Archive | Poetry RSS for this section

The People’s Assets

31 MAY 78

 

In the land that was the CCCP, now called the Russian Federation, the people’s assets have been taken away. Now is the time for those assets to be returned to the people.  Workers of the Federation unite.  Your father’s fathers did it once, do it again.  The Revolution never ends; it is an endless battle.  In my country, we have been asleep as well.  We have been forced to wake up and look at the country we have allowed to be overrun by greedy gluttons.  We have begun to fight back.  It is a hard row to hoe, but spring is coming.  This has been the year of the roaster.  This will be the year of the dog.  I hope this dog can hunt, and has a hard bite.

Advertisements

Oh My!

hqdefault

 

The hills have lions, no tigers, but bears.

We have lions, no tigers, but bears.

I worry more about the flying monkeys,

and the wicked usurper in the East.

We have hetmans here, monarchs

in their own right,

but they are like the lions and bears.

They follow their nature.

I worry more about the flying monkeys,

and the wicked usurper in the East.

The lions, and hetmans, and the bears

can be hunted.

I am waiting for the clean waters

of Allah to melt the usurper.

As to the flying monkeys, well

. . . a primate is just a primate.

 

LC Classification

 

Who says

that the guy who made

up the Library of Congress

system of cataloging

had no sense of humor?

BS is the classification

under which the Bible

is put.

 

published in For the Love of Death, the early years, 2nd ed., S.I.N., 1993.

first published on the internet at BlogSpot.com, 8/21/2015

Death by Doctor Who

 

I tried to explain about the strange man

in the phone booth,

but nobody would listen.

He nattered about weird stuff:

Pity, now the universe is down

to 699 wonders,

in a Mad Hatter sort of way.

Twenty-five years and

they still look at me queer.

When I was a kid; it was comics.

Alternate universe, alternate issues going

forward in time and back in time.

Now it’s Dr. Who.

Talk about social suicide,

talk about Doc at a cocktail party,

you’re standing alone in a corner

with an empty glass.

If they don’t like the Doctor,

strange isn’t in their blood.

And if strange isn’t;

where’s passion?

Under all that conformity?

Fun counts.

 

published in For the Love of Death, the early years, 2nd ed., S.I.N., 1993.

first internet publication on BlogSpot.com, 8/22/2015

They Love to Touch

 

I once saw a man at a pretzel stand

with a giant pretzel on top of it.

You couldn’t help but know that it was

fake: nobody makes pretzels that big.

He just had to touch it, though, creep!

It should have fallen on him.

It must be the same thing with snow;

they always walk on the clean stuff.

Monkeys will sleep in their own shit

even if you show them how not to.

Even a dog won’t do that.

Let them not breed in great numbers

or else they will slime over the world.

The filthy fools remind me of

apes in crimson capes pretending to

be their human masters.  It must

be and oral fixation of the skin and

the thoughts have all atrophied.  It’s

possible they have forgotten to feel with

their minds.  Don’t get me wrong,

I enjoy a good tussle in the hay

as much as the next person but

this sort of thing isn’t lasciviousness.

Opening windows and closing doors

most of the time they don’t know what

for.  I think they forgot.  It must be

that they spent too much time with their

hands in their pants or up their skirts

or whatever.  Self-gratification gets

that way after awhile.  Nobody thinks of

the next person who walks across the snow.

Pretzels should learn to fight back.

 

first published in Wind Row, fall 1984.

1st internet publication BlogSpot.com, 2/23/2014.

 

 

Star Riddle

 

Is there a one rayed Star?

A one rayed star would be a point.

A two rayed star would be a line.

A three rayed star would be a fractured piece

of broken crystal, diamond or quartz, sapphire or topaz.

A four rayed star would it be a square,

or a cube?

In front burns the pentagram,

behind the effulgent six rayed star,

look up in the night sky,

every one is seven and beyond.

Each star shines in Indra’s web

woven in dark and light,

an infinite tapestry of points

from nothing to something:

a picture of points,

a photo of dots.

Yes, there is a one rayed star,

and yes it has a point.

 

taken from Some Notes on 21st Century Sorcery.

Dancing Bears

91260012

 

I had seen more dancing bears before I ever saw my first golf-course. I mean real golf-courses, not miniature golf.  And I mean real dancing bears, not something off of a Grateful Dead bumper sticker.

In the market in Lahore there was a Pashtun wearing dirty perahan wa tunban with a long grey vest and lungee, on his feet Pathan sandals, by his side marched a muzzled sun-bear with chain collar and long chain dangling from his master’s hand, arms entwined behind his back.  Very cavalier for a man with a bear.  For a few rupees he would make the bear twirl on his hide legs, paws in the air.

