24/7

For the Midweek Motif at Poets United – Televised  The Perseid Meteor Shower peaked last night. In spite of the bright moon, those suckers really flew.

24/7
“Television has been the single greatest shaper of emptiness.” – Ravi Zacharias

we sit in our cocoons nursing some kind of drink
and stuffing some kind of snack down our throats.
long distance the news comes to us 24/7 –
we absorb it like sponges
on the back of the sink as they absorb the water’s slow
leak from the faucet and the accumulating bacteria.
Sure we get the cultural stuff –
but we prefer the news.
We act horrified but we continue to watch.
I’m going outside to stare at the Perseid
meteor shower – be amazed at how the tiny grains of sand
light up the night sky.
I watch the stars in their orbit –
cicadas rattle and thrum in the close summer night.
Peace descends like soft falling rain.

Perseid Meteor Show 2019 Space Photos

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 17:16:29

    That’s superior viewing! Well said, Toni. (I sometimes think that, if They are feeding us ‘bread and circuses’, then TV is definitely one of the circuses.)

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  2. Sherry Marr
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 17:19:57

    That is the best response to the televised assault i can imagine. I got peaceful just looking at the photo!

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    • kanzensakura
      Aug 14, 2019 @ 17:59:29

      I am so happy you were able to post! Yay indeed. Thank you Sherry. We complain about the onslaught yet we keep looking. Lol. Just put down your remote!

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  3. Sherry Marr
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 17:20:21

    Yay! My comment posted!

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  4. susanstoo
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 18:18:41

    You had me watching the shower with you, welcoming the peace.

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  5. Myrna
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 19:37:14

    Yes, I agree. We need to indulge in peaceful, natural acts in order to see peace.

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  6. oldegg
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 21:59:29

    Yes, news is like a bad tasting but addictive drug, far better to glory at the stars!

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  7. Sumana Roy
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 22:06:50

    Yes, yes, Nature is always so welcoming and peaceful. So much better to be steeped in Nature than be a TV addict. Love the contrast.

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  8. oldegg
    Aug 15, 2019 @ 02:01:15

    Watching the news on TV is one of the most depressing things to do, What a great alternative to watch the stars and wonder at vastness of the universe and the futility of humanity thinking they are important in the sceme of things..

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  9. Lori
    Aug 15, 2019 @ 11:10:57

    Stars are not on tv… they are enjoyed best outside looking up.

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  10. Vivian Zems
    Aug 17, 2019 @ 14:00:30

    You make the right choice here by going to watch something that fills you with peace. Beautifully written!

    Reply

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