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“Thoughts from Steven’s Snow Man”©

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What is known of kindness from

the perspective of man?

Should we say,”Winter is patient,”

or even,”It is Springtime’s plan?”

In the absence of kindness man

can still exist but not live,

to exist is to survival what life

is to living… through meaning we give

to humanity such thoughts, notions

and ideas we’d ponder on- so silly,

as for ‘the mind of winter’ taken

so seriously as to be soon chilly,

ever heard of a benevolent

carnivore? This is Machiavelli…

the dog-eat-dog mentality of our own,

no longer more Stevens or Shelley

but we’d miss out on Stevens meaning…

his excellence of wit and thought,

‘nothing that is not there and the nothing

that is,’ no human misery found or sought.

Stevens, in his work “The Snow Man,” regarded winter for its tranquility… for having the absence of hum-drum activity of man and nature itself. Lines like,”… not to think of any misery in the sound of the wind,” and,”the sound of the land,” then shifting from sound to sight near the end with,”For the listener, who listens in the snow… beholds,” would direct us to thoughts of an absence from misery itself seen in nature’s wonderland. To think on the mind of winter… in this work, simply meant we need to slow down to seek the stillness nature offers us (at times) and marvel in it.

This one poem has been interpreted by many, since it was written, and appears to have drawn as many to critical points of: philosophy, morality, Biblical thought, ontological and epistemological musings. The best representation I’ve read, and seen on the net, with its many variations is found here. The one I agree with most is Beverly Meader- under Section two (#2).

If by argument in favor of Pound’s Modernist teaching… giving way to Imagism and a ‘less is more’ viewpoint, we should attempt to view Steven’s ‘Snow Man’ with a more valued view to ‘the transcendental qualities’ Wallace offers us in this work. Ezra could be brittle in his own condemnation received, seen in,”Cat-piss and porcupines!!,” and an abstract from the sourced link below…

When Ezra Pound first published his ‘Homage to Sextus Propertius’ a Professor of Latin was moved by lines like this—’Nor is it equipped with a frigidaire patent’—to write complaining of Pound’s competence. The reply, beginning ‘Cat-piss and porcupines!!’, seems mild in the circumstances.(10) I promise to respond in like vein to critics who manage to notice all by themselves that there were no tanks in Powys in the 850s.

but leaning more toward Fascism than not (evidenced by his moving to Italy [1924] and was captured/arrested [1945] on charges of treason). It can be stated Pound himself would opt for ‘the thoughtful man’ to understand his writing(s) and might well despise further criticism than need be placed on it for one’s personal reasons. Odd, where he did not find favor with the critics until the fifties, under New Criticism, implying there should be a separation between the Author and the work rather than concern for external or social considerations.*

This picture of Ezra Pound was taken at the Army Disciplinary Training Center after his arrest. Source was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Pound

This picture of Ezra Pound was taken at the Army Disciplinary Training Center after his arrest. Source was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Pound

You can read Wallace Stevens work,”The Snow Man,” here and even hear it (through poetryfoundation.org)… and form your own conclusions. Since Ezra Pound had a strong influence on Wallace Stevens, also with: T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway… it must be a foregone conclusion to say,”They might have had a brush against Pound’s own political views once or twice.” Is it also fair to say… they knew Ezra’s mind more than most.

You can also find the image used below at this location.

Which way do you lean... on understanding Wallace Steven's "The Snow Man?"

Which way do you lean… on understanding Wallace Steven’s “The Snow Man?”

*P.S. I also find the use of New Criticism not used to rally in favor of works by LeRoi Jones, Amiri Baraka, especially the work that caused him to lose his Poet Laureate of New Jersey “status” before he died [Oct. 7, 1934- Jan. 9, 2014], with his work entitled,”Somebody Blew Up America.” The minds of critics and the general public can be fickle in their own bias presented… and time causes views to change. In the Fifties we had McCarthyism… at a time when, I would expect, this (New Criticism) became a mechanism to be able to appreciate one poet over another or engage in criticism- without reprisal to association with the Author’s leaning or political bias. A way for Fascism to thrive in the face of freedom; which was masked by intellectualism. I think if a work can stand the test of time itself… by whatever Author, criticism (however valued or not) will continue, and it (the writing) can gain an intrinsic transcendental quality on its own merit.

