Intro to Poetry: Imperfect


The 5th prompt for this Introduction to Poetry class is Imperfect. Following the recommendation of playing in the form of a limerick, I wrote about some things I have experienced in the last few weeks that come across as imperfect, if only for a moment or in the eyes of others, that did bring me a good smile. I’m sure we’ve heard it and it goes: there is a sweet perfection in the imperfection. Note: It may have the trace bawdy and indecent elements. The limerick is only 5 lines, so it felt short to the imagination, but quick and nice in its delivery.

There is spilled coffee on the linoleum floor
And many this woman’s middle-finger galore
The tantalizing age of seventeen
With a slight delight in the obscene
Maybe all imperfect, maybe all to hold still for

Writing this reminded me of nymphs, or sirens, or maybe the darker stories of the mermaids, where these kittens are lures drawing people in. There’s this tranquility in acknowledging I enjoyed these kinds of things, with the story behind it being that I imagine these moments as things that would be frowned upon. It’s not really how I look at it anymore, and I enjoy that those thoughts bring to mind these mythological critters. Perhaps the next time I take part in something along these lines, like my fondness of spilt coffee or the middle finger, I’ll call it naughty or nymphlike. I’m not sure if I will.

Introduction to Poetry: Journey


The fourth assignment of this Introduction to Poetry course is to write about the word journey. Fortunately, this is something I have been wanting to do due to a funny text from a friend about hobbits, a wizard, and a dastardly ring. Here goes:

On a journey, sent by an Alchemist
to forge, find, encounter, be with..
a curved, slender katana
royal and coveted by man through the ages, and forevermore
she cuts gently, quickly – showing honest beauty
together, my clan and I endeavor
piecing together the mysteries, exploring it all
cultivating love
fighting the good fight
knowing new lands and
knowing contentment in the temple within

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”

Introduction to Poetry: Friend


The third assignment in Introduction to Poetry is to write something or another about the word friend, with the additional suggestion of using an Acrostic. An acrostic is a device in which the first or last letters of each line spell a word or follow chronological order. That is the gist of an acrostic.

Amassing moments, memories
Movements, change, all dances adorning stars upon my velvety night
Obscuring darkness
Remembering, reminiscing, reinventing.. all from out exchanges
Each and every day, always and truly, this all comes to be

I wrote about friendship as these tangible moments and memories that amass in great, captivating dances to adorn my life with stars of wisdom, love, creativity, and hope. The wisdom, love, and creativity all bring light to my night sky, showing a love, or AMORE, that I do persevere in carrying. Forging this kind of poem anchors these thoughts in mind, extending strength to my hope. In those trying moments, having a simple, strong faith in this truth is what can bring the uplifting light needed for journey to love and passion. I think I wanted to write all of this because I wasn’t particularly specific, but it’s all in good love to fight the good fight. There is a choice I’m making to look through eyes of Amore, and I’m learning a lot of the secret behind a good emotional life is making the choice to look with those kind of eyes. Further, looking for moments and memories grants a focal point if I am truly caught in a web of difficulty.

Introduction to Poetry: Face


Today was a poem about a face. In this poem I played with alliteration and wrote about her, the many-faced face. She seems to whisper wildly, walking with me. Sometimes I see her, and other times I have to remember her. The whispers are good for me. I’m sure she will be hand-in-hand with me in good time.

Poetry, Day Two: Face

Always hiding, helping, hanging around
in this whole serendipitous star system

This whole world lulls lavishly
A face, maybe fictitious, far-fetched fantasy
Speaking softly, soundly
Hush-hush, she’s here to stay

Tumultuous, tantalizing, tranquil
She sure can be

Seems to be we are in the Paradise City
where the grass is green and the girls are pretty

With eyes to see, and ears to hear
We sweetly smile
With eyes blind, and ears deaf
We sweetly smile

Hush-hush, she’s here to stay
Speaking softly, soundly
Always hiding, helping, hanging around
Sweetly smiling

Note: The lines about green grass is from the Alliteration section of wordpress poetry. It was nice to read alliteration has oft been used in proximity, rather than my notion that alliteration actualizes adjacently (False!).

