Riled

<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

Climate change

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

(The Nuke Boyz Club)

& 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.

 

Janet

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

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.” – Howard Zinn (** civil disobedience quotes here ) 

“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