I posit that on November 3, 2020 what will be on the ballot will not only be the name of candidates for President of the United States. But also on the ballot will be an opportunity to restore leadership, integrity, dignity and personal veracity. There is a hunger and thirst in America for leadership that is credible, trustworthy and takes responsibility for tough decisions. What is on the ballot will be ethics, empathy, emotional intelligence, moral courage and a connection with the human condition.
Jorge D.H. Prosperi
Find the latest essay: The Ballot of November 3, 2020: Beyond Candidates ~ Beyond Party here.
Take up the White Man’s burden— Ye dare not stoop to less— Nor call too loud on Freedom To cloak your weariness; By all ye cry or whisper, By all ye leave or do, The silent, sullen peoples Shall weigh your Gods and you.
A 2-part series of America struggling to get back to normal. Will America return without pausing to critically examine the normality of the past or seek a new vision and mission in the 21st Century?
This next series introduces two new poems and one new essay. Included in the links below are two companion essays previously published. A continued reminder of the pain, anguish, and suffering untold.
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit with the core belief.”
White America will not change its inherent inherited racist pathology until it does violence to its white racist soul and deals with the pain. Continue reading this essay…
“A version of America is dying. We hear its death rattle, loud and violent. But a new America is desperately trying to be born. We are its midwives. We have the responsibility to imagine America anew. Will we do so, or will we turn our backs once again?”
Eddie Glaude Jr. In His Own Words – on MSNBC Kasie DC – June 7, 2020
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an American academic. He is the chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.
The reappointment was announced by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden calling Harjo “an inspiring and engaging poet laureate,” who would “help the Library showcase Native poets from coast-to-coast.”
Harjo is the nation’s first Native American Poet Laureate, and her own poetry often draws on her Muskogee Creek background, as well as feminist traditions. As Laureate she has been working on an upcoming anthology of Native poetry as well as an online map that the Library says will include “Native poets’ biographies and recordings of them reading and discussing one of their poems.” Harjo recently kicked off a Washington Post/Library of Congress series, The Poetry of Home, where she read her her poem, “Perhaps The World Ends Here:” She will serve as Poet Laureate to promote appreciation and awareness of poetry throughout the country and world.
COVID-19 is not the enemy – not someone or something to blame. It should not become another excuse to not look into the mirror . . . images we own. COVID -19 views earth as it was always meant to be . . . without borders, flags, anthems, walls or caged children. It does not recognize contrived constructions. Damn it for its presence. . . masking . . . unmasking . . . blessed it be for removing the shadows . . . for casting reflections . . .
There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song — but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.
Pablo Neruda (Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto) Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet – diplomat – politician – 1904-1973
I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate. That our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame. That our sensitivity to those in need is stronger than our greed. That our ability to reason overcomes our fear. And that at the end of each of our lives, we can look back and be proud that we have treated others with the kindness, dignity, and respect that every human being deserves. Thank you and God bless.
Elizabeth Taylor’s acceptance speech (closing) at the 1993 Oscars on receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Follow the links below to read the critical commentary on recently published essays.