Under my bare feet
Rough words wear away like wood
As we turn to dust
Under my bare feet
Rough words wear away like wood
As we turn to dust
To hang stars one by one
Sieving rust into glitter
To build dreams from ashes
To look for patterns in brocade and well worn paths of memory
cutting through forests and fields and
swimming through streams of tomorrows
and navigating minefields of detached yesterdays
Through snow and storms
Until one day
I remember everything,
Whispers the sea
And the poet asks,
When time began
Why that smile is impossible to forget
Tell me how to start over
And the moon
And the stars
And the lark
And the still small voice
When forgetting would make all the pieces fit
Because they should know
the pieces never really fit
To my inner critic
I offer you this Rolling Rock
As an offering
To leave my poem alone until it’s finished
You may say
A proper poet,
Would give you scotch
To that I must say
Perhaps I will be a proper poet someday
If you stop interrupting me
And so it begins …
Send in the Clowns
It was hard for some to take him seriously. His business did not seem serious, and yet here we are. Waiting for his announcement. Waiting for a clown to announce is running for the office of President of the United States of America.
Here in his casino waiting for him to announce another presidential run. Everyone knows this is just publicity for his new business, or book or whatever, but here we are. Waiting. Seriously. Why is this news? Oh yea, because in America we have choices in our elections. We could even choose to elect this clown. We can literally elect a clown for the first time in history. We have elected soldiers, lawyers, business men, an actor, so why not a clown. Are those cocktails? Is he serving the press cocktails? at a press conference? Oh yea, he has my vote.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out. I have two announcements”, he announced with a wink. “One .. I am running for President of the United States, and Two, Yes I am serious.”
Groans and cheers erupt from the crowd.
“Now, Now, I know you see me as a joke, but look around at the other choices. Business men who out source jobs, professional politicians who sell out the highest bidding lobby, and manipulate voters with fear and fake pride, but will not look at the issues fairly and throw out old beliefs just because they are familiar. Racist, sexist, elitist, and broken. All because of tradition. If I hear one more time “This is how the founding fathers, blah blah blah… Really the same founding fathers that owned slaves, and gave all the power to the land owners. I am not saying we should throw out the constitution, I am saying they were not perfect, and we have different issues. We live in a different world, and we need to be just a forward thinking as they were for their time. We need to deal with equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunity’s. In America anyone can run for office even me. I am tired of clown prejudice, fear of clowns, even hatred of clowns. We are seen as a joke. Well its not funny. and it’s time for all that to change. Now I know many see my business interests as questionable, but I employ thousands of Americans and I make sure all my guest workers are legal and well paid. I am a lawyer, and a business owner. I am in a unique position. I do not need to beg from lobbyists for funding. I can finance my own campaign and promote it in my own media networks. How many other candidates can make those claims? No one. Now I would like to take questions from the press. Okay, you over there.”
“Yes, I am Ben Green, from The New York Times, Is it true you are a pimp, and drug dealer?”
The crowd erupts in jeers and laughs.
“Ah that, well I am glad you asked. Marijuana is legal in Colorado, so yes in a sense that is partially true, but I am not a pimp. I have given legal and business advice to prostitutes here in Nevada, where prostitution is legal, but that is not the same as promoting prostitution. It turns out prostitutes occasionally need legal counsel as well as other people. In America everyone, even prostitutes have the right to legal counsel, even when guilty of bad judgment.
and you over there.”
“Yes, I am Bob Thomas, from Mother Jones magazine, Is it true you won’t let your wife make statements during your campaigns? Is that some kind of misogynist attempt to repress women around you?
“My wife supports me 100 percent. That is her choice, she would tell you herself, but she could not be here and she is a mime. My entire family supports my decision and will be traveling with me to all the events I will attend during the campaign.
How about you there.”
“I am Sadie O’Neil, from The Houston Chronicle, Why do you refuse to change the name of your football team despite public outcry to the name being racist and derogatory?”
“Oh that, Well it’s my opinion that the name is inspirational and historically accurate, and if you ask the players if it offends them they will tell you it does not offend them.”
“It is not just my opinion that the name ‘White Devil’s” is not only offensive, it is incendiary,” exclaimed Sadie.
“Again it depends who you ask, and why is that important? At the end of the day I just want to root for my home team and wear the coolest looking sports swag. It isn’t about what the players do, it is not about their personal lives, or any of that. It is about bringing tourists into the city, screaming with your neighbors and pigging out on game days, and anything else is just you being a selfish elitist.”
