revival of medieval times…

as i left
my local barber shop
the brown bag prophet
asked
did you grip the pole
i replied
i’m not
certain
what you mean
the prophet
said
folks used
to believe
that
bleeding
the patient
would drain out
the cause of the illness
or
the evil in them
during
the procedure
the patient
would hold onto
a pole
to encourage
blood flow
of course
all the procedure did
was to facilitate
the patient’s death
seems like
bleeding
is in fashion
again
given current
government
policies
and
procedures
everything
that
was
the life blood
of this nation
is being
bled away

 

tilak…

you needn’t speak
what
you are
is in
what
you do
it burns
your flesh
from
the inside
giving you
no place
to hide
while the smell
of
your
singed soul
spills
from
your body
marking
you
for
that
which lies
just beneath
the facade
of
your existence

just the thought…

the brown bag prophet
was sitting
at
a park bench
staring out
at
the ocean
with
his feet
held up
from
the ground
practicing a new yoga position
i posited
he said
no
just saw some
red ants
as i
was
walking here
and
then got
that
feeling
maybe
there’s some ants
just
below my feet
getting ready
to
crawl
all over me
that
same feeling
one gets
when viewing
today’s political scene
ants crawling
all
over you
invading
that little
space of sanity
that
you still
have left
so
like
so many
in this nation
i’ve gone
into
a fetal position
reminding myself
of
the germinal values
of
this now
dying
nation

guising…

running door to door
like a swarm of angry bees
ignoring danger
children dash to collect treats
like a self-centered nation

the parallel story…

Public Domain Image: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld: Fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah

nation like lot’s wife
looks back instead of ahead
with the same results

 

god forbid…

let me get this straight
pardon convicted sheriff
deny a visa
to cancer victim’s sister
for fear she might stay