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Start Making Love

I wonder if salvation

[and ecologies of cooperative win/win forgiveness,
and political powers of health-trusting democracy,
and investment economies of mercy
beyond a capital self-investment monoculture]

Cooperatively swimming
in too privileged
exclusive
chosen-people redemptive economies
can be therapeutically transformed
by multicultural non-violent trust-experience
of being reliably heard and steadfastly respected
for whom we most left-hemisphere transparently
and right-hemisphere vulnerably
are listening to just now

Not only on our most leisurely sabbath days
but also throughout our most anxiously dark survival nights

Greeted with win/win non-violent anticipation
rather than win/lose Business As Usual anxiety.

I feel awed by our social capital enrichment,
our democratically cooperative win/win potential
of re-cognizing to more deeply anticipate
every individual ZeroZone
as ego-1/eco-0-balancing potential
investing in our best day sameness,
rather than over-infesting
ruminating within our worst nightmare memories
of shame
self-blame
guilt hidden and tightly gripped

Inside feelings/outside verbalized
win/lose anxious
win/win anticipation thoughts,
re-memberings
co-empathic mirrors re-echoing
re-investing
re-ligioning
re-generating
re-experiencing
re-sonant
re-silient
non-silent yet non-violent
multicultural anticipation of profound similarities
anticipating good faith,
healthy freedom to co-empathically love,
in our wealthy bias for actively compassionate hope

More powerfully enlightened
than re-mainstreaming
de-capitalizing
dis-enfranchising
dis-empowering
un-illuminating
dis-eased
di-visive
des-pairing
dis-invested
anxiously un-conscious
Lose-ego/Lose-eco-systemic potential

Outside non-violently co-passionate anticipations,
health optimizing
social
and economic
and political
and personal
and community
and global multiculturing wealth.

So, I also wonder
if empowering good faith ecopoli-culturing communities,
if civilly enlightened public service economies,
are those best co-invested
in multicultural strong communion
through win/win non-violently flowing communications

Deep learning
multigenerational ecologies
of cooperative co-investment
in salvific YangPowered universal development
through socio-economic unitarian envelopment
YinticipatingLight.

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The Reverend Listens

I spoke with Reverend Laura today.

She listened curiously
more than merely patiently,
actively
more than barely politely,
as I noticed her questions
in this sacred space
of co-empathic listening,
dialogue,
discussion,
discernment

Of where we are heading
and behinding,
progressing
and healing,
to speak with other Reverends
and Doctors
and Nurses
and Nurses Aides
and Home CareGivers,
and Mediators
and Healthy Communication System Facilitators,
and Parents
and Cooperative Healers
and Peer Ministers,
and Teachers
and Lay Leaders
and Religious Educators
and impassioned Environmentalists
and LeftBrain Dominant,
stern,
BusinessAsUsual Investors,
and Trump Nationalistic Right to be Wrong Loyalists,
and other LeftBrain rabidly viral
AnthroEcentrics,
public cooperative win/win virtuous health systemic
Denialists,
All or Nothing bipolarizing
totalitarian saint or sinner Fundamentalists,

Longing to 20/20 re-vision
re-connect
re-ligion
re-generate
cooperative win/win ego/eco-systemic
multicultural valued interfaith Climates
of public
private
mental
physical
mind/bodied restorative Peace
and EarthJustice
healthiest wealth prospects
for curious and courageous
community redevelopment.

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Pandemic-Climate Health Recovery Team

In Colchester, CT,
and possibly in your town too,
we have a LongTerm ReCoVery Committee
looking at 20/20 prevision
for post-pandemic climate health revisions
for wealthy local and global EarthJustice.

So, what have I noticed
that might be economically
and ecologically win/win useful?

In a post-pandemic
post-Trump StraightWhitePatriarchal-capitalist cabal,
post-BusinessAsUsual monoculturing economic climates
of All-Or-Nothing
Either-Or
Win-Lose competitive health-care,

We over-value
fundamentally left-brain privileged subconscious
and/or unconscious bipolar Lose-Lose
absolutist
supremacist
xenophobic
anthropocentric slimates;

For sorta virally nasty primates
and for our actively curious win/win compassionate
engaged allies
restorative justice and peace mediators
co-invested witnesses
co-empathic cooperatively co-mentors?

