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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "ice" square on the public card for the Spring and Autumn Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye.

I hear you, bro.  I've been saying many of the same things, since I was a wee toddler in the 1970's.  Nobody ever fuckin' listens.
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Since a bunch of government personnel seem not to have read this, and keep doing things similar to what inspired the American Revolution, I'm fighting back by posting the U.S. Constitution ...

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This is the second freebie from the January 7, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  You have new prompter and donor [livejournal.com profile] ideealisme to thank for this perk.  The poem was prompted by [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug.

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President Obama has appointed gay athletes as part of the delegation to Russia's Winter Games ... but there are no top officials in the group.  Yes, Mr. Putin, we're snubbing you.  You're acting like an asshole.


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[livejournal.com profile] siege wrote the insightful poem "As Franklin Noted," inspired by a comment I made.
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... in fiction or fact.

My use of magic is based on my observation that it keeps happening whether one acknowledges it or not, and that learning to exert some influence is better than letting it flap in the wind. If I like people, I warn them in advance that my universe is weirder than the one they may have been traversing before they met me. If they've pissed me off, well, I duck under the low branch and then watch them walk face-first into it.
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Check out this cultural map of America.  Here in central Illinois, we're somewhere between The Midlands and Greater Appalachia, with influence from both. 
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Food stamp budget is getting cut. Understand that it's already impossible to eat a healthy diet on the pittance provided, which will be dropping by an average of $36. That amount equates to one shopping trip's worth of groceries on the monofilament budget of someone living on food stamps.

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This poem came out of the October 1, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. 

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FINALLY someone has legally recognized a crucial point of tracking parentage: to guarantee children the support of adults caring for them.  By California law, children can now have more than two parents.
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This is the second freebie for the October 1, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl, courtesy of several new prompters and a new donor. The poem was inspired by [personal profile] siliconshaman.


"Plan C"


Order is necessary
for the function of the universe,
but too much order
turns toxic.

It is a trickster's duty
to point out when rules
have become a stranglehold
and leaders have become despots.

Someone needs to be there
to slip a whoopie cushion onto the throne,
to mock a politician's callous words,
to look at the Emperor in his new clothes
and shout, "Hey, that fat man is naked!"

Humor is activism,
Plan C for comedy --
a tradition dating back
to trickster deities in pantheons
and court jesters tumbling in front of kings.

There is nothing so important
that it can never be laughed at.

When things go wrong,
there is always
Plan C.
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This poem is from the September 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] alexseanchai.  Read about the indriso form.


"The Right Reasons"
-- an indriso


They come into our land with tank and tread,
The bark of guns and stamp of heavy boots,
And where they pass their bloody banners spread.

They hunt for us and call us rotten fruits,
As if the world is better when we're dead,
That they should end us all from bud to roots.

For reasons such as this we go to war

And claim as good the life we're fighting for.

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This poem came out of the September 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman.  It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles.

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This is the second freebie for the fishbowl, courtesy of new prompters [livejournal.com profile] tigerbright and Dreamwidth user Rainflowermoon.  It belongs to the Silk Road Allies project.



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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles.  Read about mandatory arbitration.


Thumbing the Scales


Justice is meant to be fair
but there are countless practices
that aim to lay a thumb on the scales --

mandatory arbitration,
company judges,
institutions too big to fail,
conflicts of interest,
those who would be above the law,
deals under the table,
lobbyists dancing with revolving doors --

and every one of them
is a chink in the foundation
of a stable society because

if the law is not for everyone
then it is for no one

if rational methods do not resolve conflicts
then people will choose less rational ones instead.

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