(Poem) I Had To Block You Today By Rick London

I had to block you today,

You said your politics was the only way.

We’d been friends in real life for countless years and days,

From silly games like hide and seek,

And playing war games in the creek.

Even on facebook, we’d kept our rebellious ways.

I thought about it long and hard,

Why today you looked at me in total disregard.

I always thought you to be a kind kindred soul,

But I was wrong….s’pose that’s part of growing old.

The reason for my actions may come across as silly,

It often does for this Arkansas hillbilly.

But it was very real, almost a texture of granite or stone,

My independence from bullies, now that I’m grown.

Pointed out to me by mentors, friends, and therapists I had known,

“Never Rick, never do you have to cower to them again”,

You’re not in the wrong, the bully is,

It’s such an ugly sin.  

He thinks he’s right he’ll fight and fight,

Everything must come to a head for him.

But that’s simply part of his disease,

To him the world’s quite grim.

November is coming and tempers begin to flair,

Politics no longer confined to the Beltway but traveling in the air.

I made a mention of whom I may favor in the ballot box,

But not to you, I was in a conversation with several delegates,

I did not share it for your approval or distaste,

I didn’t see you there.  But if I had and you’d done that, you’d wish I hadn’t cared.

I shared it because I’m an American, and part of the human race.

To tell me that I am wrong to think and vote as I do,

Is frightening to be honest and true.

Peer pressure is how parties controlled/behaved in Communist Russia…and Nazis to the Jews.

They used peer pressure/bullying tactics so you’d see it their way,

Goebbels hired his media pundits to create “the demon-du-jour” each day.  

Your action was a total disregard of my humanity, soul, and voice.

I know for whom you wish elected,

And if that person is selected,

I’d back him with all the force within my being.

On the other hand if my candidate of choice wins the race,

You said you’ll do what it takes to undermine his life until distress.  

So I bid you farewell old friend, based on your major arrogance that shows,

I love so much being American and the difference that it shows.

I salute you for voting for the man of your choice,

But demanding I vote for him too is to treat me as a little boy.

So misinformed, yet I research well. I don’t need a surrogate father,

But if I did, I’ll tell you this, you’d not be the one I’d care to bother.

I’m not a member of a political party, I vote as an independent every time,

I know by now parties are a sham, and it’s choices are a crime at best.

But do not fear, I am sincere, even if I’ve chosen the loser,

Because of the liberties we so enjoy,

I’ll support your winning candidate and lay politics to rest.

I have so many friends voting same as you,

But their humility and compassion doesn’t tell me what to do.

They take it to the voting booth as that’s where our power needs to be,

To spout it to me on facebook, truly makes you quite a freak.

 

I urge everyone to vote. I don’t care for whom you vote. Please take advantage of this beautiful American system. Look around the world and see how many countries are in the middle of chaos, death and confusion simply trying to set up a voting precinct.  Don’t let that happen in America.  Encourage everyone to vote and if they have problems or don’t understand how, help them learn how. If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, help them get there or show them how to write in.  Don’t let ANYone intimidate you into thinking you cannot vote. You can and should.  To not vote brings us that much closer to countries like Iran, Syria, etc. Thank you.

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Rick London is a songwriter, author, cartoonist and designer.  He founded LTCartoons in 1997. Londons Times Cartons (LTCartoons.com) has been Google & Bing’s #1 Offbeat Cartoons & funny gifts since 2005.  He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London who has the popular blog Hike Our Planet.

 

“Bain” Song Parody by Rick London c2012 Sung To The Tune Of David Bowie’s “Fame”

Bain Romney doesn’t remember it’s a big blur
Bain, (bain) bankrupting firms while Mitt runs w/the dough

Bain, (bain) His hands off story’s so hard to swallow,
Bain, (bain).

