“We need a government as good as its people, and we are better than this.”

Art of Quotation

”We need a government as good as its people“

jimmy Carter, president

Source: Axios

Former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday released a statement on Wednesday describing himself and his wife as “pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks.”

Why it matters: All living American presidents have now officially weighed in on the civil unrest rattling the nation.

  • Former President George Bush W. Bush released his statement on the ongoing protests Tuesday, saying it is “time for America to examine our tragic failures.”
  • Former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday that Americans “need to see each other as equally deserving of life, liberty, respect, dignity, and the presumption of innocence,” and called on people to ask themselves a set of “hard questions.”
  • Former President Obama said last week that events like George Floyd’s death “shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” and plans to…

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It Begins With Me – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Word of the Day – Begin

Photo: abc.net.au BLM protest in Adelaide, June 6.

“Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom ….” Pierre Berton

It Begins With Me

We know the system is malignant,
a menancing metastases whose
symptoms are poverty and despair
matched to a greyscale of colour,
imprisoned in anger that rails
agasinst the enormity of the evil
that presses in on every side,
and yet, the scaqle of it all
is not beyond us,
just a shift in thinking,
a step forward,
a word said right,
it begins with me.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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When the Waters Rise

Be sure to come enjoy this poem from Linda!!!

Charmed Chaos

“Perfect Balance” Surreal Art Photography byLuisa Azevedo

“Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.”―Santosh Kalwar

When the waters rise I’ll go sailing
To the edge of this world
Finding my own little island
Somewhere beyond the horizon
I’ll swim in blue lagoon waters,
And gaze up into a sparkling sky
I’ll sleep in the arms of cool stars
Shimmering in an ebony night
And there I will live my life
Safely ensconced within
The fantasies of my mind
Where all is divine and kind

The Sunday Muse #112

Poets and Storytellers United: Writer’s Pantry #24

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The Wisdom of Silence

Come Read The Truth About Silence


Be silent,
if you can’t say it
without screaming.

Be silent,
when you are
feeling critical

Be silent,
if your words could
damage a friendship

Be silent,
when you don’t
have all facts

Be silent,
if your words will
offend a person

Be silent,
if you would be ashamed
of your words later

Be silent,
if your words convey
the wrong impression

Be silent,
in the heat
of anger

Be silent,
when it is time
to listen

A meaningful
silence is always better
than meaningless words.

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Dark Secret

A Faded Romantic's Notebook

Art by Ibrahem Swaid

They share a secret.

A delicious, dirty, decadent secret.

It dances dangerously between them.

It is desperately dreamy with adoration.

It is dark with discipline, direction and dominance.

It is delicate, delightful and deep.

It drips

with desire.



© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Written some time ago – but aren’t there always secrets?

Art by Ibrahem Swaid

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If I read you like a poem.

flashlight batteries - Ali Grimshaw

Shadow Self Portrait 2018

If I brought poetry to your exhale
how would you breathe?

If you brought poetry to my cooking
how would it taste?

If we brought poetry to our conversation
what would we hear?

Would we notice the moan of wind 
escaping our arguments,

notice the water from our pipes is at a trickle, 
and our neighbors don’t stand in the front yard anymore

hateful weeds encroaching upon our edible garden
while voices overrun each other with lawn mower loudness?

A muffled fear, like cotton balls in our ears
falls free revealing the unison of our currents.
If I lived poetry
could I see the heart
underneath your skin?

Would you see me as a life 
as valuable as your own?
© Alicia Grimshaw 2020

“Poetry, whether the writing itself is explicitly political or not, always seeks a better way to respond, to think, to live.” – E…

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