So what if he eats ketchup-smothered steak or makes Chris eat meatloaf. (btw: I bet a lot of people think I’M a gauche creature too because I laugh too loud or adore cheap ice cream.) FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT. (a 420 character 9-line poem)

Avoid “effete intellectual snobbery” in regard to Trump.

When Spiro Agnew spewed such at Vietnam War protesters,

like the black ink of a squid,

his words obscured the issues for a while.

So, my Trump talk will not be about serving meatloaf to foreign dignitaries

or pouring ketchup on his steak or long flappy ties.

It’s petty. (I love meatloaf too.)

I don’t want legitimate concerns screened by smears of elitism.



Instead of meatloaf, ketchup, and Kelly Anne, keep track of this. It’s important.


I don’t care if he does eat steak all the time or how Kelly Anne sits on a couch; and btw I bet a lot of people think I’M a gauche creature too because I laugh too loud or adore cheap ice cream. FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT. (a 420 character-9-liner)


Long-eared Owls seem perpetually surprised. Me too, otherwise I’d be normalizing this presidency and that’s dangerous. (a 420 character 9-line poem that juxtaposes the nobel Long-eared Owl with the ignoble.)

Surprise. Long-eared Owl ear tufts stick up like a rabbit’s

& give them an astonished look;

so when they snatch prey in complete darkness, guided only by acute hearing,

they’ve got a built-in default look of WOW.

I get that look when every day there’s a new revelation

that often is the opposite of the day before’s revelation.

It’s like the President is flying in the dark

but w/ bad hearing & no vision.

No surprise.


Magill and Chris took the man I live with and me to MT Lemmon in Tuscon. We saw a Long-eared Owl. Was it a thrill? You bet!

Cabinet nominees are getting approved but the hearings help underscore the negatives in each nominee and perhaps a path forward. (420-character 9-line poem)

Learning: The Cabinet hearings taught me what we’re up against;

I will use what I’ve learned to help short-circuit their moves.

They represent the exact opposite of what would be

the best leader for each cabinet spot.

Recently I searched for the Rough-legged Hawk &,

while I didn’t find her,

I learned the lay of the nooks & fields over which she perched, swooped, & hunted.

I’ll know where to look next time.