Axis of Logic Ezine, Father's Day Issue, June 15, 2003
By Les Blough, Editor
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Sunday, Jun 15, 2003
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If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
- Dogen Zenji
'Man, Dad...' -- Locked Up Youth Write Father's Day Greetings to Dads Who Weren't There - Youth Commentaries, compiled by Michael Kroll, Pacific News Service, Jun 06, 2003
Poem from India
I looked up to the sky one night,
I saw a star burning very bright,
What or who could this be, or could it be....
yes oh my father it is, atlast thee.
O my dearest father of mine,
is it really you? with that luminous shine.
O guide me sir, I am in a life's quagmire,
Please, show me the way out of this tumultuous fire.
For I have not done anything you would not,
I have long strived to be you, and I forgot,
sir I can't be you, I have to be me,
I have to be! for no one else can be thee.
You taught me love and kindness,
you taught me to be brave and show fairness.
You gave me no one else did, a gift,
yes! an intellectual gift.
Ah, now I see, you have very well known,
I am an adult and I am fully grown.
Ah I see, I have to find myself out,
Yes, for now, I will seek the way out.
I will every night,
even the cloudiest of night,
look for the brightest starry light,
and perhaps a little glimpse of thee?
Fighting Our Fathers' Wars, by Farai Chideya, AlterNet, March 27, 2003
One of the biggest ideological battles of all time has been between the concept of free will and the concept of predestination, or walking the path that God and/or our Fathers have set for us. Iraq is no exception.
In war, "fathers bury sons, rather than sons, fathers."
~ Herodotus, "Father of History"
Stories of adults and children who lost their fathers, sons, mothers and daughters in the Anglo-American war on the Iraqi people:
"My dad was killed in the war on April 7.
His name was Sami Mikhael Amin Al Shammas"
- by Suhair Mikhael, June 5, 2003
102 Reasons why the war on Iraq was not worth it, by Sheila Samples, June 14, 2003
Britain's Guardian Newspaper has begun a "Memorial" section wherein those who have lost their lives in the war on Iraq are listed -- Iraqi civilians, a scattering of Iraqi soldiers, a startling number of global journalists and British and American soldiers. The number of slain American servicemembers listed is greater than all the others, but the listing is in no way complete, as many have not yet been recorded and each day brings new violence and names to be added.
Remembering the Iraqi Fathers and Sons who died in the war - and those left behind . . .
How many Iraqi soldiers have died in this war?
Nobody cares enough to count!
Fathers & Daughters
Spread thy wings of healing o’er me.
Bring me to thy bosom now.
Night Terra’s plunging, screaming at me,
Shrieking, breaking in my brow.
Catch me, hold me while I tremble.
Father go and find me there.
Careening, chasing, grinding, grabbing.
I’m fleeing horrors wild and rare.
Cover, press me, love me, hold me.
Lift me with your arms of might.
From those sinking Rooms of Darkness.
From those tunnels of the night.
Tell me they will never get me.
Say they are not even real.
Hush away those deep night terra’s.
Cover with your wings and heal.
Father and Son - The Fred Hampton Stories - read the documentary about the cases of both Fred Hampton Sr., slain leader of the Black Panther Party and his son, Fred Jr., now in prison.
And then we look
And then they fall
Axis of Logic poems about sons and fathers
Last two letters received by Axis of Logic from a father in Palestine, June 14, 2003
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