PEACE POETRY - VERSE

A CHILD'S GUIDE TO PARENTS

1.  Your parents are not perfect.
2.  Your parents are lonely and scared, just like you.
3.  Your parents have personal and marital problems.
4.  Your parents are sometimes sorry they married each other.
5.  Your parents are trying to protect you from their problems.
6.  Your parents need your help, but they don't want to upset you.
7.  You have known and loved your parents your whole life.
8.  Tell your parents that you know they have problems.
9.  Tell your parents that they can talk to you about their problems.
10. Tell your parents that you love them.


AGING 101

1. Life is aging.
2. Aging is acquiring emotional and physical wounds.
3. Wound-healing depends on metabolism.
4. Metabolism depends on air, water, and food.
5. Metabolism is undermined by toxins and addictions.
6. Toxins and addictions interfere with wound-healing.
7. Toxins and addictions accelerate aging.
8. Avoiding toxins and addictions slows down aging.
9. Aging does not necessarily lead to infirmity.
10. Aging without infirmity is the purpose of life.


BANKSTER$

Zillionaire zombies
embezzle & bamboozle
sashaying in safes
& waltzing in vaults
while forging defaults.


BON VOYAGE 1

Birth is when the soul
ignites & brightens the light
that delights our sight
till we start to fight.


BON VOYAGE 2

Death is when the soul
gives up the fight & takes flight
but stays out of sight
till the time is right.


BOOZE

Dotted & blotted
with hospitals & hoosegows
we are besotted
& bemused by booze.


BROTHER

I'm not well
If you are sick

I'm not rich
If you are poor

I can't live
If you're not free

I depend on you
And you can depend on me

A brother is no bother
We all have the same Father


CARNAGE

Cars are toxic, traumatic, erratic,
aristocratic, emblematic, problematic,
metallic carapaces for the narcissistic,
nihilistic, solipsistic, sadomasochistic fanatic.


COMMON SENSE 101

1. We are alive.
2. Life is metabolism.
3. Metabolism depends on air, water, and food.
4. Metabolism is undermined by toxins and addictions.
5. Toxins and addictions make us sick and irrational.
6. Irrationality leads to conflict, violence, and war.
7. Conflict, violence, and war destroy life.
8. Life and peace require common sense.
9. Common sense means paying attention to the obvious.
10. The obvious is the connection between life and metabolism.


CONNUBIAL CONUNDRUMS

1. Marriage is an unconscious attempt to re-create and repair childhood traumas.

2. Marriage can be both torrid and horrid.

3. Considering the prevalence and pain of divorce, people should be married by a lawyer and divorced by a clergyman. Let's practice prevention and merciful intervention.

4. The recipe for marriage is one part love and nine parts like at 98.6 degrees.

5. Don't settle for the wrong person, and don't let the right one get away.


CREATOR 1

God is the essence
of a supernal presence
that prefers deference
& proffers deliverance.


CREATOR 2

Our randomness
and chaos are in tandem
with God’s true purpose
our helplessness
& God’s willingness.


DEAR GOD

Please teach me
But be patient

Please grade me
But be lenient

Please correct me
But be gentle

Please forgive me
But be subtle

Please heal me
But be careful

Please free me
But be watchful

Please hear me
But be active

Please help me
But be quick
And I'll be quiet


DIVORCE 101

Gonads stimulate
Genitals satiate
Men vegetate
Women aggravate
Marriages terminate


DO RE: ME

Don't praise me
I couldn't do less

Don't blame me
I couldn't do more

Don't judge me
Just accept me


EBENEZER SCROOGE

Number$ are bummers.
Numbing, dumbing, and humbling
They make us succumb
to crumbling slums
run by grumbling bums
like you, Mr. Scrooge.


FACTS vs. OPINIONS

Many believe and opine
but few perceive or define.

So having opinions is fine
but being opinionated
is over the line.


FATHER'S DAY CARD TO FATHER TIME

Dear Dad,

Time is like tofu
Tofu is nutritious but bland
And needs spice
Time, likewise, is essential but boring
And needs meaning

Yours forever,
Hugh


GOOD MOURNING

It's been a long time
I miss you
Do you miss me?
You were my sweetheart

Now you're my obsession
Love has an aim and object
As we became a couple
Aim and object fused

Now I must change this syntax
And liberate my lonely libido
Now I must grieve
And sever aim from object


GREEN WITH ENVY

He:   You look pale, Rhoda. What's bugging you?

