Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shadow Refugee

Here in the shadows

I persistently exist
on the periphery
of decent society

in the anonymity
that darkness brings

side stepping
my incriminating

Here in the shadows

Been hiding out

for so very long

I've forgotten

the truth of myself

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The War Is Always the Thing

Only the names change
but history plays
on perpetual loop

Playing out
before our eyes

The formula
for modern war:


Terror groups well financed
sprout like weeds

Infecting our fun house internet
by calling us bad names
and trolling God in our face
like we did to them in the Crusades

Wreaking havoc
with our pals

the human rights
challenged sheiks
who feed us
our fossil fuel fix

We are afraid !!

when influenced
and manipulated

we fearfully
line up
and scream
for war


War is never cheap
in our capitalist 
military industrialist 
complex economy

we've got plenty 
of companies who windfall profit
from Homeland Insecurity

Taxpayers got deep pockets
when it comes
to not getting
our boys decapitated
by masked fiends

Pom pom politicians
macho talk
and stop fighting
with each other
to unite
in a flag waving orgy
to preserve our way of life
by killing
the universally reviled bad guys

and away we go

the money flows

to a war they say may NEVER end

since their is no enemy flag to capture

no capital city to liberate

Not even an ideology 
to defeat
like the Cold War


A steady flow of income
for the rest of the century
to the merchants of instability

Those war profiteers
who behind the scenes
have pulled the strings
throughout human history  

All they need is a boogie man

A simple embodiment of evil
the media can fixate on

Bin Laden 

Cartoon villains
straight out
of central casting

Create demand

Provide supply

Manufacture them both

Corner the market

Soak up the blood money
from the comfort
and safety
of their palatial estates

Human history on a loop

Only the names change

Social Tremors

Cannibal crawl
on the 
crumbling boulevard

of street creatures
like neon parasites
on a binge 

Shadowy residents
of soul less
asphalt canyons

Never exposed
to sunlight

these vampires
of city nights
viciously prey
on each other

Suburban squires
the feeding frenzy
on their 60 inch flat screens

as they reinforce
their security moats
and pray the underworld
stays beneath their feet

those with nothing
but shared desperation

may organize
and channel
their frustrations
into a break out force

To forever slash
the divide and suppress
social control net 

To Do or Not To Do

If we are to be defined
by the choices we make

then we must
also be assigned
by the choices we don't

Acts of omission
can either diminish
or uplift us

It's no wonder

that with all these
and their consequences
we get paralyzed
with indecisiveness

Best to not over think

Trust first instinct

Make your play
as best you can


don't beat yourself up

over flawed decisions

Friday, September 26, 2014

True Believer

If you came
face to face
with the truth

Would you recognize it?

and if you did

what would you do
with that
precious commodity?

Can we even believe
the perceptions
and all the biased slants
we perceive?

These self made
that cloud our reality

Questioning what we see

Doubt creeps in 

Is truth a possibility?

We know it has to be

out there somewhere

Soul Collector

Angel of Death

Always lurking
on the periphery
of tragedy

Ready to load up
harvested souls
for his long time boss 

Cares not if you protest
or cry about your fate

You can't negotiate
your way
out of eternity

Nothing personal

Just mortality

Thursday, September 25, 2014

When Men Were Women


Give it a try

You will find



your reputation


You know what guys?

is NOT a sign
of weakness

It's how we play

the modern

androgynous way

Touchy touchy

Feely feel

Hop in the blender

Close your teary eyes

and get your ass

gender homogenized 

Angels With Smudgy Faces

To all you
pure bred 

stuck up

holier than thou
moral angels

who sit
in perpetual judgement
of us
freaks and sinners

toiling away 
in the muck
of this existence

Your self righteous 
indignant indignation

inspires us

to shock you
even more
with our indiscretions

Just let us be


while you're at it 

look in the mirror

to straighten
your tangled hypocrisy

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pointy Headed Man

The strict 
and powerful
Bishop of Order

Worships at
the alter of
Rigid Structure

Prays from
the Book of
Absolute Static

Preaches ye
olde world
to the top enders

While out 
in the unscrubbed streets
the wild dogs
are a howling

Weary of fighting
over the scraps
of the past 

Oh my fellow riff raff

the times

they are a changing fast

Social media
flowing discontent
in all directions

history as it happens

Real time events
that no longer
can be spun
by old school media

Lap dogs
no longer able to 
minimize the commotion
or marginalize
the pain 

Walls that 
have stood for centuries
come tumbling

by the 
unstoppable frustrations
finally unleashed

The Bishop of
Crumbling Order
desperately tries to
crush all dissent
by pious decree


