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Out out brief Candle, By Brian37

QUOTE WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE MACBETH:"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Here is my spin on that wonderful and profound line:



Out, Out brief candle, By Brian37

To-deities, and to-gods, and to-God

Creeps in this petty tyrant from day to day

Until the extinction of humanity new ones will be invented

And all our yestergods have been created by fools

The way to tribal death. Out out brief myth

Claims are but a walking shadow, a poor reflection

That struts our narcissism upon the stage

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by the credulous, full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing.

 (END)

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Flicker, By Brian37 Tired I

Flicker, By Brian37

 

Tired I am

Of religious memes

That our species

Is special

 

That all this

Was put here

For us

As individuals or tribes

 

Our current technology

Has put telescopes

In view of

Our furthest reaches

 

To ponder

The absurdity

Of being special

Is nothing short of egotism

 

I cannot be special

When I once was not

I cannot be special

When I will not be

 

All I can be

Is lucky

A product

Of nature

 

I am a flicker

That was fueled by time

And will like all

Be taken by such

 

I will not be

Rememberd

Any further

Than the extent of nature

 

So when one reads this

Do not by any means

Denote fatalism

Or pessimisim

 

Just a recogintion

Of the obvious

The recognition of

Reality

 

 

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Dumbwaiter, By Brian37 A

Dumbwaiter, By Brian37

 

A top a hill

In Charlottesville

Sits a mansion

Equipt with dumbwaiter

 

Virginia's Olympus

Hid dirty secrets

Tunnels built under

Hid horrors of history

 

How could

Such vibrant a mind

Make property

Of fellow humans

 

Appearances

Were to be kept

Though he did so

Finding them utterly vile

 

"all men"

Meant "all men"

Ahead of

The climate of the time

 

Unfortunate for those

Shackled under him

His compassionate prose

Did not extend

 

Yet of forthought

He opened the door

He knew

It could not last

 

He did not live

By his own edicts

Conflicted by

His own hypocrisy

 

Yet "all men"

Put in print

Eventually did

What he could not.

(end)

 

I was reading a Smithsonian magizine(paper copy, not mine) artical about Jefferson's slave ownership. My understanding of it is that he was more of a public coward when it came to that iissue and paid lip service to the socal norms and owned slaves to keep up appearances According to the article Jefferson doubted in a dissagreement with Washington, that slavery would ever end. But there was notable self introspection in his life and he knew it was wrong.

 

Abolition of slavery was a topic of the time but unfortunately there was not enough of majority of citizenry for the founders to make it happen politically. But "all men" and the Constitution itself was a door I have no doubt, even the conflicted and hypocrits like Jefferson, had to know that it was a door, if used could eventually end it.

 

I have also no doubt that if alive today he would be thrilled that slavery had ended and would have felt ashamed to even have partaken in it.

I can see him as a hypocrite, because as Hitchens tells of his youth, Jefferson hated the claims that class and status ment something. Jefferson felt the individual and not class was important. But yet he ended up himself in a mansion and owned slaves even though he knew it was wrong, but seemed to only do it for expediancy and immage.

It says to me that humans are never all good or all bad. For his time the mere internal conflict was ahead of his time, even if he could not go all the way on the issue and do what Washington did in freeing his slaves.

If I remember correctly Jefferson only freed Sally Hemmings and his kids.

 

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Malala,

Malala, By Brian37

 

They won't win

Malala

You stand tall

In the face of their bloodthirsty insecurity

 

You said

What need to be said

Only being 11

To the faces of violent men

 

You are now a giant

In the rightful breath

Of King

And Gahndi

 

You stood

In the hive of hate

Wanting for the world

The compassion of peace

 

Ad for that

The schoolyard bullies

The insecure adults

Wanted a schoolgirl dead

 

Every fiber

Of my thoughts

And those of the world

Know this vile assalt wont win

 

You are the epitomy

Of what the world

Can aspire to

A world of peace

 

Malala is human struggle

Beyond boarders

Beyond politics

Malala is compassion

 

Girls need you

Women need you

Humanity

Needs you Malala

 

You are Shindler

You stormed the beaches

You shouted down the KKK

Hving never been born yet

 

King didn't reach the mountain top

We certainly hope you do

Your country and the world

Needs the likes of you

 

You are that girl

Whom in the states

Plays a violen

Or aspires to become a lawyer

 

You are that girl

Who went to a school

During segregation

An act of defiance

 

You are that girl

I wish I had at school

Who could use deplomacy

To remnd all the kids they are the same

 

You are Malala

An example of

The eternal flame

In want of peace

(end)

 

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Monumental Ignorance, By Brian37

Monumental Ignorance, By Brian37

I painted animals

On cave walls

Thinking falsely

They were like me

 

I made sacrifices

To angry moutians

Thinking

They were alive

 

I made statues

Of Baal

Thinking

He was real

 

I made monuments

To Isis and Osirus

Who magically

Gave birth to Horus

 

I made monuments

To Apollo and Venus

All in vein

To be discarded

 

Yet still today

I build monuments

To my fantasies

When all others have failed

 

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The Cost Of Nothing(La Cosa Nostra) By Brian37

 

I offer you

Protection

You accept it

Through the loyalty of faith

 

YOu claim

You give it willingly

Though it is nothing more

Than a shakedown

 

No, it is

Those prior

Who have sold

You the shakedown

 

The boss treats well

Those who subscribe

To the established norm

Of this "thing of ours"

 

But those

Who falsely see

This cosmic boss

As always kind

 

Racks up the bodies

Of those who dissent

Of those who question

Monopolies and racketeering

 

"This thing of ours"

Is willful ignorance

In our human invention

Of superstition

 

Our boss pays off juries

Pays off cops

Breaks the bones

Of human progress

 

You can be in business

But you must pay

The deadly blackmail

Your boss demands

 

Vacuuous loyality

To the absurd

Making you soldiers

To invisible men

 

Bound and stuffed

In the trunk

Reason shot dead

Left in a dump

 

He is your boss

He is not mine

He cannot threaten me

Or take my mind

 

It is an offer

I did refuse

For hollow this "thing"

And of no use

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How Great Thou Art, By Brian37

How great thou art,

To let them suffer

Pestulance and famine

 And wars that linger

 

How great thou art

Your ambiguous hands

Threaten with fear

We all be damned

 

The wallet is love

And you have the gun

Aimed at our heads

Refusing to give

Will make us all burn

 

What kindly thoughts

To frighten us

To bow to you

Because it's love?

