Category Archives: history

American Greatness Lies Bleeding Sonnet

Abraham Lincoln airily declared

“With malice toward none[:] charity for all”

& then was like a dog by racists slayed

Thus continuing America’s fall

Into the deepest abyss we have moved

A trench under five miles of racism

The rotation of our caliber grooved

Marching blithely towards modern fascism

The Identity Politics of Race

(Thought to be the scourge of all us colloreds)

Has taken DW Griffith’s face

& will drag us down with these poor dullards

The American Election has said

World War Three’s coming bringing death instead

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Bland Warm Beer

Bland Warmbier

Sandra Bland & Otto Warmbier are
Obverse sides of the law-&-order coin
One’s intercontinental travel went far
The other got the role of oppressed toy

Both existences are tragic stories:
Good people done in by crooked systems
Their tales of injustice tired & hoary:
They might well be Old Testament lessons

But our media will defend but one
Defending the undefendable way
Our brutal racist system deals with some
Lamenting Otto Warmbier’s sad display

So as you surf the internet notice
How racism is a given: know this!

Elevated Subway Sonnet



Elevated subways arrive with force

Rumbling, earth shaking thunder under foot

Terrifying physics without remorse

They’re massive dragons that we tolerate

As they rumble off into the distance

With inhaled passengers from the platform

They seem light serpentine monsters of chance

Bending and curving to the land conformed

Watching elevated trains snake around

The buildings and steeples of our New York

Is both magical as well as profound

Making umpteen tons seem float like cork

The iron gìant that we rely on/

Ferocious, fearful and yet somehow wan

History’s Victims Sonnet



History’s Victims’ Sonnet 

History’s victims loiter in my mind

Passing paper bagged bottles back and forth

Saying dangerous things that aren’t that kind

Angry words felt, to try to find due north

These no-where drunkards pontificate on

Discussing their failed loser ideas

Under the street light of victor’s great fun

Like school yard “talking story’s” a career

Still, I cannot evict them from their dreams

Of worth, value and righteous justice

Though I’m told they’re players on losing teams

There’s a nobility in their roughness

The true American soul loves losers

‘Cause we know that’s who god really chooses

•In The Heart Of The Sea• (haiku review)

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33. Finished history/
Of whaling shipwreck •Essex•/
(Cannibalism)/
#haiku

34. The Inspiration/
For Melville’s book •Moby Dick•/
Was a gripping read/
#haiku

35. Interestingly/
The Blacks were eaten up first/
(Not those who jumped ship)/
#haiku

36. A heroic tale/
Of 19th Century life:/
“Life” wasn’t easy/
#haiku

37. Industrial life/
Aboard floating factories/
Of cetacean death/
#haiku

38a. Wealth cheapens living:/
The search for portable oil/
Displaced men’s labor/
#haiku

38b. Before oil reading/
Required tallow candles made/
Slowly, locally/
#haiku

38c. The cost of reading/
Or any nocturnal light/
Was prohibitive/
#haiku

39a. Ingenious workers/
Industrialized murder/
To enrich a few/
#haiku

39b. Ingenious workers/
Industrialized murder/
To light people’s nights/
#haiku

40. Whale oil lit the night/
Of Victorian bedrooms/
Permitting reading/
#haiku

41. The value of light/
So widely squandered today/
Was a luxury/
#haiku

42. Fine Parlor reading/
Made necessary whale oil/
Ere petroleum/
#haiku

43. Species’ destruction/
That some few might read at night/
(Free-market logic)/
#haiku

44. Men worked factories/
Floating charnel pyres making/
Convenience back home/
#haiku

45a. Inhumane danger/
Is the skeleton of ease/
In whaling’s lamp-light/
#haiku

45b. Inhumane danger/
Is the skeleton of ease/
(Modern convenience)/
#haiku

46. Like petroleum/
Labor is concentrated/
In oily barrels/
#haiku

47. Like petroleum/
We endanger some species/
So some can get rich/
#haiku

48. The logic of wealth/
Rationalizes taking/
For some to have more/
#haiku

49. Whalers risked their lives/
On floating slaughterhouses/
For decent payouts/
#haiku

50. We risk the planet/
For digital convenience/
Fueled by whaling’s heirs/
#haiku

51. The planet marches/
Down the path oil’s wealth has paved/
(Ease “über allës”)/
#haiku

52. The Essex’s men/
Three months at sea without aid/
Lived heroically/
#haiku

53. Difficult living/
Impossible to survive/
There is much to learn/
#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

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