Monday, December 12, 2011

Magpie Tales: That day, we raged


Do you remember our anger
the day they pulled the bodies
out

Limp and dirty, coated in grime
and how care-less they seemed and we
swore

We would change things, punish them for
what they did, it would never happen again
we raged, raGeD RAGed

In tweets, blog posts, opinion columns
in newspapers, it was what people talked
about on talk shows and news

But today, as the numbers click, click, click
fast for three maybe four dollars a gallon,
our minds rest only on the destination, or
anywhere but the bodies they pulled out
that day,

That day that we raged.



Looking at the picture, my first thoughts was the man was overboard but color being what it is my thoughts went to the oil spill that happened in the Gulf about 20 months ago. At the time there was outrage at BP and then we found something else to rage about. Right now we Occupy, but will it really matter a year from now or will we be once more resigned to our position.

104 comments:

JANU said...

Profound and touching.

LadyCat said...

The oil spill was an ecological tragedy. Mother Earth deserves better.

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chiccoreal said...

Dear Brian: "the day they pulled the bodies out" should be top of the brainbox, but news of the day seems to over-ride any horrors now kept where "our minds rest". Powerfully thought-provoking as per how our mind's (collective minds?) attention works! Occupy "That day that we raged"...definitely!

Laurie Kolp said...

I live on the gulf coast so this hit home with me... and I love this:

will it really matter a year from now

... something to always think about.

Christine said...

the man in the picture represents the futility of our rage, when there are oceans of problems that surround us, terrific words here Brian, keep us thinking

DJan said...

Yes, our attention span is way too short. That day, we did rage, and then we moved on to the next insult to our planet.

Madhulika said...

Very Deep....!!!

pspacer11 said...

We can't let feelings get in the way of profit now can we, huh?
A few dead creatures, pollution on the beaches and in the water, all in the name of progress?

What you pay for a gallon, we pay for a litre here in the UK.

We can rage all we like, but until that rage becomes the majority of feelings and emotions, we bang our heads against that proverbial brick wall.

Can you tell its something I feel pretty strongly about ;-)

Everyday Goddess said...

maybe we aren't at the level of committment needed to stay the course when unity crumbles?

Pat Hatt said...

So true, people jump on the bandwagon and try to start some coo. Then when they get bored go on to the next big thing, because ohhh they so have to be apart and give their two cents worth a ring. Those behind the spill sure got their fill, but now it all went poof, no one caring about their tragic goof.

tera said...

It happens with everything, doesn't it? 9/11. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis. POW murders.

The real tragedy is that we forget, or tune out or find some other thing to pay attention to so we don't have to think about it too much.

blueviolet said...

If the memories don't soften, we can't go on.

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Gosh! 'This is too good. The day we raged'- this itself speaks so much about the emotions!

Daydreamertoo said...

There is always another disaster, another something to have to worry about and current misery is always what makes the news, yet, we tend to sweep it under the carpet when we still have a need to get quickly from A to B without thought to the cost apart from out pockets. This is rough because it speaks its truth. Especially when you see that they just concluded the summit on climate change (Which affects us all) yet, the USA, China and India who are the worlds top 3 polluters won't join in a commitment to cut down their countries pollution. How sad is that, when they say these changes won't even come into being until 2015, well, who knows if we'll all still be here polluting away in 2015. We have got to wake up and smell the roses while there's still enough clean air to grow them.
Nicely said Brian.

anthonynorth said...

From a Brit point of view, there were other casualties. BP dividends amounted to a sixth of the UK pension pot. A lot of people suffered as people raged. And now it seems there may have been US companies up to their necks in what happened, too.

Magpie said...

You're so right...are we ever really changing things?

Mary said...

Oh yes, Brian! So many things we rage about one day we forget about the next month or the next year. Life just somehow goes on...but Mother Nature remembers and still weeps for all that was lost. And yes, the click, click, click at the pump goes on! So glad you linked to the Jam!

The Silver Fox said...

Yeah, we get on with our lives, and yesterday's important causes fall by the wayside. So sad.

ladyfi said...

So very true! I hope it DOES matter a year from now!

Helen said...

I love your interpretation of the image .. how much thought you put into each line ............

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Brian,

You have portrayed very aptly the mass hysteria when a tragedy happens. All our thoughts,words and behavior reflects the panic that grips us and we vent our anger on everyone who is responsible for it.After some time everything is forgotten and we go about our daily routine completely forgetting the calamity that befell us sometimes back.

