Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Public Participation

I am increasingly becoming skeptical about the topic of participation
and most recently the idea of strategic planning. These are effective
tools for politicians to engage the citizenry, either to encourage
more votes or to pacify angry constituencies. Often types the same
people participate in open forums and neighborhood town hall meetings.
Additionally, the “new” topic of strategic planning has also become
politicized. Often I see elected officials set up policy goals with
the SP as a way to carry their agenda into the next administration or
further since the plans are 25-50 years in to the future.

For example if you look more closely at Rosario and Rafaela, two of my
dissertation cases studies in Argentina, in their efforts at
participatory budgeting. Honestly a fantastic idea on paper, but in
practice often difficult to accomplish. In Rosario, for example, the
whole PB process, although the staff has 4-10 people working, manages
less than 5 percent of the budget or so, to implement citizen
initiatives. There is interesting work in this regard as to why so
little is spent. Follow-up on what has been spent and the reporting on
this is very time consuming for a busy municipality.

Additionally, the funding mechanisms and how the municipality has
operationalize the assignments is also somewhat interesting. These
municipalities use transversal reporting mechanisms to manage funds
from for example the public works budgets already established by the
finance director for that year. Essentially, they encourage another
department to set up a water station, improve a park or pave a street
and report on it by using propaganda type materials to say the
municipality is meeting the citizens needs. Essentially, I question
why the municipality doesn’t have more direct reporting in the first
place with their community? Why not published annual reports with all
contracting and road improvements, financial reports sent out or
published for citizens to see the municipality in action?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Important Women's Health Issue:

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
Do you suffer from shyness?
Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or
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just about anything. You will notice the benefits of Margaritas almost
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and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many
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Margaritas.

Margaritas may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or
nursing should not use Margaritas. However, women who wouldn't mind
nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:
- Dizziness
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Incarceration
- Erotic lustfulness
- Loss of motor control
- Loss of clothing
- Loss of money
- Loss of virginity
- Table dancing
- Headache
- Dehydration
- Dry mouth
- And a desire to sing Karaoke

WARNINGS:
The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are
whispering when you are not.
The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your
friends over and over again that you love them.
The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can
sing.

The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can
logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

Please share this with other women who may need Margaritas.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On Obama's nomination...

Although Obama's nomination was a complete surprise, even to him, we can not forget that his presidency has done so much for the American people. We the US can show the rest of the world the possibility of resolving our countries racial conflicts --seeing that a people who were once slaves--are now free enough to become president of one of the greatest nations in the world! That’s amazing.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Obama on the nobel Peace Prize

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON WINNING THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Rose Garden

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, "Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo's birthday!" And then Sasha added, "Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up." So it's good to have kids to keep things in perspective.

I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build -- a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action -- a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

These challenges can't be met by any one leader or any one nation. And that's why my administration has worked to establish a new era of engagement in which all nations must take responsibility for the world we seek. We cannot tolerate a world in which nuclear weapons spread to more nations and in which the terror of a nuclear holocaust endangers more people. And that's why we've begun to take concrete steps to pursue a world without nuclear weapons, because all nations have the right to pursue peaceful nuclear power, but all nations have the responsibility to demonstrate their peaceful intentions.

We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever damage the world that we pass on to our children -- sowing conflict and famine; destroying coastlines and emptying cities. And that's why all nations must now accept their share of responsibility for transforming the way that we use energy.

We can't allow the differences between peoples to define the way that we see one another, and that's why we must pursue a new beginning among people of different faiths and races and religions; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect.

And we must all do our part to resolve those conflicts that have caused so much pain and hardship over so many years, and that effort must include an unwavering commitment that finally realizes that the rights of all Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security in nations of their own.

We can't accept a world in which more people are denied opportunity and dignity that all people yearn for -- the ability to get an education and make a decent living; the security that you won't have to live in fear of disease or violence without hope for the future.

And even as we strive to seek a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully and prosperity is widely shared, we have to confront the world as we know it today. I am the Commander-in-Chief of a country that's responsible for ending a war and working in another theater to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies. I'm also aware that we are dealing with the impact of a global economic crisis that has left millions of Americans looking for work. These are concerns that I confront every day on behalf of the American people.

Some of the work confronting us will not be completed during my presidency. Some, like the elimination of nuclear weapons, may not be completed in my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone. This award is not simply about the efforts of my administration -- it's about the courageous efforts of people around the world.

And that's why this award must be shared with everyone who strives for justice and dignity -- for the young woman who marches silently in the streets on behalf of her right to be heard even in the face of beatings and bullets; for the leader imprisoned in her own home because she refuses to abandon her commitment to democracy; for the soldier who sacrificed through tour after tour of duty on behalf of someone half a world away; and for all those men and women across the world who sacrifice their safety and their freedom and sometime their lives for the cause of peace.

