can’t carry a tune in a bucket…

the brown bag prophet
was humming
a little tune
as i walked by
i said
that’s an interesting song
he said
it’s my version
of
wade in the water
but
you probably couldn’t recognize it
seems
like
i’ve always been singing
out of tune
guess
i’m not one to harmonize
to
the chorus
of
social expectations
nor
to clap my hands
to the beat
of others
preferring
an off cadence
of course
leaving the close-order drill
to success
results
in some failures
so
my
failures
were
my own fault
as
a number of folks
have been quick
to point out
to me
saying
you should have seen that coming
i did
but
chose
not to compromise
who
i believed myself to be
in order
to leave
parts of my soul
spread across
a lifetime’s journey
as
breadcrumbs
to follow back
from
society’s definition of success
to
where
my identity
still
resides

 

is you stupid or what…

the brown bag prophet
said
that
he was
having
difficulty
understanding
how
people
could continue
to suggest
that
we
the public
should give
the new president
time
to learn
his job
he said
recall
that
we refer
to this nation
as
the ship of state
so
would you
get on
an ultramodern ship
or
a stealth fighter
with
someone
who’s never
captained
anything
but
a dilapidated
bankrupt
rowboat
or
world war I
hand cranked
russian
biplane
especially
when
it’s
already
begun to
spiral
out of control
into
the mouth
of
an active
worldwide volcano

what do you call it when….

the brown bag prophet
said
it seems to me
that
the republican party
is in favor
of
assisted suicide
why
do you think that
i replied
well
he said
look at their
proposed
health care plan
kevorkian
would have been
proud
of
how they’re
helping people die
by
denying
proper care
but
i said
those people
don’t
want to die
oh
he said
then perhaps
we should call it
assisted homicide
and
didn’t kevorkian
go to prison
for
his actions

spiritual edification trump’s thinking…

staring at line
inside starbucks
the brown bag prophet
said
the russian government
could not have
expected more
from
the president
they elected
for the united states
their agent’s
america first
homily
has divorced our nation
from
the world community
affording
china
and
russia
with
numerous opportunities
to replace us
as
a world leader
and
as
a trusted partner
on global concerns
seems
we have a man
attempting to run
one of the world’s
largest budgets
that has filed
for chapter 11 bankruptcy
six times
and
has cheated
common man contractors
out of their
due wages
i not saying
this constitutes
a vote of
no confidence
but
i suspect
there’s going to be
long lines
at
our nation’s
soup kitchens

in support of the new president…

the brown bag prophet
was mulling over
several
impeachment flyers
rapidly populating
public bulletin boards
when he
said
to me
there’s
too much
criticism
of the new president
don’t these people know
the new president
believes in
bank of america
in fact
he’s using
america
as
his
bank

servitude…

the brown bag prophet
stopped me
and
asked
where’d
you go
to
high school
i
said
a small town
in
ohio
he laughed
so
i suppose
you never heard
of
martina arroyo
who
the opera singer
world-famous
got
her own
foundation
and
such
to help
others
in the arts
his look
turned serious
as
he said
some chains
are
invisible
the
hiding
of
information
that
provides
the soul
with
pride
is
a starvation
that
forms links
of
bondage
stronger
than
steel
he handed me
a black history calendar
and
walked away

invasion of the body snatchers…

the brown bag prophet
was standing
outside
the public library
wearing
one of those
radiation-monitoring-badges
on
his lapel
of course
i knew
it was
a trap
but
i still
fell
for the bait
and
inquired
why
the prophet
said
well
every time
i watch the news
i
feel like
i’m watching
a film clip
from
the invasion of the body snatchers
russia and china
are
offering
to be
stewards of the environment
while
the guy
in the white house
spends more time
tweeting
than
thinking
the french
are offering
asylum
to our brightest scientists
at the same time
that
what’s his name
is cutting
the very budgets
that made us
a leader
in scientific endeavors
endeavors
that offer the hope
of
innovative jobs
for
americans
in the future
and
the list
of
national body swapping events
seems
to be growing
daily
and
people
seem
to be
ignoring it
the only plausible
explanation
is
an invasion
of
body snatchers
and
from
what i’ve seen
ignorance
has
the characteristics
of
radiation poisoning