 

I have a choice

This much is true

Discarding myth

Is that I value

 

Discard the pitchforks

And halo's due

Just like red noses

And sugarplums too

 

How great the farce

And fantacy

A D&D game

Deadly reality

 

How great thou art

To give us this  orb

Full of desease

And hateful hords

 

I know thy name

It is not divine

Tis a creation

Of ancient minds

 

Thor and Isis

Marduke extinct

Their magical spells

Have the same link

 

How great thou arnt

And nothing new

History is full

Of claims like you

 

A day may come

When we Cruise by

A statue of Hubbard

Billions rely

 

How great thou arnt

In Genisis

You stole your story

From polytheists

 

Ugartic text

Is older motif

So too the flood

In Gelgimesh

 

Hardly original

Nor does it prove

That spirts knock up girls

Gabriel "Mary, God is in the mood".

 

Thot cured an eye

Long before Jesus

Rabbits and hats

Are still slight of hand

 

How great thou arnt

This human mind

The mental slight

Is the bind

 

It's fuzzys are warm

And grandious

The lure of a promise

That doesn't exist

 

How fake thou art

By any name

Apollo to Allah

It's all the same

 

It's in their heads

And all made up

The past is the present

And they don't give up

 

How great thou arnt

This tribalism

Leading to death

Over fiction

 

Magic and myth

In the span of time

Change their colors

But never decline

 

How great the mind

When set free

From the binds

Of mythology

(end)

I just binged my thread and this old one popped up from 08 so I decided to add it of course.

 

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Rancid Climate, by Brian37

 

The vapid storm

Of apathy

And feelings of hoplessness

Are what bullies count on

 

Power only assends

Through resources

And manifiests in many labels

In the form of monopolies

 

But it is all the same

Be the label religious

Political

Or class

 

But what the bullies

Can never do

Is take away speech

Or vote

 

I take that back

They can

Only when we

Accept helplessness

 

No party

No class

No religion

Difines the rights of all

 

Tyrany is not

When they win

Or

When we win

 

Tyranny is when

We fail to see

That all sectors of society

Are subject to monopoly

 

We can compete

Without making it

Their brand

Of competition

 

We have the numbers

We have

What they

Can never take from us

 

Racid are the slurs

Of the "outsider"

Racid is the meme

Of litmus tests

 

Dont scrap

The system

It is there for all

Not just them

 

Bullies got us into the depression

But we stood up

Bulllies tried to prevent the black vote

But we stood up

 

Bullies tried

To tell Susan B

That she had no right

To vote

 

And they did it with resources

Just like Iran

Convinces it's population

That non Muslims don't count

 

We do not

Have to abandon

The system

It is ours too

 

So lets keep it

And use it

To beat the bullies

At their own game

 

Helplessness

Is a rancid and needless

Emotion

That will give them that plutocracy

 

Brilliant Orwellian

Doublespeak

Up is down

You deserve it

 

Rancid is complacancy

Rancid is inaction

Rancid is thinking

They system is broken

 

No, it is abused

Not broken

We can use it

To stop the bullies

 

So lets use it

Lets not be ruled

By the lies and fear

They sell

 

Our system

Is long term

Our system

Works

 

But only

When we employ it

When we

Take action

 

Failure

Is only a given

If when no action

Is taken

 

SO VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE, IF THEY CAN DO IT, WE CAN TOO. And think long term as well. Winning or losing short term battles do not constitute a loss of a long term social movement. What we are in now is long term. That is the way they have thought for 30 years and we cant let up win or lose.

 

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Silence, By Brian37 When

Silence, By Brian37

 

When they say

I cant understand

I think of a new friend

Living in Iraq

 

When they say

Because I am poor

I cant understand

I think of my friend in Iraq

 

When they employ

That horrid cliche

"True patriot"

Means wealth or religion

 

They are wrong

For I do know

How lucky I am

To live here in this land

 

One single thread

He speaks of his oppression

Former Muslim

Living in Baghdad

 

How dare they

Accuse me of such

Blackmail me

With "capitalism" and "Christian Nation"

 

I am damned lucky

To live in a land

Where if I am murderd

They go to jail

 

Apostacy

He can only commit

In secrecy

Hiden at home at a desk

 

HOW DARE THEY

Accuse me

Of not understanding

How lucky I am

 

I do know

But I don't think they do

Class and religious tests

Is how one is to prove?

 

That sick absurdity

Of proof of loyalty

Is what he is subjet to

Not you, not me

 

At any time

If discovered

Even with Sadam gone

If uncovered

 

His sentance the same

Even if not sanctioned

Officially

By the government

 

We are lucky

That we can be

Who we are

Without fear

 

So even while

I also know

I am not owed

Anything

 

The stench of hipocracy

Stinks up this land

In forms of brands

That life is a script

 

 

There is no script

Not here, nor should be

A script mentality

Is their Apostacy

 

I am lucky

And damned well know it

So go fuck yourself

If you think I am a threat to you

 

You do your thing

I'll do mine

But no class or label

Is ever a crime

 

Poor poor rich people

Have it so bad

Poor poor theocrats

Think fascism is near

 

Do me a favor

On last thing

SHUT THE FUCK UP

With your childish tripe.