That has always been the cause of America. That's why the world has always looked to America. And that's why I believe America will continue to lead.

Thank you very much.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Comments on the Post-Governance Era

It is no doubt that the world has changed in the past year-year and half with the financial crisis and Obama taking office. Their is a renewed call for public administrators who are responsive and professional at their jobs. The question I ask is how much of this new era will be like the New Deal Era and or how will it be different? In terms of better government regulation over creating subsidy programs or the engagement of new fields to improve the economy like the green jobs movement, etc.

Also the bigger questions that also comes up is how the rest of the world sees the United States. And how the US will behave in a more equal global system. Like it or not, the rest of the world saw what happens when the markets prevailed (over past 30 years) or were poorly managed by the state and the disastrous economic and personal effects of that. They may opt out of the free market economies all together, which is exactly opposite of what the US has been trying to encourage for the past 100 years! What will that world look like.... Joe Stiglitz's video interview published by the New Yorker also suggest these ideas and quesitons View http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid41945846001?bclid=41803761001&bctid=42015071001


To conclude, the field of public administration tomorrow will, not only, analyze the same old problems through different lenses (gender, race, or class), but it will also use different techniques (narratives, path dependency, comparative case study or data analysis), to analyze the wicked problems and confront them globally. The next cohort of public administration theorists and academics will evaluate issues such as climate change, terrorism, transnational migration, economic decline and global governance. They will promote democracy and global institutions within the context of supranational state like the United Nations. Furthermore a proliferation of schools of public administration and development that have spanned into the developing world will be come stronger as methods will become disbursed round the globe. The same paradoxes of rational vs. humanistic; democracy vs. efficiency; and scientific vs. normative will continue to be contentious. Yet the overarching theme of public administration will continue to be how to serve better the public good for all of humanity.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Obama on Unity and Equality

Unity is the great need of the hour - the great need of this hour. Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it's the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country.

I'm not talking about a budget deficit. I'm not talking about a trade deficit. I'm not talking about a deficit of good ideas or new plans.

I'm talking about a moral deficit. I'm talking about an empathy deficit. I'm taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother's keeper; we are our sister's keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.

We have an empathy deficit when we're still sending our children down corridors of shame - schools in the forgotten corners of America where the color of your skin still affects the content of your education.

We have a deficit when CEOs are making more in ten minutes than some workers make in ten months; when families lose their homes so that lenders make a profit; when mothers can't afford a doctor when their children get sick.

We have a deficit in this country when there is Scooter Libby justice for some and Jena justice for others; when our children see nooses hanging from a schoolyard tree today, in the present, in the twenty-first century.

We have a deficit when homeless veterans sleep on the streets of our cities; when innocents are slaughtered in the deserts of Darfur; when young Americans serve tour after tour of duty in a war that should've never been authorized and never been waged.

And we have a deficit when it takes a breach in our levees to reveal a breach in our compassion; when it takes a terrible storm to reveal the hungry that God calls on us to feed; the sick He calls on us to care for; the least of these He commands that we treat as our own.

So we have a deficit to close. We have walls - barriers to justice and equality - that must come down. And to do this, we know that unity is the great need of this hour.
---Barack Obama 1/20/08

Monday, September 14, 2009

El Local de Rafaela

Rafaela sirve como modelo comparativo de desarrollo
Publicado en la Opinion Domingo 14 de Sept. del 2009

Hace algunas semanas estuvo en la ciudad Heidi Jane Smith, magister en Políticas Públicas que actualmente cursa el doctorado de Administración Pública en la Florida International University. Su visita está relacionada con el trabajo de grado, ya que versa sobre la descentralización fiscal y la autonomía para el desarrollo económico local.

"Hay una gran tendencia entre los economistas que se preguntan si una ciudad tiene que ser autónoma para tomar decisiones y fortalecer su sector industrial y para elaborar programas de desarrollo económico local. Entonces, estoy haciendo un trabajo de comparación entre la Argentina y México, tomando la provincia de Santa Fe, con la ciudad capital, Rosario y Rafaela; y el Estado de Guanajuato, que su capital tiene el mismo nombre, León y San Miguel de Allende", inició así su explicación Heidi Smith en un correcto pero inevitablemente acentuado castellano. La elección de estos dos países se da por su sistema federal de administración, por lo tanto ante un estudio de descentralización aplicará la teoría de federalismo fiscal con la relación entre el Gobierno nacional y la injerencia de los impuestos locales para el uso del desarrollo local.

