mature individuals seeking…

mature individuals seeking

the wine stained carpet
holds
oak pews
worn smooth
from
ups-and-downs
pews
where
generic prayers
from hymnal page
twenty-nine
shall we gather at the river
are offered
as indemnification
in the event
that their souls
wash up
on heaven’s shores
hymns
offered in a voice
befitting
their status as
part-time believers
and
full-time seekers
of pleasure
the kinds of folks
you find
every weekend night
hanging tight
with those half their age
youths
impressed
with their worldly wisdom
wisdom
plagiarized
from the new yorker
and
regurgitated
after several glasses
of the
in drink
and though
they died year ago
the shell of their existence
still haunts this earth
with after dinner drinks
in hand
and
fantasies
fluttering around
their corpses

no es facil…

no es facil

aunt bea
always says grace
before eating
even if its
some takeout
that i dropped-off
on my way home
from work
she told me
there were times
when
there wasn’t much
on the table
but
family and friends
would stop by for dinner
everyone brought
something
a rabbit
or possum
an uncle had caught
cooked by his wife
some greens and corn
harvested by others
and
the occasional
bottle of whiskey
given as gift
from a wealthy employer
for
house cleaning
well done
and
even though
it wasn’t as much
as some folks had
everyone left
with
a full helping of love

best seller…

best seller

i noticed
during
a fund-raiser
for
a local charity
that the brown bag prophet
had
an unusually long queue
at his church table
so
i thought i’d
give him a hand
to my surprise
he was selling
glasses of water
the price seemed
somewhat exorbitant
but he said
price
like religion
is dependent
upon belief
his sign read
glacial mist
he assured me
that technically
that was true
given
the process
of evaporation
plus
he said
people
are like crows
they like bright
shiny things
no real content
required
for example
look at
political campaigns
and
the resultant
person in office
with that
he went to get
some more
tap water

you were perhaps expecting…

Jean Dodal Tarot: Public Domain Image

Jean Dodal Tarot: Public Domain Image

dressed
in a finely tailored
armani suit
death
strolled in
providing
another
untimely end
to someone’s existence
seeing death
they said
that’s it
death
shrugged his shoulders
and
said
do you know
how many times
i’ve heard that
you humans
continue to believe
that there’s
some ideal time
to die
perhaps
after you’ve
found the cure
for some
unknown disease
or
single-handedly
saved lives
instead
you’re struck
by bread truck
or
fall into an open sewer
okay
that last example
was a little extreme
even for me
point is
random events
rule
there are no
greater causes
providing you
with a
get-out-of-death card