 

He lives in a monopoly

Even still

We do not

Nor are entitled too

 

He lives not under

Our tools of protection

That allows room for all

That many forget

 

One man in Baghdad

Forced to hide

But some here

Play false maryter

 

Hubris your game

Insecurity your name

Fear mongering your currency

It is all the same

 

He has the right

To really bitch

Not the religious

Not the rich

 

I do feel lucky

Nor do consider

That I allone

Should set all the rules

 

Realize that

Then maybe you'll see

You have nothing at all

To complain about

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homeostasis,  By

Homeostasis,  By Brian37

 

Thus postulated

A perfection

Of equal states

Does not exist

 

Entropy negates

Such vile utopias

With vacuous words

Of peace

 

Peace is dominance

Not cooperation

Not our common existence

Our common want

 

Our common want

Of control

Failing to understand

Complete does not exist

 

We falsely strive

For this homeostasis

Missing that which is

Our common existance

 

Peace can be

Not of perfection

Or of domination

But acceptance of common condition

 

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Growing Old Party, By

Growing Old Party, By Brian37

 

The walrus

Behind the mic

Blustering and bewildered

Cannot understand

 

That the middle class

The working class

Does not smoke Cubans

Or have 9am tee time

 

And his wife

Of golden locks

Marrie is Ann

Accusing us of being Takers

 

I know how to talk

To a Conservitive

The banks were the takers

Wall Street were the takers

 

NO Ann

We are the makers

Not the moochers

Like mere entertainers

 

We make the cars

We cook your food

We clean your hotel room

We do the work

 

We don't mind

When someone succeeds

But of your jadedness

And that of greed

 

Try to do

Those things with out us

If you're so smart

You should be able to

 

 

 

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Kentucky Tears, By

Kentucky Tears, By Brian37

 

In bittersweat amazement

I read the words

Of a teen

Who broke the shackles of superstition

 

I look at the traveled road of reason

Where it was in prior obscurity

Held hostage

By fearmongers

 

If someone had told me

That long ago

I would read a post

About such an escape

 

From a teen

In such a state

Surpassing  peers

Having read Hitchens

 

It invokes in me

Excitement and hope

Insuring even more

That one voice matters

 

The chains of myth

Can be broken

Sould be broken

Must be broken

 

The ducts below

My brown orbs

Water with joy

Seeing the same path I was once on

 

Especially morso

Comming from a location

Far too isoloated

From our helocentric reality

 

Yes Kentucky

With this voice

This hungering teen

Reason will free, even you

 

Eventually Kentucky

With more of the like

You will progress

And an island you will no longer be

 

This teen is your hope

Your future

Your thirst for reason

Your progress

 

The introduction

Was blaringly loud

As to the power of doubt

That skepticism is a requirement

 

I must thank this teen

For confirming in me

That my efforts

Are far from futile

 

Inches are miles

In retrospect

But in gains

Rightfully destroys antiquity's ignorance

 

For your own good Kentucky

Head the harbinger of reason

Fear you should

All naked assertions

 

Kentucky tears

Fill my eyes

For it's youth

Will give rise

 

To the rebirth

A hacksaw to chain

Even in Kentucky

Reason will win

 

To say thank you

Would fall too short

To this youth

Who made that post

 

Push on push on

We can prevail

To kill the shaddows

That needlessly scare

 

Kentucky tears

Fill my eyes

Push on push on

Reason will rise

(end)

 

I cried when I read the introduction of an atheist teen, who was unfortunately deeply indoctrinated growing up. Fortuntately something within this teen was always there and the parents made the mistake of taking this teen to that pathetic Creation Museum, and the lightbulb of reason popped and this teen has also read Hitchens, and in my book any teen who has is far ahead of their peers in the relm of reason.

I also cry thinking about how small our voice as atheists was back in 01 and how quickly it is spreading and it's ability to break the most sedentary boarders stuck in the past. I cannot thank this teen enough for confirming to me, that OUR efforts as individuals, inch by inch, post by post, website by website, book by book, voice by voice, that the shackles of superstition cannot hide and the knife of reason will rightfully cut it down to the absurtity we know it is.

 

 

 

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 Billionaire by Brian37

 

A geologist tells you

The age of the earth

And still you defy

Your own brain with absurdity.

 

Plate tectonics

Tell the truth

Yet still you believe

In virgin birth

 

Billions of years

This earth is

Still you insist

Of magical beings

 

I wish of fantasy

And that of whims

Were never a part

Of evolution

 

But as long

As these claims persist

I do not ignore

Such things exist

 

Concoct we do

In countless variety

The need to question

Our top priority

 

If for thus

Were never done

Our progress stifled

Our future gone

 

The universe

A billionaire

The earnest truth

It cannot care

 

Of our trials

It be not aware

Will continue on

As before my first breath

 

It will do so

Despite human threat

And will continue

After our death

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 Fleeting by Brian37

 

Ornate and profound

Obscene and offensive

Still humans defend

Fleeting monuments

 

Futile the effort

In all its forms

Corinthian marble

Or Pharaohs' tombs

 

Jefferson's epitaph

In spite of my favor

Will be as barren

As Stalin's endeavour 

 

While still alive

I will enjoy

What I have

Without delusion

 

Fleeting are monuments

To our clubs

Be they of politics

Sports or religion

 

Barren the moon

And surface of Mars

Human arrogance

Our fatal flaw

 

Our time can be

Only that of now

We cannot defeat

What awaits us all

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 Fair by Brian37      

Fair by Brian37

 

On this morning

In my channel surfing

A sports show host

Told an inspiring story

 

That of a place-kicker

Unlike any other

A huge fan of Rutgers

Suffering from autism

 

Yet even with this

Insisted to play

That position

For his high school team

 

An imprisoned mind

Found an outlet

Gaining stability

In his life

 

But the anchor

Like far too many

Calls these inflictions

An unfair mystery

 

It is unfair

But it is no mystery

Evolution is flawed

And so are we

 

Not knowing the cause

The kicker overcame

Should not lead others

To fairy-tale thinking

 

Life is neither

Fair nor unfair

From success to failure

Nor are well-being or ills

 

While truly great

A substance of solace

Found by this kicker

Gave him promise

 

Science is why

We know what he has

Even if currently

No cure to be had

 

Looking for good

Out of the bad

Is merely coping

No mystery in evolution

 

 

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 After the Apex by Brian37

 

In strive of money

Or political power

Notoriety

Looms the obvious

 

If one

Reaches such heights

What end do they meet

Biological life has never escaped?

