Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday 55 May 4 2018

Welcome, readers and players. It's time for another 55 foray, for fun, for craft, for (in my case) a bit of a political spew, a mental reaction, or a cry from the muse--whatever dilates your third eye. The rules remain the same, 55 words of prose or poetry, no more, no less, no strings. Link the child of your pen in the comments below between Friday morning and midnight Saturday, and I will be by to visit.

Please notice that the Friday 55 will no longer be active on Sundays--by then the weekend is too far gone to kick any ass if it hasn't already, and I certainly am, as well.




Mine is prose-ish this week, a book review of sorts...





"I wrote this book because I hope it will be useful to people living among the flames..."

~ James Comey,  A Higher Loyalty; Truth Lies And Leadership






Twilight Of The Dogs



He wore white shirts, the Fool dancing, damming back blood, bile and all dishonesty, walking the sewerside without a spot. Until the sewage rose, alive, saying, "Swear you love only me." 
The Fool said No.
The filth-tongue rolled, spat, vomiting him out; naked, tarred with stink, first to fall in this twilight of the dogs.



~May 2018









Note: A great many on both sides of our political divide hate former U.S. District Attorney, former Deputy Attorney General and most recently, former FB1 Director James Comey. During his varied career, he prosecuted the Mob, stood up against illegal surveillance during the Bush administration, and famously, foolishly but sincerely dared to speak his truth to both political parties, the president and the public. The price was his job, but not his soul. His book, A Higher Loyalty, is fast-paced, literate and informative, and even, perhaps, inspirational. I enjoyed reading it very much. 








Top image via the internet. Copyright may apply. All rights reserved. Fair Use. 
 The Fool, Rider-Waite Tarot deck     Public domain.

24 comments:

  1. still wonder about the timing of the Clinton release days before the election. however, we live in an age of mush heads. which is why I wrote my pen, being one myself. 3 events this weekend and I'm awake at 2:21 CA time, with a call with PA in about 3 hours. aah.

    the palm face with a spike - as if a Dem (Hill, Obama, etc.) could 1% of what the orange in chief said without Fux going nuclear apoplectic.

    we live in interesting times.

    well, kick someone's ass, anyways Hedge

    driving

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    1. He's an old-fashioned straight arrow, white-hat boy scout, M--his big problem was like most of us, he couldn't conceive of Trump winning. The logic he presents in the book on the Clinton stuff is that he agonized over how politically motivated it would look later a) if the first release diidn't tell the public she was cleared of wrong-doing but acted negligently, and b)if the Weiner story contained something seriously damaging and broke *after* Clinton won-- possibly implicating an elected president....then it would look like the FBI was trying to delegitimize her...anyway, he was playing it by what he conceived of as the book in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. (I also think he wanted to protect his team, but also likes the limelight a bit more than most FBI folk, and where someone else would have just filed a report, he wanted to get up and tell it all himself.)

      Sounds like a schedule to make mush of anyone's brain. Thanks for playing despite. Off to read.

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  2. They say if everyone is mad at you, you must be fair. I like your prose-ish, but still quite lyrical take on this. Seems to me like Drumpf has a Midas-like touch, but in reverse. Everything he touches turns to shit. I love your tags on this on too, Hedge. Thanks once again for the 55 forum. Hope you have a kick-ass weekend, despite the sad state of national affairs.

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    1. No kidding on the reverse Midas! Thanks for stopping by to read(and crack me up) and very grateful for your kind words.

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  3. I haven't read Comey's book (I've been buried in Gilbert King's new book about local nastiness) but Comey has always sold himself to me as a straight-up lawman caught in a partisan gale of a caliber surpassing Wotan's. I think he got off with his skin, which is more than the dogs of gold now falling out sans pelt or soul. How do you prosecute vomit? We would all like to know .. Kick-ass prosody for a tuneless time.

    My 55 is lame and redundant -- poetry too fails me this past spate of days --
    https://blueoran.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/moon-song/

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    1. How indeed? The part which amazes me is how every single day it gets worse, madder, stupider, louder, ranker--and yet people seem for the most part unfazed, accepting, inured to it. From what I gathered from your linked review the other day, your local historian is tapping into some of that too, with illustrations of how people accept/embrace the outrageous, inhuman rhetoric, the miasmic hate and fear that is used to control them...and perpetuate horrors thereby. You'd enjoy the Comey book.It explains a lot. thanks for playing friend, and forgive me for being such a bad reader this last week--like Michael, April's verbal Gatling gun finally turned my brain to mush.

