1—Africa (Honorable Nelson Mandela)
Proud unbowed Lion planted freedom on impoverished
Where flowered multitude grew separated by hue
Nurtured unevenly by
recalcitrant wealthy few
Resources and rights harvested by tears of fear
leader of pride did protest treatment severe
Body shackled with reality of futility
unrestrained maintained strength, humility
Twenty and eight year confinement, night solitary
Voice resonated boldly weary wary
Justice begrudgedly arrived through brokered devise
Someone just had to pay the price
2-Norway (The Face of Terror)
Sudden subfusc storm ravished the Land of Peace
Raining tears upon bergfrue
strewn across festive atoll
Stricken innocents placid petals pullulating water and isle
joy, love to destiny final call
3-USA (Just Another Day in America)
Just Another Day in America
Where do the flowers go, perishing before full bloom?
the scent of innocence instead of perfume
Laughter stilled by harbingers of ill will . . . .
(a sleepy town originally known as Quanneapague, was purchased from the Pohtatuck Indians in 1705; was settled from Stratford
and incorporated in 1711) --- violence interrupts the daily activities and terminates the lives of innocents.
There is a special vase in a celestial place
For the flowers that are not in full bloom
4-- Middle East (Poem from Poetry Assemblage)
Will the Sky Kill the Sun
Angry preying birds screamed through the night
Raining conflict's burning streaking bursting shards
Moans of anguish, cheers of triumph and calls to Deity
War presents a menu for varied appetite
children include survival in their prayers
To wonder when this night is done
"Will the angry sky kill the
Casualties of War
Civilians, the general populace are the punctuation marks on the pages describing
historical conflicts. These same pages chronologically annotate the activities of heroes, villains, rulers, warriors,
and technocrats. Military casualties are words read aloud ---- revered, memorialized. Whereas civilian casualties like commas
and periods are silent though essential parts of contextual commentary.
Recently the number of USA Civil War military
deaths was raised by demographers from 620,000 to 750,000 ---- some historians believe that total should be 200,000 more.
The civilian toll was not mentioned although further research disclosed it could be several hundred thousand. Rather than
inserting a table at this juncture, I implore you to do the research instead of sending me the three and four letter acronym
laced sentence replies. Pick a War, any War ---- I'll start with World War II to give you a nudge. The civilian casualties
most associated with the WW2 are the Jewish Holocaust figure exceeding six million. What makes this total so appalling, though
by no means intending to minify is these horrific genetic experiments were a reprise of the 1890 AD misdeeds by Germany in
Africa as the World belatedly reacted again. There were 25 million Russian civilian casualties in World War II. Yes, this
is not a typo ---- 25 MILLION! Prominent historians believe this figure could be as high as 40 - 50 million.
are the days of combat areas and jousting fields to decide conflicts. One arrow, one kill has faded into obscurity as well.
Long range missiles, saturation bombings, high psychological impact targets are the bills of fare with civilians bearing the
brunt of casualties, famine, and destruction of lifestyle.
The victors fire weapons into the air in celebration while
collateral damage victims wearing aprons, carrying work implements and hugging toys lay in ruins, doorways, sidewalks and
ditches. There are parades and memorials at the cessation of hostilities for the military. Civilians stare aimlessly at faded
photographs and cry upon empty pillows.
There should be a holiday and organization for civilian victims. January 1
would suffice ---- and hope that the rest of the year does not add any more members.
UFOs and the 2016 Presidential Election
At 10:00 PM on 11 October 1492 Rodrigo Triana, a seaman on the flagship Santa Maria saw what appeared to
be a giant candle veil, increase in intensity before ascending skyward. He alerted Cristobal Colon aka
Christopher Columbus of this phenomenon on or near Watlings Island in Guanahani off the main island San Salvador in the Bahamas
chain. This was one of several similar sightings recorded in the navigational logs of History’s most
famous voyage to the often depicted New World. The ensuing day Columbus when he saw the inhabitants of San Salvador did not
utter “may the force be with you” or “take me to your leader” gleefully crying out instead, “miran
a los habanos” (habanos or havanos is Spanish for tan ones and they were not referencing cigars which
have the same designation in modern parlance). Columbus thought these inhabitants were Indios (Indians,
the indigenous people of India) and his ships were south of China, the charted designation of the fleet of three ships (Nino,
named for one of the co-owners of the smallest of the ships; Pinta, Pintada or “Painted One” humorously named
for the hostess of a bawdy tavern / house of leisure seaman hangout (unfortunately the name stuck instead of Santa Clara)
and Santa Maria, the winter mooring bay in Spain for these and many other ships).
