back bent slouching
the curve pushes you down
belly squishing extended
you shrink from life
alone you notice
your posture, your pain
make it go away
you shrink away
from the weight
down into the mist
of uncertain thoughts
will they know the fake?
rarely tested, the back bends
alone it descends
rushing up to meet you
the floor of the cavern
crashes into you
you turn and smile
when someone enters the room
The brownish purple, white-edged flowers
Hung from the edge of the vase
Like mourners at a New Orleans funeral
Passing as a well-schooled scholar
He makes an earnest attempt to educate
The passer-byes in his wake
The flowers must be thrown out
The moldy water must be rinsed out
Killing the new flowers for beauty in the vase
The Occupy Movement plans many demonstrations for May Day all around the country, and even the world.
As a teacher, I was not able to leave my students and participate in any May Day activities with the Occupy Movement. Indeed, maybe I should be participating in a general strike; I am exactly why we need a big change in this country. I am a good teacher. But, I work only part time as an adjunct at a community college. While classes in high schools across the country, and in the area I live as well, are growing, teachers are being cut. Those of us seeking full time employment should be able to find jobs. Our children’s classrooms are becoming overcrowded. There is room for more teachers. Yet, the capitalist society in which we live is failing its citizens. 400 people in this country own more wealth than the bottom 150,000,000 (one hundred and fifty million). I guess the system is working for those 400 people. But,what about those 150 millions? It’s time for a change.
Personally, I am not against capitalism, per se. I am, however, against how it dramatically benefits a small percentage of the population much much more than it benefits the vast majority of that population. Unfortunately, while Occupy Wall Street blames big money, and it is right to do so, a large chunk of the blame belongs on the scoundrels and corrupt politicians who are making the rules to benefit those rich elite in Washington, DC.
You can watch a Ustream live video of events in New York City here:
Streaming by Ustream It looks like things are slow as of this time (1:45pm EST). I hate to say it, but perhaps things will pick up after work.
If things heat up, I will update this post…