Monthly Archives: September 2018

Harsh Obscenity

Harsh obscenity
In action far worse than words
Markedly unmarked

Inevitable and Irreconcilable?

Inevitable and irreconcilable?
Many agreeing, supporting a
Priority or value. And yet
Overwhelmingly diverse:
Right disputed from group to group
Taunting, tormenting, and tantalizing:
Alternately true or false by location.
Naughtily inconsistent and ultimately
Truth only by individual


Life’s Blood

Life’s blood: complimentary,
From the sky
From the tap
Ignored, accepted, dismissed,
Unless cascading from a crack

There is

There is a screaming
Completely inaudible
Entirely felt

A Moment’s Thought

A dollar given:
Life-giving food
Or a swindler’s gain.
A dollar withheld:
Continued deprivation
Or a swindler’s irritation.

A vaccination given:
Life-saving protection
Or autism-inducing lie.
A vaccination withheld:
Life-less with others
Or perception’s pride.

A moment’s thought given
To both sides, both results
A possible change.
A moment’s thought withheld
From one side, one result
A gambler’s risk of pain.

Fame Does Not Make

Fame does not make a star
But a hollow likeness
Without shine
A true star makes fame
An effect of light inside


Muscles, steel, fire:
Forces shout out their power.
Weak before honor


Times’s footsteps
In an inexorable march with
Counterfeit quiet

Time’s heartbeat
One and the same:
Catcher and caught

Rose-colored Eyes

One big happy family
Of false smiles and lies,
Claiming to love
Those they truly despise,
Fooling the children
Until they grow wise:
A world they couldn’t see
With their rose-colored eyes.

Can You See a Future

Can you bear the pain?
Another step, another breath,
Another moment, another day?

Can you force your lungs to move?
In and out. Again. Again.
Though your heart can no longer cry
Though you long for nothing but end.

Can you fight the lies inside?
That quiet, reasonable voice
That echoes through the numbness
The panic, the weight, the pain.
Though exhaustion weighs your limbs
Though despair clouds your brain

Can you endure long enough?
For the numbness to fade
For the weight to lighten
For circumstances to improve

Can you force your way through?
Day to day, breath to breath,
Moment to moment, step by step,
Until you can see again.
See the kindness and caring
See friendships and love
See a purpose for each breath
See potential in yourself
See a future better than death.

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