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ds106 @ds106dc #tdc3791 Ode to the Eastern Lowlands of Old Maug Aum

Ode to the Eastern Lowlands of Old Maug Aum

Ies Maug: all love the peace on which we thrive
On Eastern Lowlands lapped by deep blue sea
Where songs and hymns of times gone by derive

Where daylight wakes the song of chickadee
And dewdrops drip from daisies blessed by sun
Whose morning rays bid dark of night to flee

As we of peace arose against the gun
That triggers lies of defense misconstrued
Instead use words respecting everyone.

@grammasheri

Map Source: from @unchartedatlas

Journey to an Ode

On my way to this ode, I followed this path:

  • Map Source: from @unchartedatlas
  • Maug means steadfast, everlasting in Chamorro [Maug Islands]
  • Aum, in simplest way means self + universe in Sanskrit [Om]
  • Ode is a poetic form [Ode] with the English form in iambic pentameter]
  • Terza Rima  is a rhyming pattern often found in odes: aba bcb cdc
  • Path to Society’s future— to peace without the culture of guns [Matthew Cheney essay Difficult Peace]

And so I thought of all us on Earth as a land of the everlasting self within the universe, and that only becoming a reality when we learn a path of peace, which is one in America that will be difficult to achieve due to the prolific lies and propaganda of the gun culture’s proponents. We’ve let their insidious illogic permeate— because we of peace want to be accepting, to work with people, to listen. But giving the lies breath allows them to live on and on.

Get up. Stand up. Reiterate: guns kill people. Thou shalt not kill.

Guns today are designed to kill, to kill people.

We’ve already lived the days of the “wild west” and robber barons who wielded fear and power over others. We built a better world where words and laws protect us— where words are used to consider ideas and work through to justice for all, not weapons and threats and authoritarian or theocratic edicts.

The gun culture claims “Protection” but the best protection is knowing you have recourse in words and conversation and laws.

We took off our holsters a century ago when we established laws to live by, to live together in respect to each other.

  • And so, you can go to a tavern in peace without fear.
  • You can go to church in peace without fear.
  • You can walk through your park in peace without fear.
  • You can go to the grocery store in peace without fear.
  • You can go to school in peace without fear.

But no more. Because the gun culture’s proponents refuse to acknowledge that guns kill and that regulations and laws will help prevent the recent massacres of innocent people at school, at church, at dance venues, at the grocery store.

Protection? Defense? We wouldn’t need it — we did not need it in my lifetime until now — because people did not have access to guns that kill many in seconds.

And even now, the chance of the “good guy” getting the “bad guy” is just that: a maybe. I don’t depend on my neighbors or Sally at the grocery store to pull out a gun to shoot the shooter— who may be another “good guy” shooting at the “bad guy.” And the “bad guy” has a gun because there is no regulation and he or she could just walk in and buy it. That’s why no one is safe anymore.

Because GUNS DO KILL. Refuse the gun culture’s mantra “Guns don’t kill people.” Remind them: Guns Kill People, because if the gun wasn’t there, the finger on the trigger would be the finger pointing in frustration to make a point— just like civilized people do.

Guns Do Kill. A gun, a trigger, a finger on the trigger, a finger pointing— without the gun, a finger pointing and no one gets killed. Guns Do Kill People.

All of their talking points need to be walked back to this: guns kill people.

All of their talking points need to be walked back to this: civilized people use words.

Whether you’re angry at the “government” or your neighbor: use your words.

This is not 1822. It’s 2022, and we don’t need a ‘22 to solve our differences.

And so, I changed the ode to show a land where the gun culture is left behind and civilized people keep us going and growing for a better world with justice for all using words with the rule of law.

A finger pointing “an empty hand, a pointing finger, is still a conversation, a voice to be heard

Against the Gun

Against the Gun

Our land: all love the peace on which we thrive
From coast to coast each lapped by deep blue sea
Where songs and hymns of times gone by derive

Where daylight wakes the song of chickadee
And dewdrops drip from daisies blessed by sun
Whose morning rays bid dark of night to flee

As we of peace arose against the gun
That triggers lies of defense misconstrued
Instead use words respecting everyone.

Sheri Edwards
053022 151.365.22
Poetry/Photography
Against the Gun poem over sunflowers along the river at sunrise/sunset.

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Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
Art from the Heart

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