a winter of potential energy

from a trip north while looking out the car window on the highway.

a winter of potential energy
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waterfall of icicles
stranded against the chiseled rock.
along the highway bookends
even gravity can’t get you home.

tire tread, yelling with oldie road songs,
feet hanging out windows, hair in the wind,
elongated landscapes drenched in sun,
across hills and prairies from ocean to ocean.
these are the legends (myths?)
built in our heads from birth to death,
our mystical journey west.

the moving itch, ripping up roots
transplanting to a perceived oasis
seems in white america’s genetics,
anything to hit the road, away from home,
free from responsibility, accountability
some seek a defining experience,
a place to mirror sensibilities,
an individualistic tapestry of wondrous imagined communities.

bright,
flashy,
rhythmically spirited
in an open flow
beyond types,
genders,
borders.

a voice as soft as a pillow on an ear
calling out magnetically to the far corners,
frozen arms stretch to touch the granule texture below.
bulking up, leveraging and questioning
the tested tradition and girth of iced midsection
til the tipping point, the vibrations
from a paradigm-shifting earthquake.
a clean break from what defined
all that came before.
and as we, I, the icicle heads toward pavement,
what will the shattered scattered pieces mean
when they melt and coalesce
in a rebirth of form,
absorb in soil until collected,
cradled under the bedrock,
biding time as thousand-year erosion
turns to explosion!

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Published in: on December 30, 2007 at 7:59 pm  Comments (1)  

Demolition of State Building Could End Homeless Encampment at Duncan Plaza: Support Homeless Pride!

Please check out Homeless Pride, an organization of homeless folks with political demands who reside in or near Duncan Plaza across from New Orleans’ City Hall. I’ve been meaning to write about this organization for some time and plan to get back in touch with them. However, the state is planning to evict all the homeless from Duncan Plaza park in order to demolish a vacant building on the North-side of the park. Homeless advocate organizations, like UNITY of Greater New Orleans, have tried to petition the state to hold off the demolition and fencing off of the park for two additional weeks to provide time to find shelter for the nearly 250 people in the area.

Also, on a video journalism site called Defend New Orleans, check out the segment by a seemingly concerned citizen journalist discreetly named Miss Pussycat.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 12:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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