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Apr 16 · 18
Pompeii in 4 Acts
I'm frozen in my own time
in my own Pompeii at 72.
Every day is a play with
the same cast and acts.
It's been lived to death but
still plays to smaller crowds
who leave at intermission.
It's the freakiest show on earth
ready for the road shows in
small burgs with the hicks.
Apr 15 · 15
The Kennedy Lobotomy
Will you ask me if I've changed?
  Will you ask me if I'm better?
  The treatments calmed me down.
  Did you get to read my letter?
  My me seems so long ago now...
  Did you ever read my letter?
  I can't remember what I wrote.
  The word I remember is Sin!
 
 She wears diapers and isn't any
  trouble anymore. She died again.
Rosemary Kennedy
Apr 15 · 44
Your Warmth
I've been sleeping in a casket
alone for too long and want
to feel your warmth beside
me before I'm finally buried.
Apr 15 · 47
Screams
Coney Island roller coaster screams
      pleasure screams through the motel walls
      screams as the happy married couple drive off
      Painful birth screams of motherly love
      screams of anger as spouse ***** the help
      screams of cancer through the night
      no god in sight just morphine in the drip
      the worst is the silent scream before suicide.
Apr 14 · 38
Shrinks are Forever
I was lost inside my speed
  ****** mind hoping for calm
  but all I got was lost in Oz,
  a shrink's chair with no exit.
  I jumped from mountains of lies
  and buried me in truth's grave.
50 minute hours. ***?
Apr 13 · 28
Die of Thirst
I don't know how to tell you
I don't love you anymore.
I never want to hurt you so
I'll just turn love off and
you die of thirst not sudden.
I'm a coward. I hate me too.
Apr 13 · 51
I Spun Out of Orbit
Jesus! Not the Christ
just the expletive.
I can't stay in my place
you want me. Gravity won't
rule me anymore. My atoms
rebelled and go their own ways
and I look Picasso like.
Like I wish I could forget you.
Apr 13 · 278
Frozen Goldfish
We never have enough to eat.
Winter is brutal up north and
we can't pay for heat huddled
around Dollar Store candles.
My Goldy is dead in morning.
Daddy can't keep a job anymore.
Apr 13 · 25
If I Had a Heart
If I had a cat I'd call her Quincy.
  If I had a wife I'd call her Jayne.
  If I had a mistress I'd call her up.
  If I had a dog I'd call him Rusty.
  If I could love I'd have a heart of
silk just filled with sawdust.
Apr 12 · 38
Listen to the Wind
Listen to the wind.
I hear that voice again.
It tells of things we fear
and some we love but
most of all a baritone
that knows my weak
and my strength while
I doubt everything.
I'll wake to the barking.
I'll hope for the best again.
Apr 12 · 644
End of Time
Time is worth more than gold
on your deathbed being sold.
Expiration dates aren't legible.
Just ask a drowned 10 year old.
Cancer is the roulette wheel.
After chemo see how you feel.
Just sell my soul for morphine
with the pain in my machine.
Apr 11 · 62
Drunk
I don't need another drop.
I'll stumble to bed tonight.
I hope I dream of you and
not her with the snake hair.
Apr 11 · 34
Statue of Liberty
We bury a great Lady
who kept us safe since
1886. She was ***** and
pillaged from DC vipers
in thousand dollar suits
and 500 dollar haircuts
thousand dollar ******
and selling the country
piece by piece as jobs
disappeared and they
became billionaires and
we wept at our burials.
I'm mad as hell and won't take it anymore!
Apr 10 · 42
Breakfast With Marx
I bought breakfast for a Communist
to discuss our differences. He drank
***** and I had coffee. I don't feel
superior just sick from last night.
He hates god. God is evil to poor.
I said he deprived the poor as
the rich process fat from masses
to boil it into flame to read Marx.
I asked if I wore his Marx hat
and shout among the masses
could I convince them God is
not dead but Marx is long dead?
Your breath rattles in a fragile chest
the heart feebly clanks to push blood
when there's a bit in the aorta. You're a
young man in an ancient failing body by
an unknown disease. You lean on a cane
slumped in a chair waiting for a miracle
that won't come for you. You're a skeleton.
We fear death. We fear you. I fear ignorance.
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Apr 9 · 39
Civil War is Over
There's a Yankee ship coming down
our river. We surrendered but blood
is still wet and bad. We keep our rebel
flag flying. I'm 15 and hold my dead dad's
rifle proud with unsure courage today.
I saw the cannon smoke before the sound.
and it sent me to the promised land my
head was vaporized and then my body fell.
Apr 9 · 137
Thief
I steal what I need.
    The sun and moon and
    your heart and stars
    time and beauty and
    God's grandiose plans.
    I'll build a universe.
    We'll be the King and
    Queen. We steal dreams.
Apr 8 · 43
Moonshine
My brain has become a web
of confusion and delight as
I hold you close dancing out
of step with yearning heart.
I know this place spinning
like a plate on a stick as
I lie in fields in a scarlet
sky with you yearning too.
Apr 8 · 82
Thief
I steal what I want.
    The sun and moon and
    your heart and stars
    time and beauty and
    wistful looks crying
    I'll build a universe
    for us. We are King
    and Queen. I steal dreams.
    I always dream of you
    You dream of me too.
Apr 8 · 25
Communism 101
Communism 101

