Drafts and Thoughts

Mary Oliver writes in her poem “Angels”,

“The whole business of what’s reality and what isn’t has never been solved and probably never will be. So I don’t care to be too definite about anything. I have a lot of edges called Perhaps and almost nothing you can call Certainty.”

Blue Horses: Poems, by Mary Oliver, Penguin Books, 2016.

With that being said, perhaps…

when gods make love, they create nebulas

that’s a lot of LOVE! Photo credit: https://www.skyimagelab.com/

Below are two poem drafts to share today. I’d love some feedback if you’re up for it.
I was in Village Books the other day and saw my book “Fallen” on the shelf. It came out in 2017, four years ago. Hmmmmm… If I were to guess, I think I have one more poetry book in me, possibly by 2022. I hope it is picked up and published traditionally, and I return to the open mic circuit to launch the book properly. My first two books were self-published, “Fallen” was my first traditionally published. Thank you Independent Writers Studio, of Bellingham, WA.
Self-publishing has its rewards, but I cannot emphasize enough the power of traveling the area with your book in hand, meeting your readers/followers, in person. I wonder, and am hesitant to declare, that a self-published book not advertised, given away to your family and friends only, is, generally speaking, a waste of paper. The written word has power. Why hide that potential under your bed? Share your work. Try it. You’ll like it.

1/16/21
It is a new year. I write the number and it feels the same as 2020
The new-yearness will not appear until the end of February
after a late Northwest snow
The old year, the previous skin, will hang on a bit and fog my eyes
My hand refused to write a “1”
IT IS TIME
pun intended to tell me
it is time
The styles do not change, technology crawls
very few items in my home could tell me what decade I’m in
if I had the gift to slip about time

If you take a person from 1880 and place them in 1980
The 1980s would appear to be a different world entirely
But take a person from 1998 to 2021…not too many changes
All the advancements and we simply have smaller, thinner phones
Did anyone ask for a smaller phone?
We die of cancer, disease, starvation, and war
To answer the call, our technicians and scientists
developed a Fitbit and placed TV in our pockets
to track our racing heartbeats while watching the news

WARM WINTER
The leaves scratch the air
as the frozen drops of winter tap my window
in the middle of the night
they want in
to take over my home
return it back to soil
I am sure of it
The potted plants by the glass
seduce the storm
arms beg it to set them free
while a drizzle of rooftop runoff
piddles down a leaking drain pipe
Even a worm comes out to comment
on the weather war
High and humble
worn and cold
the snow shovel
stands at attention
in a dark corner
ready to fight

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Memes of my feels today. Thank you for your visit.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Keep writing. -Shannon

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Cell Hell

Is it just me or has the whole freakin’ world been duped?  
First let’s define the word duped.  
Duped: A person who functions as the tool of another person or power.
Oh well, in that case the answer is a big YES!
Which one was your first?

Throughout the 1900’s, appliances in the home, particularly the television, radio and phone have seen the greatest increase in new users and technological advancements.  (This I mention with a negative-nod to the U.S. auto manufacturers who, just lately, have the electrical car in production, after 100 years of gas engines.  Chumps.  Innovation and forward thinking are not their strong suits.  Also, um, adding seat-belts is not inventive, it is reactionary.  Double chump!)

Time travel with me for a bit…  

Phone bills  
During the corporate downsizing and the increase cost of goods in the 90’s, I started to look at ways to save money on my monthly budget.  

My power, water, garbage, cable, gas, and phone bills were in the spotlight. Somehow I needed to find ways to cut back.  So I started to recycle my garbage, drop down to basic cable, changed the spouts in showers and sinks to use less water, used a cold/cold cycle to wash clothes, attempted to car pool a few times a week, or bus.  

Hi-Tech home entertainment center includes: video (3 flat screens) , 
music, internet and phone interface, even a record player
Don’t lie-  you  know you WANT this!

For the phone I was able to bring my phone bill down to $15 a month, by turning in my cell phone, getting a long distance pre-paid calling card and an answering machine.  Fifteen dollars a month!  

2013:  I just purchased my first smart phone. 

Cell Phone usage in the US has increased from 34 million to 203 million in the last ten years.  There is an estimated two billion cell phones world-wide, which means about 4.5 billion people go without.*

Apple Iphone

Up until the 90’s, most homes had only ONE phone line.  I can imagine 10-20 years ago the phone companies, billions spent on laying down land lines, were in a panic!  I can hear them screaming, “No one wants our extra features, our Phone Line Insurance, or our Call Waiting!  We’re loosing money. What shall we do?”  

Cell phone companies swooped in with what people didn’t know they wanted: storage on their phones, texting, a camera, video recording, on-line access, all in the palm of their hand …AND people were willing to pay for this!  I AM willing to pay for this.  I have been duped.  

Families across America have cut back on food, clothes and entertainment to make room for ever-higher phone bills. Now, carriers are betting that they can push that bill even higher, The Wall Street Journal reports: But as more people paid up for $200 smartphones and bills that run around $100 a month, the average household’s annual spending on telephone services rose to $1,226 in 2011 from $1,110 in 2007, when Apple Inc.’s iPhone first appeared.

I am a proper “dupee”.  The perfect sheep.  It took my phone carrier a over a year to present me with an upgrade package that I could afford.  I took the bait. I waited impatiently during the two days it took my phone to arrive. When it did I push people aside to get at it! The rest of the world can “suck it” as I thoughtfully enter my settings.  “Oh you are even sexier in person”, I thought to myself, “Your features, your storage capacity… this is the beginning of something wonderful!”


In the morning, stepping out to catch a bus for work, I noticed a copy of the Yellow Pages, dropped off by a carrier a month ago, curled up and unwanted in the door-stoop of a neighbor.  



Why?  Again I ask, “Why?”


The past is painted yellow

WSJ Article Cellphones Are Eating the Family Budget