For political,
ecological,
and possibly even win/win systematic theological,
mutual
and eco-spiritual,
physical
and metaphysical,
compassionate verbal
and non-verbal
therapeutic mediating communication systems
at our local bioregional level.

  1. Our natural and internationally commodified food
    distribution systems
    are less cost/effectively efficient
    and less environmentally friendly
    than old-fashioned
    local cooperative gardens and family farms
    organically planned
    and community implemented
    to deliver fresh locally grown
    cooperatively-owned,
    produced
    and privately
    and commercial-public
    health and wellness wealth consumed.
  2. Chronically stressed
    by social-polarized politically
    and economically divesting
    unraveling distancing,
    human nature looks for more multicultural ways
    to reconnect with nearby domestic
    win/win healthy and safer Animated Natures.

I have neighbors who had to take a number
to adopt a rescued dog.

I have neighbors whose household income is so reduced
they could afford to continue pet health care
cooperative consumer-owned insurance payments
if a local vet petcare network
with sliding fee and volunteer time-equity payment plans
were available.

I suddenly have a lot of neighbors
who are way more cooperatively invested
in the win/win companionship
of their healthy non-mask wearing dogs
and cats
than they are in masked
or unmasked me.

[Which is OK
because I’ve found myself reduced
more recently seduced
by the sexiness of a MotherTree
standing starkly now this autumn
in Her scandalous scaled
unmasked
unleafed
vulnerable
transparently communicating
nudity.]

  1. I was waiting
    at least six feet apart
    in the Goodwill line
    eighteen miles outside Colchester
    remembering a mom
    who is also an Economic Development Commissioner
    observing that Colchester lacks
    clothing
    and household goods retail
    because we are a population under-scaled,
    not yet over-infested with win/lose big-box
    retailed
    bought-and-sold
    corporate monocultural
    capitalist economic systems
    overpowering cooperative networks.

And I’m remembering
all the consumer fun I had,
when my kids were still children,
shopping in good-used consignment shops;
a more suburban version
of Goodwill
cooperative-urban.

Then I remembered Colchester,
a new location to me
moved in during this pandemic,
is quietly rural
and village bedroom community,
where sweaters
under and over my arms
wait to travel with me
to our new home;

These may well have come
from Colchester to Norwich,
waiting to travel back again.

I wonder
what it would be like
to have local clothing and household goods
shopping options while riding bike
to a local CoOp and ConSignment Shop

Where good used stuff is further discounted
for CoOp consumers and re-salers,
owner co-managers
include a multicultural/disabilities
human resource savvy
LongTerm Win/Win RePurposing Team.

  1. I also noticed
    I have become so horribly contained
    by our national and international addiction
    to win/lose partisan debates
    and vicious circle entertainments
    and mutually antagonistic
    economically viscous capitalistic political assumptions

I forget Earth’s more Whole EcoSystemic
Win/Win regenerative economics
politically empowering,
cooperatively mediating,
mentoring long-term restorative
resilient regeneration

Through Her long-term climate
of health/wealth-care
cooperative wellness trends.

I’ve been listening to local candidates
for democratically healthy leadership positions,

Noticing how many are attorneys,
trained well by and for an adversarial
self-advertising debate
left-brain dominant
punishing win/lose competitions
in eco-political
non-communicating
non-virtuously imprisoning
partisan debate

Rather than discussing
long-term reconnecting peace opportunities
for local/global
ego/eco-compassionate co-investment.

I also remember
one of many recent zooming conversations
I’ve tried not to have
since Marching 20/20

Listening to an attorney
retrained by win/win-seeking
restorative justice mediating
therapeutic process
progressively mentoring more of a deep listening
multiculturally intelligent
bicamerally balancing
good secular/sacred,
ecological/theological/neurological

Interfaith news
re-ligioning eco-political compassionate communication
for cooperatively empowering
community developing
health/wealth-care systems

And collaboratively enlightening
wealth/health care EarthJustice
local/global
poli/economic
polypathic win/win
cooperative network development.