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    2. PS Your 55 is anything but lame--that's April exhaustion talking. Everything seems bland as milquetoast after you write that much, but actually, everything carries more than you can see of that honing you've undergone.

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  4. I often find myself watching cable news and thinking either "This can't be real" or "This will never end...he'll slip off the hook some way some how." I hope he gets taken down, and soon, but I'll believe it when I see it. Anyway, I like your political poem/book review. If nothing else, Comey seems savvy, documenting things, knowing that Babyman will lie about it later.

    Mine is presented thusly: ;-)

    http://fireblossom-wordgarden.blogspot.com/2018/05/if-in-morning.html

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    1. Yes, we've gone down the rabbit hole or through the looking glass or whatever Alice construct you want to use. This morning it's "We're not telling different stories..." on the Stormy payoff, despite telling 3 totally different versions of them in the last few months, about the same sequence of events! To continue the analogy, it seems it's definitely a requirement now to be able to believe six impossible things before breakfast.

      Thanks so much for adding your absolutely stunning poem to the pile, Shay.

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  5. I'm probably going to read it...I'm a book hound, that way. Here's my 55! Have a great weekend everyone!

    http://smellthecoffeeweb.com/2018/05/04/out-for-a-walk/

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    1. I approve of bookhounds. ;_) And I approve of your playful but very true 55. Thanks for playing, Vivian.

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  6. YES! I so admire him for being unafraid to speak his truth. A wonderful poem and commentary, Hedge. Perhaps the most unbelievable thing I have seen all week is He Who Shall Not Be Named being nominated for a frigging PEACE PRIZE. PULL-LEEZ. Like Shay, I just keep thinking "this cant be real". Yet it is.

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    1. I know--it's wild. At first I thought he hadn't been nominated yet, but a quick google shows 18 crazy wingnuts in the House have sent a letter to Norway. Yegods! Talk about surreal. Thanks for reading, Sherry.

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  7. An excellent prose-ish. One day the peasants will revolt and storm the castle with torches and hay forks...one can only dream. Such a buffoon the orange man is. Anyhow, here is my 55. I hope everyone kicks some ass this week. I intend to.

    https://kanzensakura.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/jimson-weed-moon/

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  8. Ha - I visited and commented before I had my coffee...or something. Anyway, here's the link I forgot to add: https://othermary.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/inferno-room-iii/

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  9. Yes, love those hash tags. If you have both sides of the aisle bitching, you must be doing some hard work. twilight of the dogs for sure.. I need to read his book.

    Here's my 55... https://blackinkhowl.blogspot.com/2018/05/ohio.html

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  10. The day before yesterday to veterans got into a fight--fists and everything--over Comey's book. As I heard the words, "patriot, opportunist, and traitor" flying around the place, I wondered if there was any way for Comey to come out of all the mess intact. I don't think so. When things get that shitty, everyone around (involved or not) ends up stinking a bit. Some reek. Some do what they feel they must. I think he has.

    I haven't open my copy yet. It was third on my to-be-read list. Your poetic review and recommendation has inspired me to make it my next.

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    1. It's well-written for this type of book, and shows Comey in more depth, so you can judge his motivations and actions more clearly. I think you'll find it interesting. Thanks for stopping by to read, Magaly.

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  11. interesting prose-try for your 55 Hedge, but then, this political nightmare of a circus is nothing short of two-bombs less than a nuclear warhead ....

    here's my 55 this week - feeling not much after the quiet of the storm ... it packed one hell of a wallop -

    anyhow, for what's left of the remainder of the weekend, kick ass!

    http://papertiger88.blogspot.ca/2018/05/i-heard-trees-screaming.html

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    1. Yes, I suck at prose. :P But I hate to write poetry that is really prose with line breaks, tho this might have gained some spurious grace thereby, and otherwise, I had nothing...sorry to have been such a poor reader this week, but I'm very glad you came by and added your 55.

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  12. I think I might be a bit late with mine. Sorry about that.

    http://kerryoconnorsother.blogspot.co.za/2018/05/tasseography.html

    I love the title of your piece, Hedge. It certainly set the tone. It seems one must be a fool for speaking truth to power in these times, but thank the universe for those who still do it.

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    1. No you made it under the wire, Kerry. (Also, I make allowances for the time zone, not to mention not wanting to miss one of your 55's.) Thanks for playing, my friend, and with such an original,powerful, and poignant poem.

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  13. The 55 is closed for this week. Many thanks to all who added their mite to construct a kickass weekend.

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