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Prologue
About Mirrors

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ Prologue ~ #0-401-B-C


An interesting thing about mirrors,
regardless of what we wish to see there,
we're a sum of all that has molded us,
every sleepless night, burden and care.

Those etchings of age on our face comprise
a tally of life and love, showing proof,
by curling up or down at mouth and eyes,
the battles we have won or lost since youth.

Would we want to relive those epic years,
re-experiencing joy and worry?
Or let them be as they were, let them rest,
moving forward to new days of glory?

Values, politics, opinions don't change,
we're a sum of all that has molded us.
The interesting thing about mirrors?
They reflect who we are from birth to dust.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 23, 2013
Repost ~ January 27, 2017

Author Notes This is a poem originally posted on March 23, 2013, one of my first contest entries on FanStory. I have decided to edit it and repost it as the Prologue to 'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' - my opinions on just about everything. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Syllables: 10

Photo: Out of focus shot of whirling dancers at Morongo PowWow, 2012, Carbazon, California - Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 1
Minefield

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #1-401-B-C


Yes, internet dating can work,
if you're savvy and not a jerk.
A minefield of paradoxes,
full of weirdoes, but some foxes.
Promote yourself as a great deal,
someone everyone else wants to steal.

Appear confident, but not vain;
sensitive to another's pain.
On the other hand, be cheerful.
Not paranoid, sad or tearful.
Having a laugh is always good.
Can't tell jokes to a block of wood.

Now that you've written your profile,
post a photo sure to beguile.
Clothing on please, not partly nude.
No pictures that are rude or crude.
Banter with suitors back and forth.
Take your time so they know your worth.

Omit the players not sincere,
who want to steal all you hold dear.
Do background checks for prior crime.
Make sure they phone you on their dime.
Fall in love before falling free.
It's quality, not quantity.

First date goes Dutch, but then he pays.
Disease testing before the lays.
Be forewarned by going forward.
On-line love is not for cowards.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 14, 2013

Author Notes My opinion on on-line dating. I know several couples who have met and married. Sometimes on-line dating doesn't work out. This poem is from a contest a couple of years ago. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: Bing


Chapter 2
Down With Clowns

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #2-401-B

A clown's profession is a devious task.
Humans lurking behind an inhuman mask.
Painted faces scaring kids, cringing with fright,
while parents push them forward to be polite.

Entertaining they're not, they're frightening freaks,
gesturing and laughing though voice never speaks,
aiming to amuse, but annoying at best.
If YOU think them comical, you be my guest.

Recall the clowns you have personally known.
Funny then, disrespected now that you're grown.
Delusional school chums playing tricks and pranks,
gathering your ridicule, but never thanks.

What sort of monster seeks to deceive the world,
like John Wayne Gacy, where murder victims swirled.
Prey falling under his malevolent star.
Down with hideous clowns who hide who they are.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 13, 2013

Author Notes As you can tell from my poem, I don't like clowns. Most children don't like them either. John Wayne Gacy, for those who aren't aware, was a serial killer who dressed as a clown. All lines have 11 syllables. Thank you clownpictures.org for the image and thank you for reading my poem.


Chapter 3
haughty emperor

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #3-401-B

haughty emperor
beguiling as pied piper
blind mice duped to doom

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 9, 201

Author Notes Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: 'American Flag' by Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 4
Poops!!

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics, & Comments' ~ #4-401-B-C


Piles of poop left behind in the park abound
Despite big signs to scoop your pooch's poop piles

Playing little children can step in the mound
Stinking up their shoes, spoiling their day playing

Do I clean up my Fido's job from the ground?
Yes! But not your Rover's, too. That's yours to do!

Plastic bags are great for this chore, I have found
You can brown bag it if you don't have plastic

It seems for some reason people want the hound
But not the commitment of caring for it

Pet parents skulk away when no one's around
Sneaking out of picking up after their pet

Stop and think if you agree my rant is sound
If you're guilty of leaving poop unscooped--stop!

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 23, 2013
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Author Notes This is a trans-word poem where first word of first line and last word of second line are the same. Thank you for reading my poetry.

My dogs and I love a walk in the park. It gives them a change of scene and what dog doesn't like to stop and smell the poops. BUT--it's irresponsible not to clean up after your dog and it can be expensive if you're ticketed.
All lines have 11 syllables.


Chapter 5
Laziness

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments ~ #5-401-B-C


He sits for hours focused on laptop solitaire
Eyes darting from cards to TV without a care
His spouse resentfully wades through chores one by one
While he slyly procrastinates until she's done

Cunningly late, the slothful one chimes in a bit
"Oh, I would have done that, but you beat me to it"
Laziness is a curse, a blight against the norm
Doubling the burden for the other to perform

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 5, 2014
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Author Notes Successful partnerships require equality of responsibility. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Syllables: 12. Thank you bensbitterblog for the image.


Chapter 6
Tax

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments ~ #6-401-B-C


Income tax filing is fraught with stress
Amount owed is anyone's guess
Nothing's feared more than IRS
Strewn receipts make a mess
Piled high on my desk
Paid with duress
I confess
Detest
Tax!

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 28, 2014
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Author Notes This is a Nonet form poem. Syllables: 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Image: Thank you backtaxdhelp.


Chapter 7
Albatross

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments ~ #7-401-B-C


Ascendency attracts ardent aspirers,
and 'Anointed' amasses admirers.
~ * ~
Adorers awaken, amateurs are aglow.
Atmospheric ashes asphyxiate airflow.
Altruistic applauding absurdly abounds,
although absent analysis astounds.
~ * ~
Aristocratic albatross assures abyss,
abrogating alternative aims as amiss.
Accolades assemble an alabaster altar,
amplifying arrogant adverse assaulter.
And 'Anointed, antimony anneals.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ April 6, 2014
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Author Notes Alliteration Celebration using all "a" words.
This is a poem about the elite who wield power without thought to the masses they serve.

Image: Thank you earthdna.


Chapter 8
The Race is On

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments ~ #8-401-B

Midterms are here.
The race is on,
locally and nationally.
Hold your privilege dear.
Get out and vote.
~*~
Governor Walker or challenger Mary Burke.
One to close Wisconsin's purse and one to open it.
Today please vote early or late or after work.
~*~
Follow your conscience with sincere reflection.
Cast your ballot--light a beacon,
to steer our great nation in the right direction.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 4, 2014
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Author Notes This was a poem to urge voters to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. No matter what your party affiliation, please vote in the midterms.
No set syllable count or rhyme.


