Tuesday, October 30, 2012

OpenLinkNight: The Reaping of the Ostriches

on the wall of the copyroom @ school


Look! Up in the sky!
      it’s a bird… a plane…a
product of our ignorance
at what our politicians pass
or discuss in committee

Robot drones over the US!!!!

to help enForce the law (of cOURse)
some even able to see through walls,
it’s not cheap porn they’re after
(well maybe). Next

we'll arm them, 2015 is- oh Orwell,
what have you wrought?
 what have we bought
with our vote? Some slick
snake oil to grease the wheels, attempt
to distract the eye
                     while the hand is dealt.

The House wins! Man,
    how does that happen,
again & again (don’t

all these exclamation points
grate your nerves?)

       ♬ My country, tis of thee
       Sweet land of....

Coming Soon! in HD, surround---
you and me & - SMile
when they come through the door,
your 15....15....15 minutes of fame,
lacing fin-gers behind your head
   laying prone on the floor…Welcome,
welcome one and all---
to the reaping of the Ostriches!

It's OpenLinkNight @ dVerse Poets - where we get all kinds of crazy poetically...doors open for OpenLinkNight @ 3pm EST. 

And before you think I am crazy with this verse, check out the news articles here or here or just google the use of drones here in the US, or the congressional hearing they held on drone usage last Thursday...scary truth.

99 comments:

Dave King said...

This says it all, and vividly. I am bowled over by the images and the way you use them. Superb stuff!

Valerie said...

Brian, I didn't understand so I checked your links ...and I am horrified. Spied on by drones is not a prospect I fancy for any country.

Daniel said...

Good thing it was the raping of the ostriches! (smiles!)

Pat Hatt said...

Wow that is crazy
They like to make things hazy
Keeping people in the dark
While the drones bark
And the country is supposed to be free?
Pffft right, as they watch when you pee
Get a rocket launcher and shoot them down
Over a sea and not a town

the walking man said...

Uh check out why they have stationed three divisions of the third army under direction of North American Command NorCom. American troops have never before been stationed on American soil for use against American citizens before. But they are there now...

Drones over Detroit, I do believe it's already a reality. Thay want civil war t depopulate the nation so the 1% can make more money selling weapons (to both sides as usual).

We gave up a hell of a lot with cheney's patriot act. yeah it was cheney's Bush was not smart enough to think that up and Obama only made it stronger.

Betsy Brock said...

yep...it's insane!

Grace said...

I read the links myself and I think this is going too far ~ What technology can do these days its scary to think of the consequences at the wrong hands ~

Happy Tuesday Brian ~

G-Man said...

Brian Miller....
Strange visitor from another planet,who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal man...:-)

Suz said...

you haven't seen anything yet

DJan said...

I guess I'll go have to read those articles to figure this one out, Brian. Some of the comments give me clues that make me really nervous, though. I like G-Man's comment! :-)

Claudia said...

this is really scary stuff...and once such systems get in the wrong hands, we're close to orwell... i read this book when i was a teenager and i was terrified but never really thought that technology would some day be at a point to actually make these things possible...how wrong.. love how you wrote this..capturing the craziness and absurdity

Jenny said...

Wow...scary! Maybe thats the reason we are kept in the dark! Who knows what else goes on in OUR country?

JANU said...

Some crazy ideas...but, will it really help law enforcement?

Hope you are safe and the power restored.

Mary said...

Brian, I think George Orwell would 'roll over in his grave.' If he were able to write a novel today - let's say one called 2030 - I wonder what he would picture the world being like.

manicddaily said...

Hi Brian - all agreed that people should pay attention. Part of what drives me crazy when people say that they won't vote or "they are all the same." The fact is that we have the power to vote in this country, and they are not all the same, and we do not have to let money buy elections.

I am particularly upset by Citizens United (as you know).

The fact is (as you note) no one forces people to be ostriches! Ostrichdom is usually one's own decision! People can read and think. k.

Myrna R. said...

I had read about this some time ago. I never thought "big brother" would evolve this way, or any way in this country. How well you write about this.

Laurie Kolp said...

I think the politicians are the ostriches (sticking their heads in piles of you-know-what!)!

hedgewitch said...

Back in the Sixties I saw things like the Kent State massacre(national guard firing on unarmed students at a war protest)and the 1967 Democratic convention, where police beat reporters and protestors with riot sticks, not to mention, the riots and marshal law following Dr. King's assassination, and I have to say, if there had been the number of guns on the streets then as now, and the culture of guns we have today, there would have been unimaginable bloodshed. I personally think the lobbying of the NRA for assault weapons, etc, is going to backfire and be a huge factor in what happens when things really hit the skids here The 1% may not be able to take care of it all with drones and mercenaries. Excellent poembri, about the dark forces that are gathering in this country--and they make Sandy look benign. (Glad things are returning to normal where you are.)

