if a tree falls in a forest…

if a tree falls in the forest

i shall not
have this conversation
this conversation
where
i tell you
that
you’ve spent more time
listening to lies
than
pursuing the truth
no
i shall
not
have this conversation
telling you that
your mantra
of perceived truth
is really
just a form
of white noise
designed
to block out
the obvious ambiguities
of the stories
you’ve heard
so
no i
shall not
have this
conversation
it will remain
a soliloquy
for
the whole nature
of
a conversation
is that
one
might
be heard
so
i shall not have
this
conversation
for to be
heard
would require
some enlightenment
on your part
and
well
i shall
not
have
this
conversation

it was just a matter of time…

copyright cwmartin 2012

i’ve begun
to
believe
that night
is day
and
day
is night
that
philosophical
point
that
one
can be
convinced
to
believe
anything
like
it’s okay
that
collateral damage
for
profit
includes
born
and
unborn
children

based on standards or rationality…

Photo Challenge from Toni Cross

now i paid good money
to rent this place
but it ain’t no
american dream
just a second floor apartment
where watching your step
becomes a way of life
carefully ascending
this stairway to heaven
becomes a way of avoiding
a shortcut to the hereafter
you may have noticed
i change the outside
decoration depending on
who’s in power
that way maybe
i’ll get a job
see i found
that the folks who
make it in the world
are willing to
go with the flow
sellout to the highest bidder
now i know
you think that’s wrong
but hell think ’bout
all those folks
we elected
promised to do what’s best for the country
and child
what did they do when they got there
started doing things like everybody else
the old doctor jeckel and hyde syndrome
but you can’t blame them
look at the mess the world’s in
they just want to keep their job
so they
give the voters what they don’t need
and probably shouldn’t have
shine shoes for some corporate bigwig
with your voting ballot
but let’s be honest
one has to lookout for their
own retirement benefits
so although it’s taken me awhile
i’ve learned my lesson well   

This poem is really a duel challenge one photo challenge from Toni Cross and a second written challenge from John Holmes.  With any luck at all I’ve managed to’ hit two birds with one stone’ as they say.  They are both friends…well they were right up to the time that I published this response to their challenges.