as we join the third world…

as-we-join-the-third-world

as
i headed home
from work
the brown bag prophet
was sitting
under
a bus stop awning
during
a brief
rain shower
he stopped me
to show
a card
he’d received
he
said
now
this
is
a first
i just
got
a sympathy card
from
a street urchin
in
bangladesh
seems
he
heard
about
our
new president

portfolio management…

barnum and bailey wars

the brown bag prophet
said
i understand
the world’s oldest circus
is closing
i replied
yes
financial difficulties
i
believe
oh
the prophet
said
but
i have it
from
an
alternative
fact source
that
clairvoyant carnival clowns
advised
the owners
to close
since
they
would not
be able
to compete
with
the circus
in washington
as
the king
of
clowns
has
taken up
residence there

did you mean…

Women's March Oakland CA

Women’s March Oakland CA

standing along
the route
that protesters
were taking
to
washington
i saw
the brown bag prophet
who said
i see
tump’s
the new president
i said
i don’t believe
that’s
the correct
pronunciation
of
his name
the prophet
said
do you
know
the definition
of
tump
that
small mound
or
hum
mock
or
if you prefer
the urban
definition
of
a tipped container
spilling
its
contents
cuz
if you did
you’d know
i said
the name
correctly

as they like it…

as-they-like-it

the brown bag prophet
was staring
at an ipad
looking device
and
laughing hysterically
i asked
what’s so funny
well he said
i’ve vsa software
on this
small computer
oh
that’s
voice stress analysis software
it’s a type
of
lie detector
which measures
a person’s voice
well
anyway
i was comparing
what was being said
by
trump’s corp
of
social de-engineers
and
the patterns produced
by their voices
during
the senate hearings
the relationship
between
words
and
truth
is
indeed
comical
well perhaps
it’s best described
as
a series
of
tragicomedies
and
their leader’s
word ornamentations
down right
deadly
hilarious

benedict arnold and company…

benedict-arnold

the brown bag prophet
asked me
to mail
a request
to
attend
a future
supreme court hearing
when
i asked why
he
said
i understand
that
trump
and
his children
are going
to be charged
with
treason
‘cuz
it’s
one thing
to mix
business deals
with
corporate interests
but
another
to do it
with
national interests
and
i want
a front row seat
for
this one

delayed irony…

an ancient discipline

the brown bag prophet
sitting across from
the municipal police department
was holding up a sign
with halos
on each edge
that
simply read
you’ll be sorry
i
pointed out to him
that might be viewed
as a threat
by
city officials
he said
oh
i didn’t mean it
that way
i was just
trying to point out
that at the rate
they’re killing black folks
white folks
won’t have any room
in heaven
when
and
if
they get
there

careful what you ask for…

witch doctor

a local reporter
hoping to score
a man-on-the-street interview
with homeless persons
stopped
the brown bag prophet
to ask
his opinion
of trump
fully expecting
no knowledge
of the candidate
the prophet
said
he’s had
a leave-of-absence
from
his senses
for
freedom
was not built
on
idle lies
but
upon the blood
of those
who
believed
that
no one man
king
or
whatever
has the right
to prescribe
to others
how
they should live
or
who is the criminal
before
the crime
and though
this house of cards
we call
a country
is not perfect
it is also
not
on fire
yet
though
he
strives
to
light
the match