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Falling In

Falling In

Mystery surrounds me like a cloud of smoky rain

Feeling with my bones inside this blurry silver flame

Grasping the intangibles that swallow me within

Unable to distinguish where I end and you begin

Floating on a downy cloud into eternity

Engulfed by an inferno deeply penetrating me

Mystical haze of ecstasy exploding with the truth

Drunken by your lifeblood; I am breathing into you

Sharon Lynn Van Meter

Copyright 2004


Taming the Beast: Women and Fairy Tales

Taming the Beast: Women and Fairy Tales.

The Encore

The Encore.

Jungle Dance

 Rhythm, a sequence in time repeated, featured ...

Jungle Dance

Dance with me

You know you want to glide

Don’t you ever dismiss

That ridiculous monkey

Who is taking a free ride?

Messing up your concentration

Proving nothing

Utterly nothing

Just inhibiting your mind

Going nowhere really fast

Just hanging on your shoulder

Knock it off,

That damn encumbrance

Why don’t you ever

Go out on a limb, and

Take a little chance?

Look at me,

I’m hanging precariously

Dangling here from

Intoxication, feeling dizzy

From the dance

Push me-pull you

Back and forth

And all apart

I don’t know where it ends

Because I don’t know

Where it starts

It’s all so confusing

And exhausting

And extremely amusing

Moving and swaying

And dancing around and around

And around once more

I just thought

I heard that encumbrance

Fall and hit the jungle floor

As we dance into oblivion

To penetrate the core

Of the matter

And the center

Of the heart

I see there is no ending

Just another place to start


Sharon Lynn Van Meter

Copyright 2001


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Inside me you breathe

I bleed words into your soul

Mused minds never leave

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Copyright 2012




Do you feel like you just do not want to vote in this Presidential election because you aren’t comfortable with either candidate? Or do you feel that you need to vote for one whether or not you really agree with all of his party’s platform? If you do not want to vote for either one of these two corporate-funded Presidential nominees, please don’t just vote for the less of two evils, and don’t sit-out the election in despair and protest, instead I urge you to please go to Presidential third-party nominee Jill Stein’s and her VP running mate Cheri Honkala’s Green New Deal Party website @  and and see what they have to offer you. Stein is the only candidate who is for the 99%…the rest of us! If all of us who do not really like or want to continue as we are IN the hands of the corporations and be forever in debt to them….vote for her! We need something really new, we need someone who is really for the people and cares about the people (the poor, the homeless, those who are without healthcare, those who are drowning in debt, the unemployed and the SICK ). She is a doctor, she teaches medicine and she is for green living, not the bankrupting industrial superiority complex that keeps us ignorant of preventative healthcare, destroys our and our children and grandchildren’s health (children have cancer, diabetes, asthma, ADHD and many more preventable diseases) , our planet (look at the climate changes reeking havoc, the ozone, the pollution), our relations with other countries, takes money from the poor and gives it to the rich, bails out the big banks and corporations and keeps students and graduates indentured to the corporate/government/banks/Wall Street machine. She wants to provide Medicare for everyone which would save trillions in private health insurance and illness (by going Green). She wants to provide affordable private and public housing for the millions of homeless because there are literally more empty homes than there are homeless people! Instead of continuing to bail out those corporate bigwigs who lied and got us into this mess, she wants to hold them accountable and stop giving them back trillions of dollars that was promised to those who lost their homes but was never delivered. She wants to instead bail out the students and graduates by providing free upper level education for everyone and loan forgiveness. This would provide countless jobs and boost our economy immensely in the long run. She wants to hire back all the teachers, the health care workers, etc. She wants those who caused the housing market to crash and the wars over oil to be held accountable financially. And instead let’s bring the troops home and cut the military funding 50% because we won’t need to fight for oil if we create our own green sustainable jobs! This is her plan. Our planet, our health, our finances, and any hope of peace depend on a change right now. There is a lot more that she and her running mate KNOW about the other 99% of us than the 1% of wealthy tycoons and corporate controlled candidates of the other two parties. They can relate to us in a way that neither of the others can. There is so much more on their platform than they have-in fact the other two are offering us nothing different. The debt went UP during the last presidency, and employment was higher than it has been in over 30 years…the one very wealthy guy wants to DOUBLE military spending, take away what little healthcare we have now for the poor and middle class (Social Security and Medicaid) and the other wealthy one (yes Obama does have money) is also in the corporation’s pocket and with basically an almost identical agenda, only his campaign is just a little more subtle about it. They are both war mongers, the one more in- your- face about it than the other, but neither working for moving toward true negotiations for peace. They want to keep pouring money into taking more lives in other countries who don’t even want us there than putting money into health insurance and preventative health care for our own country whose people are literally dying from lack of care and resources for their own environment. How many people are currently without health insurance or homes or jobs right now? Think about it. How much do the private insurance companies cost and how much of your taxes go to caring for sick people who are sick because of our polluted and chemically manipulated and compromised environment, water and food supplies?