Knowing

We can see an image and feel

knowing that a sharp edge will indeed draw blood,

that care must be taken

and we have learned this from somewhere

someplace in our lives.

Like fire, we know that if we get too close

we shall be burnt,

we will blister and peel

as someone taught us this too.

Why then when we see injustice

do we turn a blind eye, seeing the pain

and the fear

and realizing like seeing a malnourished pup

we want to hold accountable the soul

who had no soul,

who was able to do this so easily

as if it didn’t matter,

humanity sits before us

and we watch with glassy eyes the images

feeling bad yet doing nothing

perhaps thinking we won’t matter

why bother

why try.

We light our candles

we say our prayers

but until we reach out in faith and hope

that some day we will wake up to a better place

because it was us who did something

anything

besides lip service

and turning the channel so as not to bear witness

thinking what we don’t see

does not exist,

we must have the courage to speak

we must take that step beyond the comfort

we must do it now.

 

I don’t get involved in politics, just ain’t my cup of tea as far as the election goes and I know a lot of people are quite spirited in their opinions, I just chose to be silent on that end. Yesterday I got a pretty huge flyer in the mail, little various pink woman shaped cookie cutter forms on the back, although I had to unfold it to see what it was about, quite happy that breast cancer awareness must have been responsible, yet in each cutout were words. Now it pissed me off, the first one said “Young and beautiful Piece of Ass”….then “fat pigs”, etc…now normally I would just throw it out and be done with it but I was thinking back as a young kid I was always excited to go get the mail, and I wonder if I were a seven-year old who knew how to read, and ran in to show it to mom, reading the words out loud, I would have gotten smacked for sure. What in the name of all that’s good gets into people’s minds…who would mail this? Now politics on tv, I can easily choose not to watch, but when it arrives in the US postal mail, now that made me angry. It’s a cute document, until you read it. Now tell me, if your child brought this in and read it to you, what would you think? Perhaps it’s just me, and it’s nothing I would normally share but it still makes me angry. Yes, the person who “said it” has his own opinions, yet do I really need to get this in my mailbox? Go door to door if you must and hand it to an adult. Really, I often wonder where these peoples heads are at….and you wonder why I dislike politics. Case in point. Now I have to start screening my mail? Perhaps make it smaller and not the size of my mailbox…or better yet…save the postage and don’t send it at all. Rant over, thanks for letting me roll this. Last politic post EVER, I promise 🙂

Peace and balance, K

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14 thoughts on “Knowing

  1. I got the same flyer in my mailbox last week, and basically had the same reaction as you!!
    I was flabbergasted by the words, which I’m sure was the point? Idk…
    I don’t do well with politics period. But this kind of campaign outreach turns my stomach. Do they really have nothing positive to show us about their campaign, in beliefs and in their qualifications?? So instead they turn it to slime smears and to get notice? It’s ugly, and makes me dislike them more than the one they’re throwing negative light toward.

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  2. You can’t miss it JoAnne, it is amazingly huge….back in NY it was postcards, etc….Florida is open market apparently to mail anything….sigh.

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  3. Now, I’ll be prepared if I get something like this. I don’t have children living with me, so might not have thought of it that way, but we still don’t need to be subjected to this. If it comes to my house, I’ll definitely be calling whoever sent it and complain – no matter what party sent it.

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  4. I agree politics is a dirty pastime, apparently pursued mostly by people I would never want to know personally. Like you I vote. Always. I believe you’re right that no election has yet come down to a single vote, but we did have one election arguably decided incorrectly by hanging chads and a biased court.

    I agree we were protected from most of this when we were kids — until JFK was killed and the Viet Nam War took over the media from the time I was in 6th grade till 2 years after I graduated from college. Seems like not much was hidden after that. Kids born in the early 80s never stood a chance, especially after we put them all in front of the TV to see the live launch of the Challenger.