Chapter 9
Kick Me To The Curb

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments ~ #9-401-B


Kick me to the curb to let me know you care.
Punch me in the stomach, come on, hit me square.
Your boot fits so well landing on my backside.
One more time, please, I don't want you to backslide.
~*~
Don't treat me well, maybe I'll get used to it.
Slap me around a little more, just don't quit.
Groveling at your feet gives me such pleasure.
Kick me again and once more for good measure.
~*~
Seeing all the nice things you do for others,
your cronies, illegals, celebs and brothers.
Attempting to score points with strangers, you fawn
running hither and thither from dusk till dawn.
~*~
All things to all people, knocking yourself out,
but when insulting me, your voice is a shout.
When I need you, where are you, you're never there,
touting your love, I beg to differ, contraire.
~*~
Covering up scandals, come pile it on--
IRS, the VA, Benghazi not gone,
Ebola, open border, the middle east.
America's a mess, still you feed the beast.
~*~
You take me for granted and all that I do,
depleting my soul and my pocketbook too
while you toss me aside like I'm an old hat.
Protect your citizen, you haughty fat cat.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 8, 2014
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Author Notes Love my rant or hate it--our country is in trouble and we are being abused by those who work for us. We deserve better.
Thank you for the image, sodahead.


Chapter 10
Obama & Putin in China

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #10-401-B


While the protocol infraction may seem minor,
should Obama chew his gum while in China?
Chinese snicker and pan him in twitters.
Translates into bad manners, giving them jitters.
To President Xi Jinping it signals an affliction,
even if it's Nicorette for tobacco addiction.
~*~
Putin doesn't seem to fare much better
by handing Mrs. Xi Jinping a sweater.
Heartthrob of Russia with high testosterone,
he's chided to leave other men's women alone.
The complaints and frowns, the ups and downs
confirm belief that politicians are clowns.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 12, 2014
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Author Notes Diplomacy in China off to a challenging start with two world leaders showing lapses in protocol--Obama chewing gum and Putin attentive to Chinese president's wife, both actions causing raised eyebrows.

Image: Thank you pressTV


Chapter 11
Rosetta Comet Drone Philae

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #11-401-B


A decade ago the journey began,
traveling a four-billion mile span.
"Rosetta" shot thrice around the earth,
then once encircled Mars' girth.
Boosting its speed to super power,
increasing velocity to 41,000 miles per hour.
~*~
Rosetta's "Philae" landed with a bounce.
As of today it's the passenger on a comet,
which full name 67P is difficult to pronounce,
assigned to study origin of the cosmos.
~*~
Congrats European Space Agency,
you're a mover and a shaker.
While our nation caved to complacency,
you became a history maker.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 12, 2014
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Author Notes ESA was successful in landing Rosetta spacecraft's "Philae" probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will hitch a ride on the comet to study the cosmos. American politicians decided to stop space exploration, while other nations stepped up their programs.

Image: Thank you gizmag.


Chapter 12
Gimmee, Gimmee, Gimmee

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #12-401-B


What? You say you want to steal from me?
You chalk up your lack to social disparity?
Try to take what's mine and make it yours?
Crying and whining just makes you bores.
I'm sorry that your life isn't hunky-dory,
but there really are two sides to every story.

Is the disparity because I stuck it out in school?
You can do that, too, if you don't play the fool.
Earned a degree, paid for it myself, got a good job.
Didn't look around for a millionaire to rob.
Now in retirement, having skimped and saved,
I should give what's mine to you? How depraved!

My advice is to educate yourself, learn to speak well.
Wait to start a family until after the wedding bell.
Plan for what you want, not spending every dime.
Taking away from someone else really IS a crime.
Equalize your opportunity and chance for success.
Don't expect that others will fulfill your happiness.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 14, 2014
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Author Notes It's fashionable these days to bash those whose ingenuity and hard work has allowed them to accomplish something. Please don't play the victim by buying into the self-defeating premise of helplessness, because then you truly are helpless.

Image: Thank you gagaman deviantart.


Chapter 13
Grubering

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #13-401-B


Are you guilty of grubering?
Newest word in our Lexicon,
by telling lies to get a pass,
your scruples having gone.

How stupid do they think we are?
Pretty dumb it seems to me.
Laughing at our trust in them.
Murky transparency!

Will the Supremes take on the task,
of righting the mess we're in?
Will flim-flammers be condemned--
or continue grubering?

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 18, 2014
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Author Notes If you're unsure what the term "grubering" means--tune in to the news or look it up on-line.
Update: January 2017 - When Obamacare - a Ponzi scheme - otherwise known as The Affordable Care Act- was written, Jonathan Gruber was the architect of it. He knew it wouldn't work, but the Obama administration passed it anyway to win favor with the American people for universal health care and seal President Obama's legacy. Later Gruber admitted he and the administration lied, but Obamacare had already been passed.
Jonathan Gruber's said: "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage...call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever..."

Premiums went through the roof, patients couldn't keep their own doctors as promised, and deductibles were so high that patients couldn't afford to go to the doctor. The only people who benefited from it were those who were subsidized by the taxpayers and President Obama. Hopefully in 2017 with President Trump being elected, Obamacare will be repealed and a new more efficient universal health care system will replace it.

Image: Thank you federalistpapers.


Chapter 14
Junk Mail or Is It?

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #14-401-B-C

You are looking at junk mail.
It's Christmas.
Here's another calendar.
Each charity sends one.
They never fail.

You are April's kitty.
So cute.
It looks like your cat!
Photos are mighty fine.
May line the litter box with them.
Good potty material.

You are up to your ears in labels.
Got dozens!
Here's more.
Can't use them all,
not in this lifetime.
Anyway, print is too small.
Who still writes letters?
Everybody uses the internet.

You ARE able
to use those labels.
That is, if you're creative.
Substitute them for Scotch tape.
When re-gifting that chia pet.
Hey, it might be an option!

You are aware, I'm sure,
there ARE worthy causes,
hoping for contributions.
It's to be expected.
A check to keep the lights on.
No harm in that.

Come to think of it,
when WAS your last donation?
Let's take a look.
Ah, here's one.
"Save the Arctic Gnat?"
Where's the checkbook?

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 26, 2014
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Author Notes This contest challenge was to free verse and to start each stanza except the last with "you are" as if talking to myself. Since the contest (which I won) I have revised it a bit. Thank you for reading.

