We’re back Down Under today with Don and the F.C.S. team. Skip was a bit upset that we haven’t featured him in a post recently, so I’ve included one of his best headshots this time around. Skip is Don’s drinking buddy and security detail. He also heads up the Sunday music selection over at The Flippant, Comic, and Serious. Now it’s over to Don for today’s thought-provoking trilogy:
It’s Your Fault Neurons
I wrote this when setting up the FCS site. It was a struggle. I eventually got there.
I’ve built myself a website
A steep and bloody curve
Received my Learners Permit
The blogosphere to serve
www.donmatthews.poetry.com got there!
I don’t know who is out there
I don’t know who I’ll meet
Excite-like feeling venture
I hope can stay on feet
Much of my work is different
(To the normal stuff)
Spilling out from out my mind
On to, and off my cuff
You ask what brought about this?
My neurons are to blame
“We put in so much effort Don
You need more viewers, fame”
What can I say?…
Don Matthews May 2020
I’m a Protester Yay!
I’m a protester yay! I’m a protester
What about? I dunno? yippee yay!
I’ve locked meself up to the Parliament gates
Then I done went and threw ‘way the key
I’m protesting yay! I’m a protester
I’ve locked meself up yay yippee!
Oh no!, I gotta problem here officer
I need to unlock, go for pee
Can’t see key anywhere luv…..
Shit! I can’t hold out much longer….
We Seem to Have Lost the Idea of Moderation
Adapted from a newspaper article on the recent suicide of Australian Gavin Wilson amid protests at drag queens reading stories to kids
Our responses to issues
Need to be fast and emphatic
The time to make considered decisions
Sacrificed for the sake of speed and severity
We are pushed to the limit
In this era of extreme views
And have lost the idea of moderation
Opinions need to be supercharged and to be heard
We’ve pushed so far to the extreme flanks
That we’re finding it hard to return to the centre
So obsessed we are with opposing forces on the left and right
We have lost all sense of direction
Gavin Wilson committed suicide
From an accumulation of extremist ideas
That some have actually used his death
As just another opportunity to score points
Against their opponents
Is the most pitiful thing in this sorry mess
But that’s what we’ve come to
His family released a statement
It was considered and compassionate
Quiet, not shouting
Forgiving, not laying blame
It’s a lesson for us all