Poem: “Lashing Out”

“H.H.H.” (photo by m.a.h. hinton)

by M.A.H. Hinton

and what is this?

another flirtation
with the absurd?

each day
it is the same

the cartoon conman
lashing out
at a world
that has figured him out

his followers
willing to believe
even the craziest
of things

and those
chosen to lead
for more ways
to line
their donors’ pockets


Morning Time

“St. Francis” (photo by m.a.h. hinton)

It has been a few weeks of silence here at ClimbingSky. My writing energies, such as they are, have been otherwise engaged.

I write primarily in the mornings. In the two hours I have between getting up and having to go to work. The coming cold has made getting up in the mornings more difficult, cutting two hours to something closer to one-and-half, and even one sometimes.

I need to write from silence. The kind of silence that comes best in the mornings before I have heard the voice of others. And so began my habit long ago of getting up early, making coffee, and sitting down to write, to read, and to listen.

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a silent retreat to a Franciscan retreat center. Reminding me yet again that the silence of the poet and the mystic are the same, for both are prayer.

My work-a-day world wears on me sometimes. It is something that easily make me feel far removed from my “true self” (Merton). My listening mornings help to ground and center me.

I appreciate those of you who take the time to occasionally stop by here. I wish for you peace and plenty of listening time in your lives.


What Is This ‘Right’ Anyway?

“Armchair Philosophy” (cartoon by m.a.h. hinton)

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Here in plain English is the entire 2nd Amendment. The very one the NRA argues gives us all the inalienable right to gun silencers, automatic weapons, and packing anything we want any damn time we feel like it.

Those with even a rudimentary understanding of basic English grammar may be forgiven for asking one obvious question: how did we get from an amendment clearly worded/designed to make certain that in a new country with no standing armies and hence would need to rely on raising citizen militias in times of war to this place where the NRA and their politicians lobby for gun silencers and automatic weapons?

The answer, of course, is money.

There is money in guns, in ammunition, in creating an organization to advocate for guns, in being a politician willing to protect guns.

If mass shootings happen, if children are accidentally killed by carelessly kept firearms at home, if a guy with a restraining order decides to kill his significant other, that is the small price society needs to pay so that the gun manufacturers, lobbyists, politicians, and the some muddy-headed judges can continue to make money.

Ignore your lying eyes. The plain language and even plainer intent of the 2nd Amendment does NOT  mean what it appears to mean.

In fact, it means just the opposite. To protect the individual from the Liberal State we all need to be packing guns with silencers.

For now, says the always courageous Paul Ryan, silencers are off the table again (because of the snowflake-outrage over the Las Vegas massacre). But don’t forget your duty to gun manufacturers and their politicians: get to a gun show and buy something before the government comes to take your “right” away.