Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nagasaki August 9, 1945


Let us keep a moment of silence for Nagasaki which, three days after Hiroshima, August 9, 1945 seventy-three years ago was victim of a nuclear bomb. Never, ever must we allow this to happen again. 

Guardemos un momento de silencio por Nagasaki que, tres días despues de Hiroshima, el 9 de agosto 1945 hace setenta y tres años fue víctima de una bomba nuclear. Nunca jamás permitamos que esto vuelva a suceder.

A young girl dying
taught the world to fold paper
cranes — still there is war.
Blessings written on their wings,
oh, paper cranes, fly for peace.

---------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2018 
Sadako Sasaki by Juana Alicia

Una niña muriendo
le enseñó al mundo doblar grullas
de papel — aun hay guerra.
Bendiciones escritas en sus alas
¡O garzas de papel! vuelen por la paz.

-------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2018


(to make an origami crane) 

This is our cry. This is our prayer. 
Peace in the world.

 Este es nuestro grito. Este es nuestro ruego.
Paz en el mundo. 


Monday, August 6, 2018

Hiroshima, August 6, 1945


It was on this day in 1945, seventy-three years ago, that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another on Nagasaki. We must never let it happen again; let us work for complete nuclear disarmament throughout the world.

It's said that if you
fold one-thousand paper cranes
your wish will come true.
For peace I would gladly spend
the rest of my days folding.

----------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2018


translation into Japanese and calligraphy 
-by Prof. Naoshi Koriyama

Fue en este día en 1945, hace setenta y dos años que los Estados Unidos dejó caer una bomba atómica en la ciudad de Hiroshima en el Japón. Tres días más tarde otra en Nagasaki. Debemos asegurar que jamás pase otra vez; trabajemos por desarmamento nuclear completo en el mundo entero. 

Se dice que si
doblas mil grullas de papel
se cumplirá tu deseo.
Por la paz felizmente me pasaría
el resto de mis días doblando.

----------------------                    --------© Rafael Jesús González 20118

In June of 1983, about a thousand of us imprisoned in Santa Rita Prison because of blocking the entrance to the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, California, where nuclear arms are designed, occupied ourselves folding cranes from old newspapers; among us all, we made many more than a 
thousand to send to Japan. 

El Solsticio de Verano de 1983, cerca de mil de nosotr@s pres@s en la Prisión Santa Rita a causa de haber bloqueado la entrada a los Laboratorios Lawrence Livermore en California donde las armas nucleares son diseñadas, nos ocupamos doblando grullas del papel de viejos periódicos; entre tod@s hicimos mucho más de mil para enviar al Japón. 


Saturday, August 4, 2018

What Is Political Poetry? Reading & Discussion Saturday, August 18

 Press release:

You are invited to a poetry event on Saturday, August 18th entitled “What is Political Poetry?"

This reading and discussion will be led by Richmond Poet Laureate Rob Lipton and a stellar panel of Bay Area poets including Rene Vaz, Rafael Jesús González, Amos White, Alison Luterman and Fred Dodsworth.

Rob will moderate with these distinguished poets on the nature of poetry as a creative act that can or cannot be separated from the world we live in.

Questions may arise on whether there is a genre of poetry that is political and how this might differ from poetry that is ostensibly not considered political. Indeed, is the very act of creation a political act in its own right?

Each poet on the panel will read poetry of their own as well as of others that they consider illustrative of their approach to this question.

Following this we will have a round table discussion which will include audience participation.

DATE: Saturday, August 18th
TIME: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
AT: Bridge Storage and ArtSpace,
23 Maine Avenue, 
Richmond, CA

Learn more and RSVP


Friday, July 27, 2018

full moon: if reminding be needed


Hay tanto clamor en el mundo gobernado por crueles payasos que olvidamos la llegada del león con su grujido de sol hasta que le hace eco más suave la luna por su reflejo (aunque en muchas partes de la Tierra enrojecerá y escurecerá.) Nos recuerda, si recuerdo se necesita, que debemos bendecir la vida a la vez que resistimos, nos rebelamos contra el mal que nos rodea.