But as regards the OCCUPY business there is something more serious involved. It is a seething anger among a section of the people who are affected by our development policies.Many are suffering silently on account of the lopsided development policies of the government which is benefiting only a few.The distribution of wealth is not equal at all levels. While many are moaning and groaning over the suffocating weight of taxation,poor income,inadequate and expensive medical facilities, dwindling purchasing power and so on there is a small section of the population which reaping rich benefits and enjoying all the luxuries of life. The politicians are not concerned.They only want to enrich themselves at the cost of others.They give a big smile and promise everything under the sun at the time of elections but promises are forgotten after being elected.This is a sad state of affairs.Millions and millions of people are badly affected at the erosion of their incomes and lack of facilities they get under every government that comes to power.

Hence, this OCCUPY BUSINESS is only a tip of the ice berg. There is a seething discontent among a large sections of society while only a few are venting it out. No one really knows when there will be a conflagration which cannot be contained. I am reminded of a situation like the French Revolution. I hope politicians and other leaders will quickly understand the seriousness of the situation and initiate remedial measures before the situation goes totally of control.

You may not agree with me.But this is what comes to my mind.

Wish you a wonderful day,
Joseph

Kathy Bischoping said...

Reading this, I actually thought of the trapped Chilean miners (even though that had a happier ending) so it's neat how the narrative generalizes.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

whoa, really interesting take on the prompt, well done Brian.

niamh said...

Thats so good. 'That day we raged.' And how the rage leaves... i really liked the click, click, click...it reminds me of what Germaine Greer said, on a unrelated theme, 'its time to get angry again.'

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

We largely suffer from attention deficit when it comes to horrible events...how quickly we move on...so sad.

Myrna R. said...

I'm guilty, haven't thought about this for a while, yet when it happened, I raged.

I have fear of becoming apathetic, yet at times I do feel helpless. Will "occupying" result in true revolution? My mind goes blank from fatigue.

Peggy said...

You ask a very profound question--what will really matter? And no matter what disaster time keeps clicking along, so very true. Thank you for visiting my blog and also for linking to Poetry Jam.

adeeyoyo said...

Whether the death count is large or small, it is still a tragedy. How fast we forget when the next news item overrides the last, etc. and we move forever forward. Excellent, Brian!

Rae said...

How easily we have forgotten. We should still be raging. This needs to be posted everywhere as a reminder. Excellent words today Brian. You have such talent!

Sue said...

We're never entirely lost unless and until we lose our desire to right wrongs and our will to self express. I pray that never happens.

But I do see it happening...Some days, even in myself. So far, I do what I need to do (when I feel the quicksand reaching out for me) and fight myself back onto solid ground.

I hope that repeated disappointments will never trap me in the mire of silence and apathy.

It's a danger; that's for sure.

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Claudia said...

you won't believe it but this made me pull out my calculator and i converted gallons into liters and dollars into euro...in germany 1 gallon gas costs 7,60 dollar...(this is why we drive small cars..) and i know this has nothing to do with the message...was just curious.. i think it was important that we raged cause things have changed..i just recently talked to a norwegian guy, who's working for a oil company and think they do a lot to protect the environment...just not always easy to balance profit and safety at times.. and part of this is the customer's fault...and that's where your question comes in..

ninotaziz said...

Dear Brian,
This immediately got me thinking about our major manmade disasters especially the BP Gulf disaster without actually reading your note at the bottom.

I agree with Joseph of December 12, 2011 9:20 AM. Something must be done. It is not true that we become resigned to it. Like water dripping on rock, over time, the dam breaks and the spirit runs amok with condemnation.

Pat said...

So true....we are caught up in the disaster at the time...and then move on to something else. Shame on me...and a lot of other people, too, I assume!

lifeisaroadtrip said...

So very sadly true. I read someone today who said we are unwilling to give up anything to make our civilization actually work.

Nikki Rules said...

Rage is usually temporary until the new rageflavor of the day pops up. Because changing the cause of your rage is ... all the rage. Cool take on the image!

The Orange Tree said...

Pollution, Oil Spill, these are vital and hurtful cases.

I feel the rage in your words, empowering sentiments.
Magnificent Magpie!

Belinda said...

I can see how this made you think of the oil spill and I find your poem confrontational in the best way possible. We rage -- yes, but do we remember and commit to the hard work needed to move the needle? Or are we satisfied just to have the freedom to rage? Important questions to ask each other and especially ourselves.

Daniel said...

Yeah, just tell me what to campaign about today so I can set down yesterday's picket signs.

Berowne said...

It is our destiny -- to rage and rage and then move on to something else.

izzy said...

Too much to rage about. I can relate to your piece, we are fickle sometimes. Now I try to let it go to sadness and if there is something I can do to help, I step up... thanks

sheila said...

Ah yes, I had to stop and think. I hear they are nowgetting the all clear to drill again in the gulf. Seems we may never learn.

Hey I just wanted to say I've been out of the loop for ages, it's nice to read something you've written. Love this.

Margaret said...

