Dear Donald #1

Dear Donald,

I understand that you are building a wall to keep dangerous Mexicans off our soil, and you have bravely banned humans of seven scary Muslim countries from entering our great nation.

While you are busy signing executive orders to make America great again, I was wondering if you would consider the following:

1. a ban on all grasshoppers
2. a nationwide flight restriction on mosquitos, especially the kind that carry the Zika Virus
3. a prohibition on plant blight
4. a restriction on drought that covers all except the designated desert plains
5. an immediate halt to the entry in United States’ air space of any cloud even thinking of forming a tornado vortex
6. an offshore boundary prohibiting hurricanes from coming within 200 nautical miles of our fine country’s shores, or else
7. an immediate ban on all forms of cancer
8. a strict restriction on flooding in urban or agricultural districts
9. an executive order calling for the immediate halt of all traffic accidents
10. a ban on the flu virus, something that would save millions of dollars annually in vaccines alone

I can think of many other items to put on this list; but, between your ban of people from those Muslim countries and your wall to keep Mexican people out, I don’t see how there will be enough working humans left in America to complete the tasks already mentioned.

Thank you for your time.

A Concerned Citizen


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I Played

I played
a beautiful song
in multicolored notes
across a lined page
carefully metered
for sweet-sounding melody

wind-blown notes from warm lips –
the air-born gifts of a hand-held flute

I played
on a concrete step
that led
to a House of White
where they stole my sheet
and blotted out the rainbow hues

leaving me but a monotonous tune –
the repetitive honk of a lonely goose


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After Trump’s Executive Order, Sheriff Issues Ominous Warning to DAPL Water Protectors

If this was really about the “rule of law”, the United States would honor the original treaties signed with the Indian Nations. Of course, that would give the Bad Lands back to the Sioux (Treaty of Fort Laramie 1868):

Openhearted Rebellion

By Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project

Cannon Ball, ND — After President Donald Trump issued Executive Orders greenlighting both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, protests erupted from coast to coast — including in the nation’s capital — as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Morton County Sheriff’s Department, and clean energy advocates were left scrambling to make sense of the abrupt power play.

Rumors have circulated for months law enforcement would opportune the first chance to forcefully evict water protectors from the camps — whether under the guise of safety, since several sit amid a spring flood plain, or under the premise of illegality despite the location being part of lands granted to the tribe by treaties over a century ago by the U.S. government. Now, thanks to Trump, the future of pipeline opposition camps looks grim.

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Trump to send 7th Cavalry to deal with ‘injun trouble’ over North Dakota pipeline

Here’s a great little dish of satire from The Whitechapel Whelk. It bites HARD.

The Whitechapel Whelk

little_big_horn_battle The 7th Cavalry pictured at high-level talks with the Sioux in the olden days

Following fresh protests by native Americans from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe over President Donald Trump’s newly-announced plans to recommence work on the controversial, Dakota Access oil pipeline, the new president has announced that he will be sending the legendary, 7th Cavalry, to the area to deal with what he is calling “pesky injun trouble”

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, Trump outlined plans to build a small fort in the heart of Sioux territory, from where detachments of horse soldiers armed with Winchester repeating rifles will ride out at high noon each day to deal with any insurgency from native Americans in the area who may try to disrupt construction.

“We are going to take care of business and take care of it fast,” he told reporters “You will not be able to believe how…

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Too Pretty Haiku

our photoshopped rights ~

“all men created equal” ~

frames pretty picture


the past unfiltered? ~

ugly view, begs discarding ~

TRUTH: point – click – delete


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Coronation Day ~ a Triple Haiku

Richard Two betrayed ~
The Tower receives a king ~
Lancaster takes throne


Rumor plays her game ~
yet Percy’s rebels disMADE ~
Hal fills “Hollow Crown”


fair France do beware ~
this Truth history books unfold:
blood spills at kings’ feet


Words and Photography ©2017 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hollow Crown plays: “Henry III” and “Henry IV parts I and II”.

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Two Incalculable Haiku

Liberty Bell breaks ~

three million votes not counted ~

popular disgrace


Baron King soon crowned ~

Liberty’s Lady barren ~

a corrodenation


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