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Time To Act

The Meek

The ‘acceptable burn’ – a firefighting concept –
Means that after a certain point if the fire’s not
Getting any worse it’s best to just let it burn.
Once destruction has happened the only concern
Is for safety and cleanup. There’s not a blind spot
In our rendering service. At that we’re adept.

Too many ‘acceptable burns’ happening at
The same time and far too close to one another
Causes a huge conflagration and changes the
Calculus from this point forward. What we now see
On the planet – our grossly mistreated mother –
Are the signs that we have some issues to combat.

To find that place within ourselves where we can see
All that’s happening and still find some peace of mind
Is to mitigate boredom and complacency
Yet we must take a look at our humanity.
Only then will a better solution we find.
This isn’t something that we don’t know already.

This is about owning what we know and doing
Something about what we know. Now it’s Time To Act.
The political establishment that made it
So bad can’t be expected to fix it. Unfit
Are they to make a more favorable impact.
We know that positive change is worth pursuing.

A Derivative Integrity


Factual and intuitive linked in embrace,
The derivative function will give us the speed
On an average – an instantaneous look.
With velocity constant, the function will cook.
If or when it collapses, there may be the need
To start over in some other relevant space.

What we know to be integral is of the whole.
We can generalize to find area there.
As the limit approaches some well deserved end
We may find in the numbers our very best friend.
Yet, of course, there are those who would simply not care
That some geek may be into it heart, mind and soul.

Integral and derivative objects are those
At the basis of calculus and of much more.
Intermixed in a matrix that nature provides,
They exist to enthrall us and serve as our guides.
They are sometimes a puzzle but never a chore.
It would be quite a trick to apply them to prose.