It Bothers Me

It Bother’s Me

Something about being right

Stirs righteousness indignation

Even when I am sometimes wrong


It’s that visceral fire that lights

Every time my buttons are pushed


As life’s paradigm shifts

It bothers me when I know I’m right

When no one addresses the real problem


Today at d’Verse, De Jackson asked us to write a Quadrille of exactly 44 words using the word Bother!

As I get older, there are a lot of things that bother me, especially when I watch the evening news. It bothers me how things get twisted to fit an agenda, while the heart of the problem gets little or no mention. Perhaps I am getting to old to worry about it. But it still bother’s me greatly!

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

My 12 page children’s book Dreamer is available on a pdf. printable format for anyone who would enjoy a free copy. Just email me your request at This was my spin-off from Lillian’s prompt last Monday!

Opinion and Truth

A statue of the blindfolded lady justice in front of the United States Supreme Court building as the sun rises in the distance symbolizing the dawning of a new era. – Getty Image

In today’s divided society, with cameras everywhere, no one wants to wait for the system to do its job. We all have our opinions about what we are fed on the News Media. Some believe everything and others believe none of it. Protests and riots occur immediately when incidents happen. When we are given only half of the truth, we tend to accept it as the whole truth. This divides us even more. When opinion becomes truth we are all in trouble.

Social media

Everyone judge and jury

Public Opinion

Tantrums thrown stores up in flames

Not everyone gets their way

Today at d’Verse, Grace asked us to write a protest poem. She emphasized that words and poetry are powerful tool that can help bring about change in our world. I struggle with all division and misinformation that comes across social media. The tragic deaths of black men and women, as well as police officers, and children killed in crossfire disturbs me greatly. Somehow we need to learn to listen to each other and co-operate together to make everyone’s life better. I have written my poem in the Tanka format!

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News Politics and Truth

Three blind men and and elephant

Perhaps the truth you choose to believe
Depends on which side of the Elephant you stand
Some at the head and get whipped around by the trunk
Those who are left stand at the rear constantly shoveling
Those on the side see a vast nearsighted nothingness
But // beware of the feet //for they will stomp you flat
In the everchanging tide of strong divisive opinion
It is sometimes hard to tell left from right
Truth seems to be whatever we make it to be
This is nothing new // we’re always in a stew
A few short years ago it all depended on
Which side of the Donkey you stood on on
With very similar results
Only shoveled from those who were right.
We’re reminded daily of fake news being spread
So // how does one know truth from fiction // gossip from facts
The answer is in no way clear
For me it all seems to be a lot of ES…DS…and BS … and now TS
I don’t think social media is a friend of our society
Its aim is to distort, divide, keep us in fractured turmoil
For me // give me a ten-page newspaper with comics in the back
A Look or Life magazine with mostly photos and a few facts
Filter out the most important things and let the rest go
Let those in charge do their job // if not the next vote will show
There’s a world of mess out there that I don’t need to know


Three Blind Men and an Elephant:


I guess you can tell from this one my age is telling on me.


My Thoughts on Climate Change

Tree Rings UA

I am posting this one realizing that it may go counter to the thinking of some of you, but hoping you will read with an open mind and then decide what you think. After watching the extremes related to Climate Change, it amazes me how so many people believe this is something new. This has been going on for thousands of years as shown in the geology of the earth’s crust and in the rings of the trees, like the one shown above from the University of Arizona. We saw how the draught in California changed in a matter of a year’s time. Major changes can happen at any time within the earth’s crust or in the Weather cycles. I am not trying to dispute the Science of Climate Change, but I am amazed that we think that all of our efforts are going to change the inevitable! You may call me naïve or lacking in scientific knowledge, but this is my personal observation.

Check out this interesting article on tree ring research the University of Arizona is doing.

Read the Rings

Earth Day has come and gone

With marches and shouting protests

Proclaiming something new going on

That’s been happening for thousands of years

Climate change has always been with us

With no help from any of us

From the Ice Age to the Sahara changes happened

Somehow we think it is something new


Perhaps we should read the rings

Of giant trees we cut down

Of oaks and redwoods that are lifetimes old

Their stories ingrained in the wood

Hundreds of years of climate change

Appear before our very eyes

Wide rings with rain and rapid growth

Narrow rings years of heat and drought

And the cycle of life continues on

We think we’re in control

We’ll save the planet with our great roar


One volcanic blow can change it all

As we saw in Mt. St. Helen’s blast

The ozone layers not even mentioned

Now it’s just a blast from the past


Pollution and garbage are a big problem

Ugly scabs on our big blue ball

Do your part.. care for your space

Conservation is extremely important

Keep planting trees and manage well

The Earth is alive and doing pretty well

But it will change no matter how loud we yell


What about you what about me

For the next thousand years

We are just earth rings

In the tree of time


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