlie hebdo
charlie hebdo
bouncing through the morning
in a rhythm from the dream
jostling coffee mugs & such
charlie hebdo
charlie hebdo
cat jumps abruptly in my lap
meows her cat-breath in my face
all as if to remonstrate
charlie hebdo
charlie hebdo
against opening the daily news
bouncing bone saws in the consulate
& accidental dismemberment
charlie hebdo
but we accept your explanation
& this will all blow over soon
it’s normal & entirely credible
jamal khashoggi
jamal khashoggi
jamal khashoggi
jamal khashoggi

15 comments:

  1. I like the way you create the context of the morning routine, interrupted by the news of the day... 'this will all blow over soon' seems to be the general consensus on most things these days.

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  3. Oh, this makes me so angry. The modern American imperialism allows everything as long as it fills its own coffers — the oil-rich and friendly Saudi Arabia is forgiven in every regard because the capital running on this machinery matters, with no regard for basic human rights. That is the duplicity in thought and action of not only the conservatives but the liberals too.
    I like how you build-up this experience of despair at the condition of this world.
    -HA

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  4. When you are a merchant it's all about the money... and I wonder how differently different acts of murder are treated... the repetitions of events in the past works wonders.... and it's all about what we can write
    and what we cannot.

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  5. what more is there to say? the news of the day, should be about the news of the day, i.e. jostling mugs, the cat, and other normal, daily goings-on - and yet hey, wake up and the brain starts chanting its own twisted "world news" media stream - even before we're actually awake; it's all rather sick for the incredible way that constantly "being on" has become its own virus. And I'm not even going to touch on the actual politics of all of this .... it's rather more than discouraging and infuriating,and beyond my scope of acceptance and understanding of human nature and behaviour - at its very worst and abhorrent.

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  6. The repetitions start off feeling like slaps to the face then progress to punches as they keep intruding to shred any feeling of normalcy. Our upset and anger over this shows we are human, capable of sentient thought and feeling. It disgusts me that there are people who gloss over the horror of this in the name of political expediency.

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  7. atrocious. But will more Americans die if we "do the right thing". The whole area is crazed... I wish we could just stick out heads in the sand and stay within our own borders and not get involved. It's a nightmare.

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  8. I've been reading about social dreaming, a way for dreams to speak for a people, a time, and for a future too unknowable but in the weirdscapery dreams furnish -- there is an incantation in charlie hebdo, jamal khashoggi, the way one might recite the title of this poem. And what of the massacre of satire paired with the murder of truth? The far Republican right trumps up their President with whispers of radical affiliations, yet some drumbeats while varying in rhythm strike the same chord, back and down from what we think and fear. We feel that cat-breath blowing over, and soon enough forget.

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  9. The repetition here reminds me how one struggles to overcome the nauseating feeling that accompanies daily news and horrors. Powerful write, Marian!

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  10. I was stopped today for speeding, justifiably so, as I was speeding. My family and I texted each other jokes as if it were a miracle that I wasn't SHOT TO DEATH BY THE POLICE.

    Your poem touches upon tjat which I've come to dread most; our mass-desensitivization of what should alwaus outrage us as fellow humans. It breaks my heart that it's come to this for us all.

    I'm glad that you wrote this so eloquently.

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    1. Sorry for the misspellings. I typed that using my phone.

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  11. Your words ring true to how the times are Marian. A brilliant write!

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  13. Everything is about power and money and will continue to be, sadly! Even human life. Timely musing!

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