What “Medicare for All” Actually Means

Language is important. Since I’m a language guy, and since I know a great deal about how Medicare works since Jenn spent 10 years on Medicare prior to her death at 45 years of age in 2017, I’d like to bring some clarity to the Healthcare Reform debate.

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Ballentain

The love that blossoms
from the bud which perishes
unfolds forever.

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Absolution

Tell me, are you amazed
at the African mud swallow
which builds its tiny nest
on the sides of tall reeds
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Memories

Many-faceted shining bits
    of what we said and did,
they filter softly down
    and crowd around my knees.
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After Mary Oliver

every
  poem
         is a
           camel
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Quick to Speak, Quick to Anger

A Rorschach testĀ for our times could not be more ready made than the one which surfaced this weekend from Washington, D.C.: a smirking young man in a MAGA hat face to face with a shorter, older Native American man beating a drum.

Cue your rush to judgment.

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Crossword

69 Down, “Ascend, 2 wds.”:  G-O-U-P
70 Down, “Rose sniffer”:  N-O-S-E

87 Across, “Yearn for.”

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Your Story

I came to the river at breaking of day,
and dropped into clear, still waters.

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A Murder of Quail

My sensible backyard fence has nothing
            against winter quail.
It stands six feet tall to keep out dogs
            and keep in tension.

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YardFood

for Nicole Ringgold

The silversmith smiths
    at her overworked bench,
        an open secret behind garden shop walls.

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