For those who don’t yet understand the difference between a business and the government, I recommend that you watch this video.
Public Citizen’s Arkush: “It is up to the American public to move the nation in the right direction on climate and clean energy despite the worst efforts of the so-called leader in the White House.”
Some light in the growing darkness. As we change our own relationship with others, we change our world. In much the same way as the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps are melting from below, profound changes in human awareness and enlightenment take time to become manifest. Thanks, Martha Beck.
When a dear friend dies…
Wine shared to hail the New Year
turns tepid water.
Springs of poetic wisdom
lost down a sinkhole.
Summer strolls along the beach
end at the ocean’s edge.
Mementos stoke nostalgia
amid falling leaves.
Rain erases footprints carved
along pathways uncharted.
For Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
Book Cover: Os Estatutos do Homem (The Statutes of Man) by Thiago de Mello
Photo Credit: Casas Bahia, Brazil
My Poetry Corner March 2017 features the poem “The Statutes of Man” (Os Estatutos do Homem) by Brazilian poet Thiago de Mello, born in 1926 in the State of Amazonas of Northern Brazil.
Growing up among Brazil’s exploited working class, Thiago de Mello devoted his poetry to addressing freedom, human dignity, and other social causes. When the military coup occurred in Brazil in 1964, he was the Cultural Attaché at the Brazilian Embassy in Santiago, Chile (1961-1964), where he became close friends with Pablo Neruda. He responded to the junta’s repressive, extra-constitutional decrees with his most famous poem, “The Statutes of Man.”
After resigning his overseas post and returning to Brazil, he was exiled in 1968 for denouncing the oppressive military dictatorship government (1964-1985). During his nine years in exile, he lived in Chile, Argentina, Portugal, France, and Germany. Continue reading