Wednesday, March 15, 2017


March 14
Two Back Alley Views

March 15
Headlines in my Email
(from the National Resource Defense Council and Sierra Club)
"He just directed the EPA to start dismantling critical clean car standards." " Big Oil's getting paid back big-time today."

(from National Public Radio)
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing President Trump's revised travel ban from taking effect at midnight Wednesday.

"Twenty-four million more uninsured Americans in 10 years under the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare, according to a report just released by the independent Congressional Budget Office."

(from the New York Times)
"Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching across hundreds of miles of its most pristine northern sector, were recently found to be dead, killed last year by overheated seawater."

The Ides
The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martiae, Late Latin: Idus Martii) is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

by William Stafford
Our father owned a star,
and by its light
we lived in father’s house
and slept at night.

The tragedy of life,
like death and war,
were faces looking in
at our front door.

But finally all came in,
from near and far:
you can’t believe in locks
and own a star.


Great Barrier Reef Article

More poems by Willian=m Stafford

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I skipped the headlines -- they are in my face from so many other quarters and I need to let my stomach settle to be able to eat breakfast (gut still roiling from hearing a snippet of #45's comments at Jackson's grave -- talking about the wisdom of #7's labor policies, of all things, as if slaves were not a thing). But I love those shoes. The shoes speak to community, to practice, to the intention to be real and to dwell in kindness and truth. I could look at those shoes all the day long. And, is that your verse at the end? Stars and locks? I love it.