Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Vigil" A Poem of American Crisis by annienomad-cyberpoet

A Poem of American Crisis
Sharee Anne Gorman

 rows of cameras roll
in silent running
recording for posterity
the scattered points of light
clustering steadily into pools
of brightly-lit umbrellas

unintended Chinese lanterns
gathered in grief

feeling very much the intruders
news crews bear witness to
a community in shock

humbled and shaken
they shiver at the sight of
orphaned parents protecting
the fragile flames of their
dwindling, yet somehow eternal,
remembrance candles

sodden handkerchiefs
are folded and refolded
by owners searching desperately
for an unused corner to dry
chapped and moistened cheeks

sleeves serve almost as well
for the less prepared

while those who stand
stone-faced and stubborn
leave tears to find
their own course

numbly offering up body salts
to the soggy ground beneath
unsteady feet

we’ve stopped asking “why”
"why" has lost all meaning

but the words “enough”
and “no more”
are quickly gaining

we don’t care anymore
if it’s the guns,
the video games,
the horror movies
...or the meds...

those are just the symptoms of
an over-sold
and misspent culture

...we just want it to stop...

to understand the
reflection in this mirror
of our collective conscience

...the mirror to our madness...

a reflection that has become
...a vigil...
in its own right



Monday, December 3, 2012

Non-Exclusive...A Poem by annienomad-cyberpoet

I was musing this morning about love and dating in today's world. Of a fragmented, lonely generation of people reluctant to commit, for fear of missing out on some new thrill or the latest trend of pleasure-seeking.

I suppose people are staying single longer so that, hopefully, they won't have a reason to cheat when, and if, they "settle down". But does it change a person to not create an environment of intimacy for so many years? Does casually sleeping around create a form of relationship ADD? Will bed-hoppers cheat anyway, simply because they have developed a taste for variety?

Or, does the lack of deep intimacy make one more reverent of love, making commitment a matter of default - a preference for their loved one, rather than a promise they are expected to keep and never break.

Lyrics from various songs come to mind like, "freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose".

Or, "I used to say no promises, let's keep it simple...but freedom only helps you say goodbye". These lyrics suggest a longing for something lasting and personal, something life changing and transformative - but what do I know, I'm just a poet sitting at her breakfast table.

In any case, this little poem is what surfaced as a result of my musings...for better or worse:)


He doled his love out
like wafers of
Every night
was Sunday morning
A seeming
endless line of
eager, though
And she,
not to be out done,
did the same
in reverse
Perhaps there is a wisdom in this life choice. Or, perhaps something is lost forever. I don't have the answer. I just thought it was important to ask the question.
At least, that's the way is seems to me,

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Alone With It...a poem by annienomad-cyberpoet

Alone With It
(by annienomad-cyberpoet)

When you’ve searched for a truth
that cannot be found
And life has forced your feet
back on the ground

Or you find out the hard way
that love isn’t a get
And your gambler’s heart
has lost its bet

These are the tears we finally shed
when we find ourselves
at last
…alone with it

Some reach for the sky
and snag the gold
Choosing to put their whole lives
on hold

Grabbing the prize
for which they were meant
Only to find later they’re
…alone with it

Some of us falter
ashamed and afraid
Fear has a price
the forgotten have paid

But there’s a truth in the lie
which we must not forget
Love means
you’ll never again be
…alone with it


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Open "Letter to the Editor" Nationwide

Dear Editor,

It's time to call mainstream broadcast news, newspapers and weekly journals who remain silent on the exclusion of third party candidates from the presidential debates to account.

Why is it that public radio stations and non-profit organizations have to carry the burden of exclusionary politics on their fragile, under-funded shoulders?

Events like “Expand the Debate” with Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now!" and the live streaming “Fair and Equal Debate” with Larry King are scrambling to represent the voice of marginalized third party candidates - who, in turn, are trying to appeal to marginalized independent voters looking for a viable option to corporate-funded (and therefore, corporate-owned) politics - but it is off-stage politics, which means democracy has been relegated to the back of the bus.

