SUMMERTIME RHYMES- # 46 “What If ?”

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“What If ?”

What if each of us turned off the news?

Would we end up being less informed?

What would we lose?

What would we gain?

Would we learn to be more civil toward each other again?

Would our hostility toward each other diminish?

Would we be less likely to use the terms of conservative or liberal through gritted teeth and clenched fists?

Would we be less condescending to each other?

Would we lose learned biases?

Would we be empathetic?

Would we actually engage each other in conversation?

Would the necessity to be right be supplanted for what IS right?

What if we unplugged?

Casual connections,

Dulls the reflexes.

Heightened anxieties,

Loosened priorities.

Voter suppression.

Catholic confessional,

Box.

Booth,

Voting untruth.

Blue tooth.

Checking boxes,

Without reading the fine print.

Finding fees in the feed,

Not agreed,

We are not a freed,

People.

Newsfeed slavery.

People.

Community without comm is just,

Unity.

Disparate humanity;

The true fucking calamity,

Of it all,

Misinformed.

Reformed to consume,

And presume.

Resume regularly scheduled programming.

Think what you are told.

Click here.

Italicized bold.

Censored.

Negative.

Negligent.

Fear.

Oppression.

Xenophobia.

Misleading.

Sensationalized.

Naive.

Biased.

Condescension.

What if each of us turned off the news?

Would we end up being more informed?

SUMMERTIME RHYMES- # 37 “Prefer What You Prefer”

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“Prefer What You Prefer”

 

Like what you like.

Simple, it seems.

Others, for spite,

Crush people’s dreams.

 

Projection, deflection,

Harbored jealousy.

Small-minded folks,

Persist endlessly.

Leave people alone.

Mind your own way.

To each their own,

Cast aside shame.

Know thine own self.

To no one defer.

Be of good mental health,

And, prefer what you prefer.

I’d prefer it if you looked at some of my other Summertime Rhymes