Category Archives: writing

Last Thursday of November

Turkey is bitter that’s why there’s cranberry sauce heaps and heaps of it to sweeten the taste and make history palatable   so we’ll be happy as the tryptophan sedates the whole family and we cheer as a pop star … Continue reading

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Don’t Thank Me

Don’t thank me, save your breath, and thank a tree for the air you breathe thank a cloud for the water you drink thank a farmer for the food you eat thank a teacher if you’ve ever learned anything thank a musician if … Continue reading

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The Poppies Are Everywhere

Marx called religion the opium of the masses but we pray to Gods of war and the poppies are everywhere and we pretend to remember (and care) and we feel so much better now and we won’t dare question the … Continue reading

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Only The Bible Is Allowed To Be Sacred

Not even with a thirty meter telescope will we be able to see all the damage done to the ‘āina already we won’t see polluted aquifers and an ailing reef we won’t see the monk seals and turtles laying on … Continue reading

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Not From There: Ode to Mauna Kea

we’ll tell them they need
to look at the stars, but we’re fireflies in jars trying
to enlighten them,
we’re just a street lamp
believing that we
can enlighten the moon Continue reading

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Will You Lay Wreath For Them?

Eighty-three years before 2001 was 1918 seventeen years after 2001 is 2018 and it’s now been 100 years since the armistice 100 years since there was peace between nations 100 years since the war to end all wars ended 100 … Continue reading

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Tired and Hungry and Poor

We all came here tired and hungry and poor we spent lifetimes in the factories but dreamed of so much more now the only jobs are in Afghanistan fighting in this endless war and America is tired, and hungry, and poor … Continue reading

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