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  237.     

In a tiny room

the dust upon the floor
a cache of broken curios
tables cluttered clean
my life tumbled here about me
years have dripped across the walls
and pools of wasted seconds
stain the carpet and the tile
no sound can shatter silence
the dreams are buried here
do not disturb the dead
a tiny room
my tomb.


(Previously published in Rustlings of the Wind, Spring 2000)
 
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  238.     

In and Out

The door outside the self
...opens from within

But locks from without
...block the passing inside.


(Previously published in Bardo Burner, Jan 2000, no.12)
 
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  239.     

In Our Little Worlds

Boxed in tight corners of unreality

We believe we know
Understand, perceive
Things greater than
Platitudes served on chafing
Dishes
Forces over which we command

Nothing

Ideas promulgated without censure of
Fact
Yet so certain is our
Conviction
We would defend it, immorally

To the death.


(Previously published in CER*BER*US, XLVII, Fall 2002)
 
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  240.     

In The Western World

You will be judged.
For good or for evil, to win or to lose
One or the other
There is no other
In everything you do
We black and white you with our tongues
Lash you to the stake of our
Burning inadequacies
Guilt that must be flogged
Flames rising
To star our sleepless nights
Feed the demons who sit across
The Dinner Table
Making nonsensical conversations
We like to call “quality time.”

Don’t think you can escape
Be bigger than a sea that
Covers the bones of a mythic Atlantis
We carry the ark of a covenant
With a damning God
Jealous Creator of all men (and sometimes
Women) in His own image
Flawed, sinful, needing to be
Saved from His own unholy
Desires.

In the Western World
You will be judged.
Daily.
By every man, woman and child.
For good or for evil.
Winners and losers.

That’s who we are.


(Previously published in uXu, Dec.30,1999, #35)
 
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