Speak Up for Puerto Rico

You may have noticed that you are not seeing much footage of the mess that is currently Puerto Rico. You may have noticed that you are not reading many Tweets and Facebook messages about the devastation that has happened in Puerto Rico. This does not mean that there is no problem.  In fact, it means we have a HUGE problem.  It means that we’re receiving no communication because they have no power. That’s right. No internet. No phones.  Nothing with which to charge a device.  Nothing to maintain food, sanitation, or even hospitals.  That means that more than 3.5 million people (American citizens, mind you) are trapped on an island that is completely flooded and has no power.

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Now, when Florida was ravaged by Hurricane Irma, and Texas was trampled by Hurricane Harvey (both filled with American citizens, just like Puerto Rico), there was a lot of coverage.  Not only did we have news reporters on site, but residents posted their own updates.  People shared photos of their neighbors rescuing others. People posted videos of First Response groups getting children out of cars.  People posted images of nature at its worst and humanity at its best.  Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube were filled with updates and we retweeted, liked, shared, and posted the updates.  The people in Puerto Rico can’t post updates.  

They. Have. No. Power.  

 

So, I did some math . . . 

3,679,086 people in Puerto Rico
-600,000 under age 14 (who might not have phones—overestimated, of course)
-750,000 over age 65 (who might not have phones—overestimated, of course)
  -329,086 (added margin of error so that my calculations are underestimated and cannot                    be dismissed as exaggeration)
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2,000,000 people left in Puerto Rico who would likely post updates on social media if they                     had electric power and internet.

They have been without power for 2 days.  If we underestimate that each person had been able to post twice per day (Bet you can’t Tweet just one!) on their chosen social media, we would be at 4 posts per person, which is 8,000,000 posts.  We are at least 8 million posts behind on Puerto Rico.  This might be why the news channels are not covering as much. This might be why #PuertoRico is not trending on social media. This might be why the president of the United States has not made his plans to go to Puerto Rico yet. We must speak up for Puerto Rico.  We are 8 million posts behind.  They can not communicate out to us, so we must be a voice for them.  8 million posts is a lot to do, so I would love help.
I will not stop until #PuertoRico is trending on Twitter and the US president makes known his plans to visit and directly address this territory of our nation.

I will be using the following hashtags if you’d like to help get to 8 million posts:

#PuertoRico   #SpeakUpForPuertoRico #8MillionPosts   #HurricaneMaria

Statistics taken from https://suburbanstats.org/population/how-many-people-live-in-puerto-rico

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NaPoWriMo.net – Day 14 – a clerihew poem

 

Spam (NaPoWriMo – Day 9)

SPAM

I can meet other folks,
Cure illnesses and strokes,
And win lotteries in Chad.

Change sizes of things I don’t own,
Qualify for a hefty loan,
And pay off debts I never had.

Princes will send lots of dough —
I have to open these emails, though.
Hmm, maybe it won’t be so bad.

NaPoWriMo.net – Day 9 Prompt “Because today is the ninth day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like to challenge you to write a nine-line poem. Although the fourteen-line sonnet is often considered the “baseline” form of verse in English, Sir Edmund Spenser wrote The Faerie Queene using a nine-line form of his own devising, and poetry in other languages (French, most particularly) has always taken advantage of nine-line forms.”

NaPoWriMo – Day 15

NaPoWriMo challenged participants  “to write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles. You could incorporate doubling into the form, for example, by writing a poem in couplets. Or you could make doubles the theme of the poem, by writing, for example, about mirrors or twins, or simply things that come in pairs.”  So, I wrote this.  😉

Three Cheers to things that come in sets of tri

Three little pigs

And billy goats gruff

Three sneezes will do,

When two’s not enough

Petals, unfolding

To lure in the bees

Strands of a braid

That goes down to her knees

Two birds in the bush

Plus the one in the hand

Lines of haiku

Written freehand

Traffic lights

In red, green, and yellow

Sheets to the wind

Or just a little mellow

Steps in a waltz

Bones in the ear

Rings in a binder

To keep papers dear

Rings of a circus

Larry, Curly, Moe

Strikes to be out

It’s time to go

This Is Just to Say

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This is Just to Say

 

 

I have read

the book

that parodies

Wiliam Carlos Williams

 

 

and that

should probably

be returned

to the library

 

 

Forgive me

It is so hilarious

and it is staying

on my bookshelf.

 


			

Poetry Month – Day 6

This is a “Found Poem” which is like a word-collage.  I pulled some words and phrases from pages 98-100 of

The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History, and arranged them into this:

 

Whig on a penny

Depression

Grew up to be

on the  five-dollar bill.

Hated by some

Abraham Lincoln

Crippling anxiety

“Good Guys” and “Bad Guys” on both sides

States’ rights

Not all Southerners favored

Articles of Secession

Tariff disputes

Stovepipe Hat

End slavery

 

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