Borrowed Blue

What had this furious one won through mischievous deeds?


A soliloquy of sorrow, borrowed blue, an intense void.

She appeared on a whim on a moonless night.






Her hair, golden silk, shielding saddened eyes.

Trembling voice,

trembling hand.

It was just an act; no impending fate.

Once the tears and blood had dried

I tried to understand.

But by then, borrowed blue, it was much too late…

Majority rules

The Romney/Ryan team has distanced itself from comments made by Todd Akin, a six-term congressman running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, who, when asked in an interview broadcast Sunday on St. Louis television station KTVI if he would support abortions for women who have been raped, replied:

“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

We know God takes care of these kinds of problems. Remember the Salem witch trials, where a women would be proven innocent only by drowning in the throwing-the-accused-into-the-water ordeal.

To be fair, both Romney and Ryan have stated on more than one occasion that they oppose giving women the right to choose in any event, including rape or incest. Corporations, since they are now people, should have more rights than the gentler sex.

Should these kinds of policy positions, as well as turning Medicare into a voucher system, privatizing Social Security and cutting taxes on the one percent while raising taxes on everybody else, hurt the Romney/Ryan ticket enough to stop them from defeating President Obama this November? Many on the Right say “no”, and I happen to agree with them. With an enormous money advantage, and new voter-suppression laws in several states that Obama won last time around, the numbers don’t lie.

I’ll be voting for Obama, but I’ll be in the minority.


Thin line of blood trickling down a skinned-knee

divining flood; brittle the crown begins thee.

Once one wonders when they then thunder three

like leavened heavenless breaths friends asunder flee.

Bitterest brine tickling throneless Guaranís

far before unforrested fetters finally fluttering free.

Marking as unremarkable as the fable once decreed:

Begone! Began her long-lost last soliloquy…


In thunder and in flood

you wonder, where’s the blood?

Then comes a flicker in the blackness

and you’re embittered by the madness

striking streaky strokes so squalid

solid sneaky slopes sans-knowledge.

Why? Is an unanswerable query

you echo in the darkness of eerie

fright despite contrite delight

of gleeful ghosts and glimmering hopes




Yes, the Venerable One

has finally come…

The final vignette

Sky falls from darkest moonglow

through the bottomless depths

of breathless regrets

a limitless plateau

like strawberry rosettes

and stale pirouettes

or nothingness, though

threaded through pairless sets

‘neath Orion’s octets

not a solo so low

beyond pity or threats

I’ll forget long ago

and scarcely outgrow

the final vignette

which must end in woe…


That’s life

A ferris wheel ride to share,

whispered secrets no one would dare

speak out loud for fear of the crowd

down below looking up;

don’t let go, buttercup.

Lighthearted head in the clouds

loudly clamoring calliope melodies

stammering synchronicities

enlightened eccentricities.

Let it all fall together

like the wind in the heather

no prayers allowed

and please, death be not proud…


Please remember that when you vote for a presidential candidate, you’re also voting for the team that will craft policy for the next four years. Many who hold high positions in the current Administration used to work for Bill Clinton. Many who would hold high positions in the next Administration used to work for George W. Bush.

Romney’s top two economic advisors are men who served as George W. Bush’s top two financial meltdown architects: Glenn Hubbard and Greg Mankiw. If you like tax-cuts for the rich and less financial regulation, you’ll love these guys. Then there’s Michael Hayden and Cofer Black, our nation’s two most fervent “enhanced interrogation” advocates. Want to invade Iran? Then Eliot Cohen, Dan Senor, and  Max Boot are your kinda guys.

Back in March the Rev. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention told the Romney campaign it could win over “recalcitrant conservatives,” as reported the Washington Post, by “previewing a few Cabinet selections: Santorum as attorney general, Gingrich as ambassador to the United Nations and John Bolton as secretary of state.” All three selections now are seen as strong possibilities.

Lastly, a press secretary for the Republican National Committee, Alexandra Franceschi, provoked some Democratic chortling when she responded to a question asking whether the 2012 GOP agenda was any different from the Bush/Cheney agenda. “I think it’s that program, just updated,” she replied…