Surround Sound

24/7 cycle news.
Despicable words
spewed from bully pulpits
met by rabid voices
raised to group-think.

24/7 cycle news.
Despicable acts,
violence stacked on violence.
Horrific acts
met by thoughts and prayers.

Put my mind at ease.
Find my quiet space.
Is now the time?
Accept teleprompter words
and be tomorrow like yesterday?

Where is the movement?
The push and shove
and marching and . . .
Where is our energy . . .

to demand better?
To say enough is enough
and mean it,
do it,
live it.

Power is born
when one joins one
joins one joins one
becomes many.

In this litany of hate
of otherism,
I shall seek a way
to make a difference.
Demand a difference.

I shall . . .
step out of my safe space.
Beginning here,
on this page,
because . . .


Written for Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Today Linda asks us to “think about things you do to put your mind at peace: pray, meditate, write, etc. Given the state of this country today, I just couldn’t go there . . . I can’t get there. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time.

18 thoughts on “Surround Sound

  1. kanzensakura August 6, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    “The places of quiet are going away, the churches, the woods, the libraries. And it is only in silence we can hear the voice inside of us which gives us true peace.” ― James Rozoff

    I leave you this quote that began my haibun for this prompt.

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  2. Charmed Chaos August 6, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    Your voice in this is so powerful Lillian.And perhaps not peace, but most certainly mindfulness.Thank you, truly.

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  3. Jane Dougherty August 6, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    I’m afraid I agree with you. There is no time for navel-gazing, we have to change our ways, clean up our act and realise once and for all, we’re all in this together, there is no Planet B and stop the massacres, not only of our own species but the entire world ecosystem.

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    • lillian August 6, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      Amen, Jane. I have been brainstorming today…and tomorrow I shall make a practical short list of actions I can take. Time to get off my duff and put actions where my heart is.

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      • Jane Dougherty August 6, 2019 / 4:26 pm

        We all have to, and it means giving up more than we’ll be happy about, but there’s no alternative. It could be the making of us as a species, mankind working together for peace and the planet instead of blasting and bombing across every frontier.

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  4. Glenn A. Buttkus August 6, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    Our minds run in similar ranges. I, too, as as my way, wanted to write yet another diatribe against the darkness of our world, but alas, I started to write, and introspection took over. I applaud your resolve; good luck with that.

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  5. Xan August 6, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    I agree. My first thought on reading the prompt was “not today.”

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  6. rothpoetry August 6, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    I feel your intensity and outrage! Yes, it is very hard to go to that calm quiet place when all this is going through your mind.

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  7. kim881 August 7, 2019 / 4:09 am

    I agree with you and Jane, but we do need to think before we act – together.

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  8. sarahsouthwest August 8, 2019 / 1:33 am

    As you saw from my quadrille this week, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the world. thank you for this call to arms. I’d be fascinated to see your list of actions…

    Anyway, this was a great description of righteous anger. Anger can be a force for good, I do believe that.

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  9. Grace August 8, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    Strong message Lillian. I pray we all join in sending a stronger message of love and hope.

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  10. katiemiafrederick August 8, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    Smiles One might Hope that Church is an
    Answer but Sadly it is the Problem of Group
    Think After a Blessing of Food in an After
    Party of Church i listened to Everyone Praise
    The Pro-Active Stance of Republicans against
    Those Who Are
    Who Struggle for
    The Gift of Freedom
    no longer taking it
    for Granted as sadly
    Citizens here often do..
    And then a Woman Said
    The Democrats ‘Did it’ this
    in the only way they will take
    Trump Down.. and then one
    Person was brave enough
    to Say He Didn’t Like
    Trump Keeping in
    Mind i was the
    only so
    in the Entire Room
    of about 20 Folks..
    And then i stood Up
    And Said What Would Jesus
    Do true Just a Story But Never
    the Less of one who empties His pockets
    Socialist as ‘Hell’ Living off the Open Hands
    up of Love only Shaking dust off his Feet where
    not welcome in a World of Give and Share more
    Than Take and Hoard A Gift of Love Enough in Return
    Smiles my Friend
    there was a day
    i would have
    likely Been
    to the
    with hate
    if i did such a
    Thing no longer Thin
    And Weak called the
    F Word at School and
    Not the Fred Word by
    Onward Christian Soldier
    Bully Boys hoping to erase
    Smiles and Empathy from the
    World as taught this way by Big
    Daddies at Home.. true at the City
    Park Smiles are Not allowed Boys
    don’t get to smile that way in Pews of Church either in the Seventies…
    Then It’s true where i live you practically Have to become Superman
    to fight back with Ballet a Graceful Dance in Public now 11,733
    Miles funny how people treat you different when a Lamb of Love
    becomes a Lion of Love at 240 LBS at 59.. Leg Pressing 1340 LBS..
    18 Reps at Ease.. true that’s how i warm up at the Military Gym i have
    no Real Male Friends there Except for a Retired Captain in the
    Military who fought in the Jungles of Vietnam Where all
    Bleed Equal..
    and that’s
    for i
    will stand
    up for Love
    and no one will beat me down now..
    smile my Friend no one said a thing
    they just left the room and or shut-up
    except for the one Man Brave Enough
    to say enough is enough My Wife’s Sister’s
    Husband the closest Human to a ‘Man’ there my Friend..
    What’s at Stake Everything Wisdom Freedom Love Truth
    And The Only Home We Have Now Earth Beauty Heaven
    Real for those
    who do it..
    A Very
    Poem you Bring
    This is THE turning
    Point of Human History
    if more People don’t board
    on a Ship of Love the Species
    will definitely sink soon and sooner
    taking 1 in 8 of All Animal And Plant
    Species to Extinction in the Next few
    Decades if those Species are unfortunate
    enough to see Human Cultures Survive
    True it’s not the Human Ape that is the
    Problem it is the Tools We Have become the
    Cultures Now..:)

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