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  69.     

Our Baby Boy

(The parents slammed him against the wall)
When they didn’t listen

(Beat him upside the head)
When they didn’t answer

(Locked him in a room without supper)
When they went to work all day and night

(Put a shotgun in his hand)
When they didn’t pay attention

And finally, never asking what he needed
(Laid the wreath upon his grave) .


(Previously published in No Alibi Press, Feb.2002)
 
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  70.     

Pinnacles

Only a couple of rungs from the top
He fell
Down into the chasm of his
Truest self
The giddiness of the heights
Cooly reflected in the stillness of his
Finally present mind

Able to reject the folly of false illusion

Rivers breaching dams
Rocks pouring out of mountains
Trees taking shape with new limbs
Rich with the fruit of
Wisdom
Feet planted at last
In heavenly stench of saturate Earth.


(Previously published in Kookamonga Square, July 2000)
 
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  71.     

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Little Boy Bob
Turned 20
Smoked a joint with his headphones on
Said
I’m supposed to live it up, find some chicks and drink some beer.
So he did.

Little Boy Bob
Hit 30
Sat on his couch eating cheese doodles and fries
Said
I’m supposed to settle down, get fat and buy a lawnmower.
So he did.

Little Boy Bob
Neared 40
Stuck in a phone booth in the pouring rain
Said
I’m supposed to go through a mid-life crisis, get a divorce and go bald.
So he did.

Little Boy Bob
Reached 50
Soaked up some sun by the swimming pool
Said
I’m supposed to be wealthy and successful and taking cruises ‘round the world.
And he was.

Little Boy Bob
Topped 60
Waited on line to get his prescription filled
Said
I’m supposed to retire, feel old and useless and collect social security.
And he did.

Little Boy Bob
Passed 70
Lay in a bed with a tube stuck in his arm.
Said
I’m supposed to shrivel up and die and not have the faintest idea what it was all about.
And he didn’t.


(Previously published in CER*BER*US, XXXVI,2000)
 
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  72.     

The Dalai Lama

The Compassionate One
Whether he is the reincarnation
Of a particular soul or not is
Immaterial
He is indeed the reincarnation
Of an idea
That on this Earth
There is always one man
Whose heart is incorruptible
Who embodies what it is
To feel for others
To care when no one else
Will
As long as there is
This one man
To symbolize who we need to be

Humanity has hope.


(Previously published in Poetry Junction, Apr.2003)
 
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