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Sunday, October 8, 2017

What Are You Doing?

There is a wonderful song written by Marilyn and Alan Bergman titled "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?". It's not only a beautiful love song, but also a good question. You know that old saying 'today is the first day of the rest of your life'? Simple as it may sound, it's so true. What you've done in the past matters, certainly. But what you do today and tomorrow matters more. Here is a poem from my latest book of poems ( No Boundaries... yearning for sanity.

The Net of a More Perfect Union

The net is slipping
slowly away
the net of
Lincoln’s hope
 of neighbor
helping neighbor
of brother
helping brother
of the strong
reaching out to
the fragile
the net is ripping apart
leaving holes that
were not there yesterday
and through
the cruel empty spaces
hope falls away
leaving a heavy thirst
while in
seep hate
and bigotry
and fear
and where do we all go
from here

As a poet and writer I do feel compelled to look at what we are doing as a society and ask myself, is this who we are? Are we a violent, cruel, fearful people? At times it would seem so. But I'm hoping that the majority of Americans will look into their hearts and discover that what we are really is the opposite. I'm hoping that we discover that we are, and always have been, a hopeful, loving, generous people. Look at the neighbors helping neighbors in Houston and Mobile and Puerto Rico. I choose to believe that those people represent the true heart of America. And, perhaps, the hatred that some have demonstrated in the past, can be overcome in the future by the love I know exists out there.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Learning To Think

Over the years, since my own children were small, I have been amazed at the genius of the writers/creators of PBS's Sesame Street. Through the magic of puppetry and song children are shown different, sometimes difficult, life situations and, at the same time, how to think about them from different perspectives and work through them. Instead of a "don't do that" lecture, which so many of us were and are guilty of with our children, Sesame Street shows children why it might not be good to act a certain way. Children then get the wonderful opportunity to think about their actions and the actions of others instead of merely reacting.

Thinking is good. Thinking is essential. It is a vital element of being human.

It is very troubling and worrisome, then, to see leaders take on a "me first" attitude. This type of attitude sets people against one another, forces them to take sides, and creates great anxiety in everyone. We only have to look at our schools today to see how this attitude is affecting our children. After spending years of trying to teach children empathy, to understand how others feel, it is disheartening to see so much hate brewing in the country today.

A thought: Why don't we all sit down and watch some episodes of Sesame Street? Laugh a little. Play a little. Become childlike for a few minutes. It's a great stress reliever, and our children (and we) will be happier for it.

And, oh yes, think.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Poem from my latest book, "When My Feet Were Small"

Just Morning

I watch the sun lift its head
toward the waiting trees
     softly break through
     the tangled knot of branches
and my breath stops
to live that moment
     when earthly time slows to a crawl
     to reflect...
that moment I've lived
so many mornings
     yet I never cease
     to be captured
     and again
     although it is
          just morning.
©2016 Kathleen E. Fearing