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wSaturday, February 15, 2003


Native Son

Powell is pissed
at the UN.
At a Security Council meeting
the gallery applauded
France
and
Russia
for holding out hope
against
war.
When Powell spoke
people sat on their hands.

Poor Powell,
he got in with a bad crowd.
Running with thugs
studying rhetoric
under
Warlord Bush.
Very late in life,
to be
dancing with demons
and joining a Wall
Street gang
of unfriendly takeovers.

Sociopathic pathetic Powell
shouldn't have lied to the UN
and called
broken down Iraqi dumps,
Chemical
and
Nuclear weapons
factories.
When reporters
checked them out,
they couldn't find enough electricity
to fill a light bulb.



posted by stew at 9:46 AM


wFriday, February 14, 2003


Pasts and Presents

It's not easy
writing
words of love
in times of hatred.
You keep tripping
over metaphors
and
passions of anxious anger.
But
when I see
the eyes and smiles
of
my wife and daughter
Judy and Jessica,
the rage subsides in smiles
of
pleasant
pasts
and
presents
of so
many mellow memories
and
happy hopes.
Even now
at the edge of world tragedy
I can fill up with love
and proclaim:
Happy Valentine's Day
Judy
Happy Valentine's Day
Jessica.
My love for you
undiminshed
and
indestructable.


posted by stew at 8:50 AM


wThursday, February 13, 2003


Unusual Pleasures


I have a friend
who wants to write
a book
saying:
The American Dream
is
really and truly dead.
His agent says
"it's a tough sell."

Some days
I agree with my friend.
Like when I see
the establishment
not just being dumb
or hot headed
but
joyfully sadistic
and really thinking up
cruel and unusual pleasures.
Like
an Appeals Court
that just ruled
an insane person
could be forced
to take medication
that
made him
aware enough
to be executed.
They declared the right
to compel
"a totally beneficial treatment"
whose only drawback
was
that it ended
in execution.

This is beyond cruelty
its just plain sick
and its not the product
of a crazed prison guard's
sexual fantasies.
Learned individuals,
hyper anxious
avenging angels,
highly esteemed by our society
cooked it up.
When the poor bastard is killed
will they be sitting in the front row?

Yeah.
When judges can rule this way
and no one throws a pie in their face.
I can agree with my friend
that our national dream
has split many times
for parts unknowable.







posted by stew at 9:11 AM


wWednesday, February 12, 2003


Circumstance

Yesterday,
a New York judge
ruled
that the Constitution
protects our right
to protest
but not our right
to march.
New York City
isn't issuing a permit
for a peace march
going past the UN building.
A rally is OK.
Since when
doesn't the Constitution
protect marching?
Since 9/11!
The judge talks about changed circumstances.
But the march is the heart
of protest.
Rallies
sort of suck.
Millions of boring speakers
repeating themselves
with nobody listening.
The march is when the people
takeover.
We carry our own signs.
Chant our slogans,
Wear our own costumes.
And crack our own jokes.
The march is exciting,
it's what the media covers,
its our message to the world.
Without the march
our protest
is two bit
and
technical.
Yes, we were allowed to make
a dull statement
and
so what?

With judges like this,
Ashcroft
ought not bother
with writing new laws
of domination.
The old laws
of protection
are being
ripped-off and replaced
by
the dictatorship
of
changed circumstance.




posted by stew at 9:43 AM


wTuesday, February 11, 2003


Bully


Europeans don't think Bush
is the genuine article
not
a real tough guy at all.
But a spoiled
rich kid
kind
of bully
who
wont take real chances
make real sacrifices
make real agreements
he does what he wants,
kills what he wants
and moves on.
He's not real.

Bush is big
on bombs away
from the sky
against pushover victims
who can't shoot down planes.
He wont tell people the truth
about how much
wealth
and
pain
his wars will cost.
He'll promise Afghanistan
a world of development
and leave them groveling
under the Stone Age,
so much
for democratic Iraq.
A well rehearsed lie,
It will never exist
beyond his forked tongue.

Old Europe
believes
Bush talks brave
but wont make sacrifices.
They are not
quite right.
He is very willing
to sacrifice
old Europe
and
ancient Iraq
and
poor children,
and
you and me.
It's just
a round of golf
he wont give up.





posted by stew at 9:05 AM


wMonday, February 10, 2003


A Thousand Points


Sunday night
volunteered
for Planned Parenthood's "phoneathon."
An office filled with
phone fund raisers
(reminded me of "Boiler Room")
given
lists and leads
trying to fill in the cash
for increased
demand on Planned Parenthood
for medical service.
Economy in collapse
millions dropped from employment lists,
(not worthy of being listed as unemployed)
millions of graduate kids never having a job
(not worthy of being listed as unemployed)
and where else will people go?

Economy in collapse
and
it's hard to offer donations,
the poor
can't support
the poor.

Everyone called
once gave
and those now refusing
did it in pain
(a few Yuppies did it with bitter irony)
still declaring their loyalty
along with
an empty purse.


One woman
I spoke to
cried,
she felt terrible saying "no,"
but
she was old
she was broke
she was in tears.
And wished us the best of fortune
she just didn't have any herself.

Volunteerism
and
charity
are the Bush way,
'A thousand points of light', the commercial declares.
But in 'a phone call' away
America
it feels more like
despair
and
a thousand points of fright.






posted by stew at 8:49 AM


wSunday, February 09, 2003


Memory


A
dream
screams
in my brain.
A
memory
of hope.
Something before
Cheney and Rummy
about
post cold war
peace.
When the Soviet Union
fell into
the dustbin
of history,
everyone was supposed to relax
and
in an era
of
universal mellow
spend money
on
repairing human beings
repairing the environment
instead we have
terror cells
and
terror alerts
and
frightened New Yorkers staying home
hiding behind their TVs
and
an unelected government
waging
a
War of the Week.
The government's gone broke
helping
the
rich recover
from income tax.

Who ever thought
Super Power competition
and
the nuclear arms race
would be
the good old days?



posted by stew at 11:15 AM