Liz’s Weekend Poetry Series: Dream A Little Dream…

by lizard

I found this weekend’s poetry selection browsing one of my favorite virtual locales, wood_s_lot. With almost tireless daily updates, including poetry, visual art, and political links, it’s a very bookmark-worthy site.

I’m putting this up a day early because I’m heading up to Glacier again tomorrow. Though the fall equinox will be officially marked early tomorrow morning, the weather reports make it sound like the lingering days of summer.

So as I soak in one of America’s most stunning national parks, I will try not to think about George Ochenski’s latest gem, which poses this question in the subtitle: Why Not Just Give Homeland Security Everything?

This part is particularly haunting:

“…the legislation gives Homeland Security “immediate access to any public land managed by the Federal Government (including land managed by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture) for purposes of conducting activities that assist in securing the border (including access to maintain and construct roads, construct a fence, use vehicles to patrol, and set up monitoring equipment).”

How ironic is it that under this draconian piece of legislation that’s supposed to “protect” our lands, the Department of Homeland Security could, without permits, environmental analysis, or anything else, decide to cut a road right through the middle of the Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park? The agency could also put up towers with lights and armed guards, fly and land helicopters or run ATVs in wilderness areas, or even construct a fence if they so chose, with absolutely no recourse for citizens to challenge their own government’s actions, except on constitutional grounds.

You read that right: HR1505 also exempts Homeland Security from any judicial review except for constitutional challenges. It’s likely even that would be exempted, except that it would destroy the checks and balances upon which our government is founded and would itself be constitutionally prohibited.”

H.R.1505 is dangerously draconian legislation cosponsored by Denny Dumbass. I use a stupid made up last name because he’s a stupid, worthless politician so obviously suckling the corporate tit I really can’t fathom why anyone would vote for this drunken Montana do-nothing embarrassment.

That’s my Tester endorsement, by the way.

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Nightmare politics, blah. Below the fold, a poem that dreams…

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AN INVESTIGATION OF THE STONE AND THE SHADOW

The Lion dreams
and dreams the Rose.
The Rose dreams
and dreams the King.
The King dreams
and dreams the law.
The law dreams
and dreams grace.
Grace dreams
and dreams the circle.
The circle dreams
and dreams the line.
The line dreams
and dreams pain.
Pain dreams
and dreams the scale.
The scale dreams
and dreams the shadow.
The shadow dreams
and dreams Gold.
Gold dreams
and dreams the stone.
The stone dreams
and dreams the serpent.
The serpent dreams
and dreams poison.
Poison dreams
and dreams death.
Death dreams
and dreams destiny.
Destiny dreams
and dreams life.
Life dreams
and dreams the mask.
The mask dreams
and dreams god.
God dreams
and dreams the word.
The word dreams
and dreams the Rose.
The Rose dreams
and dreams man.

Man dreams
and dreams the stone.

—Giorgio Agamben

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