Twas the night before sunrise
and all through the warehouse,
not a creature was stirring
except Elmer, the field mouse.
It was 1962
And times were hard on mice.
Elmer had eaten this month
Away to the bin
he scurried like a flash.
He squeezed under the door,
and irritated his little rash
He bobbed his head up,
and twitched his little nose.
“I think I’ve hit the jackpot!
They’ve got Lays and Fritos!”
He scratched and he clawed
He bit and he chewed
“Gee,” he wondered
“What am I going to do with all this food?”
“I guess I’ll take some home,
then come back and get more.
But just as he was thinking that,
there was a sound at the front door.
Elmer scurried away fast.
He had enough warning.
“But who could it be?” he thought.
“It’s 3:30 in the morning!”
Elmer’s eyes stuck to the entrance
The door swung wide,
and in walked Billy Pugh.
He was a good-looking man,
but check out those bushy eyebrows!
To Elmer, they looked bigger
than what the law allows!
He guessed they were to cover those puffy eyes.
They looked like vanilla wafers!
He looked like he spent the night
Billy said not a word,
but went straight to his work.
He started to load his truck,
then turned with a jerk.
Now Billy wasn’t a temperate man,
but his blood pressure was up a bit.
“Someone’s made a mess in here!
And what’s this? Mouse shit?”
Billy shook his head,
and with his arm gave a wave.
“I’ll clean it up later,
after a haircut and a shave.”
Billy’s pockets jingled when he walked.
He was a man of great wealth.
It wasn’t just his bankroll.
It was his pride, his happiness, and his health.
Elmer’s eyes widened as Billy
crouched near him on the floor.
“Eat all you want, mouse.
I’m sure we’ll make more.”
It was then that Elmer knew
That this man would go far.
He’d do some good things.
He’s shine brighter than the brightest star.
The years have gone by now,
And Billy shares the simple times of the past.
As long as his mind holds out,
the memories will last and last.
Elmer has looked in on Billy
from time to time.
He’s seen the new technologies.
He’s seen the Pepsi stock climb.
He saw him that last day,
just before he walked out the door.
Billy said “I’m old and I’m slow
and I can’t do 32 more.”
“No more of this.
Let the computers do the math.
I’m ready to find
my own golden path.”
Copyright © Mike Shoemaker | Year Posted 2016
We should place the elderly in prison because,
They will get a shower every day,
Video surveillance in case of problems,
Three meals a day, access to a library,
Computer, television, gym, doctors on-site,
And free medication if needed.
Put criminals in home cares,
And they'll get,
Cold meals, lights out at seven p.m.,
Two showers a week, live in a smaller room,
And pay rent at two thousands dollar a month or more!!!!
It's pretty sad that we treat prisoners better then the elderly.
Copyright © JEANNINE GLEN | Year Posted 2016
In one sense,
the Cafe CoOp
started as my therapeutic retirement dream.
in quite another
the CoOp goes back to when I was eight,
and I thought,
everyone indulged in Thought Experiments
about what would my optimal Eden Paradise.
restoring peace and justice across Earth
And how are these
a response to what I do not currently prefer
to live with,
Perhaps in both ways,
I began seeing how cooperative aspirations
might become cooperatively owned and, coincidentally,
managed for mutual health care optimization
of all us CoOp EarthCafe residents,
supported by restoring therapeutic peace
and ego-ecojustice teachers
and polycultural outcome mentors
and multicultural scripture scholars
and WinWin systems analysts,
and waterers of flowers and not monoculturing weeds,
and holistic cooks and preservers
conservers and medicinal herb gatherers,
indoors and outside,
And, yes, of course
and CoOperative Implementation CoInvestors
and ReStorative Justice businesses of and for healing,
projecting community health optimization incomes
for 2020 ReStorative Justice
as this healthy extending family
polyculturing peace-filling outcomes.