….How much would we save on gas and fuel if we went GREEN? And what could we save on the cost of WAR, be it financially, medically and in lives lost? The military drones, other weapons and occupation are NOT making us safer, they are costing us more money and making us more enemies. We are less safe and more despised and inexcusably drowning in more debt than when we started this war. But the two other mainstream candidates want to keep our troops stationed in other countries and pour even more money into the war(s), cutting back on what we, the people of this country, so desperately need! Does anyone know that President Obama signed a bill last year to detain someone without legal cause? Did he tell us about it? And did Romney mention it in the debates? Did any of the Republican reporters tell us about it…even in one of the trillion dollar election attacks? Hmm, I guess it just wasn’t something that seemed to be important to either of them….or any of their supporters or reporters or even opponents, and certainly not important for US, the ones who are affected by it, to know about!  But,  if this IS something that is important to you, then you should really take the time to  educate yourself about it, and then ask yourself why BOTH parties felt it was not only alright, but obviously best to keep US, the 99%, in the dark about it. And it makes me wonder just how many other important issues we are deliberately kept in the DARK about.  Hmmm, maybe, just maybe, this is why THEY will not ALLOW the other candidates who are on the ballot  to participate in the Presidential debates, at least not theirs. They refuse to even air the debate between Stein and Johnson that is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Washington DC between 8 and 9:30. It is being carried by a Russian channel. What does this tell them about American democracy? Is this democracy?  Being given only two choices that are seen as so close in the view of other countries (and many of us here who are looking closely at the issues) that there is NO difference. This speaks  volumes about our political machine and the fact that we do not have a true choice here, except to vote for the less of  two almost identical evils? Or do we? The third-party candidates have to literally be arrested in front of a University debate between Obama and Romney while trying to get inside in order to get any media attention. And still that is even downplayed and hidden from us, unless we search for it or just possibly stumble across it. They strong-arm any attempts to get media attention by these third parties so that the other voices are unheard and, as one reporter said, Stein could probably not even be picked out of a line-up! If they (the third party Presidential nominees) do  not have the financial means and/or corporate connections to buy the media attention, they just do not get it. They literally have to be arrested. Stein and Honkala did the hard work to get on the ballot and the League of Women’s Voters states that if that is accomplished then they should be allowed to participate in the debate. But, now because of some patriarchal law regarding percentages, they were handcuffed and detained on a bench in a room for eight hours. These two women have lived the life on the street. Cheri, mother of two young boys, was literally homeless and living in abandoned homes, and now is a staunch advocate for the impoverished and goes to legal bat against the large banks and lending institutions to prevent people from being evicted from their homes or to get them back after they are repossessed by high percentage loan banks such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Stein wants to tear down these big banks and financial institutions who have no one to answer to because they are in the pockets of the political arena and vice verse.  These are two tough women. Jill Stein is the mother of two young men, she is a graduate with honors from Harvard and Harvard Medical School, a medical doctor and teacher of medicine. She’s been in the public political arena for over twenty years, running for mayor of  Massachusetts in 2002 and 2008. She decided to go into politics when she discovered the futility of trying to get the politicians to listen to her medical opinions regarding the environmental and American lifestyle effects on our health. She states that she is now practicing political medicine to try to help people. She pounds the pavement and is NOT a wealthy woman as the other two” main stream” candidates are. She and her running mate, Honkala, are extremely sympathetic, empathetic, understanding and can relate to the poor and middle class and, in my opinion, the two have more moxie than all the other candidates put together. They fight and they do not give up! And they listen. We need a president who will  listen to US, the people, who understands the people’s needs, and who really cares about the people. If the previous Presidents had listened to the people(not just the 1%) and information provided to them, there would have been no 9-11 or economic crash and we wouldn’t be where we are right now! We are not going anywhere with the other two parties, either one, except down a one-way road to even more disaster, disease and, tragically, death. As Stein quotes Alice Walker; ‘The biggest way people give up power is by not knowing they have it to start with.’ Let’s look at this: 99% controlled by 1%? What is wrong with these numbers?  Is money that powerful? It would seem so if we look at our political track record. We need to remember that we have rights and that we are supposedly a “free” people, that we are supposed to be a country of democracy, of people’s choice, not of a money ruled and funded corporate-controlled political machine! We do have another choice besides the two that are being shoved down our throats. Let’s take it! Vote for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala of the Green New Deal Party for President and Vice President for the United States on election day. And if you do not vote for them, please don’t choose the less of two evils, vote for one of the other six candidates in this Presidential race, (and,yes,  there are even more independents). No, the corporate controlled duo-party do not want you to know this, but many third party candidates are on the ballot in most states and as write-ins on others. Your voice really does count, so vote with your heart, your head and your conscience and take back your voice and true freedom of choice!

