Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King represented all that can be done to help all people realize their dreams.  For this he was shot. You need not be a erudite, learned, supreme orator and culture-changing activist to get shot these days.  In fact, all you gave to do is be African-American, all you have to be doing is walk outside.  It increases your chances of being shot if you’re male, but, since such a large percentage of African-American males have been or are currently incarcerated, Cornell West is correct, the genocide is in creeping, but steady-as-the-tortoise-goes mode.

You need not be impoverished to empathize with the horrors of the underclass, nor shot at to realize that our militarized police have for a LONG TIME been out of control.

Status Quo was written in 1992 and applies in even more ways today.  Haiku #312 is fresh, it was written Saturday.

The “Stuber Haiku” has lines of 3, 5 or 7 syllables, thus a bit of a stretch, as Japanese Haiku have the 5-7-5 syllable pattern and are three lines long .

In my form,the first and third stanzas are the exact same syllable count per line, in five lines.  The second and forth also match.  The last two are ALWAYS 3-7-3-5-5 in terms of syllables. The form is addicting so I don’t write too many these days,for fear of cranking a whole book’s worth.  (Note “Open Secrets” – 2013 – Chonnam National Press, Gwangju, South Korea).  SO here they are, after much ado.

 

                    

Status Quo

                                

For now the streets are cluttered:

The poor kill off the poor,

But this won’t last forever

If the “Quo” keeps getting worse.

Guns for sale in neighborhoods

Where crime is the only living

Quarts and vials and bullets

Take without ever giving.

“Innocent” bystanders

Are the ones to blame.

Standing by in times like these

Leaves everything the same.

The quo goes “living standards

Will be on the decline.”

While multi-national barons

Continue their money climb.

No chums around a fireplace

When you can’t pay the bills.

While money-man is traveling

In search of bigger thrills.

Sooner rather than later

The poor will raise their arms.

Replacing all the suited men

Regardless of the harm.

The system as we know it’

Is fading thanks to this:

The greedy haven’t realized

Their life ain’t worth a piss.

The ticking clock inside the bomb

Has passed the witching hour.

There is little hope for most,

So when will freedom flower?

It will when people with the time

Turn to lend a hand,

It will when greedy governors

Give back a hunk of land

The quo has made it possible

For us to live like rats.

Your life to them means nothing

You could end up a stat.

As the status quo gets worse

Violence rules the day.

We better help each other now.

Let us pray.

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Stuber Haiku # 312

William walks hands in the air

praying to survive.

He’s unarmed,

terrorized by our

militarized police force.

“Stand back, get

down, hands behind your

back! “What did you say?”

“Don’t move an inch!” He

walks away, pocket knife in

hand, no threat, sixteen bullets

worth of dead, the new

dead; fascism lays

wide open for us to see,

yet Trump gains

followers, choices

all as bad, but one,

and he’s not gonna

get nominated, if you

follow me.

Driving while black changed. Walking

while black is

now a felony

punishable by

instant death.

Jump back privileged poet boy.

Words are not

enough, nor protests

nor votes.  Unite now!

 

 

1/16/16 Weymouth, Southern Pines, NC, with Metta Sema Melvin as prompter.

 

 

 

 

My Nepalese friend Rudra, plus immigrant workers in Korea, the US, etc.

I have a friend who is a busy businessman from Nepal. He owns restaurants, runs an international bank and imports goods into Korea from Nepal.  He is hardly home 5 days a month, but helps Nepalese.

He converts Won into Rupees without making a dime, and sits on the board of 14 organizations that work to help Nepalese workers who work and live overseas.

Nepal is spirituality-high and money-low, kind of like the Country formerly known as Tibet..

He told me 35% of the money in Nepal is earned outside the country and shipped back home.  This should remind my American friends of Mexico, a country that  receives $23.17 Billion of that a good hunk of the $120 Billion that gets sent home by immigrants who work in the USA.

(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271455/Revealed-How-immigrants-America-sending-120-BILLION-struggling-families-home.html)

South Korea is very much akin to the USA in the sense that a huge number of Asian “imported workers” make about $800 a month t work very hard and long hours at jobs Koreans would rather not do.  However, Koreans are no pressing their government to end the migrant worker program as the country has over 83% of people under 40 years old holding a bachelor’s degree.  These folks are now having to look for factory work, as their demanding education system shows amazing results.  The USA stands at very close to 25% of our citizens holding a bachelor’s degree.

That’s up form 6% when I was in high school.  But it sickens me that one of the main reasons so many smart Americans don’t get a college degree is the price.  Then think about the student loan problems, and imagine yourself $200,000 in debt before you even find a job.

The earthquakes in Nepal are so so so so devastating because, as NPR reported today, so many rural Nepalese can’t get to their equipment to bring in the crops, can’t get to their food that they may have had before the earthquakes, and the result could be some severe food shortages.

There are hundreds of aspects about living away from family and friends that are difficult.  Language is primary especially in Asia.  Since 24% of the USA speaks Spanish as their first language, the barriers here are not as high as they would be for Nepalese working in Korea.

So take a moment to thank a migrant worker for help making our economy hum by providing reliable cheap labor.

Sure American labor has taking multiple kicks to the groin via “free trade” which, from its inception in NAFTA, through GATT 2 and the WTF, has been a scheme for companies to become wildly rich, by causing the value of labor to be devalued worldwide.  When you can pay 14 cents an hour in Vietnam, or 52 cents an hour to millions and millions of factory workers in China, there is no way for the most productive workers in the world (again the USA is tops) to compete because OUR COST OF LIVING is so much higher, and our workers don’t get subsidized health care, a fair price for health insurance, and free university, or darn near free, that many Europeans enjoy.

But our the world’s billions to be blamed for trying to find work that provides a legitimate livelihood they can raise a family on?

Everyone but the shareholder class has gotten bitten by the greedy folks at the top.  Almost every country has governments beholden to big money, so this is not going to end unless the world economy collapses, or we go back to the 1979 tax code and actually request that the rich start paying their fare share, AND MORE to make up the obscene laws that rigged the earth against the common man and to the unyielding benefit of the mega rich.

In my town I know right where to go for great yard work on a one-day basis from immigrant workers.  We agree on a price, and if the job is done well I double it at the end of the day.  Not much in the whole scheme of things.

Natural disasters are multiplying.  Man-made economic and environmental disasters are coming along almost as quickly My goal is to be part of the team that one situation at a time, tries to balance the mess creatively and in as many ways as we can think up.

Volunteer friends, and have the time of your life.