Together

night lamps
swim in lateral
formation
one and one
hem the liquid
substance of
matter

illuminating
as they go
in their stop
and go function
weaving in and
out around
the great trunks
of opaque alien
tendrils

blinking to each
other as fireflies
dance in morse code
one need only marvel
at the intimacy
of their momentary
flame

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Silly Dragon

cloister about his person
sentimental jewels
lusterless oddments of
facetious value
inkwell, desk, a
wizened beard
framed document wallhangers
embroider his podium
a
shadowy remove, a
coward’s retreat
from criticism
his ego: transparent,
obvious
owlish nincompoop

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L’homme est né bon

drink experience
from birth
to death
hydrate your dust
and expire slowly
each day

take care

a preacher is
no more
a conduit to God
than is his audience
a receptacle
for his sermon

you will
steer this ship to port

you will
by your perception
choose

what is
and what is not

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The Internet Has You

plug it in
turn it on
refresh
refresh
there’s always something
happening
have to be a part
of it
stand up, voice opinion
Fox News\ CNN
so fucking special
i am. subscribe
satellite television
download
Windows Next
don’t fall behind
wouldn’t be caught dead
with last year’s model
the new
ultra thin
has sex appeal
smart phones, smart water
alpha test the latest
software
troll the trolls
in anonymous masks
so important
lie
lie
they’ll never know
that you’re
a wanker
unless you tell them

you’re not
a low-level superhero
in your own
private
fantasy
universe

anonymity is not freedom

spend, spend, spend

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Uniformity

straight lines criss-cross
grid minds think
in right angles
euclidean cubes
on top of cubes
fresh sod checkerboards
sidewalk squares
peppered with whimsical
roundabouts
curbed green patches
mere
shadows
of Earth’s vegetable
majesty

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Bullshit

don’t you hate it
when they make
dedications, and declarations
of love
“I will shout your name
from the highest mountain!”
what nonsense
that
typically occurs immediately
before he beds her
or long after
when he realizes
he can’t replace her
they’ve all
seen those movies
and he decides
now
it’s time
to take those guitar lessons
and make
an embarrassing public display
because girls always
have balconies
and depression sounds best
in the rain

so he sings terribly
and she appears
“what are you doing?”

“I love you!”
he says
the spell is cast
she finally realizes
it was him
all along

and we feel sick
after reading
eight stanzas
of nothing

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