Taradiddle

This is what happens when promises are made that cannot be delivered. I gave you weapons. I gave you training. I gave you a plan of governance. I never gave you peace and stability in your own country. I put your sons and daughters on a plane as refugees. Your wife went too and now in desperation you cling to the fuselage.

Taradiddle

On Edge

When the earth quakes, it could take half of a day to hear the news that people are buried in rubble of collapsed buildings. Others are more fortunate and come out at 4am trying to escape the 35 seconds of earth plates moving. Expecting more to follow, they wait in the streets of Tirana.

 

Back home we wait for the big one. Engineer stronger buildings, take down viaducts and go underground. The last one swayed trees and road as I drove towards Gazzam Lake. An hour later, the water in a huge tank off the trail was still sloshing.

 

somewhere a rogue wave

or volcanic eruption

thankful not today

 

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a haibun following the Albanian earthquake

On Edge

Sonnet for Modern Day Current Event

            Jan 19, 2019 at Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

 

 

 

Black Hebrew Israelites on the mall

speak loud in zealous religious tenor

hear the old testament not throw it away

raise their voice louder on a winter day

 

 

Covington High School students respond

while standing on the steps of Lincoln Hall

break the tension with a school sports cheer

with a smile a shout or was it a sneer

 

 

Indigenous elder beats on his drum

approaches the youth with his movement song

God the Creator will answer my call

media or a troll will send it to all

 

 

And in that moment was on display

freedom to assemble speak out and pray

 

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is the site of many historic events –

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech Aug 28.1963 Civil Rights Rally

Vietnam War Protest Oct 21. 1967

March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and BI Equal Rights Oct 11, 1987

Million Man March Oct 16,1995

Iraq War Protest Oct 26,2002

Women’s March   Jan 19.2019

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dVerse prompt to write a sonnet

Sonnet for Modern Day Current Event