 

Tis the gasp

Of one's first breath

Upon realizing

There will be a last

 

It can be

Our own humility

Beyond divisions

In accepting this

 

We strive for an apex

Many times viciously

Trample on others

And shred their limbs

 

And after the massacre

After our triumph

After we proudly defeat

Foes of the same species

 

What have we done

Other than to war

Over what does not exist

An apex is temporary and does not exist

 

There is only a ride

Of all aware

Where we seek resources

And fear of harm

 

After the apex

There can only be

What we leave

For humanity

 

Not of self

Not of nation

Not of borders

Or selfish interests

 

'Tis more important

What we do to the least

To protect their rights

If in their place

 

I wish of war

Were of mere words, not weapons

I wish of being offended

Were least of concern

 

Apex is

And will always be

That of which many strive

Ignoring the fact

 

Be that of only one thing

Regardless of history

Our evolution

Is all the same

 

It starts at birth

Spreads our DNA

Yet of valleys or peaks

Not one has escaped

 

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They talk of the temporary

Of the mundane

Of makeup and reality shows

Of the World Series and Superbowls

 

They talk of weddings

And of funerals

As if joys and struggle

Are a unique plight

 

They choose a side

In a war

Favor a political party

And a border

 

And what have they done

Not done before

The top is the bottom

Will shift once more

 

Clad in costumes

Medals and collars

Foolishly competing

For temporary importance

 

To understand

Our fragility

To understand

Our finite nature

 

One can only

Seek to ponder

That prior to birth

Or after our death

 

The age of the earth

And our universe

And the island

On which we dwell

 

Manufacture

Our species does

Reasons so falsely

To project on others

 

As if the other

Were of one eye

Or bullet of silver

Will make them die

 

They speak of history

And their traditions

And of its importance

Obtuse and selfish

 

They speak of antiquity

And magic books

With convenient favouritism

Matching desires

 

Their god the sun

On Olympus they set

Curing the blind

Or surviving death

 

They speak of succor

And of Jihad

They speak of settlements

In the West Bank

 

From the West Bank

To West Hollywood

To the Middle East

To bad or good

 

They talk, they talk

We always have

From caves to computers

It has never changed

 

Except that it does

In harm we do

To gain resources

Is all it is

 

 

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Twilight Wagons by Brian37

 

In fedora hat era

Bogie played in black and white

A circus boss

Trying to protect his sister

 

When he found out

An understudy lion tamer

Had designs on his sibling

Revenge became the order of the day

 

Nick unleashed Caesar

A lion who had killed

That above Varney

Who had advanced on his sister

 

And Varney's hero

Was a dame

On the same dime

With unrequited love

 

Flo could have remained silent

Knowing Varney had no interest

But sought out his love interest

Imploring Mary to save him

 

In final crescendo

Varney faced this beast

And both Mary and Flo

Convinced Nick to save him

 

Nick rushed into the cage

Realising his error

And did so save Varney

Succumbing to reason

 

(End)

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Diamonds don't feed

Neither does gold

An industry of greed

Over pretty things

 

On a finger

On a wrist

Around one's neck

Many insist

 

Pretty things

People kill for

Rob a house

Or fund a war

 

Monopoly of mines

Stocks over-priced

Pretty things

A human vice

 

Superfluous vanity

Look at me

Merely because

I have pretty things

 

But they don't feed

Anything other than ego

They don't feed

Nor allow us to live forever

 

Pretty things

Are temporary

Things we want

But do not need

 

Pretty things

Hang from ears

Hold our money

Keep time for years

 

These pretty things

Are not alive

These pretty things

Are not our families

 

They cannot replace

A hug or kiss

They cannot replace

A loved one we miss

 

It matters not

Of ones wealth

But what we do

Till death from birth

 

Pretty things

Cannot love

Pretty things

Do not feel pain

 

They adorn us

But do not bleed

And many a death

These objects lead

 

Pretty things

Are nothing more

Than selfish vanity

Reflecting our greed

 

They fill pawn shops

Or mansion walls

Reflecting our hubris

Ignoring our fall

 

Pretty things

Are not our actions

Pretty things

Are not compassion

 

Pretty things

Are mere objects

What we do

Is what matters

 

What good are things

That are merely pretty

That you cannot eat

But only look at

 

Of golden mask

Tut was buried

And still all die

No matter our status

 

Pretty things

Are not pragmatic

They do not solve

The human condition

 

They do not end

Global hunger

They cannot cure

Childhood cancer

 

If you have

Such pretty things

Do not falsely think

This makes you special

 

A sparkle blinding

Worth much more

In our kindness

Outside ones wealth

 

Pretty things

Have not limbs

Pretty things

Have no feelings

 

Pretty things

Will never replace

How we treat others

Or loved ones face

 

All we have 

Far more important

Is our limited time

On this planet

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 Cantata by Brian37

 

I take my feet

Off the ottoman

Walk out into

The summer afternoon

 

The sun permeates

The sparse clouds

Dominating them

Like Manchuria and Ethiopia

 

This heliocentric dictator

Oblivious to my itinerary

Seeks to optimise

My perspiration

 

A concert of code

Pretentious vernacular

To merely describe

My constitutional

 

Remiss I would be

To over-conflate

The simple statement

"It's fucking hot today"

 

Caviar words

Of Oxford level

Are accessible

To the layman

 

There is no code

That cannot be broken

Nothing fancy at all

About life

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 Easy to Prove by Brian37

 

If one were to attack

Your family member

Most certainly

You would react

 

If one were to

Bully you

Most certainly

You would react

 

If one were

To invade your borders

Most certainly

You would react

 

If one were

To enforce submission

Most certainly

Would react

 

Easy to prove

Our common species

We react the same

When resources threatened

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North Dallas 40oz, By Brian37

 

Often my friends

Ask me, or tease me

About why

I take a cab

 

It took one roadside test

Of being pulled over

By bubble gum lights

To cure me

 

"I feel fine"

Is not

Nor will ever amount

To legality, or safety

 

"What could happen,

You worry too much,

I got away with it once

So I always will"

 

This risk taking

Is not race or class based

And the hospital morgues

Are full of victims

 

White and black have

Their favorite watering holes

Rich, middle and poor

End up on slabs

 

There is only one solution

For the wiskey sour

For the fuzzy navel

For the rum and coke

 

For the screw driver

For the Budwiser

For the margareta

A designated driver

 

Is one beer, or cocktail

Worth a life

Simply because

You think you can handle it?