At Christmas time, we're inundated with calendars and address labels. Who do we choose to donate to? Some, none, all?
Image: charitiesonlinenewsj


Chapter 15
Bullfrog

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #15-401-B

to insure his job,
Has-Been bullfrog croaks out hate.
Rev King rolls over.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 30, 2014
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Author Notes Inciting burning and looting is unconscionable. We need unity and cool heads to solve weighty problems. Without spewing hatred and fanning the flames of racism, this man (and others with the same toxic message) would be out of a job.
Image: Thank you sodahead for the image.


Chapter 16
Is This What You Want?

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #16-401-B

Is this what you want?
Race baiters and haters
Two cops murdered
While top brass caters
~*~
Who will you phone
In the midst of it all
Finding yourself alone
When criminals call
Is this what you want?

Marilyn D.F. Boire
December 22, 2014
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Author Notes Two NY City police officers were assassinated while sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn this weekend. The gunman stated his intentions on Facebook. There is a "Sea of Blue Ribbon Campaign" where people are asked to put a huge blue bow on the front of their house from December 20 to December 31 in support of our police officers. Kindly consider doing that. Thank you for reading my poetry


Chapter 17
That Color Was Blue

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #17-401-B

Just a simple turn of the body
Nothing glitzy, grand or gaudy
Not boisterous, seedy or crass
Nothing low class, foul or bad ass
No lie-in, die-in on Macy's floor
Not heaving insults, stones and more
No looting, violence or burning
Just the simplicity of bodies turning
~*~
NYPD Blue, 25,000 strong, turned their backs
Condemning the Mayor for courage he lacks
The most powerful gesture of all quiet acts
While at Ramos' funeral bugler played taps
Then Commissioner Bratton stood and said,
With pride and sorrow mingled with dread
He eulogized Officers Ramos and Liu
"They were killed for their color. That color was blue."

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ December 28, 2014
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Author Notes NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car eating lunch on December 20, 2014 by a gunman who stated on Facebook his intentions. NYPD feels Mayor DeBlasio has not been supportive of NY Finest, therefore they have turned their backs on him.


Chapter 18
Meaning of Life in 3-D

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #17-401-B


Earth hurtles through space while on axis twirls.
Like it or not this is a material world.
Tangible assets we utilize and enjoy,
Because God granted us brains to employ.

And since we have bodies with needs to be met,
people keep striving to achieve and to get.
Still there are those who feel guilty for having.
They want to give way to those who are lacking.

But on 3-D earth we all have talents to use,
with the chance to hone them or risk to lose.
As long as our goods are not ill-gotten gains,
show no shame for what your initiative attains.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 7, 2015
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Author Notes Some people feel guilty for the good things in their lives. They've worked hard to attain them for themselves and their family. Charity is good and we must all be willing to help others, BUT each person must ultimately be responsible for himself/herself--to make good use of God-given talents they possess.

Image: Creation of Man (Adam) Sistine Chapel - Fresco by Michelangelo


Chapter 19
Eiffel Tower Went Dark

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #19-401-B


We, as artists, poets, and writers
The ultimate freedom fighters
Watched as the Eiffel Tower went dark
So, on a new mission we must embark
Vowing to speak out in stout voices
That liberty means we do have choices
Yes, create your words and pictures
Free from intimidation and strictures
Do employ your pens and brushes
Realizing that censorship crushes
~ * ~
But we must use more than paint and ink
As terror brings us to the very brink
Our leaders must lead, construct a plan
Walking surefooted, taking a stand
Courage is needed, take a step forward
Nations don't respect a cringing coward
Pandering to appease makes each a pawn
While danger increases as time goes on
If goodness flinches we'll live to dread
And humanity will cease in years ahead

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 10, 2015
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Author Notes In crises, as the world is experiencing now, nations must unite to preserve freedom. We've done it before and can do it again, but it takes courageous leadership, which is lacking at this time.
Image: Courtesy of Toronto Star


Chapter 20
Is It Wise?

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #20-401-B

Free speech challenges
Making prudent decisions
Should we? Is it wise?

If we poke a snake
knowing it will coil to strike
Should we? Is it wise?

Think how it riles us
to become hate-speak's target
Do we turn our cheek?

Why then is it wise
to print to antagonize?
Just because we can!

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 11, 2015
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Author Notes Please read my other poem entitled, "Eiffel Tower Went Dark," which encourages artists/writers to not be deterred by censorship. My POV, however, is different when it comes to self-censorship. Surely we don't want to shut down free speech, but viciousness unrestrained provokes, inflames, enrages. It's a dangerous game to play. Which groups are deemed to be "fair game" for ridicule--mine or yours? Are my politics correct, but yours are not? Is your religion/no religion true but mine is not? The point of my 5-7-5 x4 is to question OUR motives as creative people by asking--"How do I feel when hate is directed toward me/mine/ours?"

Image: Thank you flicker.


Chapter 21
Sloth

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #21-401-B-C


Greed is a sinful deadly thing
Encompassing
The other six
A toxic mix

Wrath is the product of Envy
Lust is frenzy

Pride struts and speaks
Gluttony eats

But Sloth observes and does nothing
Suffocating
Limits vision
And ambition


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 23, 2015
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Author Notes A Minute poem - 3 stanzas, 60 syllables, 8,4,4,4. Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 22
It's Wally, by Golly

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #22-401-B

It's Wally, by golly, park the car.
In each town, don't have to go far.
Walmart's like a little city.
Some don't like it, what a pity.
One-stop shop for the stuff I need.
Others still say it's full of greed.
But I'm of the opposite bent,
believing it is Heaven sent.
Friendly folk who greet with a smile.
Down to earth, just the rank and file.
Shopping there is half the trouble,
saving me from paying double.

Lots of imports sold from China.
Debt and deficit owed, not minor,
till trade agreements play us fair,
Mexico, Asia, here and there.
China's glad to keep on lending
cause the feds keep overspending.
Our grandkids will pay, goodness knows,
since national debt grows and grows.
We're barely paying interest now.
Step up, Obama, take a bow

Switching gears to entertainment,
patrons DO wear sloppy raiment.
Sit on a bench and rest a while,
people watch and enjoy their style.
Wally shoppers provide a view.
Many are nearly bare, it's true.
Bouncy bottoms, jelly-belly fat,
hard to tell where their waist is at.
Makes me wonder where else I'd go
to have a laugh and see the show.

