The bread or the ants?

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The world is a cruel place, filled with cruel irony.  The symbolism of such cruel ironies can be found in the places you may least expect it.  Just as I found it…  Sitting on a sidewalk.  A breadcrumb sitting not far from the grass, covered with ants.  There are also scores of dead ants scattered on the grey concrete.  Their story is not known and most likely will never be told.  Not visible in this photo is the small trail of ants leading into the grass, some transporting miniscule pieces of bread and others transporting the lifeless bodies of their fellow ants.  In all of this, I wondered to myself…  Are we the bread or the ants?

After I had stared for what seemed to be an eternity, I had thought of how many people struggle to survive.  There are many who sacrifice for every last metaphorical crumb.  Sometimes their sacrifice comes at a heavy price; losing precious time with their children or traveling through dangerous environments to their workplace.  There never seems to be a way to get ahead, provide stability or remove worry about where their next meal is coming from.  No remorse or empathy by those who are too big to be bothered by a problem they have never known. Peering down from their towers watching those who are forced to struggle.  From way up there, they do not resemble actual people.  They look more like…  Ants.

My mind quickly changed perspectives.  What if I had this all wrong?  Tossed aside without a second thought, dropped along the ground, vulnerable to the dangers of the world.  Without a way to defend oneself, simply waiting for the inevitable.  To some, their is much to offer.  But for those who have so much, there is action without the threat of a reaction.  No remorse, no empathy.  For those people, the rational is simple…  There is always another piece of bread out there.  To them it doesn’t matter the colour; brown, white or marble.  They feel as if they can afford us all.

When you look at the photo, read or reread my words, take a moment to think about who you are in this circle of life.  Are you the bread, are you the ants or are you looking down from your tower?

 

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Going from casual to casualty.

To quote a line from Mr. Robot; “Exciting time in the world right now…”  In my statement one may not see the sarcasm, unless you’ve read my blogs before.  The term casualty is usually reserved for those who have been injured through war or some sort of violent act…  But the premise is usually war related.  In today’s world, people have gone from being casual observers to casualties.  It is easy to find examples, just look at any news headline.  There are other casualties in this siege of the wealthy & privileged: Democracy, Equality, Humanity and Justice are some off the top of my head.  But let me list some of the others; People of colour, The Poor, The Elderly and anyone who is not in the higher tax bracket!

I recently read how a tweet went out bragging about how the stock market was at it’s highest blah, blah, blah…  That is great news for the economy!  Oh wait, it is great news if you are wealthy enough to have a stock portfolio!  If you are a family struggling to survive or a homeless person on the street…  That means FUCK ALL!!!  I mean it’s not like they take Wall Cheat (Street) profits and help those struggling to get by.  That money made goes right into the FAT CATS bank account and NEVER gets to the people who really need it OR rarely to the people in the company who helped earn it!

What can be done to help change the situation?  Good question!  May I suggest it starts with the stoppage of being “casual” observers and becoming more involved!  Even if it is not politics, try helping your fellow women & men.  There are subtle and painless ways to make a difference!  One could also write or call their representatives and demand more from them!  They were elected to look after the people, not JUST the people with money.  The concerns of those who are not privileged & wealthy are met with a casual dismissal, while the casualties keep growing.

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Political Poetry: 8 Lines That Says It All…

Unable to lead or a solve word jumble

a personality FAR from humble

taking a once great country into a tumble

like losing the nuclear football due to a fumble

being so close to a catastrophic rumble

is there a recovery ahead or another stumble

it is enough to make one just mumble

as those sit by and watch it all crumble…

 

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Rabbit Holes & Where to Find Them

For many people, life’s journey takes us down many paths.  Of those paths, some are well lit and easy to follow…  But not all!  Some of those paths can turn dark very quickly and before you know it?  We seem lost, confused, overwhelmed, stressed, depressed and afraid.  The trouble with ending up on these paths is that we do not always realize we are on them.  Sometimes our focus on the journey acts like a desert mirage, but in reverse.  In this scenario, we do not see the things that are actually right in front of us.  This is what has happened to me over the past 6 months.  During this time, I had slowly walked down a path that grew darker.  Before I knew it, I had become someone that was not recognized as the true me.  The worst part is, I wasn’t the one who had realized it…

I had recently told a friend that I must remember that “just because I wear a Superman t-shirt, it doesn’t make me Superman.”  The journeys and lesson in my life had given me the gift and the curse of putting the world upon my shoulders.  Why do I do it?  Because I care.  The cure is simple, right?  Just stop caring so much.  That unfortunately, is easier said than done!  This is part of my self-destructive nature.  My life’s journey has taught to be the dependable one, the strong one, the “Superman.”  But every Superman has his kryptonite.  There comes a point when even the strongest, most determined people need help.  For those who do not recognize their need for help… Such is the start of their potential journey down the rabbit hole.  That is how mine had begun.  For the past 6-7 months I had absorbed one challenge after another.  Trouble is with absorbing those challenges, I was not doing anything for myself.  The mirage before was one that displayed my life as still being unchanged, unaffected by my adding responsibilities.  Without even know it, I had spread myself and my time so thin…  I had nothing of myself left to offer myself.

