NCiR’ Pilin’ On

Taking a cue from Shireen’s debut

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Polysemy: the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase.

See if you can catch me, let’s both run down this path,
if you get too sweaty, you’ll have to run a bath.
You see what I did there? I can run that by again.
Don’t expect I’ll need that bath — I’ll run outta gas ’fore then.


Prompted by Mary Holden’s report card, “Pandemic: F

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Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash

We decided to get the COVID vaccine.
Nothing I say here is meant to demean
the folks predicting it’d be our demise —
though same group told hydrochloroquine lies.


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Michelangelo Buonarroti, Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Vatican, 1511–1512 (Image Source)

The Original Brief


Said no one

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Got nothing against good competition,
playing fields level, losing and winning.
Stoking division’s not really sporting,
they’re-bad distorting, we-hate-them spinning.
Stop vilifying — a back-to-ideas beginning!

Who’s going to start — being part of the solution? Rational debate has given way to labeling supposed adversaries, dehumanizing groups, and vilifying anyone who offers a different idea, a counter argument, or heaven forbid, speaks truth to power.


NCiR’ Pilin’ On

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This dancing Dachshund’s dream of parks,
was prompted by a Lab’s deep barks.
Dulcet tones were Diva Bella,
Dax first heard her acapella.
Accordion accompaniment
with Bella’s bold voice still out front,
was fav’rite song Dax polka-ed to,
he had to know, “got short legs too?”


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Pushing the Big Lie: Ali Alexander, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Donald Trump, Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, Paul Gosar (Artwork © Nancy Ohanian — Used With Permission)

Will we dig-out from the lies before democracy…

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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