The Sandhill Crane
by Sea Curlew Bide
It steps so gingerly—the crane—as it steps past the tide.
Ungainly in its bulkiness, but beautiful in flight
In Florida, Macasphalt Shell Pit were found the remains,
a fossil of two million years ago, a Sandhill Crane.
The tall and weighty bird has a wingspan of seven feet;
he is omnivorous: seeds, plants and animals he’ll eat.
He feet and legs work in conjunction with his grasping bill;
his wings as well can be effective balancing his will.
Gray, with a red crown (a bald patch); he’s lives for many years.
The decades pass and still he lasts, continuing his gears.
He flies at thirty miles an hour; and on a good day’s spin,
can travel some 500 miles with a strong tail wind.
An opportunist; he loves thermals and can soar quite high;.
he has been seen above Mount Everest up in the sky!
Sea Curlew Bide is a poet of water birds, an acquaintance of fellow bird lover Birdee Euclaws.
by “Clear Dew” Ibuse
Rain plinks, pounds, thuds, blasts;
lightning strikes and thunder rolls.
Out roars the organ.
by “Clear Dew” Ibuse
what syllables do you seek?
The roaring winds speak.
“Clear Dew” Ibuse is a poet of Japanese poetic forms. One of his favourite Japanese prose and haiku writers is Natsume Soseki (1867-1915), author who uses, as a common house cat, a high-register phrasing in his satirical novel I Am a Cat.
by E “Birdcaws” Eule
At the break of day,
the sparrow whistles away.
It’s still dark outside.
by “Wired Clues” Abe
so difficult to pull out,
deep rooys clutch the earth.
by “Wired Clues” Abe
Six o’clock commute,
heading east on the highway,
a star in pink sky.
by “Wired Clues” Abe
Icy orange juice
and a breakfast burrito:
“Wired Clues” Abe is a haiku poet of electricity, et cetera. This week he was reminded of Realist Jack London (1876-1916), and his stories Call of the Wild and “To Build a Fire.”
A Disappearing Act
by Li “Web Crease” Du
“I’m about as popular as a dose of strychnine.”
—from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes
Just as Wang Zang has learned to hang himself by slow degrees,
because the CCP believes he threatens the Chinese,
I’ve learned to censor my poetic creativity,
because gatekeepers think I’m a threat to society.
Just as Wang Zang continues to destroy his very self,
because authorities don’t want to know what he has felt,
I, too, am striving to expunge ideas I display,
because authorities don’t want to know what I might say/
Just as Wang Zang attempts to disappear his poetry,
because that is the inclination of the CCP,
I’m trying to eliminate words from my prose and verse,
because that is the strong desire of the Universe.
Li “Web Crease” Du is a poet of Chinese poetry. The poet Wang Zang remains in prison in China, as does his wife, in separate prisons. Their young children await their mommy and daddy.
by Bruce Lee Wisda
O, water is the softest substance; it cannot be grasped;
and yet it is so strong it penetrates rock’s hardest span.
O, water is so flexible conforming to each shape
it finds itself within, without, on plain or window pane.
Bruce Lee Wisda is a poet of Chinese martial arts.
by Sri Wele Cebuda
“But if you carry water for the likes of Xi Jinping,
your hatred cannot buy you love; it doesn’t make you sing.
and so what if your bird can sing; it doesn’t mean a thing.”
—Beadle Crew USI, “The CULTural REV”
He got into the lotus pose on this white, poofy couch.
It was like as fluffed, floating clouds; of that he could avouch.
He stretched along its form beneath the over arching sky.
Although his eyes were closed, he opened up his inner eye.
Dressed all in black, from head-shaped hat, down to his very toes.
At peace on heaven’s furniture, he felt a sweet repose.
Although on earth, he (rose up to brown, amber-colou(red) sky).
The door, the windows, clearly closed, the room was filled with light.
He felt renewed, as he reviewed his meditation’s flight,
a respite from the cosmic flux, perpetual its plight.
Sri Wele Cebuda is a poet of meditation. Beadle Crew USI is band of poets who enjoy the folk poetry of the Beatles.
Myanmar Soldiers Use TikTok
by U Ber Lesc Dawei
The Myanmar soldiers threaten the protesters of the coup;
in Burma’s capital it is a bit of déjà vu.