Bubbly: Musings on people I adore


There are some lovely balls of charm and joy in my life. Truth be told, there are an abundance of good folk in my life right now, but these certain few have something about them that really draws me in, that just excites me, and makes me want to sit next to them, walk with them, and just talk to them. This might turn into rambling, but I want to brainstorm what it is exactly it is. I have inklings.. and there is some desire to add their special spice into my personality. Well, here goes:

Expressiveness comes to mind. I find they are often the first to agree to things that they resonate with, or that they find funny, or that they just enjoy. There is this beautiful liveliness to it that I love, and I feel it shows they have a good grasp of what gets them going and what turns them off. Oftentimes I find myself in a somewhat contemplative state when somebody mentions something, especially if I am in an audience.. but not these folk. They smile and exclaim, or nod their head, joyously meeting your eyes. Perhaps it’s that they are emphatic.. You know, the few that really stand out are all performers or love theater.. That could be it. I have a love for drama geeks.

Another thing that really catches my eye is how freely use touch and gestures. One that comes to mind is so giving of hugs and I recall her embracing my side to ask if I would like to go get coffee. Another greets so joyously, resting a palm on my arm if I am sitting. Of course, there is a difference with people as I know many dislike being touched, but I know it is treasure to me. When they react, they use their bodies, they roll their eyes, they have great swings of their head, and I’ve experienced so much of their vocal range. This seems to remind me of expressiveness. They know their love and get animated about it.. It’s a lot of fun. Plus, these folk often like to show passion through small dances or song.

Another thing that gets me is the charm found in being passionate about something. I remember somebody who spoke of her delight of understanding the flight-or-flight response, and the crowd was dead.. She said, “You know, that really just gets me.. Knowing it works that way.” It was so charming to see her not need the crowd’s approval, that she would generate her own in front of everyone and smile passionately. I adored her right then, and it’s something I have enjoyed in a lot of people. Another friend comes to mind.. She told a funny story and I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic. She began with, “No, you don’t get it. It was so funny, everybody…” There is something about embracing the passion and truth you find in something and sticking to that. It’s something I have began to embrace, and it really lends itself to comfort.. There are things I share that I just know I feel fondly toward.

As far as speaking generally, here are some things I really love in relationships: I love those little jokes and banter that have stories behind them. Those little things you say to each other that sound spiteful, but are really full of endearment. Nicknames, shared stories… I feel these are universal. Small mischievous or loving acts also rock my world, especially after time has passed. I think so fondly of my friend who used to draw in my notebook, or my co-workers that pranked me, or of the culture we shared together. Lastly, I love when someone can speak about a topic for a small amount of time passionately, especially if they intersperse insight and feelings. It just shows me they have really thought about something.

Hey, it turns out I wrote a lot but it is something that I have been wanting to wrap my mind around for a bit. For some reason, a lot of the things I enjoy in others are things that I want to emulate and bring to my relationships. Yes, I have my own style and people do seem to like me, but I want to incorporate more of what I have written about here. It just does me pleasure, and I know I have fallen in love with the people that have brought all of this into my life.

Thanks for the read and let me know what you love in friendships.


Intro to Poetry – Water


Poetry, Day One: Water
Let’s get started with the essentials: today, write a poem about water

 We waded into the ocean, how
quickly cold it was at first, we
saw children scurrying to and from the waves, when
further out we swam, she
pushed, pushed, and pushed us towards shore, but fearless
was the swimming,
was the embrace of the rise,
the fall, the release of the sand beneath our feet

The ocean was a deep, deep
blue, and the sky a soothing, soothing
blue, and only a slight, slight wind

Ocean salt and mouth embrace,
the crashing waves stalking any silence,
and all now is love

I took inspiration from a recent trip to the beach, as well as the poem The Kingfishers by Charles Olson. What I took from his poem was the idea of ending a line with what would be the first word of the next line. It gave a feeling of a pause or a proclamation that I enjoyed. Further, I took from his poem putting first the adjective “fearless” and then subsequently describing what was fearless. Also, repeating the first word of lines, as I did with the sound of “blue.” Lastly, I embraced the idea of silence being something that is stalked from his poem, which the waves do at the ocean side. I did enjoy trying out those little things and I hope it made for a nice read. I think this is how I’m going to describe this particular aspect of my beach trip in the future and see how it goes 🙂

A mountain of studying



There’s a mountain of things to study, but I’m sure it’ll be beauty, much like how reality has a pastel-like beauty when I relax my eyes and take it all in. This is going to be an interesting study guide:

Max Weber says we perceive power as legitimate or illegitimate. I’ll remember it by his name, Max. Max could be short for Maximilian, the monarch.. I’m sure he thought about power and its legitimacy.