Colchester
must already include
attorneys
and public/private health-care financial investors
and business LeftBrain dominant win/lose
non-fundamentalistic moderators,
more win/win evangelizers,
mentors anticipating other multiculturally ecosystemic thinkers
and collaborative feelers,
deductive/inductive balanced teachers and parents,
preachers and win/lose penitents
capable of 20/20 envisioning/revisioning
win/win compassionate communication

For healthier and wealthier
resilient,
indigenously and multiculturally resonant,

[post-pandemic lose/lose,
post-win/lose
anti-ecologically misanthropocentric risks]

For Long-term regenerative
health/wealth-care,
post-pandemic climate restoration

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The Curiously Democratic Invitation

RE: Cooperative MultiCultural HealthCare Development

Dear Neighbors, Community Civic Civilians:

Curious about win/win economic and political games
co-investing and co-empowering

Past
and present
and healthy regenerative future civilizations,
civil rights
and civic-recentering
curiously interdependent,

Both analogically Either/Or RightWing dominant
and metaphorically Both/And LeftWing prominent
ego/eco enlightening
systemically cooperative
thinking/feeling to ask questions
and imagine, together,
possible win/win healthy and safe future opportunities
without quite so much win/lose unhealthy unsafe family
and individual,
global and local community climate risk

Remembering shadows of indigenous
intuitive
intimate nature/spirit consciousness
of sacred ecosystemic climax worshipers
and secular multiculturally awesome neighbors
presenting cooperatively co-investing potential
in our communal ecosystemic habitat
for all health-and-safety communal EarthTribes.

You are receiving this invitation
to a virtual win/win community economic development PlaySpace
biased and privileged toward cooperative
democratic win/win health systems

A virtual neighborhood multicultural recovery dialogue
including local faith communities
with contemporary democracy empowering missions
interfaith eco-politically enlightening discussions

Remembering
re-ligioning physical empowerment
through civil rights
and civic mind-bodied
rights and lefts bicamerally depolarizing
toward win/win historical
personal and political
and economic co-investment experiences

Multicultural
metaphysical interior felt faith
in democratizing spiritual-mental health
within compassionate communication templates
of non-violent communion
transubstanting left/right multilateral union,

As one interdependent civil civic community
cooperative win/win
co-investing in Economic Development Virtual Games
for 20/20 collaborative revisioning
and 50/50 co-responsive
private/public realtime healthy outcomes
through ego/eco-systemic multiculturing
empowering long-term
GoldenRule restoration wealth

Of cooperative democratic win/win Trust,
ecosystemic
polymathic
polypathic
polyvagal
polymorphic
polynomial Yang
with Not(Not) binomial
polyphonic Yintegrity

Rooted in historical/multicultural
EcoPolitical NonZero-Soul
Whole Systemic
Compassionately Curious
Local through Municipal through Global through Munificent
NonViolent Communication Systems
of and for
cooperatively causing and effecting
Restorative PostPandemic EarthJustice.

With Warm Namaste Wishes,

Your Community Economic Development Commission

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Who Are We?

In the Work That Reconnects,
we have a dialogue exercise
in which Person A asks Person B
“Who are you?”
several times over a few minutes,
as it feels right to reprime this exploratory pump;
then person B does the same for person A.

The person hosting,
listening,
facilitating,
enabling this reiterative question’s redundant possibilities
remains an echo-present listener,
noticing diversity within these multiple evolving responses,
without judging good,
bad,
ugly,
or even indifferent,
quietly hearing rhythms of longing for love
between crippling cracks of anger and fear,
compelling and compiling self with other hatred,
pathology.

The question,
Do all these diverse self-descriptions truly fit
this same love v anger/fear polyculturing elephant?
does not usually arise.

