Common Cause

Posted: January 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

You wanted a soldier
I’m a poet and a dreamer
don’t look to me to volunteer
don’t expect me to cheer you on.

The only righteous cause is common cause
no justice in the grave if we occupy the same plot
don’t back me into a corner and demand proof of sincerity
the fact we are staring into one another’s eyes should give us pause.


The more you have

Posted: January 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

The more you have the more you have to lose nothing there to begin with nothing left to lose nothing from nothing you can’t count on what you can’t control it’s a unilateral world it’s all beyond control hence hell is other people that’s what the French philosopher said I say existential heaven is a solitary state of mind a chemical illusion flesh flushed with endorphins I can speak to that although I died in a room full of people I was absolutely alone I became consciousness in motion moving (it seemed to me) up up and away toward something … else into a pregnant void a benign sentient darkness the entire spectrum of light and color subsumed no heat no cold but warmth something was there for sure next time I’ll find out what it was if they don’t snatch me back again.

An Offering We Can Afford

Posted: January 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

We thank our lucky stars lest they cross us
part ways with a satisfied smile
this is how we’ve come to love.

Go through the motions with feeling
try to make it nice
no expectations no disappointments.

If we give this much and no more
we have done our best
no promises broken no one gets hurt.

We settle for this much of each other
make up with heat what we lack in warmth
it is an offering we can afford.


It Happens

Posted: January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

Wait what just happened how does it make you feel?
Put a name on it think it will make it better
make it mean something you can make sense of.

Help you to understand get a handle on it.
If you can just figure this out come up with answers
answers are facts and facts are simply what happens.

What happens is a constant collision of life and circumstance.
You can look for meaning in chance and coincidence
you can diagram structure plot a course from here to z.

You can even with some confidence develop a sound theory:
It’s all random all a mechanism set in motion by pre-existing forces
it’s a non-stop-never-ending ride we all jump on and fall off.

Any meaningful analysis is essentially a post-mortem.

Difficult Women

Posted: January 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

Difficult women knowing smiles meaningful hugs
laughing as they pull you onto the dance floor
fill you with doubt make you laugh at yourself.

When did you become so awkward
your senses confounded by a warm touch
your grasp of reason loosened with slick emotion?

One way or another they soon come at you
wonder why you turn passive aggressive
it’s that or jail for a male you tell them.

You think maybe they want a show of strength
get tough fight them off pin them down
it’s the last resort of a loser it’s how they win.

Maybe they had no choice to begin with.

the creeping unknown

Posted: January 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

the creeping unknown invisible miasma of seeping anxiety
flowing in and around everything permeating us like dark fog
comes and goes like humidity nevereverpresent but always lurking

gathering storm clouds on your personal event horizon
an obscured sun casting old shadows inside a haze of gray on gray
within gray you do not recognize the day

                                                         stand tall place your head above the clouds
                                                       where lightning and silver fire purify vision
                                            until blinded by clarity you can again see the light

Meat on the Table

Posted: January 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

How did we come to our place in space how did we get here
what did we do to deserve a life sentence on planet earth
we woke up in a garden took what we needed.

But soon enough we mastered nature
plowed the soil planted seeds harvested crops
and were ruined by our bounty.

We stood our ground fought for what was ours
did what was necessary to prove our point
overlooked the suffering of our living chattel.

We put meat on the table.