Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 12- Free Press

Tuesday's Writing  #No 12-  Free Press
Prompts this week:  scribe, clandestine, toxic
Prompts this week:  scribe, rescind, toxic

Free Press
A scribe covering politics
Fights the toxic attitudes
That try to deflect actions
By declaring fake news
Even though true journalists
Have education and ethics
Clandestine meetings take place
Reporters are told it didn’t happen
The politicians still continue
To hound, deflect and deny
Truths with innuendo
Half-truths and outright lies
The truth will still come out
The people rely on the press
For the facts you see
And the free press
Shall be defended 
©Sheilagh Lee September 19, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday Writings No#11-Recipe

Wondrous-adjective - Inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvellous.
‘this wondrous city’
Discover-  verb- Find unexpectedly or during a search.
‘firemen discovered a body in the debris’
-(archaic) Divulge (a secret)
‘they contain some secrets which Time will discover’
-Display (a quality or feeling)
‘with what agility did these military men discover their skill in feats of war’
Recipe - A set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required.
‘a traditional Yorkshire recipe’
-Something which is likely to lead to a particular outcome.
‘sky-high interest rates are a recipe for disaster’
- (archaic)A medical prescription.
‘it would be useless to enumerate all the drugs and recipes for their application which have been tried’

Prompts: Wondrous, discover, recipe

A wondrous recipe
To discover
How to stand up
To aversion,and  racism
Sewing love to hate
Turning the other cheek
Not to be slapped
But to be kissed
With kindness
Yet still showing
What is right
And what is not
Forgiving but not 
Forgetting the past
Moving on.
©Sheilagh Lee September 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 10- What is right

Tuesday's Writing #No 10- What is right

Prompts this week: traumatized, witnessed, disturbing

Traumatized by the news
I witnessed the gaffes
Over and over of government
The disturbing prevalence of violence
Against fellow citizens
Wondering about humanity
Then I see good people
Chase away the wrong thinkers
Showing them what is acceptable
And I realize there are good people
In the world who stand up
For what is right
All can be right with the world
 ©Sheilagh Lee September 5, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No 9-Environment

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No 9-Environment
Prompts: geology, oceanography, gaffe

The earth is our home
Geology, oceanography tell us
We should prize environment
Over all else
Instead we make the gaffe
Of trusting others to actually
Look after the earth and keep us safe
People who seem to want
All the riches and no responsibility
To keep their home safe
 ©Sheilagh Lee August 29, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 8

Tuesday's Writing #No 8- Decency
Prompts: martyr, garble, impanel

In a big city
Sometimes homeless people
Feel like martyrs
Ignored, forgotten, hungry
Their lives’ message garbled
Wishing they could impanel
A jury to decide
They were worthy too

Of human decency. 

©Sheilagh Lee August 22, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 7-Heard it all before

Tuesday'sWriting#No 7-Informal Talks

Prompts: informal, elevated, empathy

Heard it all before

An informal talk
They say
From elevated positions and minds
They spout rhetoric
Then they yell
Instead of using diplomacy
They seem like two of a kind
No empathy for others
But one is definitely
Worse than the other
With his threats  
Followed up by tests
And proof of purpose
Haven't we heard this all before?
We’re all on edge again
Please no nuclear war!

©Sheilagh Lee August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Injustice and Racism

Injustice and Racism

One person stands up
Speaking out against injustice
Another joins them
Speaking out against
Racism, hatred and bile
A statue that encourages hate 

Must be removed
Good people are trampled,
 Others join in
Who get out of bed
Every day to hate and divide
Might, not right
They think speaks
Domestic terrorism ensues
Blood is shed

We falter and some sway 
Brave people finding courage
Speaking up, deciding
This is not the way
Might is not right
Words and deeds count
Hate speech is wrong
We must remain vigilante
Speaking out against wrong
Calling evil by it's name
Lay blame on bigotry
Lay blame on white supremacists
Punishing those
Who commit atrocities
Teaching others
Teaching your children
Actions have consequences
Hoping that one day
Attitudes will change
And all hatred and racism
But only if we speak as one
Telling them it's wrong
And we will not tolerate 
Their wrong thinking anymore
They must change for 
Violence and hate speech 
Is never an answer
It's time to grow their brains
Reform and retract 
Ideas archaic and foolish
Or pay the consequences 
Jail time for hate speech or violence.

©Sheilagh Lee August 13, 2017

As victim Heather Heyer said 
'If you're not outraged you're not paying attention.'
R.I.P. Heather Heyer and police officers  Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates