Monthly Archives: February 2020

LAST SCRATCHES ON PALIMPSEST

IN ABOUT DRIED UP

WATERING HOLES ON THE PLAINS.

WHY DID WE LEAVE THE FOREST:

GREEN SHADOWS TRICKLING VINES

DRIPPING WITH FRUIT AND FLOWERS,

FLEETING SHADOWS LOVERS CHASE

ACROSS STREAMS OF SILVER FISH,

PERFUME OF BLOSSOMS

CAUGHT IN THE NAPE OF NECK,

HANDS ENTWINED IN IVY BEDS,

SCARLET BIRDS FLASH IN WINKING LIGHTS.

WE SLEEP DREAMLESS IN DAY NIGHT

WHAT DROVE MY SPIRIT AFAR

SCRATCHING FALSE HOPE

IN BAKED RIVER SANDS.

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BURDENSOME, YOU ASK?

NOT IN A TYPICAL WAY

NO, SHE WAS WITHERING–

EXASPERATING…

IN A DULL WOODEN SLOWNESS

THE COMPLAINTS HALF-MUTTERED:

LOOKS TO SCALD THE DEVIL

POSTURES OF FATAL REGRETS

SMILES FORMED BY GRINNING CANNIBALS

A WANNESS FROM DISTILLED INDIFFERENCE

YES, I WAS RUTHLESS

GOT EVEN WITH ABSENCE

SEPARATION WAS REBORN…

FRESH AIR BROUGHT SPRING BLOOMS

TO BOTH OUR AGING WRINKLED CHEEKS.

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SEETHING CAULDRON OF BILE

RANK DISSATISFACTION WITH MINIONS

BROUGHT LOW BY FORCE OF HATRED

FEAR THE GREAT WEAPON

WHISPERS ON EVERY CORNER

REPORTED WITH PAY TO GOONS

WHO LIKE THE GREAT LEADER

WANTS A NATION OF CORPSES

OR NEAR DEAD ZOMBIES

STUMBLING ROUND THE STADIUM

BANNERS HELD HIGH IN PRAISE

OF WICKEDNESS AND CRUELTY

THE GREAT FATHER LOVES TO KILL YOU.

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CANNONS DO THE TALKING

LET YOUR CANNON DO THE TALKING

MEN LEAPING OVER RAMPARTS

DRUM & FIFE, FIRE, SMOKE, SHRAPNEL

LET THE ODDS TAKE ITS TOLL.

OH YOUTH WITH CHATTERING TEETH

AND TIGHTENED GUTS INTO THE STORM

OF DRAMATIC LIFE AND DEATH

THE MAIMED THE REMAINDERS

A DANGLING EVIDENCE OF MIXED REVIEWS

FIELDS OF CLOTH FOR MEDALS TO SACRIFICE.

ANCIENT TRUTHS AWAKEN THE LUST

FOR VICTORY AND MIGHT FOR RIGHT,

HISTORIANS COME LATER WITH PEN & INK.

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Cookie Said, Sotto Voce

MEET ME AT THE DINER

BIG PLANS FOR REAL PLAYERS

I PUT ON MY VETERAN TRENCH COAT

IF I’D HAD A GUN AT HOME

IT WOULD DRESS UP IN A SILENCER

GUN METAL GREY, WHAT ELSE?

BUT MY WIFE MADE ME

RUN A FEW ERRANDS

PAY THE BILLS, TAKE OUT THE TRASH

SO BY THE TIME I HIT THE DINER

THE BIG MEET WAS DOWN TO COOKIE

SCOWLING AT ME LIKE NO TOMORROW!

DON’T START WITH THE LAME EXCUSES

COOKIE SNARLED:

THE BIG DOGS BLEW TOWN!

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IMAGINE A POOR HUMAN

WITH AN EMPTY BELLY

FAR AWAY FROM YOUR DOOR

WELL–A BLOCK OR TWO AT LEAST.

COMPARE & CONTRAST THE DAY

AS YOUR HEART PAIN SWELLS

WITH INJUSTICE OF INCOME POVERTY

RAGE IN ITS PARALYSIS

YOU STARE AS IN A HEAVY FOG

STUNNED BY GOOD FORTUNE

AS YOU IDLY ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT

AND CLEAR AWAY THE TAKEOUT MEAL

LEFTOVERS FROM LAST NIGHT’S FEAST

IF ONLY LIFE WERE FAIR

BUT WHAT CAN THE COMFORTABLY

WEALTHY DO? GIVE AWAY FREE MONEY?

REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH?

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME PERHAPS?

HERE COMES THE FOGGY STARE AGAIN!

SOME DAY, YES, SOME DAY…

JUST NOT TODAY…ANOTHER FUTURE

MUST BE COMING FOR THE POOR!

WHAT’S WRONG WITH EVERYONE?

ARE WE NUMB LIKE SCROOGE?

WHERE ARE OUR SAVIORS? OUR DICKENS

WHO DO SOMETHING! NOT JUST SCRIBBLE & SIGH?

THESE NASTY GRAY FOGS! WHAT TO DO?

INDEED, WHAT TO DO? INDEED!

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BLESSINGS ON WEE FOLK

DANCING WITH MUSICAL SHOES

GIFTS OF KING COBBLERS

LIVING BEHIND CHIMNEY STONES

CAREFUL MOVING ABOUT IN SHADOWS

DOWN CELLAR & UP ATTIC

THEY FROLICK WITH ABANDON

FELT HATS AT RACKISH ANGLES

ARMS AKIMBO AWAITING CHOIR KARMAS

IN THE DANCE OF DARKNESS & LIGHT.

IT’S IN THE CORNER OF YOUR EYE

YOU’LL CATCH THEM MILLING ABOUT

KEEP A SMILE AND AN EAGER EYE.

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PARDON ME PLEASE

I’VE BEEN ABSENT

LONG TRAVELS FAR AWAY

SO I DIDN’T KNOW

YOUR LOSS, YOUR PAIN

SURELY YOU MERIT SYMPATHY

THERE IS NO ORDER

IN A UNIVERSE

PYROTECHNICAL, SOLAR, COSMIC

OUR RELATIONS REFLECT

THE SINGED EMBERS

OF WELL MEANT ACTIONS

CAST ASIDE LIKE COAL DUST

OUR FACES SMEARED WITH GRIME.

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JUDGE ME NOT WITH ARROWS

MY FLESH BLEEDS

I CRY THE PAIN

HEAD BENT WHIMPERING

NO DIGNITY IN MY SUFFERING

ONLY WITH HOPE OF ESCAPE

WITHOUT BODILY HARM

BRINGS MY EYES UP LEVEL

FORTH RIGHT WITH PURPOSE

ACUMEN LIKE A FLINT KNIFE

SPARKS IN A DARK CAVE

DO NOT CRY FOR ME

I HAVE KNOWN MANY FINE DAYS.

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WIZENED STICKMAN…

THUMBING A RIDE

DOWN BY THE GATE

GIVE HIM A LIFT TO TOWN

SAYS HE’S HITTING THE TRAIL

TWIG FINGERS PLY THE WEEK LIGHT

UNSATISFIED WITH LIFE’S PROSPECTS

JUST PICK UP AND GO

OH IT’S A GREAT COUNTRY

WIDE AND FREE AND PROMISING

ALWAYS NEW EARTH FOR OLD ROOTS

EVEN AT HIS ANCIENT AGE

TREE RINGS SHIMMERING

IN HIS TOOTHLESS SMILE.

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