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Joe in the Dark

Joe stands out in the dark.
Across the street
White House lights are tasteful and warm.
Earnestly glowing, the LED panels chant and hum.
In their silence, they cry out for the land
pleading for the water,
howling and breaking the dark air.

Concrete will at last crack, crumble
wash away down the Potomac,
down the Hudson, the Missouri,
silting the Colorado and the Big Muddy.
We are that water, in it, of it.
Listen to the rattle and rush of it,
ice-out rending and scouring the banks.

In our ears, the bone whistle
trills a plea, a warning across
washed gravel, beside willows,
over snags and shoals.
Listen to the light.
Joe is not alone, on his left, his right
stand those who hold the light.

Under the clean-scraped sky
Jenna and James hold mirrors
cutting swathes of light and fire and love,
zip tying their rage to the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Children beg for their future,
rattling in the cup like dice
they ask for their chance.


This poem is dedicated to all the holders of the light, especially Joe Brusky, noise of rain and badscience.
Much respect is due to livestreamer extraordinaire JamesFromTheInternet and Jenna Pope who is a fine photographer..


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I failed to post the Indigo Kalliope diary last Tuesday. My dog didn't actually eat the poem, but the time I set aside to write and publish it was swallowed up in several short-notice trips with him to Madison.

Mrs ruleoflaw and I have been running Lucky Angus MacPup back and forth to the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School Clinic. Lucky has some mineralization in three vertebral discs just above his pelvis. This is causing inflammation and pain. He is now on a regimen of medication and strict cage rest for three to six weeks.

Life at the ruleoflaw house isn't exactly back to normal, but for now we have some answers about our woozle's condition and a treatment plan that we hope will prevent him from developing Intervertebral Disc Disease. I am very sorry about spacing the poem.

Kossack woozle-lovers need not worry about MacPup. He gets a tasty gob of cheese or peanut butter three times a day, wrapped around his pain pill, which has given him great relief. The other medication he gets for inflammation is infused in a tiny liver treat.


Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  

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Readers & Book Lovers Series Schedule:

DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
2:00 PM What's on Your E-Reader? Caedy
2:00 PM Bibliophile's Wish List Caedy
4:00 PM Political Books Susan from 29
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Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery michelewln, Susan from 29
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUES 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM All Things Bookstore Dave in Northridge
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 2:00 PM e-books Susan from 29
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
alternate Thursdays 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
Fri 8:00 PM Books Go Boom! Brecht
Fri 10:00 PM Slightly Foxed -- But Still Desirable shortfinals
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 12:00 PM You Can't Read That! Paul's Book Reviews pwoodford
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

Originally posted to ruleoflaw on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:04 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, Rebel Songwriters, J Town, Readers and Book Lovers, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, and Indigo Kalliope.

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