Watching today’s news

I was watching President Bush speaking on television today. The following poem best represents my reaction to his words.
 

Doctor’s Amnesia

 

It can’t be rare these days. After the wars,

Watching Discovery Channel safe at home,

I saw a back I knew from angled mirrors:

Those pinched, frenetic features were my own.

And then the blow of memory’s return:

Unbearable burns, charred from the waist down,

Scrubbing so fast my fingers seemed to blur,

the flesh, the cries, immediate yet far,

were all as you saw them on TV.

 

I saw the things Prime Time would never see

caught by the cameraman beside the bed.

The child was just the age of my own son.

 

 

Frederick Foote

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14 Responses to Watching today’s news

  1. linda says:

    there is war, all kinds of war.  the pain of war is horrid.  I am a single flower
    but we are all ONE THE SAME………..to do nothing is nothing.  everyone must do their part, then we are a bouquet.

  2. Holy says:

    If I had the President\’s ear for just a bit, I would cut it off.  No I\’m kidding (only a tiny bit though).
     
    If I had his ear, I would impress upon him a little psychology 101.  I would ask him if he parented his daughters the same way he deals with foreign policy.  I would ask why he chooses to reward negative behaviors (focus on terrorism) whilst neglecting positives – everyday America. B ecause the problem with focusing on evil is he attracts more by putting his energy in that pool.  Iraq keeps him up at night when the simple fact is he attracted it.  He manifested a meddling, tangled reality of us/them struggles and it has morphed into a Frankenstein monster of mythic proportions that follows him wherever he sets his int\’l. gaze…apparently his eyes have now shifted slighty to the right.
     
    If he dumped the entire war chest out and said, let\’s conditionally divvy this up to build better communities at the state, municipality and county levels, and let\’s focus on health and education and the economic prosperity of our nation and people.   The strings-attached are that everyone who benefits, which is everyone, must pay it forward…doing their part to build a better community and then world.  Because the pile that\’s left needs to go to rebuilding the embassies overseas and providing them with an agential arm towards aiding NGO efforts and shifting the int\’l. perception of how America is viewed.
     
    And then lastly, I would look at him with pity and I would thank him profusely for his part in helping me clarify my own politics and moral ethics in this new millenium.  Because as much as he attracted the terrorism schmidt, we the world attracted him into our lifetime at a critical stage in world history, I think.  No coincidences there.  So as awful and charred as the remains of his day will be, we will learn from this.
     
    And then I would steal a few little tea sandwiches and pastries on my way out, stick my tongue out at the SS dude (pardon the pun), and then I\’d look over my shoulder, cock my index finger at him, cluck my tongue and say, see ya, dubya, wouldn\’t wanna be ya.

  3. Kathryn says:

    oh sad sad sadness take back your sting

  4. PJ says:

     Good Evening Jorge,
     
    As always I was pleased to see that you found time to stop and visit me. Even if San Diego is not in the final destination for the convention…I still plan on going there asap. It has been many years since I have been there so am excited about getting there. 🙂
     
    Yes, the sadness of war scars everyone. It is indeed devastating to all .
     
    I wish you a peaceful and beautiful weekend.
     
    Until next time..Keep Smiling.
     
    ~*~Paula~*~

  5. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge, my friend.  All of my life war has waged for profit and gain for the few, while the poor and innocent suffer the misfortune of modern times.  The horific pain and suffering is not acceptible to the combined consciousness of humanity these days because there are means to communicate at the speed of Light.   This madness must end and it is within the grasp of those who care to make it happen.  You know me as a simple painter poet.  A dreamer, indeed and yet there is a vision, mission and means to achieve it with communication in this tool, the computer that links all the people of the world and gives each and every one a voice, that is quite real.   Thank you for this Post and for your visit to the Painting Studio, I leave you with this
    CRYING RAINS PRAYING RAGE
     
    Half Moon Storms
    Crying Rains Praying
    Rage at the
    Days of rings,
    Stars, bars and
    Iron Will forged in
    Depths of Hell
    Bent on
    Destruction
    Inflicting pain and
    Suffering on the
    Innocent.
    Cars Explode and soak
    The streets with
    Splattered blood of
    Women and Children!
    Torture
    Starvation
    Beheading
    Murdering
    Nightmare must End……
    May those that destroy
    Decend to the depths
    From whence they came.
    May the Light
    Extinguish
    The dark winds
    That feed the fires
    in twisted minds
    and spare the Children.
    Go home to your families!
    Get a job and do something
    for the Betterment and
    Common Good
    for We are ALL
    There is
    and ever Shall Be
    Alone
    Praying through
    The rage of
    Tears
    As ever be well,  Stephen Craig Rowe

  6. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge, my friend.  All of my life war has waged for profit and gain for the few, while the poor and innocent suffer the misfortune of modern times.  The horific pain and suffering is not acceptible to the combined consciousness of humanity these days because there are means to communicate at the speed of Light.   This madness must end and it is within the grasp of those who care to make it happen.  You know me as a simple painter poet.  A dreamer, indeed and yet there is a vision, mission and means to achieve it with communication in this tool, the computer that links all the people of the world and gives each and every one a voice, that is quite real.   Thank you for this Post and for your visit to the Painting Studio, I leave you with this
    CRYING RAINS PRAYING RAGE
     
