kokopelle: Black Cat (cat black)
People act as examples to each others. These examples can give assurances that others are not unique. Perceived shortcomings are in fact part of a larger plan.


Timing’s Cure

I was not born this way
so say the judges who critique
the ways of right and wrong alike
not knowing why I am myself

perhaps they’re right in their speech
with all these masks I present
reckoning substance from intent
when shall I strive to show myself?

this path has timing I’ll present
to make straight the twisted ways
unwind the riddle that I present
by living here in your midst

far too early would be brash
not understand by the rest
when the paint is still fresh
comes the leader with none to follow

the muse asks the out reach
to be the moment it was meant
insight given to consider
mediating what must come

we were born to find our way
asked to drop the masks still worn
I’ll do my part with timing’s cure
evoking insight to those still lost.

© 2017. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20170716.
kokopelle: Horse Totem (Default)
I saw a posting that wanted to celebrate the organizers of event type X. I’m being vague because the call to celebration was fitting. My reaction is what bothers me.

When I saw the posting I thought, “Celebrate organizing event type X? Celebrate promoting hetronormative, patriarchal, homophobic traditions? Celebrate an engrained rape culture by protecting specific predators and promoting social structures that enable those predators? Yuck.”. You may be able to guess what “event type X” is, but truthfully, our society too easily falls into these traps when large numbers of people gather under a (previously) patriarchal umbrella structure. With this said, the bad stuff is the exception, even if it totally sucks and should never happen. Attention is given when required, even if the outcomes are mixed.

I think my reaction comes from having been immersed in various forms of activism too long, with the result being my seeing the world through a distorted lens. Organizers the world over are good people, with good intents. Activism is good as a whole. Embodying too much activism, seeing only twisted trees and not the forest, does not help my overall mental health as I give up on humanity that much more.


Only Broke

laboring under the need to feel
fighting for causes near to heart
then consumed by the undertow
seeing everything only broke
different day, the same sh*t
the same acts are done again
though the faces vary some
human nature full in charge

the broken are not fully mended
when the evil is addressed
when ‘needs’ have been met
why does that feel hollow
the fix would break the game
accept the ounce, defer the pound
survival of the whole is preferred
with the victim is so small

fatigue would be the word to use
if perfection is the fool's errand
whack one mole, another comes
bad seeds planted by group's hands
humanity dragged to the bottom
by those with ill intent
once again my angst is cast
seeing everything only broke

© 2017. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20170524.
kokopelle: (Dark God)
An online friend came into the cross-hairs of the heated online reactions. They were fighting for changes to a social environment, with the desired result being less patriarchal and less hetronormative. Some people pushed back, with the exclamation of “(don’t) try to change our traditions, call(ing) the values we hold hateful, call(ing) our traditions exclusive despite all evidence to the contrary”. Another said, “this didn't used to be an issue in the scene when I started, because we left politics and agendas at the door”. These are typical, but heated, remarks seen when activists are at work. I’ve seen strong parallels in the area of marriage quality.

My heart further went out to my friend when they began to, completely separately, organize a meet-up of people in a minority group. An online pundit accused my friend of being a bigot, guilty of using activism “as a f*cking front”.

All of this prompted me to write the poem "Yellow Showers". The speaker of the poem is somewhere in the majority, pushing back against a minority seeking rights and accommodation. My apologies for using descriptive language, but these are the typical reactions, intended or otherwise, of those in a state of majority normality when change is afoot.


Yellow Showers

Traditions are good enough
been around many a year
keeping you in your place
affirming the status quo
because privilege is fine where it is
rewards I have by breathing
that's my story to which I’ll stick
good work if you can get it!

The majority is comfortable
our ease is paramount
to say otherwise is radical
a traitor to the society
don't rock the boat or we'll get wet
comfy on seats sent by fate
it doesn't matter you're the drowning one
what's one death if the rest survive?

Don't celebrate your unique state
it's a reminder of work to do
of sins still committed in the dark
please just blend into the rest
cause if you continue as activist
we'll slice you with mirrored cuts
used in ways that don't make sense
even as we appropriate your scorn.

Understand that I have the right
to piss a stream off the bridge
the artifice that transports me
safely to the other side
since I can't consider those below
huddled without my benefits
who enjoy the yellowed shower
that traditions bless on them.

© 2017. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20170516.

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