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LAST NIGHT: WRITINGS AND POETRY ON POWER

March 7, 2012

Last night, Dustin Opper, Braden Walter, Heather Reed, Cameron Devine, Jennie Friedman, Nate Judge, Antonio Myers, and special guests Dr. Fleming and Brian Kaminski gathered in the Writing Center for the second installment on our theme of Power. Brian Kaminski gave a presentation on “Use of Freeware” as part of Dr. Fleming’s Ethics in Technology course. Then, Jennie Friedman, Heather Reed, Braden Walter, and Dustin Opper shared songs and poems that exhibited different aspects of power. It was an excellent meeting. Thank you everyone!

 
 

 Here is some of what was shared:

Dustin Opper- “Guilty Cocker Spaniel” by Modest Mouse


Well I took off running at the greatest speed
I didn’t bother looking to either side of me
Oh, I did not see, I just did not see what was really going on
Oh, the trees had stopped and the skyline rose
Extanging comfort for more fashionable clothes
I’d left the hills at this point in time
To run on treadmills in a perfect line
Salad days add up to daily shit
Sparking imagination till the sparks did quit
And if this is fun why’m I so bored with it?
Well I’ll probably never know

Guilty cocker spaniels eating table scraps
When we rolled over, how our masters clapped
It felt so good we wanted more of that
But when the program failed they defensively laughed
Sayin’ “We did things just how you asked,
Don’t try taking us to task.
You didn’t buy a face, nope just a mask,
So HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!”

I drew a blank, we put it in a frame
Wait, what? You’re winning?
You didn’t say this was a game
Well I guess I just have to play and play till I’m out of cash

Before I could spit it out
I guess the words had burnt my mouth, what can I say?
Worst of all I laid it out
So you could take it out of context anyway

We said all along we deserved every bit
And mostly we knew that the supply would quit
But we got going and going and just went till everybody lost their minds
Directly behind being ahead of the time
But don’t worry, you’ll fall right in line
Yup, everythings just fine, fine, fine
No one’s getting blamed this time

Blameless, oh blameless, can we find a way to blame our way out?
Well I post dated the eulogy for every blames body now
We are blamelessly teething on much more than we need now, now now
Blameless teething
Well we’re all getting blamed cuz everyone knew
That’s right.
Everybody knew.

Braden Walter- “The Incomparable Mr. Flannery” by Clutch

First we get some surgery,
Lose the kids then our identities.
But one thing I know for a fact,
Moustache stays right where it’s at.
REO Speedwagon, Kansas to Boston.
My ankle bracelet, already gone and lost it.
Them yellow jackets keep the tired man from slacking.

Stole my Camaro, primer gray.
Took my suitcase, all my pay
Ain’t got no tailights, grill full of fur.
How could you do this to me man so close to being cured?

We should get together and talk it over
At the Detroiter.
Delaware Destroyers, rocking with Dokken.
You front the money and I’ll do all the talking.
Them Yellow jackets keep the tired man from slacking.

Stole my Camaro, primer gray.
Took my suitcase, all my pay
Ain’t got no tailights, grill full of fur.
How could you do this to me man so close to being cured?

Come a little closer honey, I won’t bite ya.
One more lager and I might learn to like ya.

Stole my Camaro, primer gray.
Took my suitcase, all my pay
Ain’t got no tailights, grill full of fur.
How could you do this to me man so close to being cured? (2x)

Heather Reed- “Mother” by  Mitchell M. Gissendanner

Black, beautiful intuitive and strong
The matriarch the stabilizer the earth’s backbone
From the beginning she excels determined to survive In her womb the seed of trillions through the ages she will provide
Unfazed by obstacles perpetual is her drive
Kings, Queens all royalty alike
are inherently in her blood line
Against all odds she presses on not a
moment does her love wane
She looks down through the annals of
time and realize she must maintain
Her aura of invincibility her spirit of
strong will Her disposition of I will
succeed regardless of the mountainous
hills She is black, bold and beautiful
her strength personified from birth
She is the matriarch, she is our mother
the backbone of the earth

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