Wednesday, November 7, 2012

the ever endless seasons

on the gym wall, Bedford, VA

election night, the coffee shop
is hopping, a bus worth of high school kids
and older humans, fresh hash marks, off
exit polls

two kids in the corner, sisters,
try out for professional wrestling
on the comfy seats--kick to the face,
giggles, the youngest chants nursery
rhymes as she flails & i am

stuck in conversation with an end times
prophesier (professor) i had the dumb
luck to sit next to - 'if the current regime...

(insert a litany of ignorant propaganda
---yes, i tried to wipe my feet
before tracking it in the house---later)

...it's the end of times,' and not just the Mayan
calendar, but Chinese-Alien take over, lost
value of the dollar & thank God for Political
saviors---he's got a book too, not the Bible, a prop,
he chops in his palm as he heats up (hey wait,

why is everyone leaving- all bunched up
at the other end of the shop) 'but what about---'
& he's not used to someone asking questions
as he blasts, 'Obviously, [no name drop here]
is senile & the media twisted his remarks.'

I don't win, never intend to in endless seasons
of ever greater division, but listen, then move
over beside an Asian couple, '6 moanth ole'
she says in broken English as i make faces/twiddle
fingers at their child

'i have two myself, boys'

they smile,
in ways, not so menacing, at all.

written for Poetry Jam and well in advance of any announcement as to who took the race to 270---my hope though is that whoever it may be, that we can start to look beyond that which separates us and begin to bring healing to a much divided nation, while we still can.

64 comments:

SueAnn Lommler said...

Interesting exchange...and one I have had in times past. A exercise in trying to have a sharing conversation..blasted by propaganda!! Sad really and it always amazes me at one's blindness!!
One track minds!! For sure!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Dave King said...

Such a brilliant commentary on our times. I especially liked:-

...it's the end of times,' and not just the Mayan
calendar, but Chinese-Alien take over, lost
value of the dollar & thank God for Political
saviors

but it was difficult to know where to stop quoting!

I strongly second your post script remarks -- let's hope!

Valerie said...

I've been there, Brian. Sometimes it works, sometimes I can't wait to get away.... smiles. Nicely worded by you, though.

Mary said...

At least you were not trapped on an airplane seat sitting next to the propagandist. He probably thought he was educating and prob you were just having a cuppa coffee. (Smiles.) Glad you found a way to get away. It's not easy sometimes, and those moments are often endless seasons indeed!

manicddaily said...

Ha! k.

kaykuala said...

To get ensnared into talking is irritating. Worst if a boring subject is bandied about. Reelection is hot so no denying it would feature as a conversation piece. The Asian couple may be an anti-climax, more smiles than talk. Nicely Brian!

Hank

Tabor said...

I usually say only one of two things...I am a liberal and not changing that philos0phy at this stage in the game as it is close to my heart...so perhaps we can leave it at that. Or most recently I have wanted to ask (but not had the opportunity) How is this man different from his party's predecessor?

Alan Burnett said...

It is ages since I have been around, I'm sorry for that as your poetry just gets better and better.

Susan said...

That's the way of it. Life surges, rhetoric regurgitates, one to one is over and beyond it all. Great sequence and placing of yourself in the midst to see and report the deeper swirl like always.

Daniel said...

It seems you get much more than a cuppa joe every time you stop for coffee.

DJan said...

Yep, it's time for us to begin campaigning for 2016, right? :-)

Claudia said...

always rewarding when you take us with you to the coffee shop in your poems...and sometimes kinda frightening to hear people talk like this and you wonder how they built the world-view they're living in with such conviction..love the closure with the asian couple..the making small connections along the way..i like..smiles

farawayinthesunshine said...

Healing is bound to happen hopefully soon. Divisions are hard on the soul

Pat Hatt said...

Blah to such crap
I'd want to take a nap
Different when one is open to all sides
But not when one forgos any changing of the tides
At least the chineses aliens won't probe
At least I hope not as they come across the globe haha

Suz said...

I wonder if they know

Anne said...

I'm with you Brian, try to block out the negative around you and focus on the really important things. Like a buzzing fly, these things have a way of finding their way into your world though. Well said my friend, well said.

Bossy Betty said...

AH! I've learned how to avoid those kinds of conversations. Love your last paragraph. I vote for that.

Leovi said...

Yes, the poem is very good for election night.

Mama Zen said...

Let us hope that we can move on!

LadyCat said...

Love this ---yes, i tried to wipe my feet
before tracking it in the house---
We have to shake off the negativity, although it is sometime difficult to leave outside.

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL...It seems for a non horse.. you got well and truly 'saddled' Goodness you are so patient. I love the way you will remember to wipe your feet so you don't track it into the house...lol Glad the Asian couple's baby lifted you out of the gloom.
If the end times be upon us (via the Mayan calendar) I'm just going to go to bed and hopefully....sleep :)

FrankandMary said...

