Break the Pendulum

seek to understand, then be understood
how long will that take?
how patient can we be?
how do you understand racism?
who can understand ignorance?

it’s a prayer of the ideals of St. Francis
it’s a maxim from the mind of Covey
a good thing under normal circumstances
but change doesn’t happen with understanding
real change only happens with revolution

systemic racism is an evil virus
infecting weak minds and family values
passed on by weakened immune systems
carried by political rhetoric 400 years old
that melanin creates value, less is more

4 years of stupidity has lit a 400 year old fuse
that needs to finally set off a political bomb
to direct the right and the left to True North
snapping the pendulum, changing the course
and ridding the nation of anything but truth

in the aftermath of 2020, change is the only option
not a swing of the pendulum from right to left
we need a compass, 360 degrees of choice
choose a better path, not binary, but polynary
whether race, politics or gender, we will

choose to love, choose to accept, choose to lead
lead the revolution by changing the status quo
your status quo, what you know, what you believe
this is not a zero sum game where equilibrium reigns
the balance of power needs a fulcrum adjustment

it’s time to push out the supremacists in power
let the compass needle spin like a top
breaking the pillars that hold the blue/red line
open the nation and eventually the world
to a new day where the sun shines equally on us all

Pops 2020

One Day of Peace

The noise is unbearable
I cover my weary ears, which doesn’t help at all
Every source is switched off
Yet the ceaseless sounds of war still rage on at will
This isn’t about guns
Though the sound of rapid-fire won't dissipate
It’s not just politics
Though the endless voices won’t ever hesitate
A still small voice
Inside us all that is drowned out by the clutter
Can only be heard
When peace is found with who we call the other
One day of peace
That’s all I ask so that to the presence, we can open
One day it will come
But I fear it will be when there is no one left to listen
Pops 2020


be Inventive
do Something
embrace Originality
try Laughing
resist Anger
forget Time
love Excessively

Pops - 2020


Stepping into the unknown, unburdened, unaware
Of what will come, what will be, what we’ll do
As a community of lovers and haters, dreamers and dividers
Hoping things will change to stay the way they’ve always been

I take a breath and let it out - take a breath and let it out
Knowing the only changes we can make are internal and externally
Different attitudes and actions, be-attitudes and me-actions
Making things change - to be the kind humans the world needs

Kind humans, the world needs - more of this and less of that
Which makes us isolate and contemplate our own desires
Rather than the needs of the billions less fortunate - be more consulate
Kindness is the answer, Love is the cure, let’s walk together in this


Wisdom is not accomplished
It is earned
Not by listening to the same
But different
Opening up new sources
And new minds
To mine the riches found
In diversity
Of culture, of gender, of spirit
Outside yourself
And what you think you know
To what you don’t
Then applying that knowledge
To make peace