Too Tired to Fight Back

Before I went to work this morning I read Jonathon's comments on "always writing about war," no matter what we are writing about. For a short while, I thought that I had been re-inspired to comment on the war.

After coming home after working on taxes most of the day and going through physical therapy for my herniated disc, I came home and read the comments on Jonathon's blog entry. Then I turned to Shelley's multi-entry, plus comments, on the same topic.

Somehow after reading all the divisive ideas i felt too tired, much too tired, to even bother commenting on the idea.

I can certainly agree with Dave Roger's opinion that at this point the best thing to hope for all involved is a speedy end to the war. However, as I watched the news tonight with Mabarek's prediction of a hundred new Bin Laden's, it was certainly hard not to agree with Jonathon that we are "simply fucked," no matter how soon we "win" this war.

Not that I disagree with Shelley that if we don't do something about the Bush administration we will quickly move from this war to our next war with Syria and Iraq, a war that Rumsfeld set the stage for by accusing Iran and Syria of smuggling weapons to Iraq.

Unfortunately, work, my immediate physical ailments, and a sense of physical and moral exhaustion make it difficult for me to do much more than fight off my ISP problems of the last weekend and finally update my links to Jeff Ward, Riley Dog, and By Sand and Sea, as well as add some new links.

Maybe if I didn't waste so much of my brain power on meaningless poetry, I would be able to discover the solutions to the world's problems.

10 thoughts on “Too Tired to Fight Back

  1. Then I have created a harm with my posts, because I never meant to exhaust or discourage.

    I too woke this morning with other rather important things on my mind until I read Jonathon’s posting. And I too was inspired. And I too am tired.

    Will it help that I don’t post for a couple of days?

  2. if after a long day’s work and other physical and mental exhaustion you still feel the urgency to confront the political and social concerns of domestic policy and war, then you can do nothing other than act.

    –however, i believe that in most instances, the most powerful acts come from those strengths that are natural or that are cultivated over long durations of time. i found over these past few months, in your consistent attempt to search out or return to poems and texts that somehow move you, a way for me, as a reader, to contemplate the current political instability, international instability, and aggression in iraq, and in some instances, reconsider my own modes of action, both personal and political. this is selfish, i know. perhaps it’s not enough. but, an aggressive political commentary doesn’t necessarily imply contemplation or influence–transformations in thinking–, and i believe poetry and your thoughts serve this function in a much more valuable way.

  3. Thank you for the compliment, Tanya Sue.

    I agree that the inner strength I attain from reading poetry is my strongest ally in fighting despair.

    It’s probably not enough, but it usually gives me the strength to do what I feel I need to do in order to be happy with who I am and what I believe.

    I won’t be nearly as tired in two weeks when I finish tax season and I can spend some time on getting back into shape.

  4. “Transformative thinking”. Couldn’t put it better. A link to our common humanity too. Reflecting the complexity and uncertainty and pleasure and pain of existence. Meaningless? humph!

  5. I agree with the others Loren – if it is poetry that recharges you or gives you a sense of balance then that is your path. Do whatever gives you peace and energy and by doing so you will be giving that energy to those things you believe in.

  6. Yeah, Loren. So you’ll just have to keep up with the meaningless poetry crap or we’ll have to stop admiring you.

    (Can I say crap with your junior high school plagiarists around?)

  7. Okay, guys and gals, that’s enough of this sympathy crap.

    I was just feeling a little tired and grumpy after I started reading all the opposing opinions on who should and who shouldn’t blog on peace and war.

    Tax season is nearly over, my back feels stronger, and I can almost walk a half mile now.

    Soon I’ll be strong enough to face the probems of western civilization and decide how to get rid of Bush and his conservative friends and STILL read poetry on the side.

What do you think?