character actors…

 

iphone rings
set
to acknowledge
the callers
level
of
power
on
the
food chain
a
modified version
of
caller id
used
when
one accepts
society’s type-casting
casting
that requires
the
actors
each day
carry out
their
assigned
role
by
following
a well-worn script
of
self-importance
and
always
with
appropriate mannerisms
and
external trappings
suitable
for
any given
occasion
roles
can be held
for
a lifetime
or
until
the figure
in the mirror
reminds them
of
who
they actually are

 

slow dancing alone…

 

what do
shadows say
when
you
turn away
do they
speak
as
old friends
commenting
on
how you’ve changed
for
the best
or
do they just
recall
your cigarette smoke
mingling
among them
when
you stared
at
your empty bed
holding
another
glass of wine
the
promised
last one
to
help with your
suffering
and
self-pity
pity
shrouded
in tears
childish tears
but
do you
ever
wonder
what shadows
say

 

no way out…

to keep
the beast
contained
he carefully
designed
the box
its frame
was nailed
with
solid planks
of
oak
stronger
than
human hate
each plank
was
nailed
with
fear
from
the inside
to
prevent
the beast
from
pushing
the panels
out
and when
man
constructed
and
tested
the design
it
worked

 

insurrection…

when what defines life
has been removed by men’s greed
then death holds no fear
since the fear of death is gone
the tyrannized revolt armed