 

I am quite sure

That this Cowboy

Thought the same

Now regreting the loss of his friend

 

Reverse time not

Can he do

And what apology

Would suffice

 

How about

Simple advice

When you drink

Do not drive

 

"That cant happen to me"

Is the common refrain

Of those

It happens to

 

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Assemble, By Brian37

 

What weight

Does such a declaration mean

If this is limited

To the whims of wealth?

 

"Right to work"

Has nothing to do

With the rights

Of workers

 

A mere ploy

Of the financially advantaged

To convince the working class

To vote against self interest

 

What does "we" mean

If it drives down wages

Where only the top

See profits increasing

 

Falsely accuse

Often they do

If on top

On acceaves

 

That somehow

Those below

Those who work

For the top

 

That we begrudge

Or want to rob

The advantaged

Who get on top

 

This is not

Such the case

Dispite the their attack

On the working class

 

If "we" means "we"

As it should be

The propagate not

Such false a meme

 

"Right to work"

Is merely code

To subjugate

Those with less

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Incidious Slur, By Brian37

 

Demonized

By the theists

By the masses

Through the ages

 

What does them good

They seek to errode

What protects them

They seek to kill

 

Incidious slur

They twist the word

"Secular"

Into a villian

 

The opposite

Of "secular"

Is that of Iran

A country sectarian

 

Ruled by a majority

Of Shiites

An oppressive theocracy

Ruled by one "sect"

 

To slure neutrality

Is to devalue pluralism

To insist on pecking orders

Is the path to fascism

 

"Secular"

Must be defended

Least our freedoms

To be ended

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Corporate Homocide, By Brian37

 

Blue Cross

Is not a shield

As long as decisions

Are made from cubicals

 

Between doctor and patient

The right claims

Get government out

From between

 

But it is the opposite

That leads to death

For CEOs get rich

Denying service

 

They wont let you in

Or they cut you off

And dump the indegent

On the ER

 

Othere nations

Of our ilk

Be not Cuba

Have health care

 

It is the claim

Of the profiteer

To use media

To foster fear

 

Health is something

All will need

Must not be driven

By corporate greed

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Candy And Nuts, By Brian37

 

Countless things

Humans dream up

In padded rooms

We view others

 

Yet of skepticism

Most fail to aim

Introspectively

At one's own claims

 

What I believe

Is just fine

Without evidence

For the divine

 

All the others

Got it wrong

My blind faith

Keeps me strong

 

Userpt are facts

They matter not

The only reality

To most, are lost

 

It would be nice

To never get sick

It would be nice

To never see death

 

It would be nice

To never grow old

To never see crime

Or oppression of others

 

It would be nice

Since not the case

Then why the need

To postulate?

 

That which harms

Or of of benefit

Need not a god

To fill a gap

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Where Would I Be?(Thanks for my mom), By Brian37

 

No hesitation

When in need

Have you wavered

In support of me

 

No one ever

Gives me such love

Only you mother

To this extent

 

Where would I be

Without you

Continuing thanks

For all you do

 

An understatement

It can only be

To ineptly describe

Your generosity

 

Where would I be

I don't know

For better I am

Endowed with your love

 

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Victoria, By Brian37

 

Hero,

Even without such event

She deserves

For teachers build our future

 

But Victoria went beyond

Faced a Bushmaster

Thinking of the tender

Put her body between

 

As Sandy Hook

Rightfully grieves

Victoria is a memory

Of the ultimate compassion

 

It is rare bravery

Most cannot fathom

If we ever ended

In the same position

 

To formulate a sentence

Much less these prose

To express our gratitude

There are no words

 

Victoria

You did what most could not

And from all of us

"Hero" falls way too short

 

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Start Spreading The News, By Brian37

 

Little chubby cheeks

Painted with blue and white

Sporting his support

For his favorite team

 

And while knowing

Another cheer from him

Will not be the case

I ponder this kid's memory

 

Not ever have met him

I have such a rival

A kindly elderly man

Who fancies the same team

 

Jack was nimble

And fond of Cruz

So to Honor him

He embossed on his shoes

 

This elderly man

A Giants fan

Who frequents my joint

Where I work

 

Will come back

After the cold

From up north

Where he is from

 

But Jack wont

Do what Art will

Jack is gone

And my old friend returns

 

I never met Jack

Such a young lad

But for several years

Met up with Art

 

Both of them

Love the same team

Of the Big Apple

Of which mine competes

 

Young or old

When involving sports

It is the rivalry

For love of the game

 

Being a fan

Of "Ol DC"

To think of Jack

One cannot conceive

 

That such a game

Will not have a fan

As fervent as any

It tries to attract

 

I know RG

Feels the same

I know Art

A Giants fan

 

I know

As a Redskins fan

Art loves the Giants

We feel the same

 

The loss of Jack

Is one less rival

One less friend

You can tease

 

One less friend

To grow up

One less friend

To trash talk with

 

But my old friend

Of Jack's colors

Will soon come home

Art will come back

 

And when Art does

Return south

When he returns

From up North

 

He'll bring

His blue and White

And my burgundy and gold

Will feel the same loss

 

Goodbye Jack

There is no blitz or tackle

Fumble or sack

That will ever divide a Redskin or Giants fan

(end)

 

For those who don't know Jack Pinto was a NY Giants fan who was killed in the school shooting.

I have an old friend named Art who frequents the restaurant I work at who is also a Giants fan. We tease each other game after game and have done so for years. One of the biggest gut wrenching moments of the pictures was seeing Jack with the NY painting on his cheeks.

