Category Archives: poem

Toxic Chivalry Sonnet

Two sides of Toxic Masculinity:
Catcalling’s trite machismo enables
The “insecure,” “social stability”
While Violent “chivalry” “enables”

All this reifies masculinity
Making men more concrete or somehow real
Increasing women’s insecurity
& It’s forcing “girls” to learn how to deal

A tragedy of Masculinity
Is designed right in the patriarchy
We gave men fictional divinity
By suppressing nature’s matriarchy

A boy & a man fought in the South Bronx
Controlling woman’s honor: in a sconce

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-catcall-sentencing-prison-20180927-story.htm

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New York Primary Battle Sonnet 18

The Cuomo machine ran the table

It’s not the result I wanted to see

But this will make the move left more stable

(I’m tired of Stars & Celebutardy)

So although Hochul defeated Williams

& I am sad Jumaane did not win

The progressives made some major inroads

That will disrupt the republican swing

The movement is strong & will continue

We must stay energized & keep working

These elections were swept in one venue

Now let’s see Moneyed Democrats twerking

The defeat of the IDC will force

Well fed Cuomo to modify course

America & Americans Sonnet

I wish I could clearly sing the praises

Of America & Americans

Whom the high bar of decency raises

Even after our recent concussions

Although we jump out of a checkered past

The rules of our game were fairest back then

& our best impulses try to hold fast

To those ideals of the enlightenment

I won’t focus on insecurity

That short-sighted fear & greed nurtures

Our greatest wealth is our humanity

(Liberty’s carcass circled by vultures!)

Right now I am told to fear the others

But in my heart I know they’re my brothers

Calculated Risks Sonnet

We all take calculated risks each day
To remind us that we are living free
Most of the time there is nothing to pay
But, occasionally, our luck does flee

We should all lament all of the accidents
That our foolish pride leads us to create
Fatal or criminal, they never relent:
We play with chance, until we meet our fate  

The liabilities that, carelessly,
We bring into our individual
Universes: both thought & thoughtlessly
Pay people eternal residuals

This man will never be at liberty
To make the mistakes of chance & then flee

“Motorcyclist killed after blowing stop sign, crashing into SUV in Queens” http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-motorcyclist-killed-suv-queens-crash-20180721-story.html

Thesis-Argument Sonnet

I must ask you what is an “argument?”

How would you define “it:” referring to

An English paper’s crucial component?

I’m trying to explain how to get through

An “argument’s” a justification

Of something that is disputable

(Not any mere stupid altercation)

It should be something that is provable

It’s a “case’s” rationalization

A specific “claim,” to be defended,

Proven, analyzed, with explanation

So your audience you “understanded!”

I tried to make this poetic essay

To explain in rhyme my lessons relayed

Self-Jeremiad Sonnet

I wish I could be a better person
& live up to more of my high standards
For then I’d be of myself, more sure then
(Poems aren’t the place to be candid!)

I imagine I could be happier
Living up to my grand aspirations
I might even dress myself snappier
(It might involve some preparations!)

The “perfect me” is a troublesome man
Ideals purely theoretical
Through a contrived obstacle course he’s ran
(To humanity antithetical!)

Fantasy me, like Frankenstein’s monster,
Of intentions built, will be abhorred

Social Media Sonnet

I ponder the bourgeois propriety
That the screens of social media sing
Not those of bland polite society
Of a thousand classes their norms it brings

Creating the human anxiety
That capitalist technology brings
Through each tronch’s norms’ superfluity
Making ev’ryone feel like they are the Kings

We rent important technology
From our corp’rate overlords & masters
The cost is both money & dignity
Our pharaohs want more than our piasters

The new environment for our species
Is littered with avarice’s feces