October Theme: Falling Part 3

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Tolerance or Adaptation?

Smoke rings lassoing mountain peaks,

Leftovers from western wildfires.

Newscasters have already moved

On to the next catastrophe.

East coast dams

Damning us with inadequate engineering

In the wake of a thousand year flood.

294 days in the year 2015,

274 mass shootings in the

Land of the free and the home of the brave.

Males in America own on average 7.9 guns.

Expect a massacre in your hometown.

Are we becoming more tolerant?

Are we just adapting to the new normal?

Frogs in a pot waiting for the boiling point

What bravery does it take to shoot a deer

With an automatic weapon?

How free are we, really?

Falling from grace our

Moral compass signals due north

While we continue south.

© 2015 Bessie Adams Senette

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Bessie Senette

Bessie Senette is nine and a half months pregnant waiting on the birth of Cutting the Clouds: a Bayou Mystic’s Poems, Musings, and Imaginings – an autobiographical collection of poems and essays about the life and culture of her bayou upbringing and the spirituality that informs her traditional healing gifts. 
A high-spirited, creative, solemn, and above all joyous woman, she celebrates her birthday for the entire month of August, otherwise known as the Besstival. Anyone born in August is welcomed as a Besstivite. The High Feast day of the Besstival (Bessie’s actual birthday) is known as the Besstiva. 

When her Muse is not in the mood to muse, she cooks. Bessie’s home is an oasis of hospitality, and yet her husband, Tom, calls it a fortress of solitude. Somehow it works. She works as a supplemental grandmother and primary Mimsie to Eden and Noah, five grand pups and one cat. 
As an ordained minister, she officiates an ecumenical liturgy for a small congregation of like-minded and just “slightly” wacky folk who are lovingly referred to as the Bessbyterians. 
Bessie is a polydactyl poet, born with six toes on her left foot. Some of her friends think she should have a reality TV show but she insists that it would have to be an UnReality show. All are certain the ratings would be astronomical.

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