stood up for his fellow Men,
This post was prompted by the Genre Haiku Challenge on this blog. Follow that link to find out more and participate!
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day, which like other floating holidays tends to be an opportunity for some people and schools to take the day off. I grew up in Detroit, where this day and Black History Month – the month of February – were a big deal, so I recognize this holiday even if I still have to go to work. 🙂
This past August was the 50th anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech, which is not public domain but should be. I wrote about that in a post that includes a link to the full text of that speech.
Doctor King fought for equality for all people, regardless of their race or color, gender or whatever. This holiday is a good reminder that once we strip away all of one’s labels, what remains is a single essential aspect; the fact is, we’re all humans – imperfect for sure, but glorious nonetheless.
Doctor King, like Gandhi, felt that nonviolent protest was the way to go. Why?
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
There’s something to think about.
I picked out the following links myself because I feel the articles are relevant:
Life is made up of all these endeavors, all these things that we intend to do and every move we make with intent to complete some goal. Brush your teeth, drink some whiskey, punch someone on the shoulder, whether or not you realized the minute before that you were going to. But then we have these BIG things – things that are really important, and we hang a lot of meaning on those things and their outcomes.
Like for example, you’re looking to get into your first home (as in buying it.)
A lot of people go out and start looking at houses without realizing they should first go to a bank and get pre-approved for a loan. If you get the pre-approval, my impression is that you’ve got the loan, because this has worked twice for Mme. Ross and me. The whole process is arduous and complex – even when you’re not doing all the paperwork and underwriting – but you get that first step and you might just be golden.
Then there’s the house. The house could fall through for a number of reasons, and so a lot of the stress comes from knowing that if it falls through and it’s your fault, you lose the earnest money you have to put down on the deal; of course, that entails walking away from the purchase, which is why they want that earnest money in the first place – that way, they have assurance that you’re serious about the house. If the house falls through and it’s not your fault, now you have to go looking for another house and start the negotiation process all over again! Close, but no cigar, pal. Go back to start and don’t bother asking the bank for your two hundred bucks (that’s a Monopoly reference – you get your earnest money back in those cases.)
But once you’re in the house it doesn’t end. Since the house we just bought is our second house, we got a nice little bit of money at the closing. So we’re trying to figure out what all needs to be done and what we want to do and have at the new house. Then we actually get plumbers out to plumb in laundry machines in the basement, and they just say they have to come back later and do an estimate because there’s no existing drain or exhaust. So even this little snag becomes a bigger disappointment that it should be.
Sometimes I wish things would just get done. I wish I had more time to get things done. I often feel like I’m this close, but then…
The long-awaited genre haiku roundup for December 2013 is finally here! Better late than never, I always say – I have my reasons but no excuse to hold it off for any longer, so without any further delay, here goes:
To date, the December challenge has received an epic 51 responses from a variety of talented haiku hackers, old and new. Haikus are so brief, I bet you could get through them all in one sitting! This month, Lathrop Preston of Laith’s Ramblings even went so far as to paraphrase The Hobbit in nineteen haiku, with a guest submission by Cimmy of Cimmy’s Stories. That is an epic read unto itself, and I’m so glad he stuck through and finished the project.
With a little more than two weeks to go, this month’s Genre Haiku Challenge is biography, and we already have ten submissions. A biography haiku is so simple, and the person can be anyone in the world; who could you haiku?
Also, a note on submission: I’ve recently changed the settings on this blog so that comments can post for up to ninety days from the date of posting, so feel free to link up to any previous challenges.