Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poem: Convergence

By Jack Brummet

It is one ocean with many names
And into the ocean, sooner or later, flows
Every river, spring, raindrop, creek, and swamp,
Every lake, lagoon, aquifer, mudpuddle, and pond,
Every snowflake, icicle, glacier, flood, bay, and teardrop.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Poem: Joshua Brought Down Jericho

By Jack Brummet

Jericho was locked down tighter than a submarine.
It made Helms Deep and Fort Knox look porous.
Joshua studied the walls, scoping a way inside,
When a man with whirling gaslight eyes appeared
And grew ten feet tall and five feet wide.
It was The Lamplighter himself. "Take the shoes
From your feet on my holy ground,
And follow the ark, with seven priests with seven trumpets.”
Seven priests tooting seven horns led a parade
Around and around and around Jericho
Like Sambo marched the tigers around the tree,
Or the way the earth spins in the dark around the sun.
They marched in silence six long days.
On the seventh day they lit out at dawn
Behind the seven priests and seven trumpets
And marched around the city seven times.
After the seventh orbit, the priests blew a cadenza.
And the roar swelled each passing minute.
Every man, woman, boy, and girl,
―Young, old, red, yellow, black, and white―
And every critter, bird, and bug
Was buried in the rubble and dust
As the walls came tumbling down.            ----o0o----

Painting: Walking Machine

By Jack Brummet


Poem: Escape

By Jack Brummet

 Some of us try astral projection.
The rest of us leave in dinghies, bikes, and cars,

Racing down highways, expressways,
Streets and boulevards.

A continent of smoking skull orchard
Recedes in the rear view mirror.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Crisis Clinic

By Jack Brummet

I graduated from The Crisis Clinic's three week training this weekend [1]. This was harder than any class I took in college, and it feels great. I work my first shift this week.

[1] "Crisis Clinic offers telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referrals to community services for youth and adults in Seattle-King County, WA. We offer emotional support to those in crisis or considering suicide through our 24-Hour Crisis Line. For youth we offer Teen Link, a teen answered help line. King County 2-1-1 offers information and referrals to community services based on our database of more than 5,000 services. The Washington Recovery Help Line is a state wide service offering emotional support and linkage to substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health services to anyone in Washington State. Our Washington Warm Line is a peer-answered help line for people living with mental illness."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Alien Lore―varieties of UFOs observed as of 1967


A Profile in Courage: President Jimmy Carter

By Jack Brummet, Presidents Ed.

Watching President Jimmy Carter's heartbreakingly beautiful press conference today, all I could think was please please please let us all show the same acceptance, courage, joy, and hope when we come to the end of the line. What a wonderful man.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Poem: Prayer In Istanbul

By Jack Brummet
Art by Jack Brummet - The Blue Mosque

On a dusty cobblestone street
I hear three muezzins
In three directions

Call people to prayer
At three mosques,
With a slight delay

Between the calls.
Three chanters in three different rooms
Sing the same song

In phase-shifted rounds
Through nine silver speakers

Mounted on three
Ivory-white minarets
Capped in gleaming cerulean blue.

At the washing stations,
Water splashes from brass spigots
Into pale grey limestone basins.

The faithful wash,
Bag their sandals,
And for the fourth time since dawn,

Walk onto the lush carpet
Of the cool quiet mosque
Tiled in words and symbols.

They kneel, face the wall
And pray one more time.
I don’t know what they pray for,

But when I see their faces
And watch their devotions,
I know it’s something good.

It’s so still and calm
In the mosque,
You could hear a fly expire.

Painting: Faces #1214 ― the Emergency Broadcast System is activated

By Jack Brummet


Wednesday, August 19, 2015