    Hours on the clock
    monkey's on my back
    the greatest reset
    never take that bet
    no time to chit or chat
    no time for this or that
    we'll all live in communes
    singing the same sad tunes
    while we all starve to death
    giving up our collective breath
    for the leaders inside castles
    we take time to collect our
    tiny weapons that will exact
    vengence and burn the guilty
    to their places in hell and
    we will finally rebuild a
    city to be proud of after all.
Apr 7 · 23
Put Down
Sick as hell he needed to
be put out of his misery.
I spilled a river of tears
waiting until his ending.
We laid him on a blanket
and fed him endless treats
while the vet put poison
in him to give him peace.
We're both chasing *****
in our dreams together.
Apr 7 · 105
Black Water Suicide
Black water. Sunlight.
   How to drown at noontime.
   You'll end up caught on
   a log in shallows where
   you're found and catalogued.
   You ended more lives than
   your own. Family is dead
   emotionally and buried.
They can't even tell you goodbye we love you and we'll miss you!
Apr 6 · 34
None of You
Time always takes what it's owed.
  It steals beauty. It steals youth.
  It steals memories and secrets.
  It erases love's loss after all.
  I had all of you, most of you,
some of you then none of you.
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Apr 6 · 33
My Father's Hands
I wear his flannel shirt and see his
old hands how can I be free? Let me
live my broken life the best way I can.
You were a war hero but I'm just a kid
who adored you and fell short of the mark.
Give me a mission. I'll fly and die for you.
Apr 6 · 32
Church or State
Is it Church or is it State?
A dollar short and day late.
Holy water incense.
Scientific nonsense.
Teachers ****** virginity.
Senators leave you drowned.
Presidents become be clowned.
Don't trust the Vicars
always in your knickers.
Don't you worry, Baby, just
hold onto these matches.
I have the gas can full
and a nuclear winter in
my secret laboratory.
I'll write the wedding
vows that stick this time.
Time travel takes a heavy toll.
Apr 5 · 470
I Love You
I Love You! Every living one of
you. I think kindly of you all.
Come over for Sunday supper
and bring a dish and stories.
Apr 5 · 51
West Virginia
The government's crawling our hills
  the tax parasites after our stills.
  What we make is our own free to taste
  so leave us out of your ******* waste.
  We die in your coal mines for you.
  Death is our gold to pay our due!
Apr 4 · 36
New World Order
New World Order

   an inch or a mile
   or a simple smile
   or Peter Rabbit
   or deadly habit
   pull the lever
   just be clever
   slit your wrist
   never try to resist
   new world order
   with just one border
   without a fence
   or gaudy opulence
   just an open wound
   never healing
   a fierce desire
   without feeling
   are you black or brown
   or professor or clown?
   never mind your history
   it all remains a mystery
   in this world with no past
   an invisible cast.
Apr 4 · 54
Hurrian Hymn No. 6
I draw my face on a bar napkin.
    I look like the night we met.
    Take me back to that night again
    when we hadn't touched just yet
    but yearned for Love and touches.
    I draw our family on a bar napkin.
Read it like a ****** having ***.
It means something different to
each of us. It can be painful or
funny or full of **** or falling
like Alice down the rabbit hole.
It can mean different things at
different times and circumstance.
It makes us feel in a Chemo Life.
I hold my pen too tight as
I strike the page in pleasure
and put the alphabet in order
to scream ******* in a poem.
It hurts so good to be heard.
Apr 3 · 30
Death's Surrender
There's a rebel boat coming
  close enough to see hatred
  in blood red eyes. Ring the
  church bell to call to arms.
  Powder in cannons delivers
  our death's surrender now.
Apr 3 · 58
Rabbit Hole
I go to sleep feeling dread
    in the morning I feel dead
    fog never lifts from my head
    I need Methadone to be fed
    I can't forget what she said
    Take the red pill instead.
Apr 3 · 25
Sleeping on Her Grave
I'll stumble over for a visit.
   I'm kinda' drunk.
   I hope you're not too sober?
   Are you insane like me?
   Contrary as a crooked line
   and seeing my favorite ghost
   on sleepless midnight's asking
   where have you been my love?
Apr 2 · 177
Roller Coaster
I used to look to the future,
        the only thing left is a past.
        There's an emptiness I can't fill.
        I've always been troubled fun.
        It's a steep price for a ticket
        to a ride that lasts a minute.
        The line is long but moves fast.
        Afterwards you change your name.
        We never drown in the shallows.
        We always preferred the deep.
Kathy became KC. Betsy became Liz. Terry became Tara. Lynette became Libby.
Apr 1 · 198
Judas
Pose with me. Smile.
   I'll be your friend
   in a picture frame
   'til the bitter end
   nailed to the cross
   of your destruction
   buried in shame
   and a resurrection.
Happy Easter. He is risen!
Apr 1 · 389
Seduction
The wind blew up her dress.
  Those lips sang to me from
  shore like sirens of Ulysses.
  I was tangled in the sight
  caught in a net of memory.
  I was trapped in her riptide.
Mar 31 · 72
Rusty
I never believed in anything
as much as I believed in you.
I'll never forget you. Your
heartbeat is still in my own.
You taught me how to love.
You taught me patience and
humility and to be kind when
it wasn't deserved but needed.
God's own Golden Retriever.
We tattooed his paw print on our wrists. We'll never forget him!
Mar 30 · 356
Strike Me Blind
See Hear Speak nothing.
Let me ****** and drink
and watch comedy videos
and take Ambien to sleep
and Xanax to live a life
and die on time forgotten.
Leave the bleached bones
of freedom in our graves.
Mar 29 · 166
Shadowless
I let my shadow go today.
I set my youngest free to be
herself with her own shadow.
She will call me less now but
she's in love and I won't let
it matter. God, I'll miss her.
Mar 29 · 46
Closing Time Waltz
When the bar lights blink off and on
  and last call announced half hour ago
  we calculate the odds as drunken sailors.
  The bar is full of sirens calling from shore.
  These beauties must've appeared recently
  cause I never saw them earlier. We take
  their measure and like dancers we choose
  partners and meet near the door and waltz
  away together into the night. We find our
  way to beds holding on to this life raft
  as desperate lovers often do. We love
  the best two drunk strangers can do.
  We wake in morning light blinking.
  We'll always do this dance again.
Mar 28 · 40
Fat John
My roommate was one of a kind.
  "******' A, Chump", belonged to him.
  He gulped life like a drowning man.
  He wasn't handsome but he had charisma.