I don't think unease usually lingers around you. 2 boys. That is winning. ~Mary

Tara Miller said...

I can feel the hustle and bustle of the coffee shop. Not to mention that aromatic smell... ;)
Good write my love!

Jan Mader said...

You words say it all....

There will always be one-sided minds and nothing will change that...

Peggy said...

Ah yes those political seasons just seem to get longer and longer. And there does seem to be an endless supply of one-sided minds. This poem made me smile at the end, a reminder to not take it all so seriously. Thanks.

moondustwriter said...

healing to this land is much needed
Thanks Bri

Annmarie Pipa said...

it is a sad day for me. I voted pro life. coffee doesn't help.

Alice Audrey said...

The political rallies tend to bring out some "interesting" people.

Tony Crimi said...

One persons genius is another persons social dwarf.

hedgewitch said...

I was looking forward to this one, bri--and it's a Miller classic--believe me, I've met this guy's twin brother many times. I like the drifting feeling, the commonality, the sense of cinema in this very much. I too hope in the aftermath of all the disputation and division, things can work out for the common working stiff in a fair deal, and our leaders come together to lead instead of battle for coins and media props.

Okie said...

what a fun and vibrant interaction.

I love the creative and fun exchanges and observations.

My voting experience was far less interactive. I hit the polls on my way to work in the morning. There were 3 other people there already at the voting booth so I just signed in, went to a station, voted and went on my way. Barely had enough time to pause and pick up my sticker it went so fast. :)

Great post.

Helen said...

The endless season of Presidential politics ... and we're off!!!

Laurie Kolp said...

I can see it so clearly... and good thing to switch your focus to the Asian couple... nice touch.

I hear ya on the working together.

lori mcclure said...

Maybe it's always been this bad, but this year seemed much worse than I remember - people arrogant and plain mean about politics. It's as if people have completely forgotten how our system works. Someone loses. Every time. Or sometimes we all lose, lol

^.^ said...

Hey, hey, hey, B ... last note from me for a while ... will be on my way shortly ... o ... bama is back, I see ... hmmm, good ... from my point of view at least ... Love and tiny kisses for your little ones, eh? Always, cat.

happygirl said...

And this is why I don't make eye contact.

poetry-diary.com said...

All very human, too!

Carrie Burtt said...

Sounds like you got a cup of coffee and an ear full Brian! Love the way you get your point and thoughts across the page! :-)

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

"election night, the coffee shop
is hopping, a bus worth of high school kids and older humans, fresh hash marks, off exit polls..."


Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing the image and in your very [thought-provoking and very descriptive] poem you have captured:The happening(s) in a coffee shop during this election season[{"the ever endless seasons"]...quite honestly, too!

[postscript:
I can almost "smell" the coffee...Oops! that's in my own house-hold...lol]
deedee :)

Jen Chandler said...

Beautiful. And I love the last line. People nit pick and overlook what's truly important:

Others
Each other
Life and love

Great post!
Jen

Dolly@Soulstops said...

so not fun to get stuck in a monologue...nice pacing...always good to see a nod to our common shared humanity regardless...blessings, Brian :)

Heaven said...

I hate being stuck in argument with someone who just complains and spews out ignorance and hate ~ Its an endless cycle, but I hope there is understanding and coming together at the end ~ I watched it live last night and was pleased with the outcome ~

Wishing you happy day Brian ~

RMP said...

what a fun evening this must have been. I appreciate your whit in inserting an insert instead of relaying the whole spiel.

Loredana Donovan said...

Oh Brian, I steer away from political discussions especially with strangers that can get heated. Glad you escaped this guy and the couple made you smile. I, too, hope for unity, peace, and betterment in our nation. Smiles :)

Emily Wierenga said...

wow. it's like i was there. you know, there's something so miraculously holy about a child. something that makes the rest of life seem like pure dribble. this is excellent prose as always, brian. love how you always have a message.

Cressida de Nova said...

Sounds as if the Asian couple saved the day and imagine... smiles,.. and you came away without 100 arrows being fired into your body with your wallet still in tact!

Magpie said...

I do hope we are able as a country to come together and strengthen our trust in each other and our economy.

Lorraine said...

Life, You're inspire me you always have but even more so now, because the good side of living in an apt, are all the stories I will eventually be socially brave enough to hear :)

ladyfi said...

Brilliant commentary. The fall-out of the Obama win seems to be so much hate and polarization among those who lost. Let's hope for a four years of HOPE, change and healing!

A Cuban In London said...

I liked the poem, but above all, I loved your note at the end. here's hoping for you, too, brother. Thank you, US, I believe you voted for the right person.

Greetings from London.

PS: Can you believe it? Jerry Lee Lewis has just come on Radio Paradise with Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On! :-)

the walking man said...

Oh well there are 5 more Romney's just as entitled to own the White House so all hope is not dead yet. Nancy Reagan may still get her shot, I know I know she already ran the country for a couple of years but...Now comes the second American incivility war.