All monocultural supremacy came quite near a boil
during 2016's Retributive Nationalistic Patriarchal Lose-Lose Selection
against Constitutional protections of multicultural Welfare pursuits
and against purity of, and loyalty to, democratic global Unity
for PolyCultural Outcomes of Freedom,
CoOperative WinWin Liberties for all species
My ego's Yang longing for unity
belonged within Yin-Holonic Restorative Justice aspirations,
EgoLeft with EcoRight
cosmic cosmological consciousness
of CoOp Cafe karma
growing through self-other co-empathic
In ZeroSum equivalent FourDimensional RealTime
bilateral Left-Right ecological history
regenerative trans-poly-perpetuating sacred substantiation
we all live creolizing best
through Golden NonDual Appositional Rules
to empathize with each Other
within LeftYang and RightYin
as outside too Patriarchal RightWing
with Matriarchal NonZero-Sum WinWin LeftWing suppression
of all CoOp Cafe EarthTribe members,
ReStorative Therapeutic Justice Advocates.
Why would anyone in their right balanced mind
not want to restore healthy justice
especially while Trumpians and supremacist homophobic allies
rule our most nuclear-risk of climate permanent unrest?
The CoOp Cafe
and our after-school
ReStorative Justice and Peace YouthLeadership Project
in these ways and means
with middle school and high school
and community college students
and performance and journalism teachers,
Then adding ReStorative Justice Parent Alliances,
and an early-afternoon crowd coming down the street
after their baked chicken lunches
at St. Vincent de Paul,
asking these same questions of hopeful life
v despairingly dissonant death,
engaging in similarly themed Thought Experiments.
How do we know 2016,
or even worse,
will never happen again?
In the U.S.,
most climate urgently,
but also across Earth
in our Cafe CoOps,
wherever we can find and build them together,
on-line, indoors, and outdoors
sharing EarthBound 4D SpaceTime
fractal and seasonal DNA ReGenerative Health Values
informed with RNA bilateral nutrition Root Systems
providing true and faithful and just EcoBlossoms,
I just assumed,
when I was eight,
that these are the ways
others would co-define Paradise
as both Interdependent Earth
and nondually dipolar EmptySet EgoIdentity interiors
because how could we possibly be anything at all
without OriginalMother Sacred Intent
becoming anything more or less
than PolyPathic Yang = Not(Not PolyPhonic MatrioticYin)
because +1 Yang must always double-bind notnot (0),
just as uracil's form
cytosine's notnot-folding-unfolding flow functions
of bilateral heuristic waves.
If notnot (0) First OriginalCause,
then no possible way
to doubleBind 4D SpaceFractals
through BiLateral Strings
of ReStorative-ReGenerative Justice
Not not what and when and why Lose to Lose
when each is free to choose
Win economics to Win ecologics
notnot (0)Sum bilateral ego-eco-consciousness,
when speaking trust within multiple multicultures
and transacting cooperative therapeutic business
and performance arts
and singing fair and true and just and beautiful lyrics
and dancing lyrically,
standing with vulnerable comedy and tragedy stories,
sweeping in chi gong co-op circle sessions,
breathing through yoga stretching circles and squares,
that would be good;
could feel healthy
for cooling internal climates.
Our Cafe CoOp
started as a collective dream
about where we might feel and be safest
in restoring vulnerability of co-ownership
with each other,
between consumers and producers,
between suffering traumatic past investments
and offering care-giving and -receiving therapies
for parenting and healthy childing,
for teaching and wealthy studenting,
for mentoring and menteeing grace
as healthy gratitude,
positive karma attitude
for mutually cooperative multicultural restorations.
So, less mutually competitive mistrust,
negative fear-mongering lifelessness,
depression and repression
of all Matriotic ReStorative Wisdom Circles
and ego-eco balancing nature-spirit practices
of bilaterally empathic praxis
for basic enthymematic
of maturing GoodFaith CoOp Cafe Management.
In one multiculturing sense,
our EarthTribe Cafe CoOp
started as everyone's therapeutic retirement dream
for mutually restoring economic health
and community safety purposes.
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2017