Monday, April 18, 2011

Blood Diamonds - A Poem by Patty Mooney

Alluvial diamond miners in Kono District, Sier...

Image via Wikipedia Since 1991, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) has fought to overthrow successive Sierra Leonean governments it accuses of widespread corruption, nepotism, and mismanagement of the country's vast diamond and mineral resources. The rebels use axes, machetes, and knives to kill and maim hundreds of people, including women and children. This is a poem I wrote in 2000 about the issue (prior to the movie starring Leo DiCaprio):

From the fields of Sierra Leone

to the shops of Belgium

blood diamonds in the pockets of rebels,

black hearts black market,

this priceless booty extracted

from severed hands of women and children.

What kind of mind would wield that rusty axe,

hack away the human potential to take, to give, to touch?

You've seen the ads: Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

This girl has no fingers.

Eyes luminous, she tells the reporter:

I don't want people to buy diamonds.

Diamonds are killing us.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Malegram from Jimmy the Bartender - A Poem by Patty Mooney

Mural on a Garbage CanImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr
When the cousins are just sitting around, start tossing them a football. Think about the guy a mile away, the dog, a stick, and a pile of leaves. A lot of anger swirling around. Shut down the vent. It’s not hard. Just don’t show your friends your garbage can.

Note: This is a cross-out poem, created from circling the phrases I like and crossing out everything else, in an article entitled "Malegram from Jimmy the Bartender."

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Miniature Flowers for Mom - by Patty Mooney

My husband and I went to a local street fair last weekend and as we strolled past all the crafts booths, Mark spotted one that really stood out. I wandered off in another direction until he came, grabbed my hand, and drew me back to that booth. He pointed at an array of pendants that were full of color. As I looked closer, I saw that these were like teeny gardens that you could wear around your neck.

The woman running the booth informed us that her pendants and earrings were made with real flowers that were specifically grown to be miniature. Amazing! Each handmade piece of jewelry was preservd in acrylic and encased in Sterling Silver, with no two alike.

Since Mother's Day is around the corner, I wanted to let my lovely readers know about these extraordinary pieces. Nope, I am not getting a commission. I'm just breaking some news here... These would make great gifts not only for Mom, but for any woman in your life who ever has a birthday, or with whom you share an anniversary. Or for no reason at all! Take it from me... There is simply nothing better than an unsolicited gift of jewelry from your lover. Right, ladies?

You can find these pieces at Etsy. Just look for "Real Flowers."