"El caso de Rafaela me pareció interesante por tener mucha creación de desarrollo económico local, a través de muchos trabajos que ha hecho la Municipalidad con la combinación público-privada; y además la injerencia del empleo, de nuevos emprendimientos, que a través de la gestión pública atrae cada vez más desarrollo".
Heidi Smith remarcó que es notorio que "en Rafaela hay autonomía política, pero no fiscal, entonces la continuidad de la misma línea política entre Omar Perotti y Ricardo Peirone ha generado mejores resultados en la gerencia de los recursos económicos. El emprendimiento de ellos por enfocarse en el desarrollo económico local, apoyó mucho el crecimiento del territorio que es algo fundamental. El de Rafaela es un caso notable en todo el país y también en el mundo de cómo se lleva a la práctica una idea de crecimiento que siempre está en las teorías". Luego de un año de trabajo teórico, restaría el mismo plazo para conocer las conclusiones de esta comparación.

En el trabajo, Rafaela será equiparada con San Miguel de Allende, una localidad ubicada en el centro de México, con tendencia mayoritaria del PAN, pero que recientemente eligió a un Ejecutivo del PRI, con una población cercana a las 140 mil personas, con un 20 por ciento de estadounidenses en su mayoría jubilados que no hablan castellano, con lo cual el desarrollo local se da de una manera diferente en el Estado de Guanajuato, dependiendo en gran parte de esta influencia y es por eso que la tendencia se inclina hacia el crecimiento de los valores culturales, la apuesta al teatro, la museología y el turismo relacionado a estos matices. "En este Estado tienen más autonomía para recaudar fondos y trabajan en eso, por ejemplo en la ciudad de Guanajuato tienen un museo de momias que consigue acumular la misma recaudación que lo que ingresa por impuestos de propiedades, peajes, entonces consiguen un doble ingreso para invertir en obras".

Lo que Heidi Smith recalcó es que si bien resulta importante que en Rafaela se segmente el Impuesto Municipal, "se deberían ajustar un poco más a la economía de cada casa y la propiedad, para que sea más adecuado al terreno, la edificación, teniendo en cuenta la valuación fiscal de la casa. No digo que esté mal el trabajo que se hace ahora, pero el concepto de la valuación es algo que puede colaborar con la recaudación".

ANTECEDENTES PERSONALES

Heidi Smith tiene 32 años, trabajó en Washington durante ocho, de los cuales seis los dedicó a su tarea dentro del Gobierno de Estados Unidos, en una agencia de apoyo externo ligada a América Latina. Oriunda de Minnesota, en el norte de ese país, comenzó a aprender castellano a los cuatro años, hizo intercambios y actualmente reside en Miami, donde realiza el doctorado en la FIU.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

"Stay just a little bit more"-- lyrics by The Do

Stay (Just A Little Bit More) :
He was a bore, a true chore and I still wonder why I ever wanted to see him more
I know it is useless to complain all these years after, well...
Thanks for asking now I'm fine
I should have muffled my obsession but I was all too pure
And so blindly sure that he'd always have the satisfying hug I needed

Stay just a little bit more
Don't let my heart turn sore

He was kind, polite and divine in public, tender as a sleepy child
But when we got slightly more intimate it wasn't that bright
Yes he was kind, polite, sound and sublime, in theory
But in practice believe me, there was a nasty fire burning

Stay just a little bit more
Don't let my heart turn sore

And when my curves came into play
Oh what a hopeless tumbling down
When his desire was stuck in plaster
I was young but I believed in no tales!

Sit in the desert of the bed I looked hard for an oasis
But all I could find was a dead camel in pieces
And I got so scared I tried to lure him back to bed
Whispered "stay just a little bit more"
But now I'm grateful to the camel
Because all the lazy boy could do was RUN, then I knew for sure
That he would never be the satisfying shag I needed, no no no

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fairwell Teddy

"I have come here tonight to stand with you, to change America, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals and to elect Barack Obama president of the United States," he said. Comparing Obama to his slain brother, John F. Kennedy, the senator shouted: "This November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans. . . . Our country will be committed to his cause. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on."

Monday, August 17, 2009

my new office


This is the very depressing image that depicts the misery I will confront when I return. I'm glad MLK once said "all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence".

--bien dicho Jeisson.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

St. Teresa Band, Rio


St. Teresa Band, Rio
Originally uploaded by okvaughan

This band was made neighborhood friends who were out on a Friday night to have a nice time. There was no majority, no seniority, no cover, no one who wasn't there who didn't want to have a nice time.