  I worked in Waltham, Mass. We were all
  misfits but smart as whips! We kept the
  DECSystem 10 computers serving brainiacs.
  We worked and partied hard. The olden days...
Mar 28 · 21
Bad Movies
Everybody dies. How doesn't matter.
    Life's a bad movie with a sad ending.
The living still send bills, call you up.
    Emails not returned to those sending.

The inks wet in the memory book.
Sooner than later you're forgotten.
Cremains in a dusty urn on a mantle. 
Funeral flowers turn black and rotten.
Mar 26 · 17
Whipping Post
I was dragged to a whipping post
    and ******* desperate naked angry.
    Bring blood from lashes of a devil's
    tongue and **** and **** and *****.
    
    Writing poetry is a lonely effort
    full of doubt. No one likes a word.
    I drink me insane to set it on fire
    and light lines to burn poems down.
Mar 26 · 67
Marty Gentleman
Marty's Mass

  He died sudden like with
  a blood infection that ******
  his heart valve up. He was
  cremated into basic atoms of
  ash reduced to a jar of himself.
  He was always bigger than life
  and the irony is blatant. Thursday
  is a mass for him and I'll be there
  somber faced and heart of tears
  to pay my respects. I want to laugh
  out loud at his stories and jokes
  he told. The man could sell you
  your own soul and you'd thank him
  for saving you! He was a Gentleman.
  That's the greatest compliment ever.
Mar 25 · 56
Catcher in the Rye
Catcher in the Rye
Men all learn to lie
Women learn to cry
shrinks learn why
soldiers learn to die
angels learn to fly
we all say goodbye
regret we never try
Mar 25 · 41
Rusty
I never believed in anything
as much as I believed in you.
I'll never forget you. Your
heartbeat is still in my own.
You taught me how to love.
You taught me patience and
humility and to be kind when
it wasn't deserved but needed.
God's own Golden Retriever.
Mar 25 · 22
Mississippi Delta
Cotton obsessed, ***** oppressed,
    Southern charm and whipping the help
    mint juleps in the oak tree's shade as
    Delta planters tamed this flooded jungle
    with a thousand slaves bought in kennels
    filled with a savage fear of lost orphans
    from lands beyond reach of our dreams.

    A noble savage we tried to free in Civil War.
    Free to live in squalor with **** schools and
    **** jobs and **** projects to call home.
    Don't fear these truths. Don't stare blind.
    Carry this prayer to your altars and pulpits
    and shout from pews demanding justice.
    Sing of misfortune and tomorrow's hope.
Free the slaves, just not into my neighborhood.
Mar 23 · 30
1981 Boys Club
Mullets and discotheques,
gold chains round the necks,
lines of coke, smooth *****.
Buying drinks, making passes
back when everyone was gay
then the scourge had its way.

Skeletons rattling breaths
clutching the hospice deaths
Really nothing left to say
just hold my hand to pray
friends please bend a knee
thank their God their free.
Mar 22 · 157
Undone
I've finally come undone
   the whole crazy orchestra
   plays frenzied on the sun.
   I stare hard to see them
   in the blinding light of
   noon finally seeing truth.
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