Poetry Friday Anthology: Celebrations
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Each February, Laura Shovan presents a daily poetry challenge. This year is ten found words from a variety of news articles. Today the words come from Thich Nhat Hanh’sarticle, “Zen and the Art of Activism.
mindfulness birthed activism
instead of monkey mind chatter?
we engaged in love and compassion
instead of hurtful, hateful barbs?
resistance re-awakened understanding
instead of non-active complacency?
Will the fog of despair will lift?
© 2017, Jone Rush MacCulloch
I am hosting Poetry Friday at Check It Out. As part of Laura Shovan’s Fifth Annual February Poetry Challenge, I am providing #10 words from a recent news article. I have been following the Department of Education and the new leader, Betsy DeVos. I am not happy that she was selected. I used The Hill as my resource for the ten words. The ten words:
Bonus word: students of color
Advocating for Public Education
the issues of equity
disappeared like the fog?
the proponents of vouchers
understood the underserved?
students of color
had access instead consequences?
in advocating for public education?
©Jone Rush MacCulloch
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I recently had a conversation with someone about Husband who is bi-polar. I wrote about it HERE last year. They were feeling frustrated with some of Husband’s lack of social cues and commented, “He gets to play the mental illness card.”
It took me aback. Card, playing a card? I responded by telling the person that mental illness wasn’t a card like having cancer isn’t a card.
It reminded me how much we need to bring mental illness out of the shadows. It reminded me that many people don’t get what having mental illness means.
I used to be quiet about sharing about Husband’s illness. Now however, I know that when given the appropriate opportunity, it’s important to speak up.
Last year, I read Sheila Hamilton’s ALL the THINGS WE NEVER KNEW. This is a powerful and insightful book about the impact of mental illness. Hamilton is a strong advocate for bringing mental illness out from the shadows.
Education and talking about mental illness are key to getting more to understand.