She:  I feel rotten, Denny. I'm stumpy, and my roots are showing.

He:   Come on, honey. You've blossomed into a real beauty.

She:  I'm so lucky to have landed you. But I wish I were thin and exotic like Rose and Lily.

He:   So that's it. You're jealous of those two anorexic Twiggys. Have you been dieting?

She:  Well, yes. I just want to lose a few pounds. So far it's all water loss.

He:   No wonder you look wilted.

She:  I feel pretty rocky.

He:   Don't pine, Rhoda. You're fragrant, earthy, and colorful.

She:  Oh, Denny. I love you. You're my oasis, sky, and stars.

He:   Now let's get some sun, and then we'll eat.

She:  Please don't ever leave me.

Pasquale:  Dominick, those two rhododendrons are planted too close. Separate them, and give the little one some water and fertilizer.


GRIEF

Don't ask me to say hello
I can't say goodbye

Don't ask me to say yes
I can't say no

Don't ask me to hold your hand
I can't let go

Don't ask me to live
It hurts too much


H2O

Civilization
is water management for
human betterment
not nature’s detriment.


HAIKU AGUE

Infectious disease:
kill the eponymous bug
but not the sick lug.


HAIKU AHIMSA 1

Hymns for ahimsa
which shimmers with peace and love
no glimmers of hate


HAIKU AHIMSA 2

Hymns for ahimsa
Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains
refrain from all pain


HAIKU BE PC-FREE

PC somersaults
& assaults our normal faults
with pseudo-gestalts.


HAIKU BIG PHARMA LOVES YOU

Medical journals:
the key opinion leaders
indubitably.

"Big Pharma" is an association of large, wealthy, powerful pharmaceutical companies that control healthcare. "Key opinion leaders" or "thought leaders" are medical experts who influence doctors to write prescriptions which often benefit Big Pharma, the pell-mell pill mill, king of kickbacks, and queen of quacks.


HAIKU BIG TO-DO

Ideology:
Polysyllabified word
For plain old theory.


HAIKU BOO-BOO

Life's brutality
is bodily bondage to
chemical bonding.


HAIKU CATCH-22

Constant conundrums
cry out for explication
and extrication.


HAIKU CHIT-CHAT

Talk is not chatter
or patter, but rather the
truth of the matter.


HAIKU CODE BLUE

Hospitalitis:
phantasmagoria of
fantasy and gore.


HAIKU CONNUBIAL 1

Rx for marriage:
1 part love and 9 parts like
@ 98.6°.


HAIKU CONNUBIAL 2

Rx for marriage:
1 part snooze and 9 parts schmooze
@ 98.6°.


HAIKU COPYCAT

Our perfunctory
pro forma conformity
puts us in a funk.


HAIKU DELETE

Replete with defeat
our elites are effete &
science obsolete.


HAIKU DRACULA

Empires are vampires
demanding blood donations
from sovereign nations.


HAIKU ELECTRONS WORK FOR YOU

Electricity:
Big grid of itty-bitty
Negativities


HAIKU ESP

Reading poetry:
mutual telepathy
with great sympathy.


HAIKU EXCLUSIVE WORLDVIEW

Fanaticism:
Rigid ideology
Trumps humanity.


HAIKU FAUX 1

Uniformity
reflects the deformity
of conformity.


HAIKU FAUX 2

Uniformity
reverses reality
mocks morality.


HAIKU FAUX 3

Uniformity
is stereotypy, not
who you ought to be.


HAIKU FAUX FOE

It's more humane
to cure your enemies
than to kill them.


HAIKU FINIS

Time is God's patience.
When God runs out of patience
We've run out of time.


HAIKU FOR DOCTORS, TOO

Hippocrates said
Ars longa, vita brevis
Life is our purpose


HAIKU FOR HUMANISTS

Atheists study
Objective reality
Not theology


HAIKU FOR LISTENING

Words that aren't heard
Aren't really understood.
Words don't count; deeds do.


HAIKU FOR U.N.

Nationalism
necessitates copious
rationalism.


HAIKU FOR WHO*

Health care 101:
Your hunger and thirst come first.
Avoid addiction.

*World Health Organization of the U.N.


HAIKU FOR YOU

Although this rotten
world has just forgotten me,
I somehow got you.


HAIKU FREE TO BE 1

Stereotyping:
individuality
eradicated.


