... We need a cease–fire everywhere for our madness / For destruction, for nuclear weapons, for inequality / Only then, we stand on a thresh-hold of a new dawn.
Ron Faust, in a poem, asks: What if we took part in provoking the Ukraine war / By continuing the Cold war / By hate rhetoric for an enemy ... ?
Reverse the “I”
Reflecting on the Ukraine/Russia war, poet Ron Faust admits, “we can’t see our hypocrisy / How we come across as aggressively superior / How we lie and deny our true intentions.”
Masks of Lies
The worse scare of Halloween is the deniers Who wear their masks of deceit in public Pretending to care for the down and outers But actually protecting their greedy interests
Ron Faust, poet, heard Japanese-Americans say on Aug. 7, “We should never build another nuclear weapon.” He wrote a warning: “As long as we are stuck (with the world having 13,000 nukes), We will shorten the time of the Doomsday Clock.”
Faust’s poetry scans American legacy, warts and all
Ron Faust, in his introduction to his new book, Percolating Poetry, says, “To have a cup of coffee / Is to take a break in the action.” He offers hope—saying hope lies in abolishing all nuclear weapons—and the fun of a few love poems.
From “Trespassing” to “Rainy Daffodils”—April poems
A passel of poems by Ron Faust: “Trespassing,” crossing a line not irrelevant; “The Great Divide,” honoring a falsely accused senator; “On Earth Day,” walking the tender Earth; and “Rainy Daffodils.”
The drumbeats of war grow louder / As Russia forays into Ukraine on 2/22/22 … One disarmed lone lawyer goes to trial
Frozen in time / Ugly cold pictures / of the Insurrection ... Democracy is jeopardized / Unless we build back better Work on common ground / See a vision for racial justice Turn our violence into peace / Try to save our only planet
Unprecedented (buy the book!)
Ron Faust, PeaceWorks-KC’s own poet laureate, is out with a new book of poetry. Titled Unprecedented, Faust wrote it during the presidency of Donald Trump. The cover displays two mountain ranges under clouds of darkness. These represent the two sides of every issue, Faust explains.