Category Archives: fame

Subway Slashing Sonnet

train victim diptych

There are two unfortunate souls right here
The pregnant woman whose young face was slashed
Thinking about being a new mother dear
(& how to keep herself together lashed)

The other’s ridden life’s roller coaster
Hoping the bottom of the descent’s near
When younger, perhaps she was a “toaster”
Angel Dust, Dope: starting with pot & beer

So onto train ventures the mother new
Avoiding she that’s fighting her demons
(Beelzebub says: “don’t let her dis you!”
Sitting elsewhere was what that was seemin’)

Into her bags she reached for the bright shiv
Payback for dis was what she did give

http://nypost.com/2017/05/28/woman-slashed-on-subway-platform-at-grand-central/

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David Bowie Has Died

david bowie tube sonnet

David Bowie has Died, as must we all

He is a part of our sweet memories

With prolific production musical

Who helped us to see the world differently

None of us could know him personally

I wonder if someone so prolific

would have hung out casually

While driven to write songs so beatific

The songs he created captured our lives

Danceable, thoughtful: he made life more fun

Dancing & thinking we feel more alive

His death reminds us “all will end their run”

We mourn Ziggy’s passing as a sad truth

But what we’re really missing is our youth

Loser’s Choice



You get to select your poison

Which horror is your preference?

Public death, headline emblazoned

Common death, little awareness?

Atomized over the French Alps

Unpredictability sung

Life distilled to some Facebook scalps

New’s research: Internet wrung?

Or laying bleeding between cars

Part of cost of modernity 

One of life’s little human scars

Die for Right-Now’s eternity?

Which death is more tragic to you

Public pity: alone & true?

Two Days of Thought

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7/7/13

34c. The sun rose today/
Gloriously unconcerned:/
Remaining perfect/
#haiku

35. So familiar/
Despair’s hard magnetism/
Impossible hope/
#haiku

36. Unavoidable/
Human decomposition/
In my sagging skin/
#haiku

37. Within this prison/
Of Aging mortality/
I remember youth/
#haiku

38. Watch the present from/
Solitary confinement/
Of maturity/
#haiku

7/8/13

40. “Sub-atomic-self/
-Esteem” described an old friend/
Facebook discovered/
#haiku

41. Smugly I described/
“Sub-Atomic-Self-Esteem”/
Not realizing/
#haiku

42a. We can only see/
Shortcomings* we ourselves share/
The whole world is us/
#haiku *human traits

42b. We can only see/
Shortcomings* we ourselves share/
We’re the world we see/
#haiku *human traits

42c. We can only see/
Shortcomings* we ourselves share/
We are the world seen/
#haiku *human traits

43. My snarky comment/
Putting down a dear old friend/
Really describes me/
#haiku

44. I’m afraid to try/
Where I might face rejection/
Sharing only here/
#haiku

45. Social media:/
Random Collection of “friends:”/
“Low-Stakes-Approval”/
#haiku

46. This “personal” “world”/
Kind, friendly & pleasant, though/
Unprofitable/
#haiku

47. Unprofitable/
Does not mean unfulfilling/
Paradoxically/
#haiku

48. I want to become/
More courageous regarding/
Professional acts/
#haiku

48b. I want to become/
The person I know I am/
Quietly thinking/
#haiku

49a. Becoming “that” man/
Means risking easy comfort/
Imagination/
#haiku

49b. Becoming “that” man/
Means risking easy comfort/
Of dreamy thinking/
#haiku

50b. Two days of thinking/
Contemplating myself, I/
Try to understand/
#haiku

Bathroom Selfies

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1. Bathroom selfies posed:/
Curves, outfits & confidence/
Performing their youth/
#haiku

2. Hips, hair and make-up/
Symbolically represent/
The entire woman/
#haiku

3. Porcelain backgrounds/
Show the austere privacy/
Of working women/
#haiku

4. Private made public/
Through Instagram’s* devices/
Peek into living/
#haiku *internet’s

5. Lipstick, Eyeshadow/
Women’s painted abstractions/
(Displaying their craft)/
#haiku

6. Metallic rainbow/
Arched over the Soul’s window/
Competing beauties/
#haiku

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7. Windows to the soul/
Staring into a smartphone/
Shared around the world/
#haiku

8. Iris and pupil/
Take in the light’s emissions/
While showing the soul/
#haiku

9a. Painted eye sockets/
Highlight, distract, camouflage/
The windows to soul/
#haiku

9b. Painted eye sockets/
Highlight, distract, camouflage/
Nature’s true beauty/
#haiku

10. Brightly painted lips/
The close up of consumption/
Meant for consumption/
#haiku

11. The abstract beauty/
Of a woman’s components/
Dehumanizes/
#haiku

12. Each photographed part/
Belongs to a living soul/
We must remember/
#haiku

13. Souls display their shells/
Reasons known only to them/
We mustn’t pre-judge/
#haiku

14a. Articulating/
Self on digital highway/
Is impossible/
#haiku

14b. Articulating/
Self on digital highway/
Is quite difficult/
#haiku

15a . Internet’s reduced/
All humans to simple Memes/
Stand-ins for ourselves/
#haiku

15b. Internet’s reduced/
Humans into mere icons/
Stand-ins for ourselves/
#haiku

16. Bathroom self-portraits/
Reduce us to visible/
Components of life*/
#haiku *self

Bathroom Selfies

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Bathroom $€£fie$

1. Bathroom selfies posed:/
Curves, outfits & confidence/
Performing their youth/
#haiku

2. Hips, hair and make-up/
Symbolically represent/
The entire woman/
#haiku

3. Porcelain backgrounds/
Show the austere privacy/
Of working women/
#haiku

4. Private made public/
Through Instagram’s* devices/
Peek into living/
#haiku *internet’s

5. Lipstick, Eyeshadow/
Women’s painted abstractions/
(Displaying their craft)/
#haiku

6. Metallic rainbow/
Arched over the Soul’s window/
Competing beauties/
#haiku

7. Windows to the soul/
Staring into a smartphone/
Shared around the world/
#haiku

8. Iris and pupil/
Take in the light’s emissions/
While showing the soul/
#haiku

9a. Painted eye sockets/
Highlight, distract, camouflage/
The windows to soul/
#haiku

9b. Painted eye sockets/
Highlight, distract, camouflage/
Nature’s true beauty/
#haiku

10. Brightly painted lips/
The close up of consumption/
Meant for consumption/
#haiku

11. The abstract beauty/
Of a woman’s components/
Dehumanizes/
#haiku

12. Each photographed part/
Belongs to a living soul/
We must remember/
#haiku

13. Souls display their shells/
Reasons known only to them/
We mustn’t pre-judge/
#haiku

14a. Articulating/
Self on digital highway/
Is impossible/
#haiku

15b. Internet’s reduced/
Humans into mere icons/
Stand-ins for ourselves/
#haiku

16. Bathroom self-portraits/
Reduce us to visible/
Components of life*/
#haiku *self

How’m I Doing

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9a. Rest In Peace Ed Koch/
The fighting for right and wrong/
At last leaves you peace/
#haiku

9b. Rest In Peace Ed Koch/
Your struggle for right and wrong/
At last leaves you: peace/
#haiku #rip #edkoch #nyc

9c. Mayor Koch has sunk/
The abyss called history/
Holds him for ever/
#haiku #rip #edkoch #nyc

9d. “How am I doing?”/
Bravely Asked Mayor Ed Koch/
‘Til the very end/
#haiku

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