I wish you were mine
Captured in time
Fast asleep forevermore
From worlds afar
Teaching us well
What love is for...
Two dreamers dreaming
When worlds collides
Yet which one will stray
To the otherside...
Turning to dust
Before our very eyes...
As fast as ocean sweeps the bay
legs of crescent carry away
a sea of wonder won't reject
the sweetest moons you collect
in the palm of your hand soft as peach
slender spine strains to reach
the sun in the sky too far for advice
on speaking to creatures fragile as ice
because the sweetest girl, dear Josephine
shielded by blue instead of green
has a smile painted upon the wall
off the museum fortress she dare not fall
because the places you venture will seem
only to exist before in your dreams
never so lonesome as an unshared bed
cluttered with thoughts of remorse instead
slamming doors in the old broken home
cover the windows high with stones
when travels far and wide resume
remember your home is always the moon.
and it's time
when the lights are shut off,
and you realize, that the show
has already ended
and then you sit down,
how did it end so fast?
why did it end so fast?
and after that
you start feeling scared
of the prospect of the future
that's full of the unknown danger
but please remember
the show's not ending,
His Voice or Mine
With his kiss upon your lips
As you close you eyes
Do you think about the life we had
Or the new life he provides
Can his hands carress your body
The ways that mine once did
Will his touch give you pleasure
Like only I could give
Can you see true love in his eye's
Like the love I had for you
Will your heart beat just as fast
As when I walked in the room
Does the memory of him fill your day
Is our memory lost in time
And as you listen to these loving words
Do you hear his voice or mine
Carl J. Roberts. March 2013
From Hand to Mouth, A Man Gives Birth
Sometimes the pen, unnecessary.
The poem, fully formed, in his mouth, born.
Silent back labor, unbeknownst the existence
Of such a thing, yet knowing now
His contractions, coming fast and furious,
Eyes many centimeters dilated,
The sac's fluid breaks upon the poet's tongue,
He pronounces in a single breath his
When his hand to mouth, goes,
Like Moses, when he touched the burning coals,
The words are signaled, freedom!
The words announce:
We are now created, conceived and
This new oxgenated atmosphere is now our
final resting place.
This child, the poem, this exhalation,
Once freed, is lost to him,
It's been renamed, retitled,
by hundreds of newly adopted parents as
When you hear the poet-man exclaim,
I live hand to mouth!
Weep joy by, for and with him,
For his true meaning now clarified,
An ode to joy has
Been birthed this day,
A child for the people.
My heart beats frantically
My breathing, fast
Heart threatening to explode
His look pierces me
Their expectant faces
Judging my very being
Expecting me to fail
So why not let me be?
This dark secret can be kept
No one has to know
But I have to say it
Then a thought rises,
I can lie
And they will never know
No one bothers to understand
They just want to ridicule
I won't give in
I am not their jester.
because i know.
you're better than drunken weekdays,
and cocaine lines on the bathroom counter,
because you can can flourish faster
than the marijuana plant in the corner.
but what is live fast
if your summer nights aren't filled with dreams
because the alcohol clouds your vision.
you're worth more than one night stands
and that cigarette between your teeth
but satisfaction is an inadequate mask for need,
and desire just gets us into trouble.
I will start with a hello.
A handshake, an introduction, a beginning.
Then it will grow,
from an exchange of names
to playing mind games and discussing our fames.
You've always been the talker,
the initiator, the instigator.
And I; the listener, the adviser and friend
to give you a silent prod in the right direction
when the sidewalk comes to an end.
I take no form; no shape, no size.
I'm not the truth, nor the lies.
I am not a human, or a living creature.
I have no body parts, or any features.
But I can think, sure I can.
And I can act as any other man.
The reason why I still exist
is not meant to be a mystery
buried deep inside your inner abyss.
In fact, it lingers right in front of you
and dances before your eyes.
It isn't meant to be shocking news;
or an unforeseen surprise.
Even if you can't see me,
I'm always here as company;
the guest that never leaves.
And even if I wanted
to pick up my shoes,
get up and move,
my nonexistent feet
would stop me in my tracks
and I'd be heading back to your street
fast, fast, fast.
I'd be back before the count of two;
and if you wonder why,
ask yourself this:
why is it that we've never parted,
or even said goodbye?
Here is my answer to you:
We are bonded together by super glue,
joined by the brain, the heart and soul, too.
If that sounds confusing, I'll give you another clue;
you live in me, just like I live in you.
I am poetry;
metaphors and similes,
dotted i's and crossed t's.
So fill my cup with the wine of your words,
swallow me whole and be free as the birds
flying through the endless sky
as clouds and airplanes pass you by.
Stanzas and rhymes will flow down your throat
like that of a current, which carries a boat
and takes it to its destination;
the end goal, the aspiration.
They'll travel down with ballads marked in cursive,
with scribbled sonnets and haikus and verses.