HAIKU FREE TO BE 2

Stereotyping:
superficiality
elaborated.


HAIKU GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Tourism bridges
divides between your-ism
and our-ism.


HAIKU GO SLOW

Exceed your limits
but heed your limitations
and need for patience.


HAIKU GOVERNMENT SCREW 1

Abuse of power:
the state's ubiquitous acts
of iniquity.

This haiku is dedicated to Voltaire, who said,
"It’s dangerous to be right when the government
is wrong."


HAIKU GOVERNMENT SCREW 2

Global bankruptcy:
Rampant waste, fraud, and abuse
No transparency


HAIKU GRANDMA & GRANDPA

DNA angels
with ancestry, destiny,
and best clemency.


HAIKU HEROES

Heroes are zeros
We need more antiheroes
& even weirdos.


HAIKU HIGH IQ

IQs for TQs*
don't rescue but D/Q**
so please no thank-you.

*test questions
**disqualify


HAIKU HIGH SCHOOL

Creativity
turns miscreants and truants
into good students.


HAIKU HOAX

Deadlines & redlines
interlineate our lives
permeating lies.


HAIKU HOT & COLD 1

Love and hate debate
& ambivalence abounds
Spewing spastic sounds.


HAIKU HOT & COLD 2

Love and hate debate
When hate is on hiatus
Our love inflates us.


HAIKU HUGH MANN

His excessive dreams
make his weak recessive genes
much more than he seems.


HAIKU HULLABALOO

Tower of Babel
enables hateful labels
that disable us.


HAIKU HUSH-HUSH

Secrets are sacred
safeguards of sentimental
sensitivity.


HAIKU INCONNU

All know your story
but none know just how gory
and boring it was.


HAIKU I KNEW YOU

If the child you were
could meet and know you today,
what would that child say?


HAIKU ISLAMIC STATE

Hotbed of hotheads,
hopheads, potheads, and meth-heads
with deadly methods.


HAIKU I TOLD YOU

If doctors dismiss
anecdotal evidence
science will stagnate.


HAIKU IT'S NOT THE FLU

The best way to cut
the Gordian knot of health
is Occam's razor.


HAIKU KAIROS

Time’s a Mobius
loop with the past and future
spliced in the present.


HAIKU KISMET

Until and unless
fate blesses us and says yes
we cannot progress.


HAIKU KOOKY

Insane and profane
we're mainly extramundane
and can't cope with pain.


HAIKU LUXURY 1

Baubles bedazzle
our ignoble mettle
with noble metals.


HAIKU LUXURY 2

Sumptuousness is
succor for suckers who see
splendor not squalor.


HAIKU MAD MEDS 1

Psychiatry is
up a tree and lost at sea
in pharmacology.


HAIKU MAD MEDS 2

Buoyed by hooey
from hoity-toity hotshots
psych drugs are ersatz.


HAIKU MIDEAST MELEE 1

Mismatched but attached
Jews & Arabs ratchet up
but can't patch it up.


HAIKU MIDEAST MELEE 2

Mismatched but attached
Sunni-Shia ratchet up
but can't patch it up.


HAIKU MOOLA

Capitalism:
hegemony of money
and patrimony.


HAIKU MOTHER NATURE KNOWS MORE THAN YOU

Homeostasis:
Nature’s self-moderation
and self-correction.


HAIKU MUSE 1

Creativity:
We communicate via
conscious-unconscious.


HAIKU MUSE 2

Creativity:
Creator illuminates
from apse to synapse.


HAIKU MUSE 3

Creativity:
odd odyssey of crises
leading to insights.


HAIKU NEUTRAL TRUTH

Let's seek peace and health
as artists and artisans
not as partisans.


HAIKU NEW VIEW

Let’s stop being so
offensive and defensive;
let’s just be pensive.


HAIKU PEACE POETRY

Invites and unites
with nice, delightful insights
that never incite.


HAIKU PEACE PROCESS

Mideast mambo
Tricontinental tango
Quango fandango


HAIKU POLS

Bland dudes with grand duds
making do & drinking brew
with their boozy buds.


HAIKU POLY-SIGH

Politics is sick
Economics comical
Astronomical!


HAIKU POOP

Life is predation
& fecation, but without
any vacation.


HAIKU PSEUDO-NEWS

Eye-popping cop-outs
Propped up optics & psyops
Stopped-up & nonstop.


HAIKU REALPOLITIK

Burdens-protections*
are split - we get the former
pols get the latter.

