Stop being smart and listen

Stop being smart and empathize

Stop being smart and let others be smart

Or ignorant

Without needing to correct them

Stop being smarter than the experts

It’s exhausting

Stop being smart and be a human

A grown up human



Among the poll workers

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Heads down, gloves on, concentrating on one simple task: counting the individual votes that make up a collective decision. The Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretary of the Commonwealth of PA all spoke to their duties of receiving votes, protecting votes, counting votes. Beautiful. Peaceful. Government.

The live-cams showed busy people…



Must wash the muck


In this dingy creek that flows

on the way home.

My father —

Shamed —

Works twice as hard

To cover my inheritance.


Promise, promise him labor

As servant not son

To cover some — just some

Of the damage I’ve done.

Who is this

Running this way?

A man,



Like a silly girl?



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Timbers crack

Capitals crumble

A nation scrambles from the carnage wrought

By a porcine joke

Pretending to be king.

Pleas fail

For he is deaf.

The bearers of his litter

Honor lecherous vows

While the country swoons

False prophets

Mirror with egos all their own

For influence

Splattering pigs’ blood upon altars

Formerly sacred

Let the destroyers pass on

To their deserved scorn

Let the nation recover itself

As a place of welcome,

Of opportunity,

Of service to others

A beacon on earth.

Let the church reconstitute

With a new vision of good news

(Not cable news)

Simple faith

In an unseen edifice

Towering above all that crumbles.