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I've been a bit more prolific this week, with three new poems to share. I don't know whether its the toasty, nearly 100-degree Florida weather, driving me inside: or the nail-biter January 6th hearings (for my reaction to January 6th from a few days later, read Great Patriots) making my gears turn; or the jaw-dropping Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade, a precedent of nearly 50 years, pushing me back into my chair. But I find I need to pull the release valve in my mind and let it all out.

The first poem Dystopia is quite political and ushers us into the brave new world (to call out Alduous Huxley's portrayal of another future that leaves us shuddering) following the overturning of Roe. Perhaps some of you feel as disoriented as I. Perhaps some of you baked a cake, to celebrate.

The second poem is called Wishful Thinking and touches on another tenet of sexual policy that many of us take for granted: the equal treatment of all genders and preferences. In my poem the narrator warns that all may not be as settled as we'd like to believe, as the ghosts of the past do not always yield to modernity without a fight. This seems especially powerful in light of the overturning of Roe.

The third poem, Shares, is more of a pun, where I equate "shares" on social media with "shares" on the --lately extremely volatile-- stock market.

I reach back to the misdeeds in mortgage bundling that precipitated the Great Recession of 2008 forward. With murmurs of a looming recession in the news this week, this poem spells out a doom of a different kind, a reputational crash, so to speak.

Anyway, all is not gloom and doom here.

Although I actually am reading, very slowly, the meaty book "Doom" by Naill Ferguson. He's a very prolific writer and professor at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, who has also done books on money "The Ascent of Money", on network theory and the power of networks through history "The Square and the Tower" as well as "Civilization," an explanation of how Europeans made the advances they did to usher in our modern world, and why, and who got hurt along the way.

Those are only the ones I've read so far.

I also enjoy his video presentations and the very informative podcast Good Fellows, even though from time to time they will chide liberals to the point that I feel a bit slighted. :) And I definitely disagree with Mr. Ferguson on the prospects of our current governor as Presidential candidate! See Frat Boy.

Sorry to digress. Have a lovely week!

Andrea
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Have a great week!

Andrea

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Dystopia Today

Man standing with an umbrella in the rain by the St John's river, with a view of downtown Jacksonville. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem is an initial response to the decision of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade.

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Wishful Thinking

A colorful, cheerful bouquet of flowers on a coffee table with Niall Ferguson's book "Doom" lurking nearby Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This Pride Month poem contrasts the degree of tolerance and recognition of equality in the world of our wishful thinking versus that, in the world we live in.

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Shares

Some not so dark patterns on a pillow and carpet in a den. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem treats our shares online as if they were shares in the stock market and contemplates what bad people might do with them.

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The New

A broad-brimmed straw hat with a crepe myrtle blossom stuck in it, on the newel post of an old wooden staircase. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
A poem about the triumph of the New at the expense of the Old and trusted.

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Noise

Bouquet of flowers on a mantelpiece near a cutting board decorated with Dutch-style blue and white porcelain tile, and a wooden plate reading in German, "the morning hour has gold in its mouth." Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem records the conflicted emotions of anyone who attempts to work at home in the midst of family and noise. By Andrea LeDew.

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