Victim Blaming, Dissonance, and Human Division

As visitors and onlookers, we know
yet disregard ourselves . . . our power
(speaking of general tendencies)

Don’t take it personally, you may be
empathetic variety, rare bird
you may be resistant to persuasion

We know: “do not feed” monkeys in a zoo
lest we create a scuffle amongst them
lest we feed an unnatural need

Oh, we expect anyone’s defenses
organically protect them in duress
we then work out the timing of events

We still shift blame to victims of ill will
be it passive be it aggression
we isolate victims to their peril

We feed their monsters when we fail to see
our humanity—our empathy to
creatures inside their enclosed space, we fail

Recognition of our own barriers
encased within the be-all and end-all
though subconsciously aware at all times

Gone Out Adventures

Before my eyes
blacktopping lay
Along invites
the quickest route

Miles to go,
where friends await
I set upon the
two-lane way

Early morning
Styles daylong quiet;
Along the road
I get more gone

sleep’s warm blanket
vague, forgotten
Away, it’s here—
Blacktop sound

Two tires roll on
my pedals pump
under command
until frightened

when slowing van
gave chase four-wheeled
more powerful
motorized sound

Only weight of
my existence
could detain me—
new command: run!

Forget the bike
jump the fence, take
to the woods—they
lose interest. Phew!

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Succulence, or Endurance

robust gatherer
little package taken, drunk
occasional pour

reserve tightly held
survival—unrainy times
way of everything

*reserve, or waters

Note: “unrainy” does have usage history.
Etymology: Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Voice of Song.
From un- + rainy. Pronunciation /(ˌ)ʌnˈreɪni/

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Featured Photo: Succulent “Plant” by Yousef Espanioly on Unsplash

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Patterns of Rain, via Arizona Sonora Desert Museum