Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Struggle



They Say,
Those talking heads
On the television…
There is no war on women:
            “It’s lies!”
            “It’s the twisting of words!”
            “It’s your imagination!”
If all they say is true,
Then why don’t I believe them?

The redefining of rape…
Should I not be offended?
The restricting of contraception…
Am I not to control my body?
The recall of Roe vs. Wade…
Isn’t this my choice?

My daughters look to me
For endless inspiration
For standing for what’s right
For continuing the fight

I look to my daughters
For remembering the past
For honoring those before them
For continuing our progress

A Girl & A Boy



In the classroom
There sat a girl
Behind her
There sat a boy
The girl saw them as equals
The boy did not share that view

The day of the test results
Was upon them
The boy did well
The girl did better

The boy, enraged
Brought his textbook
Down upon her
The girl, shocked
Saw blackness, then
Briefly lost time

The boy felt injustice
As he should have
Been the better
The girl felt injustice
That her brilliance
Could be dismissed

Definition of a Child



What is
The definition of a child…

Is it how they came to be-
Biological?
Adopted? 
Step? 

Is it their height-
Tall?
Short?

Is it there species-
Human?
Furry?

Is it there gender-
Male?
Female? 

They are all this
And more
Defined by
Unconditional love

Friday, October 05, 2012

Memo to Jimi Hendrix-A Humanities Experiment


In my Humanities Survey class, we were asked to write a memo to someone from the 20th-21st Century who had advanced the world in the arts, sciences or socially.  This was who I chose and what I wrote.  It apparently warranted a perfect score.  I hope you enjoy.
 
To:                   Jimi Hendrix
                        Gypsy Guitar God
                        Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

From:               Luna Aquarius
                        Gaming Avatar
                        Funk Junkie

Date:               June 16, 2012

Subject:           Inquiry Regarding the Original Release for the Album Are You Experienced?

            In your time, you were considered a pioneer in the Rock and Roll world.  You were revered by your peers, even invoking the envy of the likes of Eric Clapton and Pete Townsend.  Guitarist from Prince, George Clinton, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Billy Gibson of ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn have openly sited you as a major influence.
            You introduced musical techniques that were not thought of before or popularized ones not typically used at that time.  Your experimental use of the wah-wah pedal, reverb, stereophonic phasing, and amplifier feedback have become mainstream in 21st Century Rock & Roll.
            You accomplished all of this before your death at age 27, a mere three years in the mainstream spotlight.
            You released your first album in 1967, which is the subject of this memo.  Musically, it feels like a psychedelic acid trip.  This begs us to wonder if you were high when you wrote/recorded the songs.  Yet you have said that you wished you could make love to your music.  (Note: eww!)  So which is it?  Is this album a 40 minute journey through the paisley colored glasses of LSD, or is it a living breathing thing you would prefer over a woman?  Is it both?
            There is the matter of the songs chosen to be on the album.  The UK and North American original releases have 8 of the 11 songs in common. How was it decided that American audiences got to have “Hey Joe”, “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary” while the Europeans were treated to “Red House”, “Can You See Me” and “Remember”?  How was it decided that “Stone Free”, “51st Anniversary” and “Highway Chile” would not be released on either?
            By the mere fact that there are different tracks and a different track order on these releases make the listening experiences…well, different.  Is that what you were going for at the time?  Is that the answer to the question “Are you experienced?”  Was it that you felt that the releases were tailored to the listening styles of the two continents?   Was it a record company ploy to sell more albums by making the fans buy the local and import release?
            Please respond to all questions presented in this memo no later than the end of time.  We thank you for your cooperation in advance.