Then when they finally reach the heart,
you'll know that it's no longer just words but art.
Because your poems are colours that brighten the walls
by splashing blank canvases and bathroom stalls.
I am poetry;
the pencil and the paper.
But you are the hand, the thinker, the maker.
So paint the world a picture
through your beautiful literature
because your words are your wand
so show us the magic and create the bond
between the fixed and the broken,
the sleeping and the woken,
the written and the spoken.
Pick me up and let me scrawl
down your words and then install
them into the minds of everyone
and they'll be stunned by the
brightness of your sun.
You'll shine with radiance and glory
so keep on telling your story
because your words are your life,
your victories and your strife.
You are the creator, the teacher, the reverend;
but this time, I will subside
because you are the guide,
and your words are your legend.
you're not gonna bother to think
before you pour another drink
so go ahead and mix it up
until you feel like you're pretty enough
calm the thoughts that race through your mind
dancing around under lights that blind
looking for someone to hold you near
they'll whisper whatever you want to hear
determined the world will drive you insane
you can't stand to feel the pain
so here we go, you're gonna drink
bottles empty fast
trying to outrun the past
let go of the life that chains you down
baby you'll never leave this town
can't get one foot in front of the other
statistics, are you just another?
you have this plan every day
that you're not gonna let it slip away
that you'll fight whatever's worth fighting for
and you won't do this, drink anymore
and you feel like you're thinking clearer
until you look inside the mirror
feel the weights heavy like chains
and you know what will ease the pains
of life, of living
tired of giving
and it's so easy to fall
when you've lost it all
and the bottle knows your name
Hegel’s Hero in Dream
Hegel’s Hero appeared with video of heroes
To teach me Ideas and dialectics in society;
I saw there, Lions and Foxes of Machiavelli
Fighting , growling , springing from bushes.
Aimless Dame Fortune moves in history past
Politics of India, snowy, foggy, and shadowy!
Shivering men squat passive keeping “ID card”
As Greek slaves, before the Democratic Lords.
General Will ,as Rousseau says ,forms society,
Nation, Governments based on Ideas extant.
Lords, and the wealthy ruled rudely the ruled
In the past, as history moved as cruelly as fast.
God’s own Universe sans universal concept
On Peace; builds walls around each groups.
Religions fail to link the parted and parched
People who worship vicious Cain and Mammon .
Marx, Engels , and Mao came with the legions
Stumbled, humbled and stifled by the Mammons.
Buddha, Christ and the Prophet Mohammad
Told of Love, Grace, Patience and of Pardon
My Lord, why, we fail to wipe tears and fears?
“Sambhavami yuge yuge” says hazy, Hegel fades.
parithranaya sadhunam/ vinasaya cha dushkritham/
dharmmasamsthapanardhaya/sambhavami yuge yuge.
When in India can we expect such a Hero:Kalki,in Kali?
To be trapped, jailed as terrorist protestant, really!
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), a German philosopher, was a teacher in the tradition of Plato. Rousseau and Bruke.His important book is The Philosophy of History.” Idea is One Big Form”..”The History of the World begins with its general aim-the realization of the Idea of Spirit”. As Nature it is a most deeply hidden, conscious instinct for security of body and property; freedom and justice.]
1. (“The Christian idea that all men stand as equal in the sight of God, has had its political consequences.”Andrew Hacker, Political Theory,p.433).
2.To Hegel, “The German nations, under the influence of Christianity, were the first to attain the consciousness that man as man , is free”:it is freedom of spirit which constitute its essence, This consciousness arose first in religion, the innermost region of spirit; but to introduce the principle into various relations of the actual world, involves a more extensive problem than its simple implantation; a problem whose solution and application require a severe and lengthened process of culture”.(Political Theory,p.433)
3.“Hero is a builder: of a nation. a political movement, an industrial empire, a new religion”(Political Theory,p.434).(Hero is the World Historical Man)
4.Lord Krishna in Bhagavat Gita tells: parithranaya sadhunam
vinasaya cha dushkritham
sambhavami yuge yuge” (4:8) To protect the good people, to destroy the evil and establish the righteousness, I,(Lord: Hero) come in to the world. “Panditha sama darshina” Gita,5:18)A Scholar consider all equals. In his speech , Prophet Muhammad(pbh) said in his last speech in Mecca, “There is no difference between the white and the black people; no difference between an Arab or a non Arab. The only difference is in piety and knowledge. In the Madina Charter he signed with the Jews, Christians and other non believers, he assured that all will be treated equals irrespective of their faith or race.
5.Kalki : the expected incarnation of Lord Vishnu by Hindus. Kali: the wicked age where in virtue is shadowed by vices.
When I was preparing for a class for Da’awa College students on Hegel, I found some similarity in the philosophical level. This inspired me to think on socio -political issues.