Wayne F. Burke

shopping

I went shopping at Price Chopper
and walked around pushing my cart
up and down the aisles
and trying to remember what it was
that I needed to buy
and finally
I came to check-out
and pulled in behind a baby
in a bassinet
and I said “hi baby,” and
pulled on the baby’s toes
and he moved his feet a little
but not much
(had a pacifier in his mouth)
the mother, a blonde
had a harried-look to her pinched-face
and three other kids jumping around her
and the cart;
the teenage girl cashier pleasantly curt
the bagger something of a dim-bulb;
I left with my bags
under my arms
and without having connected to
anyone
in that place.

 
Larry

my friend Larry’s obituary was not in any
major newspaper;
he was a little man
anonymous
a home-town creation,
part owner of
a granite shed
who
one night
pulled another man out of
his, Larry’s, ex-wife’s bed
and when a cop
arrived
Larry picked up a shot gun
and pointed it at the cop
who pointed his pistol
in response
and in the stand-off
Larry said, “if you shoot me, I will shoot you,”
and Larry’s relatives
who gathered
shouted at the cop
“shoot him! shoot him!”
but the cop, a rookie
was shaking too much to shoot
straight
and nobody died that
night
and Larry got off with probation
plus
six months to serve instead
of the years he could have got
and maybe deserved
for aiming a gun
at a cop.

 
Blarney

I went to J C Penny’s to buy
a swim suit but
they had nothing remotely resembling
a swim suit, and
I bought a towel instead
and t-shirt with a pocket
(got to have the pocket)
and went home and
took a shower
and was excited to use the
new towel
which was soft and
felt good on my skin,
then I put my new t-shirt on
and walked downtown,
feeling good,
almost like a new man,
and I went to the meeting
but
it was not much,
same old members
same old blarney
stone shit
I thought
man
I have got to get me
some kind of
new life.

Randall Rogers

The Administration of Donald J. Trump

 

Is

wisdom

because

it leads to

increased

survive-ability.

 

He is

the hardest working

president

in showbiz history….

 

The Trumpster,

stellar

Donald John

and

his minions;

 

are

redefining

what it means

to be

president

engendering

a redefinition of

what it means

to be

presidential

 

nay, here, in

August 2018,

redefining

what it means

to be cool.

 

 

 

Fucking Right

 

Into perpetuity

my self

will be

showing me

groovy forever

and I’ll learn to adapt

to working

for minimum wage.

 

 

Rob Plath

right from the beginning

whenever
we
embraced
we’d
each
be
holding
a
burning
cigarette
behind
one
another’s
back
smoke
climbing
our
spines
& around
our
wine
buzzed
skulls
like
we
were
rehearsing
our
love
on
a
funeral
pyre

_____________________

listening to the man in black

i pretend
that i will
die after
each song
& it makes
me hear
the deep
voice better
like it’s a gun
not pressing
against
my temple
but inside
my skull
taking shots
at my war
& sparing
my peace
& the hard
strumming
is like the
strings
are reins
shaking my
slow leper
heart into
a rapturous
gallop

Michael Lee Johnson

Old Men Walk Funny (V2)

 

Old men walk funny with shadows and time eating at their heels.

Pediatric walkers, prostate exams, bend over, then most die.

They grow poor, leave their grocery list at home,

and forget their social security checks bank account numbers,

dwell on whether they wear dentures, uppers or lowers;

did they put their underwear on?

They can’t remember where they put down their glasses,

did they drop them on memory lane U.S. Route 66?

Was it watermelon wine or drive in movies they forgot their virginity in?

Hammered late evenings alone bottle up Mogen David wine madness

mixed with diet 7-Up, all moving parts squeak and crack in unison.

At night, they scream in silent dreams no one else hears,

they are flapping jaws sexual exchange with monarch butterfly wings.

Old men walk funny to the barbershop with gray hair, no hair;

sagging pants to physical therapy.

They pray for sunflowers above their graves,

a plot that bears their name with a poem.

