GUEST POST // Memories from the dead by Richard Green

unbolt me

On these damp and grey November days I think
Of things that should have happened but never did.
Of conversations that were never spoken
Afraid to raise the memories from the dead.

Of the questions that were formed but never asked.
Of the the horrors that were felt but never breathed.
Of carefully made plans that never began.
Of the dreams discarded like old newspapers.

I never finished that book, that course that day.
I never figured out what I was feeling.
I never found all the words I tried to speak.
I never look back, never ever look back.

I should’ve told her how he was hurting me.
I should’ve screamed and kicked and made him stop it.
I should’ve bit down hard when I had the chance.
I should have cut his throat as he slept at night.

I could’ve been anything I wanted to.
I could’ve worked…

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shaken like a snow globe
my world encapsulated with my favourite things
and my sense of worth, locked within it
there to please, mantlepiece

a sight for sore eyes
I’ve staged perfect photos in perfect scenarios
painting worlds of envy
earning validation like a coin purse

I’ve written universes
constellations of stars
connecting the stories I’ve lived
shouldn’t that be enough for me?

lately I’m singing songs no one hears
and writing poems because I want to, declaring
any path I choose is mine to lead
I am everything I was meant to be

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Music Recommendation: Ellen Moseley — “Bunny Freak”


Song: “Bunny Freak” from the album THE BUNNY TRACKS (EP)

Artist: Ellen Moseley

Artist Location: St. Augustine, Florida

Info: “If you’ve never hadda rabbit, you might not understand … if you have, you’ll wave your big ol’ bunny flag!”

“I’m one of those leftty players that turns right-handed instruments up-side-down and plays ’em that way. All these songs are homegrown/home recorded … no artificial colorings or flavors added! Everything you hear is me (lyrics, vocals, guitar, harmonica, banjo, ukulele, keys, and sound engineering) except the lead guitar on Rabbit Blues … that was Nate Nakadate. Hope you enjoy a coupla listens!”

elinaringa (a fan) wrote, “l love your bunny songs! Thank you very much for your music!” 

Price: $1 (USD) for song; $4 (USD) for four-song album.

Genre: Americana, Novelty


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David Bruce: Resist Psychic Death — Hanukkah, Heroes


• Walter Adler, his girlfriend (Maria Parsheva), and two friends were on a subway car when someone wished them “Merry Christmas.” A Jew, he responded, “Happy Hanukkah.” This was enough for some anti-Semites to start a fight. One rolled up his sleeve to show a tattoo of Christ. Mr. Adler says that the man said, “Happy Hanukkah, that’s when the Jews killed Jesus.” Ms. Parsheva said, “They just came at us so fast. The first thing that came into my mind was, ‘Yeah, this is going to be violent.’” Approximately 14 people taunted the small group of four, calling them “dirty Jews” and “Jew b*tches.” During the fight, Mr. Adler’s nose was broken and his lip was busted. One person who came to his aid was a Muslim fromBangladeshnamed Hassan Askari. Mr. Adler said, “A random Muslim guy jumped in and helped a Jewish guy on Hanukkah — that’s a miracle.” Mr. Adler pulled the emergency cord, and police arrested 10 people. Mr. Askari, a modest hero who ended up with two black eyes, said, “I just did what I had to do. My parents raised me that way.” Mr. Adler invited Mr. Askari to celebrate Hanukkah with him; Mr. Askari accepted the invitation. According to a post on the Web site The Muslim Workplace, “Please note that Hassan Askari is not the exception among Muslims worldwide. He is what all Muslims are expected to be, and he behaved in the manner that all Muslims are expected to behave when they see a fellow human being needing help.” The following January both Mr. Adler and Ms. Parsheva attended an appreciation dinner given to honor Mr. Askari by the Islamic Circle of North America, which in a written statement said, “Mr. Askari embodies the principles of courage, strength and love for fellow Americans as taught by the Quran and Sunnah.”


• In April 2010, 7th-graders Allyson Golden and Miriam Starobin laughed at something funny that their music teacher, Sanford Mauskopf, said at Long Beach (New York) Middle School. Allyson said, “I was chewing gum, which I shouldn’t. I was laughing hysterically and suddenly I realized I’m not laughing any more. I can’t breathe. Then Miriam goes, ‘Ally, are you choking?’ I can’t speak. So my arms are around my neck. I’m turning purple, and my legs are flailing.” Allyson was frightened when she was unable to breathe; she said that “it was the scariest moment of my life. I was thinking ‘I’m going to die. What will my parents think?’” Fortunately Miriam knew exactly what to do — a result, she thinks, of remembering a SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon that she had seen on Nickelodeon. Miriam said, “It was like a flash right in my eyes. I saw in my head Squidward with his clarinet lodged in his throat and then SpongeBob does the Heimlich maneuver and the clarinet comes flying out of his mouth. I had no clue what I was doing until it was done.” Miriam performed the Heimlich maneuver on Allyson, and the gum popped out of her mouth. Immediately afterward, Allyson gave Miriam “the biggest hug” and said to her, “Miriam, you just saved my life. I owe you big time.” Miriam replied, “Oh, no, no, you don’t. It’s no big deal.” Their music teacher, Mr. Mauskopf, did not see Allyson choking because his view was blocked, but he did see the gum flying through the air. He asked the girls, “What’s going on?” After learning what Miriam had done, he said to her, “Do you realize what you’ve just done? You’ve saved Allyson’s life. You’re a hero.” (By the way, a Nickelodeon spokeswoman later said that actually SpongeBob did not perform the Heimlich maneuver on Squidward; therefore, Miriam may be conflating the cartoon with a demonstration of the Heimlich maneuver that she saw elsewhere. Whatever. Miriam saved Allyson’s life, and that is the important thing.)


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