Originally written and posted 05.10.2011 Abridged version re-posted 06.12.2019

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I heard once that ‘the moon is not enough’ but for today we may say – we cannot buy the moon … John F. Kennedy’s eyes spangled and striped, sparkled wet when he told us that going to the moon ‘was a challenge we choose to accept’ – not, because it was easy but because it was hard … Today, while the stock markets around the world are looking to the politicians for words of wisdom, direction and encouragement, the politicians are looking blank … and no one really cares that America has effectively withdrawn from the space race. … The bankers hide with their stash of pornographed cash as the man in the street, whether wearing leather inners or down at heel sneakers, cannot even console himself with the promise of a brand new day, let alone ‘a brave new world’ … The moon, once so reachable and free to all comers, as the likes of Gagarin, alongside the likes of Armstrong and Aldrin, not only headed the cast of the original star-wars but fought for a valued supremacy … It was Uri who went for a spin in a sputnik while Neil and Buz got to go for a walk on the white sand and bring home sticks of rock for Uncle Sam … More than 50 years on from J.Ks optimistic rally call for man to seek only the very best for himself – the politicians are not telling us to – ask what we might do for our country, only that we should be realistic for the present and maybe optimistic for the future … The moon still sparkles like John-Boy’s eyes on a clear night in June but not even the moon can inspire us for now, as its ‘off-limits’ and motivational wordsmiths like Kennedy are presented as scary optimists who had personal weakness and human traits … Not like the rest of us then?!  … The scariest things for me are – the current manipulation of the masses by political stealth (at least have a go at lying to me), our almost universal acceptance of a cancerous, imbibed pacifism which can eat the very heart out of our nationality and the way that when we are alone, we find it increasingly hard to look up into our own particular – starry, starry night …





btw P.J. Harvey is Immense



#PROG-PROSE ~ Progressive-prose – part of an #Edenbray retrospective – Re-posted today for a new generation

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I'm a writer ... I write .. . I’m not sure why I ever stopped, was it 9/11? .. . edenbray is born ugly, wet and covered in blood, mucous and bodily functions ~ the effluence of my short life .. . I am a Writer and Artist since 1966 - I'm an avid Blogger ~ I write lots of poems, written essays, articles, reviews, opinion + comment .. . I have had many poems selected for Anthologies of verse and recently have published many of my poems in 24+ themed booklets ... please ask for details - join the shebang by leaving me a marker with a 'like' or a comment for my ego and encouragement and thanks for listening - I really value your interest ~ edenbray
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