Caipirinhas in Barrio Santa Teresa


Caipirinhas w/H
Originally uploaded by okvaughan

Rio is fabulous. The life of a Carioca is wonderful. Here are a few pictures to remember the city.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Americans and their Education

The piece is pretty accurate, but unfortunately, I think Palin's lack of education attribute to her demise just as much as the "lost in translation" idea. Like most Americans, we are not very articulate, especially at the national level. Although she went to college, her level of understanding the world is pretty narrow, as is her development of ideas..... pretty sad to think that most people "bought into her" and then she couldn't carry them along with a decent message.

Read Lost in Translation Why Sarah Palin really quit us. http://www.slate.com/id/2222523/

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summer time!


Summer is all about boating and fishing, playing in the sand, spitting water melon seeds, weeding the garden and getting a sun burn.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Bemidji on Primetime

Last night there was an episode of "How I met your Mother" where one of the characters, Robin, who's originally from Canada, gets invited to a Minnesota bar in NYC and in order to fit in, pretends that she's from ... wait for it ... Bemidji! haha In fact, she says "Bemidji" twice in the episode. Here's a clip of the "Minnesota bar" so you get an idea:

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/how_i_met_your_mother/video/video.php?cid=544192181&pid=NWlynHF_pMRR8Rbvb3bncpujYou8L6jU&play=true&cc=1

Sun Rays


Sun Rays
Originally uploaded by heydee

Rio was a wonderful get away. I think its my favorite city now.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Quote of the day

Meanwhile, Mr. Chávez’s threats of belligerence in Central America led one opposition party here, Acción Democrática, to issue a statement on Monday that was full of irony: “Hugo Chávez has become the George Bush of Latin America.”

-- From Today's NYTimes article
"Obama’s Stance Deflects Chávez’s Finger-Pointing"

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Comment

One should also look at the administrative structure for which the Peruvian government has to deal with these types of crisis. If the government were more decentralized, maybe the local government would have been able to retain the conflict and solve local problems before the national guards were called in. A more critical look at these types of ways to deal with crisis are necessary within Latin America.--

Comment to the New Statesman's Anguish, oil and the Amazon by Enrique Mendizabal

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Walter Bagehot said...

A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.

A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.

An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.

An influential member of parliament has not only to pay much money to become such, and to give time and labour, he has also to sacrifice his mind too - at least all the characteristics part of it that which is original and most his own.

Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.

Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.

I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving. I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had. Then I moved up.

In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.

It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

America is...

John Updike wrote, “America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”

Woodrow Wilson called America, “the only idealistic nation in the world.”

Israel Zangwill said, “America is God’s crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming.”

Barack Obama observed, “America is an unlikely place – a country built on defiance of the odds; on a belief in the impossible.”

And, Hunter S. Thompson suggested, “America … just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

Monday, May 18, 2009

Se Murio Benedetti

Tengo una soledad
tan concurrida
tan llena de nostalgias
y de rostros de vos
de adioses hace tiempo
y besos bienvenidos
de primeras de cambio
y de último vagón.
.
Tengo una soledad
tan concurrida
que puedo organizarla
como una procesión
por colores
tamaños
y promesas
por época
por tacto y por sabor.
.
sin un temblor de más,
me abrazo a tus ausencias
que asisten y me asisten
con mi rostro de vos.
.
Estoy lleno de sombras
de noches y deseos
de risas y de alguna maldición
.
Mis huéspedes concurren,
concurren como sueños
con sus rencores nuevos
su falta de candor.
yo les pongo una escoba
tras la puerta
porque quiero estar solo
con mi rostro de vos.
.
Pero el rostro de vos
mira a otra parte
con sus ojos de amor
que ya no aman
como víveres
que buscan a su hambre
miran y miran
y apagan la jornada.
.
Las paredes se van
queda la noche
las nostalgias se van,
no queda nada.
.
Ya mi rostro de vos
cierra los ojos.
.
Y es una soledad
tan desolada.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My first Wiki

International public administration

There are several organizations that are active. The oldest is the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA). Based in Brussels, Belgium, IASIA is an association of organizations and individuals whose activities and interests focus on public administration and management. The activities of its members include education and training of administrators and managers. It is the only worldwide scholarly association in the field of public management. Visit their Web site at www.iiasiisa.be/schools/aeacc.htm.

Also the International Committee of the US-based National Association of School of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) has developed a number of relationships around the world. They include sub regional and National forums like CLAD, INPAE and NISPAcee, APSA, ASPA. For general information about these regional networks, visit www.GlobalMPA.net.

The Center for Latin American Administration for Development (CLAD), based in Caracas, Venezuela, this regional network of schools of public administration set up by the governments in Latin America is the oldest in the region. Information about CLAD is accessible at www.clad.org.ve.