    Half Moon Storms
    Crying Rains Praying
    Rage at the
    Days of rings,
    Stars, bars and
    Iron Will forged in
    Depths of Hell
    Bent on
    Destruction
    Inflicting pain and
    Suffering on the
    Innocent.
    Cars Explode and soak
    The streets with
    Splattered blood of
    Women and Children!
    Torture
    Starvation
    Beheading
    Murdering
    Nightmare must End……
    May those that destroy
    Decend to the depths
    From whence they came.
    May the Light
    Extinguish
    The dark winds
    That feed the fires
    in twisted minds
    and spare the Children.
    Go home to your families!
    Get a job and do something
    for the Betterment and
    Common Good
    for We are ALL
    There is
    and ever Shall Be
    Alone
    Praying through
    The rage of
    Tears
    As ever be well,  Stephen Craig Rowe

  7. Fée says:

    If everybody sitting in front of his tv-screen would be aware that what\’s coming out of this ugly box is no fiction, but boxed life arround us all! (boxed and wrapped in action-film-commercials,  so who could tell, where there\’s truth and lie?)
    Thank you for visiting my Space.

  8. Marie says:

    I\’m sorry I have not been visiting my friends as often as I should.  It\’s just that I have just accepted some new job assignments which are keeping so busy these days.
    Hugs, Marie

  9. Unknown says:

    Good morning, Thanks for stopping by my space, I truly appreciate your excellent advice as I continue my path toward medical school.  Your post is very powerful.  We need to be constantly reminded of the horror of war, especially its impact on the innocent victims.  Bush has already spent close to $350 billion in Iraq, and has asked for $245 billion more for the next two years.  I wonder what our nation could accomplish by spending that much money on, say, health care, education, or simply helping those less fortunate among us.  The truth is Bush doesn\’t care about these things, he only cares about his own personal ego trip.  My first impression of George W. was right on target.  The guy is arrogant, often rude, and completely out of touch with the concerns of most average Americans.  As for his "trickle down" economics, we all now its not money he wants to trickle down on us!  Anyway, thanks again for everything.  Danele

  10. Bittersweet on-the-hill. says:

    Good morning Jorge,
     
    I don\’t think any of us can conceive of the long-term impact of this war and now he is shifting his gaze on other countries. One thing I learned in high school history that war is about money. It\’s not about freedom, or religious rights but about money and control. And in this case, money and the control of oil.  Bush needed and wanted to control the distribution of oil around the world.
     
    Coincidentally, I started reading "An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore and I fear we have another crises/disaster laying in wait. Another case of being oblivious to the truth of global warming and that we are fast approaching irreversible conditions.
     
    On a lighter note, see if you can find "The Yellow-Lighted Bookstore," by Lewis Buzbee. He\’s a book seller/representative that worked the northern California coast.  He talks about his early years at Upstart Crow and Printers Inc, and blends in the history of the bookseller as well as gives us a history of such well known bookstores as Sylvia Beach\’s Shakespeare & Co.  He spends a chapter talking about how Sylvia Beach came upon the manuscript of Joyce\’s Ulysses and ended up publishing the first edition. It is a treasure of a little book.  I think you\’d enjoy reading it, especially his early years of enjoying books and his introduction to bookselling.
     
    George…..it is always a pleasure.  Be well.    Bittersweet 

  11. Suzalita says:

    Every day driving to work, I turn on NPR and hear them say "12 killed at a market by suicide bombers" "7 killed today", "21 killed today" on an on – for 4 years – I can\’t believe it keeps going on and on – there must be some what to end.

  12. Joe says:

    Hi Jorge,
    Long time, no chat. 
    War is war.  Nothing can sugar coat it.  I love reading the comments of your visitors– they are a very contemplative crowd.  We\’ve had wars off & on for centuries.  Republican administrations, Democratic administrations… it doesn\’t matter who orchestrates it or for what reason; what they all have in common is that people die — die by a premeditated act of will by another homo sapien.  Stephen C. Rowe above points out "All of my life war has waged for profit and gain for the few, while the poor and innocent suffer the misfortune of modern times."  I didn\’t vote for dubya, but I just feel compelled to support the troups by sending cards (with phone cards inclosed).  I always get a pit in my stomach when it gets return "undeliverable".  Some speak of "blood for oil".  Hypocritical.  We\’ll get up & start our cars, going about our daily commute & errands.  I don\’t suppose there is a good war.  Even if it comes down to defending your own personal property boundary. 
     
    I have no answers, but a hope that it is not a trait we cannot evolve above it.
     
    I leave you with a famous quote delivered to a group of cadets:
     
    http://www.mi5th.org/warishell.htm
    Wishing for the best in humanity,
    Joe
     

  13. Betty says:

    Hi Jorge,
     
    Thank you.  Bush is no surprise.  He has lived a life of deceit, profitted by the sacrifice of others, wasted his life and other people\’s money, has little regard for the less than privileged.  No, he is no surprise.  The utter surprise for me was that our fellow citizens voted for him and against their own best interests.
     
    Betty

  14. Brian says:

    I\’m with Moses on this one.  Bushes are for burning.

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