 

Art has not come back from up north yet, but when he does, that old man is going to get the biggest most heartfelt hug from his rival Redskins fan ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Color Purple, By Brian37

 

Peanut butter smiles

Came to an end

Harry spoke for her

Though he didn't know her when

 

She died

In a blood soaked classroom

A suburb cold water class

With room for a semi auto matic

Handguns, riffle and clips

 

I don't care

About their rights

Or arms to bare

Cause I know, she's not there

 

One day we'll get laws right

Or even more will die

Just like a falling leaf off a tree

One less cub in the pride

 

It's her favorite color

She'll never wear again

Lavender of the prince

For now a grave she's in

 

I don't care

About the NRA

Or selling armor wear

Cause I know, she's not there

 

One day we'll get laws right

Or even more will die

32 gun deaths a day

One of many kinds

 

I don't care

About the NRA

Or their talking points

Cause I know she's not there

 

 

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The Odd Couple, By Brian37

 

In my trailer park

In a fenced in yard

Are  two k nines

Of opposite dispositions

 

Often times I walk

To the local store

Past this fenced in yard

To see these different dogs

 

One is timid and shy

Colored black and white

But could tell it was annoyed

By it's room mate

 

The other was a wiener

Brown and short legged

And every time I passed

He acts like I committed murder

 

It rants and raves

Charges the fence

While the other

Looks up at me

 

As if to say

"What can I do"

Curls up

And turns away

 

I look at the kind one

And think it knows

As if to say

"Yea some Valium would help"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vesuvius, By Brian37

 

When those amongst us

Claim a patient

On issues of morality

Of survival

 

I can only think

Of an archeologist

Who made  plaster

Of the dead

 

Of one which was

A suspected nanny

And child

Buried in deep ash

 

And in Northern of state

In much the same way

Victoria protected

Not of her loins

 

When will we see

That nature is

And our strife

Is lack of understanding

 

Understanding

That we behave

In terms of good and bad

Outside our petty labels

 

Twas grand to think

Even back then

That any of us

In such desperate an act

 

Coddle a young one

Knowing our fate

Giving them comfort

In their last breath

 

And today

In the same vein

A teacher took ash

In the form of a bullet

 

(end)

 

When I was a kid my mother bought me a subscription to National Geographic "World Magazine". The first issue I got showed Mt Vesuvius and it's destruction and the dead discovered in it's wake. The Archeologist filled in gaps in the piled volcanic ash and dug the filled in gaps out. One of the outcomes was he filled in a gap where a suspected nanny(slave) had been trying to cover a child to save it.

 

Fast forward to Sandy Hook, and Victoria. She did the same thing. She tried to save lives knowing the futility.

 

When people talk of labels it pisses me off, because in the end we all can make up reasons why we are better than each other, but none of us live for ever. I always wonder, if none of us live forever, then why do we think we are super heros. It seems to me the heros know they are not super human.

 

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Mental Toys R Us, By Brian37

 

Hasbro or Milton Bradly

Multiple dice and dragons

Trouble, Risk and Sorry

The child's god is vanity

 

Nice it would be

If the game of life

Was a utopia

A candyland

 

Where the Hogwart's master

Was Lord of the Rings

Saving us all

Defending us from evil

 

But our mental toys

We savor falsely as vertue

Clinging to them

Even through adulthood

 

And this ravenous toy store

That pits us against each other

Is our mere delusion

Of want of a super hero

 

 

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Duped, By Brian37

 

Out of the womb

Our brians

Are nothing

But empty chalkboards

 

As we age

We get introduced

To the predilections

Of our parents

 

Cruel evolution

Fosters

This division

"In group" vs "out group"

 

It is our failure

Collectively

To see the truth

Our common reality

 

Prior to current borders

Prior to current politics

Prior to current superstions

Evolution still took place

 

Duped we have been

For far too long

In failing to understand

Evolution is what goes on

 

Our enemies are mothers

Who have sons and daughters

And the sane parent

Wants not harm to their young

 

It is only with age

The division comes

When we get duped by labels

Our tribal behavior continues

 

The universals

Have always been

In wanting food and shelter

A means of survival

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I Have To Be, By Brian37

 

I have to be the lion

Even though I am the kitten

I have to be the great white

Even though I am the mino

 

I have to be

What they tell me to be

If I desire

To fit into society

 

I have to be the boxer

I have to be the linbacker

I have to be the tough guy

Even if that is not me

 

I have to be married

I have to have kids

I have to fit in

Our be the outcast

 

If my outward gender

Is of certain display

I must wear a white dress

Only to make babies

 

If my outward gender

Is of certain display

I must be macho

And be the bread winner

 

If my outward gender

Does not match my brain

Then I shall be cast

As a freak deserving of scorn

 

I have to be a Muslim

If I live in Iran

I have to be a Christian

In a "Christian Nation".

 

I have to be a sheep

Anywhere I live

Fit their social norms

If I want to fit in

 

I have to be myself

No matter what they think

I only have one life

That is all there is

 

I am not the lion

I do not want kids

I do not fit a script

Of what anyone should think

(end)

 

This poem goes out to anyone who might be under pressure by family or society to fit in.  You only have one life. You can be a decent law abiding citizen without following the scripts others think you should follow. Be yourself. That is all you can be.

 

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Old And New, By Brian37

 

There once was

A correspondence

In the form of a letter

Between two men

 

During the tender years

Of a fledgling nation

The sender complained

About the bashing of the leaders

 

"They shouldn't do that

It is corrosive and divisive

It is mudslinging

At it's worst"

 

And from quill

To paper

The receiver

Responded

 

"My dear patriot

Were not for our blood

Such rights

Would not exist"

 

Our offices

And the founding law

We agreed on

Protects dissent

 

To advocate

Such censorship

Would negate

Our efforts

 

Kind

They are not

To our characters

Neither I or thee

 

To not allow such

Is to become

As oppressive

From which we escaped"

 

I think today

Of our modern fray

Before a storm

That woke me up

 

Such arrows

And Ad Homins

Ridicule

And thus

 

The portly man

From New Jersey

Hurled attacks

On the incumbent

 

But nature did

What humans could not

Faced him with reality

Politics matter not

 

