regarding your appreciation

what was it about my
presentation
that you
a d o r e d
was my
anemic countenance
accentuated
by the black of my suit jacket
near the shrimp platter
w/dried blood beneath my fingernails
as i offered you a cheap
Sauvignon
in a moonlit facsimile of
something more
romantic?

perhaps my wording
or
the way i burped consonants
and vowels
without politely excusing myself

i should ask
but that might disturb
the delicate
magic

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City Lights

lamp-lined parking lot
illumines the aether
a criminal deterrent

behaviour
just beneath the surface

were the world of cities
dark
sociologists have estimated hours
before looters
organize sedition
to overthrow lazy
govt’s

order is dependant on the
continual
operation of expectation
switches are flipped everyday
in the millions
until
another madness stops

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5, 7, 5 A 4-Haiku Morning

smelled the morning milk
reminiscent of barn cows
shrugged, poured my coffee

anyway, sighed I, ah
today shall be whatever
momentary bliss

rinsed a dirty spoon
stirred in a scoop of sugar
dreamed, differently

sat with book and pen,
arranged a meditation,
rang a clearer bell

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One Possible Explanation for Current Insecurities

the post-world war baby
boomers
were institution dependant
back
when the American dream was more
alive
possible, visible
economies flourished
government faith was ubiquitous
it ended
with Nixon, Watergate and the
aftermath of the Vietnam War
the children of these generations
learned by proxy
Not To Trust
compounded further by
Reaganomics: a
term used to refer to the economic policies
of Ronald Reagan,
the 40th U.S. president (1981–1989),
which called for widespread tax cuts,
decreased social spending,
increased military spending
and the deregulation of domestic markets

Dystopia
was ensured in this age

Corporations are perceived as
enemies
of the working classes

what else could have been learned
but
that nothing
was what it seemed?

looking at popular media
today
our heroes
are anti-heroes
a
far-cry from the science fiction
Star Men
of the mid-fifties
infused w/ space-born super genes

with science came the disillusion
of possible fantasy

we are Now more like our natural selves
of course,
this too is probably bullshit

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Casualty

flesh
the largest sensory organ
webbed over
sponge
-meat
absorb me addictions,
dependencies
cholesterol
mineral
vitamin

suffocating in a world
of
other toxins
do this
every day
’til it kills

the water filled spacesuits
of our
skins

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La noche oscura del alma

everything is terrible
painful
obvious
disgusting
real

i fell and found
myself
mortified at this body
‘s weakness

fragility
swallowing at food and air
trembling
in meat
terrified, truly
at the possibility that
nothing
is

shadow searching shadows
for meaning

matter destroyed, reduced
and recombined
to create new compound matter
organic,
synthetic
mined from geo-chrysalis Earth

elemental life-fueled machines
ideas of self-idea

reality
is a secondary negation
of criticised perception
I am
thought animated vessel
encouraged by analogous narcissism
the
trembling
will not
abate
I have become too aware
consciousness has stopped
processing
automated motor function
i.e
breathing
manually inflating lungs
pressing against water
drowning
in dry air

organism dreaming i’m people
creating
in the void between spaces
validated
by the illuminations of other people

mannerism, language
pattern analysis
a matrix of identity
learned
from reflections of
exterior knowns

“all that we see or seem
is but a dream
within
a dream.” Poe
there are evidences in literary
apocrypha
that these are not anomalous
considerations
but
pre-realized designs

as though knowledge purposes
the animate workings
of beings
exhaled, and inspired
by the curious seeking answers
epiphany
ego convinces self of origin

all that is
exists
because it is observed,
shared data
space and time are constructs
of biological
sensory limitations

the true, actual now
is impossible to perceive
as it actually is
microscopic
atomic
energy floating in infinite waves
experiencing numberless selves
all
One

We
obliterated, reimagined
phantoms
exchanging pieces of phantom

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