Recently that has changed.  The love of my life had pointed out some things about me that had changed and that had her worried.  My first reaction was the standard, “no, I’m ok…  Just a bit tired.”  I never stopped to think, why am I so tired?  Until recently, I had gotten worse before getting better.  It wasn’t until I had spoken with someone about what had been going on the past 6-7 months.  As I spoke, it hit me…  I had unknowingly taken so much upon my shoulders and did little to nothing to help alleviate that weight.  When I heard myself talk loud, I realized just how much I had going on in my life.  I wondered how I didn’t end up there sooner?  Thankfully, there is change in the winds!  Things have become more clear, without the need for my x-ray vision, LoL!  I have realized that I am not Superman.  More so, I am just a man trying to be SUPER for the people close to him and those in the world around him.

The message I want to convey is this…  Without a balance in our lives, it is easy to steer away from the path known as ourselves.  Having the super power of self-realization can help keep us on the path we need to be on, the one that is balanced.  In the real world, we need to be more human to be than super human.

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The piece you see above is my official first work.  This is an overpainted photograph.  This describes the view from inside my personal rabbit hole.  Please feel free to comment/critique my work.  I am happy to read all of your thoughts!  Take care always!

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/jangle/”>Jangle</a&gt;

President Macron T-bags trump with his BRASSY BALLS!

“In life sometimes the reasons we leave are often the reasons we return…” (Me/2 Jun17)

By now it is no secret that donald trump and his administration has once again turned their back on the people, the climate and the world.  As if trump’ actions during his trip abroad wasn’t humiliating enough to the newest third-world country (in terms of government), the Divided States of America…  In typical trump style, he announced that he and his administration will be pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Should we have expected anything less from him?  You would be even more foolish to expect more from the entity that has taken a country once known as “The leader of the free world” and degraded it to a third-world dictatorship, where democracy has been traded in for dollars.

Now there are other entities within his cabinet that state it is about “saving jobs” for the America.  Only those who are truly blinded by the same ethics and morals that stem from this administration cannot see the truth.  The fact of the matter is…  It is not about saving jobs, it is about making them and their capital cronies MORE money at the expense of the people, the climate and the future of the world.  Does anyone really think that the people in the mid-to-lower tax brackets are going to see ANY benefits from this?  Have they seen ANY benefits come to them as of yet?  How is that new health care bill coming along?

I was inspired by the action of the newly elected, wait…  FAIRLY ELECTED, President Macron!  Not only the way he handled himself during the meeting with trump, but how he has welcomed scientists from the U.S. to work there in order to continue the fight against the threat of climate change and environmental destruction.  In a fewer amount of days, President Macron has outshined trump on every level!  President Macron has shown what it looks like to have a REAL LEADER as president!  I applaud and stand inspired by the pledge of President Macron to “MAKE THE PLANET GREAT AGAIN…”

Viva la France!

 

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/brassy/”>Brassy</a&gt;

Final: As in my final thoughts, final blog…

When I looked up todays word, it was as if the universe was trying to subtly whisper something in my ear.  For today, this will be my final blog for “wannareadmymind.”  My intention is to leave my account active, at least for the time being for those who would like to read some of the things that have been rattling around in my headspace over the past months.

I would not be able to close out my final blog without saying a very heartfelt “Thank You” to many of the wonderful writers, I have had the “virtual” pleasure of meeting.  Part of the reason for keeping my account active is to hopefully stay in touch with you from time to time.  “Thank You” to those who chose to follow me!  I never intended on trying to reach astronomical numbers, more so my hope was to reach people who may have shared the idea that anyone and everyone can make a difference…

I wish you all the best in your journey and hoping you find whatever it is that brings you; peace, happiness, vindication or simply a smile…

XO

 

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America: Lost in a MAZE of deception…

The people of America have to keep wondering just how much further their country has to fall before it hits rock bottom.  This free fall can be tied to many embarrassing, dishonest, suspicious, and self-serving acts committed by one donald trump.  The latest act revolves around the firing of the former FBI director, James Comey.  The same James Comey who was lauded by trump for stating that the Clinton e-mail investigation would resume, 11 days before the presidential election.  The same James Comey who was on the receiving end of a blown kiss from trump during a White House conference.  Yes, the same James Comey who was leading an investigation into the ties between trump and Russia.  The reasons for his firing are the same reasons that he earned praise from trump back in October…  Doing his job!

Regardless of the conflicting justifications coming out of the “Orange Office” the fact that firing the lead investigator, who coincidentally just asked for more resources to further the trump-Russia…  Does not paint a picture of innocence.  Nor does it paint a picture that the U.S. operates under the motto of “liberty and justice for all.”  Late night talk show host Trevor Noah had a piece comparing the U.S. corruption with that of third world countries.  When was the last time you heard the U.S. compared to a third world country in any respects?  The “sad” truth is that the comparisons are correct.  Take a look at those countries who are ruled by dictators and line them up with America.  The similarities are disturbing at best.  The people in power protect the rich and wealthy while the poor are forced to struggle just to survive.

In America, citizens have to wonder where will the justice come from?  Unfortunately, there are no “super hero’s” that can take down the villain.  This is not a movie where in the end; “truth, justice and the American way win out.”  For in the simplest of terms, it is the “American way” that brought them there in the first place.

(Please enjoy the EXTREMELY talented… Trevor Noah)

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/maze/”>Maze</a&gt;