    Life HAS changed, and I think there is no going back, only going on in pursuit of peace and love. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kim. Always. ❤

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  5. Love your comment Sue, I just want to answer in a clear and non rant mode….I’m in a good mood, no fears….I just need to format it so it makes more sense🙂 I like what you’ve put out here and I adore that I need to think and not just make a pat response. I don’t have children and I took that from a frame of what if I grabbed the mail when I was 7 and saw that? Or had a child who did. With media today, kids are much more advanced today than we were back then, and that I find sad too. They lose the magic too soon….I loved the days when life had the pure feeling, and I realize a lot more back then was probably swept under the table, things couldn’t be said on tv, etc….I think it shocked me to get this is the mail. The last vestiges of purity, have gotten political items but never to that extreme, but I don’t condone what was said, I dislike the dirty politics (i.e. Sending it through the mail to bash another) just another example of dirty play. I will never condone lying, deceit, arrogance, or abuse against anyone in any form if I can help it, that’s why I will make my vote count, I just know that in the big pic, my vote really doesn’t make a difference anyway. Has an election been lost for something this big due to one vote? But I will vote my conscious…still waiting for Mr. Rodgers to put his name in the hat, but alas, too late for that. I’m not sure if this makes complete sense but you had valid points and I thank you for voicing them, it’s nice to dive a bit deeper into the cesspool of politics, but I pray for a better future, realize that with what’s out here, none of the horses have pretty names(how I used to pick horses at the racetrack where I spent a lot of time…never stats…was always about the pretty name…long story…) peace and love Sue and thank you again. A civil discussion will beat name calling, etc…anyday😊

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  6. Me too, although I find When it comes to politics, I don’t trust any of them…Alll a money machine, self interest,etc….I will vote, I always vote and I am informed…it’s just all such a disappointment overall😕

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  7. “Now tell me, if your child brought this in and read it to you, what would you think?” Kim, in her rant mode. 🙂

    But because you asked, I would like to answer. I was a licensed child care provider for more than 22 years. I home schooled my son from third grade through eighth. I would have seen it as a teaching moment. What kind of person would say these things about women? Why does someone else feel it’s so important that we know about it that they sent it to us in the mail? Why is it wrong to say these things about women? Would you want to have someone who says those things in charge of you, leading the nation? Would a real leader say such things?

    Yes. Teaching moments on many levels.

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  8. Yes, exactly. As kids we weren’t allowed to watch anything negative on tv, mostly cartoons and old movies (Tarzan and such) it was an idyllic time, or at least that’s how I remember it. We had friends whose parents didn’t let them watch tv at all. Not sure if that’s a good thing but they grew up to be fine upstanding individuals. If we raise kids to be accepting of all/tolerance, etc….the world would be an amazing place indeed and tv would be filled with rainbows and happy news. I hold out hope for that in some point of my lifetime…but I’m a dreamer like that but I do not believe sitting complacently by is a good thing, counterproductive, as if we approve by our silence. This world has gone nuts and not in a good way. I don’t watch a lot of news, am taking a month hiatus from Facebook and using my time more constructively…at least I hope so 🙂 peace and love D, and thank you for this comment. Kim

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  9. I can’t speak to the flyer as we haven’t gotten those out here. I think kids see this on TV all the time – the disparagement or objectification of women based on their bodies. I think many people become numb to it as we are barraged with these messages continually. I love your poem as I feel that silence about bigotry, racism, violence, misogyny, and all the ills of society is the same as saying we are okay with them. If we don’t speak up, we are condoning the behavior, communicating a complacency, and sending the message that we don’t particularly care. We all need to take a stand again words and policies that dehumanize human beings. Thanks for that message 🙂

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  10. I had to go dig it out of the garbage because it was still digging me…I know, will let it go, perhaps burn it like it should but yeah, in the mailbox. If I had a child, and they read it…how the heck do you explain what it means? Perhaps things are different down here in Florida…the card was over a foot long by 8 inches or so….HUGE!. of course the only part folded over by the post office? was the piece of ass image…..argh. okay, i’m done 😉 ha!

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