Enough is Enough

When is Humanity Going to Get That We’re All in This Together?

About

I am a middle-aged (egads, can that be true?) poet and literary editor, wife and mother (of two).  My work revolves around issues both intellectual and passionate: human-earth relations, the value and danger of myth, magic and love.  Because I am an honest poet, and I dare to say anything, I try to keep a low profile.  I have only recently gotten serious about seeking publication, and I have had some success (this makes me a little nervous).  The world, let’s face it, while full of beauty and providence, is a dangerous place, never more so than when dealing with men and the ideas they hold (too) dear.  I fear the mentally-ill Christian or Muslim who might take major offense at seeing their sacred cow turned into kabobs.  But I do it anyway; in poetry (which will be published with my name on it) I do it as gently as I can.  Poetry is good that way.  Poetry is also a good genre for this in that almost no one reads it, or at least very few are likely to read it until after I’m long gone.  If my work is good enough, it will outlast me and do its work with the future, while I’m safely decomposing.

With this blog, however, I may not be so gentle.  I’m happy to have somewhere I can say exactly what I mean, with no softshoeing to it, and perhaps have a more immediate effect on where we’re going as a species.  Because let’s face it: as things stand, we’re headed for trouble.

PS — My husband, Majutsu, also posts here. Please check to see who’s authored a post…while we sometimes seem like a two-headed best, we’re actually two different people, with occasionally divergent views.

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28 Responses to “About”

  1. ncurse said

    Good blog, I don’t know why I haven’t found you before. Keep up the good work!

  2. honestpoet said

    Thanks! I really only got active with it about a week ago.

  3. JanieBelle said

    Well then welcome to the blogosphere!

  4. Bijan said

    I’m so glad to find you! Ditto to the first comment and here is a request. I enjoyed your intro. under “About,” but didn’t like the part about decomposing. Although you are an “honest poet”, white lies are okay now and then, I think. I don’t watch any of the “CSI (crime scene investigation,) type TV shows. They’re too gory for me. I challenge you to come up with something poetic and beautiful that’s not gruesome but relays the same message as, “.., while I’m safely decomposing.” I can get over that, but I think as a poet you can do much much better. I hope you don’t find this offensive. It’s just a suggestion 🙂 Ps. I don’t have a web site, so I just left my blog address.

  5. honestpoet said

    Hi Bijan. I sympathize with your squeamishness, but it’s part of my belief system that it’s important to face facts, and our mortality is at the top of the list of things we all need to accept. I also want to stress that I’m not afraid of death…I just want to do it in my own time. I have children to raise, a husband to love, and poems to write. And a garden to tend. But in the end, I find no sadness in the fact that I’ll become soil to feed the future. It’s as it should be.

    Thanks for your kind words. I look forward to more exchanges.

  6. Monte said

    Hello HP: I much enjoyed your comment on Homeyra’s piece about love/hate relationships with one’s country. I feel so much the same way (I’m from the US, also) – I want to hang my head when talking to friends from the Middle East or Central America, and yet at least there are ways of pushing back by leaning on our founding documents.
    You might enjoy a piece I quoted from radical historian Howard Zinn. He writes about optimism in the midst of it all, and how if you know the whole dark story of American history, you also come across truly heroic stories of resistance. I found it pretty inspiring: http://masbury.wordpress.com/2006/08/21/to-live-now-as-we-think-humans-should-live-in-defiance-of-all-that-is-bad-around-us/
    Oh, and by the way, so you’ll know – I’m a pastor (whew, boy, there’s another love/hate relationship) who probably has considerable agreement with many of your views on religion.
    Thanks!
    Monte

  7. honestpoet said

    Welcome, Monte. Good to meet you.

    I heard a lovely poem last night by Lawrence Ferlenghetti (sp?) on Rhapsody about the importance in our history of resistance. That’s one of the things that bother me most about our hoodwinked conservative compatriots. They actually believe that it’s the American thing to do to follow our leaders without question. In fact, it’s the opposite.

    I’ve got John Adams, John Q. Adams, and Henry Adams on a collateral branch of my family tree. Somebody tells me to “love it or leave it,” and they’ve got another thing coming.