Natasha Head said...

WAAAAAAY too scary truth...how deep do you want to go with this one...the conspiracist within me LOVES this piece, and all the many paths I am compelled to follow...mind you...when the truth that's out there, becomes the truth that's known...and folks just keep on keepin on...well...that's another poem!

Alice Audrey said...

This reminds me of a woman whose family was held at gunpoint by a swat team because she was researching a book on the internet. Apparently she'd surfed in to some sights the US government didn't approve of. This was about a year after 911.

Jen Chandler said...

I have finally realized who your writing reminds me of: Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451.

Great poem. Frightening stuff. You handle tough subjects so well. Thanks for speaking out on something I think we all are against!

Jen

ayala said...

Scary and going too far...I just think this is crazy. Great capture, Brian. Now I understand why old folks say technology is too much these days!

Anna Montgomery said...

"We don't trust you with the weapons you do have," from the police article! Truth. Wow, it is a whole new era of invasiveness. Terrifying they're considering private citizen and business use. That'll usher in a new era of stalking and corporate espionage. It's all like an NSA wet dream. I'd like to wake up now. Is this what they mean by 'legitimate rape'?

Anna Montgomery said...

Sorry, I got so caught up in the insanity I forgot to say the poem is superb.

Steve E said...

Technology? Brian, I thought those were Big Birds. Giant Juvenile Blue Jays mimicking a Bald Eagle.

Best line for me: "... oh Orwell,
what have you wrought?"
OR
Oh! Or--well, what the F*** can we DO about it? If they take away our guns, we lose the option of shooting them down--grin

Do you have Power? Snow? Heat? Hope all is well in the 'hood, and around your house.
PEACE!
Steve

Gloria said...

I dont think you are crazy Brian:)
Good poem!
Hope all of you are OK!

Vodka Mom said...

um.


Not sure if the pain meds allow THIS deep kind of thinking.


But you kick ass, nonetheless.

Magpie said...

Come on, Brian. Don't you know they're saving us from ourselves?? :) Because those "regular" Joes become omniscient just by being elected by the "ignorant" masses they then need to protect. One has to ask, were we ignorant when we elected them or did that come afterwards?

Tatius T. Darksong said...

Science fiction full circle only it's reality now.

Margaret said...

...it’s not cheap porn they’re after
(well maybe)

You do keep your sense of humor. I DO hear you, but when used on the "bad" guy.. it doesn't seem so bad. Ingenious even. Sigh... the only problem is, can we "control" it once it is "let loose"?

Carrie Burtt said...

Politics always does give me a headachee!...and all the explanations DO grate your nerves. Thanks for the kind words over at my blog Brian....it has been a hard time, but I know that things are going to get better. :-)

Anne said...

I know you're not crazy Brian as the Hubby was reading about this months ago. There are many unsettling things happening right now. There are currently thousands upon thousands of Chinese troops on American soil. Why are they there? Because the US government does not think it's military will fire upon it's own people. There's an ill wind blowing. Look at the level of surveillance in England and China-the US is not far behind.

Once again you inform with your words and in such a way that it has meaning far beyond what one would read in a dry news account.

Susan said...

oo! ostriches, huh? Harsh! But as you say, sometimes we deserve what we get. The structure of this poem is a new age stream of consciousness, artful monologue!

Daydreamertoo said...

Big brother is well and truly upon us..all.
There is no such thing as free. Never was. We are only as free as the powers that be allow us to be. Don't rock the boat, or else.
Yes, Big brother is here to stay and, it will only get worse.
Scary write and scary truth Brian.

Poet Laundry said...

Ack...scary. Technology has such power, and this kind carries so many ways in which it could be used to control and intimidate. Orwell was onto something. Thanks for reminding us. Exclamation point. hehe

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Loved the free form rhythm to this - all the great ideas posed and juxtaposed beautifully! Lots of fun to read.

Arron Shilling said...

Awesome lines Brian.

An amazing title!

Bringing this to the attention of the masses should be a priority for everyone . . .

Speaking of drones

. . . if Romney gets in . . .

We're all screwed anyway . . .

Vote Bam Bam!

All the best brother

Tara Miller said...

Eyes in the sky - everywhere. A very scary reality. Especially the way you describe here. How can our government logically make these decisions... and live with them.

would love to hear you read this one.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Deeply loving the write--deeply scared of the world you paint--great write Brian

moonlitpoetic said...

that's one powerful write Brian...by the way, thanks for your wishes on my blog. i'm up and glad to return to dVerse Poets~~

mrs mediocrity said...

It is crazy... some days I think we, as a species, will never be able to catch up with the technology we have created. Great write, this is one I would love to hear you read.

