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Archives 2002:
Vol. 1, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Hope for the Future
Six Part Series on Science and Religion
First Three Parts of the Series on Leadership
Archives 2003:
Vol. 2, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Series on Leadership continued
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society

Art and Politics
Living the Good Life
Teaching Teens
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Archives 2004:
Vol. 3, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Seven Part Series on Global Consciousness
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All

Archives 2005:
Vol. 4, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Standing up for Humanity
Unity in Diversity

Thought and Imagination
Imagination and Healing
Lessons of Katrina
Intelligent Design or Evolution

Archives 2006:
Vol. 5, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Human Programming and Conflict
Non-Violent Political Change
Sustainable Development
Legalizing Torture
Living Without an Enemy
"Fast Food" is really "Slow Food"


Related Articles about Responsibility, the Future and Consciousness:

Hope for the Future
Series on Leadership
Series on Global Consciousness
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Conflict, Harmony and Integrity
Human Programming and Conflict
Non-violent Political Change
Living Without an Enemy
Protecting Children: Words and Deeds

Related Poems:

Making Friends
The Sounds of an Empty Promise
Mama's Tears
Wake of Distaster
March Madness
Take Heart
Kabul Update



April, 2007
Vol. 6, Number

national poetry month

This Month's Article

Just over four years ago, in the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament, terms like "fast break," "jump shot" and "foul" were accompanied by the play-by-play description of the televised invasion of Iraq and the bombardment of Baghdad. The jargon of war with terms like "shock and awe," "collateral damage" and "ambush alley" were juxtposed with the jargon of sport. The geography of the "final four" — Texas, Kansas, Marquette, Syracuse — mixed with the names of new places — Basra, Nasiriyah, Najaf, Fallujah. In featuring the poem "March Madness" this National Poetry Month, we see how the new reality of Iraq invaded our consciousness during a popular rite of Spring.

"March Madness"
(March 28, 2003 – NCAA Basketball tournament and unfolding war in Iraq.)

No, it is not the game,
that elegant dance
of dark and light brothers
with ball and moves
and arching shots sublime
like a ballet
of earth-defying demigods
thrilling people on the edge
of time
as the clock ticks down
each second,
each heart beat
in suspended concentration
at the target of hope
or at the foul line.

Madness, as remote clicks
from precision slams and
power dunks
from TV images
of youthful sport
to precision bombs
where brothers dark and light
and sisters in the swirling sand
do not dance in joyful play
but hang on to scraps of hope
or to life passing away
in a far-off land of pain
where a malevolent and
hostile sky of screaming rain
and blinding bursting flame
deafens in the shocking bursts
slicing the night
wrenching the heart
casting toxic clouds
during commercial break.

In this rite of March
images blur
between sport and war
tossing emotions,
passing the ball
in deft offensive play
or cowering heads
beneath a crumbling wall
of a universe
caught in adrenalin rush
that frozen nightmarish place
where confusion reigns
between pride and fear
between fun and dread
between staying and flight
of excitement and death
where spectators helpless
with compassion raw
escape into normalcy
to protect themselves
from madness
yet unable to choose
what program to watch.

© 2003 Richard Sidy

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Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

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