Employees say they love the place.
Not couch potatoes taking space.
Got a job and making some cash.
Paying the bills, squirreling stash.
Regular folks working to live,
and don't need grief to get or give.
If something better comes along,
they'll punch the clock and bid "so long."
As for me I'll stick with Wally,
cause that's where it's at, by golly!

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 16, 2015
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Author Notes Love it or hate it, Walmart is here. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: I love walmart. bing


Chapter 23
Equal Opportunity Bigots

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #23-401-B-C


Bigot is a term people dread to be called.
What me? That's absurd.
Rankles the psyche and gets us galled.
It's akin to a four-letter word.

Resentment opens a two-way spigot
where seething anger swells,
encouraging equal-opportunity bigots,
once victims themselves.

Prejudice is not always white on black.
It often is the reverse;
an attempt to balance some perceived lack,
a glitch in the universe.

Bigots are many, no matter the shade,
trampling God, gender and race,
calling it payback for past errors made
by hurling insults to debase.

Haters strut, shout, give thumbs up to riot,
but more is lost than won
by troublemakers who seek to disquiet
because to fear is to shun.

We shun what we fear and shun you we will.
Our ears will close to your cause,
and you will discover you're not accepted still,
since your actions have broken our laws.

Throw down the race card and chaos gloats,
but that tactic is all wrong.
Can't shove approval down people's throats.
It's time to sing a new song.

Honor grows when conduct is awesome.
No one wins medals for zero.
Solutions can be found to the problem,
but rage won't be the hero.

Anarchy's name isn't spelled s-a-v-i-o-r.
Bedlam prolongs the fight.
Salvation is near but requires good behavior
to ensure a peaceful night.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 20, 2015
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Author Notes You can't get something for nothing. Behavior counts. Reverse discrimination is flourishing. The ones who cry bigotry are bigots themselves. Skin color doesn't matter, behavior does.
Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: "Black Rose, White Rose." Watercolor by Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 24
End of Days

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #24-401-B


I fear the world is approaching the end of days,
experiencing terrible events through a bloody haze.
Malevolence tracks our moves and clouds our gaze.
All the while so-called leaders stall in great malaise.

Faulty compass sets a course impossible to retract,
the fortitude of man's goodness becoming slack.
Soon the foul disease of evil will not permit turning back.
Acquiescence is concession to a deck that's stacked.

Citizens of all countries of the earth must not ignore
holocaust, and repetition of horrors done before.
It's imperative that we permanently shut that door,
eliminating persecution now and forevermore.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 1, 2015
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Author Notes ISIS and terror in the middle east.
Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: Bing


Chapter 25
Snubbing Bibi

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #25-401-B


Snubbing Bibi is the latest gambit,
one to raise hackles high.
Why would the administration do it,
insult our friend, our ally.

America needs a man like him,
with tunnel vision to survive.
Right now the odds are slim to dim
to preserve our nation whole, alive.

Netanyahu's an ally to embrace.
Listen to his speech to Congress.
Those who snub him are a disgrace.
Stay strong, Bibi, and God bless.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 1, 2015
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Author Notes Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress. Many democrats as well as President Obama plan to boycott his speech on Tuesday.


Chapter 26
Addicted

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #26-401-B


It's been a hard and bumpy ride.
Long ago I lost my pride.
My need for you I cannot hide.
I just want you by my side.

When you're gone I'm forlorn.
Another's comfort I will scorn.
When holding you I am reborn,
even though my heart is torn.

And I surrender to your will.
You are mine, I love you still.
Take me over the next hill,
for one is not enough to fill.

I pray that I can drop this mask,
all I have to do is ask,
but I'm not up to the task,
tightly held within your grasp.

I would refuse you if I could.
Others tell me that I should.
To turn my back on you for good,
I'd sooner die if I would.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 17, 2015
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Author Notes Whether addicted to food, alcohol, drugs, a person, writing (just kidding)--with addiction you must surrender to win. Just ask for help. Twelve Step Programs are free: AA, NA, OA, GA.
Thank you for reading my poetry.

All lines have seven syllables. Lack of punctuation is purposeful.
Image: Thank you bing.


Chapter 27
What Is More Beautiful?

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #27-401-B-C


What is more beautiful than the red, white and blue?
Waving free and proud against the clouds,
flapping and snapping crisp in the wind,
above the parades and milling crowds.

What lofty goal does it preserve up there so high?
Taken for granted by us each day,
raised and lowered on a pole to the sky,
"just colors," some say, then turn away.

But what if it was gone, if it ceased to exist?
Would we cry for liberty, now missed?
Ourselves deprived of the gifts it brings,
and fight for the ground that once we kissed.

Will we unite to honor our flag flying free?
In the true American spirit,
celebrate with picnics and fireworks,
and vow to keep our land, not lose it
.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 3, 2015
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Author Notes Image: Thank you Frazier Drake, Idyllwild, CA, for permission to use your beautiful photo.
Happy Independence Day everyone. First line of each stanza has 12 syllables, remaining three lines of each stanza have 9.
Thank you for reading my poem.


Chapter 28
Prayers to Heaven on 9/11

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #28-401-B

prayers to Heaven
today on nine eleven
always remember


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ September 11, 2015
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Author Notes Image: Pulitzer.org


Chapter 29
Oh My Stars

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #29-401-B

Oh my stars!
Exploring Mars?
Robotic cars,
like Star Wars.

Lots of sand,
mounds of rocks.
Not so grand
for astronauts.

Food and air?
Water for thirst?
Nothing there!
Who'll go first?

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ October 10, 2015
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Author Notes Photo: NASA's robotic rover at Mount Sharp on Mars. Thank you Bing for today's image.


Chapter 30
Freedom

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #30-401-B


When more is demanded than we desire to give,
we're deprived of the liberty required to live.
Keeping silent allows stifling despots to bring
oppressive ideologies to which they cling.

While chafing at restraints of the burdensome noose,
it necessitates the bonds be severed and loosed.
Sovereign nations that yearn to fly high and free
refuse to accept autocratic tyranny.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ October 11, 2015
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Author Notes Freedom requires vigilance or we risk losing it.
Image: Thank you Bing and posthumously to Moshe Dyan for his ever-timely quote.


Chapter 31
Celebrate Veterans

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' - #31-401-B-C

Praise God each day for His saving grace
     which guards those leaving us here, bereft.
Heroes shipped off to a distant place,
     "It's our duty," they said before they left.

We struck a match, a candle glowed,
     to bless them in each situation.
The way back home, the bright beam showed,
     giving reason for celebration.