Legitimate power is Authority, like a police officer pulling someone over. Coercion is illegitimate power, power we see as wrong, like the bank teller with a gun to her head.

They say The State claims the exclusive right to use violence, and the right to punish everyone who uses violence. It’s interesting to think that the fundamental foundation of any political order is violence. It’s the enforcer, the concrete, the fear, the pride.

Weber say three sources of Authority: Traditional, Rational-legal, and Charismatic. Traditional seems easy, it is how we lived back in the tribal days. We would follow tradition and listen to the monarchs. Rational-legal Authority has it’s root in the name: the law. Authority comes from the position, such as the president, rather than the person.

Charismatic Authority was a beautiful read. Charisma means a gift freely and graciously given. This Authority is god-given and moves people, such as Joan of Arc. She was a farmer’s daughter who heard a voice telling her God had a special assignment for her. In a time where woman were simply breeding cattle, she led armies and changed society.

Max Weber coined the Routinization of charisma, which is to say that Charismatic leaders authority transitions to one of the other two kinds of Authorities postmortem because there is no replacement – there is no second Joan of Arc. I shouldn’t forget Charismatic Authority because of the bewildering Joan of Arc. I love that she entirely embraced hearing voices, something that feels so taboo in our society.

The city-state was a centralized city whose power radiated outward like a spider’s web. Generally, a monarchy was established in each city-state. I loved this part because it reminded me of Europe and how there are villages webbed between castles, historical evidence of these city-states.

Democracy is a government whose authority comes from the people. Demos means common people and kratos means power. In Greek mythology, Kratos was the personification of strength and power.

Revolution is armed resistance designed to overthrow and replace a government. It makes sense they use armed resistance, remembering that The State holds the exclusive right to use violence.

Direct Democracy is when each person’s vote counts toward the elected. This was interesting because a lot of people don’t understand how the election system works in the United States. We are a representative democracy, in which citizens vote for other citizens to represent them in Washington. This is the nature of our delegate system. It’s interesting that Mr. Sanders won in so many states by popular vote, but Hillary won because they assign certain delegates more “voting weight.” Although Bernie might win by a good %8 of the people in the state, Hillary takes it all home.

Interestingly enough, Citizenship is rather new to the human scene, and it means that by virtue of birth and residence people have basic rights. There is a wonderful excerpt from Thomas Jefferson that says “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” This man would be on a government watch list if he proclaimed this in our society, but the U.S. did just finish separating from the tea-drinking folk.
Universal citizenship is everyone having the same basic rights because they were born in a country. Essentially, citizenship boils down to basic rights.

Dictatorship is a form of government in which an individual has seized power. Think of Korea. An Oligarchy is a form of government in which a small group of individuals hold power. It is rule of the many by the few. Think of a military coup that seize control – the commanders form the Oligarchy. Oligos means few in and arkho means rule/command in Greek, together forming Oligarchy. Totalitarian is a form of government that exerts almost total control over the people. Think of Hussein from “The Merry Folk,” where to joke about the man was to have your tongue cut out.

Primaries are the pre-elections where voters decide who will represent their party – the election before the election. I’ll remember that one. Voter apathy is where we don’t feel voting matters. Interestingly, increasing amount of money and education raise the likelihood of someone voting.

Special-interest groups are people how share an interest, being able to be mobilized for political action. They will raise hell if you try and mess with their issue, such as dairy. Lobbyists are people who are paid to influence legislation on behalf of their clients. Often, they have many contacts and work by communicating or pressuring legislators. The revolving door is a phenomenon by which those in legislator become lobbyists after leaving office due to their in-crowd nature. We have even passed laws against this, but they just re-termed their name to strategic consultant. Lobbyists lobby and have much better access for getting their side across to those who matters. There is a funny comic in the book where citizens are walking through a maze to reach legislators, but Lobbyists are in a single-file line in front of the legislators door. I’ll remember it by the word lobby – they get to be comfy in the lobby and then meet the legislator, rather than wandering around a maze.

Political action committees do just what their name states, influence legislation, aka political action, with a ton of money.

Anarchy is when there is political disorder due to absence or collapse of government. They always say, “It was anarchy.”

