March 2, 2021

61/365

your
best
intention
not
good
enough
try
harder
sacrifice
action
motivation
what
more
can
you
do
not
good
enough
never
enough

no talkin' man
all action
no talkin' man
all action

March 1, 2021

60/365

scrolling twitter
looking for a muse,
something that doesn’t
douse me with guilt
or shame
or dread
something hopeful.
something beautiful.
something new.

instead
crammed
inside
a tiny video screen
is a dilapidated
frame of a building
the bbc is calling a school.

young brown children
in headscarves
hungry for education
are taught
by a smiling blind
nine year old boy.

another conflict
in an arid
chunk of the map:

good guys and bad guys—
the houthis:
an islamist political and armed movement
that emerged from sa'dah in northern yemen
the other side:
saudi isreal america

the yemeni civil war may refer to several historical events
which have taken place in yemen:
alwaziri coup, february – march 1948
yemeni–adenese clan violence, 1956–60
north yemen civil war, 1962–70
aden emergency, 1963–67
north yemen-south yemen border conflict of 1972
yemenite war of 1972
ndf rebellion, 1978–82
yemenite war of 1979
south yemen civil war, january 13–25, 1986
yemeni civil war (1994)
al-qaeda insurgency in yemen, 1998–2014
houthi insurgency in yemen, 2004–15
south yemen insurgency, 2009–15
yemeni crisis (2011–present)
yemeni revolution, 2011–12
yemeni civil war (2014–present), ongoing
saudi arabian-led intervention in yemen, ongoing
lahij insurgency, march 27 – august 4, 2015
aden unrest (2015–present), ongoing
hadramaut insurgency, april 26, 2016 – present

world sense
can be disambiguated
by examining the context:
but how can we be expected to
know this much?
care this much?

this poem
does nothing.
neither will the one
for myanmar.

 

February 28, 2021

59/365

my finger tips
still smelled like
pepper corns
coriander seeds
garlic and dill
thyme and vinegar,
as they drummed
the steering wheel
after I dropped her off
to go thrift shopping
with friends.

i was blasting
black flag
and bikini kill songs,
on my way home—
earlier i had made a batch
of pickles
and the scents were fresh
and vibrant on
my hands. 

what's a better noun for wild than wildness?
and not like wilderness as in like a place,
but wildness,
as in somehting you harbor and cherish
inside yourself.

parenting is about
finding the right distance
between the wildest version of your self
and the most domesticated.

too close to the former sets a bad example
and can cause serious damage.

too close to the latter and it’s hard
to earn respect and be seen as fully human.