Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Tipping Point

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By Dana Janine Diamond  c 2016

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I feel crushed
by the world
breaking apart
as if we were all
just still
icebergs
becoming sea ice
facing the inevitable
the deep, groaning, unworldly
sound
of energy
loudly
releasing

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It is pain and fear and poverty
and isolation
a resounding
refusal
of poetry and connection

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Where should we go
to navigate these treacherous
waters
where do we escape
the crashing hate that surrounds
can I trust my neighbor
can I trust myself

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I feel devastated
and frightened
that no country feels
safe
I’ve known
what it feels
like to be

assaulted
beaten
abused
betrayed
terrorized
violated
had a gun
to my head
and on the run

and now we
are living in a climate change
where a man who was once
a joke
in oversized frozen neon gold
is now immortalized
makes hatred and violence
seem like a bold
choice
again

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I feel pummeled
a bit more destroyed
every day
by the shooters
the brocks and bombers
and their families
who grew the hate
in their hearts
the way most
grow tomatoes, cucumbers
and daffodils

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I’m not sure
intellect alone
can rescue us
the answer to more
hard cruelty
is softness
the reaction to more
misogyny
is emotion
the rationale response
to the tyranny
and twittered litany
of abuse
is tears

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I’ve tried being tough
and smart
and capable
and kind
and invincible
and now
I’m just tired

I feel worn down
by the world
and the only way
to move this mountain
is to cry

all the sorrow
I’ve hidden away

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I don’t know
what you all
do with your pain
mine needs to see
the light of day
float out
to open sea

so that hope
never leaves

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In famous Land

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By Dana Janine Diamond   c2016

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Time to know
how each victim was precious
embodied the love
we all carry
through this life
how they will live
forever
dancing
reaching for joy
connection
haunting
our collective
heart
there were doors opened
latches unlocked
screams
thundered steps fleeing
the clouds changed formation
the heavens sobbed
the one God retreated
the beat stopped

 

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and now
now
days have passed
news broadcast
inhumanity traveled through
time
the sorrow
the sorrow
cannot be harnessed
nor holstered
politics did not have enough
force
behind it, or money
or soul
people who should
know better
don’t

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So let’s break
it down
in the way I know how
the bow and arrow
both weapon and love
the voluptuous curve
the propulsion of all
that can bring us
together
or tear our skin
apart
after the storm
after the rain
transforms
the earth
the impenetrable forest
and the rivers
running through
we look up
to see if there will
be more
if the light
will be restored
and that is when
the miracle unfolds
and each day
for a time
we are all catching the sun

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Well Water

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Well Water

By Dana Janine Diamond

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I need to see
something
beautiful
and inspiring
today
early in the morning
when the tide
brings me treasures
lost at sea
I need the starfish and poetry

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the message in a turquoise bottle
a single pearl
glimmering in the sand
I stop and gather shells
already have a basket full
of regrets and uncertainties
I write
to create my own happiness
I need to see something
new
a single canoe
in the lake

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I rowed and rowed
for days
laying my paddle gently across
I disembarked
removed my life jacket
walked among the stones
and wildflowers
and now
I must go
to the river

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to see as far
as the eye
can see
gently flowing
the surrounding rocks
are steep and treacherous
the reflections strong
like a fishing line
luring, again and again
ahead there is a riotous
flower meadow
bursting with love
I will lie beside
its pond
and dream

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