Pluralism is the diffusion of power among many interest groups that prevent any one group from gaining too much power. Think of the word plural to remember many. This is the basis of checks and balances, the way we set up the U.S. so nobody was a powerhouse. We have the legislative, executive, and judicial branch.

C. Wright Mills likes to talk about the Power Elite, a group of powerful people who wield all the power of the world. They have an excerpt in the book about a man who easily influenced German legislature, and he claims to be part of this group. It reads really convincing. I’ll remember it by his name, Wright – it doesn’t sound Wright that there is a power elite, AKA ruling class.

War is armed conflict between nations of politically distinct groups.

Nicholas Timasheff wrote about three essential conditions for war : Antagonistic situation, cultural tradition of war, and fuels. I wrote write a lot about it, but it’s basis is a central conflict, tendency to war, and motivating factors. I’ll remember it by Timash – it sounds like too mash, or too much war. Timash war. It’s silly, but he really does test us on names a lot. Timash war.

Terrorism is violence or its threat to produce fear in order to attain political objectives. It is usually used by the less powerful side, as they cannot fight all out. Just think about 9/11 and what it has done to the U.S.

Economy is a system of producing and distributing goods and services.

Pastoral societies are based on the pasturing of animals. Think of a pasture with animals. Horticultural societies are based on cultivating plants. Both of these societies fostered inequality because humans were able to stay in the same place and amass food. This led to people exploring other trades, leading to differences, and such inequality at that time.

Thorstein Veblen coined the term conspicuous consumption, which refers to a change from Protestant ethic to an eagerness to show off wealth by the consumption of goods. If you don’t know, the Protestant ethic is a theory that the rise of capitalism is due to Protestant’s views on the afterlife. They felt that if you were well-off, that means that you are held in god’s graciousness. Hence, Protestants would amass wealth and invest it in order to make more, and thereby feel to be blessed by God. In those times, they hoarded money as a sign of their piety; however, in teh early 1900s, this began to change and Veblen coined the term conspicuous consumption. I’ll remember it by the two words, conspicuous and consumption. ThorSTEIN: STEIN is a jewish ending to many of their last names, which will remind me of money and then Protestant Ethic. It’s a cheesy, maybe racey way to remember this.

Biotech society is where many feel we are headed, a society centered around applying and altering genetic structure. There is a lot of headway in this field, such as combining spider’s silk with goat’s mammary glands and having animals grow human organs, if I recall correctly.

Capitalism is based on private ownership of the means of production, market competition, and the pursuit of profit. Geez, just think of a store and you’ll remember this one.
Laissez-faire capitalism, or pure capitalism, is where the goernment doesn’t interfere in the market. I’ll remember it because I sometimes say Laissez-faire as a way to say laid-back, which makes sense because it refers to government non-involvement. We do have government involvement in the U.S., and I feel it is a good thing. An example is the FDA, which makes sure things are safe for consumption. Otherwise, many would sell poison with a smile. It’s tragic.

Post-industrial societies are based on information, services, and high technology. Just think of Silicon Valley and you’ll get this one. It was coined by Daniel Bell. I guess I can remember his name by his initials: D.B. can stand for DataBase, which is all about technology. AKA Postmodern or information society.

Global village is a term I find endearing. It refers to how what happens in one nation affects others, much like in the same village. It is an interconnectedness that has arisen recently.

Welfare(State) Capitalism is where individuals own the means of production but the state participates in regulations. This is how it is in the U.S.. Think back to the FDA example. Think of the term Welfare, which means well-being. We have Capitalism, but have in place a system to support the general welfare of society.

Socialism is an economy in which there is public ownership of the means of production, central planning, and distribution of goods without a profit motive.

Market forces refer to supply and demand.

Welfare (Democratic) Socialism is a hybrid economic system in which individuals own many means of production, but state has ownership over those industries deemed essential to the public welfare. I believe an example of this is Sweden.

Convergence theory refers to the view that capitalists and socialists each adopt features of the other. An example of this is how Russia and China have adopted capitalist features, such as private ownership and stimulus packages, for example. Another would be the United States’ increasing hand in private industry, and the direction health care is headed.

The global superclass is the idea that 20 to 50 individuals make the world’s major decisions.

This was an interesting way to study for my Final. This is one of the chapters, and I plan on writing a bit more. Most of the terms will stick with me now 🙂 That was Chapter 10!