Ruminations on War, Peace and Freedom

I find it ironic that the same person who labels abortion as murder or refuses to go to war himself (whether due to religious convictions or morals), believes it is justifiable to advocate and participate in the murder of millions of babies (and women and children-or any human life for that matter) under the premise of “protecting” a country or “freedom”. And I find it even more ironic that anyone who supports invading another country and dropping bombs on weddings and funerals… and literally just randomly…justifies these actions by stating that the people (babies included) that they are brutally killing are “terrorists“; but fail to see how the term “terrorist” or “murderer” could apply to them, when they are terrorizing the terrorists. When will we realize that all murder is wrong and that peace is the only way that we can live morally and with any manner of justice….and love?  If anyone claims to be “religious” in any manner at all, then they would never be able to promote violence and murder. This is why “religion” is not the same as “religious” or, going a step further, having faith, love and truth. Because if you do believe in a higher being (God) or whatever “religious” or “spiritual” faith you follow, then you will have a conscience that will not allow you to commit sins that literally defy everything that is just and moral. If you believe in the Judeo-Christian religion (or any for that matter) you would have to believe that he who lives by the sword dies by the sword. And that we do not answer to a man’s or a government’s laws, but to a higher being who teaches tolerance, peacefulness and love. Whatever religious or spiritual “higher” source you believe in, you would have to concede to the fact that you are not religious and/or you have no morals. Only a man who believes in a higher being and follows his heart with faith, love and peace, can claim that he is moral and/or religious/spiritual and, if that be the case, then he would not be consciously able to advocate or participate in any type of violence or murder and there would be no hate, no war and no murder; only love, tolerance and peace.  And without love and peace we can never be truly free. How can you ever experience freedom if your conscience continues to be enslaved by the consuming hatred and -if you possess a conscience- guilt of the practice or advocacy of horrific crimes, especially one of the most heinous of crimes, murdering an innocent baby or, for that, matter, taking (any) persons life?

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