Thursday, May 6, 2021

Necessary? . . .

(from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/michael-collins-past-and-future-space-exploration-180972699/)
". . . It was a choice to go to the moon, and some would say we have a greater understanding of ourselves as a result. . . “I think a lot of people don’t want to live with a lid over their head,” Collins says. “They want to remove that lid. They want to look up into the sky. They want to see things that they do not understand. They want to come to know them better, perhaps even physically go there and examine them, to see, to smell, to touch, to feel—that’s, to me, the impetus for going to Mars.”. . . "



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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Exact . . .

 

Many are the  issues
That cross my mind, distract
From what I've set my mind to do,
Accomplishments, in fact.
It is, I know, inevitable,
Wielding no substantial impact.
But I concentrate wholeheartedly
To ensure I am exact.



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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Baggage . . .

                                         

Six AM,
The buses aren't nearly as crowded
As the night before.
Someone said there was
Music and laughter 
Behind all the shutters and doors.
What was all of it for?

Who needs friends?
There's barely a minute for breathing.
Everyone here works so hard.
There's no party.
When I reach my doorstep
I struggle to pull out my key.
Where's the meaning for me?

You see but you're unaware
There's life on the other side.

But there's no bridge to cross.
I'm looking through the fog
For some way out of here.
I've baggage here to toss.

Bless my soul!
I've read about you in the paper.
I've seen your picture somewhere.
When you speak it's in volumes and volumes.
I can't hear a word that you say.
Funny it happens that way.

I've been told 
That envy's the thing I've been feeling
For your kind of work and your play.
But to tell you the truth
That it's only a wish 
For a new kind of day,
When worry and fear melt away.

Could be 
That a day will come
When you just might understand.

I’d like to go away.
And go there to stay.
But I can’t find the way.

So it goes,
But change never really comes easy.
Resistance is felt all around. 
But inevitably something happens
That makes the old ship run aground.
We all stare in awe of what’s found.

Like me you appear to be
Looking for some meaning here.



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Monday, May 3, 2021

Rights . . .

(from https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-catholic-bishops-press-biden-stop-taking-communion-77366692?cid=clicksource_4380645_3_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed)
". . . At issue is a document that will be prepared for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops by its Committee on Doctrine, with the aim of clarifying the church’s stance on an issue that has repeatedly vexed the bishops in recent decades. It’s taken on new urgency now, in the eyes of many bishops, because Biden — only the second Catholic president — is the first to hold that office while espousing clear-cut support for abortion rights. . ."




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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Integrity . . .

 

Fifteen minutes of glory, maybe less.
What I wouldn't give for a chance to confess
All the intimate little secrets;
All my hopes and my desires.
I don't care just how valid you think that they are.
They've been mine for a long, long time
And I'm not ashamed of them.

Shut-up Joe.
How do you really know
What's goin' down?
How can you tell if there's a problem somewhere
That you've found?
We all need to gather round.
Help everybody else to see.
That running your mouth aloud
Makes it that much more difficult
For you and me
And our integrity.

Went to work at the factory at fourteen.
Thought I'd finish my schooling sometime in between
Drunken weekends and feudal street-fights
And the visits to my best girl. 
But the time slipped away. I've got bills here to pay.
I've got small mouths dependent on me.
My vision is limited.

All my life I know I've wanted to say
Something to my fellow man today.
Couldn't let the facts get in the way. 

We weren't that well acquainted. That's the word.
An occasional run-in, we preferred. 
Cause one thing that we both believed in,
Heard it over and over again, 
It was something about all the fondness we felt;
How the heart can't miss what's not around.
The mind doesn't value it.




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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Apologize . . .


(from https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/analysis-reckoning-racism-leaders-gop-77312490?cid=clicksource_4380645_16_post_hero_bsq_hed)
“. . . On the defensive , Republicans are trying to score political points by noting that Democrats, not Republicans, embraced racist Jim Crow laws a half-century ago before a major political realignment. . . “I’m, for one, sick and tired of Democrats. They need to apologize for their history,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Fox News Channel's “Sunday Morning Futures.”. . ."


. . . While republicans continue on their path of 'equality for all' without any remorse?




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Friday, April 30, 2021

Stick . . .


Stick to your guns.
Stick to your guns.
Don't let nobody make you run.
Just stick to your guns.

I'm not talking 'bout weapons,
Automatic and such.
If you have some conviction,
Principles mean so much.
Principles mean so much.

I just want to sing.
Hear the many vibrations ring.
Maybe my music's not your kind of thing.
I've got to get the others listening.
I've got to get the others listening.

It's a human thing,
We're easily led when there are two or three.
Two is company and three is a crowd.
A group of voices can be very loud.
The other voices can be very loud.




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