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Movin' On With Nellie: It feels like I live in a dog’s mouth

Posted: Friday, Jul 19th, 2013

The heat in the atmosphere, not to mention

the hot opinions in light of Trayon Martin’s

death and Zimmerman’s “not guilty” trial verdict,

makes voices sound humid and sticky.

It feels like I live in a dog’s mouth

with lack of fairness showing in Lady Justice.

Mind you, it’s not just the skewed moral compass

and lopsided scales of impartiality; but it’s the way people analyze

or rather don’t analyze the evidence that grows rancid.

A cocker out in the clammy night, would

have wagged her stumped tail and thus

greeted Trayvon with ease and friendliness.

Someone truly considering the neighborhood

good would have offered Trayvon a ride home

–out of the rain. What good comes from racially

profiling like this Zimmerman?

“Standing your ground is another senseless law,”

as the women are heard saying in coffee shops and

television news shows. What about Trayon’s right

to stand his ground, to live and pursue happiness?

We all should make right what rotted our blind system; humankind

is not all about guns and murdering others

but it is about the compassion that walked the earth

as yin-yang, goddess or god, prophet or prophetess,

or as a wiser-worded nun or monk;

it is about harmonizing notes, strumming soulful filaments,

and sounding trumpets against legal but human walls and thrones.

It is about the female spirit, non-violence and

the Mandella spirit, in each of us that beckons nurture to rise

up again in place of antagonistic alpha-ism of wanna-

be cops let loose on society or unsuspecting hooded teens

out for a snack run before 7:30 p.m. What happened to us? Didn’t

we used to offer others rides home? What happened?

It feels like I live in a dog’s mouth

considering the gun-

wrack of hatred and bonfires

that belittles our humanity. If our world

is sheathed in a dog’s mouth,

let’s freshen up the shared halitosis

with herbal and spiritual remedies

like mint, chamomile

and breathing meditations,

letter campaigns to legislators,

and prayer circles where we find

our calm and connectedness.

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