Monday, June 21, 2021


 The National Religious Campaign Against Torture - that's their website. I used to post stuff from them now and then. It's been too long. They've been part of the campaign to end solitary confinement for a long time. I pray for their success.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Home News

Just learned our second Astra-Zeneca shot is scheduled for next Wednesday, the 23rd, three months after the first. It was going to be at the end of May, but I was pleased to see they followed AZ advice to space them three months apart for maximum efficacy. I never looked forward to a shot this much. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Reading Today at Ubud Poetry Show

 Bali Go Down

In love with the lovely people - embraced in their culture so fine

Priest pours holy water o'er us - and we wear the three colored twine

Entranced in dances and Monkey Chants - offerings, altars, and weavings

The lushness the sea the sky and the breeze - we never want to be leaving


Ah darn but it's going down - down  - Bali go down - Tibetan long horn sounding


Arrived on a Monday morning - flight from Singapore

Started off in Kuta - surroundings  to explore

Hadn't been in Ubud - in almost thirty years

Didn't recognize it at all - so jam packed front and rear


It's going down - down  - Bali go down - Theramin sighing


They called it the overbuilt island - way back in 92

And they didn't stop or miss a spot - another shop could undo

Fleets unloading at Gilimanuk - planes pourin to Ngara Rai

Concrete an trash are piling up - nothing scapes the charm killers eye


It's going down - down  - Bali go down - Saw crying


As fast as the hopeful new opens - lonely ruins line long the street

Empty eateries beach chairs rooms taxis and floors - awaiting millions new feet 

Then one brick too many was laid - and a shaking and rumblin began

The ground shifted down from the weight of it all - and the ocean rushed in cross the sand


It's going down - down  - Bali go down - Timpani rumbling


From the deck of our ship - we look back as she slips

And like Titanic slinks - into Davey Jones' sinks

Silent and numb - with tears on the run


Wavin bye bye Bali Goodbye - bye bye Bali Goodbye - bye bye Bali Goodbye


Violin singing - shiva dances

Ya'll Come


                                                       A day away for Katrinka and DC