when the wheels come off…

 

i cannot sleep
i hear
the night drums
pounding
within
my head
waking me
a
cold sweat
envelopes my body
in a shroud
of
fear
a civil war
is
coming
history
is about
to
be
repeated
once again
brother
against
brother
blood soaked
passions
will fill the gutters
of
hate and intolerance
a nation
poised
to
self-destruct
fulfilling
ancient prophecies
but
the dead
will not rise
nor
will the meek
inherit
the ravaged earth
they shall be
as
all shall be
the roadkill
of
man’s accelerated
greed

 

do not disturb…

i must
apologize
for
my
verbal outburst
such
behavior
has become
quite
inappropriate
in
an age
of
denial
i
should have
ignored
the
indiscriminate
and
brutal
slaughter
of
palestinian children
and
accepted
whole-heartedly
the
sexual assaults
of
women
and
the adultery
by
the
leader
of
the so-called
democratic
free world
resigning myself
to
a judicial
and
congressional system
that
has failed
every
american tenet
of
justice
and
just
sipped
on
my white chocolate latte
and
been
happy

 

all rise…

encamped
near
the i 5 freeway
beneath
an on-ramp
you’ll find
the honorable
former
sergeant major
veteran
of
three
official wars
and
two or three
military
conflicts
tours
of
duty
have
left him
missing in action
in
his own life
and
deserted
by
the nation
he
proudly served
now
his body
is embedded
with
human shrapnel
fragments
of
memories
of

those
bloodied bodies
the smells
and
sounds
of
death
that
pierce
deep
into his soul
so now
he staggers
on
a new battlefield
an
ignored warrior
reclassified
by
society
as
a vagrant
someone
unwilling
to
participate
meaningfully
in
society
in a society
that
has given him
their disdain
while
praising
a commander and chief
that
slithered
beneath the slime
of lies
to avoid
even
the slightest sight
of
blood
especially
his own

 

libel…

now
let’s get
one
thing straight
the folks
in washington
do not
represent
most
americans
nor
are they
trusted
by
most americans
so
if you want
to say
the corporate puppet government
residing
in the united states
decided
to veto
a un amendment
that’s
okay
but
please refrain
from
saying
the united states
vetoed it
since
that suggests
the people
of
this nation
approved
such an action
they
didn’t
so
if you don’t
cease and desist
such
slanderous allegations
we the people
will have
to include
you
in
our libel lawsuit
against
the
mercenary abettors
claiming
to represent
we
the people

so common it disappears…

why do the drums
of wars
still beat
when
so many souls
lie
at
our feet
is it that
the drummer
cannot see
that death
has come
to
you and me
or
are the beats
i hear
a mother’s heart
in fear
that
war
will once again
fill
the nave
as
another child
is placed
into
a grave