P.S.S. Little wonder we can see the signs of Fascism thriving today, at: Sporting events (with Corporate Sponsorship), the rise of a growing intolerance for anything Christian (where ‘free will’ and thinking on what we’ve been taught to learn from extends to ‘the Great Commission’)… as Fascism is a growing cooperation between government and Corporations to an unholy status.

“When silence is deafening”©

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Where is the sense of outrage

to the oppression of Israel,

for the persecuted church or

for their images so visceral,

to the Moslems in the path

of destruction… sure included

and slighted by those silent

and belligerent, so occluded,

if one stands against the action

it would not matter by who…

unless it is to show true signs

of approval until its through.

For someone to take the position that it is not OK for God to do what man is now (openly) doing- this is not nor will it ever be neutrality by nature but an openly clear sign of endorsement. There is nothing to be more naked in appearance than hate for the rest of humanity one would so strongly oppose.

Job 8:13 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/job/8-13.html

13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:

"The Jewish misfortune cookie." If we should slight the lesson given us then injustice is that which will rise to choke us all.

“The Jewish misfortune cookie.” If we should slight the lesson given us then injustice is that which will rise to choke us all. Just click on the image itself to get a better view!

If I had to call the image anything at all… it would be,”The Jewish misfortune cookie.” Yes, misfortune befell the Jewish people, and sometimes it was self aggravated, i.e. from a result of pride, rebellion to God’s desires over their own, actions they took as a people, not listening to what God told them to do (often for their own benefit)- slighting the importance of the moment or the gravity of the situation in which they were positioning themselves. Sometimes, it had nothing to do with what they did… and it came down to who they were.

The biggest misfortune we face today, placing the irreverent views now firmly on the rest of us, is to disregard the suffering of God’s own people of Israel (a vital part of human history) and not thinking it is important enough to: speak out when injustice is seen, take a stand for the values one says they have or believe in. To remain silent in our complacency is to  assuredly welcome this event as inevitable to scar the memory of humankind by seeing it happen again- spawned by our own arrogance and ignorance to consequences of our inaction or actions favoring it as a sound determination.

“The tragedy of Baltimore… as dark as Poe ever wrote”©

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I don’t know what is worse,

the actions of people in Baltimore…

or the Media that covers it?

One feels the pain expressed

from an inner turmoil, as though

coming from the City’s pores!

The other, a frenzy feeding self

serving Giant, would cause the

ripples of the scene to swell.

This is just like in Ferguson, Mo.,

the Media pulls the strings of our

discontentment without Moral vision.

“If it bleeds, it leads,” the mentality

of the Media to feel our own pulse…

to tell us just how we should feel.

Traditions either mean something or they don't. What is happening in Baltimore transcends this City's tragedy... and becomes a US problem of Human Rights- where nothing is being done to prevent it from stopping.

Traditions either mean something or they don’t. What is happening in Baltimore transcends this City’s tragedy… and becomes a US problem of Human Rights- where nothing is being done to prevent it from stopping.

When we have Ethical Relativism and Moral Relativism being force fed in our schools… how do we gauge the wrongness of: Civil disobedience, Police actions of extreme force or extreme prejudice [militarized or not?] along with Media manipulation to attempt the spin it would so desire? Even when Baltimore can stand to see the truth come out… for what it may be

, in this climate of disingenuous tactics flying around- Who is to say it will be beneficial to: the people of Baltimore, Maryland or the US itself?

As it looks to everyone... it will be!

As it looks to everyone… it will be!

Images are from this link here.

“One year later… injustice is still injustice”©

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 Where have all the Chibok gone…

long time passing,

where have all the Chibok gone,

one year ago,

where have all the Chibok gone…

gone to memory every one,

when will they ever learn…

when will we ever learn?