I saw Cloud Atlas this past weekend, a dreary vision of the future, but one that does not seem impossible.

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

Ok - it doesn't take much to start freaking me out! And to think - how long has this been going on? Yikes- scary and thought provoking read! K

Beachanny said...

See how clever you are. So able to smush all your images in such a small wordframe. And say so much implicit/explicit/ inside a word. I'm bowled over! Well done!!

farawayinthesunshine said...

why face the reality when it' s so much nicer head burried deep in the sand ;-)

jackie dick said...

Imagination coupled with social conscience...always, Brian, always..scary, but true.

Steve King said...

You've hit on something that resonates with me...much has been taken away from Americans for the promise of 'security.' Nice work.

Rene Foran said...

This both rocks and frightens me
Shock and awe, brother

Rene Foran said...

This both rocks and frightens me
Shock and awe, brother

Olivia said...

How well have you spun all the pieces together! Clever use of capitals n the music notes added all to it.

Wonderful...

Timoteo said...

Here's what I think: They don't have enough troops (without recalling the ones who are stationed all over the globe) to put us all in chains in a country this size...

I have enough faith in my fellow Americans to know that we would fight to the death, and there are enough weapons in the hands of the populace, (something maybe we SHOULD thank the NRA for)and ways to get more from underground channels...taking to the streets, taking to the mountains, guerilla warfare...and you know they've never prevailed when taking on such an elusive opponent--so if they want to ignore the lessons of Vietnam, etc....

Then let them come.

Syd said...

I don't think that we even know the half of what goes on. I would rather just be ignorant in my blisss, I guess.

lookingforroots said...

Oh interesting. I had no idea this was being contemplated. But I suppose it's just the next step after the streetcorner cameras and so forth.
I love how you captured this. And your last line is priceless.
Excellent writing.

seacamels said...

Wow—guess it’s true—“Robot drones over the US!!!!”

it’s not cheap porn they’re after // (well maybe).

Your social commentary is on the money. You manage it so welll; can’t do that me self.

Jennifer Dougan said...

Brian,

Fun to hear about your weekend below.

Re your comment, I agree. I love seeing people caught up in conversation with their God! :)

Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Enjoy that time with them. Hope you and the people you know are safe today! Whew. We've been monitoring the news from here in MN, and praying.

Thanks for stopping by, Brian.

Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com

Wander said...

Brian, thank you for bringing this to my attention!

also liked the poem...You got your rant on!

Jenny Herner said...

Not to "drone on", but this was wonderful! (as usual)

Arjan Tupan said...

Oh, wow, that's a bit scary. And very, very Orwellian. I think it's great that you draw attention to it through your poetry. It's on of the poet's responsibilities.

Ginny Brannan said...

I used to think that those with nothing to hide had nothing to fear, but it really is a little scary what they can do these days. And this is only the stuff we know about!!! Gee thanks Brian, if I wasn't paranoid before, I will be now!! As always, great write and some fascinating food for thought!!

Wolfsrosebud said...

hmmm... i've never had a Big Brother... got me thinking

Wolfsrosebud said...

hmmm... i've never had a Big Brother... got me thinking

Victoria said...

Our privacy has been a myth for a long time, especially since the Internet. It's hard to understand where security ends and invasion begins. Hope all is well out your way.

marousia said...

Excellent - we are in 1984 - love your imagery - superb sharp writing

Nilanjana Bose said...

That's so scary, with technology the lines and limits seem to get blurrier and blurrier...you put the images together with the usual panache..

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Don't have to read the articles; I'm up to speed and then some on this garbage. Love the way you wrote about it, Brian. You want me to send you one of my Groucho disguises??

flaubert said...

Choosing to be an ostrich is not my choice, Brian. I did not know about the drones and frankly it does not surprise me one bit. I am soooo tired of this election, in fact, I had an argument with my brother-in-law the other day over Obama. He told me I could give him a job after he loses the election. Ridiculous, I know. Excellent write.

Pamela

pandamoniumcat said...

Of course they won't be facing occupied residents... Oh that's scary stuff... the government is interested in all things being transparent huh...we want to keep more of an eye on you... truly a time to pull our heads out of the sand...

PattiKen said...

The idea of drone stalking the "bad guys" in this country is horrifying, but not surprising. The more state funding is cut, the fewer law enforcement personnel can be hired. In the end, drones my be cheaper than the cop on the beat or the detective pulling stakeout duty. Besides, it's a little like closing the barn door after the horse is gone. If people knew what information about them was already collected (a lot of it on the magnetic strip on the back of their driver's license),, they'd be aghast.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

I Have to say, i like how you draw awareness with your poetry.When i'm done reading it makes me stop, question and read about the subject. You school me all the time

Lolamouse said...

