Monthly Archives: July 2016

My America

Let me tell you about my America

The land that I have always loved

It is not a land of a particular political party

Or a certain belief system

It is a cultural melting pot of the world

 

It is a place of hope & promise

The land of dreams

Dreams for all

Where anyone is welcome

And the only ceiling is that of your ambition

 

It is the land of the New Colossus

The land of liberty

The home of “Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

 

That is my America

It is a good place

maybe the best place

 

In these crazy times

of arguments over solutions

Where hate is trying to overtake love

Maybe we should all take a look

At our own personal America

& hope that it is more than some political party & their ever changing ideology

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Daydreams

A 150 word story, just trying to get the creative thought process going again & because why not 🙂

 

 

Margaret walks down the hill of the street she calls home. The cobblestones glisten with moisture from the morning drizzle, the sky overcast, it is cold, but not bitterly so. Three-story redbrick terraced houses line the street, with only a few window shrubs to break the monotony.

 

As she walks she wonders; is there something more? What if there is somewhere else on this planet for her? What if there is some grand adventure she should embark on? She ponders exotic places she has only read about in books, maybe there is a handsome prince waiting for her there. She walks along, slowly, drifting in her daydream.

 

Behind her, the unmistakable sound of horse and cart on the cobbles wake her up. It is the coalman making his weekly deliveries, young Jack, always smiling. Unfortunately, this means she is late and so her daydreams, & Jack must wait for later. 

The Hope Of A Brighter Day

There is always hope you know

Even in the darkest of times

There is the hope of a brighter day

 

This is my hope

No matter what the world brings our way

That tomorrow will be brighter

 

I will choose to believe this, always

For life is better that way

Let us not worry

 

The world can do it’s thing

As I shall do mine

I shall love & laugh & play

 

For I know these things

Make for a brighter day

Every day

The Launch Codes

The storm clouds of chaos

Grow ever stronger

Ever darker

 

Decency is an outlier

Restraint, compassion

Distant ideals

 

I used to laugh when they talked about the end of the world

Armageddon in our lifetime – yeah right

Yet this is no biblical instance

You may as well burn it

Some that claim to preach it, seem not to read it

Or maybe the words in theirs are different to the words in mine?

 

Is the world going to end?

Has humanity completely lost the plot?

Will our children have to learn how to survive a nuclear winter?

 

I know fear today like never before

Not of a personal attack

But a genuine fear

That the end is near

If the wrong person gets

The launch codes

How about we take a look at the real problem?

The simple tag line of “gun control ” may be the single laziest summation of a problem of epic complexity that I have heard.

All solutions must begin somewhere, that somewhere should start with an honest analysis of the actual problem & from there difficult questions must be asked and answered with regards to how to make progress.

Let’s pretend you had a magic wand & could remove every gun from the world. How would that do anything to the real problems of hate, mental health, education, compassion & the basic lack of regard for human lives?

To paraphrase a friend; if you take away the gun from an angry asshole, you still have an angry asshole.

How would it change the fact that despite the fact that “all lives matter” minorities and those of “different” beliefs are treated differently & less favorably (in pretty much all countries)?

Should access to potentially deadly weapons be more restrictive? I’d say yes, in some ways at least. However you will never convince me that the solution to the hate problems in my 2 nations lie with this. There are plenty of gun controls in the UK, that didn’t prevent the murder of Jo Cox though did it? Or the riots in Marseille?

In my opinion, until the root problem is addressed, long term. The proliferation of domestic & international terrorism & hate crimes will only continue.
Until we get back to treating those we disagree with, with civility, respecting ALL lives & loving others as we ourselves would like to be, then we are going to be lost in these horrific news cycles.

Speaking of which, don’t get me started on my opinion of the for profit media’s influence on the current state of the planet…

Ps; yes I know that there will always be criminals & those with opinions & actions outside of the law (regardless of their profession). This is why we have laws and justice systems, society relies on these, we need to get back to them being reliable & trustworthy

PPS: You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one