*Governments impose burdens and provide protections.


HAIKU RESPECT IS DUE

Let’s inspect concepts
to detect any defects
in perfect respect.


HAIKU ROBOT PAS DE DEUX

Metalloids convert
us and our machines into
hi-tech humanoids.


HAIKU SCHOOL 1

Intellectual
but so ineffectual
school is truly cruel.


HAIKU SCHOOL 2

Hallowed but hollow
schools kowtow to puppet shows
for the status quo.


HAIKU SIGNS & MIRACLES

Signs are messages
that presage divine presence
with sublime essence.


HAIKU SKIING

Life is a slalom
but we are just schussboomers
who can’t change our minds.


HAIKU SNAFU

Furtively funded
& force-fed by Big Pharma*
healthcare is drugged up.

*Big Pharma is a rich, powerful, pharmaceutical consortium that covertly controls all phases of healthcare (medical education, societies, journals, licensing, lobbying, research, regulation, hospitals, and insurance), but is rarely mentioned by politicians or the media. In short, Big Pharma is the pell-mell pill mill, king of kickbacks, and queen of quacks.


HAIKU SNOOPING

Computers are a
2-way mirror that watches
us watching ourselves.


HAIKU START ART STAT 1

Art depicts conflicts
transcending comprehension
ending dissension.


HAIKU START ART STAT 2

Art is exquisite
requisite opposites in
apt apposition.


HAIKU SUB ROSA

Seeker and keeper
but not speaker or leaker
of sacred secrets.


HAIKU SUNSHINE

Corrupt governments*
need citizens** to right ‘em***
item by item.****

*& media
**& netizens
***& write 'em
****ad infinitum


HAIKU TICK-TOCK 1

The present taunts us
with thoughts of the haunting past
and daunting future.


HAIKU TICK-TOCK 2

The present begets
lots of poignant past regrets
and future not-yets.


HAIKU TITLES ARE TOO-TOO

Diplomatosis
Academic neurosis
Apotheosis


HAIKU TUTOR

Teachers are artists
who combine performing arts*
with visual arts.**

* Performing arts include acting, speaking, comedy, music, singing, dancing, and mime.
** Visual arts include writing, composing, sculpting, painting, drawing, print, and film.


HAIKU TWO BY TWO

Paired dancers* are like
paired electrons spinning with
synchronicity.

*This poem was inspired by a dance routine with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Perhaps paired electrons can be called Fred and Ginger.


HAIKU U.N.

Global warming is
ignoble barnstorming for
UN's stormtroopers.


HAIKU URANIUM CAN NUKE YOU

Man’s proclivity:
Radioactivity
Incivility


HAIKU USA

Washington, DC:
pipeline for phoneys, cronies,
& much baloney.


HAIKU USSR

Russia's problems are
peristaltic, not Baltic,
crime, not Crimean.


HAIKU VACCINE SCHEME (EBOLA-GATE)

The boola-boola*
for Ebola is Pharma's
patent payola.

*The fight song for Yale University.


HAIKU VOODOO

Placebos assuage
the guilt and incompetence
of health-care experts.


HAIKU WHO ARE YOU?

Your identity:
Hodgepodge of faults, fears, needs, dreams,
And many secrets.


HAIKU WHO RULES YOU?

Proprietary*
Plenipotentiary**
& mercenary***

* Corporations
** Governments
*** Banks

This is a new type of haiku, in which a series of asterisks play an integral role. I call this the Asterisk Haiku.


HAIKU XX-XY

Women are supine
and open, but men are prone
and alone, not drones.


HAIKU ZOO

Civilization:
Homo sapiens are just
Civilized manqué.


HEADWAY

Human progress is
torturous and tortuous
not innocuous
or superfluous.


HEAVENLY FATHER

It sounds trite, but my father was a great guy.
Lacking sophistication, but not dedication,
he supported us in a comfortable home,
while he worked in a filthy factory.

After ten hours of standing at a machine
and inhaling clouds of toxic dust,
he came home cheerful and loving,
without self-pity or resentment.

One day, my father surprised me
with a bicycle he built from spare parts
that he found in the basement of our tenement.

I loved that multi-colored bike,
because my father built it for me
with his hands and his heart.

God, thank you for my father.
Now I know what to expect from You.


HIGH KUDOS FOR EMILY

Formerly feral
friendly feline Emily
is now family.


