Concerto for blunt instrument

An irregular heartbeat from d.o. to you. Not like a daily kos, more like a sometime sloth. Fast relief from the symptoms of blogarrhea and predicated on the understanding that the world is not a stage for our actions, rather it is a living organism upon which we depend for our existence.

Saturday, March 09, 2024

Better Than a New Idea


What could be?

Tuesday, February 13, 2024



It's called a family tree but it's hard to see

much similarity though we all are here

on and in this land in need of air and

of course water and beings we do not

see moving about us and on us here 

seemingly forever and ever even as we

humans cut away at them for warmth or

utility without much thought or empathy

trace your relations truthfully across

the land and sea into the soil and depths

all our relations together.

Monday, January 08, 2024

The Year of Our Disbelief






2024 will make it near impossible to believe the USA is the same nation it was when I was born. I'm a War Baby, born just after the Nazis surrendered and before the Japanese did. I grew up in a post-war era where real patriotism was pervasive and those who had held fascist beliefs retreated into the shadows. Fascists were the enemy, our fathers, mothers and grandparents defeated them soundly. 

If you haven't heard Rachel Maddow's podcast Ultra or read her subsequent book Prequel I highly recommend you do. Both are an eye-opening study in just how far fascism grew here in the States prior to World War II and a.....well, prequel to what is happening as we speak. Once again, fascism is on the rise. It is rampant in the Republican Party. It is spearheaded by a former President (a highly damaged man), something unheard of in all of American history. It is literally a plague upon our nation, one that could put an end to the democratic republic we've nurtured since the nation's founding. Let's be perfectly clear, fascism means to destroy this nation and those who are promoting it presently control one of the main political parties, the so-called Republicans. This is, to me, unbelievable. Even though I witnessed it taking place over the past years, I never thought it would become what it has, a political sickness worse than the Black Death of medieval times. 

It falls upon us rational, reality-based citizens to do everything we can to make sure the fascists do not capture the White House this coming November. They absolutely must be defeated and sent back into the shadows from where they came. Let's turn disbelief into belief and bury this plague once again.

Thursday, January 04, 2024

2024 The Year of The Dragon


Monday, November 13, 2023

What Remains









Skeletons embrace face to face

all over the place in this land

not sure we understand but 

there it is remains in love and

in your face like some remembered

moment just out of reach or questions

how long love may last


Friday, May 05, 2023

Star-spangled False Flags





"Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.”  - Bob Dylan


from "the patriot wing" they sing a thing

we thought was patriotic but turns out

it's not but rot and a blot on our land

do you understand look it up it's not

read all the verses and notice the curses

the "white power" coerces the rascist

obverses sung behind bars drive-bys 

from cars or trucks flying false flags as

they snarl and scream the constant stream

of hate bound to negate their hope and fate

 it's too late the gate is locked it's blocked

supporters are leaving few are believing 

the cause is deceiving itself stop 

fooling yourself.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Eugenics.....for Trees!


Select the very best and kill the rest seems

at best a fascist test for those who attest 

to love the woodlands but should most likely

give it a rest, take some time to quiet the mind

sit with the trees and wait in time not fall back

to some kind of rewind and status quo bind

sit with the wood until understood future is

not the past but the last chance to get passed

old notions and assembled motions leading

forward to flooding oceans and tortured 

skies brought on by business-as-usual and

far too many lies


- d. o.