By John Kaufman I polled myself-- a single throng-- With two choices--right or wrong? When wrong was loud and right was soft, Wrong was the one I held aloft. . . But then I saw it wasn't right-- The crowd went quiet; the voice was mine.
After a long retreat, a deep ebb tide of silence, the Pacific blog returns to regular publication for this momentous political year. The Pacific will remain "a still small voice" in the vast ocean of digital detritus, providing discriminating readers with shorter prose pieces on politics, literature and religion, as well as the occasional original … Continue reading The Pacific Returns for 2020
There is a new “Commission on Unalienable Rights” Investigating whether there’s a thing called human rights For aliens & atheists & immigrants & kids And anyone who alienates It by the color of her skin.
Because no one will pay to build His WALL-- Not Mexico, not Congress, not even the Wall Street Journal or Faux News, not anyone-- The PRESIDENT will send soldiers with guns To make sure Mexico does not invade. Nat. Guard will guard the desert (without shade) As long as Trump proclaims that they will stand On … Continue reading Couplets: “The Human Wall”
By John Kaufman In honor of World Poetry Day Couplets for those who don't betray The verse of stars, the vow of stones And meet the sinking sun alone-- As if a cell can bar a soul ... As if a whale can hide the whole.
By John Kaufman PEN International is profiling four poets on World Poetry Day now being held either in prisons or under house arrest for dissenting against injustice through art and/or journalism: Aron Atabek of Kzakhstan, Liu Xia of China, Amanuel Asrat of Eitrea, Dareen Tatour detained by Israel. To see what you can do to … Continue reading To Honor Poetry on World Poetry Day, Help Imprisoned Poets Across the Globe
If Trump banishes Mueller will Republicans banish him? Offhand I'd say the odds are much skinnier than slim. It's going to take some form of electoral disobedience To evict a president who demands we pledge allegiance To him, to him, to him, to him, to him, to him--to Him! ("Fake news" if he should lose, … Continue reading Couplets: “King of the Expedient”
Tillerson, late of State, was fired by a tweet From the president, our "moron" (cheek!) As he was called, reportedly, by Till- erson, undiplomatically, but still . . .
Within the White House the forecast is "Stormy." But the president swears that NOTHING porny Ever happened with that woman hushed With money that had NOTHING to do with slush. Lawyers pay off porn stars all the time Right before elections . . . with their own dime Without the knowledge of the one was … Continue reading Couplets: “It Was a Dark and STORMY Day”
Trump's Spin Cycle "There is no Chaos, only great Energy!" Said the guy trapped in the washing machine.
"Tough Love" Trump will issue tariffs in "a very loving way." (He thinks that we will love him even when we lose our pay.)