so others may dine with fine wine…

so others can dine with fine wine

aged hands
and
though
the shackles
have been
removed
slavery’s chains
of poverty
still remain
freedom
continues
to be offered
on
the installment plan
with
the occasional
one-night stand
with libertas
as
payment
for
services rendered
corporeal freedom
relegated
to words
of
hope
indicating
these things
take
time
but
what really
takes time
is
how long
it takes
pontius pilate societies
to
wash
the innocent blood
of the oppressed
from their hands

suicide prevention …

suicide prevention

heart-broken
the old man
stood on the edge
of a cliff
said
a final prayer
moved towards
the abyss
but
as
the buzzards
circled
he recalled
she’s
still
in his will
so
he cancelled
the whole plan
he’d be damned
if he’d please
her
plus
he was certain
the buzzards
were a sign
from
god
that he was
about to
go to hell
so
he figured
he’d better do
a few more
good deeds
as
insurance

mountain climbing stations…

mountain climbing stations

you stood
just
to the left
of reality
hoping
santa ana winds
would correct
your position
but
somehow
you
failed
to factor in
microclimates
of
human stupidity
greed
and
egos
so you were left
just
below
the foothills
of success
unable
to find
a sherpa