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  81.     

Back Turned (Senryu)

Back turned without thought
careless crossings of tired eyes
malice unspoken
 
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  82.     

Bards In Arms

Poetry is the last bastion of free speech
The people's pure unfettered voice
We shall defend it at all costs
Against the numbing multitudes
The clamoring adversaries of the free word
The dull-witted patsies, posturing poseurs and
Picky pedants who would
Clamp our verse in chains

Make us conform

To rules and pleasantries and ways of being
Morbidly conventional
In strict accordance with the finite aspects of their minds.
No! Our cause is just.
Ten-Hut! You battle-tested troubadours!
Present arms!
And hearts and souls!
We! Shall! Prevail!

(Previously published in Art Villa, Aug. '99)
 
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  83.     

Beastly Ideas

We humans like to think of ourselves
As being
Better than the animals
Smarter, and undoubtedly closer
To God.

Yet animals are forever true
To their God-given natures
Communicating well-enough
With canny precision
In languages we are perhaps

Too arrogant
To understand.

(Previously published in Poetry: Soul to Soul, Jan. '05)
 
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  84.     

Begin, Begat, Begone

The past infects the present
Ever present poison
Must be
Expunged
Sucked through thin
Psychic skin
Spat 'tween
Clenched teeth
Rage released
In the stillness of a pristine moment
Cleansed
Is
The soothing elixir
...of the soul.


(Previously published in Some Words: A Place for Poetry, Nov-Dec '99)
 
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