positive protest


I have a plan…a protest plan…

…a way to combat the negative actions of our president-elect:

When he does something to abuse the planet, I will do something to heal the planet.

When he insults another, I will praise another.

When he indulges in conflict, I will try to ease conflict.

When he acts small, I will do my best to act tall.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

Yes, the scales of power are tipped in his favor…

…but if I stick to my plan, can you really say I’ve been defeated?

However, I do expect to be angry at his decisions, much of the time.  I will try to be aware of the disappointment and sadness beneath that anger…

But though I grieve, I won’t stop fighting.  I won’t let myself get bogged down in those emotions.  I’ll keep working to heal myself, to ease my own inner conflicts.  I’ll keep reminding myself to honor and love others, to honor and love this planet…

Through such actions, I’ll keep trying to realize my full height.

© 2016, Michael R. Patton
dream steps blog


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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