Wise Words for Troubled Times….

There are times when the troubles swirling around us seem overwhelming. When the last thing we seem able to do is stop and see with openness and clarity.  When in the midst of chaos, active, in-the-streets resistence looms paramount while art – and philosophy – often feel like rarified responses. In the recent issue of Poet’s Country Sam O’Hana sits down with American philosopher and gender theorist, Judith Butler to discuss an analysis of poetry at Guantanamo and International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs. Judith offers the following on just why and how we need art so badly in times like these. [Read the whole interview if you can – or at least part of it edited for Lit Hub. I’ve known Judith since we went to college together. Her words are always fascinating, thought provoking, and well worth your time.]

“Finally, it is hard to stay sensate during these times, to see and feel and hear what is happening. There is always the temptation to turn it all off, to exit, to suspend the knowledge of reality, to take leave. In some ways, literature and the arts help to make the world bearable so that we can tarry there longer with the desire to know and understand, to engage, and to transform what calls to be transformed.”

 

…Judith Butler, Philosopher/Gender Theorist
Poet’s Country No.2

 

 

Remembering All Lost to Terrorism

For All of Us Who Are Different – Who Do Not Fit [ I know I keep changing – Couldn’t possibly comply] – Please Stop Trying to Destroy Us – We No Longer Will Be Invisible and Quiet Ever Again – Stop Trying to Make Us Live by Rules that Shouldn’t Exist [it’s an extensive list] – Stop Trying to Attack & Kill Us – Being Different Is Exceptional – We Are Different – Brilliant! – Viva la Différence! – kiley

Created with Microsoft Fresh Paint

flowing scarlet © kiley 16

SLITHERING
by kiley

We look for reasons
Where there are none

We categorize people
When it makes no difference

Not one thing makes someone kill
They are not mentally ill

Violence is a whole different thing
It isn’t one chime with one single ring

A soul makes a deal with rules
Others forced to join him on his kill

Innocents must die as a sacrifice
To drown out the demons in his heart

Hatred overpowers what’s living inside him
It satisfies – it justifies

His consciousness is abandoned
Voices from the dark occupy him now

‘Kill the infidels – kill the faggots
Kill the aliens corrupting the world’

Feeding his kingdom with blood sacrifice
Cleansing his world with destruction and hate

The killer obsessed – filled with hatred building
His eyes only see a cry for the slaughter

When he’s done with what he’s done
It’s time to exit – by bullets or bombs exploding

Stealing answers – secreting away the motives
Leaving behind bloody red pieces – a bizarre puzzle

We need revelation’s purpose
Hoping for visions – the clarity of secrets

Writing stories – organizing pieces
It’s what we think should be done

Gradually closing down the nightmares
Ignoring awareness – that others will come

Different locations – unknown and random
One crushing blow follows another

Inside Time – the future waits
The unpredictable guaranteed it will happen again

Invisible the next creepy crawling creature
Slithering from out of any shadow

© kiley 16
Lesbian in Solidarity

Posting on ‘the secret keeper’ simultaneously

Ordinarily It Isn’t

trump-and-hillary

if this doesn’t scare you – you have worse nightmares then most  © kiley 16

ORDINARILY IT ISN’T
by kiley

Know it isn’t yet

Rejecting a thought unsaid

What won’t happen won’t

 

Instead don’t believe

What isn’t can never be

Grasp the consciousness

© kiley 16
haiku duet

Posting on ‘secretkeeper.net’ on 9th June 2016

Google Censorship

It has come to our attention here at Off the Rails, that one of our contributors, Jennifer Kiley, is having her blog censored by Google/Chrome.

Trying to access her blog the other day, we were met, out of the blue, by a “Stop: Dangerous Site Ahead” warning which blocked access. After much research and hair-pulling, Jennifer discovered that Google was cherry-picking words from her blogs, words related to psychiatric conditions and drugs and big pharma, to human sexuality, and what might be considered radical politics, etc, even words and phrases taken totally out of context in poems, for Christ’s sake!

To all who believe in the first amendment and freedom of expression, beware! You could be next. Time to fight back.

Big Brother Google is watching.

 

The Important and Insignificant

The Important and Insignificant
By Jennifer Kiley

Important
Insignificant
Makers of distinctions
Determining the rankings
Powering up corruption

It’s time for…phasing out ‘Better then’
It’s time for…being inclusive
It’s time for…shutting out no one
It’s time for…representing everyone

Protect the environment
Homes for the homeless
Food for the starving
Wisdom for the ignorant
Empower the different

© jk 2016

[this is a growing power]
[and a growing poem]
[hope to add new verses]
[including the chorus]
[on Off the Rails – Track 451]

Which Side Are You On? – Pete Seeger

[You will also find this posted on Expats Post on the 4th January 2016]