[Hpn] Stagnate Into Nothingness

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
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Judith Moriarty  noahshouse@adelphia.net
Monday, August 22, 2005
Stagnate Into Nothingness


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=20

People and causes stagnate into nothingness. Trophy homes costing =
multi-millions are a mere mirage in the baking sun to a woman living =
alone in her car. The northeast, and NH, are listed amongst the richest =
places in the nation. The woman living at a [NH] roadside rest stop eats =
her cold cereal watching cars rushing home, off to some seminar, fair, =
family gathering, or a vacation at their second or third residence. She =
is invisible- life's litter.  Echoing mills and empty store fronts tell =
the tale of the multitudes trapped in steerage. With a distant sound of =
laughter, the life boats of the chosen few, disappear into the night. =
Things "stagnate" and others move on to more titillating endeavors.=20

=20

There's talk of redoing the old mills. Some advocate opening yet another =
mall or upscale housing for the well to do. Tourism is on the lips of =
regional and city planners. The new economy of the nation; is now to be, =
shop till you drop sprawl malls, and exclusive resorts? Meantime the men =
of old shuffle by the decaying auto plants, rusted mills, and shuttered =
machine shops. No work for graying men in their 50s and 60s; with rough =
scarred hands and no high tech skills. They stagger invisible; along =
with the dispossessed, ill educated, and sick amongst us. It's been =
said, that a great nation's [I should think also state] greatness,   is =
know by how well they take care of their  neediest and most vulnerable? =
Ah but that is long past..down life's memory hole:

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I shuffle beneath the shadow of empty factories, brick stacks

Of town treasures, background traffic hums, morning message,

Bleak wind stiffens my shivering shoulders, hunching head

Into upturned collar, hands rough and red,

My skin has gone unshaven too long now.

Month passes into month, I can't remember how?

=20

I freeze, I fear inside, trapped without home or hope,

My spirit outlined by my shoulders slopes,

Behind once bustling mills standing as stark,

Uncompromising concrete, casting dark

Shadows across my back, doors closed and locked

Against employees shunned for working hard.=20

=20

"Downsizing, click %, euphemisms for being fired-

Cast me into the gutter, thin and tired,

Shuffling in shoes worn into shapelessness,

Union care in empty wallet now useless.

If I don't eat today, I'll be all right,

I had a dumpster sandwich late last night, [called dumpster diving]

And stayed quite warm in an old abandoned house.=20

No-one ever told me Hell came in this color.

=20

Passerby stares, then quickly look away,

Calling me a no-good welfare bum, who don't want pay

Earned through honest effort, instead they presume

Government handouts feed my drinking binges.

Long time neighbors cross the street, pity in eyes.=20

Signs posted, do not enter, no trespassing here,

In voice, in actions, don't bother me-get a life.

=20

I move laboriously. Beating fingers

Against my sides brings warmth, but pain lingers on,

Frostbite numbs, discolors, I ignore the burning numbness,

And cope, no bums' allowed in moneyed medical care.

"Carouser, gambler, drunk", you brought it on yourself.

"Look at me, self-seeking, success, two homes, a truck,

A luxury car-prestigious title and deeded farm!"

=20

"You're next buddy", a bureaucratic drone yells out,=20

Smiling, smiling, don't look desperate,

Remembering my yellowed diploma packed away.

Nobody here needs an MBA.

First interview today, in bile green colored unemployment office.

"You an ironworker!" he laughs, I sigh, I had to try.

Again check work board, 'Waitress and Easter Bunny wanted'.

=20

Sunlight's warmth intensifies, my breath in gasps steams-

Against a backdrop of long forgotten dreams.

Across the foaming torrents, a rusted span,

Draws me, calls me to its skeletal arms.

Laughing, free raging waters call, "Come,

Leave the indifferent ones behind, come

With me, no credentials needed.