There is such clamor in the world run by cruel clowns that we forget the coming of Leo with his roar of the sun until it is echoed more softly by the reflection of the moon (even if in many parts of Earth she will redden and darken.) She reminds us, if reminding be needed, that we must bless life even as we resist, rebel against the evil that surrounds us.


Saturday, July 21, 2018





El león, ojos de carnalina,
colmillos, garras de sardónice,
lleva en el pecho corazón de rubí
que guarda el fuego fijo del valor.
-----Anhela devorar al sol
-----y mudarlo en oro
que surgiera por sus venas
como río caliente de luz.

----------------© Rafael Jesús González 2018



 The lion, carnelian eyes,
fangs, claws of sardonyx,
carries in his breast a ruby heart
that holds the steadfast fires of courage.
------It desires to devour the sun
------and turn it into gold
that would run in his veins
like a hot river of light.

----------------© Rafael Jesús González 2018


Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Universal Earth-Justice-Peace Flag


At a Nonviolent Strategy Summit with the Albert Einstein Institution that I attended in May 2016, in discussion of a “Grand Strategy” came up the need of a symbol and sign, flag to identify and unite us and speak to all our diverse demands for protection of the Earth, for justice, for peace. It had to be beautiful, loving, joyful in all its aspects speaking clearly to the heart and the intellect in its denotation and connotation.

The “Universal Earth-Justice-Peace flag” that adorned the podium at the summit was offered as fit symbol for all our struggles for Justice, for Peace, for the well-being of the Earth and whose meaning is immediately clear and goes beyond language, nationality, ethnicity, etc.:

The Earth super-imposed upon the Sun (whose rays are positioned to point to the directions of the compass) which together create life, and the white bird (universal symbol of peace) whose wings span the Earth. The four elements are represented: fire by its source, the sun; water and earth that make up the Earth; and air through which the bird flies. The image shows upon the background of the international rainbow peace flag. The rainbow symbolizes harmony in diversity, inclusivity, and is universally seen as symbol of hope, peace, and good omen.

The Earth-Justice-Peace flag and symbol are protected under a Creative Commons License so that anyone may use it as they like and no one may claim exclusive rights to it. It may be integrated in other designs in murals, paintings, posters, banners, etc.

And it can be graphically played with, modified, interpreted as each person, artist, interprets it and its components: Sun, Earth, white bird, rainbow.

It may be used in buttons and pins, patches, decals, bumper-stickers, etc. Our imaginations are the limit. The Universal Earth-Justice-Peace flag is not meant to supplant others (of nation, institution, organization, etc.) but to go alongside them, for what it represents is not a nation, an organization or a denomination but our values and primary fealty to the Earth and the life she bears.

For ordering the Earth-Justice-Peace flag in various sizes we were pleased with:

Bear Flag Print Co., .

We worked directly with Mr. Sergio Alonso, head of the company, who is gracious and offered the best prices. (The company also offers patches, stickers, etc.) Bear Flag Print Co. offered excellent prices and of course the greater the quantity ordered, the lower is the price per item. We encourage combining orders to get the lower prices.  

Perhaps you reading these words wear the Earth-Justice-Peace pin/button/badge we call the "Healer's Badge."
Referring to them as the "Earth-Justice-Peace button," we obtain them from:


They are prompt and buying them in large quantities considerably lowers the cost. We encourage groups combining orders to buy them in large quantities. These could be gifts at conferences, conventions, workshops. Or sold at demonstrations and other events to raise funds for one’s organization and to disseminate the image. They could be party favors.

Please, if you will, use and integrate the image in your demonstrations, rallies, marches in flags, in banners, in signs. Print it on your notices and programs, show it on your websites and blogs, include it in your e-mails. The revolution that the times demand, that we need for our survival is one of heart and mind, of culture at its roots, and art is one of our major tools with which to shape consciousness and culture. Let us do so with love, beauty, joy.

