I finally wrote a song. My friend Carol Holst is on harp and I’m on vocals and drum.
I finally wrote a song. My friend Carol Holst is on harp and I’m on vocals and drum.
My ideal date will feed me organic free range wild food he gathered, that I didnt cook and wont have to clean up after. This time. He will impress me with his skills and mind. Similar yet different to mine. Will take me places I’ve could never find alone. Treat me better than I do. My perfect date appreciates the environment, and theatre too. He is mature, picks up my signals, is extremely smart, kind, patient and generous. Loves music and art. My ideal date wants some fire in his life. He has a good heart. Is secure and looking for a goddess with a lot of spirit. Maybe even a wife. Wants an intelligent woman who will make a difference in the world with him, build something beautiful, change lives. Pick a date to begin that will last for the rest of time. My ideal date understands me. He pulls half the load. Animals and babies love him cause he should be worshiped and adored. He will plan good surprises I love and have a fun family Olivia and I belong in. My ideal date will be relaxing, feel like home, a breath of magic. Soon. I’m ready. Waiting. My king is just a little late. Wish I knew where to meet my ideal date.
Seasons of Cascadia
The mist begins to lift from both forest and sea. An occasional ray of sunshine peeks over My Rainier. A lenticular cloud hovers over the mountain, freaking out everyone but the locals. Cherry blossoms bloom. It’s the fabled socks and sandals weather complete with vernal rainbows. For the first time in 8 months, skies clear completely, not one cloud showing its face for all of pride week. Perfect weather continues with GEESE! Then 12 straight weeks of drought for canoe journey and festivals is great for recreation, but causes 4 weeks of wildfires at least… so we begin praying for rain? Really? Lovely autumnal rainbows welcome the waters return. Refreshing drops keep dousing flames as we gather around campfires to eat apple and kale salad. HONK….GEESE AGAIN! Then a month of incessant torrential downpour. The salmon return. Think its clear? Dry? No. Black ice! Rain again alternating with freezing fog and what we like to call spit. Freezing rain scatters through those 3 cold weeks with pretty morning frost when it snowed twice and somebody reports a sasquatch sighting on KING5. 1 inch of snow. School closures. Then. Yeah! Our 3 days of Christmas snow came we can go sledding this year! Then. Hurricane force wind storm complete with friendly snow cone hail and free firewood. Next comes floods and mudslides. The rest of the rainy season is mountain snow, valley still effing raining causing moss and mold to grow everywhere followed by you guessed it another straight month of little bitty stinging rain that just never quite completely stops dripping off everything making things moist and damp every freaking where. People wander in a sleepy grey daze holding trays of soy lattes from Starbucks and bottles of vitamin D3. Seasonal affective dementors return for their yearly migration. The squirrels are phased by none of this and always look happy.
15 Reasons I secretly think are really why people dont want to book me or let me speak.
#1 They’re smiling like a racist that doesn’t want to ask me to leave or go to jail for saying something to my face.
#2 They’re threatened cause I have more talent in my pinky finger.
#3 They’re ignorant and haven’t heard of any of the people who endorse me who are more qualified than them to decide if I’m amazing.
#4 People are jealous petty and average.
#5 There’s some secret white economic apartheid rule about not hiring or paying POC and making us beg. I may have to go undercover at some point to prove this.
#6 They dont book people with out degrees, even though #2
#7 Don’t know what performance poetry is.
#8 The group is too atheist, humanist, and sciency and say I sound like magical crap.
#9 The group is too abundant and spiritual and I’m too loud, angry and poor.
#10 People are fake as fuck and full of bullshit.
#11 I’m brain damaged and autistic. Why should I thrive? Who wants to pay for that?
#12 “Not a good fit” for your event that has no poets or POC speaking on your topic. I think this is code for #1
#13 Its 3 to 10 minutes. If you can’t give a disabled impoverished POC single mom 3 minutes you’re a piece of crap like everyone else that won’t give us an inch of space.
#15 Power trips.
Top 20 Reasons I Love Cascadia
#20 Berries – – Blackberries, raspberries, salmon berries, huckleberries, Spooners strawberries… You thought I was going to say apples didn’t you? Nope, the berries are better.
#19 Farmers markets with flying fish, bakeries that make soul cookies, urban farms with ancient vines, and organic locally made lollipops with zero regrets.
#18 You don’t have to shovel rain. True story.
#17 “It’s in the water” Best tap water this side of the Rockies.