Just think if our "rage" would stick to one thing and not "move on". So much could be accomplished if our initial rage were channeled into action...

happygirl said...

Occupy will do us in. Maybe all the way up to our necks.

Steve E said...

WOW! Ya get everything in comments. Even had my political lesson for today.

About 8 years ago, 3 members of a fellowship to which I belong went fishing one evening. Days became weeks, while concerted efforts of search came up empty.

Two, a father and son are still "lost at sea". The 3rd, boat owner was found couple months later, dead--of course--in his beached boat, on the Atlantic side of Florida. They had left on the Gulf side.

That's what the photo brought to my mind. The sea holds zillions of secrets...and oil spills, some not so secret!

Thanks for letting me write here, Brian!

kaykuala said...

We rant and rage. All the more sweeter when there's someone to blame. We rage over it then to show anger. But it was fun when it lasted and true enough, forgotten after some while. But those responsible often gleefully rewarded!

Hank

Fred said...

Lots of levels to this piece Brian. Great job conveying each. The picture is fantastic. Yeah I thought the water looked a bit darker than usual myself. Thanks for the note, really hit another level within the piece for me. Great job.

ayala said...

So true...love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nance marie said...

i use less gas,
recycle glass, plastic, paper, metal...
think a bit more about what i buy and who i buy it from,
we live in a small house.

these are few things that many people can do now.

our main headquarters for control over government and big business is located in our own lives and in our own community. and what we need for this begins in our hearts and minds...

it is a battle in the heart.

Heaven said...

It is frustrating isn't it? Issues and causes being folded up and thrown away like yesterday's papers...

Anyes said...

It makes me wonder...does our rage and our anger really matter?

Carrie Burtt said...

We do so easily forget don't we?....this is a powerful piece Brian!! :-)

secret agent woman said...

Very nicely done.

Margie said...

Very deep and poignant!
Thank you for sharing!

Have a great evening, Brian.

Heather said...

oh so true....and very thought provoking...sad isn't that we forget major things like this quickly...sometimes it's just to hard to swallow all of the devastation out there....

hedgewitch said...

Interesting thoughts to go with that pic. Bodies tend to get forgotten all too soon.

Ann Grenier said...

Well done! You've drawn an important lesson from this photo with the fantasy mood, touched a nerve. I agree with the blogger that expanded on the Occupy Wall Street movement. It may be the one that doesn't fade away easily. Sadly we are ripe for its' efforts.

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Tara Miller said...

Interesting pic but your words mesh very well, love. Many will rage in the moment in search of someone to blame. Hopefully we will learn from the tragedies what not to do and how best to protect this earth we've been given to care for (before we lose that feeling...of sadness and anger for what's been done).

Vicki Lane said...

Ha! I just read this, thinking I was at someone else's blog and I complimented him on how his poetry was evolving to greater depth and complexity. And immediately after putting up the comment, I realized it was you -- who's been deeply complex all along.

Susie Clevenger said...

How soon we forget when our narrow world becomes affected by the immediacy of our own need

manicddaily said...

I really like this one. Wonderful. K.

Sheila Moore said...

always a thought-provoker, my friend. nicely done.

Jyoti Mishra said...

true.. we always find things to rage about... we r very good at it.

Nice interpretation of the pic.
Loved it as ever !!

Teri said...

Brian (sorry about spelling your name Brain before, even though I know you really ARE a brain AND a Brian!!)...I watched the news today and was saddened by the "Occupy" thing happening here on the west coast. Most ports were being picketed and the drivers and shippers were not able to deliver their loads. My thought went to "who is this hurting?" Certainly not the "1%" at the top. These shippers and drivers have families, have Christmas around the corner, have bills to pay and children to put through school and you are PICKETING??? It makes no sense to me. I think that someone needs to re-think this whole thing and target the people who it would hurt the most in some way. Not the every-day person. Please. NO!!

adeeyoyo said...

I think we are too fickle! How deep are our feelings? Really?

PattiKen said...

I am encouraged by the Occupy movement. It seems to me that it has been decades since "we the people" stood united and said, "Hey, wait just a freakin' minute here!" in a deserved tone of outrage. The last time that happened, the outraged ended a war.

I hope this bit of outrage doesn't also become yesterday's news.

sharplittlepencil said...

Brian, it could be the Gulf, the war, Katrina (going south to do some Habitat work... still so much to do, and the papers stopped reporting that and the BP issues long ago)... We do rage. The difference is, raging on Facebook is spitting in the wind. Calling representatives at local offices helps. Occupying will only succeed when we all end up in Washington. Thanks so much for a truly enlightening post. Peace, Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/impromptu-for-marques/

Cloudia said...

wow


rage on



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Valerie said...

Yes, the human race is very good at raging, and forgetting. Next!

