Facsimiles

FACSIMILES

Underground the truth
Leaving only faint echoes
… Viewpoints … Opinions

The True Measure

THE TRUE MEASURE

The mind may be smart
But the heart feels and feeling
Truly understands

That Frozen Moment

THAT FROZEN MOMENT

I see you
Icy U
You see me
Icy I

We see we
I to I

The sea we sea
So sure we are

The moment passes
And we

The I, the you I
Emerge marooned once more
Adrift, amazed
Lost among the crowd

HOME AGAIN

Now I am in place
And there’s nothing left to do
Since place is in me

The Daily Grind (Reposted)

THE DAILY GRIND

morning well wicked early still
when alarm bell rings

unglue gummy eyes
peer through foetid gloom
grope around to kill it
sniff up last night’s stale breath
puke worthy – and you expected?

quick shower, squirt and spray
baited hooks set – and dreams
“I swear (s)he fancies me”
a hopeful phone trills – eyes gleam
and stick it in your ear – “hi”

now on your mark, get set
and go, raging or else uncomplaining
by crammed tube or heaving bus
or through poison-pumping gridlock
noxious hell whichever option

a compliant commuter – a clone – a costumed clown
stuck up the back end of a pantomime horse
blindly galloping into thunderous oblivion
holding your snotty nose to the grindstone
scrounging shekels to fuel your shakey schemes

yes, here’s the life you were schooled for
to be laid on the butcher’s chopping block
to hang ripe for the black reaper’s picking
next to our attempts to heal our broken hearts
keeping food on the table is their sharpest weapon

but pity the overseers in their turn
the restless scuttling tinker men
well heeled tepid heartless overlords
with their eternal fear of the rank and vile
whose oversensitivity is such a bore

do they lie in the dark wakeful
awaiting the day their own alarm bells ring?

Lost

LOST

Another afternoon
Mislaid and forgotten
Let’s go to the pictures
Enjoy a phantasy

Shocks

SHOCKS

Some shocks thunderbolts
Hurled across the living room
“That’s it, I’m leaving”

Some are more subtle
Tiny changes day by day
Not even noticed

An old photograph
Depicts a startling stranger
We no longer are

Racism Rules? Go Figure

RACISM RULES? GO FIGURE

Gordon Brown*
Is white,
While Barry White*
Was brown

The world is
A very strange
And confusing place

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* Gordon Brown (born 20 February 1951) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010.

* Barry White (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and composer.

Making A Difference

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

If you must differentiate
Try to do so horizontally
Rather than vertically

Lost Souls (A Four By Six)

LOST SOULS

You find them everywhere
Ignorant, arrogant
Deadly combination
Take care you don’t join them