Behavioral Therapy

We're the monarchs of the night.
We need not speak, only breathe.
We're not perfect and we're not the same.
This world is good enough if we let it be.

Deserts bloom after hard rains.
We are all dancing in god's mind,
radiant, draped in silver and gold.
If we know what we say we know
then what should we fear?

This morning, I woke,
made coffee,
and watched murder
on the television.
Behavioral Therapy

We’re Missing Out

No matter the season,
we cannot wait 
for the weather to change.
We must have hot showers
to fight the blistering cold.
We're always missing something.
We've got all kinds of thoughts about - 
whatever it is,
we just can't wait to find out.

Still the weather's
always changing.
And we must keep our feet 
on this slowly-shifting ground.
We must keep our hearts open, 
keep that beating sound around.

The weather outside 
may be just perfect this time of year.
When we miss out
we really miss out.

Heartache pays off
when you're buried in snow
and can't feel a thing.

We have to keep our feet 
right here on this salinated ground.

Listen to the clock hands moving.
See the dark lights lining the lane?
The weather is not afraid to quit
because it knows
we can't handle
the fear of missing out.
The weather knows a thing or two
about delicate positions.
It knows we live in flimsy houses
built close to rising tides.
We’re Missing Out

#Winning

My penis was eaten by an old catfish

After my brother tore me down

My sister/wife put me back me together

From all the parts that she had found

She had to take a golden phallus

And strap it to my groin

Then we made love all night long

Got her pregnant with a baby boy

And that little boy, well he growed up

To do his daddy proud

He found his murderin’ uncle hiding away

And the circle of violence spun round

The circle of violence spins round and round

With no beginning, with no end

I learned the hard way the circle never slows down

Violence always wins

Listen to me while you’re breathing hard

I said violence always wins

Oh, listen to me while you’re seeing stars

Violence always wins

It ain’t hard to see the cosmic truth

Peace and love are real fine virtues

But they don’t hold a candle to the old 1, 2

Because violence, steady violence,

Violence, always violence,

Always wins

#Winning

The American Abyss

America will not survive the big lie just because a liar is separated from power. It will need a thoughtful repluralization of media and a commitment to facts as a public good. The racism structured into every aspect of the coup attempt is a call to heed our own history. Serious attention to the past helps us to see risks but also suggests future possibility. We cannot be a democratic republic if we tell lies about race, big or small. Democracy is not about minimizing the vote nor ignoring it, neither a matter of gaming nor of breaking a system, but of accepting the equality of others, heeding their voices and counting their votes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/magazine/trump-coup.html

This is a sobering assessment of recent events and things to come. I can highly recommend Snyder’s book, On Tyranny, in addition.

The American Abyss

You’re Picking a Fight…and You’re Losing That Fight

Why hold them so tight?

Why not let them go into the wild world

for which they are not prepared?

Why argue their nation of smoke, mirrors?

Aided by machines into an early grave,

buried under rounds of unspent ammunition,

cameras at the ready,

revolution of righteous ignorance.

When the air clears,

the unshaved wave

returns home, confused, provisional victors,

keepers of a false faith.

When the police arrive,

they do not run.

This is because they

have never understood the luxury of choice.

You’re Picking a Fight…and You’re Losing That Fight

The coming confrontation between the American press and the Republican Party

The GOP is increasingly a minority party, or counter-majoritarian, as some political scientists put it. The beliefs and priorities that hold it together are opposed by most Americans, who on a deeper level do not want to be what the Republican Party increasingly stands for. A counter-majoritarian party cannot present itself as such and win elections in swing districts. So it has to be counterfactual too. It has to fight with fictions. Making it harder to vote, and harder to understand what the party is really about— these are two parts of the same project. The conflict with honest journalism is structural. To be its dwindling self the GOP has to also be at war with the press, unless of course the press folds under pressure.

https://pressthink.org/2020/11/the-coming-confrontation-between-the-american-press-and-the-republican-party/

The coming confrontation between the American press and the Republican Party

On the pleasures of being lied to

dreams of cinemas and churches and
where the people once were – empty
now we fill the spaces between spaces
countless coughs in crammed corridors
attentions misdirected by magic words
earth salted, unsowable
incongruous truths, convenience be damned
give me liberty or give us death
silver screens absent of light motions, horror worship

a patriot once whispered
upon her deathbed
to anyone listening,
still trying to understand
the things patriots say,
“you must know that
the child of freedom
is responsibility.
you must know that
freedom is a razor.”

On the pleasures of being lied to