The myth of American exceptionalism — the belief held onto by too many citizens that the U.S. is the best country in the world and blessed by God to remain so for generations — is dead. Of course, millions of African-American, poor, homosexual, Hispanic and other Americans have known the truth about exceptionalism for decades. Every single … Continue reading The day American exceptionalism died
Month: January 2020
A poem about Ukraine and a map
I found Ukraine on a map It wasn't that hard to spot But perhaps it is for Pompeo And his entire lot The country that meddled in our election? I hardly think that is true I think highly of those people Under a flag of yellow and blue I wonder if it would be wise … Continue reading A poem about Ukraine and a map
He shoots and he scores Five hole, don’t you know And we celebrate Another goal for the good guys Such power with the stick Such skill with the puck, the puck! The net snares the results of a moment of ecstasy A goal!
The Seattle Kraken?
Hockey fans are all over this on Twitter: The NHL’s soon-to-be newest team in Seattle are rumored to be called the... Kraken. You read that right. Yes, those of you who are literature geeks know all about the Kraken and its link to Tennyson. So, what do you think of the possible nickname?
You stood tall
You stood tall Invincible, unstoppable, on top of the world And then something so small that it couldn’t be seen Felled you, crippled you, made you feeble and human Gone was everything you were told was important Look around to see what you have now
Once the world revolved around you, or so you thought Now you understand irrelevance the further away you are From the center of the universe
You, once a fixture About to go it alone How Great will it be
“Roger, Challenger. Go with throttle up.”
I update this blog post each year on the anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Was it really 34 years ago today? Perhaps we Americans had become complacent about the space shuttle program; every time one had gone up, it had come home safely. And on this January day in 1986, the Challenger, with an elementary … Continue reading “Roger, Challenger. Go with throttle up.”
Do I say it? My words will make me unpopular Speaking my truth is allowed, but I will be shouted down And threatened Social media can be an unforgiving beast My facts aren’t what people want They demand to feel good because they feel bad Perhaps now is not the right time but there will … Continue reading Say it?