<Friday, Nov. 30/13.> The lake is riled today
Huge waves crashing & smashing
I love it like this
now I can breathe
Seems to me the Earth is riled
Poisoned waters … air
Toxins oozing from/injected into every pore
Can you blame her for being pissed?
I’m pissed too
Lotta things riling me
Most I can deal with … surrender to.
Some folks think I should be more polite
To the NBC
& their minions
To the Man
That riles me
The NBC is not polite to us Not to any single one of us
Not to our beautiful, fragile planet
They are trashing every inch of this still-stunning
Now hugely damaged planet
Poisoning every square inch of our home
(It is our only home, you know)
Every inch of all of us – creatures large and small
Every square inch
It’s like asking someone to be polite to her/his rapist
Do you see?
I am good with pleases & thank-you’s
Ask anyone who knows me
Return my mug when I’m done
Pick up garbage off the street
Bits of plastic off boardwalk & beach
Very very polite I am
Try hard to be considerate, I do
Please don’t ask me to be polite to planet-destroyers
Especially the ones from the nuke boys club
There are limits to my politeness.
p.s. Can you really tell me anger is not justified? Look at previous post if you need to.
p.p.s. drafted when I was feeling quite riled. Posted, now, when utterly calm. Surrender is wonderful. Sometimes anger is justified. Action, too, needless to say.
‘Quotation of the day’ with this post: “You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.” – Gandhi
Some Other Relevant Quotations:
“You want sanity, democracy, community, an intact Earth? We can’t get there, obeying Constitutional theory and law crafted by slave masters, imperialists, corporate masters, and Nature destroyers. We can’t get there, kneeling before robed lawyers stockpiling class plunder precedent up their venerable sleeves. So isn’t disobedience the challenge of our age? Principled, inventive, escalating disobedience to liberate our souls, to transfigure our work as humans on this Earth.” – Richard Grossman
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass, Canandaigua, N.Y. 3, Aug. 1857
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Gandhi
“Today no task is more pressing and noble, not only for a scientist, but also for any sober-minded individual, than to prevent nuclear insanity.” – Valery Legasov, head of the former Soviet delegation to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). He was upset over both the Chernobyl disaster & its handling at the IAEA & UN, & later took his life over it.
“Evil thrives on apathy and cannot exist without it.” – Hannah Arendt
** many great quotes in ‘Quotation Central!’ section
** many nuke-related postings under ‘No More Nukes’
** plenty of nuke quotes here