Not Meant to Last – Blink and You’ll Miss It

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White variation of a Red Trillium – Trillium erectum var. Alba – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

City silence is relative… Sound is a product of heat…
When the streets get hot people take to their feet…
Thunderstorm rumble can’t cover up the past…
A neighborhood is temporary… It’s not meant to last…

Endless parade of status… Gawking single file…
White and well dressed… Dollar sign smile…
Marching against the poor to finally repent..
Divided class rising… Dead presidents represent…

We all stand up and march against the violence…
Yet the problem is the cause… The cause is silence…
The poor are nothing more than the con of the rich…
Living on minimum wage… Being a corporate bitch…

Breezy evening dreaming… Life is always in the air…
Feet on the sidewalk and clean without a care…
Classifieds because of the church… Meeting of commons…
The rich get a bill… The poor get a summons…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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13 1/2 – Another Star Falls

"Sunshine and the Solstice" - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA - The first glimmer of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day... Winter Solstice... It wont be long now before Spring awakens...

“Sunshine and the Solstice” – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – The first glimmer of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day… Winter Solstice… It wont be long now before Spring awakens…

This has been sitting in my notebook for a few weeks now… I revisit it every few days… I considered not publishing it due to language concerns… But the more I read it… Well… The more I like it…

Another star falls…
Falls from the flag and crashes into the earth…
Missouri burning… Misery ends with a peaceful ideas birth…

Before we can think we take off and run…
Just us… The cops… God and a gun…
Under a blood-red sky we bolt to the east…
Anyone who runs is considered a beast…

We are all thought of as the general public…
One god… One judge… Twelve jurors… Fuck it…
We are all considered public enemy number one…
Freedom is relative… Freedoms price is a gun…

Another man falls…
Falls from the throne and crashes into the streets…
Missouri’s heart is beating… Misery ends in mental defeat…

Riot in the city against the military machine…
Soon a tax-funded rain will scrub the streets clean…
Riots or looting… It doesn’t matter what you call it…
The only thing that matters is if you vote with your wallet…

Keep your nose clean… Keep your mind wide open…
Keep away from those who never stop coping…
13 1/2… That’s one judge… Twelve members of the jury…
And the half percent chance of walking free without a worry…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Reflections of the Past – Money or Freedom

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“The First Rays of Sunlight” – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Cairn of stacked stones on Nine Mile Run… I like building these stacks because they require me to zone out… To me… This is meditation… I can’t wait for it to warm up enough for me to return… Maybe then my positive poetry will again outnumber the negative…

The following poem contains a bit of vulgar language… If there is even a slight chance that will offend you… Move along… This poem is not for you…

We are reflections of those we have met in the past…
We are nothing more than mirrors…
We are love… We are hate…
We get classified based on our mental state…
Classification is the mark of the beast…
Governments say comply while they fucking feast…
Non-profits say give while they get retreats…
Take massive pay checks while volunteers clean the streets…
There has to be a better way than this…
Drug abuse is rampant the streets are filled with whores…
Bad people rule the world while the good people are poor…
People stand in line with signs fighting over church and state…
Border walls answer the call for someone to segregate…
Why do we let others choose our fate… Why do I…
Why can I not let my baggage go…
Why do I not feel worthy…
Why do I feel my past classifies me as worthless…
Because it does…
So fuck your classification system…
Fuck your records and your tools…
My life goal is to make the doubters look like complete and total fools…
I will make you tools because I have no other option…
History so bad the background check cautions…
So I’ll have to make my own way…
A green thumbed vagabond… You have no idea…
Look up fucked up that’s me in the encyclopedia…
Thank god for art… Thank god for poetry…
Thank god for the possibility of a god…
Thank god that we can be…
Anything we want to be…
As long as we pay taxes on our property…
Not to mention a flawless history…
The secret to anonymity is now but a mystery…
We are all marked… We stand in line…
Comply unconditionally or pay the fine…
Monetary loss or loss of freedom…
Then add-on charges if we try to impede them…
We are nothing more than products on the grocery store shelf…
We are products trained to work…
We work hard so more hard work is expected…
And then we work some more…
We work to afford these modern conveniences…
We have replaced life with labor…
Experience with degrees…
Reality with… Whatever you call this…
This joke we think is normal…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Land of the Fee – Home of the Grave

"Next to Go" - Dumpster Joes house... Slated for demolition...

“Next to Go” – Dumpster Joes house… Slated for demolition… A monument to blight…

Today’s news is shipped to our chairs…
Relevance based on Justin Bieber shares…
World wars based on the tone of a meme…
Bit coins used to fund a government regime…

Terrorists in a cave watching Miley Cyrus…
If not for the taxes our government would fire us…
The cops will always be just bully’s with guns…
Shooting at anyone that gets scared and runs…

Defend the law till the law comes looking for you…
Say the wrong words and charges stick like glue…
A fair and just trial is just what they’ll call it…
Innocence aside it’s the depth of your wallet…

Twitter and Facebook will be used like tools…
Military’s will use them to recruit the fools…
Cops will use them to eradicate crime…
The government will use them to reverse time…

About the only right I can really kinda see…
The right to claim that we are supposed to be free…
We claim the civilians could rise up and fight…
Yet they still suppress us with recessions and blight…

They cut human benefits and then take a raise…
Live in a mansion while the poor people praise…
Each and every one of us are just federal toys…
Our minds are washed while we are just girls and boys…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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LGBT + S = Human

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“Red Flag” – © chriscondello 2013 – The Garden Table Urban Garden – Rebecca Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – We all bleed the same color… We all go to the bathroom the same way… And everyone appreciates a nice garden… We are all essentially the same… Made up of the same material… So we all deserve the same rights… And the same dreams… To deny them to anyone… Is a failure of the people…

I don’t think it’s fair… I can’t believe this is even a fight… To me this is a simple matter… Based in human rights…

People are simply people… We all struggle with something… LGBT… LMNOP… QRS… TUV… W… X… You… And Me!..