Veterans Day we cannot ignore,
     recognizing all that heroes do.
We thank those who served, the trials they bore,
     grateful God granted they made it through.

But families of countless others
     have endured a dreadful, painful loss.
We honor all our gallant brothers,
     who have sacrificed for freedom's cost.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 8, 2015
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Author Notes Thank you to all service men and women. You are the best of the best, not just on Veterans Day, but every day. My poem says "brothers" for rhyme's sake, but surely is meant to include women.
Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 32
Ribbons and Bows

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' - #32-401-B

The world watches and waits as terror grows.
It gathers momentum that never slows.
Leaders pontificate as bloodshed flows,
while innocents lie in deadly repose.

None dare venture where the enemy goes.
Inertia paralyzes from head to toes.
No action is taken to thwart our foes,
while lack of direction compounds the woes.

PC reigns, fearing fortitude to impose.
Peace is preferred, wrapped in ribbons and bows,
but Armageddon will bring it all to a close.
Can humanity be saved?  Only God knows.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ Sunday, November 15, 2015
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Author Notes PC = political correctness
"Peace is preferred, wrapped in ribbons in bows." Everyone on earth wants peace except those who strive for total control of everybody else. There is no plan among nations to prevent terror attacks from continuing. World leadership is frozen in confusion. Inertia is the word of the moment.

Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: Bing cover page for today.


Chapter 33
Free World Lost

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' - #33-401-B-C

Paris mourns again
the free world has lost its faith
Satan rejoices


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 16, 2015
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Author Notes This is the second terrorist attack on Paris in 2015. Kudos to President Hollande for taking steps to protect his people.

Image: Gargoyle atop Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. Courtesy of architecture.about.com


Chapter 34
Confusion

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #34-401-B


Confusion leaves us between and betwixt.
We tend to blame the mind for playing tricks.
Psyche seems weighted by stones and bricks,
while our brain overloads as if it's bewitched.

We attempt to scratch what is being itched.
Plausible solutions are neatly nixed.
Facing the unknown, emotions are mixed.

Before taking the leap, we stand transfixed,
unsure of the outcome action predicts.
But there are few mistakes that can't be fixed,
then sigh with relief when problem's deep-sixed.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ December 2, 2015
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Author Notes Most times the solution to a problem just requires taking some action. If that doesn't work, try something else.
This is a monorhyme. All lines have 10 syllables. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: "Relativity" lithograph 1953, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972).


Chapter 35
Pearl Harbor

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #35-401-B


It was December 7, 1941,
on that Sunday morn in Pearl Harbor,
when hundreds of Japanese planes bombed after dawn,
a day may we always remember.

There will always be those who want total control,
to destroy what we cannot undo.
We then joined with our allies for liberty's cause,
America entered WWII.

Let history caution us to never forget,
to circumvent a costly error.
Bravely we took a stand then, must do so again,
not give in to ISIS terror.

Goodness will lose if it's inertia we choose,
and tears will fall from Heaven's crying.
We must unite together for salvation's sake,
to save humanity from dying.

Remembering Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii
December 7, 1941 - December 7, 2015


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ December 7, 2015
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Author Notes When Pearl Harbor was bombed, it would be two months before I was born. Hitler was terrorizing Europe and Hirohito in the Pacific. Shortly after Pearl Harbor the U.S. entered WWII. Today we remember Pearl Harbor, "a date that will live in infamy," as spoken by President Franklin Roosevelt. The free world is facing a new threat now--radical Islamic terrorism.

Syllable count 12, 9, 12, 9. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: Thank you sdpearlharbor.com


Chapter 36
On Censorship

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #36-401-B


Censorship on FanStory, I think--NOT!
Unspoiled bastion that liberty bought.
If you don't like words an author begot,
just move on, skip it, but don't be a snot.
We're not all the same, not cutter cookies.
Dissent is allowed, after all we're not rookies.
Aren't we free thinkers, entitled to say
what's on our mind, do we HAVE to obey?
If you want--go ahead, enter the fray.
If not, out of the way, you don't have to play.


February 28, 2016 ~ Marilyn D.F. Boire
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Author Notes I know, I know--the word "begot" just rhymes better.

This is an opinion piece after reading flap about shutting people down on FanStory because of disagreement with writer's content. If you don't like it, please skip it. Otherwise, consider enjoying your freedom of speech before it's gone. Nobody's going to change anybody's mind--so live and let live. Whatever you want for yourself, somebody wants for himself/herself, too. Just ask yourself, if I push my opinion on another person, am I willing to let them do the same to me? Or is it a one-way street? Do as I say, don't do as I do!

Any reference to anyone alive or dead in this post is pure coincidence.
Thank you for reading my poetry (I think).
Image: Thank you Voltaire and bing.


Chapter 37
When The Grid Goes Down

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #37-401-B

When the grid goes down,
they say it will,
not just for days,
but long term.
It's not IF it goes dark,
they say,
but when.
Can we cope then?

Digital infrastructure,
aging,
invites hackers in.

Worse...terrorist cyber warfare,
knocking us off the grid,
into prolonged blackout.

Unconcerned, unaware,
none care to prepare.
None dare...
speak of the unspeakable.

Electronically,
slaving to technology,
our lives are on the line.
On-line...all the time.

Every secret shared,
blabbing to strangers,
as if they cared.
Still, we volunteer more...
selfies on photophones.
Cry when we're hacked.
Wish we'd shut the door,
want to be left alone.

But when the grid goes down,
everything will stop.
No lights, no pix, no texts.

Another foreboding twist,
government ceases to exist.
Yay, you say?
Finally, Big Brother will be quiet,
not poking into our business.
It's then we realize,
we're truly digitalized.
No one to call.

Confusion, chaos, fear.
No guidance, no reassurance.
No FEMA, no mass communication.
No radio, no TV.
No water, no heat, no food.
No schools, no work, no wages.
No gas, no banking, no nothing.

Then we'll wish we listened,
when those loons, fringies...
people we'd scoffed at,
those Preppers warned.
"Stock up," they said,
"store the basics--food, fuel, water.
Learn to self protect from marauders,
those who'll threaten harm."
Now you alone must keep the calm.

We lament we didn't listen.
How do we live off the land?
Survivors must be self sufficient,
possessing fortitude, knowledge.

When there's no one else around,
will we cave in to desolation?
Pray to God for His salvation?
We'll be on our own,
when the power grid goes down.