He summoned his translator Luis de Torres, who spoke several Indio-Arabic dialects
as well as Chinese and is historically acknowledged as the first Jew to set foot in the Americas. WHAT!
---- he spoke the language of India and didn’t open a “new deli” (New Delhi)? Sorry,
but that pun was too obvious. 1492 also was the Year that the Office of the Inquisition aka “The
Inquisition” via Queen Isabella decreed that Jews and Muslims should either convert to Christianity or leave Iberia
(Spain and Portugal). This decree was reinforced in 1501, officially ending the 800 plus years domain of Moors that included
a World conquest and the domination of most of Europe. To Columbus´ dismay the large land mass south
of the Bahamas was not mainland China, but another island ---- Cuba to be exact. He was further astonished when another large
mass to the West was an island as well, Hispaniola ---- the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Though educated
at the top navigational institution in Portugal as were many of the early European explorers; Columbus had miscalculated by
at least 4000 miles the circumference of the Earth and had landed in a New World. Ever the opportunist,
he enslaved the locals and began to mine the discovered gold to present to the Queen instead of the anticipated silks, porcelains
Arguably, Columbus was not
a racist as his actions would infer ---- his navigator, Martín Alonso Pinzón was Black and his crew multi-national.
As subsequent voyages to the Caribbean brought enslaved Africans to augment the dwindling, massacred indigenous labor
forces ---- the long often unwitting alliance of Spanish, Blacks and the oppressed began. Some highlights
of this union were:
(a) the conquest of the known world by a Moor, Hannibal and the birth of armored
warfare with the use of elephants as tanks. Descendants of the ensuing Moorish occupancy produced literary greats, classical
musical icons and heads of State
Gaspar Yanga, an African nobleman sold into slavery in Veracruz Mexico with other runaways joined the oppressed indigenous
and fought Spain to a standstill in a 39 year war from 1570 to 1609, land was ceded (a town in Veracruz bears his name) and
this populace became known as the “First Free People in America”. Vicente Guerrero, a descendant
of Yanga became the first Black President of Mexico.
Mexican General Bernardo Galvez (City of Galveston Texas bears his name in tribute) multi-national armada controlled the waterways
from Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River to the southern tip of the Great Lakes during the Revolutionary War. Haitian
fur trader, Jean Pointe DuSable established the trading post which became Chicago at this local on Lake Michigan.
(d) Simon Bolivar,
a wealthy Black aristocrat with Iberian roots born in 1783, the year the War for Independence ended was the George Washington
of South America as his forces liberated much of South America and abolished slavery decades before slavery was allegedly
abolished in the USA
General Calixto Garcia was a leader of the Cuban insurgent forces that toppled Spain in the Spanish-American War
(f) Mexico and Peru became the largest importer / exporter
of African slaves (18 million compared to the 3.5 to 4 million that were imported directly to the USA from Africa)
(g) There were freed slaves that
fought for the British and were repatriated to Barbados
The alliance of Blacks and
Spanish (Mexico in particular) when examining USA politics demarcates a national election force. This was
acknowledged by USA President Barack Obama as he credited Blacks and Mexicans for his re-election. The
ongoing conflict over the Budget are ruses to destroy this allegiance by placing critical policies for minorities i.e. Health
Care, Immigration Reform and Jobs in abeyance. Negative anti-Administration advertisements
are saturated with distortions and key words e.g. “disappointed”, “not one of us”, “lack of
leadership”, “unconcerned”; et al.
2014 midterm Elections are approaching, with programmed, depicted coalescing skills Republican candidate(s) supported by big
corporate sponsors in critical States should emerge making 2016 very interesting.