“You see, sighed Sadie, That is exactly what I am talking about. Self Promotion. A president has to think about the consequences of his actions on everyone, and you don’t seem capable of even contemplating that.”
“No, you don’t see. This is America. This is how it works. How it rolls. Business drives needs, desires, and ambition. For allot of people that is enough, but not for everyone. Not for me. The name is horrible. I agree, but is it offensive. I would love to see people boycott it. They should, but guess what they are not. At least not enough to notice, so go ahead, boycott, and while you are out there being high and mighty you might want to look where all your money is going, because that is what I do everyday. That is what I would do as President. Where is the money going, the influence, the power. That is not what is going on right now in Congress. As an independent I can work with both parties, because I speak a common language. Money. I can meet them in the middle or I can negotiate a middle. I do not have to settle for a party line. I am independent. Are there any questions regarding my actual platform? Yes, you over there.
“Yes, I’m Tara Munk, from CBS, What is your position on Global Warming?”
“Well Tara, I believe in science and pollution, and I feel it is important to do everything to prevent a global apocalypse. You can call global warming or whatever you want, but it will be a priority for me because there is no planet b, so my policy would be to encourage all Americans to do there part for the environment and to make sure business’s follow the law and understand there role in the environment. America also has a global responsibility to influence and help other countries environmental concerns. We must participate in world summits and other goody two shoes sorts of events, and I will. Who doesn’t love a good summit. and speaking globally I understand Americas role in being a good neighbor and just getting along with people. When did it become us and them. Oh yea, always. Well that crap is over. Yea, I said it, Crap, Crap, Crap, Crap. Any more agenda questions? Yes, you over there.”
“Yes, Mike Young, ABC news, Honestly, Do you think you are qualified to lead America during a war?”
“Well Mike, I honestly don’t think anyone is. I would surround myself with the best cabinet, and I would also insist, even to the point of executive order that Congress and the Senate debate and make decisions on every conflict. I think the legislative branch has a job to do and the first thing I would do is hold them responsible for it. I would like for the American public to be able to fire members of Congress and the Senate who do not do their job. If they are not creating laws, confirming appointments, showing up to meetings and hearing, listening to constituents, and so on. Anyone else in any other job would get fired. Why are highly paid government officials allowed to act like slacker pot heads on perpetual spring break? How many vacations do they have? In closing I would like to see Americas Dream realized. In reality not in propaganda poster children and delusional hype. It is really important that Americans vote with their brains and their hearts. I am a clown. You know where you stand with me. Right in the middle. We have problems, but if we made the problems or let someone make them, we can fix them. The question of war is the most important one on the table at this moment, because we seem to be expected to jump in and protect everyone with issues now, and everyone has issues. I for one would like to think there are other options to consider first. And there are other times when we can’t wait. America however is not and can not be everything to everyone, but we can lead coalitions to help many. And I for one would make our leaders lead and not squabble around trivial history and tradition at the expense of the present and future. So please, I leave it in your hands America. Let me be part of the solution.
And he leaves the stage to politely applause and open bar. Yes, it is still hard to take him seriously, but it is easy to listen, because in America, we all think we have a choice, and if this guy can get on the ballot, well maybe we really do have a choice. He might not be a great choice, but he certainly will make following the campaign more interesting for the average television viewer. And the rest of the world… What are they thinking about a blue haired clown with a big red nose potentially running the white house? What is Russia thinking? What indeed? Then they know we are nuts.
There you have it. No corrections and plenty room to cut, but day one NaNoWriMo down
and plenty of room for editing
Because it is 12 am and I should be sleeping, but …
I’m dissecting words
Letting them drift through my memory
Until they settle where I want them
I guess you never will get the last word
The robin is certain
Objectives will be met
From consistent worms
The angry clouds stir for the storm
I watch the thunder with awe
What will be torn away?
What will remain?
In the wind twisting rotting limbs
Empty buildings boarded up for the storm
Ripped open and
Left behind to be studied by anthropologist and poets
I know what the poet would say
This is happens when the world spins and spins and spins
And someone yells
It is easy here
Watermelon and cut grass
And war on T.V.
Someone like you
Someone like me
or a few
Everywhere has been
Someone like you
Someone like me
Under the stars
Indifferent to me
And watchful of you
All of us
As rare as we are
The near and the far
Waiting for connections
Like riding the night bus
The air the quality of just beyond understanding
Waiting for it to wind around
This is where I get off
This is where I come from
Where I’m going