Rather,
we accept these scrabbling voices
and creolizing hats
and complex feelings
and chaotic ideas
and multiculturing beliefs
co-occurring within one bilateral
positive-health v. negative-pathology mindbody
ecosystem,
seeking Alpha/Omega Point zeroistic fullness
holistic richness,
poly-empathic
polymorphic communication,
design,
development,
co-empathic investment,
and cooperative-integrative implementation outcomes
at the end of this elephant’s rhetorical event,
if not sooner.

Why is this not always the case
when we ask our friends and families,
our public sector leaders
and financial sector investors,
“Who do you hope we are becoming?”

What loves are we preparing to invest in
and which past angers
and future fears
to divest of?

What indicators can I give
that I already invest in cooperatively regenerate
health agendas,
nutritional wealth platforms,
designs and win/win intentions,
co-mentoring therapeutic diapraxis,
active multicultural listening
of which I preach so positively to others?

I know you support restoring regenerative health
to our soil,
and preserving clean water,
as I do.

So does it bother you
as it does me,
that growing Earth pathology
is bicamerally euphemized
eulogized
as inevitable climate “change”?

We say we support cooperatively vibrant
healthy local economies
cultures
good humors
and empowering political vitality,
so does it bother you,
as it does me,
to so often hear “either-or” deductive
left-brain dominant reductivism
and wonder why not first cooperatively consider
ecofeminist “both-and?”

I appreciate what you just said,
and I wonder if adding X,
and even Y,
and maybe even YY=XY,
might make your idea even better.
Do you agree,
or maybe you see concerns
for yourself and/or others
new to me,
of which we might more curiously learn together?

Could a cooperative election,
a vacation from judging and blaming and shaming,
a social-neurological peace revolution campaign,
begin with compiling interdependent win/win hopes
and wishes
and loves of Who Are You?
and Me?
as We?

Thereby more smoothly avoiding win/lose stuckness-traps
of fear and anger
and dissonant
pathological constipation
non-outcomes.

Could investing both-and cooperative listening norms
better lead toward co-investing in healthy wealth,
politically co-empowering policies,
procedural and dialogical compassion transparency,
polyculturally healthy design
and development
and wealthy discernment
of poli-eco-logical therapy
v. multi-morphic climate pathology?

Could deep cooperative listening
co-arise local
through global
health outcome networks,
climax ecstasy as mere everyday eco-normativity,
embracing each and every sacred Person A
and B response
to Who are We?

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Out To Pasture

Retirement from community development,
facilitating cooperative economic justice
in this post-millennial time of climate crisis,
feels like being put out to pasture
with the rest of us toothless and feckless horses

Stalking senior centers
and gated communities
to weather the fade-out storm
of physical
and mental,
natural
and spiritual encroaching unease
and disease.

This was not my fade away intent
to graze quietly
with quivering and lame
retired race horses;
although worse company
is readily at hand.

I do like pastures,
meadows,
forest and ocean beach trails,
grains and crunchy carrots
and apples.

But, I also like song and dance
and restorative justice more than retributive injustice,
and skilled multicultural mediation
rather than monopolistic invasion,
and economic cooperative win/win public health investment
and politically empowering regeneration
more than competitively disempowering degeneration,
and polypathic compassionate therapies,
and polyphonic healing designs
and listening with healthy young bicamerally balanced
connected
attached
integral
holistic lives of active hope.

It has taken me so long to get here
in this valley of the shadow of climate death,
and I am so grateful for this vulnerable moment
to share all I can compassionately hear
in multicultural mediation pastures,
including senior health-discernment circles,
of course,
but also echoing off granite bold walls
of win/win ego/eco-historic bicameral mountains,
polycultural peaks
cooperatively grateful
for bilaterally resonant river valleys
of ancient wealthiest memory.

Old nags never die.
We just keep gumming
around Earth’s double-binaries,
longing to speak compassionately
as we have learned to curiously hear,
remember
resonate
reweave
regenerate
seasonal pasture space
of all Earth’s pastoral reasoned time.

