Bathsheva's Bag

Stuff I'm into or not...speculations and ascribed motives and more...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

HERE IS ISRAEL - Boycott Israel by Ari Lesser

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jacob Glatstein's Definition of Poetry

Friday, April 26, 2013

They came to where
the killing things are
as though they belonged there
they didn’t hear the gurgling
and the seething,
the boiling
and the waiting
A penny for your flesh
humanity outsourced
on any given sidewalk
While death and evil
hid out playing life
the ever dirty and jubilant
lined the streets in glee
like pigs to a roast
or crackers to a lynching
they finally had a reason
to gnash their terrible claws
to flash their funny flags
and unfurl their venomous hate

Monday, February 11, 2013

What is Poetry?

Caligula's Palace


Poetry is the one night stand of literary form. It is that one thought that must be experienced-- shared. Followed through with--damn the consequences. You know the rules and the boundaries and they must be broken. Explicit in intent and unyielding you go anyway. A playground for the obscene-- fallen angel that you are-- you write-- and it is exquisite.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Guns in Schools

Today The Huffington Post had an article about putting guns in the hands of school maintenance staff. Apparently this is the favored option for the school board in Montpelier, Ohio.  I think it's a reprehensible idea thought up by  people who are so far into their mounds of paperwork they forgot what human is.  No doubt.

My first reaction to thinking about janitors being made to have guns, is what an abuse of power. Its also my last thought. And in between there are some  reasons as to why this is such an example of poor thinking.

1. A lot of these guys in maintenance work are veterans. Many of them come with the standard fair of ailments, including but not limited to having psychological disorders such as depression and post traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol dependency etc...

2. A large percentage of the people who work in maintenance are Black or Hispanic.

3. A large percentage of the people who work in maintenance are poor and undereducated.

This call for putting decent hard working folk into the line of fire because for some reason their lives are not valued on the level that the teachers and principals with their degrees and high end degrees are, is reprehensible, elitist and smacks virulently of racism.

And I can think of a few agencies that I believe might have some very strong words for this kind of egregious and deplorable behavior--for starters, The Department of Veteran's Affairs, The NAACP, and The ADL--just to name a few.

And last of all, beside anything else, who the hell said it was okay to put guns into schools?!! They come around my kid's school with that crap, I will have an issue--big time!   

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Devarim 4:12

For as long as I can remember I remember my father when I was little saying something about drawing a shim aleichem and something more that I don't remember

I for some reason after listening to Choni Goldman's Nisbia was compelled to look up what the words meant that my falter said to me all those years ago.  And below is what I came up with...

12. The Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of the words, but saw no image, just a voice. יב. וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֲלֵיכֶם מִתּוֹךְ הָאֵשׁ קוֹל דְּבָרִים אַתֶּם שֹׁמְעִים וּתְמוּנָה אֵינְכֶם רֹאִים זוּלָתִי

                           Vayedaber Hashem aleichem
                           mitoch ha’esh
                           kol devarim atem shom’im
                           utmunah einechem ro’im
                           zulati kol

It makes perfect sense to me. I had hearing problems as a kid. Sometimes I couldn't hear at all. And I had a habit of reading lips. It would  stand to reason that I would come up with some strange transliteration, considering I didn't know Hebrew and I was 3 or 4 years of age.
My father, of righteous memory, was always troubled by things that were wrong…This was a beautiful way of consoling me and himself as well without burdening me with the sadness of understanding his words. Lovely and today almost 9 years after his passing--may he be blessed--I was always close to my father, and now I feel that I've come a lot closer to what he wanted for me.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What to do about twenty new angels?

What to do about twenty new angels?

I write this now because like everyone one else I needed time to gain some distance and clarity


Listen to Regina Spektor’s “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats” -- she is what we need right now. The ability to drink down the bitter brew and absorb every painful nuance and come up from under the table--untarnished, sweet and hopeful. She is our conduit back to reality--back to faith, how ever twisted or rearranged it’s become as of late.

Honor them by preserving the truth. We need to face the whys and the hows of that brought to fruition this latest mass killing. What are the common factors in these crimes.
Let’s not make this about politics or egos or supposed holier than thou approaches to what would be beneficial and in the end effective.  The truth is we have to address the gun laws--strict gun control is the only option, in conjunction with radical healthcare reform including progressive mental healthcare initiatives--that include less of a focus on the dispensing of medicines but promoting psychiatric therapy  and long term hospitalization. This is about love, not power and politics.


Introspection is indeed called for here. Why has it taken white America so long to even put this issue of gun control level worthy of national conversation. Most black people I know are horrified about these killings as is everyone else. But they’ve been horrified for a long time. Every time one of their kids gets shot by a stray bullet. Why does a black grandmother walking across the street in Oakland, Ca getting shot not horrify us the way it does them. Every time a black kid gets shot we quickly want to know what his grades were--was he a good student? Why?--he was a student, isn’t that enough to evoke horror? Russell Simmons and Tavis Smiley have long been proponents of gun control and putting into effect other avenues to ensure the reasons for violence and other crime is addressed and lessened.  Surely it is painful to think of any kid getting killed, but there is a bit of bile that comes up in the throat no doubt to think here they’ve been advocating for years and thousands lost and all it takes is twenty wealthier, and a bit lighter babies to get the ball rolling.  They are lovely and smart for not adding hurt and anger to the mix at a time when people are reeling. Surely they see the idea of keeping the eye on the prize being beneficial here.  But maybe if we were to start treating everyone like human beings and equal partners and contributors to our world and deserving of a fair share and fair shake, we would implement laws and programs that would benefit all our citizens as opposed to harming them, hurting them and leaving them unequipped to deal with the pain of life. Perhaps if we implement healthcare and better in city opportunities we’d see a lot less of the adam lanzas in the world who can’t handle the multiple cruelties of a world that he seemed to feel (too much) he was a part of and was in turn a part of him--any other way than to lash out blindly and insanely.

Examine your faith. Is it working for you? The idea that we are connected is huge, whether that is “our g-d who art in heaven,” or you have no G-d,  and everything in between you must understand that we are not entities superimposed  on this world, in no way effecting nor being effected by circumstance or deliberate intent on our parts in any fashion to the good or the bad. Neil Degrasse Tyson says, “Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” Keep this in mind when considering your faith. Keep this in mind when you elect your politicians, choose your friends or travel other countries or just read the newspaper. Just keep it in mind--always, let it serve as your moral compass.

Read... Fiction-- something great and fun and otherworldly...

or for an eye opener anything by  Dr Gabor Mate...