initiate plan b…

said smirking

child
i am so upset
all
my retirement plans
have been
turned
upside down
i had
just
located
the perfect flat
in
tokyo
but
now
the whole
thing’s
questionable
no
it’s not
the economy
i
just saw
plan 75
and
now
all i can
think
is
me
in
wasabi
flavored
soylent green

 

 

 

warranty expired …

warranty expired

medical treatment
denied
you’re
a data point
outside
the life table
those
actuarial data
suggest
that you
should be
dead
or
at least
curled up in a ball
and
dying
not showing up
at
the hospital
with
a downhill
mountain bike
leg injury

 

 

investment opportunity…

investment opportunity…

nobody throws
confetti
anymore
it’s just
blown
from machines
or
just
dropped
from
large bags
over
the recipient’s head
all
the emotions
captured
in the hand’s
swirling motions
are
removed
for
the sake
of
efficiency
that’s got me thinking
about
a possible
business venture
now
hear me out
think about all
the weddings
held
worldwide
and
the aging population
that
can’t throw rice anymore
due to arthritis
and
such
see
where i’m going
right
a rice blowing machine
with
a flower petal attachment
i know
you’re saying
visionary
but
i’m
thinking
it’s
the wine

on child rearing…

while a child prayed...

now
i ain’t trying
to
tell you
how to raise
your child
lord knows
i’ve always
supported
whatever 
you’ve done
even when
you were dating
that
butt ugly
hospital vp
i stood by your side
but
i couldn’t help
but
overhear
how you were
teaching
your child
how to say
prayers
so please forgive me
this one time
but child
that line about
if i die
before i wake
surely is going to keep
that child
awake
i mean
who in the hell
would want to close
their eyes
with that threat
of
dying
hanging over
your
bed
forget
what’s under
it
it’s what’s waiting
when you
close your eyes
that
would make you
wet the bed
not the monster
in
your head
not even
with
the light on
would
anyone
want to sleep
so maybe
you want to repeat
some prayer
about
how god cares
and
shares angels
to
protect you
throughout
the night
that would
surely
take care
of
most
of the night’s
frights

 

 

how big is an iota…

how big is an iota

honey
mrs jones
is
so full of grace
she
can’t say
a harsh word
about
anyone
well
mr jones
is somewhat
of
an exception
but
that’s
just because
she loves him so much
that said
even those
lying ass racist politicians
in
washington
don’t
get
a reverse blessing
from
her
she just says
they must have
some
good in them
lord
there are times
when
i just want to shake
some sense
into
that woman
and
say
there ain’t no way
those
spawns of satan
have
one iota
of
goodness in them
and
don’t start up on me
with that
god’s gonna punish
the wicked stuff
cause
i don’t see
any reason why
the divine
is punishing
the rest of us
while
those fools
are above ground

courtesy call…

another apology

an unexpected call
been years
since we’ve talked
so
initially flattered
and
responded
at
length
to
the youth’s
questions
then
started to hear
a familiar tone
the one
we’ve all heard
you know
that
move
the story along tone
punctuated
with
the repeated phrase
i just called to
i just called to
that mantra
no doubt
used by cornered rats
that’s when
one
recalls
those phone queries
from
parents
about
academics
and
grades
when
heading out
to
a bar
called
the library
so
as not to lie
would simply say
can’t talk right now
have a date
with
the library
with
that memory
in
mind
the young caller’s
abruptly
told
oh my
i’ve got to go
please
call again
soon
knowing damn well
it will be another ten years
before
another
courtesy call