Sunday, May 13, 2012

An indictment or a curse?

I remember reading this.  I do.  There is some place back there in linear time fog that this echoes from, and it was probably from some class that was a course requirement, and not an elective.  Poetry eluded me (and might still).  This doesn't elude me, though.  Quite the contrary, it chilled me.  It never struck me until just this morning, sitting here with my coffee, crud in my eyes and an irksome sense of disconnectedness, that he is cursing someone to old age, loneliness and regret.  Yet still light in tone... I'll have some whimsy with my bitter, please.

“When You Are Old"

WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.”
W.B. Yeats

And it gave me a bit of a chill...

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Twenty Years Ago Los Angeles Was Burning

I was out and about yesterday but it bears mentions, especially in light of current events, that Sunday, April 29 was the 20th anniversary of The Los Angeles Riots, or the "Rodney King Riots," if you will. 

It's important to consider that very little has changed since 1992.  It could be said, in fact, that many things have gotten worse.

The point of this brief missive is just a reminder that outrage is directly proportional to outrageous behavior.  Take a look around you. 

Who is better off today than they were in 1992?  How has our government, both local, state and federal, responded to our growing desperation.  I am using a collective "our" here.  It's easy enough to write off the L.A. riots to the unaddressed racial prejudice of the LAPD, and that would be accurate, but the issues have broadened.

As issues have broadened a growing number of people have taken advantage of their 1st Amendment rights to speak out through demonstration and protest and boycott.  They are not burning.  They are not acting out violently.  Yet the demonstrations across the US have been met with police brutality.

My message here could be expanded and more detailed, but consider this a bookmark.  There will be more.  This is just a short note to point out that in case you haven't noticed, things are heating up.