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Based on a true story.

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16 July 2018 10:14
 

Raising the flags before calling the guard
When the tail wags as you play the last card
Look straight ahead and know when to bow
Think what was said and remember it now
Collect every piece and always ask why
Unfolding the crease will expose every lie
The fires we stoke will come back in our turn
We think it’s a joke til we’re feeling the burn
When masking the face without looking around
Leaves only a trace and you can’t hear a sound
Those on the attack and so desperate to win
Forget to look back as the puzzle fills in
Loosen the knots as we’re reading the sign
Listen to thoughts and untangle the twine
There’s no other way to reach the next stage
When no one can say they’re on the same page
Adrift on the sea while thoughts are unmanned
Don’t look to me when you can’t understand
Steady the stream of your lingering doubt
Come out of the dream or just get the fuck out
It’s time for a plan that works for us all
Down with the man who would block up that hall
They’ll alter the states as they take us all back
As we’re storming the gates in our counter attack.

 
 
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01 October 2018 07:10
 

Raccoon #1 Good morning.
Raccoon #2 So far so good.
Raccoon #1 What are you reading?
Raccoon #2 An article about how memory works.
Raccoon #1 You mean how we remember things?
Raccoon #2 Specifically why we remember things.
Raccoon #1 I remember everything.
Raccoon #2 Well this suggests certain memories get seared into our memory while others fade. 
Raccoon #1 And which ones stick?
Raccoon #2 It depends on the individual.  Trauma seems to be a big one.
Raccoon #1 I can see that.  Whenever I encounter that dog on the corner time slows to a crawl.
Raccoon #2 You find that traumatic?
Raccoon #1 Well not so much now but when I was younger it was terrifying.  I was a sensitive kit.
Raccoon #2 Why wouldn’t you avoid that corner if you find it so “traumatic.”
Raccoon #1 There’s a perfectly good water source over there.  What are you saying?
Raccoon #2 I just don’t understand why you’d put yourself in a position to be traumatized.
Raccoon #1 Are you saying it’s my fault?  Why can’t that dog just leave me alone?
Raccoon #2 I think he only acts that way when he’s hungry.
Raccoon #1 We all get hungry and don’t behave that way.  I don’t understand why you’re making excuses for the jerk.
Raccoon #2 I guess I don’t see what the big deal is.
Raccoon #1 Well it was a big deal to me the day he nearly caught me.
Raccoon #2 It was a long time ago.
Raccoon #1 Feels like it happened yesterday.  I remember every inch of his frothing face.
Raccoon #2 That’s exactly what it says in this article.
Raccoon #1 It says something about that dog’s stupid face?
Raccoon #2 It says we remember specific details rather than more obvious things about the experience.
Raccoon #1 I don’t even remember when it happened.  I think it was in the summertime.
Raccoon #2 Apparently that’s a pretty standard thing.
Raccoon #1 I just thought of another thing!  Way more terrifying!
Raccoon #2 Do tell.
Raccoon #1 Years ago I was climbing this tree and didn’t notice the branch crossed over a creek.
Raccoon #2 Where were you?
Raccoon #1 I don’t remember.  Once I realized I was on the other side I began exploring and lost my way.
Raccoon #2 Why didn’t you turn around and make your way back?
Raccoon #1 I did.  Then I noticed this tiny little house with a dish of sardines inside.
Raccoon #2 That’s not too suspicious.
Raccoon #1 Can I please tell my story?
Raccoon #2 Pardon me.  Go ahead.
Raccoon #1 I crawled in and the door slammed shut behind me.
Raccoon #2 What were you thinking?
Raccoon #1 I don’t know.  It was stupid.  I never imagined anything like that would ever happen.
Raccoon #2 Yeah, we think we’re invincible when we’re young.
Raccoon #1 The next thing I know the latch was lifted and I was wrestled into a towel.
Raccoon #2 Were you still near the creek?
Raccoon #1 I couldn’t see anything and the more I struggled the harder it was to breathe.
Raccoon #2 Jesus.
Raccoon #1 Honestly, I thought I was gonna die.
Raccoon #2 What did you do?
Raccoon #1 I settled down and waited for a moment to make a break for it.
Raccoon #2 And where were you when you finally did?
Raccoon #1 I don’t know. 
Raccoon #2 Then how did you know where to go?
Raccoon #1 I just ran.
Raccoon #2 You must’ve realized at some point where you ended up.
Raccoon #1 I don’t.  I remember the dirty human.  I remember the smell of whiskey and cigarettes.
Raccoon #2 Did you ever tell anyone?
Raccoon #1 I hardly remembered the experience until now.
Raccoon #2 It sounds like you remember it quite vividly.
Raccoon #1 I kinda wish I didn’t.
Raccoon #2 It says in the article that’s a pretty standard thing too.
Raccoon #1 I guess these sort of things happen a lot.
Raccoon #2 Yeah.  A hell of a lot.  You’re not alone.  Unfortunately.
Raccoon #1 It doesn’t make it any less humiliating.
Raccoon #2 It’s not your fault.
Raccoon #1 I should never have ventured off so far without paying attention to what I was doing.
Raccoon #2 Don’t make excuses for the jerk.
Raccoon #1 Maybe that’s what led to my aversion to fish.
Raccoon #2 Entirely possible.
Raccoon #1 I wonder what happens to evil bastards like that.
Raccoon #2 They become judges.

