Sunday, November 09, 2008

Cogratulations/Bird//We/Prop 8/


(P1) Poetical

Rare Bird (water color by Ed Coletti)




(P2) Political

Congratulations America!

There is a saying widely attributed to Winston Churchill that "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." We arrived at a moment when change was the most conservative option. The 47-year-old president-elect came to represent the belief that Americans had to embrace change

- Ellen Goodman

On Proposition 8

In response to the above political cartoon which depicts the ratification of equality for all as of November 4, 2008, Katherine Hastings reminds us of the despicable passing of Proposition 8 which amended the State Constitution so that gays and lesbians no longer have the right to marry -- a right the California Supreme Court put into law earlier this year. As a reminder to those who voted Yes on this proposition, she shares the following poem by Walt Whitman:


Thought:
Of Equality --

as if harm'd me, giving others the same

chances and rights as myself -- as if it were not

indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.



-- Walt Whitman

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(P3) Philosophical



First Person Plural

(On Barrack Obama’s Election)

We join hands
We rejoice
We can
We did
We build
We people
We nations
We friends
We who disagree
We voices
We sacrifice
We love
We make music
We write poems
We read the constitution
We open minds
We raise hearts
We commune
We forget
We forgive
We hope
We expect
We realize
We won’t always
We thank
We praise
We help
We feast
We celebrate
We cry
We lift
We soothe
We unite
We become
We melt
We blend
We elevate
We fly
We become us
We

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11 comments:

Jim Spitzer said...

GOOD READ---NICE 3LEGGED BIRD---MAYBE AN IMPROVEMENT-JIM

Elcee said...

Loved the political cartoon and Ellen Goodman's column. They are stashed away in our personal 2008 Election Collection for our new Grandson (born three weeks before).
Maureen Dowd had a great column. too!
60 Minutes last nite had a great piece on the Four Folks who made it happen! Oh, yes! There is a new Day Dawning!

Elcee said...

Forgot to mention in my posting your We poem, Eddie. It's perfect. Feel free to post this for me.

duncan said...

Superb posting, Ed.

A+ on the "bird", the cartoon and the poem.

Jack Crimmins said...

Ed, cool poem and wonderful, wild bird painting! Jack

Gayle Swift said...

Rare bird is a truly one of a kind- an inspired original. I too am inspired by your integration of poetry, now art within a political context. Something new is afoot.
thank you Eddie, Gayle

Ed Coletti said...

Who was "Anonymous" who left the nice message "masterful, lovely" as a comment to the "Avanti Popolo" posting?

Jeanne Powell said...

Thanks for giving us the bird; it has a definite charm. Not so "the bird" accompanying the White House cartoon with historical quote. It seems 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is still for men only. 51 per cent of the American people still are not welcome in the Oval Office, and that's a great loss to this country.
Jeanne

Write On said...

Timely blog Ed. I'll se if I have something to add.

Tom J. Mariani said...

U.S. Election 2008:
comity following rancor

Don't get you hopes up
There are hatchets
Buried barely below the surface
We all know where they are

Prison guards search for inmate's weapons
Each and every day
They know they are there
For when the next fight breaks out

Larger political weapons
Are easier to find
We all watched the ceremonies
Where we buried them

We left the handles
Sticking out
Just in case we start to forget
Where we buried them

Both sides waved their's around
Threatening to use them
To harm or frighten others
Trying to get them to join

Becasue each side was frightened
That not enough others
Would be convinced by fact and reason
Now that our side has won

Both sides have pretended
To bury their hatchets
Liars liars
Even with our financial pants on fire

copyright 11-11-08

Susan Cornelis said...

I adore your Rare Bird, Ed. So much personality/originality in this little sketch.