thieves…

aunt bea
had a case
of
the giggles
today
while
reading
the ny times
between
bouts of laughter
she said
the public restroom
in beijing’s
temple of heaven
is using
facial recognition software
to dispense
toilet paper
seems
toilet paper bandits
have been
wiping their
supplies out
so now
a machine
controls
this much-needed
bathroom currency
us currency
on the other hand
is freely dispensed
to aid corporations
and
military programs
while the faces
of
the elderly
and
poor
are not recognized
wonder if
the chinese
could develop
one of those machines
that could regulate
how
our tax dollars
are spent

congressional address…

congressional-address

aunt bea
had
just
seen
the pretender-to-the-crown’s address
to the congress
when
i arrived
hoping
to foster
a discussion
i inquired
did he say anything
aunt bea
said
he conveyed
his usual
nothingness
but
she said
he
sure does
talk funny
all
those
facial contortions
and
lip postures
like
he’s
struggling to believe
his own words
he
surely
reminds me
of
old man wilson
down the street
how
he talks
when
he’s
constipated
and
had
a little too much
wine
to
drink

like the fabric of society…

like-the-fabric-of-society

when i
went walking up
to
aunt bea’s back porch
she
was sitting
at a small table
working
on a knitting project
of
some sort
as i approached
i heard her
say
oh darn
i have to take
all those rows out
and
start again
as i entered
aunt bea
said
look at this
i
assured her
that
it didn’t
seem
to be
all that noticeable
aunt bea
said
well
a bad stitch
is
like
an alternative fact
it weakens
the fabric
and
then
things
just start
falling apart

quick draw contest…

quick-draw-contest

Modified Image: Image Source: http://www.historyisnowmagazine.com

aunt bea
pulled out an old photo
of me
all decked out
as a cowboy
complete with
a genuine cowhide
double holster
holding white
simulated
pearl
handled pistols
she
said
as i recall
you
and
your cousins
were into
tv westerns
gun smoke
hopalong cassidy
and
such
you boys
would stand out front
practicing your quick draws
producing enough noise
from those cap guns
to send
the neighborhood dogs
into a barking
frenzy
back then
you didn’t
consider
the real consequences
of carrying out
a quick draw contest
with others
how death
was the real winner
seems like
the new administration
hasn’t quite
realized
that yet
or
doesn’t care

fleabags…

fleasbags

having
returned
from
a weekend
in
the mountains
of
socal
i stopped
by
aunt bea’s
laughing
i told her
about
a small town
that
had elected
a dog
as
mayor
she
said
sadly
seems
like
the nation
has
outdone
that
one

* The title of the poem does not refer to the Honorable Mayor Max, II

a question of survival…

no-in-my-neighborhood

i stopped by
aunt bea’s
on the way home
from work
on friday
feeling depressed
about
congressional certification
of
what’s-his-name
expressing the same
to her
asking how
as a nation
we would survive
aunt bea
said
when your mother
and
i
would go to church
we always
sat at the back
away from
the busybodies
that shared more gossip
than
gospel
during sunday service
from there
you could see
the choirs
on
those sundays
when we had
two choirs
the senior choir
would
always
have to be
first
followed
by the youth choir
so
most folks
arrived
late
preacher
would always
delay the collection plate
until
the youth choir
had awakened
the congregation
and
got folks
amen-ing
so
the bills
could get paid
i still recall
the first time
your aunt elizabeth
sang
how great thou art
lord
even the deacons
put money
in the collection plate
that day
how
that woman
could sing
and
fortunately
for pastor
she was the head
of the youth choir
which meant
manna from heaven
when
the youth choir
was featured
every other sunday
well
i cannot
for the sake
of me
recall
why
i started telling
you
about that
oh
now i remember
how will we survive
the next few years
simple
in the hearts
and
with
the strength
of
our youths

as the new year begins (2017)…

as-the-new-year-begins-2017

i stopped by
aunt bea’s
to
show her
my new camera
as
i was
explaining
its features
she said
wouldn’t it
be
wonderful
if
we could all
automatically
refocus
on
life’s situations
as
quickly as
that
new camera
of yours
keeping
proper perspective
on
what’s
really
important