Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Poems


Death is an august high court, final and supreme.
No appeal can be had.

Aging and deterioration is our life sentence.
Few of us are spared.

Only the lucky and undeserving die young.
These are the reprieved.

Death's rulings from the bench are always unfair,
and especially unjust to good people.

Death barely glances at your compelling brief for yourself,
having heard all that before.

He sanctions torture of those who seem they'll live forever.
They only want peace.

He enforces the final verdict, cessation of heart and breath,
the same for all, whether fortunate or destitute.

Friends and relations might make pleas for your exoneration.
They'll be ignored, and their paperwork will be lost.

The good, the bad, and the indifferent will all be dealt with blindly,
harshly, punitively, and without concern.

Next case.

The court is busy.



Hosni, Hosni
Do not cause me
To show to you
The bottom of my shoe

This chant behind him
Mubarak enters hell

Farouk is there,
Nasser is there,
Sadat, too

What was your downfall?
Hanging like Saddam?
Raking gunfire? A coup?
Poisoning? CIA?

No. Facebook.


Yes, I'm having sudden drops in blood pressure
And too much alcohol, I guess,
I see spots before my eyes,
Have erections lasting for hours
-- And a lighter heart than in many a day



When I became one of your 1600 Facebook Friends
I should have known I was not in the inner circle



Is not so bad
in Abbotobad
on this leafy
suburban day
until Americans
land in the yard
and come charging
up the stairs



The terrorist Osama
Could not elude Obama
Navy Seals were called in
They did the dude in
Osama received severe trauma
Shot once in his evil eye
And again to make sure he would die
He was thrown in the wave
Of his watery grave
With Davey Jones' Navy he'll lie

This piece was co-written with a friend, Barbara Pray



Fresh fish flesh
wrapped in sea weeds

That's what my baby
says that she needs

She is deficient
in iodine

So on sushi
we will dine

With slivers of ginger
and daubs of wasabi

In a wabi-sabi shack
by the sea

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