Posts Tagged ‘death’

My Thoughts About Life in the 21st Century US

April 17, 2015

When I was a child, the world of science fiction predicted flying cars in the 21st century. Here we are in the 21st century, and this past week a flying car, otherwise known as a gyro helicopter, driven by a postal worker landed at the US Capitol to deliver mail. Most of us who have seen the film of this marvelous stunt (it certainly made me smile) were greatly relieved that the postal worker wasn’t shot dead by police. And there’s the real 21st century in the Ununited States.

It all started at the beginning of the century, when some men, mostly from Saudi Arabia, had nothing to live for, were jealous of life in the then United States, and did the infamous 911 deed. After that, the politicians on the East Coast surrendered to terror and totally lost their sense of proportion as well as their minds. Humor was outlawed in airports. Modesty was outlawed in airports. Dignity was outlawed in airports.

Since then, we’ve seen the First Lady and the Vice-President’s wife beg the country to pay extra because it’s easier than getting the Veteran’s Administration to do its job. People have gone crazy in parts of the Ununited States demanding more firearms and carrying them in public. The other states not united to those places have fought to reduce the risk of death by guns by restricting access. Now, in spite of all the homicides in the US, murder is outranked (close to quadrupled) by suicide.

Suicide is the act of murdering one’s body because one feels one has run out of acceptable options. Humans adapt best to change when they have knowledge of alternate options. A sense of humor, even in the worst of times, often affords awareness of alternatives. The postal worker with the flying car saw alternative options for delivering mail to Congress. Unfortunately, the District of Confrontation (DC) has no sense of humor or acceptance of alternatives. People need options.

May I suggest some alternative options for this country, however seemingly absurd?

Instead of a fence between the US and Mexico (Mexicans are predominantly nice people with strong family values. They just don’t realize how much the US has deteriorated psychologically.), let’s build a 20 foot tall and 8 foot thick wall around the Capitol and the White House so the poor little rich politicians can feel safe. No, wait–there’s the danger of flying cars. So include a ceiling on each and paint it sky blue on the underside. Then we can stop spending money on “Homeland Security”. (Security 101: any system completely secure can no longer function.) We don’t have to worry about the Supreme Court since they’re locked in their ivory tower. Once they’re all walled in safely, we wouldn’t have to pay them exorbitant salaries and pensions as long as we remember to deliver them food.

Let’s take the money wasted on NSA and CIA and stop fighting other countries and non-countries when we can’t decide on a country so we can spend less on the Defense/Offense Department (isn’t that what DoD really stands for?). Then there will be sufficient resources for health care, education, housing for those who make less money, Medicare and Social Security. We need to keep the National Guard for natural disasters and emergencies.

Let’s switch to compostable toilets to save water. They’re hi-tech now. With the money we save from eliminating war, we should be able to help those in need afford them.

Some of the states insist on persisting in racial discrimination. The Supreme Court in their ivory tower doesn’t see this. In this, the states are definitely divided. We all know which states are which, and which are themselves divided. Everyone of color, please move to a welcoming state. Everyone who hates color, please move to a hating state. Same goes for those who welcome flying bullets and those who don’t. No war or interstate trade is necessary. Just remember where you stand when making vacation plans.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts or if you’re a politician, please stop thinking for a few precious moments. Take a walk, preferably in a wooded or natural setting. Breathe deeply. Look around. Smile, even if you don’t feel like it, smile. Keep smiling. See the possibilities life has to offer. See that there are no natural borders, that there are so many living beings besides humans, and that it’s possible to live without anger. After all, in the “Land of the Free” (albeit largest police state in the world), we don’t have to do what we’re told. We can decide for ourselves.


For Robin Williams

August 13, 2014

for Robin Williams

So many things I’d never thought of
You spouted naturally
At a speed most can’t keep up with
You let it all flow free

You were the epitome of human being
Kindness incarnate
Not making fun of others
But of life for us to laugh

The clown crying inside
Some mock the creative fire
That enlightens and consumes us
As we forgive them and reach higher

It hurts to live with cruelty
What about this life is not?
Kindness laughing freely
I hope that’s what you’ve got

I choose to live in a place
With legal death with dignity
You chose your time and way
Someday we’ll all be free

Gentle spirit, judge me not
As I will not judge you
Smile now and forever, my friend
That’s how I’ll remember you

from A Call to Contemplation by Franki deMerle

Good Grief

July 8, 2014

Death of a Loved One

June 1, 2014


People get hurt


When they’re not told the truth


When the facts are withheld


They’re left out of the loop




Not to be thought of


Inflicts greater pain


Than even hate




Especially within family


It feels like shame


To be left out




A life once shared


Since extinguished


Over a month ago


Without being told




If I’d known


If I’d known where he lived


While he did


I could have called




But I wasn’t part


Of my family


I would have liked to talk to him


I would have liked to have known




I kept the channels open


Or so I’d thought


They never said he’d moved back


They never said he was sick again




How do you write to your family


And talk about everything but


What’s important?




Was it intentional?


They didn’t want me to know?


I wasn’t considered close?


I didn’t deserve to be told?




If there’d been no communication


A lot could simply be unexplained


But I received false communication


A big lie now causing such pain




So I won’t try it again


They’re intentions are clear


I’m nothing to them




Loveless family is the most painful of all


It comes at me from all directions


The connections tenuous and strained


Though I’ve tried to keep the channels open




I have four family members by blood


There are no others anymore


And those who have dissed me need come no closer


There’s no answer for them at my door




I know he never forgot me


I don’t know why they pushed me aside


But I’m tired of those who verbally espouse “Christian” values


For show, for ego, for pride




I’m hurting


I’m forgotten


I’m not wanted in their lives




If love was ever there


It had only to be expressed


If only anyone had cared




People get hurt


And never recover


The relationships denied them




I grieve for the deaths


Of all involved—


Every one of them




Family meant a lot to me


Because it was preciously scarce


Family means nothing to shallow people


Who don’t reach beyond themselves




No one wants to be the one left out


No one wants to be forgotten


No one wants to be lied about behind their back


And know it’s a loveless marking




Life seems to me now to be a pattern


Of being forgotten and unwanted


But patterns persist where still is doubt


I’d hoped to be remembered




Maybe even loved


Doesn’t look like it’s to turn out


I’d have to have loving people who care


Four family members left




When I die will my friends be told?


Will anyone want to know?


If so, will they be blown off


Like they aren’t even loved?




People get hurt


By not being told




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