12/10/2014 by syrbal-labrys
…there are no stars to be seen in my sky tonight. Heavy clouds are drenching us with rain. So only the large seven-pointed stars of foil, in the living room and kitchen window are shining brightly in the dark, wet, winter’s night.
But I sure could use a star to wish upon tonight. The news is depressing. No, not the released information about just what was done to any unfortunate seized on suspicion of being a terrorist or “enemy combatant” — I already KNEW those things. They have considerably added to my reasons for despair and depression since about 2003.
But news of individual acts of savagery — someone pouring accelerant all over a 19 year old girl…even into her throat and nostrils and setting her afire, for instance. Oh, those are the news stories that make me shake my head in confusion; how could anyone do such a horrible thing to such a young woman — a virtual child? Is this what the requiem of America looks like? Such incredible acts of cruelty perpetrated upon the young? So many young people buried by their grief-stricken parents of late seems so unnatural.
Fear and hate seem to walk our streets. I met a woman today: she was my age and she said she hated going out to shop alone — because she was afraid of being robbed or attacked. I can remember when that would have been a very strange thing to hear from an older woman in America in an average city, and in a fabric store, for pity’s sake!
I have no more answers, I feel ever more silenced by the enormity of wrong. The clouds are raining down upon us; there certainly is sufficient reason for tears. We seem to have lost more than wishing stars, as a nation — I think we’ve lost the stars we used to follow, in hard times or in good ones. And I think we will need more than NASA to re-locate some beacon of reason and justice in this century.