The Institute is a founding member and played a central role in organizing the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE). Created in 2000, this regional network of schools is unique in that it is the only organization to be composed of institutions from North and Latin America and the Caribbean working in public administration and policy analysis. It has more than 49 members from top research schools in various countries throughout the hemisphere, www.ebape.fgv.br/inpae.

NISPAcee is a network of experts, scholars and practitioners who work in the field of public administration in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Russian Federation and the Caucasus and Central Asia. Their English Web site is located at www.nispa.sk/_portal/homepage.php.

The US public administration and political science associations like NASPA, APSA and ASPA. These organizations have helped to create the fundamental establishment of modern public administration. For more information visit the Web sites of American Political Science Association, www.apsanet.org, and the American Society of Public Administration www.aspanet.org.

Nietzsche

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -- Nietzsche

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Are you?

You are American.

American-flag_profile

You are highly competitive and highly independent, although you also have an easygoing and spontaneous nature. In order to hide and mitigate just how badly you want to win, you have developed a thick veneer of friendliness -- in order to lull your opponents into a false sense of security, yes, but also in order to actually tame your own natural blood lust, and most of the time it works. At the end of the day, you ARE both good-hearted and competitive! However, beecause you are so mobile and ever-changing -- always developing yourself -- your friendships tend to be in flux, and the people who are your oldest friends may or may not accompany you all the way through life. Probably not.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Public Service

"However long we are keepers of the public trust, we should never forget that we are here as public servants . . . And public service is a privilege. It's not about advantaging yourself. It's not about advancing your friends or your corporate clients. It's not about advancing an ideological agenda or the special interests of any organization. Public service is simply and absolutely about advancing the interests of Americans."

-- President Barack Obama

Friday, April 10, 2009

Along with Youth

By Ernest Hemingway

A porcupine skin,
Stiff with bad tanning,
It must have ended somewhere.
Stuffed horned owl
Pompous
Yellow eyed;
Chuck-wills-widow on a biassed twig
Sooted with dust.
Piles of old magazines,
Drawers of boy's letters
And the line of love
They must have ended somewhere.
Yesterday's Tribune is gone
Along with youth
And the canoe that went to pieces on the beach
The year of the big storm
When the hotel burned down
At Seney, Michigan.

Monday, April 06, 2009

If i ever feel better


By Phoenix

They say an end can be a start
Feels like I've been buried yet I'm still alive
It's like a bad day that never ends
I feel the chaos around me
A thing I don't try to deny

I'd better learn to accept that
There are things in my life that I can't control
They say love ain't nothing but a sore
I don't even know what love is

Too many tears have had to fall
Don't you know I'm so tired of it all
I have known terror dizzy spells
Finding out the secrets words won't tell

Whatever it is it can't be named
There's a part of my world that' s fading away
You know I don't want to be clever
To be brilliant or superior

True like ice, true like fire
Now I know that a breeze can blow me away
Now I know there's much more dignity
In defeat than in the brightest victory

I'm losing my balance on the tight rope
Tell me please, tell me please, tell me please...If I ever feel better
Remind me to spend some good time with you
You can give me your number

When it's all over I'll let you know
Hang on to the good days
I can lean on my friends
They help me going through hard times

But I'm feeding the enemy
I'm in league with the foe
Blame me for what's happening
I can't try, I can't try, I can't try...

No one knows the hard times I went through
If happiness came I miss the call
The stormy days ain't over
I've tried and lost know I think that I pay the cost

Now I've watched all my castles fall
They were made of dust, after al
lSomeday all this mess will make me laugh
I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait...

If I ever feel better
Remind me to spend some good time with you
You can give me your number
When it's all over I'll let you know

If I ever feel better
Remind me to spend some good time with you
You can give me your number
When it's all over I'll let you know

It's like somebody took my place
I ain't even playing my own game
The rules have changed well I didn't know
There are things in my life I can't control

I feel the chaos around me
A thing I don't try to deny
I'd better learn to accept that
There's a part of my life that will go away

Dark is the night, cold is the ground
In the circular solitude of my heart
As one who strives a hill to climb
I am sure I'll come through I don't know how

They say an end can be a start
Feels like I've been buried yet I'm still alive
I'm losing my balance on the tight rope
Tell me please, tell me please, tell me please...

If I ever feel better
Remind me to spend some good time with you
You can give me your number
When it's all over I'll let you know

If I ever feel better
Remind me to spend some good time with you
You can give me your number
When it's all over I'll let you know

If I ever feel better
Remind me to spend some good time with you
You can give me your number
When it's all over I'll let you know

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