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Staggerlee Wonders   1 comment

Abstract Art by kenne

I always wonder
what they think the niggers are doing
while they, the pink and alabaster pragmatists,
are containing
Russia
and defining and re-defining and re-aligning
China,
nobly restraining themselves, meanwhile,
from blowing up that earth
which they have already
blasphemed into dung:
the gentle, wide-eyed, cheerful
ladies, and their men,
nostalgic for the noble cause of Vietnam,
nostalgic for noble causes,
aching, nobly, to wade through the blood of savages—
ah—!
Uncas shall never leave the reservation,
except to purchase whisky at the State Liquor Store.
The Panama Canal shall remain forever locked:
there is a way around every treaty.
We will turn the tides of the restless
Caribbean,
the sun will rise, and set
on our hotel balconies as we see fit.
The natives will have nothing to complain about,
indeed, they will begin to be grateful,
will be better off than ever before.
They will learn to defer gratification
and save up for things, like we do.

Oh, yes. They will.
We have only to make an offer
they cannot refuse.

(Click here to read the complete poem.)

— from Staggerlee wonders by James Baldwin

Tucson Door Window   1 comment

Yellow Door-1509-Edit-1-Edit-2-72Tucson Door Window — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“You don’t ever leave home.
You take it with you.
You better!!
Otherwise, you’re homeless.”

— James Baldwin

Tucson Winter Sunset   5 comments

Sunset On Blackett's RidgeTucson Winter Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax.”

— Alan Watts

“There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation.
The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.”

— James Baldwin

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