You summed it up very well, Brian, as only you can.

Lady In Read said...

wonderful take on the image and really great to bring this reminder.. all these should matter today, and tomorrow as well so we have a better tomorrow..

Dave King said...

This is of universal application. Small things and big, it's the same the world over.

Lorraine said...

there are times...those moments inscribed in your mind in your heart in our revolt...oh Brian

Birdie said...

i'm afraid you are Brian ... very profound!

jeannette said...

i can feel the rage triggered by the tragedy...beautifully written! thanks for sharing and thanks for taking time to read my blog some weeks ago...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I remember the oil spill being on our news. I imagine outrage was pretty prominent. Great post.

CJ x

Tigerbrite said...

War and over use of Mother Earth's resources are the products of greed and control of the people. Spirit says there is enough for everyone if we tap into the earth's natural energy fields for our needs instead of undermining the very fabric of the planet by mining,drilling and deforestation that simply lines the pockets of the already monetarily rich.

SueAnn said...

Yes! We did rage and weep and wail! A very sad day indeed.
Hugs
SueAnn
PS I have never forgotten how that felt.

The Bug said...

Well said - sometimes I think there's just too much to rage about. I get catatonic with it.

Slamdunk said...

Thought-provoking Brian. We are certainly a society of short-term thinkers living on the motto of "What have you done for me lately?"

Kathe W. said...

oh well said Brian! How quickly we do forget....conveniently.

twinkly sparkles said...

Really well put, simple, direct, and powerful. I think it's very cool that the photo prompted this poem from you. Thanks!

Birdie said...

oh goodness i meant to say 'you are RIGHT Brian' ... haha ... happy Tuesday too :-)

jane.healy said...

Well written

Other Mary said...

Oh Brian...you got it SMACK! I take my hat off to you. Well done.

thingy said...

Guilty, guilty, guilty. (hangs head) : (

Zuzana said...

It is so intriguing to follow what thoughts images trigger in various people. To me this image speaks off some sort of reversed situation, the man is submerged in the sand, as if that was water.;) So does that mean he can walk on water?
I agree with you on the BP tragedy though, it was truly outrageous and your words describe that so poignantly...
xoxo

Glenn Buttkus said...

Words and images drive us to
different destinations; reading your
poem I was still raging in my mind
about 911, and then I read your
addendum, and had to rethink
the rage, the forgetfulness, the
latest diversions, the holidays,
the Occupy movement, the
coming elections, and the
state of my colon--all because
of your stirring paean to rage.

Tumblewords: said...

Strong and thoughtful. Rage is spread so thin...

Lyn said...

Intense..I saw the World Trade Center..and we raged, and then time passes...always something to rage against..the good must stick together..brilliant..

Neha said...

Very deep and interesting. This poem represents a social issue. Very well written, Thank you sharing and for you feedback.

Wayne Pitchko said...

I like where you went with this...nicely done Brian

Lydia said...

Personally, it is something I have not been able to let go. Am still tapped into ways to lend what support I can. But it no longer keeps me awake at night, so you hav a valid point.
More than a valid point, this poem is one of my favorites of yours. You should submit it to the various Gulf newspapers.

Will we be "once more resigned to our position" 20 months from now? Just not sure. So much depends upon how this all plays out:

Nicholas V. said...

Powerful poem with a strong sense of place and time. You have interpreted the image very well in your context.

jabblog said...

We rage so easily and so often - and then move on. That's the sadness of it all.

Syd said...

I hope that we will rage against the wrongs no matter what they are. Who knows--maybe Occupy will be the revolution of real change.

Bodhirose said...

Yes, we seem to do well at raging but what about changing?

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Great words.

We rage and move on - for that is how we cope. It is a pity we seldom seem to learn.

Anna :o]

Ginny Brannan said...

i have a lot of ambivalence over our need for oil. I drive a Prius for both fuel economy and environmental impact, but currently we are dependent on oil for our heat. I dream of the day when solar and wind, renewable resources, will meet all of our electrical, heat and fueling needs, hopefully in my lifetime.
A very thought-provoking piece, Brian.

Goofball said...

our attention span is so short, always a new cause to fight, a new complaint to whine about, a new product to chase, ....My mind goes in overload, what to focus on?

william said...

only you could get so much out of a graphic, and once you explain it, it becomes very clear, bravo.

susan m hinckley said...

Fascinating take on this prompt. I really enjoyed this.

Morning said...

A surprising take on this prompt,
you make me smile,
your writing empowers, because it speaks with unbeatable wisdom and energy.

Keep it up.
We do need to care about issues such as this that impact our life and affect our future generations.

Admire your GREAT mind,
Perfectly Outstanding Work...

xo

Evalinn said...

Beautifully told!