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Bamboozled No More! Justice/Injustice

 

a call back to Juneteenth

Justice/injustice
The words
Different sides of the same coin.
We stand in one space, or so we think.
We stand at one specific moment in history,
To see what is happening…
but we see it differently.
What justifies the act?
Is it the motivation of the actors
Or the audience?
Who decides?
one person? a select few? The majority?
Does anyone ever consult with God?

Remember our reactions are influenced
By a mix of stories
Told over time by an individual, a people.
Justice/injustice which do you seek?
What side are you on?
Well no need to worry
Because the powers that be
Will notify us what was decided
While we were sleeping.

When the emotions dulled and the motivation.
Became an annoying source of controversy.
When war was put on hold “for the time being.”
When the children were forgotten.

All in the name of what?
Justice/injustice?

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.

 

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Bamboozled No More! Aliens

 

Can’t tell if earth is moving forward or backwards.
People always shifting positions based on convenience.
Right and wrong are not factors, never were factors.
It was always about the big ME/I.
In the Universe, gears are always moving.
Based on the slant of the board balancing the planet.
No one takes blame, everyone wants credit.
Now, the roar of the crowd no longer matters.
Quiet as it is kept, somewhere in space
Aliens are laughing. The joke is on us.
We are the aliens being watched by aliens.
Silly humans. In space, everyone is alien!

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.

 

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Bamboozled No More! Battlelines

 

The battlelines are drawn.
Actors posing as real people
Playing themselves
In various combinations.
Me vs. Them vs. Us vs. You.
It is difficult to know who is who.
The Congregation of the Self Serving
Forever changing names and costumes.
See the villain turn hero,
Fade into the background.
Alliances and Competition shift.
Sharks prefer to consume
Anything/everything in sight.

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.

 

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Bamboozled No More! Writer Mystery

 

it’s been a long week.
Too tired to put words to paper.
Not enough Catholic guilt to fill a page.
The inner writer just stepped out.

The pens ran out of ink.
The pencil points shattered upon contact
With the writer’s log.
A new national holiday was birthed!

The inner writer declared,
“Time off for just getting through
Another tough week.”

According to a local source,
“No clues were found.
Just a blank sheet of paper.
The words couldn’t even leave a note!”

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.

 

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Bamboozled No More! Kindness

 

How often are you kind?
Do you reserve your kindness for a certain person?
Is it triggered by a particular memory?
What inspires your kindness?
Observing kindness between/among strangers/friends?
How does your kindness appear?
In words? In prayer? In action?
And is your kindness limited in its destination?
To people who look, speak and think as you do?
Is your kindness accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Or is it reserved for only those seen as worthy of your time?
Can your kindness defy space and time?
Is your kindness for sale? Can it be purchased?
Is there a return policy?
And again I ask, how often are you kind?

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.

 

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Bamboozled No More! Why me? Why Now?

 

God
why me?
why not pass the day on to someone else?
Was it just Fate
Or a case of mistaken soul identity?
Did I make a wrong turn?
Was I standing in the wrong place \
At the wrong time?
Was it something I was wearing
Or something I said?
A week later, I looked up to heaven
and asked again, Why me? Why now?

 

Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.