Early Memories

some early memories are gardens of delight

others are not so serene like getting into a fight

making Revelle car models like Ed Roth’s SuperFink

was a favorite hobby because I didn’t have to think

I raced on narrow red skateboards with metal wheels

while dreaming of someday having my own automobiles

my imagination was unfettered with too many facts

spending my time playing with all kinds of knick-knacks

countless hours were spent imitating TV heroes

in plots with pals featuring dramatic death throes

my memories of those early days

of childish beliefs and pretend plays

are still companions in my old age

and are still a pleasure to engage

Epiphanies Don’t Always Please

sudden revelations and insights can be stifled by stupidity and jealousy

there’s always doubters that don’t see what others see

new ideas are often met with controversy

the sceptics scorn unaplogetically

visions kicked aside like debris

in human history

only

there will always be

a person with a sense of destiny

who will have an epiphany

that will set us free

A Tribute To Lawrence Ferlinghetti

he captured the average American experience

with words woven with activism and skepticism

an insurgent in the literary world with no allegiance

to traditional poetry and using abstract expressionism

he confesses to being an anarchist at heart

encouraging poets to write about political and cultural

aspects of their country like laws and local art

Lawrence Ferlinghetti who turned 100 the other day

still burns brightly in the world of poetry

an icon with plenty left to say

about the world and our society

TV and Reality

we have to be careful not to believe everything we see

on TV

the line between reality shows and reality

has become murky

a parade of partisan petty bourgeoisie

on TV

from entertainment to ideology

a warped view of what the world should be

based upon viewer popularity

on TV

where talk shows hosts spew witty repartee

and political pundits dramatically can’t agree

instantly becoming must-watch insanity

on TV

where we can be fooled by technology

into seeing something entirely phony

gleefully watching a bunch of baloney

I think that I’ll never see

anything more deceptive

than a TV

The Ripple Effect

the consequences of our actions cause ripples in a cosmic sea

reverberating further than our eye can see

they echo in the myriad corridors of eternity

and find fertile hunting grounds in diversity

they spawn revolutions and bring prosperity

sometimes they point out things inadvertently

as you watch helplessly

with uncertainty

as the ripples spread out mysteriously

entwined with your fate in history

A Close Look At Opinions

as we all know, opinions are like assholes

we all have one…

in a world of critics and skeptics

opinions are subject to fact-checks

based upon disbelief

or the PC police

few opinions stand the test of time

and the rest are borderline

people naturally opinionate

it’s in our DNA to debate

you’re either right or wrong

making it hard to get along

opinions have led to war

destroying lives and more

peace-loving people say

it doesn’t have to be this way