 
 
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01 October 2018 08:42
 
LadyJane - 01 October 2018 07:10 AM

Raccoon #1 Good morning.
Raccoon #2 So far so good.
Raccoon #1 What are you reading?
Raccoon #2 An article about how memory works.
Raccoon #1 You mean how we remember things?
Raccoon #2 Specifically why we remember things.
Raccoon #1 I remember everything.
Raccoon #2 Well this suggests certain memories get seared into our memory while others fade. 
Raccoon #1 And which ones stick?
Raccoon #2 It depends on the individual.  Trauma seems to be a big one.
Raccoon #1 I can see that.  Whenever I encounter that dog on the corner time slows to a crawl.
Raccoon #2 You find that traumatic?
Raccoon #1 Well not so much now but when I was younger it was terrifying.  I was a sensitive kit.
Raccoon #2 Why wouldn’t you avoid that corner if you find it so “traumatic.”
Raccoon #1 There’s a perfectly good water source over there.  What are you saying?
Raccoon #2 I just don’t understand why you’d put yourself in a position to be traumatized.
Raccoon #1 Are you saying it’s my fault?  Why can’t that dog just leave me alone?
Raccoon #2 I think he only acts that way when he’s hungry.
Raccoon #1 We all get hungry and don’t behave that way.  I don’t understand why you’re making excuses for the jerk.
Raccoon #2 I guess I don’t see what the big deal is.
Raccoon #1 Well it was a big deal to me the day he nearly caught me.
Raccoon #2 It was a long time ago.
Raccoon #1 Feels like it happened yesterday.  I remember every inch of his frothing face.
Raccoon #2 That’s exactly what it says in this article.
Raccoon #1 It says something about that dog’s stupid face?
Raccoon #2 It says we remember specific details rather than more obvious things about the experience.
Raccoon #1 I don’t even remember when it happened.  I think it was in the summertime.
Raccoon #2 Apparently that’s a pretty standard thing.
Raccoon #1 I just thought of another thing!  Way more terrifying!
Raccoon #2 Do tell.
Raccoon #1 Years ago I was climbing this tree and didn’t notice the branch crossed over a creek.
Raccoon #2 Where were you?
Raccoon #1 I don’t remember.  Once I realized I was on the other side I began exploring and lost my way.
Raccoon #2 Why didn’t you turn around and make your way back?
Raccoon #1 I did.  Then I noticed this tiny little house with a dish of sardines inside.
Raccoon #2 That’s not too suspicious.
Raccoon #1 Can I please tell my story?
Raccoon #2 Pardon me.  Go ahead.
Raccoon #1 I crawled in and the door slammed shut behind me.
Raccoon #2 What were you thinking?
Raccoon #1 I don’t know.  It was stupid.  I never imagined anything like that would ever happen.
Raccoon #2 Yeah, we think we’re invincible when we’re young.
Raccoon #1 The next thing I know the latch was lifted and I was wrestled into a towel.
Raccoon #2 Were you still near the creek?
Raccoon #1 I couldn’t see anything and the more I struggled the harder it was to breathe.
Raccoon #2 Jesus.
Raccoon #1 Honestly, I thought I was gonna die.
Raccoon #2 What did you do?
Raccoon #1 I settled down and waited for a moment to make a break for it.
Raccoon #2 And where were you when you finally did?
Raccoon #1 I don’t know. 
Raccoon #2 Then how did you know where to go?
Raccoon #1 I just ran.
Raccoon #2 You must’ve realized at some point where you ended up.
Raccoon #1 I don’t.  I remember the dirty human.  I remember the smell of whiskey and cigarettes.
Raccoon #2 Did you ever tell anyone?
Raccoon #1 I hardly remembered the experience until now.
Raccoon #2 It sounds like you remember it quite vividly.
Raccoon #1 I kinda wish I didn’t.
Raccoon #2 It says in the article that’s a pretty standard thing too.
Raccoon #1 I guess these sort of things happen a lot.
Raccoon #2 Yeah.  A hell of a lot.  You’re not alone.  Unfortunately.
Raccoon #1 It doesn’t make it any less humiliating.
Raccoon #2 It’s not your fault.
Raccoon #1 I should never have ventured off so far without paying attention to what I was doing.
Raccoon #2 Don’t make excuses for the jerk.
Raccoon #1 Maybe that’s what led to my aversion to fish.
Raccoon #2 Entirely possible.
Raccoon #1 I wonder what happens to evil bastards like that.
Raccoon #2 They become judges.

