#PicturePoetryPrompt: Gun Control

From North of the border,
I watch my American friends
suffer time and again.
A vicious cycle repeating.

Bullets fired from GUNS
are worth more than
LIVES
I hear again and again.

And yet there’s a growing chorus
Of voices.
Young
Old
Female
Male
Gay
Straight
Black
White.

They scream for CONTROL
United against a bigger threat.
They don’t want to hide
Afraid and alone
from angry people who take their rage
like tidal waves
and crash into innocents.

They want change.
Not to take all the GUNS away
But to restrict the types
Create stiffer rules.
What threat is this
to your freedoms,
My GUN owning friends?

They should be free
to feel SAFE
In a Grocery store
In a School
At a Concert
At a Hospital
At a Synagogue
At a Church

ANYWHERE.

But the NRA has friends
who view CONTROL
as an evil worse than plague
WHICH IT’S NOT.
When did your fellow Americans’ LIVES
come to mean so little?

I see this on my screens
In our papers.
As a Canadian,
I’m thankful for our GUN CONTROL.
I feel SAFE.
If only the change Americans need
would come on swift wings.
I wish you all could feel SAFE
On every day’s journeys.

You see,
I think no man, woman or child
should be afraid to leave their home
for fear of flying bullets
shot from vicious GUNS
hunting them down.

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Silly Things In Life

It has been a weird week for me, I have to say. I have been restless and lazy at the same time. We have gotten some things done and are currently sorting papers (Andrew keeps EVERYTHING and it kind of drives me insane). But We have also relaxed a lot too which has been a nice change.

We have dropped off stuff as donations. We’ll end up finding more with time though. Thankfully this is where the restlessness has helped in terms of getting it done.

Andrew has a four day weekend so it will be good to get things done that have been waiting for a while. The trick? Keeping the laziness I have been feeling on the back burner so that it does get done.

For the nerds/geeks/whatever you prefer to be called, it is community day for Pokemon Go featuring Swinub. Andrew and I will be getting our steps in while hunting it, and it will serve as a nice break from the chaotic mess our home has become in orders of organizing it.Things get worse before they get better, right?

Anyways, I’ve been enjoying the silly things in life right now while contemplating where my book is going. I think it is pretty much decided that I will just go forward and revise/edit more chapters til I have to write more in. Writer’s knife has to be sharp and sure when making these kind of cuts. Thankfully we get to go over our work repeatedly until we are satisfied.

Keep trucking ahead, readers! Spring is in the air (or at least that is what I’m hoping)!

 

Chip Away At It

Sorry for the late blog post today, but Andrew and I have been on the go since early this morning!

We started tidying/organizing our Small Animal Room (which needs to be renamed, because Chewbacca, our Degu, passed away last week). It is essentially our storage space. We have a stand with built Lego on it. There is a filing cabinet with unbuilt Lego kits in/on it. There are a ton of shelves in there for a variety of stuff!

It contains day to day products like paper towel, toilet paper, kleenex, and ziploc bags. We tend to buy some of those items in bulk when on sale to save a bit of money in the long run. The down side to the money saving? The extra space it requires til it is used!

The room also holds various papers (cards, Andrew’s college stuff, adoption paperwork for pets, etc). We have collected other papers into the room to go through at a later date. There is a lot of space and other rooms that require attention before finer things get a look through.

We have rolling stands that now contain pet items like excess toys, shirts, sweaters, jackets, leashes, and some treats. Raven, our beagle, has quite the nose on her, and finds that stuff to rip through if it is left out. (Our two cats also like to help her, and Jasper, our shih tzu, sits back and waits for the rewards!)

Anyways, it is a catch all space. Thankfully some of that space will be cleared once items are relocated to the garage or donation centers (Humane Society and Talize are where we go usually). Andrew has Magic cards, kinder egg toys, naughty magazines (from his ‘younger’ days), and some other things that we will be looking to sell, donate, or give to friends/family in time. Mind you, that involves getting him to put the effort in which is much like yanking teeth!

After it is done, I plan on tackling our linen closet and bedroom next. Front hall and office will follow, and we’ll see where it goes from there. Our basement, mostly, is a contained, organized area that does not require the level of attention the rest of our house needs. At least there is that, right?

I am hoping decluttering will help my mind focus on writing, (I did manage to get a word count of 1,000 in the past two days), but it will take time. We have been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, and it helps motivate Andrew to tackle this stuff with me. It is helpful, but there are a few things I disagree with when it comes to her methods (I’ll leave that alone though).

Sadly, I don’t think I will touch my book over the weekend much, but here’s a prayer that I’ll get some much needed housework done!