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The playlist for Sunday 12 May 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Her Quick Eye Saw Him Drifting"  ~~

1 - John Little John -- "So Glad You're Mine"
2 - Blind Boys of Alabama -- "Nobody's Fault But Mine"
3 - Lenny Kravitz -- "Calling all Angels"
4 - Euphoria -- "Delirium"
5 - Calexico -- "When Only The Ashes Are Left"
6 - Tin Hat Trio -- "Compay"
7 - The Abbasi Brothers -- "Clouds Are Sleeping"

Station Break

8 - Souad Massi --  "Houria"
9 - Ze Manel -- "Maron Di Mar"
10 - Susheela Raman -- "Nagumomo"
12 - Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico -- "Mera Merose"
13 - Tinariwen -- "Imidiwan Matanam"
14 - Karsh Kale -- "Absence"
15 - Mayra Andrade -- "Seu"

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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As I wandered on the beach
I saw the heron standing  
Sunk in the tattered wings
He wore as a hunchback’s coat.  
Shadow without a shadow,  
Hung on invisible wires  
From the top of a canvas day,  
What scissors cut him out?  
Superimposed on a poster  
Of summer by the strand  
Of a long-decayed resort,  
Poised in the dusty light  
Some fifteen summers ago;  
I wondered, an empty child,  
“Heron, whose ghost are you?”

I stood on the beach alone,
In the sudden chill of the burned.
My thought raced up the path.  
Pursuing it, I ran
To my mother in the house
And led her to the scene.
The spectral bird was gone.
But her quick eye saw him drifting  
Over the highest pines
On vast, unmoving wings.
Could they be those ashen things,  
So grounded, unwieldy, ragged,  
A pair of broken arms
That were not made for flight?  
In the middle of my loss
I realized she knew:
My mother knew what he was.

O great blue heron, now
That the summer house has burned  
So many rockets ago,
So many smokes and fires
And beach-lights and water-glow  
Reflecting pinwheel and flare:  
The old logs hauled away,  
The pines and driftwood cleared  
From that bare strip of shore  
Where dozens of children play;  
Now there is only you
Heavy upon my eye.
Why have you followed me here,  
Heavy and far away?
You have stood there patiently  
For fifteen summers and snows,  
Denser than my repose,
Bleaker than any dream,
Waiting upon the day
When, like grey smoke, a vapor  
Floating into the sky,
A handful of paper ashes,
My mother would drift away.

-- Carolyn Kizer
"The Great Blue Heron"

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Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.

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(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP

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(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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(Can you help folks in need heat their homes and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum.

Could you please help?)

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So that explains it... !

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Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam

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... Or does it?

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(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley

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Rest in Peace Aaron Swartz

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(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Netroots Radio, LatinoKos, and Black Kos community.

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