“Singin’ “Farmer in the Dell” in perfect harmony, when I’m rollin’ with my posse in the HOV. We rock the SE, not an SUV, and it’s true, if I were you, I’d be jealous of me”

I awoke this morning singing “Swagger Wagon.”

Told Ciona. “Ha… perfect!” she said with a grin and a giggle.

Which led to a conversation I put on pause last night but wanted to have. We talked about about speaking truth in a way it can be received, equity, balance, the lack of both in a particular important aspect of life for me right now, how some things may need to be off balance for awhile (and I am not talking status quo) and the contrasting and twin realities of our community with.

Who has some wisdom to share with us this morning?

Ah… an invitation for another quote search. The search led me to this quote:

“How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped
stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can’t scare
him–he has known a fear beyond every other.”

John Steinbeck, The
Grapes of Wrath

I have not read this book. My curiosity is now awaken for this once controversial fine literary treasure.

Started thinking about literature, the power of words, poetry, photography, music, story…

Fingers started typing, I landed at a blog with a poem that once again captured my imagination…

“Chasing Happiness”
Ciona Rouse

i don’t want to hear that Americans don’t like football
i donned a soccer uniform when i was 7
made my first goal and grinned with the sunshine
scored a point
for the other team

i don’t want to hear that Americans don’t like football
as i drive behind a minivan carrying many children
a proud mom of a soccer kid
tells me so
with her bumper sticker

i don’t want to hear that Americans don’t like football
as we weep at images of starving African children
but on a red dust field in Malawi
a skinny barefoot boy owns nothing but his smile and his dreams
the imaginary goal, his dreamcatcher

i don’t want to hear that Americans don’t like football
the world’s favorite pastime
on manicured fields and crowded streets and shanty towns
this black and white unity ball
speaks every language

I don’t want to hear that Americans don’t like football
especially since it’s a lie
Argentina and Brazil prove the truth
that is
if we dare believe in more than one America

I don’t want to hear that Americans don’t like football
I don’t want to hear that we like buying more for less people
I don’t want to hear that we like spending billions on defense and offense
I don’t want to hear that we like calling humans aliens

I want to hear that Americans like confession
and reconciliation
and responsibility
and peace
and unity
and chasing happiness for people of all hues and stature and status

and football
may we learn to love football

Swagger Wagon to “Chasing Happiness”… some kind of morning… some kind of life.

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