As the forces of 
finally triumph
shattered yesterday

The bitter bishop
of course will
not relent

Wraps himself
in his tattered flag

to his fellow ghosts

about the good old days
and their lost domination 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sledge Hammer Man

True poets


Words flow like satin

Caress the eyes

Sooth the soul

Waterfall rhymes 
cascading kindly
across eager eyes

They elevate us all
with grace and style

True poets
are timeless

on the other hand

scratch uneven
forgettable phrases 
on sandpaper

Coarse verse bursts

Abrasive syntax 
irritates the eyes

Abuses the ears

If you choose
to read me aloud
there is
no flow to be found

As I blast away
at my own 

picking the scabs
of comfortable fallacies

painful as they may be

My heart exposed
to the scrutiny
of all to see

Even the fears
of my poetic
you are reading here

I am not a true poet

I am just a blue collar guy
killing time

Desperately typing
and trying 
to make sense somehow 

before my battery dies

Monday, September 15, 2014

Making Change

Forces of change
on the move again

Into the breech
their army ascends

Barrier busters
one and all

yet unbowed

Shoulder to shoulder
the hard line forms

only to shatter


and reassemble again

on and on
they come back
for more

What drives them?

As the launch
yet another
charge toward the wall

Taking the hits
from the stagnant men
on the other side
desperately trying
to hold back the wind

The howling
marble dogs
of yesterday
won't yield
their positions
without a fight

but history

in the end

the future

always wins

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Net Gospel


is not always clear

Shades of perception

blur what appears
to be reality

No one can deny

when a lie goes viral
it comes alive

racing round the globe
at cyber speed

we as a species
need to perceive 
more accurately

and always


Violins and Fireworks


Try to understand

To a man

is a
scary mystery

A jig saw puzzle
forever missing key pieces

on the other  hand
is a warm primal surge

Passionate urges
so much easier
to comprehend

Love is ethereal

Lust is sensual

When done right
they unite
under cover of night

A rock and roll symphony

Violins and fireworks

Thursday, September 11, 2014


In our jungle
if you stumble and fall

as our breed tends to do

the self righteous crew
will circle
and then
descend on you

With pointed questions

as they exploit the breach
of your transgression

and when you confess

to your sin and seek

The howls reach
a fever pitch
as the predators
close in
on their wounded prey

A media feeding frenzy
as they rip your flesh viciously
with their bloody hypocrisy

Cause when all is said and done

Controversy sells

and we all want to be

on the holier than thou side

as the pack picks their teeth
with the bones of the deceased

and patiently waits

for the next gotcha feast  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Late Nite Beacon

Night light

Night lite

Do I spell you
with a gh or t?

No big calamity

with language

Just gimme
enough sight
to see

the toilet

where I gotta pee

twenty times a night

Violent Reaction

The older I get

The more life 
I have seen

The horrors
of inhumanity
splattered across
my flat screen TV

My dreams we can rise
above our bloody history

constantly battered
by the misery we've
inflicted on each other

Senseless violence
the life and death norm

We even sell it
as fun and games
viddy products
to the kiddies

Carnage celebrated 
as cultural reality

This use to make me angry

but the constant daily
has made me 

immune from outrage

My veins now run 
cynically numb

I expect the worst
from humanity
and am
rarely disappointed

I do so
hate being this way

When you lose hope

you are truly lost

Friday, September 5, 2014

Jungle Warfare

The new comer
tiger in the room
gets into it
with the legendary
800 pound gorilla
who previously
had always gotten his way

The brash cat
was not impressed
by the past
established cliche

Because he was
top of the food chain
in his prior domain

His royal highness
Lord Lion soon
joins the rumble too

He has that whole
"King of the Jungle"
thing to defend

After the epic battle
over pride and title
had run it's bloody course

The combatants withdrew
to lick their wounds
and reflect on their positions

The wise owl
who witnessed the fight
from a safe height
landed and proposed a solution

Why not
join forces and peacefully
coexist at the peak
of the pyramid
and pool their powers
to defeat the scavenger
hyenas who profit off
the labor of others?  

They all agreed
to live in harmony
and focus
on their true enemy

Will the truce hold?

We shall see

Monday, September 1, 2014

Assigned Seats


I am an individual

A member of the human race

Amazingly unique

Who the Hell am I kidding?

To the powers that be 

I'm just a blip
in the data base

A stat gnat
on a spread sheet
to be measured
and quantified

Totally marginalized
into the homogenized
numerical soup
of high tech
21st Century inhumanity