March 6, 2016 ~ Marilyn D.F. Boire
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Author Notes In the modern world, we're "on the grid." We love our computers, banking on line, etc. Technology has taken over manual functions. Almost nothing is done without it. We're on-line every day on FanStory. We love it. But, the threat of prolonged power grid failure is real. Preppers are not entirely out of their minds. Search info about--when the grid goes down--to read about it. I'm not a Prepper (yet) but I know many who are. Family and neighbors will have to band together in catastrophe, rely on each other. Thank you for reading.


Chapter 38
Bravo to England!

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #38-401-B

Bravo to England!
Determine your destiny.
Sovereign from EU.


Marilyn D.F. Boire - June 24, 2016
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Author Notes Citizens of England voted to get out of the European Union (Brexit). A big step to determine their own country's sovereignty. Bravo. England has always been a great leader. It's proved itself again today. I believe other countries will follow this courageous move.
Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 39
Ink

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' #39-401-B

Ink.
Stop! Think!
Look around
with judgment sound,
before you begin
to mutilate your skin.
Will that tattoo look as cool
uncovered at the swimming pool?
Chantilly wrapped--will you try to hide
tatts that steal more attention than the bride?
~*~
And as time passes, in years to follow,
does that act of daring ring hollow
as kids ask what you were thinking--
were you high, were you drinking?
Tatts okay at twenty,
change at seventy.
Keep pristine skin.
Shine within.
Rethink!
Ink.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 26, 2016
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Author Notes Inspiration: I saw a middle aged couple at the store today. Both had multiple tattoos. A tasteful one MAY be okay, but multiples are an addiction. Men can be addicted, too. Trust me when I say that most people viewing those with lots of tattoos are embarrassed for them. Men carry it off as a macho thing. My son has lots of tattoos. I told him it's time for him to stop! My disclaimer is that this is just my opinion. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Chantilly = wedding dress lace.

Image: bing.


Chapter 40
Overpopulation

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #40-401-B-C

Earth teeters on overpop!
What is zero pop?
Stop at two?


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 29, 2016
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Author Notes We are outgrowing our planet. Too many people. Zero population growth (ZPG) means just replace yourselves. Stop at two kids. All other problems connected with pollution, climate, and lack of resources, etc., are the product of exploding population growth.


Chapter 41
Heart of Gold

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #41-401-B-C

Her heart is golden from her point of view.
Aching bones creak weary, her teeth are few.
Loose dentures clack when she attempts to chew
She daily dons a dress of blue, her chosen hue.

Disposition's gray, not yellow sunny.
Fancies herself to be sweet as honey
False smile is forced, thinks nothing is funny.
She's dour, green apple sour and stashes her money.

When temper flares red, her wrath's brassy bold,
old stories retold with penchant to scold.
She complains a lot, it's hell growing old.
Still, she's convinced her hateful heart pumps pure gold.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 30, 2016
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Author Notes Thank you for reading my poetry. Syllables: 10-10-10-12.
Image: Thank you bing, PositiveMed.com and Quotes-4-U.com.


Chapter 42
Like Pontius Pilate

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #42-401-B


Like Pontius Pilate he washes his hands.
Careers won or lost upon where he stands.
Comey passes the decision to Lynch.
So, the fix is in, it's a lead-pipe cinch,
that one lays down and another one swears.
We have to wonder if anyone cares.

There are those who insist the system's rigged.
Lady Justice prevailed, she then reneged.
Some continue to believe she's sainted.
Win or lose her reputation's tainted.
If scales are unbalanced before the law,
then this is our Republic's last hurrah.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 5, 2016
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Author Notes FBI director Comey passed the baton to Attorney General Lynch as to whether to indict or not Hillary Rodham Clinton for her e-mail misuse. He made the decision not to make a decision. Whether we love a candidate or not, no one is above the law--so they say. Is this true? Do you care?
Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: Thank you bing.


Chapter 43
drones clutter the sky

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #43-401-B-C

drones clutter the sky
camera captures your smile
you are not alone


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 15, 2016
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Author Notes Image: A "camera drone," courtesy of bing.


Chapter 44
Ah, To Be Off The Grid!

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #44-401-B-C

Ah, to be off the grid,
a weekend, a week.
Refreshing and tranquil,
communing with nature,
reviving the id.

The quiet, the calm,
soothing balm.
Songbirds and deer abound.
Nature sounds.


But if infrastructure fails,
permanently,
outdated as it is,
or through terrorism,
then what?

The wannabe adventurer
thrust to be the survivalist.
Necessity, the inventor.

Oh, to be a prepper!

No satellites to power up,
no electronics to rely.
No creature comforts,
no phone, fuel, or money.
Truly back to the Dark Ages.

How to spark fire to cook
food we catch and sup?
Glean from the land.
Stave off roving bands,
as ancestors did.
Pray we don't lose the grid.


Marilyn D.F. Boire - August 10, 2016
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Author Notes The grid going down long term and/or permanently is a real possibility through aging infrastructure, natural disaster or terrorism. Only the hardiest and most prepared survivalists will know how to protect themselves and their families. That's what preppers are all about. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Id: basic instincts for self preservation.
Preppers: People prepared to survive the grid going down.


Chapter 45
Hillary and The Donald

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #45-401-B-C


Our country's wrapped tight, can't seem to unwind.
The Donald, we know, is one of a kind.
Won't take it on the chin, he's not refined.
Tweets out responses for the daily grind.
Vows he will save us, not lead from behind,
enforce border laws, for which he's maligned.
But love him or hate him, he speaks his mind.

Hillary wears pantsuits, her voice is shrill.
Lost last time to Obama, a bitter pill.
Now glass ceiling's broken, she's in for the kill.
Says she'll win the White House, bring along Bill.
Hauled before Congress, she skated the grill.
The second amendment gives her a chill.
Says she's not crooked, Foundation's no shill.
She promises the ranch and lots of free frills.

Donald's hair's flying, he's having a ball.
He says Hill's speeches are paid by the Wall.
Hillary lied, didn't answer the call.
Her server was hacked, there was no firewall.
Hillary cries foul, says Donald's got gall.
Lamestream media and Fox spin it all.
Each side is hoping the other will fall.
While voters just want relief from the pall.


Marilyn D.F. Boire - August 14, 2016
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Author Notes Image: Thank you comdiginews.com

Notes on this piece (if you care to read them).
Donald
"not lead from behind" - Donald says he will take a stand against ISIS.
"enforce border laws" - Donald wants to enforce existing immigration
laws (not currently enforced), build a wall on the southern border,
temporarily suspend refugees from terrorist countries from entering
the U.S. until they can be properly vetted, and end sanctuary cities
which harbor convicted immigrant felons.
"keep Gitmo open" - if Gitmo is closed, we would have to bring terrorist
prisoners to the US which would allow them all the legal rights of
American citizens.
Fox - conservative news.

