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About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at AFWinter.com.

Words, words, words

11/28/2020

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Filling a page with scratches,

With symbols of despair.

Desperate to find meaning

Through markings in space.

Combining words

Over and over again

Different varieties

Unique variations

Until they sound important.

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But they aren’t.

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There is more meaning

In an empty page

Then in all the countless pages

I have filled.


Desperation

desperation fills you up

drop by drop

grain by grain

until there is nothing left

of what you were.

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you now call

the desperation

by your name.


god

god cries for the unborn child but does not think of the million people who have no hope.

god believes that life is precious but that black lives do not matter.

god raises one group of people above another and turns his back on those living in helplessness, poverty, war, and despair.

It seems to me that god is just a concept in which we hide our prejudices.


Beliefs

God exists whether we believe

In him or not.

Science doesn’t care what we believe.

I don’t believe in anything.

Nobody cares.


I Can’t Breathe

I can’t breathe became the rallying cry, once again,

(Damn us for allowing this to happen again)

For those seeking to end systemic racism

After George Floyd’s life was choked away from him.

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People used it in the West

As wildfires choked their cities, burnt their homes,

Destroyed communities and lives,

And turned day into night.

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It might as well be used for those dying of covid-19

As their lungs fill with fluid,

Separated from loved ones,

Who cannot hug or kiss them good-bye.

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It should be the motto of our nation over the last year.  

Our lives slowly being choked out of us through

Political turmoil, financial crisis, and moral questions,

Which cannot be lessened by people

Who will not listen to each other.


Tortilla De Patatas

091720

Eggs, potatoes, cheese, spinach, milk.

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A woman’s smile can melt a heart

That’s grown so cold and icy

A woman’s touch can heal the scars

That hides the pain precisely

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But when smile and touch have gone away

As they have done before

The sun is cold,

The daytime night

Dark shadows scratch the floor

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My heart grows hard

The pain bursts forth

And sorrow comes to haunt me

I cannot breathe.

I cannot fly

My tears have filled the dark sea

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Tonight, I eat plain toast alone.


She Does It All

Hi everyone. Just self-published my first children’s book, She Does It All.

Kids get to finish the book by illustrating the verses.

Fun!

She’s bumping the bumper who bumped on his bump,

And jumps with the jumper who’s jumping the jump.

She’s pacing the pacer who paced the quick pace,

And chases the chaser who’s chasing the chased.

She’s dialing the dialer who dialed the dial,

And smiles with the smiler who smiling his smile.

Available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CG8B9MG

Product details

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 3, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 979-8632392976
  • ASIN: B08CG8B9MG
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches

 


Say When 060320

There were so many moments

You could have stopped

If you had compassion

If you showed mercy.

 

When he stopped struggling

When he stopped asking

His (dead) mother for help

When he fell unconscious

When he stopped breathing

When he lost his pulse

But you continued

To choke his dead body

For another three minutes.

 

Was your hatred so great

That death wasn’t

Punishment enough

For being a black man?


Dear Mr. President 060220

Dear Mr. President,
Do you think by using
overwhelming force
against your own people,
you will accomplish anything?
You are not even putting
a bandage on a gunshot wound.

The anger that your people feel
cannot be contained
if they are forced back
into their homes
or prison cells.

There is no justification for people
to commit acts of violence
against innocent people.
It is wrong when committed
by an individual
or the government.

The problem is a racist system.
The problem is not a brick through a window.
You cannot solve the problem
by silencing the victims.

Racism exists
On city streets,
In quiet neighborhoods,
In public parks.

In the Inquisition there was a saying,
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
Social inequalities will not go away
unless we make them go away,
through legislation
through education
through a redistribution of wealth.

Patriots say, freedom is not free!
But neither is equality.
Neither is justice.
We need to fight for equality.
We need to fight for justice.
Not only when it is in the news,
But every moment that we breathe.

Victims have long memories.
We will remember the knee on his neck.
We will remember the plea for mercy.
We will remember the death
in a quiet neighborhood.
We will remember the call to the police.

The troops you send against us,
Will not wipe those injustices,
Or the thousand others from our memory.
Change will.

 


Covid 051420

covid persona

covid pariah

covid stigmata

covid survivor

 

Clandestine clinician

Production obstruction

 

covid denier

covid implier

covid vendetta

covid agenda

 

Discussion dysfunction

Forsaken foundations

 

covid Golgotha

covid Gomorrah

covid Hegira

covid hosanna

 

Contagion contention

Delusion, Damnation

 

covid Pandora

covid Medusa

covid Messiah

covid Valhalla

 

Attention, Attraction,

Affliction, Abstention

 

covid miasma

covid pneumonia

covid saliva

covid proxima

 

Secretion suspicion

Exertion exhaustion

  

covid bandanna

covid regalia

covid tequila

covid bologna

 

Prevention pretention

Rebellion reception

 

covid babushka

covid omega

covid dementia

covid dilemma

 

Attrition aversion

Morticians libations

 

covid enigma

covid obeah

covid fantasia

covid Eurasia

 

Reduction, Redaction

Retraction, Inaction

 

covid persona

covid pariah

covid stigmata

covid survivor