Comic Strip Postcards: From the District

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln

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Hello Nation,

Just writing to tell you
How much DC has changed.
I’m doing my best to enjoy myself
Selling off the sites,
Removing the protections,
And filling my accounts with pennies from you all.

Senior

Hot Coffee Gone Cold: Teamwork

Maybe things are better with sets
Motion requires an awareness of others,
A willingness to accept sacrifice,
To do right by the guys
Because to run sprints, to compete together,
To help each other succeed
Is what should flow
But when it doesn’t, maybe scripts are needed
The touch of a playwright who lays down the lines
So the actors can play parts on stage.
The cues, the blocking, stage directions,
A script,
No improve, creativity,
No teamwork,
Just a concern for numbers and getting mine.
Maybe the times have finally evolved
Going from we are in this together,
To the selfishness of swamp drainers
Who talk through both sides of the teleprompter.
They don’t move, they sit in plush offices
Building rules that favor them.
Role models in the art of static,
The way of staying still,
The art of nothing.
Maybe none of this is similar.
Dysfunction, does not have to be
If only people could only learn to work together.

Hot Coffee Gone Cold: Truths

“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with…” Wendell Pierce

Truth is a hard thing to find these days
With all the fake news, sexual aggression, and malaise out there
Somehow, though, a good nap is enough for me
To find a dream to put off the realities
Of the lying, cheating mouths of the wankers wondering
Throughout corridors of government,
The halls of justice, and
The wastes of entertainment.

Hot Coffee Gone Cold: Common Sense

“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with…”
Wendell Pierce

What seems to be right

Has little or no reason

Without common goals

Coaches

“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with…” Wendell Pierce

When shots are falling down
Coaches are geniuses.
Not.

Hot Coffee Gone Cold: Jokes

“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with…”
Wendell Pierce

Narrow-minded joking
Humor misinterpreted
Anger in laughter
Understand jesting’s truth
Comedy is essential

Hot Coffee Gone Cold: Basement Dwelling

“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with…” Wendell Pierce

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Heats soothing action
Robbed from coffee by winter
Microwave upstairs

Mornings

Mornings after a snow are different
They are quieter, the accumulation is heavy
Like layers of blankets
On a cozy bed.
Heaters whir a meditative manta
That soothes and invites thoughts
Of shared warmth and hot coffee
As opposed to its air conditioning whine
That seems more about survival than relaxing.
People stay home after a snow,
The roar of traffic is absent,
Sirens are not needed, and the birds huddle quietly.
We walk, my dog and me, with the soft crunch of powder
Giving the winter sound that has me thinking
About mornings on the beach
When cool sand yields to bare feet and rhythmic waves
Take the place of humming heaters.
Either way, we are content.