#16 No plastic bags starting July 1st 2014 …you environment destroying single use menaces.
#15 Pow wows – Because thankfully there are many tribes out here that survived the holocaust of colonization historically disguised as manifest destiny.
#14 I have never been called a nigger in Cascadia. At least not to my face. Or any other slur of races I am not actually but resemble enough that I catch their insults in ‘Murica. We are very inclusive and tolerant out here in Cascadia, for the most part. I love that!
#13 Festivals -Cascadia Poetry Festival, The Spring Fairy Festival, Chinese new year celebrations, and PRIDE just to name a few.
#12 Rainbow Valley in the 1990’s. I think I may have taken a trip there once and if I did it was not a bad one.
#11 Decent local economies sprinkled with Boeing, Microsoft, and other global diabolical badassery for good measure such as….
#10 JBLM, Bremerton and Whidbey Naval bases. Just in case TSHTF Washingtonians will be pretty safe while soldiers kick Russian ass and the best drag queens north of San Francisco sing the star spangled banner with fierceness unlike any other.
#9 TESC and Cascadia Now! They are such a cute young couple.
#8 Protests, Rallies, federal judges that uphold the constitution and other political awesomeness.
#7 Seattle Portland and Olympia – Cultural hubs with beautiful backdrops of the forests and mountains are found all over Cascadia.
#6 Canada is a very nice neighbor to the north eh?
#5 Religious tolerance with a heavy dose of eastern influence mixed in with a few hippies, vegans, yoga, witches, hummus and a sitar.
#420 It’s a green region with MMJ, Cannacon and Hempfest or the right to be healthy and happy, as I like to call it.
#3 There are many alternative educational opportunities and community building organizations such as GRuB who work real miracles
#2 No Hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning storms, poisonous snakes or gators. Sometimes it’s the things that aren’t there that you really appreciate.
#1 Sasquatch – She’s actually pretty cool once you get to know her.
Have you heard of the latest diet sensation? The No Bullshit diet! You don’t eat any gmos, factory farmed meat, or dairy, cause that’s bullshit. You dont drink alcohol made with gmos cause that’s bullshit. Fast food? Bullshit. Soda? Bullshit. All the stupid white shit Nazis eat? Fuck that bullshit. No white flour, salt, sugar, enslaved abused animal milk none of that bullshit. Because they will give you diabetes inflammation and high blood pressure. No bullshit! No dyes, chemicals, nitrates, or added sulfates. No sushi or pork because you’ll get parasites from that bullshit. So what do you eat then? First off you eat less and stop stuffing your face with this crap. Second drink more filtered water your liver and kidneys will thank you. 3 The vegan trinity beans greens and grains cause you dont need meat three times a day. 4 Add some free range organic grass fed wild meat sparingly. 5 Eat a new fruit and vegetable every month for a year. Yeah omg you need to go to new stores! 6 Learn what your local wild foods are and go get them. 7 Grow your own garlic and onions because you need them to cook every day and its easy as fuck. 8 There are a ton of alternate milks, try them all! 9 100% Blue agave tequila and organic cider are great. Of course they’re expensive. Drink less, dumbass. 10 Do this with ever increasing accuracy for 20 years until everything you cook is better than 95% of what you could eat in a restaurant and then you will have reached the ultimate no bullshit level. But then eating out will suck or be expensive and thats also – No Bullshit! No cooking in plastic in microwaves. Learn to cook and garden. Pull the bullshit from your cupboards and fridge. Make farmer friends that have goats. Breed happy chickens to barter for happy cheese.
Don’t put bullshit
In your mouth
For more from Lennée Reid listen to “The Second Coming Of Matriarchy” on band camp.
Says one hummingbird to another:
“Ive been watching certain people. Getting closer. Some speak to the plants again, walk seeking medicine, softly arrive to converse with the land. Im beginning to like them, Its hard to explain..”
“I get it” replies the other, “along my way Ive noticed too. The hands grazing rosemary branches, pressed in prayer against a conifer. Though mostly they are busy and dangerous and im terrified of their power, their impact..”
The first says “me too, But still, all the time there are more and more that I feel safe drinking near. I can handle the vibrations, I peek inside while drinking from red glass flowers and see them living in a good way. There seems to be hope for us all…If they continue to come home, If they start to treat the earth as home again”
Blaine Alexander Lindsey is an amazing poet and artist that is always looking for collaborations and artistic work. https://www.facebook.com/blainealexander.lindsey