Well, if all citizens were allowed to possess their own drones, then we could protect ourselves! Can the NRA lobby for the right to own drones? Ugh.

Vicki Lane said...

Well said -- this needs to be a topic of national conversation.

theborgpoet said...

A poem that is relevant and timely. Well done

Apryl Gonzales Sweet said...

I like the Orwell parallel. Vivid and in your face, of course, I never expect less from you Brian! Well written, evocative.

lori mcclure said...

yikes. it's all scary. sometimes i re-think my internet presence and phone use. everything is tracked, from everywhere. now, from the skies, too? okay, i'll start preparing my bunker tomorrow, lol. though i really do think we should all learn how to survive without technology . . . just in case.

Susie Clevenger said...

Great write and such a scary sad truth. Big Brother has drones...nothing surprises me any more.

Joan Barrett Roberts said...

Excellent write & it is so very true that our modern technology comes with a high cost to ourselves and others. War weapons are made sterile by their sheer remoteness but viral in deed and cost of lives. Again, you gave us allot to think about!
Thanks. --joanie

christopher said...

Our technology is designed to make us feel connected...but a friend often reminds me...we are monitored-not connected.

Anonymous said...

So I'll sing the word you left out purposefully....Liberty...la la la! thanks! gardenlilie.com

Simone said...

So sad that there is no such thing as privacy anymore.

Fred Rutherford said...

Awesome voice here. Love the shifts and influxes that are so apparent without the need to physically hear the piece. Great write Brian.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

How well you capture all these things...Great!

Lorraine said...

I'm held in captivity by your emotional intelligence , truly

anthonynorth said...

Democracy won't be democratic until we learn one thing. Political parties are counter to democracy. The day the west begins to vote in Independents, we'll get a glimpse of what democracy could be.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Wow! Powerful and scarily prescient.

Beth Winter said...

I have to smile because I was writing an article on Jonathan Livingston Seagull and it starts with the quote:

"The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other."

IMO, campaigning is a ruse as is the balance of power. I'm not intrigued by politics, rather I am disappointed by it. As long as we do what is most right with good intent, we will know freedom without the complexity of government controls.

As always, your writes inspire depth of thought. Well written and a pleasure to experience.

beckykilsby said...

Great piece of graphology to elicit a sense of disorientation [double-take] with the capitalization - works a treat to make the reader focus twice. Nice representation of the theme I think.

Nico said...

Great poem! When reading this I couldn't help but think of these lines from Wendell Berry'
s poem "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front": "As soon as the generals and the politicos / can predict the motions of your mind, / lose it." Interesting times we live in.

Liz said...

How I loathe our politicians and politics. It is so false, they are so fake. Well spoken.

I have been having a bit of deja vu here today with about 5 poets. You being one of them. Somehow I have been taken to week 64 and getting a second read ... it has give me a different perspective on the poem but also shown me my age! Ha!

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"♬ My country, tis of thee
Sweet land of.... ♬"


Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing [the image] and your [very] thought-provoking poetic words as you "welcome one and all---to the reaping of the Ostriches!"
Cont...

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"we'll arm them, 2015 is- oh Orwell,what have you wrought? what have we bought with our vote? "
I don't know?!
and

"Coming Soon! in HD, surround---
you and me & - SMile when they come through the door,your 15....15....15 minutes of fame,

Very Frighten...indeed!

RMP said...

I think I figured out why I enjoy reading your verse; you help to keep my head out of the dirt.

drones...I never really thought I'd see such a day.

Okie said...

politics and government these days are super crazy.

I love the outrageous imagery used here...until I step back and see how apropos it all is.

I have been meaning to dust off my old copy of 1984 and read it again amid all the current hype of new dystopian novels.

Great piece.

Archna Sharma said...

I like that you push it upon us with, "product of our ignorance", I like to think that our small voices are heard. Crazy, the things that Orwell knew. Really scary truths, hardly need to read fiction for a horror story these days. Good, original thought-provoking stuff, like always.

Sabio Lantz said...

Thanx for the news.
Wasn't aware of that.
Not sure these are avoidable. We watch with satellites now. Cameras on corner.
Sniff dogs do their own watching (we'll see what the Supreme Court decides about that).

So, the more tools the government gets, the more leery we should be of the power we let the government have.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

It is all too scary, all to true and yet still CRAZY!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

No I don't think you're crazy — and the alternative is terrible to contemplate.

rallentanda said...

We have a plethora of drones here but they are not airborne (yet)
Something we have to look forward to no doubt.

Rachel Hoyt said...

Do you sound like a carnival announcer when you read this? That's what I hear that makes me smile. It balances the poignant message well. I love the way you spin your messages.

vbreverb said...

Your last line is so spot on--we have, indeed, become a society of head-in-the-sanders, just like your ostriches.