The boxing ring

Was fine and fair

But politics dies

In times of distress

 

What a lesson

Today we could learn

That brings rivals together

Out of common concern

 

 

 

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Angst, By Brian37

 

Running boards

The single given

A dropped scarf

By a pretty madien

 

Two cars speed

In game of chicken

One bails out

The other  too late

 

Swinging hips

Censored on Sulivan

Jail House Rock

The ladies pine

 

On the watchtower

Joplin is sentry

Imagine all the people

Riding the crazy train

 

Nothing really matters

Kick off your Sunday shoes

Been spending all our lives

Here at the Paradise

 

It is Nirvana

Costing 50 cent

Alisha Keys

All sing the same thing

 

The passion of youth

Our struggles

To define

Our wishes and desires

 

To be different

To make our way

To find our loves

To make a statement

 

Angst is

The frustration of youth

Caged idealism

In raging hormones

 

I will hit you

With my best shot

Blame it on the alcohol

And chase Justin down a freeway

 

It is a script

With countless details

Indiscretion

And lack of wisdom

 

Cruel nature is

To package youth

With nitro for chemicals

And lack of experience

 

But from love

To strife

This time in our lives

Angst brings art to all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Duck, A Dog And a Rooster, By Brian37

 

The simplicity of economics

Is neither right or left

It never should be

The all or nothing it has become

 

Why are humans

So divided

Why do we fight

Why does anyone claim their rights?

 

Because of an evil duck

Creating a needless problem

By burning that candle

At both ends

 

Banks create conditions

Where they win even when they lose

Global weapons industry

Will sell to both sides of a conflict

 

The monopoly

Of big oil

Is no different

Than a diamond mine

 

 

No this is not a conspiracy

There is no one single duck

Just a bad mentality

Creating a corrosive climate

 

Once the rooster

And the dog

Get wise to the scam

They can take their power back

 

A stable globe

Is dependent

On problem solving

Not exploitation

 

Orwell warned us

Of this duck

"Four legs good

Two legs bad"

 

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Georgia On My Mind, By Brian37

 

She once was lost

And as blind

As most others

With friends in the sky

 

In our youth

My younger sister

Along with I

Were given up by mother

 

Ironic to find

In our adoptive families

We grew up

Only miles away

 

We both grew up

With a belief

But I gave up

Sooner than she

 

When we met

As adults

Still she clung

To superstition

 

We parted company

Not out of hate

But of the different

Paths we had taken

 

In that interim

Her doubt set in

And on her own

She had changed

 

I got a call

This past week

To find out

We were on the same page

 

That of the shackles

She had discarded

Having the same

Inquisitive nature

 

To the credit

Of our older sister

Who still believes

Valued family over disagreement

 

Called me this week

To let me know

That our sister

Wanted to talk to me

 

Now I have

A family Ayaan

A southern Harris

In my family

 

In her skepticism

Could not be silenced

In spite of her

Indoctrination

 

I love my sister

Still in the faith

Who let me know

That my younger had changed

 

Axioms seem trite

But I cant help think

Both of them

In different camps

 

Want the best

For the other

But circumstance

Lead us in different directions

 

Thus so concludes

In the end

We can change

But cant pick family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I do not see how

They conflate

"regulated militia"

To individual households

 

If everyone has

The same rights

Then those who voted

For Obama can so as well

 

Do these right wingers

Want me who dissagree

To have the same rights

To the same weapons?

 

And where does it stop

You get a semi

I get a machine gun

Then both of us

Want rocket launchers

 

I know what would happen

If we give in

Let you have everything

Without oversight or consent

 

You'd allow guns

But only for you

Only for those

Who vote for you

 

That is not equal

That is selfish

Freedom to create

Dominance over others

 

You talk of tyrany

But in reality

It is not of guns

But of power and money

 

Everyone has

Lots to lose

Both left and right

From a vile ruse

 

Tis not about

Preventing tyrany

But gun manufacturers

Maintaining a monopoly

 

No business I know

Will undermine its appeal

By fostering climates

That require less sales

 

It is not about left

Or about right

It is about greed

In expanding a market

 

Gun sales go up

Because of fear

Because of the climate

Of "screw the conditions"

 

If those who claim

Guns are not to blame

Want to do good

Then realize that you've been duped

 

You want less death

And so do we

And to do that

It cannot be

 

It cannot be

To allow

The no rules attitude

That has been so far

 

I get the attitude

Of wanting rights

I want them myself

To counter your arguments

 

 

But what I see

Is not about rights

Not of fairness

Or oversight

 

What I see

Is a sore loser

That someone else

Won an election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Proxy Of Utterance, By Brian37

 

If it were not

For the atmosphere

Or biological evolution

We would not agitate air

 

To make soundwaves

In false communication

To be received

By others handed down through generations

 

By proxy of utterance

Our fantasies fester

Bringing monuments and art

To our naked assertions

 

By proxy of utterence

We create new gods

New religions

And state utopias

 

By proxy of utterence

We take up arms

In defense

Of our naked assertions

 

And for all this

Futile effort

Silence

Is our final reward

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Eclectic, By Brian37

 

You could not say

In one camp I dwell

If you spent time

Following me arround

 

I do not eat

The same thing

Every day

As if anyone should

 

I have my predilections

And my poisons

And my patterns

But they are mine

 

I can eat a burger one day

A pizza the next

But if repetitive

I would get sick

 

I love Abba

Metallica too

Love Living Color

Donna Summer too

 

I love Osborn 

And Crazy Train

Prelude to a Fawn

A classical song

 

David Sanborn

And Megga Death

RUN DM C

And Arrow Smith

 

Music music

Says it all

Coveys a language

All do use

 

 

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A Patch of Reason, By Brian37

 

In the days of division

Skin color the reason

Most would have objected

To the poem I am writing

 

How could a black man

Help a women

White and blind

And be so kind

 

It miffs most now

Those that are younger

That such divisions

Existed back then

 

But many then

When the movie was made

Already knew

What Sidney portraid

 

That it has never

Been about

Where we were  born

Or our skin color

 

It is not even

About party or class

For what matters

Is being kind

(end)