HIGH KUDOS FOR FREUD

Psychiatry is
psychopharmacology
sans psychology*

*& biology.


HIGH KUDOS FOR H20

HAIKU BOUQUET
With its rain and dew
Spring is water's billet-doux
Of floral tutus

HAIKU HONEYDEW
With tropical fruits
Summer is water's sweet kiss
Of succulent bliss

HAIKU ADIEU
With its frost and sleet
Fall is water's au revoir
Of sleep and retreat

HAIKU ACHOO
With its ice and snow
Winter is water's wicked
Wonderful uh-oh!


HIGH KUDOS FOR MENTORS

Eternal teachers:
their lessons never lessen
& faces never fade.


HIGH KUDOS FOR REDOS 1

If the first divorce
is the right course, don't disparage
a second marriage.


HIGH KUDOS FOR REDOS 2

Widow-widower
share sorrow and co-borrow
their new tomorrow.


HOMESICK

As a baby, I needed
Comfort from my mother

As a child, I needed
Counsel from my father

As an adult, I've learned to live
Without comfort or counsel

But I still miss
My mother and father


HOMO PSEUDO-SAPIENS

We are deluded:
Our knowledge is diluted
Our thinking convoluted
And our soul polluted.


HOOKED 1

Addiction is a
morbid condition with fixed
rigid convictions
& predictions.


HOOKED 2

Addiction’s many
obsessions and compulsions
preclude cognition
& volition.


HOT & COLD

Love and hate debate
and ambivalence abounds
spewing spastic sounds
that endlessly redound.


HORMUZ HUSTLE

Smooth dudes ooze sweet crude
through crucial Strait of Hormuz,
monetizing moods
& refusing to schmooze.


HUGH-FO

I'm not brilliant
Or resilient

I'm not ebullient
Or insouciant

I'm just an alien
Who knows what's salient


HUMAN DESERT

When I tell you how bad I feel
Don't give me a pep talk or advice
When I'm out of gas
I don't need a car wash or road map

When I tell you how bad I feel
Don't treat me like I'm crazy or contagious
When I feel terminal
I don't need a diagnosis or quarantine

So when I tell you how bad I feel
Either give me something of yourself
Or shut up and try to listen

And what, you ask, is that something?
Never mind.


HUMANOLOGY 1

A liar misinforms others
A fool misinforms himself
An honest man informs others
A wise man informs himself


HUMANOLOGY 2

Facts = feelings + data
Knowledge = explanation of facts
Wisdom = humane application of knowledge
Humanity = capacity for self-knowledge and choice


IF

If you hate me
Tell me

If you like me
Give to me
Live for me

If you love me
Sigh for me
Cry for me
Lie for me
Die for me


I REMEMBER YOU

My eyes took a picture of you
And my psyche pixelated it

My ears took a tape of you
And my aura archived it

My nose took a whiff of you
And my olfaction faxed it

My mouth took a taste of you
And my tongue texted it

My arms took a tour of you
And my hands scanned it

My feet took a walk with you
And my legs logged it

My heart took flight with you
And my soul started to soar
With terabytes of delight


IT'S ALIMENTARY, MY DEAR

In Alimentarium
In the Cellulosum section
Lived a soft-hearted Hoosier named Indiana Banana.
Long and lean, he liked to hang out
     with a bunch of friends.

In the Butcherinum section
Lived a salty Virginian named Sam the Ham.
Short and fat, he couldn't be cured
     of his craving for sugar.

One day, Sam called Indiana yellow
And challenged Cellulosum to a tug of war.
Indiana pealed with zest
And arranged the meet on the Isle of Dairyana.

Everyone was prepared:
For Cellulosum, there were Indiana,
     the Sacramento Tomato Twins,
     and Artie, Mrs. Choke's son.
For Butcherinum, there were Sam, Vinnie Veal,
     Bennie Beef, and Sam's cousin, Sal Spam.
Manny Manager, Stanley Stockboy, Chiquita
Checkout, and Perri St. Alsis served as judges.

The players were mustered
And relished the caper.
To add spice, each team had cheerleaders:
Cellulosum had the Veggies
Butcherinum had the Patties.
Near the end, Cellulosum got the razzberry
     for unnecessary roughage.

After two hours, Butcherinum ran out of muscle
     and couldn't catch up.
Cellulosum planted their feet, held their ground,
     and steamed to victory.
Later, at dinner, everyone danced the Casa-Roll
     and toasted Hosanna Banana!


