resolute…

resolute

i will have
no
brand upon my skin
whether
it
be
for
pledging allegiance
or
human bondage
neither
will serve
my
soul
nor
insure
one moment
of
my life
so
i
will have
no
cattle brand
upon
my skin
and
if branded
by
force
i shall
remove
that skin
even
if
death
surely
follows

 

 

the gods discount center…

although the names change
they all share common tenets
first deny what’s real
then accept the written word
given by an unseen god
an unseen god that
only has private briefings
with select prophets
who were moved to write his words
in order to save us all
that is all that will
not question what’s been written
and of course provide
for the prophet’s earthly needs
as down payment towards heaven

 

scientific investigations…

the old fan
painted the body
with cool air
in
broad strokes
from
head to toe
as
rivulets
arising
from
the sleepless child
meandered
their way
downward
to
the bed sheets
attempting
to reach
the sea
though
this point
was
a mere
hypothesis
that
the child
had developed
after watching
a classroom video
it was one
of
many
theories
developed
from
similar scientific
presentations
the one
on
pollination
for example
made
it necessary
to
never use
the same
q tip
between
the two ears
for
fear of
the resulting consequences
one can never be too careful
the child thought
further
since energy
cannot be created
or
destroyed
and
humans were
in fact
containers
of
energy
it followed
that
ghosts
were real
though evidence
for
that theory
was based more on
stories
presented
by
his uncles
and
neighborhood friends
during
night exploration trips
and
usually
as
the campfire
became
no more than
ashes
however
it was
a logical conclusion
given
classroom lectures
and
the reliable testimony
of
family and friends
now
i’m certain
that
this child’s hypotheses
may bring a smirk
to your face
but
what do you
believe
that is
no more than hearsay
about
the world
and
the people
in
it

 

no questions please…

the tomb’s been sealed tight
politics over god’s son
money’s to be made
cadillacs to be paid for
so now preachers prefer cash
they prefer trump’s cash
over heavenly rewards
so when they’re preaching
they prefer you just listen
as if trapped in a sealed tomb

 

like lambs to the slaughter…

gripping their bibles
such a faithful flock of sheep

smiling earth demons
used only biblical words
to herd them to their own deaths

 

advisory sidebar for future martyrs…

advisory sidebar for future martyrs

you must understand
from the beginning
they will
let you die
either
by the sword
or
by systemic attrition
it really
doesn’t matter
how
you die
as long as
you’re dead
your
heroic
efforts
will be given
the old
corporate spin
and
discredited
by an army
of press agents
all
declaring
how
you failed
when you chose
death
over
life
how you refused
to face
the future
and
fight the good
fight
instead
elected
to be a martyr
of course
they may be
right

observations from a broken window…

observations from a broken window

there appears to be
no particular pattern
to the way the glass
has shattered
all around my feet
it’s difficult
to determine
the angle
of the throw
or
the thrower’s
size and weight
just another
stone of hate
hurled through
the stifling smoke
of anger
a stone
anointed
with the rancid oil
of their blind belief
a belief in words
transcribe
and
compiled
by men
i wonder
though
how often
they’ve thrown
their books
of faith
through
windows