Friday, November 23, 2012

“Yesterday’s Shadow”

In Memory of Carrie Davis

The calendar numbers
I was being taught
Were held in their solstice
When you visited our kitchen.

One of my dearest
Thoughts remains
To this very day
How well you fried a chicken.

You were a good Momma to
Your boys and stayed
Happy so others stayed strong.
We mourn us all our loss.

Mount Vernon air is
Sometimes cold and gloomy,
Yet those times of laughter,
The aroma of life, still reside there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

“War Memorials with Misspelled Names”

Say my name everyday,
Don’t chisel it in granite.
I died alone, away from home.
T’was afraid to go but went.

Say my name everyday,
Don’t consign it to be the
Marvelment of well-meaning
Pot-bellied VFW drunkards.

Say my name everyday,
Please look in on my Mother,
Pet my dog, cry to my picture-
Say my name everyday.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

“The Queen of Monte Carlo”

Holding a burger
She darts out of the student center,
Sliding into the sleek coupe.
“Drive us out of this place
To a quiet court where love may roam.”

-Pavement doesn’t end
Like it used too.
Metropolis now sprawls
The lonely mountain.
Sushi available by request!-

The fat toddler in overalls
Trails snot down his bib.
His eyes clouded by ghosts
In the mists of the knobs-
Lying in wait for their Liege.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

“No Shortage of Kings”

---146BCE Roman forces breached the walls of Carthage. All inhabitants were sold into slavery. The city was burned to the ground and the land was sown with salt.

Have you ever seen a desolate place?
Where people now try to hide their face?
I wonder if there were once children
There playing ball and running with pets,
Before some army rolled them all away?

I marvel how there can be worldwide
Rations of water, food, fuel, even family,
When there seems to never be a scarcity of
Bandits, butchers, overlords, scalawags-all
Poised to rule, casually casting a frozen die.

The great lies-deflection and misdirection,
Point to the lesser developed peoples and lands,
While failing to boast of local eradication of
Countless Native American tribes, not to
Mention buffalo herds the size of Delaware.

Dead languages can no justice demand-
It’s a feat worthy of stumping Columbo, what
The voyages of Columbus helped fossilize.
Ships from afar raped treasures and delivered
Endless supplies of soldiers, salt, and kings.

Time remains the great unsullied equalizer.
Hunters with ghosts in their eyes conjure
Themselves great warriors, most deserving of
Their spoils rather than rank blank purveyors
Readying self-realized killing fields anew.

In the meantime gardens do brim with bounty,
Beloved dogs and cats live like royals unaware
The value of a sip of water or piece of stale bread.
Prideful to live in a land heralded by the French
Queen, greeting all-in her sharp tapered crown.

---Yeats wrote of “No Second Troy’ – yet what of Carthage?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

“Oleander Tea”

Leave the way you came,
With your opinion to your self.
We don’t take kind to unknown
Furriers here, and our grass is blue.
Please have a cup of Oleander tea.

Never had a hard or cross word
With anyone that wasn’t wrong.
Now you must hurry, move along.
You need to hear some country song
While you drink some Oleander tea.

We decide how to run our business,
So don’t go expecting us to change
When fancy pants laws seek rearrange
Our own private Idaho family funs.
Drink your Oleander tea, before you run.

There ain’t no use bemoaning us at all.
The way we fill our jail and jello molds
Up to us-constitutional decree guarantee,
Life, liberty, and justice for all with gold,
Hurry on now, drink that Oleander tea!

All this flitter-flatter, pitter-patter,
Chitter-chatter has got me late to turn
The Titan’s timekeeping key, you see?
Son, get me my gun, this rascal willn’t
Drink him our gift of Oleander tea.