organ grinders and other monkey business…

the brown bag prophet
was sitting
at
a park bench
circling
phrases
and
sentences
with
a red pen
from
what was reported
to be
a
reliable
source
publication
so
i presumed
he was searching
for
crossword puzzle answers
so
i inquired
if i could help
fill-in
an answer
he replied
no
not unless you’ve got connections
with
the kgb
that
i should know about
you see
he said
i’m looking
for
examples of
disinformation
spread
by
russia
throughout
the world
like
that stunt
they pulled
in sweden
to
make
trump
look good
hmmm
with
a little help
from
their army
of
hackers
and
false flag information warriors
they could
quite
easily
convenience
folks
around here
that
i’m
really
a potential
howard hughes-like
benefactor
i’d be eating
free everywhere
and
not off
the public dole
like
the white house

 

trade tariffs and other absurdities…

my coffee french press
from a us company
was made in china

 

spring #13…

carol
was indeed
a gentle soul
by example
one spring
when
her neighbor’s exterminators
noted
tree rats
in her palm trees
she elected
to leave
them alone
as they
were
one
of god’s
creatures
so
you can imagine
the neighbor’s surprise
to see
her
waving her arms
and
whistling
at
a defiant rabbit
who had
reduced
her garden
to
mulch
but
not nearly
as
surprised
as
the rabbit
when
the coyote pup
got
his first kill

 

spring #12…

his timing
and
vision
of the future
was always
somewhat
questionable
so
last winter
when
he ordered
pineapple lily seeds
from
south africa
based
upon
physical appearance
and
its lovely name
few of us
were surprised
when
he darted
from his home
one spring morning
gasping
for air
the pineapple lilies
bloomed
early
in
his basement greenhouse
resulting
in a relationship
much like
his former marriage

 

spring #10…

the old man
planted
each
winter bulb
as if
preparing
a child for life
lovely setting
them
into the ground
they were
his wishes
for spring
but
as winter removed
its snowy coat
and
april’s dew
began to dance
upon the earth
not
one
shoot appeared
gophers