  8. Monte said

    Thanks! There’s another one there you might use sometime, if you like. It’s a couple of paragraphs from T. Roosevelt, who insists that failing to dissent when the President is wrong is treasonous! How ironic that GWB, who, I think, admires TR, has little stomach for this side of him! Includes these words: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” Haha! I like it so much, I might post it every month.
    A President on Criticizing the President

  9. Monte said

    Hey, HP: Been reading The Evolution of Cooperation and I think you might like it. It’s the story of game theorists researching how mutual cooperation develops and postulating, as a result, when cooperation is likely to be constructive and when it isn’t. They come up with some remarkable conclusions. Strikes me as a non-theological, scientific basis for at least part of a view of morality. The technical research reports are a little too dry for me – but the deductions they suggest as a result give me goosebumps. Let me know what you think if you read it. Monte

  10. honestpoet said

    Thanks for the rec. I’ll keep my eye out for it. It’s certainly of interest.

  11. Kerry said

    Hi, I read your post about earplugs and brain neurons with great interest. I find it really hard to use earplugs (which I need to use for work) because the whining/ringing noise usually ends up annoying me more than the sound I’m trying to block. I’ve been trying to Google this problem, but all I get is stuff about tinnitus, which I don’t think I have?! I actually live in Boston, so I would really appreciate it if you would give me more information about the soundproof room and these scientists…and try to figure out whether this is something I just need to live with! Thanks so much!

  12. healingjoe said

    Wow! Just Wow! I want you to know how much I appreciate your openness and honesty on your blog. God knows, I do the same thing on mine. Way to go!! My blog address is stateofhealing.blogspot.com and you are welcome to look at it and check it out. I look forward to reading more from you.

    As a writer myself, I can definitely relate to the “if I don’t write soon, I’m going to pop” feeling. I call it my “constipated muse.” I hope you know what I kinda mean by that … if not, well I took a shot!!!

    Have a great day and take care.

    Grace and peace,

    Joe

  13. anthonynorth said

    Hi Honestpoet,
    My sincerest apologises but I’ve been tagged, so must tag someone. I made a random selection of my Blogroll with my eyes closed. Sadly, my random finger landed on you.
    Rules, instructions, etc, on my blog.
    I feel for you. I really do 🙂

  14. honestpoet said

    (chuckle) Hi, Anthony. I hope while you’re here you might have a look around.

  15. Shelley said

    Wow!!

    I’m glad I’ve clicked the link on the wordpress homepage…

    Happy New Year and Keep it up!

    😉

  16. honestpoet said

    Thanks, Shelley. Happy 2008 to you, too.

    Feel free to look around, and comment on posts old or new.

  17. bibomedia said

    🙂

  18. Charles Goodson said

    I am Messianic Jew, I have some question for the Athiests. If as you say there is no God that God is figment of my and other believers imagination, then what are you fighting against? You must believe that there is a God, to fight against those who believe in him. If I don’t believe that somethings exists, such as man made global warming for example, I am not going to waste my time to fight against it. Also you charge us believers with intollerence, yet it is you who have no tollerence for those who have opposing opinions.

    You Athiest seek to Restrict those of us who believe in a God, what does that show? You have made it so bad, that it is now a crime in some States to even mention God in public. Punishable by a fine and jail time, is that tollerence? If a child prays in school, before a test , or before they eat their lunch, they can be suspended. If that same child wear anything that denotes that they are Christian, they are humliliated, scorned, then face punishment up to and includung expulsion. Yet you say nothing when children wear clothing showing the rape and murder of women, the unborn, and the invalid. You allow the persecution and in some cases murder of the Christians in countries that are not Christian, such as the muslims countries without protest. Yet you demand that we tollerate you and others that are different from us believers, is that a double standard?

    That’s just my opinion though

    Charles Goodson

  19. honestpoet said

    Show me proof of one case in which someone mentioned God in public and was fined or jailed. That’s simply a lie, and a ridiculous one at that. Nor have I ever seen an atheist applaud the murder of a Christian by a Muslim. Get a clue: we think Muslims are deluded, as well. You both fight each other over your imaginary gods, and you make life miserable for the rest of us reasonable people who only want to live this one life to the best of our abilities, without being hindered by your inane delusions of Daddy-in-the-Sky.

    Atheists don’t fight against God (which, as you assert, would be a contradiction). We fight against unreason, for the constitutionally protected freedom to raise our children in schools where they’re not pressured to believe pre-scientific nonsense fables made up by nomadic tribes in the Middle East, whether they endorse belief in Allah or Jehovah.