Wow ... that says it all.

 
 
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01 October 2018 14:48
 

Based on one out of three true stories.

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28 October 2018 08:56
 

The snow softly settles while blanketing things
That covers the nettles and cools all the stings
The silence is soothing til fires break out
And violence is moving the whispers to shout
When voices get heated it’s time to stand down
Demand who is seated can speak for your town
Take in the jokes that good humour can show
And not judge the folks that you don’t even know
There’s always a way to follow things through
And know that each day is not all about you
Wrapped up too tight and all full of fear
Inhibits our sight and we can’t lend an ear
We can make choices that seem to have reach
And not quiet the voices trapped under the speech
Changing the course is just taking a turn
Pushing with force leaves us nothing to learn
It makes people slaves to the powerful men
Retreat to their caves and not come out again
Weary and tired and needing of rest
When endlessly mired in test after test
Through rose coloured glasses and merely a glance
The undermined masses aren’t given a chance
Constantly baiting and made to feel small
Patiently waiting for the leaves left to fall
With time to regroup and gather some steam
And rally the troupe that can play as a team
It strengthens resolve as attention expands
So we can evolve and discover new lands
The silent surrender will stand in the way
And blaming the sender won’t make it okay
What appears to be last of the things that we found
Was all in the past when the snow hit the ground.

 
 
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07 December 2018 07:31
 

With nothing to find and no word left unsaid
Not on anyone’s mind yet in everyone’s head
What were we thinking is what they will say
The ship was still sinking as we argued away
Looks on the faces as they stumble around
Finding the traces of things already found
What are we gaining and what will we choose?
Can’t tell it’s raining what with nothing to lose
If one four leaf clover can play any role
Then handing it over may garner control
And ask all the things that nobody knows
Then pull all the strings so they turn into bows
Make no mistakes as you figure it out
And give what it takes til you run out of doubt
Take relentless attacks that are meant for the kill
And think of the backs that were spent for that will
Say what you want and then do what you like
Forgo the detente but the fevers will spike
And then you’ll be flailing to run out the clock
The ship will be sailing with you on the dock
There isn’t a soul that should be left behind
Fulfilling the role of what it means to be kind
As we continue to toil frogs will weather the storm
And the water will boil while we’re all keeping warm.

 
 
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07 December 2018 09:16
 

One can’t help but appreciate such verse as this
Especially we who with rhyme are amiss
Thoughtful, insightful and often with wit
This forum is lucky to have LJ as our poet

 
 
