Pain and Toil (Haiku Series)

My world is in pain There is war, both visible And invisible   Murder and torture Ubiquitous indifference Killing for profits   Sheep to the slaughter Machinations of power There is no honor in it   Let the people go The many, dying for bread Thirst for clean water   They are innocent Toiling for […]

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Vision

Shifting and moving Light, shaping cells of being Waves alternating   People, communing Bound by the weak current, a Valence of vision   Questions that shape us Our joyful spaces, the life We create and love   Brought to our sorrows The Affirmation of pain Each day, by vision   Make each second real We […]

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Uptown (1987)

The warm summer nights Beneath the flashing awning Crowds, lines of moviegoers   The sweaty hustle Street people making music Making money, play   Children panhandling Strutting through traffic, laughing Birds, bright and feathered   Chirp, sing, beat their wings Proud of their art and talking Politics and coffee   Reading and writing  Literature and […]

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Melancholia

An ocean of tears Shed in sorrow and silence Voiceless agony   Angel, have mercy Sing, wash me in your echo Your cleansing music   The withering world The divine presence binds me I will not perish   Free me from myself Intoxicated by light Memories of love   Calm me with reason Soak me […]

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Mystery

Life presents questions And I desire answers, give Me keys to the mysteries There is compulsion A relentless drive to see Truth, beauty, goodness Cloistered and alone Fists pounding in silent rage Alienation Echo is silent The forgotten muse retreats In the muffled dark In the womb of fear Scratching images of hope On the […]

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Imp-erator

The little man smiled Buttoning his stiff, white shirt His sharp starched collar   Small Napoleon Salivating, he whips the wind Ties his bright red knot   Tiny emperor Broken and narcissistic Ruined and alone   The bloated orange fool Frothing at the mouth. raving A lunatic clown

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Hiding

Sometimes I am meek Too scared to begin the day I wait in my room   Dangerous people Prowling, sleepless on the streets Cruel expectations

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