Monday, November 23, 2015


My memories leave me hollow
like the crumbling shell that stands
a monument to shallow
sycophants with greedy hands

there's no one more complacent
than a fool who's satisfied
until they lie adjacent
to the rest who never tried.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


There are those who hang on every word you say
and some that wish you would just go away
I seem to be meeting the latter today

so graciously I shall desist
from asking if you get my gist
and humbly as I can -- exist.

Thursday, November 05, 2015


I'm just another car
in a long unending line
that never gets too far
we're governed by design

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


I put on my face
to enter the race
then pray for my portions of gravy and grace
and though I may tire
I will face the fire
or risk the demise of my one true desire

Sunday, October 18, 2015


The only thing you can't achieve
is what you fear to try
it's tough to fail when you believe
that nothing can deny

your spirit when it sets a goal
or heart as it incites
your will to satisfy your soul
before the final rites.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


I saw tomorrow
in a cripple's gait
and in my marrow
felt the weight
of aching sorrow
that won't abate
the line is narrow
twixt folly and fate

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


She thought of all the drugs she'd need to make it through the day
Decongestant, analgesic and some she wouldn't say
Along with one to keep destructive stomach juice at bay
When asses (as they tend to do) begin to loudly bray.

Sunday, September 06, 2015


By the light of a street lamp I saw
a spider creep into the craw
of a crabapple tree on it's web
as the summer sun started to ebb

and shadows began to unite
becoming the framework of night
encompassing all as we crawl
inexorably towards the fall.

Monday, August 24, 2015


The mirror and I were never friends
but at least we could see eye to eye
now my sagging resilience descends
while I look away and just sigh.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Reality TV

Pandora called to vent about
her box's glaring lack
of morals and began to shout
until they answered back

"It seems to us the problem's there
and not our glut of smut
if you don't like the filth we air
then keep your peepers shut!"

Friday, August 14, 2015


To write about life you must live it
To understand love simply give it
To profit from pain you must bear it
To make a gain meaningful share it.

Sunday, August 09, 2015


Decay and death surround me
contrivances confound me
while I endeavor simply to exist
my means are less than meager
my outlook not so eager
but still I raise a fierce defiant fist

I will continue trying
to keep my dream from dying
despite the drudgery I can't avoid
these chains are not in fashion
and can’t restrain my passion
in order for success to be enjoyed

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Count on It

I don't care one iota
about your quota
so please just go take a hike
for I'm extending
one number unbending
though it's not the digit you'd like.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Making the Cut

Creative thoughts are lost among
the droning drowning din
of battle to ascend a rung
and rake the bennies in

but every now and then I get
a chance to sit and jot
the few words that I don't forget
while fighting for that spot

a grizzled veteran of war
I carry on despite
the code of conduct I deplore
ignoring flags of white

my fuel is running way too low
to fall behind the line
it's hard to overcome a foe
that savors blood like wine.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Game Face

I can't remember if I forgot
I don't have much but it's alot
I may get free but probably not
another verse? It's worth a shot

I try my best (despite this fear
that nothing I do matters here)
to always smile and appear
if not upbeat then cavalier.