In the midst of their suffering

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Los Angeles citizens wait in line at a food bank last week. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (Image Source)

The economy’s dissonance
caught the nation’s innocents.
No governing to soften their suffering.
For half of your plateful, they’d be so grateful.
Job prospects rare, cupboards bare and nightly prayer.

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Inspired by Sherry Kappel’s insightful love story and poem, “In Eternal Gratitude”, and prompt, “Gratitude.” Thanks also to our host, Kathy Jacobs and me (🙃), and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!

And now, James Taylor sings “Over The Rainbow,” a song (singer and version) I chose because it’s a beautiful and soothing melody, but as importantly, the lyrics describe thoughts of escaping to a place where there’s no trouble. Written for the Wizard of Oz, it’s a hopeful song, but there’s no guarantee we can get to that place without help from others — most with their own frailties: the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and even the Wizard.


An experienced approach to make sure there are parting gifts

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How can we be having an argument, … er, negotiation … if I never get to speak? (Image Credit)

Assume,
when negotiating,
your adversary is
smarter than you,
or your mistakes
will make it so.
If she’s your wife,
bet on losing,
to guarantee
you’ll win —
something.

You’re welcome!

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Inspired by Samantha Lazar’s poem, “The Approach” and prompt, “Approach.” Thanks to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and me (🙃), and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!

And now, Michael Jackson sings his classic negotiation-themed song,
Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” …


New meaning in the pandemic dictionary

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All deserve these things
A community that cares
A roof o’er their head
Walls that keep the cold out, and
Food on their table — A Home!

In the United States, the number of homeless people was well in excess of half million before COVID-19. Approximately two-thirds of those humans are individuals, and the remaining third are families.

Due to the pandemic, at least 12 million people are still without a job and, lacking a source of income, are unable to pay for their most basic needs. There is currently a federal moratorium on evictions through the end of 2020, but this protection ends on December 31. The moratorium did not relieve the renter or mortgage holder from the obligation to ultimately pay what they owe — just delayed it. …


NCiR’ Pilin’ On

A prequel to Laura Sheridan’s National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

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The boss is coming over, dear.
The invitation wasn’t mine.
Afraid he’ll be here very soon.
He said, “Important that we dine.”

Couldn’t you have told me sooner,
I would have liked to order in.
No worries, I shopped late last year.
While I create, pour him a gin.

Hooters had been his suggestion,
We’re here because I knew you’d frown.
Think his plan is to promote me.
How ’bout you wear your low-cut gown?

You kidding me? I’ve work to do,
or neither of you gets a meal. …


For you, our community, and the world

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If a dog is man’s best friend, having more dogs is a good thing, isn’t it … honey? (Image Credit)

Too often consumed,
thinking we’re doomed,
perhaps, life’s resumed.

Point of inflection,
time for reflection
and introspection.

I want more
openmindness,
colorblindness,
human kindness.

And to leave hate behind us!

Author’s note: It’s interesting that some people are reticent to say, “I want” because it’s sounds selfish. It’s worse to add “more” because it sounds greedy — especially during a time when so many are struggling to acquire life’s basic needs. But add “for you” explicitly or by implication, and your statement is altruistic. And more altruism is definitely a good thing in good and bad times.

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And my blood … like yours … red

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Their humanity
can be seen most vividly
if you’re colorblind

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Inspired by Deborah Christensen’s poem, A Moment in Time: Election Reflection, and prompt “colour.” Thanks also to the rest of the talented team at House of Haiku!

And now, Rag’n’Bone Man sings the very soulful “Human” …


Lawn and order candidate got hosed says his sp-Hoax-man

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Twas a landscape firm on the edge of Philly,
Press con’frence planned, seemed ever so silly.
Then you realize, it’s Don’s Rudy Colludy.
Not a Borat film, but a Trump-style B movie.

Seems the last time we saw him, hand in his pants.
He’s back from Ukraine. Barr gave him a chance
to stay out of jail, play litigator,
pushing voter fraud for his fav’rite dictator.

The venue secured, Trump tweeted Four Seasons
Total Landscaping for unknown reasons.
Voter fraud evidence? The press holds its breath
in a parking lot set between dildos and death.

Fantasy Island with porn-viewing booths
distracted the press from rants lacking truths.
Also close by — Crematorium Center,
Rudy undaunted, Trump’s witless presenter. …


Of pitting American against American

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In the presence of

narcissism, misogyny, xenophobia,
ignorance, ineptitude, immorality,
lies, loopholes, conspiracy theories,
corruption, coverups and collusion,
racist dog whistles and fascist cruelty,
vengeance, vilification, and division,

America voted!

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Inspired by the events of November 7 and in response to Bindu Lamba’s wonderful poem and prompt, “Presence.” Thanks also to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and me (🙃), and the rest of the talented Chalkboard team!


Trumpooning Tunes

Is about to be dethroned

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Artwork © Nancy Ohanian — Used With Permission

Sung to the tune of Oh My Darling, Clementine

Oh my faux king
Oh my faux king
Oh my faux king, Donald Trump
Current tweeting self defeating
“Stop The Count” makes you a chump

Donald, get real
Lose “Stop The Steal”
’Cause we all know who’s the thief
’less your fleecing will be ceasing
You’re a Nixon, Crook in Chief

There’s another
Don, you mother ..
“Stop The Fraud” confused young Don
Taught in swaddle, business model —
All his sibs know — is the con

Oh my faux king
Oh my faux king
Oh my faux king, Donald Trump
Didn’t choose you, s’pose you could sue,
Don’t expect a Supreme bump. …


NCIR’ THROWBACK TUESDAYS

A Prequel to Laura Sheridan’s poem, “Big Sweaty Martha

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He was the hunk the ladies eyed.
There’s more than one would be his bride,
But little int’rest he had shown
for gettin’ hitched. He’d been alone
in spite of many women flirts
in biz attire and some short shirts.

He surely knew they were stalking
their male prey. They weren’t just gawking.
They were single, wanted husbands,
most the single guys were cousins.
Even small town friends disparage
set’ling for an inbred marriage.

Friends said, “Don’t take this as flippant,
one night stands aren’t a commitment.
While you play the field like you want,
why avoid the offers they flaunt? …

About

Harper Thorpe

Engaged citizen, poet, musician, humorist, family man. I value irreverence, soulfulness, and a big heart. Offering insight, introspection, shock & aw shucks!

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