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· Perceptions


· Prosetry at Work

· Said and Unsaid - Vol 1


Short Stories
· Pockets

· Poetic Injustice

· Letter To Friends

· Cave Cracks

· Bubble Choices

· Surreal Dummy--Still Here

· IT

· Faux Companion

· Take Me, I'm Free (Flash Fiction)

· Beer Neck Flower

· Kant's Effore To Resolve Hume's Epistemological Skepticism

· Discipline of the artist

· The Dogs of Sochi

· A Crow With Super Smarts

· Targets Be Warned

· Simple Times (an observation)

· Cavemen in Tuxedos (an editorial)

· Ghost Town Ghosts

· Note to Self

· Essay on Poetic Theory

· Duped By The Present

· Strikingly Naked

· Slippery Banana Peel

· Noiseless Thunder

· We Sometimes Weep

· Happiness Is...

· Maybe Tomorrow Night?

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  We Wonder If
by Odin Roark
Sunday, August 26, 2012
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Teachers of some of our most hard fought unlearned lessons remain right under our noses---and feet.

We Wonder If

As ice
Becomes oceans' worst enemy

Defies climate change dissenters

Knows not organic-rich earth

Wait to become endangered

Privileged humans
Gorge on entitlement hubris


Will the global rich
Perpetuate further ignorance

Will you and I
Act before it's too late

Will the disenfranchised
Have the will to rise up


Factoid alert

Survival takes tenacity and wisdom


The ant
The rat
The cockroach
Know well civilization's habits
Enabling their miniscule societies to remain intact


We wonder if
We can beat the odds


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Reviewed by Donna Chandler 8/28/2012
A well penned message to us all.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/28/2012
Brimming with wisdom and rich perception.
Be well, write on brilliant man
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 8/27/2012
I like this work - it resonates and appeals as a cohesive and well structured yet simple edifice of words that carries clear meaning. I disagree with its message though - we live in a largely democratic world and the decisions rued by a conscious minority are in fact the work of the empowered majority. If we are doomed then we must blame the enfranchised, not a state of disenfranchisement which largely does not exist. You also take the conventional and unquestioning stance on climate change - and I am a loud and proud denier - not of change, but of the human contribution, such as it is. Now ants and rats and cockroaches have never evolved beyond elementary survival as a species; there is no super-genius cockroach to wipe out cockroach predators and cause the species to breed itself out of existence, but I'd rather be a doomed individual within a species doomed by its own genius than a - cockroach! Can we beat the odds? I think so, but catastrophe will come first, and maybe repeatedly.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/27/2012
One thing humankind has proven, in its short tenure on this blue marble, is that it cannot govern itself honorably or effectively. The negative momentum is too great now. A violent change is coming to this planet that will reveal, without question, who will be governing the seventh millennium. Peace to you ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/27/2012
Will you and I
Act before it's too late

I've been wondering that for many years already, but I don't find many who seem very inclined to act on anything these extremely sad days.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/26/2012
no, the disenfranchised don't seem to have
the will and will continue to be walked on
until they learn...if ever; why is it so hard
to face the truth of who's conning whom?
Strong writing, Odin

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 8/26/2012
It's always the little things. And I do like the style of this poem.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 8/26/2012
Doubtful, because whatever else we are, we are still the fairest of the nations. Yes, we have our villains, but no we do not have our dictators. Well, yeah we have a pseudo dictator, his name is Hussein. But he's biting the dust come November.
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 8/26/2012
As in the "Hunger Games" books , "Good luck and may the odds be in your favor". Oh yes, the insects that adapt and adapt to the adaptation. Good teachers, indeed. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 8/26/2012
The sensory perception has left most of us, the warnings in the air are ignored, one comfort, the other fear, and not to forget, greed, I think a flask of DNA of the species, and a Noah's arc among the stars might save some from a different kind of flood, how many did listen then? It might have been just a biblical story, but the underlying truth pervades even now. You have opened a rich meal of delicate bits, who will share them? Consume them, and be nourished by them, before it's too late? Blessings!
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