Rally at the Nigerian Embassy in DC... image from www.breitbart.com

If nothing is being done against it... does this not imply it is alright to do?

If nothing is being done against it… does this not imply it is alright to do?

Take a stand for something decent here... if not for your own self but another that needs your support.

Take a stand for something decent here… if not for your own self but another that needs your support.

There is a program in full effect, it is ‘#bring back our girls,’ and it is a plan to keep the world’s attention on the missing girls in Nigeria.  The Boko Haram (aligned with ISIL) are the perpetrators of this evil crime. I, for one, will stand to speak out against the notion ‘it is OK to steal girls and do what you want to with them- without regard to “free choice” and freedom to act upon one’s individual conscience.’ How does Shariah Law apply here… and are they for or against this act of: kidnapping, slavery apparent or removing the freedom from young women (girls) to suit what pleases their captors.

One image to tear at your heart... if you say you have one (still)!

One image to tear at your heart… if you say you have one (still)!

You can read an article at this link, one from ‘The Osun Defender.’

[PLEASE NOTE: in the link and article above, in The Osun Defender,’ there is clearly an impression the government of Nigeria was fully aware this was going to happen… and did nothing to prevent it. I firmly believe ignorance and apathy are two of the biggest problems in the modern world… and we must learn what is being done (or we will remain ignorant to what is or isn’t being done) and we must care for others NOT the same as us (or this same thing can and most surely will happen to us also) or what love we say we have for our Brother and Sister (all humanity) is an open lie.]

[All images are taken from this link and site]

“In Israel they have a saying,”Never forget, never again””©

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It should be understood, firmly, where and why this same thing [The Holocaust] can been seen as more than a human tragedy… for what: nationality someone is, how someone believes and the attempt to dominate one class of people over any other. This should NEVER be allowed to happen again… in human history but the Bible tells us it will happen again. Prophecy is but one of the many facets to the message the Bible tells us, about: life, love, how to live and how to live better despite our conditions we must face. Even today in the Middle East we see the rise of persecution beginning to take hold of our news… and we risk being desensitized (inured) to the truth of what is happening to real people.

The disregard for women and their children... is evident in the actions taken.

The disregard for women and their children… is evident in the actions taken.

I would strongly recommend going to this link (Sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews) and see the clip, in honor of April 16th, 2015, called Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Rembrance Day. You can also get a free download, a 24 page booklet at this link here… entitled,”Never Forget Never Again.” You might have to signup prior to the download but it will be well worth your effort. Shalom!

We cannot afford to look away!

We cannot afford to look away!

The sign over Auschwitz read,”Arbeit mach free,” and meant,”Work makes (you) free.”

Auschwitz was the first nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland. This picture from www2.iath.virginia.edu

[All images used for this (minus one) came from this link]

You can also see this work at this link.

“Have no bones to pick with God!”© [Part I in a series of II]

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From the angst of futility…

even the confines of insincerity,

thought by those to appear im-

mutable by their loudness that grows,

it is from their groans… the

loans unpaid by their dry bones,

their state of mind is not hard

to find, it’s evident, it clearly shows,

such as it is for God of man…

to see clear to a man’s heart,

where all things start, it’s but

man’s mind where man thinks he knows.

Does this not look to you like a repeat of the McCarthy years... when McCarthyism alleged to see communist involvement (infiltration) in public life? Don't forget 'the Scarlet letters' was a blacklist for people like: Josephine Baker, Leonard Bernstein, Langston Hughes, Pete Seeger, Zero Mostel... even J. Robert Oppenheimer. Many others had their lives discredited for McCarthy's vanity or the sake of unmitigated power wielded against another for the perception of wrong doing or an out-right lie.