  20. majutsu said

    “If as you say there is no God that God is figment of my and other believers imagination, then what are you fighting against?”

    One of the most specious and popular arguments in theism. It merely betrays a weak and suspect mind. By “fighting against” you mean that Honestpoet seeks to exclude from meaningful human debate about real issues fictitious creatures such as God, leprechauns and unicorns. She does not need to attack the intrusion of leprechauns and unicorns into meaningful public discourse, because outside of past Ireland or the Middle Ages, they have no currency. But in terms of warfare, as a detriment to the safety of women and children, and as an enemy of human freedom and scientific progress, religion is sadly treated as real with such tragic and evil results. She attacks religion because it should simply not be treated as real by rational and sane people, so it is the irrational, insane and evil who constantly try to drag this fiction into public life. So “fighting against” is merely a hysterical way for you to rephrase “insists on treating the unreal as unreal”.

    So, as the argument goes, more or less, that if Honestpoet says “God is unreal” and fervently asserts this with passion, then God must be real to her, or believed by her deep in her heart. While this actually sounds reasonable at first glance, especially when accompanied by so many other goofy characteristics glued onto this imaginary god, like omnipotence, omniscience, etc., it simply is a twisted syllogism. “If you say God is unreal then you must believe in him.” This is nonsense. Let’s replace god again with unicorns or leprechauns. I can say leprechauns are unreal. Also that they have funny hats, green suits, pots of gold and like liquor and the fiddle. But most importantly, they are, first and foremost, unreal, made-up. And you sure would be upset about several hours of your child’s already deficient educational day spent on leprechaun lore. Would you want 2.7 billion of your national budget going to Ireland simply because it is, of course, the home of King Brian, king of the leprechauns? Especially if Ireland spent that money on tanks to mow down children because it is King Brian’s will? I don’t think so. Besides, you probably think leprechauns are satanic. 😉 You are a dumbass. Like every believer.

  21. Monte said

    Maj, your argument is excellent.
    But I don’t think I’m a dumbass.
    Could be wrong.

  22. honestpoet said

    LOL. Oh, Monte, I did wonder if you’d read this when he posted it. While I’m pretty sure Mr. Goodson merits that characterization, I wouldn’t apply it to you, either. (I think Maj enjoys overstating his case for effect.)

  23. majutsu said

    Monte, Honestpoet is the perpetual peacemaker; she actually really dislikes conflict of any type — perhaps, most significantly, the natural, healthy male rough and tumble that is simply part of life as we know it. I think all believers are dumbasses, even you. However, you are very sweet and caring. And your thirst for social justice is something I very much admire and empathize with. Whether your engine for that is what, in my opinion, is an imaginary god, or that engine is, as is so in my case, a narcissistic view of oneself as the warrior-hero of the downtrodden and outcast of the world, I suppose it matters not, and it is simply good that someone try to usher in justice to this weary world. Furthermore, while I may not be a dumbass in religion, mathematics or physical sciences, I have plenty of gaping holes of dumbassery in my character, such as a lack of fiscal responsibility, serious lapses in personal morality and consequence foresight at times, and a tendency to be occasionally callous with others feelings or perspective only to be noticed and regretted years later. I don’t suppose believing in god, though a bit of the dumbass, is any worst than the host of character flaws I sport, especially when accompanied by hope and compassion for others and lacking the judgmental and destructive associations that so often accompany the religious mind.

    I heard once that Muslim rug makers make the most exquisite rugs but deliberately leave a flaw in the weave so as not to offend Allah. Maybe that’s true, maybe that’s a myth, or maybe that’s a lie to cover the lapses of a tired Arab rug maker. But anyway, I like to think you and I are “like one of them Arab rugs”, as I always joke to Honestpoet, if we didn’t have our flaws, we’d be too perfect for the universe to contain us, eh? 🙂

  24. sarah said

    Thank you thank you for this wonderful blog–I’ve only just found it and am already enchanted. Mind if I pop a link on my measly little page?

  25. honestpoet said

    Feel free! And thanks for the kind words. I’m not always completely magnanimous (somewhere there’s a post here called “Ann Coulter is a Cunt”), but most of the time I manage to remember my humanity (and that I share it with everyone else).

  26. sarah said

    Well, you’re right. She is. …Ann Coulter, I mean.

  27. Rosa said

    Thank goodness, there are more sane people out there!! Thank you for your work, Honestpoet. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  28. honestpoet said

    🙂

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