This week’s ReVerse reads like a collection of anecdotes. Random thoughts spliced together one line after another. If I think about it, it’s no surprise. Last week was a roller coaster. And if you know me I like to write about current events. So, whew!!! Here we go!
On a national level, in the US, drama unfolded at our capital. Federal employees faced a second zero payday, and the ripple effects of this loss of income started to affect private business, municipalities, air travel and national security. Another puzzle piece of the Mueller investigation was fit into place with a high profile arrest just a few heartbeats away from the president. More secrets are coming to light. Security clearances we now know were doled out by the dozens despite clear rejections from professional investigators. It’s anyone’s guess how compromised our national security is, given the dubious friends of our current administration. And it now appears there are thousands more refugee children being hidden away than we originally thought.
Britain has had its own problems with Brexit’s deadline looming. Venezuela held a contentious election. And the usual cast of the world’s lowlife continue their respective reigns of lawlessness and terror while schmoozing with trump.
Despite all this high drama, we saw a tiny glimmer of hope. At least for three weeks those who have suffered needlessly during the government shutdown will be paid. And it appears that our congress is motivated to bring a comprehensive border security plan to the table. We have such a mess to clean up. The sins of our government are many. This is no time to rest on the laurels of any victories won. We are far from wellness and healing will take a long time. But we’re seeing a light at the end of this tunnel. Baby steps, but it’s beginning to feel like we’re moving in the right direction.
Sunday’s Week in ReVerse – 27 January 2019
walls can’t shield us from what we’ve bred
where there is hate let us be love
nothing lasts forever
One day she’d get the courage to say hello.
her brilliance cannot be muted
it’s never too late to make your mark in this world
there are moments, I must confess
it takes considerable grace
righteous beliefs aren’t set in stone,
a touch of warmth blooms life anew
there is no pleasure in winning / when winning is all that matters
A ReVerse poem is a summary poem with a single line lifted from each entry of a collection of work over a particular timeframe and re-penned in chronological order as a new poem. Unlike a collaborative poem, the ReVerse features the words of one writer, providing a glimpse into their thoughts over time. I use it as a review of the previous week.