Sunday, November 02, 2008

Dresden/ Swaney/Pronouncing Iraq/What It's All About


(P1) Political

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(P2) Poetical

Art Work by Ray Swaney (Santa Rosa, CA)

While listening to Sarah Palin constantly mispronounce words like "nuclear" and "Iraq" during her debate with Joe Biden, I was reminded of my 2006 poem

Pronouncing “Iraq”

Ear Rack or Ear Rock?
What implications?
(dismiss all Eye Rackers
for just who they are)

Ear Ack
Ear Ock
each tick
each tock

air attack
must whack
political hack
wolf pack
kick back
data track
pitch black
media claque
all those youngsters
ripped by flak
yack yack
spore sac

voting flock
cuckoo clock
where’s John Locke
in dry dock
mental block
preening cock
full of schlock
writ in chalk
for mock and hock
loss of freedom block on block
despairing race against the clock.

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(P3) Philosophical

Just Thinking Got up on a cool morning. Leaned out a window. No cloud, no wind. Air that flowers held for awhile. Some dove somewhere. Been on probation most of my life. And the rest of my life been condemned. So these moments count for a lot--peace, you know. Let the bucket of memory down into the well, bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No one stirring, no plans. Just being there. This is what the whole thing is about.
- William Stafford

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2 comments:

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ed, devastating photo, beautiful Stafford quote.

Welcome back ...

Don

Jim Spitzer said...

THE ART IS BEAUTIFUL---THE NEW ARTIST (Ray Swaney) IS REALLY INTENSE---its supposed to be that way-very expressive-that's good