• Venice would be perfect – Jim Smith
• Belle Lettres – Rebecca LaRue
• Ode to Aung San Suu Kyi – Vessy Mink
• Today – Honeybee Henderson
• I Would – Karl Abrams
• In the Name of God (the Murder of Dr. Tiller) – David Rovics
• the city itself – Stuart Perkoff
• Just Outside Ralph’s Grocery On Lincoln Boulevard – – krista schwimmer
• The Fall of Empires – Mark Schulman
Venice would be perfect
By Jim Smith
If we had a Banyan tree
to dream under
If we treated the homeless
as the holy men and women they are
If we all conquered our addictions
and lived in the naked now
If we all came arunnin’
when someone was in trouble
If we all had the nerve
to stand up for cityhood
If we turned the streets of old Venice
into parks, canals and bike paths
If we built statues to our dead heroes, poets
and artists, so we could talk with them
If we all added what is missing
to this poem
By Rebecca LaRue
The Belle scripted a letter to the ball-
Hear ye, Hear ye, come one come all.
Arrive in your fashions and with your academics.
We have a systematic design to acquire here this evening.
It dawned on the fair lady…
to give a bash, a gala, unlike any other.
To crash, to smash or holler…
just as long as the walls come falling down.
Just so long as the land hears the sound-
of Renewal, Revival, Upheaval, SURVIVAL.
Ode to Aung San Suu Kyi
By Vessy Mink
When you imprison a person whose mission and purpose is peace, you imprison the whole of existence under a false pretense of righteousness.
Not until all the peaceful prisoners of war are set free, shall we as a whole,
Humanity…be free. Just let Aung San Suu Kyi, be. She is not a murderer, she is not a thief, she is not a rapist, she is not an… Read More abuser of the peace…she is simply a human being who deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, just like everyone else does in this world. Just like you and me.
Leave her be. And while you’re at it, why don’t you free all the innocent people that you have locked up in darkness and shame, just as your love and compassion is locked up in darkness and blame, which is guarded by demons that represent your own wrong doing in this life. Do the right thing, and be a true leader that is fearless,
Just as Aung San Suu Kyi is.
By Honeybee Henderson
today the birds are chirping.
today the sky is grey.
today my heart is open.
today i hear screaming from inside.
today i fluctuate between perfection and not enough
today i remember that i am love.
today my dog chaes her tail
today i need my friends for support
today i stand in my truth
today i am whole
today i feel like i am falling to pieces
today i am happy then sad, all in a moment
today the bluebird sings
today is a busy today
today i am quiet
today the range of feelings come through
today i own and love all these things
today you can tooVenice would be perfect