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Not That You Depressingly Asked

Not that you asked,
or ever would feel free to inquire,
yet perhaps you grow ready to listen
to a voice inviting exit
from your,
and our,
long loneliness,
self-contempt,
isolation so shelled-over,
so embedded,
you are sure we are each and all
unredeemably alone

In our envy of others,
the positive deviants
with apparently healthy organic
and resonant
and resilient relationships

While we remain powerless to conjure enough curiosity
to discover
and/or rediscover
our own win/win potentialities,
personal
and political,
economic
and ecologically regenerative.

Depression conjures
dark apartness messes
all your own too-competitive fault.

But, your depression,
emotional and/or economic,
political and/or environmental,
like my own,
is no more or less your fault
than is Donald Oompa Trumpa President
of all anti-ecological wisdom,
a new ungreen post-millennial oxymoron,
and Earth’s algorithmic degeneration
into lose/lose fragility,

And privileged human SuperEgo’s declention
disarray
dismay
despair into xenophobic rabidity
oligarchical madness
global depression
mutual suppression
liberally invested in every thing
but love,
curiosity
recovering win/win birth canal memory,
a magical moment of hope for Earth’s warm light
of lifetime win/win recovery.

Your depression is your fault
only in this warm right-brain accompaniment sense
of feeling and knowing we are a fluid,
yet stuck, State
that is our shared win/lose fault
of left-brain dominating culture
parsing compassion stingily,
saving for glorious and
win/win right-brain interdependent
un-lonely Rapturous sacred end.

But, as every community organizer
and integral permaculture designer
and restorative justice advocator
knows from win/win v win/lose v loselose
retributive v restorative justice experience,
we cannot end a resilient health-building project
that will include
any and all multicultural win/win faith
if we did not embody already inside
as we began
pushing through our original organic tunnel
toward Earth love’s first light
and unmuted sounds
of greeting,
warm accompaniment
universal co-present love,

Hope
faith in EarthMother’s warm feeding breast
from whence we each compassion came
come
and go.

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The Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Glove

It occasionally occurs to me,

as I distractedly remove my right dominant
Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Glove,
after yet another young adult diaper change,

Perhaps getting lovingly laid
by a lifetime committed
caring and passionately consenting peer
filled with warm compassion,
active hope for tomorrow
would not be the worst conjoining thing
that could happen to neuro-alternatively-challenged intelligent beings
childishly preferring win/win cooperative outcomes
derived from compassionate climaxing thought-feelings together
while experiencing full-sensory resonant mental health.

Then again,
I suppose the same
powder-free examervation might apply
to economic and political narcissists,
and patriarchal double-binary
co-disassociative left v right hemispheres
runaway debating between lonely older aescetics
ordained to fulfill male dominant sublimation
through yin-recessive win/win co-passion’s ostracization,
diminution,
fragmentation,
cognitive-affective dissonance.

And then I wonder
how long will it take
to re-sacralize humane non-elite poop
as richly robust future compost
best for black gold richly embedded fertility,
as I race and gender and age
to throw out plastic scat bags,
filled with cotton and plastic diapers
and under/overpads,
and right dominant
Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves.

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Hopeful Whistling Signs

I recall similar signs and notices
of ironic appeal:

“We have a zero-tolerance policy against bullying”
ripped and torn,
and is that a dried yellow yolk stain?

“This is a NO GUNS neighborhood”
surrounded by a lot
vacant except for weeds
mulched in broken shards of glass.

ZERO CRIME AREA notices
as prolific as NO HUNTING signs
in SureWood BeNice Forest.

Me thinks
we protest
too much
to not raise questions
about the wisdom of declaring victory
and moving on,
rather than struggling through win/lose
toward win/win resilient climates of peace.

Perhaps the guns
and their bully keepers
can’t read,
or don’t choose to notice the notice,
or don’t have enough time
in their conflicted day
on their lose/lose way
to making liars
of our best win/win published intentions

Made by frustrated raw spot prey
on some other day
in some other room
they would not
could not
should not feel free to enter
listen
then speak transparently
of their/our own vulnerably exhausted sweet spots

Now worn into deeply entrenched
isolated anger
hate
fear
envy
mistrust
distrust
defensive fight and/or flee choices

Provoked by win/lose competitive environments
cultures
climates
experiences
not bully and gun and crime
and co-related raw spot free.

