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Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

Platforms

Art is political

You can’t convince me differently

Because at heart, art

Is an argument

Artists want you to feel or

Think or see one way

The picture is cropped

Colors are chosen carefully

Scenes are deleted

Yet, we are silent

When it comes to disaster

Art doesn’t pay well

And we’re scared to speak

When we should be scared

To stay silent.

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Current Events Haiku History Poems

Sorry to interrupt your program

The wake of horror

Brings with it calls for action

There’s a problem though.

Politicians don’t

Listen to the peoples will

….they’ve gerrymandered it

“Thoughts and prayers” we’ve heard.

For a decade now

Long ago they chose to favor

Guns over children.

So. Pressing forward seems…hard.

But it’s not.

Outrage is the start…but…

Vote local.

School Board

City council

County council

Fuck, make sure you know who the PTA President is.

These local yokels

Impact your life

And in the wake of horror

It’s the start of change.

(I hope)

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Current Events Haiku mental health Poetry

Broken

You’ve heard of broken

That ugly word describing pain

“A broken woman”

As though she’s shattered

Laying in pieces on the ground

Unmoving. Static.

That’s not what it is

Grief, pain; they’re ever changing

Frenetic, dizzying

No. We’re not broken

Or shattered, or static

We’re simply unmoored

A boat without a dock

A leap without a landing

But not aimless. No.

We know the destination.

We just haven’t spotted it yet.

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Current Events Haiku Poetry

Machines of war

A war has begun

In times of war it’s easy

To be misinformed

Critical thinking

Is required from sources

Importantly, you

Shouldn’t make sweeping comments

On volatile situations

That have taken years

To unfold

You’re not an expert

Especially if you’re shocked

At Russia’s aggression

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Current Events Haiku Poetry

Not yet…

Mask restrictions lift

With glee and exaltation

From those not masking

It’s not like it’s hard

A good mask protects yourself

And other people

Covid isn’t gone

When I hear you complaining

About wearing masks

I also wonder

How many you infected

In your stubbornness

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Climate Current Events Haiku Poetry

Rising

Everything’s Rising.

Coastal waters are rising

Taxes are rising

Inflation…rising

My age is rising too, but

That’s not your problem

But, it has been said

With every action comes an

Equal reaction

If everything is rising…

Will we rise as a community?

Or, will we all fall?

By which I mean fail

To acknowledge hard truths

and take action?

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Education Haiku Poetry Teaching

Reckoning

Please, make no mistake

New laws that attack our schools

Are not “for the parents.

That’s propaganda

Parents are often

Invited into the class

Lessons are often

Already online.

No. These laws show lawmakers

Who they can target

Thinly veiled attempts

To root out the teachers who

Teach real history

Because you see friends…

Education is power

Education is change

Education is discussion

Education is critical thinking.

Being educated

Shouldn’t be easy.

Education is a reckoning

And that should feel uncomfortable.

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Current Events Education Haiku Teaching

Unintended consequences?

The consequences

Of the pandemic

Will be hard to count…

However, it’s clear

That the main victims are kids

They are in shambles

First, online schooling

Then, rolling quarantines and

Sick family members

We’ve expected them

To be strong. Meanwhile adults

Kept failing the kids.

Don’t @ me on this

I know we’ve all done our best

Closing school was right.

Here is my real point

We’ve asked our kids to adapt

While leaving no tools

In their school toolbox

They are alone in the wild

Because schools didn’t adjust

To the trauma of the kids

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Current Events Education Haiku History Poetry

Dark

States are banning books

900,000 are dead

Now, the GOP

Have, of course, declared

Events of January 6

“Legitimate discourse”

2024

Is barreling fast toward us

A darkness is brewing

A darkness is brewing

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Haiku Poetry

January

January blues

Bite at the body and soul

On misty mornings