Does this not look to you like a repeat of the McCarthy years… when McCarthyism alleged to see communist involvement (infiltration) in public life? Don’t forget ‘the Scarlet letters’ was a blacklist for people like: Josephine Baker, Leonard Bernstein, Langston Hughes, Pete Seeger, Zero Mostel… even J. Robert Oppenheimer. Many others had their lives discredited for McCarthy’s vanity or the sake of unmitigated power wielded against another for the perception of wrong doing or an out-right lie.

Little does man realize when he would try to stop people from their own belief, even to halt people from speaking their mind, it imposes one’s will against God… and places them in direct opposition with God Himself. This is not about an idea… it is about what one believes, and if they don’t believe they have to simply not listen or walk away. To take the stance they’re now offended… in reaction, and to attempt to deprive one of their choice to believe is in itself a bias against that person for what they believe- in essence… a hate crime and one brought on by bigotry itself. Even for the Air Force oath… God is but an option. As to the assumption of correctness, by one Michael (Mikey) Weinstein… thinking he is trying to preserve ‘the wall’ between church and state, he couldn’t be farther from the truth as he is attempting to do with his stand against what one believes. Here is an article I wrote some time back… on American beginnings and as close to accurate as I can possibly be- aligned with our Forefather’s thoughts. See it here. Also here in a different format… and changed a little, titled,”To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.

Ezekiel 37:4 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/37-4.html/

4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Psalm 6:2 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/6-2.html/

2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

Proverbs 17:22 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/proverbs/17-22.html/

22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Ezekiel 37:11 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/37-11.html/

11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

Ephesians 5:30 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ephesians/5-30.html/

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Exodus 9:35 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/exodus/9-35.html/

35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.

Is this statement not biased itself... against what some might believe?

Is this statement not biased itself… against what some might believe?

Who designated this man to proceed with the bias he has... against christians and his own people- the Jewish people of the living God?

Who designated this man to proceed with the bias he has… against christians and his own people- the Jewish people of the living God?

You can read Part II here.

“Raise one cup (one candle) in the wind of indifference- together!”©

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[This is a second in a series of two]

What does it mean,”to be in another person’s shoes…

living a life of color, and being discriminated against

and racial injustice,” the resulting thrust of true concern…

this is what Howard Schultz is wrangling with… bothered

by, this is more a ‘societal stabilizer’ in the wake of places

and events like: Ferguson, New York and others as well,

healing is the goal… awareness is the medium, 80 million

people drinking ‘Starbucks’ Coffee in any given day… ‘the

skin in the game’ is when more people think about bigotry.

The focus of this has been the negative reaction to ‘race relations’ in the US… and the sense that ‘awareness to the problem’ was looked at as a possible (plausible) contribution to the solution of it- or favorable steps to allow people discussions like this one. As long as there are some people feeling they are superior to the next… there will be perceptions of inequality… as long as there are actions taken to deny someone of their right to believe one way or the other… there will be injustice! If but for a moment, even a moment carrying a cup of coffee, people can begin to grasp ‘racial concerns are human concerns’ then Howard Schultz, and the Starbucks’ campaign (#Race Together), will have truly created from his own personal feelings a pathway to aid a problem we all (still) face- being different. Being different is not the problem… treating someone as though they are less than ‘You’ is, and when we all realize this we will all be better served.

It is still my opinion we need to end racial bigotry or stop aiding the push for religious supremacy, either of these are mutually a deterrent to: world injustice, crimes against humanity, or the prevention of ‘Human Rights’ through persecution.’ This also adds validity and soundness of reason why we should not jump with our ‘first impression’ of any given situation, especially when it comes to: something a company or person does, thinking we know the purpose to what was done by what we see, or as a means to denigrate or down play an action for a negative assumption we might have or hold. Thinking the worst about anyone (even an entity) often shows our own ignorance to intention… neglecting our viewpoint as being assumed correct to begin with. No bias to be seen at all!

There is more to Howard Schultz than just the wood of indifference. This image from icycandyhearts.blogspot.com

There is more to Howard Schultz than just the wood of indifference. This image from icycandyhearts.blogspot.com

You can listen to the clip on this, by Howard Schultz, at this site here or watch here (I hope) below.

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