Archive | November, 2013

Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!

27 Nov

The below pieces are limericks. According to Dictionary.com, a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

Poetry.org says that limericks are a popular form in children’s verse, and is often comical, nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd.

For the purposes of the below limericks, I’m linking them together so going forward I’ll call this style a Limerick Chain. These five limericks are linked together around to advocating community activism.

The images below is the late, great muckraking journalist, Upton Sinclair. He was also a Pulitzer Prize winning author of nearly 100 books. His writing helped usher in the progressive era in the United States. He is one of my heroes. The first book of his that I read is entitled The Jungle.

I hope that you enjoy this poem.

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“Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

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You think that you’re smarter than the average man so please help me understand
How that can be possible when your head is buried in the sand?
You don’t do any research.
You don’t practice what is preached in church.
An ignorant person is out of place like a fish on dry land.

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Since when is being apathetic cool?
Like Mr. T used to say, “I pity the fool!”
Take note of the sign of the times.
They can be as bitter as limes.
Fulfilling your civic duty is a rule.

Internet petitions will NOT get it done.
In order to get a tan you have to get in the sun.
Don’t be scared to get involved.
If we work together problems will get solved.
So let’s team-up and make a championship run.

Complacency is a cowardly act.
Change is brought via action and that’s a fact.
Without struggle there is no progress.
There is an element of fear I will confess.
When fingers are clinched into a fist there is more impact.

Increase knowledge today so that you can become empowered.
If you are a “know-nothing,” you’ll miss the boat and your spirit may become soured.
Actions speak louder than words.
Faking the funk is for the birds.
Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!

Who Watches the Watchmen?

12 Nov

Folks, the world is moving fast and a lot of us are not moving at all.

Lace-up, gear-up and let’s go or you’re going to get left behind.

Get involved with the economics and politics of your community, city, state, and our country; the United States of America.

I hope that you like this 11-part Triple Rhyme Poem and that it encourages you to make sure that we don’t allow our government of the people fall (further) into the hands of oligarchs.

Song titles, book titles, and film titles are hyper-linked to their audio or summary pages on GrooveShark.com, Amazon.com and IMDB.com.

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“Who Watches the Watchmen?”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved
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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? That is the question being posed.

Do you believe what they are telling you or are you being hosed?

The stories that they are telling us are some of the best lies ever composed.

I asked you how to came to your conclusion and you said, I Heard it Through the Grapevine.

Well then, beware of the sensationalized media as depicted in the film Bowling for Columbine.

The major news networks feed you all type of malarkey to keep your in line.

“Why do other countries hate us so? I just don’t understand.”

Well then, pick up John Perkins’s book entitled Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

You’ll then have your eyes opened and you will better understand

It is a crazy world we live in while trying to raise our sons and daughters.

So much dirt is done in the dark we don’t know which crimes are Haliburton’s or which are Blackwater’s.

Ring the Alarm because this is general quarters!

Vote in local elections and hold officials accountable.

Unchecked they will put us in a fix that is insurmountable.

It will take some effort but the yield will be bountiful.

Join your local civic organization and do your own research.

In order to be in the know, one must be like a hawk on its perch.

Sometimes one has to preach like a pastor in church.

Stop spending so much time on Facebook posting ‘selfies’ or gossiping about Mylie, Kanye, some other celebrity.

Get involved and do something as it is your civic duty.

Remember and live the words sung in My Country ‘Tis of Thee.

Our leaders are supposed to be watching out for us and helping us make a better life.

Why do we keep ending up in foreign wars, and suffer from sequestration and ridiculous political strife?

Average folks struggle while our leaders get Over Like a Fat Rat and their cupboards are rife.

Time is of the essence so we need to act now because the hour is ripe.

Some may say that if you think that you can make a difference you must be smoking a crack pipe.

If someone tells you that we can’t do it, Don’t Believe the Hype.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”…a famous quote by Margaret Meade.

Time to get up and go so go ahead and mount your steed.

Fight the Power and down with corporate greed!

If you let the status quo continue where would we be then?

We all would have been hoodwinked and that would lead to our despair and chagrin.

We have to wake up because if all of us are asleep, who watches the watchmen?