Tag Archives: Power

Second Amendment Sonnet

A firearm in hand boosts the weak psyche

•Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun• explains psychology

A pistol needn’t compromise with me

2nd Amendment’s a tautology

White Supremacy’s 2nd Amendment

Guns to bully & slaughter Brown People

First Indians then Negroes targeted

Racism’s the American steeple

I’d always suspected this about guns

They’re part of the American ego

They were somewhat less necessary once

Back when White Supremacy was legal

Guns’re inextricably linked to death

Taking over when compromise has left

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8070-4449-0

http://freakonomics.com/podcast/how-to-think-about-guns-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100460830

https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=53508079&autoplay=1&refid=asi_twtr

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Subjectivity of Victims (or why we like the weak)

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1. Adorable pets/
Are cute because don’t have/
Subjectivity/
#haiku
2. Modern subjects will/
Protect the most powerless/
To feel meaningful/
#haiku
3. Faraway poor folks/
Tibetans and Fetuses/
Assuage our egos/
#haiku
4. Protect those beings/
Who can’t cut our privilege/
Has to be easy/
#haiku
5. The unborn are not/
Demanding of anyone/
Except the mothers/
#haiku
6. Protecting beings/
Who are not yet born is easy/
‘Cause they cost others/
#haiku
7. Tibetans are real/
In China, Nepal & Queens/
Taking no suburbs/
#haiku
8. Tibetan rights are/
Costs for our rival Chinese/
Not OUR wealth & ease/
#haiku
9. 3rd world Christians are/
Particularly saintly/
(They agree with us)/
#haiku
10. Don’t improve the rights/
Of local people who need/
Because we might LOSE/
#haiku
11. The rights of the poor/
Are reduced to benefit/
The lives of wealthy/
#haiku
12. In China or here/
Giving the poor more freedom/
Costs powerful more/
#haiku
13. Give up your own rights/
limit your own privilege/
To improve the world/
#haiku
14. “Ask not what [the world]/
Can do for you— ask what you/
can do for your [world]/
#haiku

Today’s Didactic Haikus

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12/21/12
(Check Back for Revisions [opinions are evolving])
26. Firearms are “manhood”/
In the thin definition/
We accept today/
#haiku

27. Popular culture/
Equates firearms with power*/
In America/
#haiku *manhood

28a. People buy firearms/
To express their potency/
In an unfair world/
#haiku

28b. People buy firearms/
To express their agency/
In an unjust world/
#haiku

29. Ev’ry gun owner/
Shoots at fear or victims, though/
They ‘might’ have antlers/
#haiku

30. Guns are “protection”/
For the unsafe world they make:/
Owners are fearful/
#haiku

31. People with firearms/
Live in a world of targets/
Not people & hope/
#haiku

32. Suburban father/
Rural hunter, or gangster/
Guns make them “matter”/
#haiku

33. Firearms give meaning/
To insecure people’s lives/
More than achievements/
#haiku

Celebrity Predators

Thinking about the Penn State Football Greed Cowardice I wrote these poems. I wrote the numbered ones first and added A-through-E the next day. I think, though I may not have expressed it well here, that this stems from the same malady that permits bullying: stardom. Aren’t the cooler kids and jocks essentially schoolyard stars?

A. We allow the rich/
To “get away with murder”/
Because fame matters/
#haiku

B. The laws of mortals/
Don’t apply to powerful/
To spite our values/
#haiku

C. Prize college football/
Over children’s innocence/
Because of money/
#haiku

D. Pleasure of many/
Permits the torture of few/
Until rich get caught/
#haiku

E. Demand rituals/
Of this consumer culture/
No matter the cost/
#haiku

21. Humans give extra/
Privileges to people/
With higher status/
#haiku

22. America has/
Institutionalized this/
Favoritism/
#haiku

23. From the movie stars/
To the pee-wee-ball prospects/
We entitle some/
#haiku

24. This “entitlement”/
Erodes the rights of others/
To some fair treatment/
#haiku

25. The scramble for wealth/
Creates and justifies this lie/
That fame equals good/
#haiku

26. The common person/
Is creation’s true zenith/
There’s your role model/
#haiku

27a. The celebrity/
Consumerism’s monster/
Makes us unequal/
#haiku

27b. Celebrity is/
Consumerism’s monster:/
Inequality/
#haiku

28. Look within yourself/
For that which you seek without*/
We are all equal/
#haiku *in fame