Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Staying vs Walking

My dog will perceptibly flinch
when I have a leash in my hand
but suddenly grows by an inch
and struts around so grand
once I undo the cinch

it seems in a way we're all chained
by choices we cannot undo
despite whatever might be gained
there's one thing that's constantly true:
no one likes being restrained.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Show's Over

The puppeteers believe they're kings
and sneer with every glance
for when they twang discordant strings
the whiny weaklings dance

they set the stage so every show
will profit them alone
employing props that never know
their lives are not their own

refuse to bow before these fools
release yourselves my friends
redeem your souls, you are not tools
it's time this madness ends!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Attachment

Why can't life remain like this
with no major worries at all
instead we barter off our bliss
just for a chance to fall

to plummet through the atmosphere
attracted by the mass
of objects that we get too near
and oftentimes should pass.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Standouts

Although the copse is relatively bare
there's one defiant tree with leaves to spare
that look as red as rubies to my eye
and my only explanation as to why
is some will face the end halfheartedly
while others struggle on flamboyantly.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Midlife

I'm old enough to know better
but young enough to try
a slightly reserved go-getter
an expert on how to deny

bemused by my constant estrangement
bereft of beliefs to condone
accepting the awkward arrangement
not really aloof, just alone.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Getting It?

The older I get
the stiffer I am
but don't snicker yet
the joke is a scam
it means I can't move
and therefore my thrust
is not towards the groove
it's lampooning lust.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Directional

It's a cinch to be discreet
on a one-way street
your back should be towards
anyone you may meet

but if you're on display
or start to ricochet
off Chevys and Fords
you've gone the wrong way.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amber

Suspended by the sweetness of a syrupy embrace
another victim finds itself forever stuck in place
unable to break free from the unrelenting grip
that captivates the innocent, drip by fatal drip.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rustled

The birches brim with finches
that flit from branch to branch
my increments are inches
but I steadily advance

a single leaf is falling
and dreamily descends
a signal to stop stalling
as summer finally ends.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Looks can be Deceiving

I hide my heart behind a hardened scowl
to counteract it's tender tendencies
for there are many predators that prowl
in search of easy prey with flimsy knees
whose gutting (for the moment) will appease
the biting pangs of greed that tend to growl
within the guts of those with the disease
that makes them act deplorable and foul.
So when they see me glower from afar
they keep a healthy distance out of reach
and I conduct my business purposefully
but once I'm in the safety of my car
I pray (and here I do not mean to preach)
to thank The Lord I didn't have to flee.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Offsides

We nurture the aggressive side
then gasp if they break bone
perhaps when there's a crimson tide
they'll say the call was blown.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Representative

"It's not an outbreak." the bureaucrat said on TV
"Just a single case." eyes darting furtively
"It's being handled here." he stammered subdued
then spun on his heel as cameras pursued.
"Begin evacuation" he muttered to his aide
"Of anyone required when decisions must be made
we wouldn't want the whining types to claim we went too far."
And then his burly bodyguard helped put him in the car
which sped away to take him to
a secret hideout known by few
so those that mattered could decide what to do
with any survivors if there even are.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Out of Shape

They'll sculpt your eyes with laser beams
and tighten skin with hidden seams
then dye your hair whatever hue
you're told creates the hippest you

our legends say we come from clay
and I'm inclined to think that way
as molding of one's chosen form
becomes the new conformance norm.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Good Morning America

What day would you pick to die
and who would you ask to sit there by
the bed (if that is where you'd choose to cease
existing and seek promised peace)?
just swallow that indigo pill
the final demise of your will.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Big Question

Extinction starts with E
Beginning with a B
Obliterating with an O
Life (you guessed it) L
As we know it A?