We are all the same… We deserve the same voice… I find it ridiculous… People still think its a choice…

That choice… Well… It’s really none of our fucking business…

When filling out papers… I refuse to choose my race… Put sexual preference on them… I’ll throw it in your face…

My questionnaire… It would be one question… Are you human?..

That’s all that matters… That’s all we should see… The only choice that means a thing… One that brings equality…

Equality to you… Equality to me… If we live in this country… We are technically free…

Straight christian marriage… Freedom is a joke… A sad and blatant sign… Our system is essentially broke…

But don’t you worry… That’s about to change… The fact that gays had different rights… Will one day seem strange…

Our kids will laugh… History books will stress… We had the wrong idea.. About this whole mess…

I have written about this before… One of my favorite posts… – https://chriscondello.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/gay-by-association/

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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The 1% of the 99%

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We are the ninety-nine percent…
Says eighty people camping in a park…
You don’t represent me…
You don’t have enough bark…

Change will be of the people…
Not for the people…
Power lies in the government…
Controlled by the steeple…

So attack Washington DC…
Or attack the president…
It won’t mean anything…
He’s just an elected resident…

Instead of wasting resources…
Marching in DC…
You should have built a garden…
For the people to see…

Instead of chartering a bus…
Build a raised bed…
Do something that’s constructive…
Like keeping your neighbors fed…

So keep claiming ninety-nine percent…
While you reach for the one…
I keep trying to tell you…
Buy a hoe and trade in your gun…

I am very much against the building of a massive oil pipeline cutting our country in half, but my front line is my neighborhood gardens…

I actually stand a chance to win that war…

Take your own advice and think locally…

by any means necessary – chriscondello

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The War on Holidays

We only have so many holidays that are still considered special, the kind of holidays that were at one time meaningful enough to warrant a day off for most of us. Thanksgiving and Christmas as far as I have been concerned were the untouchable holidays, unless you happened to work in a hospital or convenience store you just expected to have the big holidays off… That is about to change…

The local news channels have been running a story about how Wal-Mart is going to stay open on Thanksgiving this year, and not only stay open, but they will be having their biggest sale of the year starting at 8pm. I don’t know about you, but at 8pm on Thanksgiving I am usually in an alcohol and turkey induced coma. The last place on planet earth that I want to be on Thanksgiving is Wal-Mart, imagine if you had to work their.

Every human being deserves time off, and we all need time to de-compress… Even our prisoners get time to relax in the yard… Art has taught me that the empty space in a piece of artwork is just as important as the filled space, occasionally it is more important. If we were to step back and take a look at our life like it was a painting, and the painted sections represent the time we spend working, and the empty space represents relaxation… The painting should have some empty space… Shouldn’t it?

It is important to remember that the blank space in artwork does not always represent “nothing”, sometimes it represents everything… In life it represents the future… The art we have yet to create… The stories we will paint in the future… We not only deserve this “free” time in our lives, we require it… Blank space is not only a part of art, it is an important part of life…

Now I am not stupid… And although i was apparently born yesterday… It sure as shit wasn’t last night… I am aware that me posting this won’t stop Wal-Mart from having this sale, and all too many Wal-Mart employees can’t afford to lose their jobs… People have families… And any employees that do protest and quit will quickly be replaced… They may not have the choice to work, but we have the choice to shop.

This kind of protest will only happen if the consumers are on board, employees are replaceable… but we the consumers… we my friends, are irreplaceable… Ask the people who brought you “pink slime” about that one… Sometimes we have to stand up for the things we believe in, even though this does not affect you now… This kind of thing just starts at a company like Wal-Mart, and then spreads through all the other companies. Sooner or later Thanksgiving will just be another Thursday, we will all work like it is just any other day.

So here is what I am proposing… Stay away from Wal-Mart or any other “Black Friday” sale until “Black Friday”, If we financially support this “war” on our holidays then we will lose them all. The people who are making this call will not be working Thanksgiving, they will be home with their families enjoying the festivities… while our friends, family and neighbors work away preparing for the grotesque display of consumerism that “we” the consumer created, and that only “we” the consumer have the power to stop!

What about Christmas? What will happen when they have a giant sale Christmas morning? What about a 7 day work week while we are at it… Vacations, who needs them… I’ll tell you who needs them… We do…

fight for the right to be human – chriscondello

I am interested to hear what you think, do you think holidays should be sacred? Are you a black friday shopper? Do you care about this at all, or is it just another day like any other?

I am not sure who to give credit for the painting… If you know please tell me so I can properly credit them…

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