The army and the junta use their high-tech companies
to threaten opposition figures, helped by the Chinese.
They’re using TikTok for their shakedown of their citizens,
just as the high-tech tyrants threaten US netizens.
TikTok states they are monitoring speech aggressively;
they don’t support misinformation, hate, or villainy;
but now that military use of TikTok is the norm,
they want to infiltrate more platforms for their blitzkrieg storm..
U Ber Lesca Dawei is a poet of Myanmar. Myanmar is a nation of approximately 53,000,000.
“Zur Judenfrage” by Karl Marx
by W. Israel Ebecud
Both Marx and Hitler shared a hatred of their fellow Jews.
For Marx, all Judaism’s “practical…self-interest.”
Indeed, he thought, “religion of the Jew” is “huckstering”.
Marx thought the Jewish god was “money”, “worldly” ka-ching!
True “self-emancipation” comes from being free of Jews/
The “bill of the exchange” is their “real god”, the god they choose.
When he, the Jew, becomes “abolished” and “impossible”,
the World will be a better place. Marx thought this plausible.
Is that why Jews were slaughtered in the Stalinist estate.
Why does one group of people have to face such vile hate?
W. Israel Ebecud is a poet of the Jews. Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a late 19th century German political economist, who fled to England. Did he feel self-loathing for being born a Jew?
ny Wilbur Dee Case
He was one of so-called New Journalism’s pioneers,
though writers, like Defoe. began such many years ago.
Like Hersey, he refrained from putting himself in his words,
so much so he kept pictures of himself off of his works.
His writing craft comprised four drafts—research to finished text—
like Nabokov, his lexicon was rich and finely flexed.
A writer born in Princeton, in New Jersey—John McPhee—
he also later taught at Princeton University.
His topics are eclectic, almost miscellaneous,
eccentric only in their span, but not extraneous;
they are the topics he himself was interested in,
from sports to energy, geology to quests of men.
Wilbur Dee Case is a poet of Middle America. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was a British writer and journalist. John Hersey (1914-1983) was a mid-20th century new journalist. Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was a Postmodernist Russian-American novelist and poet.
by “Wild” E. S. Bucaree
Here at the edge of Houston, housing’s being madly built,
Activity is buzzing, frenzied, busy to the hilt.
So many want a place to call their own, a happy home,
a hive in which to dive, to drive to, o, a honeycomb.
But also one can find beyond the Heights, a Humble hut,
that early, oil boom-town, humming with a gentle jut,
like as the gen-tl-er new journalist John A. McPhee,
whose writings spanned Postmodernism’s heights with expertise,
combining his nonfictive texts with perspicacity.
like Wolfe and Thompson, but a bit more literarily.
His focus, like the town of Humble, was not as well known,
but it had its importance in the history of hone.
“Wild” E. S. Bucaree is a poet of Texas. Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) and Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) were Postmodern new journalists (unlike the New Millennial tech-owned journalists who are little more than mere smear propagandists). President Biden has opened up the US border to Mexica. Of the thousands pouring in, over 100 are COVID positive and have been released into Texas alone. AOC criticized Guv Abbott (in his wheel-chair) for opening up Texas to free movement. It seems as if Texas is open for business and migrants. Ironically the biggest wall in the USA is now around the people’s Capitol in Washington DC, where there are approximately 20,000 US National Guard soldiers. Humble, Texas, is a suburb of Houston, Texas, with a population of around 12,000.
Stats from Statista
as gleaned by Aleš Eduw Rebičdwic
In the USA, COVID deaths per 100,000, as of March 1, 2021:
1. New Jersey 262
2. New York 245
3. Rhode Island 236
4. Massachusetts 234
5. Mississippi 224
6. Arizona 220
7. Connecticut 214
8. South Dakota 213
9. Louisiana 202
10. Alabama 201
Other nearby states: New Hampshire 86, Maine 52, and Vermont 33, the second lowest state, Hawaii 31.
In the World, COVID deaths per 100,000, as of March 1, 2021:
1. Belgium 192
2. Czech Rep 190
3. Slovenia 183
4. UK 183
5. Italy 162
6. Portugal 158
7. USA 155
8. Bosnia & Herz 153
9. Hungary 153
10. Macedonia 150
Aleš Eduw Rebičdwic is a poet of the Czech Republic.