Where’s Walter?

In the good old days
natural disasters
and national tragedies
were the only reasons for
tuning in cable news on tv

But the times they are a changin’
there’s something happening here
the talking heads are pandering
to our deepest fears

If you’re concerned with commies
you can watch Fox news
if it’s fascists that you fear
CNN will do

Just want to know what’s going on
and decide your own point of view?
Go stand on a street corner,
tv is not for you

whether it’s real or whether it’s fake
I’ve had about all that I can take
Where’s Walter Cronkite when we need him?
Give me the facts, not your opinion.

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Preference

I would prefer
that my preferences
were more widely preferred
than popular preferences
that seem so absurd
some of the strangest
that I’ve ever heard

Clinging to time
honored traditions
may not suit
the current conditions
which are the truth
and which are opinions
some prefer addition
some prefer division

If our position seems threatened
perhaps we should ask why
rather than blindly attacking
the other guy
we all got this far through
something called compromise
I would prefer that we all
give that another try

Where’s Walter?

In the good old days
natural disasters
and national tragedies
were the only reasons for
tuning in cable news on tv

But the times they are a changin’
there’s something happening here
the talking heads are pandering
to our deepest fears

If you’re concerned with commies
you can watch Fox news
if it’s fascists that you fear
CNN will do

Just want to know what’s going on
and decide your own point of view?
Go stand on a street corner,
tv is not for you

whether it’s real or whether it’s fake
I’ve had about all that I can take
Where’s Walter Cronkite when we need him?
Give me the facts, not your opinion.

One Flat Tire

They say it’s never too late
to change the road you’re on
sometimes it feels like I’m
just too far gone
every account I have
is overdrawn
nothing to do but
sit and wait for dawn

Rosalinda
where are you tonight
give me another chance
I swear I’ll treat you right
what did I do
to make you want to fight
Rosalinda
where are you tonight

I know my old car rattles
like a lost freight train
clear coat peeling like
a two week old sunburn
but I don’t think
it’ll break down again
won’t you ride with me
as long as the wheels still turn

Rosalinda
where are you tonight
give me another chance
I swear I’ll treat you right
what did I do
to make you want to fight
Rosalinda
where are you tonight

I know the side of the road
ain’t where you want to be
got one flat tire
but there’s air in the other three
gonna need your help
to loosen these rusty nuts
come back Rosalinda
don’t leave me in this rut

Rosalinda
where are you tonight
give me another chance
I swear I’ll treat you right
what did I do
to make you want to fight
Rosalinda
where are you tonight

Life Insists

On a beautiful day in the neighborhood
trees are budding out
folks are chatting in the sunshine
while dogs rest at their feet

There are no indicators present
of man’s inhumanity to man
tragedies recent or ongoing
in other places and there are no
threats to our convictions

But in the back of the mind a nagging question
who would have to go down in a hail of bullets
 to change a mind?
If their child’s finger were on the trigger,
would they blame the gun? Themselves?
The kids at school who were mean to them?

We can pray for a day when the questions
don’t have to be asked. Or we can work
for the day. In the meantime,
trees are budding out
and life insists on persisting.

 

Fun and Games

Often times the cure
seems worse than the disease
if you lie down with the dogs
you might get up with fleas
They say it won’t get better
until we feel the squeeze
and virtually everything
is a matter of degrees
It’s all fun and games
until one you love goes down
the statistic has a name
the expiration has a sound
you feel you should do something
you just don’t know what
anything to help untie
the knots there in your gut
The Golden rule gets lip service
from those in a position
to actually do something
to alter these conditions
and they will gladly help you
if you can pay the price
otherwise you’ll only get
gratuitous advice
Doing no harm is just about
the best that I can do
If I can’t help myself
how am I going to help you
But maybe if enough folks
get together in some way
we could help each other
make it to a better day
It’s all fun and games
until one you love goes down
the statistic has a name
the expiration has a sound

Any Love

The flag hangs limp at the courthouse
no breeze to make it wave
the weeds have taken over
obscuring the hero’s grave
sometimes you can’t see things
but you know they’re there
when it seems impossible
it’s most important to care

There is a battle being fought
but you won’t hear cannon fire
there are hymns in the air
but you won’t hear a choir

Some love her for her body
some love her for her mind
some love her for her spirit
which won’t be left behind
they scorn each others motives
but none are really wrong
any love is true that makes
you feel you that you belong

There is marching behind locked doors
there are plots in incubators
everyone is looking for
like minded conspirators
everybody trying to
advance specific goals
they don’t see that there is room
for all within her soul

There is a battle being fought
but you won’t hear cannon fire
there are hymns in the air
but you won’t hear a choir