The root from which a tyrant springs

The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector -Plato (~427 โ€“ ~347 BCE) The quote I've selected for this week's WQW is deeply troubling to me. It stopped… Continue reading The root from which a tyrant springs

Congratulations, it’s a budget!

The Israeli Knesset passed its '21 and '22 budgets I feel silly being excited about my country having approved a budget, but there is good reason to be, and I will attempt to explain this without getting too entrenched in the details. In truth, you can read about this on any number of news websites.… Continue reading Congratulations, it’s a budget!

Yay, nay, or: I can’t hear you…

An American sentence: Could written lines match the force of the most emotively spoken words? What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading Yay, nay, or: I can’t hear you…

Floor, or: Ceiling

My 2nd kyrielle Kyrielle's rhyme scheme's open, but Three verses is (they say!) the floor. Still, I have come to heed my gut: Few verses are quite often more. I felt doubtful of short forms once; Epics seemed to pack louder roar... Now I know micros aren't runts! Few verses are quite often more. May… Continue reading Floor, or: Ceiling

Power concedes nothing without a demand

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or… Continue reading Power concedes nothing without a demand