I am just a lowly cyberpoet, but I find it odd in the extreme that in this time of increasing climate change, unprecedented Wall Street fraud and the evident de-criminalization of white collar crimes, as well as the thousands of displaced families thrown out of their homes by bankters who tricked them into predatory loans and then foreclosed on their property - that more voters aren't looking for an alternative to the current two party system.

It is beyond amazing to me that after all these misdeeds, which left massive sections of our citizenry vulnerable and unrepresented by two dysfunctional parties ("left" masquerading as progressive "liberalism" when it resembles Reaganism more than Roosevelt, and the new right-of-right "conservatism" with a fervor and zeal deliberately designed to provide the illusion of disagreement), that citizens aren't clamoring for massive reform...let alone going numbly along with whatever corporations throw at them.  

It is in these moments of sheer amazement and disappointment that I have to remind myself that people don’t have an opportunity to consider their voting options if those options remain unrepresented in the social/political conversation.
And that is, I believe, where mainstream media has dropped the ball.

There are more than two choices - there are alternatives to corporate money determining public policy. But the voters will never know it because the individuals and institutions whose life’s work it is to inform and illuminate have been silenced. 
Silence from self-censorship for fear of losing well-paying positions is just as deafening as silence from violent oppression.

Because you have been silenced…Democracy has been silenced.
Now all that is left of local, network, cable and world news is carefully engineered distraction through Public Relations, business and investment-centric misinformation and scandal-driven drivel.

End the corporate lock-down on Democracy. Speak up for the people you seek to inform. Cover the full spectrum of the social and political choices at our disposal.
Why? Because information is our best tool for bringing about social change. Because being allowed the option of hearing those voices calling out from the wilderness may be our only chance to pierce the fog of self-serving political rhetoric. 
And because it's not only your job...it's your calling.
At least that's the way it seems to me,

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Scream A Scream of Love - a poem inspired by the documentary "Half the Sky"

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This is a poem I wrote inspired by the plight of women
as depicted in Half the Sky
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Scream A Scream of Love 
by Sharee Anne Gorman

My body lies bruised
lies broken
but my wounded heart still beats
it tells me I'm still breathing
it keeps the rhythm of my dreams.

I dream of voices
soft and gentle
of safe and loving arms
of laughter and contentment
of a world that's free of harm.

To feel the hands of kindness
I will lift my body up.
I will fill my lungs with purpose
to scream a scream of love.

A scream to shatter darkness
to call the broken home.
To build a place where we are free
and no one dies alone.

Many bodies bruised and broken
but our wounded heart still beats
it tells us we’re still breathing
it keeps the rhythm
of our dreams...


Thank you Nicholas and Sheryl (and everyone that was involved with this documentary) for showing the plight of vulnerable women and children around the world and for highlighting the incredible strength women posses to heal themselves and the world around them.

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Primal Scream

by Sharee Anne Gorman

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Friday, July 6, 2012

We the People - Rebel Poetry by annienomad-cyberpoet

We the People

We are teeming.
We masses.
We inconvenient, 
yet necessary, evil.

Blindered daily by 
well-intentioned talking heads,
their rarely seen hands tied by
parent company,
share-holder interests.

We the People...
befuddled fodder for untold riches.

Only occasionally awakened
by the rising grumblings
of our lowly, restless brethren.

Seasonally riled into
made ritually pointless
by emboldened corporate bag men
and government "think tanks", 
who spend tax-payer money
devising covert ways to
keep us from thinking.

We the People... 
who marvel at
our Ponzi Scheme culture.

Admiring the magic trick of
turning public funding into private profit.


The People...
quasi-breathing citizen/consumers,
providing mindless grist
for modern financial mills.

Up to our muffled ears in debt,
paupers at the polls and pump.



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Peace By Webcam Project

Announcing the 
Peace By Webcam

If you would like to participate in the Peace by Webcam project please go to annienomad's youtube video then tape a reading of "Un-Cry the Call" on your webcam and upload it as a video response! 

Help spread World Peace from your desktop!!

Hold up a photo that you feel best illustrates the horrors of war. 
And record a reading of this poem.
Lets spread the message that war is barbaric. 