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Bain, Mitt’s explanation is a spin game,

Laundered money to Cayman’s such a fun game (game)

Bain, (bain)

Bain, (bain) bought elevators for his limos,

Bain, & we thought the NAACP speech was a new low

Bain, (bain) caused its partners so much sorrow,

Bain, (bain)

Bain, Mitt’s mouth’s open so he’s lying,

Obama admin says it must be a crime

Bain (bain)

Can Mitt run the land of the free?
We’re learning he’s no Honest Abe,
Saving the Olympics was just a fable,
Mitt are you sane? Was Bain your Swiss Bank babe?

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Is that how you saved? How you saved?

Obama’s not so great but you’re even worst,
Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain….
Don’t you think we wondered what was your offshore tool?
Bain (bain)

And why you bullied in high school on your hair-cutting spree,
There to inflict all your pain,
(Pain)

Bain, bain, bin, bin, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain,

Bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain

Bain!

Your view of the Constitution is lame…..

You’ll not be our leader, & married gays will have maiden names…

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Rick London is a songwriter, author, cartoonist and designer.  He founded Londons Times Cartoons (LTCartoons.com) in 1997.  LTCartoons has been Google & Bing’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts.  He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London and they live in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas where they are active hikers.  They work with animal, children, and eco-causes.

Another Kindle Fire Song by Rick London c2012 “Where Has Ernest Hemingway Gone?” to the tune of “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?”

 

Where have all the bookshelves gone?

Now an Amazon Internet ping

Where have all the bookshelves gone?

A tiny screen’s aglow

Where have all the bookshelves gone,

Kindle Fire’s replaced them every one

Late at night Kindle’s light burns,

And I tap the page to turn.

 

Where have all the classics gone?

Can’t find “The IChing”

Where have all the classics gone,

Kindle’s bright light it glows.

Where are books like Native Son?

Gone to Kindle every one,

It’s glowing light it burns,

Tap pages and they turn.

Where has Ernest Hemingway gone?

Is the Sun Still Rising?

Where has Ernest Hemingway gone,

Or even Nostromo?

Where has John Fitzgerald gone?

Gone the way of The Maltese Falcon.

The Kindle light it burns,

Late at night Kindles burn.

Where has John Grisham gone?

Was he just a lawyer passing?

Where has John Grisham gone?

Without “The Firm” life’s so lonesome.

Where has George Orwell gone,

Loved the animals one by one,

Maybe Kindle Fire’s the one,

To find George’s furry fun.

Where have Stephen King’s graveyards gone?

From “Carrie” to “The Shining”.

Where has Stephen’s novels gone,

Are there no more ghosts?

Where has John Steinbeck gone?

“Grapes Of Wrath” are now Raisins In The Sun.

Lord Of The Flies have turned and flown,

All Gone With The Wind, I’ve learned.

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Rick London is an author, songwriter, cartoonist, and designer.  He founded the Internet’s #1 offbeat cartoons & funny gifts “Londons Times” in 1997. He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London and they live in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas where they are avid hikers and love to commune with nature.  Lee Hiller-London is also a designer and runs the popular nature blog HikeOurPlanet.com.

Unfriending, Social Media, POTUS & Happiness by Rick London

     One need not be Kreskin or Jean Dixon these days to figure out what is on someone’s mind.  (For those post boomers they were popular psychics in our younger days).

     All one need to do today is take a glance at their social media postings, read their emails, or hang up from talking to them (on one of those rare occasions we use our cell phones rather than email).  You see, (again this is for the youngn’s), we baby boomers have had our share of drama.

     Drama requires talking in person or on the phone so we much prefer email or social media.  Unfriending someone no longer requires drama, creating an army of like-minded friends (aka bullying) to defend one’s decision to terminate a friendship and if they try to rekindle it, the army of friends knocks them back down (double-bullying). I always wondered why folks can’t just unfriend quietly in social media and simply move on.  Nobody else really cares who we like or dislike. 

     Now, with the click of a mouse, we simply unfriend them or even more dramatically block them.  Yowsah. Click click click.  Feel the power, Luke.  (For those of you post-boomers who don’t know who Luke is, well……never mind.)

