Put a Poem in the Box

They are scattered,

these magnetic spots I have created,

like leaves hidden in a vast forest,

these DNA words left in boxes

to find

in the attic

where boxes of words are kept

until some child of words opens the box

and browses the words

and

pauses

silent and not so alone

after all.

 

David Michael Jackson

Lost in America Poem by Ken Peters

 Lost In America
   wanted to be in this country

   can’t pay the dues

   the ground fees are too much

   one neighbor’s a racist

   the other’s a sexist

   couple across the way

   are homophobes

   politicians are for sale

   doctors are entrepreneurs

   ministers spew hate and fear

   a used car salesmen told me a lie

   so did a president

   people talk at me

   want me to be

   just like them

   my heart is a cage

   blood rats

   spinning the wheels

   but I’m too tired

   to feel rage

   had enough
       – Ken Peters

Moongate

April 14, 2012

The Nukes Poem

And I didn’t know
what to say,
the correctness of the thing,
the oneness, or the
randomness of the thing,
in the morning,
in the evening,
in
nothingness,
which is where we end up when
we try,
or when we don’t
try
without hope,
which is why God
put
us
here

or more trivial
and evil by the connection,
lockstep,
or
stupid expression of
athiesm, or
what, stupidity?
What did we expect,
that the hordes would not rise?
One wonders
either way,
like the 200 nukes in Pakistan and India

If you cover yourself with manure
then radiation cannot affect
you.
The NUKES are sAFE mAN
nO pROBLEM
everything’s fine,
and if you happen to be from another galaxy and
find this
amid the fossil remains,
well,
we blew ourselves up.

Charlottesville Protest Death | Editorial by Matt Masters

Today was a challenge. What happened today hasn’t quite sunk in.

I saw people throw punches, beat people with sticks and batons, and I witnessed the aftermath of an attack with a car as it plowed through people, shattering bodies and ending a life.

You can believe what you want to believe but it cannot be ignored that the White Nationalists and White Supremacists in this country have endorsed and engaged in a deep seeded culture of oppression. While they will claim that it is a defense against tyranny, their actions have proven to be tyrannical and inhumane.

Seeing two groups of people engage in battle isn’t pleasing — it’s even more horrifying to see the deliberate attack on people who were not engaging in violence.

While it may be true that some of the people in the crowd may have engaged in the group violence earlier in the day, the fight was over. It was literally broken up by police after they stood by for far too long, unwilling to reduce the boil to a simmer before it over flowed.

This was equivalent to a mass shooting or detonating a bomb. It was indiscriminate and it was wrong. It was an attack on an ideology but it was first and foremost an attack on people and innocence. It was an attack on the freedom to live ones life and express oneself.

Some people will dismiss this as a lone wolf attack, but you must understand that this mentality is bred and woven into the fabric of an identity in crisis. This man will be considered a hero and a warrior by some people, but it was selfish and it was fuelled by fear, resulting in the ultimate sin.

Hate is not weak, but it is inspired by weakness. Sometimes it’s too difficult to love, but we must remember that compassion comes in moments everyday — split seconds where we can look past the differences of people we may not understand or agree with, and choose to accept them as they are, flaws and all. That doesn’t mean that we excuse hatred and oppression, but that we face these challenging times with a place for love and understanding our hearts, in hopes that it can be received and returned into the world.

c 2017 Matt Masters, Photo by Matt Masters

The News Poem

The News

The news is good and bad,
sometimes hopeful
Sometimes sad
it is like history,
a perspective,
a standard truth that sometimes is true
the news of a war from a cardboard speaker
the news of the child, a new child
from an email, magnetic spots on the screen
so we wait for news,
hoping for the best,
but it is often from afar
and we’re driving in our car
or the phone rings
and when it rings,
the news is history

Sanitized and Homogenized Crimes

My reaction to the defacing of a Mosque in my town gets me into trouble. I’m usually in trouble but trouble can be magnified in the south. Fears can be too. The crime was presented as a “Hate Crime” to wash the White Anglo Saxon Protestant Guilty from our lips, so we can speak of “lone wolf” mystery people writing “F%$k Allah” on a wall. We can say how bad that is and feel good in our caring.
We didn’t do it.
If a Muslim had done the same crime, it would be a “Muslim Defaces God’s House”. Let’s face it. If a White Angle Saxon Protestant robs a bank, he’s a “bank robber”. If a Muslim robs the same bank, he’s a “Muslim Bank Robber”. The Christian doesn’t get his religion pasted on to his crime. It’s been sanitized. It’s a “hate crime” and we are all against that.
We didn’t do it.

The Muslim is forever having to say, “We have bad stuff in our book, but most of us don’t go by archaic laws”. We Christians never have to tell our children, “Don’t do that.” because we “didn’t do that.” Our answer is, “A lone wolf did that deed and our archaic laws could never be used to justify violence. We teach love. That other religion, they teach hate.”
Be careful if you bring up the Inquisition at this point, or the Salem Trials, or any event where we loving White Anglo Protestants folks could have ever done anything wrong. Please don’t point out that we waved the Book in the air to justify slavery too loudly if you live in the south.
When we put people in groups, we put ourselves in them too. Have I lost my flag? Some group claims it, patriotism, the word patriot, and God as theirs. When we put “The Muslims” into their box, we put “The Christians” into theirs.
I was raised a Christian, checked that box when drafted. Is that something that I can be voted out of, like “patriot”? Both of these religions have archaic laws. Both can generate hate.
We shouldn’t expect “Christian defaces Mosque”, but we should be able to translate “hate crime”.