They purchase their burial plots, pennies in a jar for years,

beggar’s price for a deceased wife.

Proverb:  in this end, everything that was long at one time is now passive,

or cut short. Ignore us old moonshiners, or poets that walk funny,

“they aren’t hurting anyone anymore.”

J.D. Casey IV

Time Loves Heroes Heroes Hate Time

 

Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves timeless

 

Time loves heroes

In stove-pipe hat

Veve symboled suit

Cemetery lace cravat

Skull painted face

Bad blood veins

 

Time loves heroes

In tarot card skin

Tattooed and scarred

Wild wind-worn hair

Bone adorned jewelry

Outlaw’s boots

 

Time loves heroes

In feathered warbonnet

Dog chasing sun legs

Electric octopus arms

Iron horse blues

Rainbow eyes

 

Time loves heroes

In a porcelain soul

Underneath the bridge

Lost and broken

Abandoned and abused

Forgotten and alone

 

Time loves heroes

In all walks of life

Woman or man

Gay or straight

Black or white

Red or yellow

All genders and colors

 

Time

Loves

Heroes

 

 

Heroes

Hate

Time

 

All genders and colors

Yellow or red

White or black

Straight or gay

Man or woman

In all walks of life

Heroes hate time

 

Forgotten and alone

Abandoned and abused

Lost and broken

Underneath the bridge

In a porcelain soul

Heroes hate time

 

Rainbow eyes

Iron horse blues

Electric octopus arms

Dog chasing sun legs

In feathered warbonnet

Heroes hate time

 

Outlaw’s boots

Bone adorned jewelry

Wild wind-worn hair

Tattooed and scarred

In tarot card skin

Heroes hate time

 

Bad blood veins

Skull painted face

Cemetery lace cravat

Veve symboled suit

In stove-pipe hat

Heroes hate time

 

Time is a flat circle that strips heroes taken for granted away

 

 

 

Antiheroes

 

Jeff Bridges

The Dude

 

Hunter S. Thompson

Gonzo Journalist

 

Oscar Zeta Acosta

Brown Buffalo

 

Maya Angelou

Civil Rights Poetess

 

Charles Bukowski

Dirty Old Man

 

Jim Morrison

Lizard King

 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Activist Minister

 

John Lennon

Dreamer

 

John Henry “Doc” Holiday

Huckleberry Gunfighter Dentist

 

Aleister Crowley

Occultist Wizard

 

Bill Hicks

Conspiracy Theorist Comedian

 

George Carlin

Truth Speaking Comedian

 

George Jung

Cocaine Kingpin

 

Keith Richards

Highlander Guitarist

 

Leonard Cohen

Musician Poet

 

Leonard Nimoy

Actor Poet

 

William S. Burroughs

Madman Novelist

 

Elvis Presley

Drug-Addled Rockabilly

 

Marilyn Monroe

Drug-Addled Mistress

 

Ron Jeramy

Hedgehog

 

Changming Yuan

Man Is the Only Animal

That Blushes. Or Needs To. – Mark Twain

 

Or that can remain on friendly terms, says Samuel

Butler, with the victims he intends to eat until he

Eats them; that shows interest in the sex lives of

Other animals; that is able to invent a story and

Spread it over time and space; that insists on its

Uniqueness, superiority and omniscience; that

Refrains from farting or fucking in the wild open; that

Tries to live not only in the moment, but also among

The pasts and futures; that is capable of making medicines

Machines and machinations; that can readily convert

Himself from one ism to another; that enjoys playing

Words along this line as Nelson in his ‘Funny Bird Sex.’

 

 

Mega-Physics

 

Few are really aware of

Such universes

Existing beyond our own

Even fewer of so many other versions

Of selfhood living

In each of them, let alone

This simple secret:

At the depth of consciousness

Lives a quantum

Or soul as we prefer to call it

A particle, demon and/or angel dancing

The same dance afar, far apart

In an entanglement