     So these days, especially this close to November, friends are often made or broken based on which glorified policy wonk aka POTUS aka President gets to live at 1600 Pa. Avenue for the next 4 years (and possibly longer).

     Many expect the rest of us to tow their party line.  Let me get this straight with everyone up front.  I do vote, but I register as an Independent. I choose the candidate, not the party.  Parties ALWAYS let you down, candidates do about 50% of the time.

      Politicians are so far from being my role-models they don’t even show up on the radar screen. And anyone who makes or breaks a relationship based on which politician I think is best for the job, may be a friend, but is a friend in deep need of psychiatric care (and I’m not making a joke here).

     My friends are based on character. They are not “armchair powermongers” who enjoy the “divide and conquer” that their favorite trained politician has shown them.  I like/and love people based on many other factors…..how they feel about themselves and others, their treatment of animals and the planet, their generosity (and this need not be financial but in sharing their personality/gifts etc., their sense of humor/or their appreciation of humor, and so many other factors).  Their political preference is so far down the stream, I don’t really even care.

      Even in today’s (somewhat dysfunctional)…ok very dysfunctional world, there are many reasons to be happy and/or grateful.  Some are so basic we almost miss them.  We awaken yet another day.  That means we still have a reason to be here on the planet.  It may not have been revealed (to us yet) but it is there, and usually others discover it before we do.

      Sometimes we have our health. I will admit, my health is not optimal but it is well above what it should be. In fact, given medical science, I should have died numerous times.  At first, that made me bitter.  Later I learned it was “what it took” for me to truly look within, and I became a vegan and started hiking the mountains with my beloved wife Lee Hiller-London.

     Not everyone has to become a vegan and hike mountains with the one they love to be happy.  The trick is simply to learn from one’s errors, and attempt to correct them. Do a little better than yesterday.            If you ate a Big Mac yesterday, don’t eat one today. If you didn’t exercise yesterday, walk a block today.  I changed my lifestyle very gradually…I didn’t stop eating milk, fish, meat, eggs, etc all in one day and begin leaping buildings like Superman.  It took almost two years, a lot of reading, a lot of patience from Lee who was already well on her way to a healthier lifestyle, and the willingness to give it a try. I didn’t know if it would work. I only knew that the way I had been living didn’t work. And a little over a year past those changes, I am just beginning to learn about life and treasure it as it should be treasured.  I am but a newbie and can tell I will be for a very long time.

    My happiness (or lack thereof) was the same under the administrations of JFK, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, both Bush’s, Clinton and Obama.  Presidents had absolutely nothing to do with my mood (though it was so convenient and easy to project any of my own problems using their own shortcomings; and each has had many, but each have done much good as well).  America, with all its issues has continued to exist and thrive throughout many diverse administrations.  I believe that has much more to do with the people of America, their faith in America, and their reverence to the U.S. Constitution; not any one person living at a nice address on Pa. Ave.

      So today, simply make the decision to be happy.  Do one little thing that is better for you than you did the day before.  Journal it.  The next day do another.  You may slide backward some days. I know I do.  But keep trying.  Don’t blame me. Don’t blame an enemy. Don’t blame the President or a candidate you don’t like.  All that will simply delay your road to happiness. Joy is within you. Not 2000+ miles away in Washington, D.C.  I believe I am on the right path to be happy. I can’t guarantee it, but it feels right to me.  One thing I know for sure, though (based on experience). 

      That is, spending one’s time on social media to teach them what to think, feel, believe, how to vote, etc etc etc. is a sure way to emptiness and unhappiness, and I’d bet the farm on that.

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Rick London is an author, songwriter, cartoonist and designer.  He founded Londons Times Cartoons aka LTCartoons.com which has been Google & Bing #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts since 2005.  He is married to nature and wildlife photographer Lee Hiller-London. They live in their beloved Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas where they spend a great deal of time outdoors and hiking. They are active in animal, children and green causes.