war-like and mean species…

the brown bag prophet
said
civilization
is a sham
we are no more
enlightened
now
than
when
the alps iceman
was
murdered
probably
part of some
early large arena
sporting event
as there
were
no christians
to feed
to lions
at that time
nor
gladiators
to
simulate
war games
for the entertainment
of the drunken masses
now
we have proxy wars
and
contact sports
where
we want
no one
to get killed
just
mangled
if they’re
not on our team
it’s
so easy
to ignore
the atrocities
of war
as long as
the public
is kept
entertained
but
we are reminded
the telecast
is
copyrighted
by
some corporate entity
for
the private use
of
their audience
and
any other use
of
the telecast
or
any pictures
descriptions
or
accounts
of the mayhem
without
corporate consent
is
prohibited
now can’t you
just see
some roman orator
walking out
into the center
of the colosseum
making
that
announcement

sunday school lesson…

still steaming
from
a staff meeting
i
visited
aunt bea
when
she heard why
i was upset
she said
you’ve never followed
conventional ways
of
thought
always opting
to
never
fully conform
or
reply
in an expected manner
i recall
when you were young
and
attending sunday school
one christmas
just before the annual
reenactment
of
the nativity
in which
your older sister
had been
cast in the role
of
shepherd
and
you
as
one
of the wise men
the teacher
asked your older sister
how she might
find the new-born
she said
follow the star
and
when
you
were asked
you said
follow
the shepherd

diagnosis code r41.84…

now
i’m not saying
there’s
any truth
to this
but
when
i was young
the
old folks
talked about
being
born
with a veil
over
your eyes
meaning
you could
see
spirits
and such
but
i’ve
never
bought into
the
i see dead people
kind
of thought
but
i must admit
i did have
a few
things happen
that
well
rattled
my cage
but
being
an educated fellow
i knew that
any mental door
to
spirits
or
anything else
could be closed
employing
freud
or
some other
psychological guru’s
mumble-jumble
and
i could
become
like
everyone else
in
this nation
denying
the death
and
destruction
before me