Haiku of Orlando Gonzalez Esteva


No-one speaks alone

not even silence

a house for everyone

 

Over the guitar

vine leaf

the hand falls

 

Even in Cuba

if the birds sings

I long for Cuba

 

I have no feet

only hands that touch

the sphere

 

No swell of the ocean

if it’s not between one grain

of salt and another

 

Night weighs

like the dot on the lives

of some letters

 

Orlando Gonzalez Esteva is a haiku poet born in Palma Soriano, Cuba but currently living in Miami. He published poems and essays in United States, Mexico, and Spain. His works have been praised by Mexican Poet Octavio Paz. Gonzalez translated a Spanish version of haiku master Kobayashi Issa and is working on versions of Basho, Buson, and Shiki.

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Haiku of Agim Vinca


PARADOX

I spoke, they said: quiet!
I kept quiet, they said: speak!
speak/quiet, quiet/speak my life.

EXILE

I wander around the world.
friendless, jobless.
less and less of me.

BIRDS

the only passengers
passing the border
without passports.

ROADS

roads are not measured by miles.
roads are not measured by kilometers.
roads are measured by the heart.

GODS

it,s easy to believe in God.
in Man difficult.
Oh God!

POET IN PRISON

it,s all in vain.
here is my shadow.
I am beyond the shutters.

FREEDOM

earth, water, sun, air
what is freedom waiting for?
to be brought tied up in blood chains?!

Agim Vinca was born in Veleshta in Macedonia and is a poetry critic and poet. He freely speaks his mind and is honest about social issues and concerns. He studied Albanian language and literature from the University of Prishtina and taught contemporary literature until expelled by the Serbian military. He currently teaches literature in Prishtina in Kosovo.

Favorite Japanese Indie Music


From my music blog called Japan Music Corner

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/

Rollo and Leaps

Rollo and Leaps are a worthy new Japanese rock-pop band to listen to with a nice rhythmic guitar influenced sound.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/rollo-and-leaps/

Shin Rizumu

Shin Rizumu シンリズム is an intelligent and very talented young pop-rock singer-songwriter from Kobe who has ability beyond his years.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/shin-rizumu-%e3%82%b7%e3%83%b3%e3%83%aa%e3%82%ba%e3%83%a0-latest/

Futarino Bungaku

Futarino Bungaku ふたりの文学 have the right formula for success with Miho Tsujibayashi as the lead singer who is also a composer, songwriter, and arranger and have competent band members.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/futarino-bungaku-%e3%81%b5%e3%81%9f%e3%82%8a%e3%81%ae%e6%96%87%e5%ad%a6/

Wallflower

Wallflower are a indie pop band from Osaka with a new singer named Eri Nakajima and have developed a sophisticated sound.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/wallflowers-latest/

More cool music

Roji

Rino Oishi

More listen to more Japanese indie see my Soundcloud site that is updated regularly:

https://soundcloud.com/you/likes

Haiku of Pepa Kondova


Pepa Kondova was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and has an inviting haiku style. She has been a member of the Bulgarian Haiku Club and World Haiku Association (WHA) member. Pepa has been published in Bulgaria, Europe, and World Haiku anthologies.

 

The human soul:

An innermost book.

Unread it remains

 

A piece of happiness

With a scent of bread

Coming and passing away

 

The native home

I see in my dreams

In my longing – the seas

 

Sunbeams:

heavenly swings –

a summer festival

 

Bare trees,

Lonely wanderer:

Drifted silence

 

On a bicycle

the sun is chasing

the summer day.

 

White pigeons

on a white square.

Light is everywhere.

Haiku by Kuniharu Shimizu


A family of carp streamers
all swimming
in the same direction

all day rain
she detects
a stolen puff

by the wood
summer wind
suddenly audible

commencement day
wind not strong enough
to flutter the flag

country road
I quietly cross
the Equator

Kuniharu Shimizu is a contemporary haiku poet born in Nara, Japan and graduated from the University of Hawaii.  His haiga works are great and showcase his talents.  He has published haiga (haiku & artwork), haiku, and haibun (prose & haiku) in publications and websites around the world. Kuniharu is an advisor to the World Haiku Association and judge of the WHA Haiga Contest.

http://seehaikuhere.blogspot.com/
http://seehaikuhere.jimdo.com/

Wit and Wisdom


You can learn a lot from Indians. They say you must never disagree with a man while you are facing him. Go around behind him and look at the same way they do; look over his shoulder and get his viewpoint, then go back and face him, and you will have a different idea.

