Night Owl Chat: A Little Poetry

Hat tip to our own Yardarm for this one: Vanessa Marco – Patriarchy


Carrie Rudzinski – In America


Robert Frost – Five Poems


Vuyelwa Maluleke – Black Girl and other poems


Billy Collins – Two poems


Wole Soyinka – Lost Poems


Dream big, night owls.


92 Responses to “Night Owl Chat: A Little Poetry”

  1. July 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  2. July 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Very nice thanks to both of you

  3. July 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Just gorgeous LL, a perfect end to an imperfect day. Thank you Maestro.

  4. 14 desertflower
    July 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I just had an adventure..but I got back in time to say congratulations to Nerdy and our Chips, for this wonderful marriage that the two of you have here at TOD…we are so lucky to have your both and all the other BT’s that help make this such a special place that runs like a well oiled machine!!! Hugs to all…I have to mix myself a cocktail now. Cheers!!

    Congrats, Tally!! Where you been, girl?!

  5. July 21, 2014 at 9:19 pm


    • 19 Layla
      July 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Hopefully the Nut in Israel is next..

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Good. The prosecution of these lawless Russian thugs can’t be too severe. They are indecent, heartless goons and have to be stopped.

    • July 22, 2014 at 5:23 am

      I am with the Netherlands! The shooting down of MH17 is indeed ” a war crime.” The People who carried out this heinous crime, as well as those who aided and abetted them, need to be prosecuted and punished, in accordance with international law.

  6. July 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    “The threat of sanctions against entire sectors of the economy is now very real and there are serious grounds for business to be afraid,” Mikhail Kasyanov, who served as Russia’s prime minister during Putin’s first term as president, from 2000 to 2004, said by phone from Jurmala, Latvia. “If there will be sanctions against the entire financial sector, the economy will collapse in six months.”


  7. 24 nospin
    July 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Why Israel’s Invasion of Gaza Doesn’t Represent Israelis Like Me

    I have to take a stand on the fighting taking place right now — and I take a stand against it. Because there can be no justification for firing on unarmed civilians, because so many lives are at stake and because there is an alternative just waiting for us to choose it.

    I live in Tel Aviv, which is located about an hour away from Gaza by car, or a minute and a half away by rocket or F16. As a journalist covering the occupation for the past eight years, I’ve been to the West Bank hundreds of times, but I’ve still never been to Gaza. And neither have the vast majority of Israelis my age (30) or younger.


    The current escalation won’t actually achieve anything except push forward a depressing cycle of violence. Just like in 2003, and 2006, and 2009, and 2012, this round of violence will fail. The idea that if we only strike them hard enough, we’ll “teach them a lesson” will fail yet again. It always does and we already know this. Israel’s refusal to recognize the legitimate Palestinian national unity government led to the new violent confrontation, and only its willingness to recognize this government and work with it towards peace will end it.

    But people have a hard time understanding this because they simply don’t see the people in Gaza and they simply don’t know what life is like there. That’s just another part of dehumanization.


    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      July 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      This was the first thing that jumped out of the story, for me: “I live in Tel Aviv, which is located about an hour away from Gaza by car, or a minute and a half away by rocket or F-16.”

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Appreciate your posting this, nospin, and I’m glad this one Israeli has seen the light. But I find it hard to excuse the complicity of Israelis in this carnage. It’s not enough to say, “I don’t know what it’s like there.” Children are dying, people are living in utter terror and in despicable conditions. None of this can be condoned by ignorance. You really have to go out of your way NOT to know. And if you know and think it’s okay, than God help you.

    • 27 Jeff
      July 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      I know an Israeli from my college who absolutely despises Bibi. She doesn’t like war and doesn’t agree with destroying peoples homes and believes there are ways to settle such problems peacefully.

  8. July 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Bottom line …


    Yes WE MUST

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Honestly, I find it astonishing that this woman is so clueless she thinks anybody cares what she says at this point. We have so much to do between now and November that most of us will be running ourselves ragged. All I want to say to her at this point is “Unless you have something concrete to contribute to the 2014 election, stay out of our way. We’re busy!”

  9. July 21, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Can’t believe it’s night owl time, already!

    Posting this again, cause it’s gossip, LOL.