I love arrogant ignorant fools who pretend they know their candidate.

Cheryl said...

Moving on and reuniting are going to take time. What an incredible waste of such precious time.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Sometimes it's just easier to have your coffee brewed at home! I will try to wipe my feet of negativity though before I come into my house - a great line!

CiCi said...

The end times theory has been preached my whole life mostly by people who don't know what to do about the decline in the human brain and kindness. Explaining it away as just the natural events of "end times" is a cop out so they don't have to participate in helping to make their lives, their communities, their country healthy. It cracks me up to listen (not for long though) to some people spout what they think is wisdom, complaining about things in the country they don't like, at the same time not willing to do anything about helping to make it better. One person at a time.

Margaret said...

with an end times
prophesier (professor) i had the dumb
luck to sit next to

just chuckled. I hate that too, (even me :) Truly, I'm somewhere in the middle, as I really think most people are. And thank God for the little children to divert your attention... ha ha. But he WAS a good "character" study.

my heart's love songs said...

well, they both gave good speeches at the end about putting partisanship aside, but i'll believe it when i see it...

BRILLIANT poem, as always, Bri!!!

Mrsupole said...

I personally think we should have a third party for those of us who are in the middle.

It really is not fair that we have one party controlled by the far left and the other party controlled by the far right. And that is why I did not like either one of them. Although I did understand that when Romney was Gov of Mass. that he worked very well with both sides, which we have not Obama do. He keeps saying he will but he does not. He says he will be transparent, he is not. He said he would get rid of the lobbyists, there are more of them then ever.

I could probably make a larger list, but the one about he was going to unify this country and bring us together, well that never happened either. And he says he is still going to do these things.

Sadly I think things are going to get worse between the far right and the far left. So the way I see it is that we should start a third part that is called the Middle. We seem to be pretty unified and can talk to each other and we don't really understand the other two groups. Plus there are more of us then there are of them so we should just say that we do not want to change this country to a far left side or to a far right side because we just want to improve upon what has worked for the country. We want to stop the out of control spending, the wasteful spending, end the wars but be prepared in case we ever have to but only to protect the country. We want to have Congress and Senate to not have ridiculous retirement plans, actually none at all would be best, the same medical coverage we get, and definitely term limits, no more than two. We would insist that everyone works together actually get things done. I think most of us would like the Federal Government to handle Federal things, those are things that affect all of the states as a whole but we would also like the States to handle what only affects that state and not the rest of us. We know that each state it basically it's own little country but that we stick together on the Federal level to form a stronger group. I also think most of us are sick of over paying for gas. We truly would like to be energy independent for oil and gas but at the same time to work on bringing clean energy to the market to where it is not so expensive that we cannot afford it. And yes we may have to use oil and gas for a while but eventually clean energy will be what we all use. This high cost of gas is not the way to go about it. Trying to force us to accept expensive clean energy is not an option right now. The left should accept this and keep working on it.

I also think that they need to make a deal with the banks to fix everyone's loans to where their payment is not more than one quarter of there monthly income even if they have to extend the loan a few more years. Hopefully this would give people more expendable money which should help the economy get moving again. This creating more jobs and if the cost of gas has also decreased then that would also stimulate the economy. Then more taxes would be paid without raising taxes on everyone. It is like Duh, why do these politicians not see what can be done. Also they could get rid of half of our Federal Agencies, especially the ones where they are doing duplicate jobs. The states could hire these people.

Mrsupole said...

Part 2.........

It is funny how those of us in the middle can figure out so many things that could be changed by these far left and far right politicians but all we see is pettiness and bickering going on. And somehow they have convinced us in the middle that we have to side with one of them. But we do not. We just need to meet in the middle and form our own party.

I won't care what either side will do because there will not be enough of them to affect us in the middle. I understand there are a few politicians who want to be in the middle. We just need to convince them to join us.

So what do you all think? Would you join a party that represented the middle?

Just a thought that maybe we can share with others and let this idea spread. It has to be a better choice than this far left and far right crap.

God bless.

Mrsupole said...

Sorry for the book. I just feel we need some real "change".

GBA

Sue said...

Your thoughts and mine are not so very different on this, even though we come at it from different directions.

=)

Rebecca S. said...

We have our own share of racism up here in Canada, but I did hear a Republican writer say that America has such a deeply entrenched history of racial division that it will take many more years (and presidents of colour, perhaps) to change that fact for good. Thanks for doing your part the other night :)

Syd said...

My hope too, Brian. I have found an amazing amount of hatred spewed and am sick of it and the racism that seems to be at the crux of it all.

Mary Mansfield said...

Wow, nothing like the political season to qualify as an endless season. Sad to say, but I've already seen polls regarding the 2016 New Hampshire primaries! Ugh...it truly never ends. Great write, Brian.

William Manson said...

Brian you should be a politician, this was superb, loved it :)