It’s the Holiday Season; Thanksgiving has passed and there are more celebrations to come. Is it possible that still lingering on is that special Spirit of Gratitude, one which will continue into the next year and the next one after that? Could negativity have at last, packed up its bags and departed? Is it possible that people have become bored with listening to only their own solutions and have become, instead, more attentive listeners? Now that would be a sign of maturity!
I captured this lack of mature argumentation in a poem within my larger collection of poetry, “I Touched a Star in My Dream Last Night”, available, previously, as a paperback and an e-book, but now, also, as an audiobook. The poem and illustrations feature a dialogue – or lack of it – between Tiff and Taff. In many ways, the habitual exchange between them, represents much of the discourse we witness today. Here is the last poem of that trilogy, ending on a more positive note:
Let’s Talk About Politics
Tiff: Let’s talk about politics.
Taff: No, we always fight.
You say I’m too far left,
when you are too far right.
Tiff: Smear campaigner!
Taff: Self-righteous complainer!
Tiff: Let’s not talk about politics.
Taff: We’ll never agree
to listen to each other’s views….
Tiff: Until we reach maturity.
Click here to read more about my book, I Touched a Star in My Dream Last Night.
This sums it all up! We will never agree and listen to the other’s view. But we can agree to disagree!
Thank you for your comments, Dede. Hoping that we will progress into becoming better and more pleasant listeners.
Hi E, so good to pop into one of your blogs again; and to get still more sense of your ever-flowing creativity. I’ve been racing along on three of my own books, so know something of the white-water stream you’re paddling happily along in.
‘Will we ever reach maturity’–Tiff & Taff, in their differences, certainly don’t show too much sign of getting there too soon.
‘Let’s talk about politics’, says Tiff; and so they race head from opposite ends of the spectrum!
Let’s imagine there are 200 Tiffs and Taffs; 200 countries around our Earthly planet–let’s hugely hope they do reach maturity a whole lot sooner than they ever imagined!
Warmest best from Summerine SA to Winterine USA;
with love, J
Good to hear from you, J. Good luck with all the three books on which you are working and may they add, as they always do, to the maturation of the human inhabitants – all the Tiffs and Taffs – of our earth.
Ellen, it is so great to receive this article from you relating to a subject that sometimes is in the back of our minds. It’s hard to watch the news without “Politician Problems” being out in the forefront!! And also, so refreshing to read about gratitude which is too often not expressed. Ellen, you nailed it and I’m SO grateful for you aa you take the time to share your creativity! Please keep sharing with us. Happy Holidays!
Thank you so much for your comments, Kathy! Yes, a spirit of gratitude should not just be seasonal – or holiday-specific, but instead, kept in the forefront of our minds and our actions, so that we can transcend the negative and angry dialogue with which we are constantly bombarded. Happy Holidays to you as well!