I

Step

Off

And=20

Fall

Fall

Fall

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<DIV>Monday, August 22, 2005</DIV>
<DIV>Stagnate Into Nothingness</DIV></DIV>
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<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P></DIV>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">People and causes =
<U>stagnate</U>=20
into nothingness. Trophy homes costing multi-millions are a mere mirage =
in the=20
baking sun to a woman living alone in her car. The northeast, and NH, =
are listed=20
amongst the richest places in the nation. The woman living at a<FONT=20
color=3Dnavy><SPAN style=3D"COLOR: navy"> </SPAN></FONT>[NH] roadside =
rest stop eats=20
her cold cereal watching cars rushing <U>home,</U> off to some seminar, =
fair,=20
family gathering, or a vacation at their second or third residence. She =
is=20
invisible<FONT color=3Dnavy><SPAN style=3D"COLOR: navy">-</SPAN></FONT> =
life=92s=20
litter. &nbsp;Echoing mills and empty store fronts tell the tale of the=20
multitudes trapped in steerage. With a distant sound of laughter, the =
life boats=20
of the chosen few, disappear into the night. Things =93stagnate=94 and =
others move=20
on to more titillating endeavors. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">There=92s talk of =
redoing the old=20
mills. Some advocate opening yet another mall or upscale housing for the =
well to=20
do. Tourism is on the lips of regional and city planners. The new =
economy of the=20
nation; is now to be, shop till you drop sprawl malls, and exclusive =
resorts?=20
Meantime the men of old shuffle by the decaying auto plants, rusted =
mills, and=20
shuttered machine shops. No work for graying men in their 50s and 60s; =
with=20
rough scarred hands and no high tech skills. They stagger invisible; =
along with=20
the dispossessed, ill educated, and sick amongst us. It=92s been said, =
that a=20
great nation=92s [I should think also state] greatness, &nbsp;&nbsp;is =
know by how=20
well they take care of their &nbsp;neediest and most vulnerable? Ah but =
that is=20
long past=85=85down life=92s memory hole:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">I shuffle beneath the =
shadow of=20
empty factories, brick stacks<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Of town treasures, =
background=20
traffic hums, morning message,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Bleak wind stiffens my =
shivering=20
shoulders, hunching head<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Into upturned collar, =
hands rough=20
and red,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">My skin has gone =
unshaven too long=20
now.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Month passes into month, =
I can=92t=20
remember how?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">I freeze, I fear inside, =
trapped=20
without home or hope,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">My spirit outlined by my =
shoulders=20
slopes,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Behind once bustling =
mills=20
standing as stark,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Uncompromising concrete, =
casting=20
dark<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Shadows across my back, =
doors=20
closed and locked<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Against employees =
shunned for=20
working hard. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">=93Downsizing, click %, =
euphemisms=20
for being fired-<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Cast me into the gutter, =
thin and=20
tired,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Shuffling in shoes worn =
into=20
shapelessness,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Union care in empty =
wallet now=20
useless.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">If I don=92t eat today, =
I=92ll be all=20
right,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">I had a dumpster =
sandwich late=20
last night, [called dumpster diving]<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">And stayed quite warm in =
an old=20
abandoned house. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">No-one ever told me Hell =
came in=20
this color.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Passerby stares, then =
quickly look=20
away,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Calling me a no-good =
welfare bum,=20
who don=92t want pay<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Earned through honest =
effort,=20
instead they presume<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Government handouts feed =
my=20
drinking binges.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Long time neighbors =
cross the=20
street, pity in eyes. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Signs posted, do not =
enter, no=20
trespassing here,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">In voice, in actions, =
don=92t bother=20
me-get a life.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">I move laboriously. =
Beating=20
fingers<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Against my sides brings =
warmth,=20
but pain lingers on,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Frostbite numbs, =
discolors, I=20
ignore the burning numbness,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">And cope, no bums=92 =
allowed in=20
moneyed medical care.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">=93Carouser, gambler, =
drunk=94, you=20
brought it on yourself.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">=93Look at me, =
self-seeking,=20
success, two homes, a truck,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">A luxury car-prestigious =
title and=20
deeded farm!=94<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">=93You=92re next =
buddy=94, a=20
bureaucratic drone yells out, <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Smiling, smiling, =
don=92t look=20
desperate,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Remembering my yellowed =
diploma=20
packed away.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Nobody here needs an=20
MBA.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">First interview today, =
in bile=20
green colored unemployment office.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">=93You an ironworker!=94 =
he laughs, I=20
sigh, I had to try.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Again check work board, =
=91Waitress=20
and Easter Bunny wanted=92.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Sunlight=92s warmth =
intensifies, my=20
breath in gasps steams-<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Against a backdrop of =
long=20
forgotten dreams.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Across the foaming =
torrents, a=20
rusted span,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Draws me, calls me to =
its skeletal=20
arms.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Laughing, free raging =
waters call,=20
=93Come,<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Leave the indifferent =
ones behind,=20
come<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">With me, no credentials=20
needed.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">I<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">Step<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">Off<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DVerdana size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">And =
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