Universal compassion
is a worthy goal.
But declaring goals already achieved
does not help induce real world cooperative progress,
especially for those not in the room
to help write our negative injunctions.

Perhaps we would healthier
and more effectively begin
with our positive universal aspirations:

We invite Zero Intolerance
Learning to listen with active compassion.

This is a ProPeace place
Cooperatively held active safe space
for growing our ego/eco-managed win/win grace.

We multiculturally and inclusively love co-passion searches
rather than dispassioned hunts
and nihilistic degenerative desertions.

Healthy people
seldom step out in anger
while co-inviting ourselves to step into compassion
with coming peacefully home messages
rather than angry commands to go back
to alien lose/lose lands from which none of us
could ever hope to survive,
much less win/win thrive.

Signs against patriarchal colonizing offenses
do not give compassionate notice
we are for matriarchal creolizing passions.

 

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Bored President

I once invested a year
as Board President.
Indeed, I was often a bored resident
of our State Affordable Housing Coalition.

My platform,
to speak grandly
of what was more of a healthy whim,
was for safe and beautiful affordable housing

Habitat is not just an optional frosting
on the State’s health
and wellness
and prosperity cake,

A nurturing confection
to become multiculturally accessible,
co-responsively owned and managed,
and filled with resident ingredients
trained and experienced,
invested and engaged
in supporting each other’s cooperative needs
and hopes
and polycultural faith
in healthy outcomes

Presiding ingredients as essential as 7-grain flour
AND the warm slow-flowing
rich and savory
golden brown honey
of an organic
home-grown
carrot cake.

At the end of my first non-lustrous,
unfrosted year of the healthy carrot,
we were planning our annual conference,
to include our annual meeting,
the election of officers
from a slate nominated by the Board of Directors.

During the Board’s planning meeting,
We first heard from the Executive Director
about the conference theme,
which was to be
“Housing is the Answer”
[to all white male privileged executive financial questions].

Housing is the exclusive answer
to my bigger and better health and well-being cake.

I undiplomatically suggested
perhaps this is a monocultural answer
to a nutritional question
hardly any voters are asking,

Which was, I further supposed,
the reason we have an Affordable Housing Coalition,
to gather our failing corporate wagons
of besieged non-profit housing developers
and their corporate survival lobbyists,
who usually make about three
or four
or even more, times
what their median income residents
take in each year.

I thought, instead,
that affordable,
responsible,
and compassionate housing,
cooperative environments
and structures
and support systems,
are part of the liberating
and secure health care question,
issue,
potential resolution,
integral climate for Earth’s health care,
gardening
and farming,
and feeding,
and repurposing,
and recycling
resident future through past EarthTribe compassion.

Next
we discussed our slate of more mentally healthy officers
for next year.

In the past,
we assumed by hoary precedent
that Presidents
stay president
until their board term expired,
Then we tried to talk some other ambitious,
yet already over-committed, extrovert
to be our unanimously acclaimed
presumably fearless
and nearly flawless
leader,

Second in real world presence and power
only to the Executive Director
and, OK,
maybe third,
after the Financial Director.

Even so,
Board members present and accounted for,
sitting in our wisdom busyness circle,
seemed discouragingly relieved
when I began this agenda item
by announcing that we need to find a new President
because I was clearly not hearing
their politically correct questions
without questions of my own agenda.

I was happy to nominate
a young up and coming Latino leader
from my home town at the time
who was new to the Board.

After the Annual Conference and Meeting,
and his quasi-democratic elevation by affirmation,

Off to the north side
of the chandeliered ballroom,
holding less than sacred space
for mostly Ivy League graduates
without the good sense to dim the lights
and dance to The Beatles together,
maybe sing “Let It Be”
in multicultural harmony,

The new President confided
that he shares my taste
for the health care giving and receiving cake
and the 7-grain housing
and the golden brown honey
of resilient Earth cooperative residents

But, does not feel
it is safe
or liberating
to talk about that
as President resident.

I was his first clue;
probably not his last.

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