K STREET 1

Pols sell influence
for lobbyists' affluence
trading decadence
via arrogance.


K STREET 2

Pols are beholden
to the lobbyists’ golden
gifts which embolden
but are verboten.


LEX TALIONIS (AN EYE FOR AN EYE)

Retaliation:
vindication & vengeance
with indications
of bad intentions.


LIFE 1

The problem with life
is it’s biological
& theological
but not logical.


LIFE 2

The raison d’etre
of life is biology
& theology
with its etceteras.


LIFE CHANGES

Small changes in your diet*
make BIG changes in your health.

Small changes in your habits*
make BIG changes in your health.

Small changes in your health
make BIG changes in your life.

*Avoid addictions like sweets, chocolate, cola, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.


LIFE STAGES

Childhood is a time of education.
Adulthood is a time of dedication.
Old age is a time of meditation.
Life is maturation, purification & elevation.
War is retaliation, devastation & obliteration.
Peace is cooperation, amelioration & celebration.


MAN VERSUS MOTHER NATURE

Man is continent
Mother Nature is a continent

Man has courts
Mother Nature has quartz

Man is mental
Mother Nature is elemental

Man has elections
Mother Nature has electrons

Man is ironic
Mother Nature is ionic

Man has quirks
Mother Nature has quarks

Man is unclear
Mother Nature is nuclear

Man has gray matter
Mother Nature has dark matter

Man is comic
Mother Nature is cosmic


ME'N'U

If I have to live
I want to be with you

If I have to die
I want to be with you

If I have to be
I want to be with you

If I
You


MESSIAH

Dragooned by God
& marooned by man
He's wounded & alone
but due very soon
Hallelujah!


MIRACLE

Miracles tackle
obstacles and debacles
by unshackling us
from our manacles.


MISFIT & MAVERICK

In my first decade, I tried to fit in.
In my second decade, I found I couldn’t.
In my third decade, I realized I shouldn’t.
In my fourth decade, I knew I must not.


MOTHER

Look at me with loving eyes
Lavish me with lullabies
Tickle me till I'm in stitches
Nourish me with kisses
And good wishes


MOTHER'S DAY CARD TO MOTHER NATURE

Dear Mom,

I'm angry at you
Your children are sick and unhappy
Don't you care?
Have we disobeyed or offended you?
Please speak up
Before it's too late.

Your son, the doctor


MYSELF

I'm trying to recall
what I never forgot

I'm trying to think
what I never thought

I'm trying to find
what I never lost

I'm trying to give
what I never got

I'm trying to be
who I never met
but can't escape


PARENT'S TEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Feed, shelter, and clothe your child.
2. Protect your child from the world.
3. Protect your child from yourself.
4. Protect your child from your spouse.
5. Protect your child from your marriage.
6. Protect your child from herself.
7. Study and understand your child.
8. Help your child to accept and respect herself.
9. Teach your child to think.
10. Teach your child to parent herself.


POTUS & FLOTUS 44*

America's Founding Fathers envisioned freedom
but they never could have imagined today

Harriet Tubman ran the Underground Railroad
but she never could have imagined today

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves
but he never could have imagined today

Susan B. Anthony promoted women's rights
but she never could have imagined today

Eleanor Roosevelt internationalized human rights
but she never could have imagined today

John F. Kennedy legalized civil rights
but he never could have imagined today

Martin Luther King articulated civil rights
but he never could have imagined today

Somewhere in heaven, a jubilant choir is singing,
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty,
we are free at last!"

*This poem celebrates Barack and Michelle Obama
as the 44th President of the United States (POTUS)
and First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS).


RABBLE-ROUSERS

Demagoguery:
inferiority with
hateful fakery
& nonstop mockery.


REIGN OF BLAME

Education credits the teacher
but blames the student

Health-care credits the doctor
but blames the patient

Economics credits the banker
but blames the borrower

Courts credit the lawyer
but blame the client

Government credits the politician
but blames the citizen

Media credit the sponsor
but blame the consumer

Religion credits the clergy
but blames the believer

Society indemnifies itself
by condemning the individual


RELATIONSHIPS

1. Most relationships are pretense, not substance.

2. Enemies slander; friends pander; loyalties meander.

3. There are two kinds of people: somebodies who think they're nobodies, and nobodies who think they’re somebodies. If you’re the former, avoid the latter.