Rafael Jesús González

For the background history
of the Earth/Justice/Peace flag,
see the article in Somos en escrto 

and the interview by Nina Serrano of KPFA, Berkeley.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Feast Day of Saint Thomas


Fiesta de Santo Tomás

El patrón de los escépticos
tuvo que comprobar
la profundidad del amor
tocando la herida
en el costado del Amante.
Y así estableció la diferencia
entre la fe y la credulidad,
el creyente y el crédulo,
la Tierra y un pastel en los cielos
que si el camino a la justicia
conduzca al martirio
sea por el amor y la verdad
y no por el temor y la mentira.


-----© Rafael Jesús González 2018

Feast Day of Saint Thomas

The patron of skeptics
had to prove
the depth of love
touching the wound
in the side of the Lover.
& thus established the difference
between faith & credulity,
the believer & the credulous,
the Earth & a pie in the sky
for if the road to justice
leads to martyrdom
let it be for love & truth
& not fear and lies.

-------© Rafael Jesús González 2018


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

full moon: So Kind Is the Moon

Es tan amable la luna

La luna llena se cuela
por entre las rejas de la cárcel
de niños
para recoger sus sollozos
en su delantal de luz
y llevárselos a sus padres
en cárcel de adultos
y traerles lamentos y bendiciones
de sus madres, sus padres
a los niños.
Es tan amable la luna
que no niega su luz
ni a los malvados traficantes de angustia.
Es tan amable la luna.

---------------© Rafael Jesús González 2018


So Kind Is the Moon

The full moon slips
through the bars of the jail
of the children
to gather their sobs
in her apron of light
& carry them to their parents
in the jail for adults
& bring the laments & blessings
of their mothers & fathers
back to the children.
The moon is so kind
that it does not deny its light
even to the evil dealers in anguish.
So kind is the moon.

---------© Rafael Jesús González 2018


Sunday, June 24, 2018

riverbabble 33


Disappearing by Lola Chivallek

riverbabble 33

Summer Issue


Nancy Flynn:
          First Line of Defense: A Cento
         Continuing Questions of Vast Moment

Rafael Jesús González:
           Bendición para viaje interior / Blessing for the Inner Journey
           En el festival de jazz, Nueva Orleáns / At jazz Fest, New Orleans

Anita Pulier:
           Failed Reunion
           My Friend

Janet Reed:
          Elegy to the Boulevard Voltaire
          Sistine Family

Anita Sagastegui:
           This is a Picture
           Coquelicot / Poppy

           My brother, my eyes
           heart of the City Festival 2017 Reading

Ken Weisner:
          Letter to My Wife
          Rescuing the Bee

Bruce Bagnell:    A Knockout Babe

Amy Neill Bebergal:    Disappearing Spoon

Wayne Burke:    The Minutemen

Lucille Lang Day:    Almost Mugged in Lucca

Jeannette DesBoine:    Gifted

Grace Marie Grafton:    Adjure

KJ Hannah Greenberg:    Succor

Miriam N. Kotzin:    Nevertheless Monet Sings Country

Naomi Lowinsky:    Fire

Matt McGee:    Spicoli's Ghost

Megan Denese Mealor:    Cemetery Birds

Edward Mycue:    New-Found Fire—slack(n) / slack ('n)

James B Nicola:    skunk

Anne Paterson:    Dignity

Gregory Owen Pearse:    Blossoming

Lee Rossi:    Tranquility

B.L.P. Simmons:    Make Me a Stone

Sandra Storey:    News from the Big Island

Anne Whitehouse:    Protest Poem


Lester L. Weil:
          The 365th Day

Travis Hedge Coke:    Ceded Reach

Ken Poyner:    In Sympathy

Mitchell Toews:    Nothing to Lose

Scot Walker:    La Mer

Flash Fiction

Jon Sindell:
          That's Iyerny!
          You Win Again

jd daniels:    Eventide

Roy Dorman:    First Date With A Contract Killer

Jake W. Ford:    The River

Richard Loranger:    Earth Punk

Chuck Taylor :    Burning Off


Jim Ross:    Searching for Daddy

Scot Walker:    Poof


Disappearing by Lola Chivallek 
And thou hast left me alone for ever in the dark ways of my bitterness: 
and with a kiss of ashes hast thou kissed my mouth.

                                        JAMES JOYCE, Ulysses, Oxen of the Sun, 18537-18539.


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