Hillary
"lost to Obama" - in 2008 election she was passed over in Democrat
nomination in favor of Obama.
"skated the grill" - no charges were brought against Hillary by Congress,
FBI, or Department of Justice for the unauthorized server in her home.
"second amendment" - Hillary wants to amend constitutional gun rights.
"Foundation's no shill" - The Clinton Foundation allegedly grants
donors favors for their contributions, called "pay to play."
"free frills" - Hillary was pushed to the left by Bernie Sanders. She wants
to expand benefits of all kinds to citizens and non-citizens alike,
including free public college tuition and medical benefits, free child
care and family leave. Admits taxes will have to be raised to do this.
"speeches paid by the Wall" - Wall Street.
"didn't answer the call" - as Secretary of State, Hillary ignored Benghazi
victims pleas for assistance while under attack in Libya.
"lamestream media" - liberal news

Hillary and The Donald -
Both candidates want to bring business back to the U.S. Donald wants to give a one time tax break to those companies to come back and to do business here at a lower tax rate which would increase jobs and improve the economy. Hillary is opposed to this plan.

Healthcare - Hillary wants a single payer system (issued by the government). Healthcare costs are due for a big increase this year as plan as it is cannot be financially sustained. Donald wants competition for lower rates to patients. Both candidates will alter Obamacare.

Immigration - Hillary wants open borders. Donald wants immigration laws to be enforced and proper vetting of refugees.

Foreign Policy - Both candidates want diplomacy, if possible. Donald is for a strong stand against ISIS and Iran. Hillary may be stronger than Obama on this issue. For now she says things will continue as is.

Taxes - Donald wants to cut tax rates across the board to stimulate the economy, help the middle class, and stimulate job growth. Hillary admits taxes will have to go up to provide the free frills when Bernie pushed her more to the left of center.

National Debt - Face it, folks, we are broke. U.S. national debt is 19+ trillion dollars and growing by the minute as we speak. Pump "U.S. National Debt real time clock" into your search engine and watch the numbers flicker. Hillary will continue with social programs to increase it. Donald wants to get a hold on it.

Government - Hillary wants to expand it. Donald wants to eliminate redundant agencies and give administrators the ability to fire incompetent employees.

Veterans - Both want to help veterans get the medical help they deserve.

Military - Not sure about Hillary, but Donald wants to replenish our diminishing strength and outdated equipment, feeling a strong military is a deterrent.

Environment - Both candidates are advocates. Donald wants to explore all forms of energy that will preserve our environment without crippling our economy.

If you've gotten this far, you are a news junkie like me. Thank you for reading.


Chapter 46
Saved

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #46-401-B

Constitution saved
Silent America spoke last night
States tumbled one after another
The map turned red
This was our last chance to make it right
No more pitting brother on brother
The map turned red
A new pathway paved


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 9, 2016

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Author Notes Congratulations, Donald. Now we will have a president for ALL the people. Silent America has spoken.

Image: Bing


Chapter 47
Is There A Monster In The Closet?

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #47-401-B-C


A monster is not one who jumps out of the closet.
A monster is a human being who has lost it.
One who is malicious, who torments, hurts and calls names.
One who destroys peace of mind, is foul-mouthed and defames.
There are too many of these nasty monsters about.
Next time you meet one, run fast for your life and get out.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 10, 2016
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Author Notes Many times the monsters are real. This is a social commentary poem on domestic violence. (Most victims are women and children, but sometimes men are victims.) If you find yourself in a bad situation, please get help and leave--for the safety of yourself and your children.

Image: Bing


Chapter 48
Hallelujah!

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #48-401-B


Dance me to the end of love, Leonard croons,
romantic, gravelly voice quivering.
Fisted hands grabbing mike; audience swoons,
raw emotions electric, shivering.

Salvation grows!  With each note, spirits raise.
Hallelujah! His mellow sound be praised.
On YouTube songs replayed everlasting.
Leonard Cohen, the world mourns your passing.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 14, 2016
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Author Notes Leonard Cohen, a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist died at age 82 on November 7, 2016 in Los Angeles. Two of his songs I particularly like are: 1) 'Dance Me To The End Of Love' - from one of my favorite movies entitled, 'Dancing At The Blue Iguana.' 2) Halleluja.
You can listen to him sing these and other songs on YouTube. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships (Wikipedia). He will be greatly missed.

Rhyme pattern: 10 syllables. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: bing - probiodiversity


Chapter 49
Remember Pearl Harbor

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #49-401-B


The first anniversary of Pearl Harbor,
     sailors solemnly touched a knee to the ground.
Wreaths placed on crosses in nineteen forty two
     honor those who died to keep us safe and sound.

We still remember their sacrifice that day,
     when the Japanese attacked on Sunday dawn.
It brought America into World War II,
     and the 'day that lives in infamy' was born.

Lest you complain that was a long time ago
     and that we need not remember every year.
Please consider that thought and realize,
     thousands gave their lives to save what you hold dear.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ December 7, 2016
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Author Notes The following information and photo (Bettman/Getty Images) are courtesy of bing home page today. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance in 1942, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
This photo was taken one year after the 1941 Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor that killed about 2,400 Americans. With the volcanic cone of Diamond Head in the background, Navy personnel place leis on the gravestones of their comrades who died during the attack on the Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay, which occurred just minutes before the Pearl Harbor attacks. Twenty were killed in the Kaneohe Bay attack, including two civilians. The enlisted personnel were buried at this beach near the community of Kaneohe. The Naval air station has since been converted to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Pearl Harbor memorial, called the USS Arizona Memorial, is west of here, at the site of the final resting place of the 1,177 sailors and Marines who died in the attacks while aboard the USS Arizona.


Chapter 50
Pendulum

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~#50-401-B

Pendulum swings.
New era rings.

Elections usher in the new, turn the page,
but petulant children stamp their feet in rage.
Acrimony will not unify, assuage.
Only history will be the judge, the gauge.