4. Relationships progress through three stages: honeymoon (best behavior), testing (worst behavior), and friendship (cooperative behavior).

5. There are three types of dependency needs: primary (food, shelter, and clothing), secondary (support, guidance, sympathy, loyalty, patience, and discipline), and tertiary (affection and sex).

6. Most people fail to satisfy their dependency needs; therefore, cultivate independence and an eye for trustworthy, dependable people.

7. If your head and heart disagree, you're human, confused, and brokenhearted. Follow your heart, but don't lose your head.


SCI-FI

Settled science is
fettered & fetid, since
science needs vetting
instead of fêting.


SICK SOCIETY

When people are sick
we ask doctors to cure them

When societies are sick
we ask politicians to cure them

When politicians cure societies
they monopolize and demoralize them

We forget that a society
is a group of people

And that a sick society
is a group of sick people

Who are suffering
and need help


SOUL MATE

When we meet
my soul breathes

When we hug
my soul hums

When we kiss
my soul whispers

When we speak
my soul has reasons
and not just lesions


SUPERSTAR

Our birth is gratis
then we pursue status
chasing the chalice
brimming with malice.


SUPINE IS SUBLIME

I love to lie on my back
It's effortless and dreamy
Free of skeletal concerns

Sitting is awkward
Standing is outward
Walking and running are downward

My bed and hammock are heavenly
Moving me inward and upward
So I can exorcise my body
And exercise my mind


SUPREME COURT

Case:  God vs. Mother Nature

Date:  Your Birthday

Complaint:  God accuses Mother Nature
of promiscuity, cruelty, and child abuse.

Counter Complaint:  Mother Nature accuses God
of neglect, abandonment, and delusions of grandeur.

Final Judgment:
1.  This marriage is dissolved due to irreconcilable differences.
2.  Mother Nature is awarded custody of the home and children.
3.  God is granted visitation on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
4.  The Court will select Someone to supervise the children.
5.  In the event of a reconciliation, Paradise will be restored.
6.  Meanwhile, there will be conflict and affliction of every description.


TELL ME A STORY

Tell me things are OK

Tell me you’re honest

Tell me you’re loyal

Tell me you love me

I love the way you lie


THEOLOGY 101

We traipse and lapse
with maps and apps

But God just acts
from apse to synapse


THE MAGIC OF MOMMY AND DADDY

1. A mother helps you to dream, while a father helps you to wean.

2. Parents should exult, not insult; exalt, not assault; confess, not profess; and pray, not prey.

3. You reflect the purity of your parents' souls.

4. There are two kinds of parenting: primary (childhood) and secondary (adulthood).

5. A deficiency of primary parenting complicates all future relationships.

6. You never outgrow your need for parenting. At best, you get your minimum daily requirement from family, friends, and role models.

7. Create the magic of mommy and daddy for yourself and your loved ones.


THE REAL YOU

It's not how you look
it's what you cook.

It's not where you toil
it's what you boil.

It's not where you stay
it's what you sauté.

It's not who you cradle
it's what you ladle.

It's not what you say
it's what you puree.

It's not what you do
it's what you chew.

It's not what you deduce
it's what you juice.

It's not what you think
it's what you drink.

It's not who you follow
it's what you swallow.

It's not who you meet
it's what you eat.


TO XX, FROM XY

your angelic face, adoring eyes,
kind voice, gentle kiss,
& tender touch

have changed my
blood type &
fingerprints


TREASURE HUNT

You love money
But it doesn't love you

You love nature
But it doesn't love you

You love life
But it doesn't love you

So find someone
Who needs you
And completes you


TWO TRUTHS

The publication
of our public lives
belies the privation
of our private lives.


UTTER TRUST

Many great singers are blind
You see, the blind have an "advantage"
They never have to face animosity or deception
And so never lose their childlike trust
Or true voice


VIVALGIA

Anxiety spoils breathing

Insomnia spoils sleeping

Paralysis spoils moving

Sickness spoils living

Myopia spoils seeing

Caries spoil eating

Death spoils life

Dreams foil death


WICKED WAR ON DRUGS

Fake and on the take,
flashing badges, amassing
vast stashes of cash
& caches of hash.


WITHOUT A HIGHER PURPOSE

Life is a prison.

Fun is hell you enjoy.

Art is junk you value.

Music is noise you dig.

Science is chaos you classify.

Literature is print you peruse.

Language is gibberish you speak.

Family & friends are strangers you know.