We are past the second MOOC week and it was a rough one. My husband has a crazy, summer camp week at the taekwondo school where he teaches which means I take on some extra stuff to help out. Mostly that involves walking two dogs twice a day and driving a half hour back and forth at least twice a day. I also started taekwondo myself, so that has cut into my evening work time…BUT…
I survive and write on. This week’s assignment was to identify a social issue I feel strongly about, and then choose an object to represent my feelings about that issue. For my social issue, I chose violence, revolution and rioting.
I have conflicted emotions about violence. My nature is attracted to it. I want to be there, throwing Molotov cocktails and screaming with the raging mob…BUT… I know it probably isn’t the best solution for positive change. So I chose to write about that conflict with a match as my object. So here is my assignment #2, and now on to assignment #3.
I think you can still join this Massive Open Online Course. We are in week #3 and the deadline for submission is Sept. 5. Plenty of time! You can read my first MOOC assignment here.
The flame in my hand
trapped by the need
for a foundation—
But the flame desires bigger things:
to consume buildings
to crumble towns
to reduce forest to soot.
This flame yearns
to escape the fragile stick of wood
I hold—that holds it.
And, inflamed, I yearn
to escape the fragile system of rules
that hold me—that I hold to.
to topple authority
to overthrow mindlessness
to reduce greed to memory.
I hold the future in my hand
and it balances on my choice.
Trapped by my need for rage/chaos/kicks
I can build a foundation to evolve instead—