November 2011

My mother forwarded this to me earlier this week. Though this blog is filled with poetry about nature, I believe Joyce Kilmer does a much better job than I ever could at explaining the importance of trees.

A park was dedicated to him in North Carolina. What a good man.

By Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by people like me,
But only God can make a tree.

[& it’s like i’m singing in the rain]
The preceding tree is one I grew up with in the front yard of my childhood home…



(need commission.)
i been payin TOO MUCH damn TIME
wit my mind.

(can i get some of that.)

you compromisin yet? (yea you).


ladiez learn 2 get along n stay strong:

how: it’s a riddle. the wall. (breakdown)
“you know, i bet the shout started when they said ‘imma keep u OUT’…”
(say what?)

“they all holler & so blue collar” white girl problems SO loud (the room is a crowd) (company’s misery on the double triple usual)
(come again?)

girl shut up.
we in the first world. used to be new world.
learn 2 kick it. old school. jus chillll.

u dont like loud music and porch parties cuz what?
girl. shut up. deal with it
trouble makerz


there’s sidewalk benches
where weary rest feet.
on streets when they tired (she’s so HEAVY). (dont be weak)

beaten down. beatin it. beat up. beatin round bushes.
we’re all burnin.
(we got fire) (let it shine)
(this light of mine, it ain’t little)

division, division, fences/wall/isms. decisions. division.

bombs rocket-blasts, move fast, big-bang collision.
get it. hit it. don’t crash. relax.


the grey street as cemetery..

girl u with me?

agree 2 disagree/go ur own way/u can fly.

hit it in the mornin
with your heart & head. you got vision/rhythm/precision…

we ALL still spinnin so dont hate
stop whinin & be betta players.

please. girls, get it together.

proposition persecution:
1. bullets are bullies.
2. fists start fights.
3. arms are for hugging.

casual conversations contain words as weapons consistently.

…..pen > sword…..

so the United States treasury has this office called the Comptroller of the Currency and apparently they are supposed to regulate economic investment and activity of banks. For a bank to meet FDIC requirements (that little certification you see on the door of every bank you go to) they are supposed to re-invest in their communities. So, this is why you hear of banks giving away scholarships and grants, etc.

I’m not sure exactly all the details of how this is implemented and to what level of investment they are supposed to give back to the communities, but the Office of the Comptroller seems INCREDIBLY inadequate in its regulation. What is starting to become apparent is that there are regulations and provisions passed by the legislature, but they don’t get funding, and aren’t enforced. Everything needs review, and analysis of effectiveness. This IS NOT OCCURRING.

The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 was supposed to ensure that banks invested in a way that their communities supported. Somehow, the Occupy Wall Street movement is the public feedback mechanism that can show the government that no, they have not been investing the way we would like. For example, mountain top removal mining is funded by banks, so are most of our fossil fuel industries. I’m certain with some research an imbalance in the amount of money going to small business compared to large corporations would be discovered.

But. This land is your land, this land is my land.

Have you ever heard of Reaganomics? He deregulated so much… this is not limited to economics. Ronald Reagan also delayed research on alternative energy sources. He emphasized research and development, rather than implementation of new infrastructures or analysis of current energy sources. It’s not a big deal — many of the policies are in place. But we need to find them and then hold the government accountable for initiatives they developed. But then again, the structure of the Department of Energy is going to have conflicts with its structure so polarized and invested in contrasting issues. The organizational structure of many parts of the government is very ineffective and not conducive to dialogue from different areas of expertise.

communication problems are usually solved by communicating. people have to understand everything is a rough draft. but, the world is run by bullies. most bullies are stubborn & can’t be convinced they are wrong. & so, absolute power corrupts absolutely. (but the wisest man knows he knows nothing.)

e pluribus Unum, “from many, one.”