The Russian circus came to town before I had even learned to drag a camera about.  Their bears where brown, large and un-muzzled.  I remember the red vests the trainers wore, very striking.

It was not too many years later that I discovered my first golf-course in the middle of the night.  But I never learned to play.  I did learn that high school children liked to drink beer there, smoke dope, and hook up.  I imagine that college age people did to, probably for nostalgia sake.  You could find the empty green bottles, empty baggies, and occasional condom.   By then I had learned about grizzly bears, and black bears, Kodiak bears, and the extinct golden bears of California, and the great bear of Russia.

There is a wicker basket in the corner of where I live.  It used to be used for laundry; it is now used for balls.  All those nights and days wandering around avoiding the bears, the cougars, the skunks, walking by tennis courts, golf-courses, picking up lost balls.  My father played golf, but I do not remember him doing so.  There was a golf bag in his effects.  I took home the bucket of balls for the basket, my brother took home the clubs.  I learned to juggle.

This was all B.C., before Caddyshack.  Those were good years, B.C. I was younger and it was fun to find empty ground without people.  It was even more fun after Caddyshack.  “Biggest wastes of real estate, golf-courses and cemeteries” spouts the developer played by Rodney Dangerfield.  I took it to heart and was happy.  Cemeteries and golf-courses were keeping the world a little nicer because they were keeping the ground out of the hands of real estate developers.  I could watch the edges of towns blur the country, but the cemeteries and golf-courses were still safe at night.  I could wander around avoiding the cougars, skunks, and bears.

But now it is A.D., after Donald.  I try not to go near golf-courses.  They have become bad places, not preserving the ground from developers.  They are the playground of developers.  They are the place you go to look at the kleptocrats, to emulate the kleptocrats.  They are pretty like the gold souq of Dubai, or the frankencastles on the hills with well-manicured lawns and gardens.  I do not go there at night anymore, because I am afraid of the great bear.  He is no longer tied to Polaris.

That leaves me the graveyards at night.  I pass them in the daytime; they are getting busier, new holes, new mourners.   Night is the only time they seem at rest.

Somebody

 

Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886

Poem #260 from her catalog of works . . .

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

*

Once upon a time I had a teacher in a poetry class named Ruth Slonim.  She was fond of quoting Emily Dickinson and every once in a while snippets of these poems pop into my head.  Some I have even burned into my brain years later.  But this is an example of someone who effected my life in such a way that I didn’t even realize it fully at the time.  The old song goes “you never know what you got until it is gone.”  She died in 2005.

I later learned that during her life, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry.  Just to be nominated means she effected a lot more people than just me.   She had, and still has relevance in this world.  She is still effecting in her own quiet way.

The last time I remember meeting her was on a side-walk maybe 20 years after she taught me in class.  She remembered me from that class, and said she had been hearing good things about my work.  I mostly feel I have dwelled in hiding all my life, so when these little bumps come along, they make me reevaluate what I really am, what I think I have and have not done with my life.  And things like “How dreary to be somebody . . . ” pop into my head.

The frog tune that was posted on this blog a little time back in reference to the Donald Trump horror, must come from this poem, and Ruth Slonim.  “An admiring Bog” is a danger that Donald Trump never had a teacher burn into his brain as a warning.  It is really a shame that the humanities of a well-rounded education never sank in for Mr. Trump.  It is people like Ruth Slonim that I have to thank for adding this little angel on my shoulder, or is it a demon?  Whatever it is, it is one of those lessons that never really gets over.

Image result for Ruth Slonim

 

 

Religion

 

The bastard breeds as well as the Son;

remember the Father never married.

Not two wrongs but a trillion . . .

Against the will of woman, we have

been raped and the children suffer.

So breed the blasphemies.

 

published in Wind Row, Spring, 1983.

 

13

Photo: Old Moscow, probably in Washington Territories (USA)

Autumn Night

 

Dark night, cool and crisp,

softened dreams and settling mists.

Golden leaves fall so swift,

floating shadows with green well mixed.

 

Torrents of sounds from the drainage pipe,

thick rich earth after natures strike.

A scoured sky a joyful sight,

countless specks of twinkling light.

 

Endless green in the form of pine,

blackening shadows at this time.

Rising up from the cold damp leaves,

living the seasons as they please.

 

Growing warmth from within small homes,

people together, not alone.

Actually tearful is the night,

her soft light heart is far from sight.

 

published in Major Poets, Fall, 1974.

*

Let’s face it, I am not a major poet.  So this is another “Vanity Press” publication.  It was written as a literary conceit, I hadn’t been “in love” in over a year.  I managed to get this published without knowing what it was being published in.  I really don’t consider it a good poem.  Cute maybe, but not great.  Sitting on a shelf gathering dust and long forgotten.  I actually stumbled upon it by accident.