(NaBloPoMo) “There Be Dragons,” One Congressman Mutters to the Other (an utterance I imagine one of them making when I watch a span of legislators talking amongst themselves as someone testifies about affordable care for all or the use of alternative energy to combat climate change. How to Help Congress? I Have a Suggestion. (A 420 Character 9-Line Poem by Patty)

Dragons of Varna
Dragons of Varna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(NaBloPoMo) “There Be Dragons,” One Congressman Mutters to the Other (an utterance I imagine one of them making when I watch a span of legislators talking amongst themselves as someone testifies about affordable health care for all or the use of alternative energy to combat climate change. How to Help Congress? I Have a Suggestion. (A 420 Character 9-Line Poem by Patty)

The Unknown.

So scary that ancient maps drew Dragons to symbolize the unknown;

travel there was to go “where there be dragons.”

So, is it just fear of the unknown

that creates Congressional enemies of Affordable Care for All

(like the rest of the developed world has)

or Carbon Sequestration to Combat Climate Change?

Nix the dragons w/: Ted Talks, Sessions with Phil Nye the Science Guy, or NPR.

Make Known the Unknown.

PATTY

Moses Pitt - 1680
Moses Pitt – 1680 (Photo credit: amphalon)

Let’s learn facts. Or it’s all going to be too close to what the Onion portrays Congress to be in this piece:

Congress Debates Merits Of New Catchphrase

Rep. William Cummings (D-VA) defends his use of the slang word “pronk” as a legitimate catchphrase.

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But, I think the guys in an early Congress had an excuse for believing in dragons. They didn’t have access to Ted and his Talks.

Another Idea: our fearful, non-productive Congress could  seize the dragon by the horns (oops, mixed metaphor; but, um, I like it; so it stays.) and go on one of the study abroad programs organized by this amazing company, or ones of its ilk. The company’s called Where There Be Dragons:

http://wheretherebedragons.com/why-dragons/who-we-are/

Who We Are

Dragons Student Travel: Who We AreDragons programs are authentic, rugged and profound student travel adventures that expose the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which we travel. Featuring extended itineraries, Dragons programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences.

While Dragons programs vary in their focus—with some trekking and wilderness intensive, others strong on service and development studies, and still others language-oriented—all Dragons journeys are designed above all else to be fun, safe and honest educational experiences.

NaBloPoMo: I Watch the White Ibis Being Followed By a Variety of Other Types of Wading Birds and I Think of World Turmoil, Congress, and the Beetles. (A 420 Character Poem in 9 Lines by Patty)

English: American White Ibis in Florida, USA.
English: American White Ibis in Florida, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I Watch the White Ibis Being Followed By a Variety of Other Types of Wading Birds and I Think of World Turmoil, Congress, and the Beetles. (A 420 Character Poem in 9 Lines by Patty)

Wader Diversity
Wader Diversity (Photo credit: K Schneider)

Getting by with a little help from my friends

is what I think the world needs,

sorry, Beatles, I don’t mean drug-help,

but something like what the White Ibis does

when it wades through the shallows of a marsh or lake edge,

probing with its long decurved red bill,

while other wading birds, such as egrets,follow and catch prey

stirred up by this red-faced, black wing tipped white beauty.

A little help s’all we need.

PATTY

English: The sociable American White Ibis in a...
English: The sociable American White Ibis in a tree on the Saint Johns River. Taken by User:Mwanner, 9 January, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Advice to the Perpetrators of the Shutdown:Roll Up Your Sleeves and Emulate the Carolina Wrens, Congress. (a 420 Character 9 Line Poem by Patty)

Scoots, creeps, scolds

not a description of the activities* of our Congress…

as “cocks his tail up when foraging and down when singing” reveals,

but maybe Congress COULD look to the Carolina Wren

for a model of impassioned action.

They love to move low through tangled under stories,

backyard brush piles and areas choked with vines and bushes.

Congress: creep into the bracken

and get hacking at the problems! Scoot!

PATTY

*   unless you could call this chart of the back and forth over the shutdown as anything close to being as constructive as the activity of the Carolina Wren as it scours the bushes for food and companionship. 

United States Capitol Building
United States Capitol Building (Photo credit: Jack in DC)