Fresh Brim-Feather

March 11, 2012

“Our institutions are at the mercy of a body of foreigners (the Holy Alliance of Catholic Nations). . . and held completely under the control of a foreign power.” —Samuel B. Morse, 1834

“Roosevelt inevitably draws upon his Jewish ancestry. It is as natural for him to be radical as it is for others to be true Americans . . . he is not one of us!” —Reverend Gerald Winrod, 1936

“What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his [Obama] having grown up in Kenya, his view . . . is very different than ours . . .” —Mike Huckabee, 2011 (Obama did not grow up in Kenya)

“What if [Obama] is so far outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan . . . behavior, can you piece together [his actions]”  —Newt Gingrich, 2012


Fresh Brim-Feather

Inside the eye of a new storm
are you lost? came the question;
came as a little nesting tornado, a
windy Matryoshka tucked
naturally within another;
a wind like the tiny tempests
that lift street leaves from gutters in fall
—a miniscule funnel by standards of
Tornado Alley but
if you’re small (as small
as a small thought)
the small question,
are you lost in this new storm?
is as mighty as a tsunami
gathered on a beach at your feet
its humping, horizon-lifting wave
poised in the instant before

in the shutter-click before
it rakes the landscape,
in the time before

……………. still

inside the eye of this new storm
everything’s familiar;
the heavens have not issued
new revelations
news is always old-hat
but with a fresh brim-feather
love and hate are ghosts with heartbeats
eternal as new babes, and
to be lost in a new storm
is as natural as breath & death

by Jim Culleny


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