Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vertical Society Bullshit Jungle

Dear Japan
I am tired
Of vertical society bullshit
This place is a jungle

Balding managerial lions
Lead prides of chuckling hyena recruits
To the watering holes every evening

Women are the prey
Fishnetted gazelles packed tight
For easy groping on morning trains

It's hard for me to keep seeing
Eye to eye with everyone takes their place
Up or down a social totem pole
As immobile as any carved in Canada

This son of the North
Has seen enough jungle
To last a lifetime

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shinkansen Haiku

Her spiky cellphone
Slid like a cockroach from her
Lost in train make up

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kentucky Racial Tension

No racial tension
In Lexington Kentucky
Just tense & intense races
Black & white race
Cat & rat race
Foot Ford train & plane race

I am lost amidst this

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When Your Eyes Are Full of Tears

When your eyes are full of tears
Remember
They're also full of prisms
That make rainbows before you

When your heart is heavy with dread
Remember
You are grounded firm
Enough to cast a weight far from you

Monday, January 30, 2017

Plan for Syrian Refugees

If I wielded the pen
Of the American president
Here is what I would do
With the throng of refugees
From Syria

Take them all to the American desert
Have the builders and architects
Re-create the beauty of Aleppo
Before the bombs fell

Have the bakers, cheesemakers and chefs
Fill their air with the smells
Of the fatteh feast of Damascus
And fill the bellies of all there

Have the teachers teach
Have the children learn and play
Have the mothers and fathers love
Have them all heal and live again

Most importantly
I'd have the artists and writers
Write their story
Have the dancers, singers, and actors
Perform it on the stage

Have the Syrian musical
Play in every city in America
Have every American
See the beauty that is lost
And weep with joy
That they saved
The tired, poor huddled masses
Yearning to be free

If I wielded the pen
Of the American president
This is what I would do
With the throng of refugees
From Syria

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fight Like A Woman

Fight like a woman
Proud together
Crowding the avenues
Their coward-foes couldn't
A million Lady Liberties
Making truth heard
In a time of deceit

Monday, December 19, 2016

Youth Things

Hanging out all night
With kids you just met
Then sleeping together without sex

Jumping the walls
Into a construction zone
Just to take a pee

Driving into a city
You've never been
Without a map

Listening to a new song
Constantly for three days
Until it is a part of you

These are things
Only youth can do