"Un-Cry the Call"
(by annienomad-cyberpoet)

Un-drop the cluster bombs
Un-shoot the smuggled guns
Un-bury the abandoned dead

Teach the Joys of Life instead!

Un-orphan the starving child
Un-rape the innocence
Un-shed a people’s tears

Love, transform our ancient fears!

Un-breathe the dying breath
Un-make the Gods of selfless death
Un-mop the countless bloodied floors

Un-cry the call to War!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Capitalism's Dirty Little Secret

The Dirty Little Secret of Capitalism is this...Profit Has To Come From Somewhere!

And if that means someone has to be under-paid, or over-charged, or a weaker nation has to sell their goods for pennies, well so be it. That's Capitalism. And as Capitalists, which has made us the biggest, baddest Empire on the planet, we have to take into account that, as of right now, we're the bad guys.

The Alphas...the ones who have to dominate in order to remain on "top".

"Survival of the fittest" is generally seen as the way "nature intended" for us to behave. Alphas rise up, have their day, then as old regimes decline, others rise up to take their place.

But we are Human. We have free-will. We have the ability to think, plan, cooperate and share new groundbreaking ideas. And there are a growing number of people who believe we can do better than mindless, animal, instinct-driven, domination-hierarchical thinking.

So, why isn't a new Global Model for economic and social justice widely discussed? Why is the call for a "new way of thinking" silenced through violence, or marginalized by deliberately misrepresenting the message?

Because the biggest, baddest Empire on the planet always has a full-scale propaganda machine running over-time and at full-tilt boogie - supplemented heavily by distraction in the form of scandal, reality television, violent games and mindless movies that neither illuminate, nor grow the Human.

Every day, whether we call it nationalism or patriotism, "fighting evil" or "national security" chances are we are invading some country to bring them their much needed "freedom". By which, we really mean neoliberalism - turning vulnerable people into slave labor and stealing their natural resources with the help of a puppet government that we install in the name of "stability".

This is not the image we are given of ourselves. But in today's world, with a camera in every corner of the globe, we can no longer ignore the consequences of Capitalism.

And, by we, I don't just mean the gullible or willfully-blind citizens of Empire (we can't handle the truth, so we're careful not to ask too many questions). I also mean the ruling-class, the managers and planners of our destiny. Rich or poor, we must not continue to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others, or ignore the destruction of our planet for capital gain.

There is a great deal of upheaval in the world as citizens awaken from the hypnosis of misinformation and the scare-tactic strategies that their leaders and cultures have inflicted upon them with the help of an internalized, self-censorship driven propaganda/media machine.

Corporate-owned twenty-four hour news outlets, peopled by talking heads that become complicit partners (by virtue of their silence) to keep the masses complacent or scared, but for sure, unconsciously locked into the stratified economic and social roles necessary for domination and control...out of fear of losing status and a very high-paying job.

Meanwhile, violence is becoming a daily threat.

We stare at horrific images on the news and the gut-wrenching videos uploaded to youtube in disbelief and find ourselves asking why the United Nations doesn't send in troops from a coalition of nations to put a stop to all the violence.

I believe the reason is this: the U.N. cannot act without the full support of the permanent members of its Security Council and that council is constantly playing politics based on geopolitical, quasi intelligence-manufactured military strategies designed to protect commerce-driven expansionism.

The United States is the most powerful member of the security council and has the ability to either empower or block support for international cooperation but more often than not it (or some other permanent member) blocks humane intervention because an Empire fighting to maintain its supremacy has very little interest in helping anyone, or any country, that does not further its own agenda.

Granted, peace cannot be enforced, but order can - which makes the emergence of peace possible. Even so, lasting peace will only be possible if we, as a global community, address the issue of Economic Justice.

If we want to change the world, we have to offer something that has not been seen very often in our planet's history.

We have to commit to fairness and equal trade. We have to invite people to the table. Because the most important thing we can do to change the world...is to change the way business is done in the world.

The only reason the world is so dangerous right now is because world leaders (business and political) have opted for grossly unequal economic classes. They promote charities to "give back" and they take away our civil rights to "keep us safe" - but they wouldn't have to "give back" if they didn't take so much in the first place...and we are only in danger because of their greed.