 

This is my ode to the movie "A Patch of Blue"

 

 

 

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Apology To Ann, By Brian37

 

When I first saw you

In our local church

I could not take my eyes

Off you

 

From that day

I thought of various ways

Of things to say

To convince you

 

A cheerleader

You became

A nerdy mascot

Was my fame

 

I pined and pined

Not knowing the truth

That it was not love

But hormones and fantasy

 

I pestered you

In hopes of love

Not knowing the truth

We cant help who we are attracted to

 

I spent silent times

Needlessly

Pining and pining

Over fantasy

 

Never in me

An interest you had

If only I had realized

That wasted time

 

I could have saved you

From my blind ambition

I could have saved myself

From your rightful rejection

 

I hate hormones

They do youth ill

Cause them to dream

And jump off a cliff

 

You were beautiful Ann

But not attracted to me

I was too young

Of this to see

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Lancer, By Brian37

 

That I was

In 85

Graduated

But barely survived

 

Ducking down halls

Hiding behind lockers

Trying to avoid

The bullies and jocks

 

Hit on girls

To no avail

For I was the dork

With pimples and braces

 

Upon that time

I now reflect

What garbage it was

To be so sensitive

 

Twenty years later

I went to the reunion

And finally realized

None of it mattered

 

To Gail and Gretchen

And all that were popular

That was then

What are you now?

 

You are faceless

Like most end up

One of 7 billion

And will be forgotten

 

I wish I had not

Been so sensitive

Been eager to please

And easily teased

 

But that was then

Wiser I am

To the hormones

Of angst ridden teens

 

A grudge I hold not

But least any forget

High school is tough

When you don't fit in

 

 

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Abide, Brian37

 

In palindrome blue

Red and white too

A sullen song

Reminds me of you

 

A dagger to

Bleeding heart through

Bloodless coop

Accepting the end

 

In this empty house

In central Virgina

You wanted a divorce

Nothing left to say

 

You kindly shook my hand

And helped me move to a new place

Knowing I was tense, wondering where I'd live

Knowing it was the end, knowing I'd hurt bad

 

Don't apologize

It was always  your right

You didn't feel the same

Our love had met it's end

 

There were no gods or dice

It was simply time

We hadn't thought it through

On different roads we were

 (end)

This poem is an ode to ABBA. Long before I met my x, when I was a kid, I listened to their music. Most of it certainly is bubble gum pop. But two of those songs, without realizing it at the time prepped me for rejection, something that is most certainly part of life.

So when my x left me, it most certainly was a kick in the gut. But it gave me the maturity to move on.

This poem is an ode to two songs and my x for handling me so kindly when she finally left.

 

"The Winner Takes It All" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You"  By ABBA inspired this poem .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glad To Be Back, By Brian37

 

Scorned

And berated

For being different

I look back at all of it

 

I had spoke rims

On my bike

When the popular kids

Had mag rims

 

I wore clothing

No one liked

I was too sensitive

To others teasing

 

I was behind

In my time

My likes were

Years behind

 

I could not

Think of a come back

Until it was

Way after the fact

 

I bought it all

To be "this or that"

If I wore this

Or listened to that

 

If I did so

I would be liked

It never worked

No matter how I tried

 

So here I am

Old and wiser

Glad to be back

In my own skin

 

 

 

 

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Perceptions, By Brian37

 

Last night

In the dark twilight sky

The earth's bright white

Satellite

 

From sun reflection

Conveyed such a shape

And looked to me

A certain way

 

As if half dome

Upside down

Lighting a freeway

At midnight hour

 

The surrounding clouds

Looked like a ceiling

Suspending

A security camera

 

Of course I knew

This not to be true

Retrofitting

Was what I was doing

 

Yet for too long

In real life

People think dreams

Are reality

 

 

 

 

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No More Care Free Laughter, By Brian37

 

When it happens

When it comes at you blind

When you think it is ok

When they tell you they want to leave

 

Footprints in the snow

Lead to isolation

Away from what you had

Into the lonely woods

 

Baron and cold

Knowing it is the only path

You step away

Accepting the reality

 

The reality

That once was

Is no more

It is the melting snow

(end)

Another Ode to ABBA and "Knowing Me Knowing You" Watch the video and you'll understand the poem.

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Leave It To Bieber, By Brian37

 

Long before

This current hysteria

Pining and fainting

Over this crooner

 

Agnetha was mine

I wanted to marry her

She was my Beyoncy

My Madonna

 

And the fab 4

Were that of others

Their mop tops

And Helter Skelter

 

So last week

On a lark

I pm'd on facebook

To see if I could

 

Of another

Popular in my time

To see if she would

Opine

 

Not in A Flash

It took a week

And in a  Quarter

For her to speak

 

I had mentioned

Her sax she played

That hardened hearts

And found many fools

 

She lead me

To David Sanborn

And also

To Candy Dulfer

 

And her response

To my short thank you

To her music

I expected no response

 

For what time

Does someone have

To take time out

To the average

 

But with one line

She made my day

Said thank you

For being a fan

 

It is not about her

Or one generation

Not male or female

Or of one icon

 

We all grow up

With our icons

We all think

About the what ifs

 

They like us

Will always age

They like us

Have families and bills

 

It was simply neat

To get a wave

Not because of her fame

But because of what she gave

(end)

 

This poem is about recent events. I got a PM from a famous female lead singer saying thank you. I loved her sax playing and because of her even after they disbanded I can see the influence of my listening habits because of that band. It was merely neat having her say thank you.

Why is the poem titled Bieber? Because every generation has a male or female Icon people pine after.

 

 

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Abdicating

What office?

What throne?

What status?

 

An office made

Off the blood money

Of those prior

Establishing your hollow status

 

And funny that

With fake names

No mater how many

You still get replaced

 

Funny that

Reality

Flies in the face

Of your superstition

 

Ornate cloths

Expensive mansion

An ode to nothing

But narcissism

 

Funny that

After all the words

All the pontification

All the latin

 

After all that

Not even you

So falsely followed

Can escape reality

 

 

 

 

 

 

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