It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human.

Whether your parents are good or bad, that’s not your business, but stick with ’em when they in trouble.

No man is great if he think he is.

Liberty don’t work as good in practice as it does in speeches.

A fool that knows he is a fool, is one that knows he don’t know all about anything. But the fool that don’t know he is a fool, is the one that think she knows all about anything.

A remark generally hurts in proportion to it’s truth

By Will Rogers

Philosopher/comedian (half Cherokee)

Courtesy of Native American Wisdom Jacobs and Gidley

Challenging the Falsehoods of Black Criminality by Jamala Rogers


Every time I hear a black person utter the phrase “black on black” crime and I’m in position to have a conversation, I educate them about the pathology of the term. The phrase is barren of any sociological meaning. Only people of African descent have been made to believe that something is inherently different about the way we commit crimes against one another. It is not.

When black people don’t understand all the elements of criminality, we take on the added burden that it’s our fault and therefore, we are solely responsible for what happens to us or to our communities. We must oppose violence including violence against women while being crystal clear that state violence is very different from violence that erupts within families or among friends.

No one refers to mass murders by the like of Ted Bundy and Adam Lanza as white-on-white crimes. Bundy confessed to killing 30 young, white women but the real number is unknown. Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In fact, there have been about 70 mass shootings since 1982 and 40 of the killers have been white males. I’ve never heard the media refer to these heinous crimes as “white-on-white crimes.”

Any set of crime statistics bears out the fact that most crime is intra-racial meaning the background of the typical victim is close to that of the perpetrator. In a segregated America, it’s easy to predict who a black person will rob or kill. Likewise for a white person.

Most rape victims know their attackers. Most children are sexually abused by someone they know-a family member or family friend. Most murder victims are the same race as their offenders. FBI stats for 2013 show that black homicide victims are killed by black offenders at roughly the same rate that white people kill other white people.

For several years, I have written articles that spoke to the phenomena of decreasing violent crime. Even so-called black-on-black crime has decreased violent crime. Even so-called black-on-black crime has decreased over the last 20 years by nearly 70 percent. Yet you couldn’t tell it by the mainstream media or law enforcement tactics who would have you believe that black people have crime in their DNA.

Crime is sociological, not biological. Factors such as poverty, unemployment, economic inequality and failed educational systems are contributions to crime.

It’s understandable that black people think there’s more crime in their neighbourhoods. That’s because of the concentration of the above factors that collide in compressed black communities. There’s no comfort in knowing that crime is down overall when you hear gun shots or police sirens outside your door on a regular basis.

The myth of the criminality-inclined black man has it’s roots in slavery as the rationale to maintain white dominance and control at all costs. During slavery and Reconstruction when food was withheld and a black man seized a loaf of bread to eat or a black mother liberated medicine for her sick baby, these incidents were not only used to perpetuate the mythology of black criminality but also fuelled laws like Black Codes to justify the continued need for white supremacy. After the annihilation of Black Reconstruction by Plessy vs Ferguson, elements of the Black Codes crept into Jim Crow laws.

Most notable was the use of vagrancy as a crime where black folks could be convicted and sent to work on a plantation as their sentence. Petty crimes such as theft would get you the same punishment. It was an extension of the free labor afforded to whites elites under slavery. The sight of black chain-gangs in the South reinforced the perception of black criminality as did racist movies like “Birth of a Nation.”

Fast forward to 2015. Over two million people are in U.S. prisons, the highest number of any developed country in the world. Black men are over-represented in the Prison Industrial Complex – the genesis of their incarceration can be traced back to disproportionate suspension rates in school, disproportionate interactions with the police, and disproportionate rates of convictions along with harsher and longer sentences. The cycle continues and the perception of dangerous black men becomes to entrenched American reality. The mainstream media is always happy to lend a helping hand in the criminalization of African Americans.

Courtesy of “Ferguson is America” Roots of Rebellion by Jamala Rogers