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Prior to Before and After Still

March 2, 2013

prior to all the war
there was no peace

before there was no peace
there was all the war

after all that war
there’s never been peace

still

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  1. Jeff Nguyen permalink
    March 3, 2013 08:04

    Your words evoked an interesting response…I can always remember war or threats of war but can I remember the last time there was peace in my lifetime? What effect does that have on an adult and child’s psyche? I really like when images and words are used together to bring forth a narrative.

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    • March 3, 2013 09:03

      Exactly. I can remember thinking about our “non-war” times and feeling happy that we as a smart species…had finally moved along to bigger and better things. Ironically, it took my stint in the Air Force to slowly open my eyes a bit. And once you start looking around, digging in the dirt, rolling in the hidden crimes that aren’t hidden right in front of us…well, it’s a journey! We, like anyone anywhere, are deeply affected by the violence, the never-ending war and the lies. Just tossing my metric wrench into the works…and hoping to slow down the machine a bit.

      Thanks Jeff.

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  2. March 3, 2013 09:11

    Forgot to mention the photo…it was taken during a protest in Seattle over the killing of John T. Williams by a Seattle cop. His crime? Pretty much being brown, deaf in one ear and daring to carry a knife while being a wood carver. 23 seconds is all it took. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=956_1292627716 Lot out there on the nets for more info.

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  3. Jeff Nguyen permalink
    March 12, 2013 15:07

    Hello again, I hope you don’t mind me sharing your poem. It definitely struck a nerve in me.

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    • March 12, 2013 16:51

      Cool, don’t mind at all. Good post over at your place…

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