Peace emerges when all parties and all people come to understand that justice and equality (which is only made possible by a cessation of greed) is the Better Way.

Why is it that we citizens, religious, agnostic, atheist or otherwise, allow rulers (God lovers all, if they are to be believed) to openly serve soulless, slave-making, plantation-equivalent, multi-national corporate interests who poison our planet and oppress its people? Why do we allow them to jeopardize Humankind...and in turn, all other Earth-dwelling species?

Religiously speaking, were we not instructed to be good stewards of our garden?

And secularly speaking, doesn't it just make better sense to choose leaders who demonstrate long-term rational thinking, rather than short-term, corporate-raider, species-suicidal strategies?

"God" would not approve of :
  1. Being the world's #1 arms dealer - spreading instability and murder for financial gain.
  2. Multi-national corporations - that allow people at the top (the 1%) to suck all of the resources out of a land and its people in order to live a life of luxury and decadence, and call it "investment".
  3. Bankrupting weaker countries - then leaving holes in the border so that undocumented workers can crossover to the "land of opportunity", only to be used for slave labor and vilified by their oppressors.
  4. Destroying unions - brave men and women that fought and even died to protect workers from being treated like work-camp inmates. Only to find themselves vilified by the press, and sadly, the people who most benefited from workers rights...ex-union workers...who received very comfortable compensation for their labor, along with health insurance, a pension and a retirement portfolio but are now the ones condemning the young for standing up to the loss of those same protections.
  5. Monetizing "education" - and creating a system where nothing is taught, critical thinking is silenced and higher education is a sentence of indentured servitude to the status quo. Churning out graduates who cannot question authority or think for themselves without facing the cold-panic reality of being forced to work at jobs that cannot sustain a family, let alone pay off their criminally-exorbitant student loans...if they can find jobs at all.
No, "God" would not approve.

Well, maybe the God of the Old Testament would approve. He frequently sent people into already occupied lands, telling them to kill every man, woman and child because he promised them "that" land.

But Jesus wouldn't approve. Nor would Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama, or Martin Luther King...or, Elmo for that matter.

I'm writing this entry on May Day. Historically, a day to celebrate and promote reform.

I am encouraged to see that so many people understand that we are in great need of reform. But we have to evolve to the next step in our development - to create a system of government that is truly representative of all people, while being mindful and respectful of our place in the world. Along-side our fellow citizens...not Masters of the Universe.

So, as I mentioned earlier, the dirty little secret of Capitalism is this:

PROFIT COMES FROM SOMEWHERE!!! It comes from oppression.

...from Workers who are under-paid.
...from Consumers who are over-charged.
...from Resources stolen for pennies out of strategically destabilized lands.
...from Downward social and economic pressure on the Poor.
...from Think Tank strategies of Upward economic flow for the Rich.

All of which culminates in Systemic Protectionism which the .01% unconscionably calls "Free Market Capitalism". But which I call...neo-feudalism.

At least, that's the way it seems to me (and a few other thinker/dreamers out there I would venture to guess),



Sunday, March 18, 2012

Syria is Dying - A Poem to World Leaders


by Sharee Anne Gorman

Syria is dying.
Her cries falling on
prime-time deadened ears.
Her murder witnessed
with eyes made callous
by simulated death
and hearts grown shallow
by the manufactured drama
of groveling contestants
chasing dreams of
fleeting stardom.

Syria is dying.
Media and merchants all culpable,
 for their mindless pursuit
of advertising opportunities
while a country burns.

Her cities sacked.
Her families crushed.
Her ancient blood-lines

Syria is dying.
Buildings and bodies
reduced to rubble.
What is not initially broken
is left to starve.

Can someone please
tell me,
what does it benefit a ruler
if his throne is dipped in Gold
but his kingdom runs with blood?

social poet

I look at the world and I'm afraid there are no more Leaders of Conscience...just self-serving politicians, serving self-serving business men. Both camps addicted to winning. Neither side considering the consequences.