    I was thinking that this may tip PBO’s hand on establishing two Presidential libraries, since LA is as close to midway between Chicago and Hawaii as you can get and still be in mainland USA.

    Would love to have a Hawaiian Presidential Library that would extend outreach to Asia and attract scholars and tourists from this important (and with the exception of Richard Nixon, pretty much neglected by previous administrations). I’m thinking that the Hawaiian library could have a section that pays tribute to Ann Dunham, and could launch a foundation to support her archipelago anthropology passion.

    • July 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Forgot to say that clicking on the article is worthwhile because of all the photos they included from realtor.com. (Not a fan of photo galleries — looking at you, HuffPo, but it’s worth it.)

      An absolutely breathtakingly beautiful house, in a gorgeous setting.

      Neighbors won’t be disturbed by the Secret Service — wouldn’t surprise me if that was Number 2 on the President’s list of considerations (Number 1 being Michelle, Malia and Sasha, of course). It would be in keeping with our President’s innate sense of empathy — in Chicago there’s not enough room for the Secret Service to do their job comfortably — i.e., potty breaks and other ergonomic considerations).

  10. July 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Interesting ….

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Wonder if Putin thinks that he can hide the Buk and everyone will forget about it. I wouldn’t put it past his arrogance. This way the he and his thugs can say. “Buk, Buk, what Buk?”

      • 37 Layla
        July 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        I think there has been areal surveillance of all of his shenanigans, I would hope anyway

      • July 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        The dude has no where to hide, no matter how fast he runs his lying mouth, Jackie. And, if the treatment Russia got at today’s UNSC meeting didn’t give him a clue, what will likely happen tomorrow as the EU and US expand sanctions perhaps will. No matter what, Putin is now an international pariah and Russia is isolated and the pain that that is going to cause, especially on the oligarchs in the near term, should result in his demise. Otherwise, we are at a stage of human history unlike anything we’ve ever experienced – including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the aftermath of KAL007.


  11. July 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

  12. July 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm

  13. 53 No Child Left Behind
    July 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Happy Anniversary Chipsticks and Nerdy!

    Sorry that I am late to the celebration. But my wishes are sincere and come from a grateful lurker. TODVille is an oasis for people seeking the truth about the presidency of Mr. Obama. I extend my thanks to for fostering, providing, enabling such a place.

  14. 55 jackiegrumbacher
    July 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Tuned in too late for the anniversary celebration, but just wanted to say that you guys are like George & Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Kern & Fields, Comden & Green and every duo that’s made beautiful music together. The idea that TOD would have ceased to exist with the ‘partnership’ is too horrible for words. Thank all the stars in the galaxies that didn’t happen.

  15. 58 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    We saw it coming a Mile away.

  16. 64 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Glad to hear it.

    • July 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Gorgeous area.

      About 15 years ago a Native American film, Smoke Signal, was in theaters, and I think it was filmed in this region.

    • 66 mtmarilyn
      July 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Why did they book him in the first place.

    • July 22, 2014 at 5:50 am

      Ted Nugent was absolutely certain, based on his delusions and may be outright scare tactics, that he would either be killed or imprisoned if President Obama was re-elected, in 2012. President Obama was re-elected! Has any one asked this lying, racist, delusional, chicken hawk how come he is still alive and not in prison? I am so glad the “Native American Tribe” cancelled his concert. Lying racists should be shunned by decent people everywhere.

  17. 69 yardarm756
    July 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm


    · I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

    · Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

    · A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

    · I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

    · I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

    · I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.

    · I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

    · A cross-eyed teacher lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils.

    · When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

    · What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds..

    · I wondered why the ball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

    · Broken pencils are pointless.

    · I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

    · All the toilets in London police stations have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on.

    · I took the job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

    · Velcro – what a rip off!

  18. 72 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Science Righties. Pay attention before it is too late.

