never eat a mushroom unless you can positively identify it…

i got
aunt bea
a new iphone
so
we could
do
a little facetime
while
we’re confined
to
our respective
homes
we were
reminiscing
about
my inability
as
a youth
to
distinguish mushrooms
that
were edible
from
those
that were
poisonous
i suppose
it’s
a bit
like
picking
the right president
aunt bea
said
sometimes
we can’t choose
for
ourselves
and
every now
and
then
that can be
a good thing
but
we must always
be
observant
and
actively engaged
just
in case
those who
chose
for
us
made
a serious
mistake

 

circles…

circles

the brown bag prophet
said
i understand
that
a benevolent dictatorship
is the best
form of government
no red tape
things are said
and then
done
but
such leaders
are soon
contaminated
by power
so
benevolence
is lost
i’ve also heard
that communism
in its
purest form
isn’t really
all that bad
but
the leaders
soon prefer
caviar over borsch
so
once again
power contaminates
and
community
is lost
oh
of course
there’s our
democracy
champion
of the free world
willing to send
our children
into corporate battle
so our leaders
can have
caviar
instead
of oatmeal
borsch
oh
seems like
power
has
once again
contaminated things
so
now
freedom
is
lost

 

 

for the record…

understand
this
the clubs
and
bullets
wielded by
american
security forces
will
and
have
killed americans
the blood
of wide-eyed dreamers
still stain
the walkways
of atlanta
chicago
la
and
every place
that peaceful resistence
was seen
as a threat
to the status quo
of greed
your words
of democracy
mean
nothing
when
the financial
profit
of politicans
is at stake

autopsy…

examination
of the tissue sample
revealed
specialized groups
perhaps
best considered
independent
functional work groups
although part
of the larger body’s
governing system
their purpose
seemed
idiosyncratic
and
carcinogenic
in nature
there was
no communication
between the bipolar cells
that comprised the culture
further examination
yielded startling results
that the body
had only lived
a short while
before the disease
which had been in
remission
systematically
spread throughout
every fiber
replacing
the original
code
with a nonfunctional
replica
that
the body
was unable
to identify
as harmful
thus
democracy
died