Time pulls the strings.
It changes things.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 19, 2017
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Author Notes petulant = ill-tempered
acrimony = bitterness, spite
assuage = lessen, tone down

This form is called a Bookend Monorhyme which I created. It consists of two stand alone monorhymes that relate to each other but not dependent on one another. One 4-line monorhyme, containing 4 syllables per line and one 4-line monorhyme containing 11 syllables per line. Lines 1, 2, and 7, 8 are a-a-a-a. Lines 3, 4, 5, 6 are b-b-b-b.
Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: bing


Chapter 51
tweets

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #51-401-B-C

winter days loom drear
no birds' cheery songs to hear
but for Donald's tweets


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 23, 2017
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Author Notes Thank you bing


Chapter 52
as a summer flea

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #52-401-B-C


as a summer flea
torments and annoys the dog
so you are to me


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 24, 2017
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Author Notes Image: bing/public domain


Chapter 53
Chaos

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #53-401-B-C


To speak of love in broken quips
from hateful lips
while rancor builds,
gives rise to shrills.

It rips to pieces common ground
we may have found.
When reason's gone,
then hatred's spawned.

The chaos wrought is not forgot.
A lasting blot
with toxic stare
and chilling air.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 1, 2017
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Author Notes This is a social commentary on the lack of civility citizens have toward each other. Regardless of politics, we must unify and try to find common ground. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: bing/freewallpapers/chaos


Chapter 54
Torture

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #54-401-B-C


Read
only what you like.
Why torture yourself?
Otherwise your review shows your ire.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 21, 2017
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Author Notes Readers, writers, reviewers are not open-minded people. We would all like to think that we are, but we're not. There's no sense arguing about core beliefs. Nobody's going to change anybody.

Thank you for reading.
Image: Public domain


Chapter 55
Give and Take

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #55-401-B-C


Give
Givers give until they're bereft
Takers take until nothing's left
Take


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 26, 2017
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Author Notes Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: cyberwomen.org


Chapter 56
Safe Space

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #56-401-B-C


Safe space shields tender dears
but they riot, call out jeers
when others' views reach their ears


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 5, 2017
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Author Notes People old enough to go to college who truly believe in free speech are honor-bound to allow others to do the same. No rioting, looting, burning cities down or personally attacking others who disagree with them.
Image: college safe space meme


Chapter 57
Implosion

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #57-401-B-C


I'm concerned how to save our nation,
being shaken to its foundation,
as hysteria grows from within.

Those who don't get their way burn the town,
those who don't like what's said shut speech down,
and lawlessness explodes from within.

It would be best to all get along,
but I'm weary of singing that song,
while our country implodes from within.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 12, 2017
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Author Notes It has been said before that nations self-destruct from within. No other country has to do it to us, we are doing a great job of it ourselves with lawlessness, intolerance, rioting and violence. Do we hate each other that much? What can be gained by self-destruction? What legacy do you want to leave your kids and grandkids?


Chapter 58
Twenty-four Seven

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Comments & Politics' ~ #58-401-B-C


Trump's not a slacker
Donald's paying attention
twenty-four seven


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~  April 1, 2017
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Chapter 59
Bleeding Hearts

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #59-401-B

Please know that my heart bleeds for you
in your suffering and your pain.
Perhaps, too, your heart bleeds for me,
not a target of your disdain.

Allow me to express my voice
without your ill will or rancor.
And I'll allow you to have yours,
not festering like a canker.

If you wish me the very best,
then surely I'll do that for you.
Let's put aside our disagreements,
and tolerate all points of view.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 2, 2017
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Author Notes Syllables: 8
Image: 'My Bleeding Hearts' - Marilyn D.F. Boire, May 2017


Chapter 61
Stop The Fight

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ 61-401-B


What vicious words can do...
divide us, me and you.
And they can kill us, too.
Over what?
Opposing point of view?
Sounds asinine, but true.

Our words are lethal tools,
to fuel unstable fools.
When hate runs rampant, rules,
life becomes a cesspool.

Politics eggs us on.
The battle lines are drawn,
and hatred is its spawn.
Civility is gone.

Citizens please unite.
Zip the lip...words incite.
Get a grip, stop the fight.
Respect will end this blight.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 14, 2017
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Author Notes Today, June 14, 2017, an unstable man from Illinois, a former Bernie Sanders campaign worker, decided to open fire on GOP congress people practicing for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman was killed, but not before wounding several people. What saved this from becoming a massacre? Majority Whip Steve Scalise's U.S. Capitol Police in attendance. It doesn't matter what our political viewpoint is, we must come together for the good of our country. I think it isn't just the citizens who are going at each other, so are the politicians. Everybody needs to go to a corner for time out.

My suggestion for a better charity baseball game would not be the Democrats vs. Republicans, BUT mixed teams--mix them all up--let them set the example for getting along with each other. Then maybe we would get somewhere.

Thank you for reading my impromptu poem about yet another hateful incident.

Image: 'Rocky & Apollo' by Leroy Neiman, sports painter.


Chapter 62
Bullies

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #62-401-B-C


Bullies,
when tables turn,
cry foul.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ August 24, 2017
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Author Notes Image: public domain/copyright free


Chapter 63
Truth To Tell

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #63-401-B-C

I searched my soul to find some flaws
that others hint I have.
Their disapproval nags and gnaws,
no peace to soothe or salve.

I'd rather conceal; leave behind
faults on which to dwell.
Though digging deeper, soon I find
perhaps there's more to tell.

There is one flaw I'll share with you ~
opinions that I spew.
Mine are true; views to mull and chew,
while others haven't got a clue.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ August 24, 2017
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Author Notes Image: public domain/copyright free vintage art


Chapter 64
New York Bagel With A Schmear

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'More Opinions, Politics & Comments' ~ #64-401-B


New York bagel with a schmear.
Take a number, wait your turn.
Feel your tummy start to churn
while bagel fever heats to burn.

Get a bagel with a schmear.
Have one toasted if you please,
then add butter for a tease,
thickly slather on cream cheese.

Buy your bagel with a schmear
from a shop where foodies flock.
Buy them till they're out of stock,
New York bagels ain't no schlock.

 
Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ December 3, 2017
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Author Notes schmear ~ generous spread of cream cheese (Yiddish)
schlock ~ unworthy/sub par
foodies ~ people who love food

I lived on Long Island, NY for many years. I've been missing New York bagels. There's nothing like them that I've found anywhere else. Recently bought one here in Wisconsin where I live now. Bagel tasted like cardboard and had only a thin layer of cream cheese, definitely NOT the New York schmear. Thank you for reading.

Image: Thank you bk bagels (Brooklyn Bagels) for the delicious-looking bagel with a schmear.


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