Category Archives: dependence

Ode To Today

In all of my boring redundancies 

I continue to see life’s novelties 

For humanity’s great insurgencies

Assault me with stunning velocities 
This year’s seemingly fascist takeover 

Is the Phoenix’s violent escape

From the prison to which we’ve surrendered

Freedom under conformity is fake
Oversimplification of living

Religion’s most palatable optics

Will maintain the laity’s infighting

& keep us from injustice’s topics
Who says that we have to participate 

In people’s lives that we disagree with

It seems to this layman the debate’s fake

For most others are neither kin nor kith 
Freedom involves the liberty to err

& let your three year old play with pistols

For the racist “right to bear arms” is there

“Well-regulated militia” diapers 
If people find their lives so meaningless

That only Afghani heroin works

Let them buy the oblivion painless

& become state sponsored addicted jerks
It the daughter you’ve imperfectly loved

Gets impregnated by the proxy, Pete

She needn’t have all her plans aside shoved

To do Bible interpretation neat
& there’s one more thing I want to say here

You have no right to humanity flee

The automobile is a convenience dear

But we must stop subsidizing driving, see 
Cars must bear the cost to society

& the environment their ease destroys 

Walks near others evolved humanity

“Ghettos” of “others” are just racist ploys
I’m glad that I said these words to the wise

To my way of thought, life was once better

Think of what freedom means, don’t me despise

Try to be a liberty abettor 

Debt

   
We are in debt to the one percent

& the system’s continuity 

We enjoy the modernity meant

By all of this superfluity 
Beautiful cars: living rooms on wheels

& Amazing smartphone devices

Televisions (on which we got deals)

All ʇɐɥʇ which we didn’t check prices
We owe this money to the future:

Rockets & self-driving hover cars

The things that their fantasy sutures 

Onto our needs: peace, food, & shelter
We owe two-hundred-thirty-three-trillion

To keep our corrupted momentum

Perfect Imperfection

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26. Beginning is hard/
Accepting imperfections/
& trying again/
#haiku

27. I accept this life/
Celebrate the imperfect/
Accepting myself/
#haiku

27b. I’m in awe of life/
Celebrate the imperfect/
Accepting myself/
#haiku

28. I will feel no shame/
Because the imperfect self/
Is strangely perfect/
#haiku

29. This imperfect life/
Is the warped gear that permits/
Perfection to move/
#haiku

30. Gratefully chagrined/
By the mess I’ve made of life/
Knowing it’s perfect/
#haiku

New Year’s (Eve) Haiku

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12/31/13

7. Time never comes back/
Memories are like cobwebs/ Texturing right now/
#haiku

8. Right now is golden/
Absorb all its perfection/
No matter how bland*/
#haiku *rough

9. If I time traveled/
I’d go back to that moment:/
Tell you “thanks” again/
#haiku

10. Your greatness is lost/
In those endless uncounted/
Goodnesses unseen/
#haiku

11. Your friends saw this good/
Bobbing on the cold surface/
Of our modern lives/
#haiku

12. Those moments we shared/
Gentle friendship peeking up:/
An iceberg of good/
#haiku

13. This life happens fast/
Undermining all our plans/
But still it’s perfect/
#haiku

14. Please enjoy today/
For it’s all that we’re given/
Squander it with joy!/
#haiku

15. YOU made a diff’rence/
In some unrecorded way/
In my life this year/
#haiku

16. This moment of grace/
Lies in the vault of my soul/
For eternity/
#haiku

17. Hope me & my words/
Have brightened your existence/
In some way this year/
#haiku

18. Instagram, FaceBook/
Photography & Haiku/
Are distracting me/
#haiku

19. I love seeing you/
Sprinkled in digital life/
But you are legion/
#haiku

20. My Fifty Four Years/
Have given me so many/
Friends that I value/
#haiku

21. I cannot keep up/
With all of your small triumphs/
& lead my own life/
#haiku

22. The Digital noise/
Of Social Media needs/
Technology lent/
#haiku

23. Maybe a “Ramadan”/
Dawn until dusk without/
Social media/
#haiku

Independence Day

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26. “Independence Day”/
A bloodless simulacrum/
Of revolution/
#haiku

27. Liberty’s freedom/
Requires the diversity/
That allows greatness/
#haiku

28. Accepting others/
As they see themselves creates/
Free Americans/
#haiku

29. Freedom’s true greatness:/
Equality before law/
(Free from OPINION)/
#haiku

30. My equality/
Erases historical/
Privilege of wealth/
#haiku

31. Freedom is diverse/
Allowing independence/
For everybody/
#haiku

32. Our diversity/
Is unimaginable/
To ideologues/
#haiku

Subjectivity of Victims (or why we like the weak)

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1. Adorable pets/
Are cute because don’t have/
Subjectivity/
#haiku
2. Modern subjects will/
Protect the most powerless/
To feel meaningful/
#haiku
3. Faraway poor folks/
Tibetans and Fetuses/
Assuage our egos/
#haiku
4. Protect those beings/
Who can’t cut our privilege/
Has to be easy/
#haiku
5. The unborn are not/
Demanding of anyone/
Except the mothers/
#haiku
6. Protecting beings/
Who are not yet born is easy/
‘Cause they cost others/
#haiku
7. Tibetans are real/
In China, Nepal & Queens/
Taking no suburbs/
#haiku
8. Tibetan rights are/
Costs for our rival Chinese/
Not OUR wealth & ease/
#haiku
9. 3rd world Christians are/
Particularly saintly/
(They agree with us)/
#haiku
10. Don’t improve the rights/
Of local people who need/
Because we might LOSE/
#haiku
11. The rights of the poor/
Are reduced to benefit/
The lives of wealthy/
#haiku
12. In China or here/
Giving the poor more freedom/
Costs powerful more/
#haiku
13. Give up your own rights/
limit your own privilege/
To improve the world/
#haiku
14. “Ask not what [the world]/
Can do for you— ask what you/
can do for your [world]/
#haiku

Election Morning Haikus

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What a nice surprise/
Awake to re-election/
And Obama’s HOPE/
#haiku

America wins/
Digging itself out from cash/
Of election fight/
#haiku

He* tolerated/
Sins and Bigots for a win/
God will remember/
#haiku *Romney

We are one country/
We Hope for better future/
Will we work for peace?/
#haiku

Celebrations start/
Super-pac Money #wasted/
Democracy wins/
#haiku

Equality &/
Freedom seem victorious/
To this liberal/
#haiku

Mega-business holds/
On capitalist system/
Will begin to end/
#haiku

Obstructionist pols/
Will admit the strategy/
Hurt #America/
#haiku

#GOP #nonsense/
Soundly #Repudiated:/
#America #hopes/
#haiku

Time for soul searching/
America asks itself/
Why do I fear Blacks?/
#haiku

We can’t celebrate/
When lies define policy/
As socialism/
#haiku

Hope springs eternal/
Austerity’s avarice/
Motivates some men/
#haiku

Greed’s austerity/
Financed by the billionaires:/
Repudiated/
#haiku

Unity triumphs/
Behind both healthcare & peace/
Keeping life sacred/
#haiku