senators take note…

i saw
the brown bag prophet
parking
a 1954
austin healy
bug-eyed sprite
in
the public parking lot
behind
the court-house
as
he
walked around
the corner
i
mentioned
the disparity
between
what he
presents
his financial situation
to be
and
what it
apparently
is
he smiled
and
gave
no direct response
to my
comment
instead
said
if you
want
to
seriously
consider
disparity
recall
that
driving
under the influence of alcohol
will land you
in jail
so
what does
governing
under the influence of
insanity
get you

 

national derailments…

aunt bea
was preparing dinner
when
i stopped by
this evening
she was listening
to
a npr program
about
washington
i told her
i personally
had been
having
difficulty
listening to anything
regarding
the new
washington
blowhard
and
got a rather
sick feeling
even when
his name
was mentioned
i said
to aunt bea
how can you listen to that stuff
she smiled
and
said
there’s an old
trinidadian
saying
the whistle don’t pull the train

a single forget-me-not…

as a poet
i have decided
to
fade away
quite
gracefully
merging
into the woodwork
but
leaving
a rather
irritating stain
deep
into the fibers
of life
not
removable
by sanding
and
far
too costly
to replace
i absolutely
see
no need
for me
to
change
completely
because of a little thing
called
death

autopsy…

after collecting
the
appropriate
background data
by
consulting
medical records
doctors
and
family members
as well
as
the location
and
circumstances
of
the death
additional data
were obtained
by
carefully
measuring
personal characteristics
of
the author
eye color
ethnicity
sex
and
age
only then
were
small incisions
made
at
the base
of
the poem
searching
for residual
evidence
for
why
the poem
was
rejected
for
publication

it is confusing…

who’s the funniest clown we know
clarabell
oh no
think of the white house show
so it couldn’t be
clarabell
tho
his feet are big
there’s no stout tummy
and we most certainly
could do without
the chu
chu
chump
who has fuzzy-wuzzy hair
clarabell
oh no
though
it’s partly red
but mostly bare
tis not clarabell
but
since the day
that he was born
he’s
honked
and
honked
and
honked
his horn

not quite biblical…

i was
complaining
to
aunt bea
about
how
the new president
seems
to be more concerned
about
hearing
his
name
in the press
than
doing
anything
of merit
that
would cause one
to
actually
mention
his name
aunt bea
said
perhaps
we can take
a lesson
from
history
and
start referring
to
him
as
he with the unmentionable name
maybe
that will
get
the focus
on
national issues
instead
of
ego