Friday, June 10, 2011

Poem: Siren Song

by Margaret Atwood
This is the one song everyone 
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:

the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons 
even though they see the beached skulls

the song nobody knows
because anyone who has heard it
is dead, and the others can't remember.

Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me 
out of this bird suit?

I don't enjoy it here 
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical

with these two feathery maniacs,
I don't enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.

I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer. This song

is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique

at last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

God is what happens when people are interconnected

An enormously moving speech by Jim Gilliam from the Personal Democracy Forum about faith that people connected can create a new world and the internet makes it possible. Gillam is a film producer, was a born-again Christian and has survived cancer three times. Thanks to Cory Doctorow for posting this at boingboing.Please watch it, this is powerful, relevant and real.

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