  19. 74 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm


    The reasons behind the shocking primary defeat last month of Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, who was then leader of the Republican majority in the House, are still being debated, but there is no doubt that his defeat highlighted the pernicious effects of the predominant “winner-take-all” party primary system. Even in one of the country’s most Republican districts, Mr. Cantor was not conservative enough for the fairly small proportion of highly energized, ideologically driven voters who turned out for the primary. The partisan primary system, which favors more ideologically pure candidates, has contributed to the election of more extreme officeholders and increased political polarization. It has become a menace to governing.

    From 10,000 feet, the structure of our electorate looks to be healthy, with perhaps a third of the potential voters who are left-leaning Democrats, a third who are right-leaning Republicans and a third who are independents in the middle.


    So Sen Schumer is for abolishing primaries because Eric Cantor lost? Seriously? Instead of getting corruption of money out and this is what the senator is spending his time on…..abolishing primaries? Please.

    • July 21, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Schumer is a PUMA who will knock anyone down who is between him and a camera.

      But it’s working in California. Our open primaries were voted in at the same time our Congressional Districts were redrawn after the 2010 census. If you look at our CDs, they make geographic sense, instead of the gerrymandered snakes they were before.

      It’s true we had two Dems running against each other in 2012 (Sherman vs. Berman), and it makes the primary ballot extremely loooooooooong, but it gives voters the chance to vote for the person they really want.

      For instance, 1972 was the first election that allowed 18-year-olds to vote, and I turned 18 that year. I registered as a Republican because I voted for Pete McCloskey (a pro-choice moderate Republican who is still around), but if it had been an open primary, I would have registered as a Dem. I’m unaffiliated now (a coveted Independent, I guess) because before Open Primaries, I could choose which primary ballot I wanted to vote (either Dem or GOP).

  20. 76 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    WH has yet to upload the presser by JE today.

    7-21-14 Press Briefings with Josh “The Voice” Earnest.


  21. July 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    OK folks, I’ma gonna make a cocktail and watch some boob tube.

    Happy anniversary, NW!

    See everyone on the flip.

  22. 78 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    On TRMS today some in Netherlands were marching in the rain protesting against Putin and the downing of HP 17.

  23. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    July 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

  24. July 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I’m really late. Happy Anniversary Chipsticks and Nerdy. What a wonderful, creative and informative place you have built for us.

  25. July 21, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    A couple of articles about James Garner, may he rest in peace. Loved him as an icon for the everyman.

    This tribute really captures his essence and appeal, I think:

  26. 82 Jeff
    July 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm


    Thus proving that evil exists in the hearts of women as well as men.

  27. 83 mtmarilyn
    July 22, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Thank you Chips and Nerdy Wonka. You created the best sanctuary.

  28. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2014 at 1:37 am

    This is an actual twitter account. I think I’ve had just about enough of her.

    Faith and Value Voters for Hillary Clinton 2016”

  29. 85 donna dem 4 obama
    July 22, 2014 at 2:24 am

  30. July 22, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Thank you so much, LL, for sharing the marvelous poetry of these incredibly gifted human beings. It’s people like you who make TOD such a special place to come to.

  31. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    July 22, 2014 at 5:17 am

  32. 88 dotster3
    July 22, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Now accusations by Australian PM that crash evidence has been tampered with—-on a grand scale…..

  33. July 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

    “Texas Gov. Rick Perry orders 1,000 National Guard troops to border”


    Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico, faulting federal officials for “empty promises” in dealing with an influx of Central American children and families.

    Perry said the Guard will provide support over the next month to Operation Strong Safety, the state-funded border surge he declared last month. The state operation, which includes sending state troopers to the border to assist local law enforcement, costs $1.3 million a week; the combined operation will cost more than $17 million a month. It’s unclear how it will be funded, Perry said.

    A guard spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Joanne MacGregor, later clarified that troops will operate under the state Department of Public Safety’s “umbrella” and “we will not exceed their authorities.”

    Texas state and local law enforcement officers cannot enforce federal immigration law, meaning they cannot detain people based solely on their immigration status. But they can refer those they suspect have entered the country illegally to the Border Patrol.

    • 90 nospin
      July 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

      ” The state operation, which includes sending state troopers to the border to assist local law enforcement, costs $1.3 million a week; the combined operation will cost more than $17 million a month. It’s unclear how it will be funded, Perry said.”

      Republican fiscal irresponsibility

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