Happy World Poetry Day!: An Homage to Maya Angelou

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I Will Try

So little do we value words
That lift and breathe and fly.
Some still use words that no one should.
Regardless, I will try.

Instead of calm discussion,
I hear the screamed replies.
Defensive stands, offensive pose
but, in spite of them, I’ll try.

Has civility truly left us?
Have we no skill to be kind?
I see it each and every day,
but, still, I’ll always try.

Just simple, common courtesy,
Which won’t come overnight,
a reflection on the Golden-Rule.
But I will always try.

When anger screams, and difference sneers,
I try.
When fingers point from guilty hands,
I try.
I am one voice who decides to be kind
amidst all the griping and sniping and whines.

I cast off the anger and offense and fear.
I try.
I stand up today, and tomorrow hold dear.
I try.
I offer a promise within this ugly scene:
To be the change I wish to see,
and I will try.

Once again, Happy World Poetry Day! – If you haven’t been able to tell, this an homage specifically to her, “Still I Rise”. What I have here is a blatant effort to capture the essence of her amazing poem. I love her work. I am not a sassy woman, I don’t “…walk like I’ve got oil wells pumping in my living room.” So when I sat down to write it tonight, I didn’t try to be stronger than I am. That’s my truth. Thank you for Reading, and be kind. ~ Linda

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Check out “Still I Rise
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46446/still-i-rise

Look Away

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We used to be a beacon,
A light aloft and shining.
I believed us an example
Of what could someday be.

I shake my head in wonder,
Eyes closed against the feeling.
I feel my head hang lower
At each new grim reveal.

Words flow with sheer impunity.
Young lives treated too lightly.
Now we don’t slip and stumble;
It’s a full-on backward slide.

We used to be a beacon,
But my confidence is waning.
I believed we were the heroes,
but for now, please, look away.

© L. Rose

International Women’s Day

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The following is in no way a complete list, but it is a legitimate and sincere list of women who have inspired me or lifted me when it was most needed. Feel free to add to the list if you notice or feel anyone’s missing. Happy International Women’s Day!

For their contribution to my brain and the order of my thoughts, for the sheer entertainment value, and for their strength:
Maya Angelou
Virginia Woolf
Zora Neale Hurston
Marguerite Henry
Jane Austen
Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë
Louisa May Alcott
Alice Walker
Gloria Steinem
Edith Hamilton
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sue Grafton
J. K. Rowling (and Hermione, and Ginny, and Prof. McGonagall, and Molly Weasley…)
Emily Dickinson

For showing me and helping me believe that I was more than I was hearing when growing up; for fighting for what’s right and sticking to principles; for balancing ass-kickery and woman-hood; for sheer entertainment and for making fun of themselves:
Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman)
Kate Jackson {etc.} (Charlie’s Angels)
Tyne Daly & Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey)
Lucy Lawless & Renée O’Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess)
Gillian Anderson (The X-Files)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Gen.)

Kate Mulgrew (Voyager)
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman – film)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
Maggie Smith (Too many to list)
Helen Mirren (Too many to list)
Dame Judy Dench (Too many to list)

For being cool and beautiful; for giving me endless hours of musical poetry while driving, studying, and learning; for bucking the system and surviving the system; and for musical ass-kickery:
Pat Benatar
Billie Holiday
Joan Baez
Carol King
Heart
Tracy Chapman
Natalie Merchant
Loretta Lynn
Patsy Cline
Ella Fitzgerald
Connie Francis

For being there when I didn’t know I needed her; for driving me crazy; for re-discovering her painting skills; and for occasional ass-kickery:
Mom

Do You Hear the People Sing?

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With everything that has been going on, I was caught completely off guard when I got in my car to travel to a tutoring session. Every year for a period of time, post-Christmas, I find myself listening to a USB stick of Sound-tracks while driving.  Not five minutes into the drive, the song “Do You Hear the People Sing,” from Les Miserables came on and I became a bit misty.

“Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be [slaves]* again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free! ~ Les Miserables Cast

In 2016, apparently this song was used in the Trump campaign, but I think unsuccessfully. I never heard any singing – a lot of bleating, perhaps – but no singing.

The mistiness was not from hopelessness, but hopefulness. With amazing children and future adults, like Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky and other children from Stoneman Douglas, who are standing up and calling out the adults who should be fighting for them, and the people including me, who are rallying with them, I am hopeful.

Finally, I can hear the people sing.

L. Rose

Find your breath and keep singing, even past November 2018. ~ Linda

*In my head, I inserted “hurt, fooled, and even gunned,” in place of “slaves.”
be sure to check out the students litterally singing: https://youtu.be/sW6cXVzRnuo

Goodbye Facebook

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A quick note to let you guys know that I am saying goodbye to the Facebook page I created for ScatteredNotebooks.com, and here’s why:

You may not be aware of this, but when a person or business sets up a Facebook page, any page, the administrator of that page is then flooded with prompts to boost posts to gain or improve their audience. These “boosts” cost money. For a business who is selling Continue reading