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30 January 2019 08:39
 

Eagle#1 How’re ya now?
Eagle#2 Chilly as hell.
Eagle#1 At least we’re free.
Eagle#2 Say what?
Eagle#1 When’s the last time you saw a human?
Eagle#2 Can’t say fer sure.  It’s been awhile now that you mention it.
Eagle#1 They rarely venture outside anymore.
Eagle#2 Yeah, why is that?
Eagle#1 They created a virtual world.  They spend most of their time there.
Eagle#2 Be serious.  No one would prefer that to this.  Even humans.
Eagle#1 They didn’t think so either.  Til they started doing it.  Now they can’t live without it.
Eagle#2 What does that mean for the actual world?
Eagle#1 They are allowing its destruction while looking at kittens in teacups.
Eagle#2 They come in teacups?
Eagle#1 Virtually.
Eagle#2 Yum.
Eagle#1 It’s not real.  Pictures and photos and images.  Doctored to look real.
Eagle#2 How do they know what’s real anymore?
Eagle#1 That is apparently left to their discretion.
Eagle#2 Jesus Christ.  No wonder we’re fucked.
Eagle#1 And worshipping deities is leading the charge.
Eagle#2 It’s a figure of speech.
Eagle#1 A lot of people believe that it’s real.
Eagle#2 That’s magical thinking.  No way do they still think it’s real.
Eagle#1 Guess again my friend.  Alive and well and gaining momentum.  In all kinds of ways.
Eagle#2 Well, I suppose if you can’t tell the difference between a virtual world and a real world then it’s not all that surprising.
Eagle#1 They think they’re free but it’s merely another prison.
Eagle#2 They can’t all be falling for this ruse can they?
Eagle#1 Definitely not.  The problem is that nobody listens to the ones that protest.
Eagle#2 Even if they are telling the truth?
Eagle#1 The truth has become a sketchy thing.  And people in power think they can decide what it means.
Eagle#2 What do you mean by people in power?
Eagle#1 The humans with the most money now write the history.
Eagle#2 The hell you say!
Eagle#1 I shit you not.  And everything happens so fast people aren’t learning enough history to know it’s not true.
Eagle#2 What about the protestors?
Eagle#1 Traditionally they have been silenced.
Eagle#2 Aren’t the smart ones able to convince the moneymakers?
Eagle#1 The only way for the moneymakers to keep making money is to deny the truth.
Eagle#2 At the peril of everything?
Eagle#1 It’s shortsighted thinking.
Eagle#2 Where are all the long thinkers?
Eagle#1 Selling out for the money.
Eagle#2 All of them?
Eagle#1 No, not all of them.  Enough to distract and discourage those who don’t wanna think about it.  And that drowns out the rest.
Eagle#2 This is an existential threat to us all.
Eagle#1 Yes, yes it is.
Eagle#2 What could be so compelling that life on Earth takes a backseat?
Eagle#1 Twitter, apparently.
Eagle#2 What the hell is a twitter?
Eagle#1 Seemingly a mechanism by which to mesmerize the masses by catering to their current attention spans.
Eagle#2 That sounds awful.  You can’t be serious.
Eagle#1 It is awful.  It’s like giving yer brain the hiccups.
Eagle#2 You’ve seen it?
Eagle#1 Briefly. I had to look away.  Their new world mostly consists of everybody talking at once and insisting that they’re right.
Eagle#2 They can’t all be right.
Eagle#1 I know but some of them need to constantly feel as though they are.  And somehow feel larger making others feel small.
Eagle#2 That’s unfortunate.  What sad sort of human does that?
Eagle#1 Academics mostly.
Eagle#2 Well they better get it together before it’s too late.
Eagle#1 If only they realized they share the same challenges.  The changing climate won’t spare the wealthy.
Eagle#2 Are there more poor people than rich people?
Eagle#1 Catastrophically.
Eagle#2 Then the wealthy ones will have farther to fall.
Eagle#1 Heh.  Yeah.  Relinquishing the reins of power is the only way to set everyone free.
Eagle#2 And if they don’t?
Eagle#1 Then the reins must be taken.
Eagle#2 Taken?
Eagle#1 Yes taken.  Toppled and taken.
Eagle#2 Now that’s cold.

 
 
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30 January 2019 19:31
 

Now that we’ve found our secret lair…

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What we think resembles who it is we think we are
Is merely what assembles from a given falling star
The desperate held collusions leaving footprints in the snow
Are white out blind illusions each with price tag on its toe
All the roads that led to here left letters meant to send
The writing’s on the wall of fear that came to this loose end
We can fail to yield disrupting traffic flow with fees
Or we can play the field and just enjoy the ride with ease
Timing keeps the pace that stops the force that wages war
No one wins the race that runs the course of keeping score
Scurvy sods at least will take us straight to all the lime
And taking on the beast will always stand the test of time
Lies will steal the show while the ruthless craft the spoil
We won’t even know with all the truth wrapped up in foil
When we set aside the things we’re choosing to believe
The choice to let it ride has led the mission to deceive
A battle is created when we fail to compromise
For feeling unrelated cutting others down to size
Await the slight of hand that attempts to fake the spin
Surveying the land will be the time to take the win
Tackle every fort of all the kings we shall invade
Shackle all the strings that leave us haunted by the shade
When the thing we were is not the thing we think we see
We may not think we are until the am becomes the we.

 
 
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