I’m Doug from the inside out, and these books are a part, but just a part, of me.
I’m very independent in thought and action, so a conventional appearance is restful, protective, and a little amusing.
I like and respect people with very different views from my own.
The Rural Social Justice thread in these books is the armature that gives structure to pieces intended to provoke, inspire and feed the reader’s thinking and imagination.
Few people will read them; but it only takes one to make all the difference.
I’m not passing a torch — I’m just holding the door.
July 31, 2020
I tried to write this poem from a child’s point of view — one of seeing, but not understanding — of having knowledge of what they should do, but not the context that impels it.
Even their parents only have a knowledge of what is readily apparent to the senses, and none of the underlying causes and long term effects.
Authorities never inform rural residents of the dangers that modern farming methods presents to their families. And they never do anything to help.
Whether it’s against the law or injurious to health is unimportant, they just refuse to do it.