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Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 12 2013

The Real Tragedy Is In The Timing

“No one is more highly trained”, And yet, he did it wrong And so, instead, A kid is dead So runs the world along Police Chief Wade is charged today— His gun was unsecured, Atop his vault— He’s still at fault; Or so we are assured The boy who found it shot himself Fifteen years …

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Apr 11 2013

Atheism, Strong And Weak

Today, my friends, I’d like to speak Of atheism, strong and weak— Of godless views both weak and strong Which might be right? Which may be wrong? Weak atheists, they tell me, don’t Believe in gods. They can’t. They won’t. But still, they can’t and won’t insist A god cannot, must not, exist Strong atheists …

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Apr 09 2013

Responsible Ownership–99.9999% Of The Time

He’s a best-case scenario, doing it right; He knows it’s a gun, not a toy The most dangerous thing in his bedroom that night Was a visiting 4-year-old boy You mustn’t be tempted to regulate arms Which the second amendment forbids It can’t shoot itself, so a gun never harms But it’s clear—we must regulate …

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Apr 09 2013

The Promise Of Spring (Yeah… Promises, Promises)

bluebird

The trees are not budding The grass is still brown The remnants of snowbanks Lay all around town The flowers aren’t blooming Except one or two But there, in the distance, A brief flash of blue? There’s rain in the forecast And that’ll bring mud Some seasons are lovely But this one’s a dud It’s …

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Apr 08 2013

Science, Science, Science, Science, Penis Size, Science, Etc….

The papers were released online— They numbered sixty-six— So, how to make one paper shine? The writers have their tricks. A catchy title sure is fine To pluck you from the mix A subject could be quite divine, But leave you in a fix…. See, that one wrote of saving wine, But this one wrote …

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Apr 08 2013

Stand Down Margaret

It just seemed appropriate today.

Apr 05 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 3: Callinectes

In my continued observance of National Poetry Month, I present for your amusement and edification a verse by reader Callinectes, which I find wonderfully illustrates a problem that a lot of my students have. Of course, it does so by way of metaphor: In the land of Pyrûn, an exporter of lead Ruled by a …

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Apr 04 2013

The Joys Of A Level Playing Field

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”–Anatole France Freedoms and rights are not delicate things Cos inalienably, they exist— They’re the rights of all men, whether peasants or kings And I’m setting them down in a …

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Apr 04 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 2: richardelguru

In my continuing observance of National Poetry Month, I present my second guest poet–too modest, but I am a sucker for a new verse form: I’m more of an essayist, but I once (possibly) invented the Hairimeraku. There are essays explaining the structure and the necessity of them fulfilling “both the exacting requirements of the …

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Apr 03 2013

National Poetry Month–Guest Poet 1: Kate Jones

It is, as I said earlier, National Poetry Month (here in the US, anyway). I am very happy to present my first guest poet, Kate Jones: The two appended pieces were originally created for the bi-annual Gathering for Gardner (honoring Martin Gardner) in 2010 and 2012, the 9th and 10th such congresses of writers, thinkers, …

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