My Own Year of Sorrow

أَحَسِبَ ٱلنَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوٓا۟ أَن يَقُولُوٓا۟ ءَامَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۖ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا۟ وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ ٱلْكَٰذِبِينَ “Does mankind think that they will be left alone because they say, ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested? We most certainly did indeed test those who came before you; and so, God will surely distinguish those … Continue reading My Own Year of Sorrow

Let’s Be Frank – Black Lives DO NOT Matter

“When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.” ~Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Nonviolence as Compliance” Let me begin with dismissing the progressivism, idealism, and warm, cloying optimism which seems to have … Continue reading Let’s Be Frank – Black Lives DO NOT Matter

Cypress Meditations

In my beginning, you will find my end: Earth and Heaven are conjoined cosmic twins, separated from outside the womb of Being with one word exclaimed: Be! Time severs the common flesh and entropy draws them apart from one another. The two drift farther and farther away as entropy and energy tug at them, pulling … Continue reading Cypress Meditations

Considering Phlebas

Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead, Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell And the profit and loss.                                          A current under sea Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell He passed the stages of his age and youth Entering the whirlpool.                                        Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you ~ T.S. Eliot, “Death by Water“, The Waste Land Lately I’ve been considering Phlebas, the Phoenician mariner and merchant of the clairvoyant Madam Sosostris’s tarot reading, and how handsome and tall he might have been to those around him. I envision him embodying everything Phoenician society would … Continue reading Considering Phlebas

Some Real Talk – from a Mexican-American Brother

While perusing the internet, I came across some comic strips from Lalo Alcaraz, a prolific and dangerously hilarious Mexican-American who is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha.” I was so impressed with them and so elated to see the voices of Latino Americans penetrating this medium  that I wanted to post … Continue reading Some Real Talk – from a Mexican-American Brother