How to dismantle an empire
I loved both the poem and the video of the SteepleJack ...great metaphor and attitude when faced with what seems an overwhelming task to dismantle societal structures that are no longer serving or useful ...brick by brick
Love your poem; wise and layered.
What a task, Fred took on. Oh, humans and their building and unbuilding. Thank you, Mary.
That's so cool that your subtitle is the title of my book! It's the universal resonance at work again ;-)
Tickles mah fancy that it takes jus' one small tenacious tinkerer ta tend, tackle, 'er topple tall towers.... an' mebbe tyrants too (?) Without a net. Or "a litter-a-shun!" Liked the poem, like the man too! I'm a mite in awe of them hardy souls who climb inta the clouds ta look the giants in the eye an' live ta tell the tale.
An' speakin' a' "tall tales" that happen ta be true... they recently fixed Big Ben an' it's quite the story as well --( https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/secret-repair-of-big-ben-clock-in-dacre-penrith-cumbria-by-cumbria-clock-company )
Clocks, steeples, spires.... once we all found sumtin' ta look up to... now'days it's harder.... Time again' fer "young" Fred ta save Pepperland while the band still knows the tune!
Potent writer that you are, you got me both emotional and self reflecting at the same time. I can’t remember where I saw that guy on a YouTube video before but I pondered on how they just don’t make them like that anymore. Thank you for painting his role (and all of ours) in such an inspiring and empowering light. You layered your stanzas just so. Brick by goddamn brick.
Mary, I love that your post was the first one that I saw in my dreaded email this morning. The Sagittarius optimist in me read every word of your poem and watched the entire video. I will never give up hope that we can take down what no longer serves us (if it ever did) and, as Charles Eisenstein wrote, build "The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible."
Thank you for spreading hope today. xo
Beautiful Mary! This is one moves me almost to tears. I’m going to hang it on my wall. God bless the hand and the heart that wrote it!
So good, so perfect, timely, inspiring. Thank you, Mary.
Makes me think of Ozymandias...
Keep up the good work!
Something I noticed in Quora (back when it "was" Quora) — there appears to be a positive correlation between the ratio of comments to upvotes and the quality of the original post.
I suspect quality scales, but scales best in subversively nurturing ways ... like your Steeple Jack ... pun intended.
" ... blessed godamn brick."
I love it! 😅
Warm regards and keep the faith.