Category Archives: refugees

It’s Mother’s Day in America

Weep not for the mothers laying dead in bombed out villages or their sisters and brothers shot in the back as they waved their flags of black, red, green & white weep instead for the children they leave behind, far … Continue reading

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March For Women

The President isn’t the disease he is but a symptom. The disease is not new, it is not worse now than it was a couple of years ago or a couple of decades ago or a couple of centuries ago. … Continue reading

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We’re The Elves

Blaming the president and not ourselves is like blaming santa and not his elves   We’re all to blame   They keep controlling us with fear so we pay our taxes year after year   We’re all to blame   … Continue reading

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belly dancing on the dashboard

from May 2014 Bury my heart Here Because mine eyes have seen enough Suffering My eyes have seen enough Of man’s inhumanity to man But this isn’t a Robert Burns poem… This is holy land Where the sand is flying … Continue reading

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But…They’re Muslims.

What if the Rohingya were Christians? What if they were Jews? What if we didn’t listen to the news and cared about everybody instead? What if we viewed their dead the same as our own? Villages burning by the dozen might … Continue reading

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Storms

Exactly twelve years ago I flew into Shreveport, Louisiana and spent the night just outside of Baton Rouge on the floor of a church surrounded by some folks who were fleeing a disaster and others who, like me, were heading right … Continue reading

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Gone

Youth                 gone friends               gone family                gone sanity                 gone religion              gone hope                   gone dreams              gone patience            gone fear                    gone anger                 gone hatred               gone towers               gone smoke               gone 16                      years gone.                It seems              as though            the only                 thing left                   is war.

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