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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

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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

Pondering Today Sonnet

How do I feel about this morning?
Am I excited to face challenges?
Or do I fear life’s absence of meaning?
(In today’s maelstrom: look for balance!)

As I finish the work-day’s obstacles
Reflecting on lessons learned & unlearned
I feel a little less vulnerable
Because a day’s compensation I’ve earned

Later I will lay my head down to rest,
&, for a few moments, on life reflect
Think of what I did better, worse, or best
Knowing that once done, nothing I reject

The day has unfolded just as it did
I’m glad I was here, (hope that’s not too glib?)

Procrastination Sonnet

Germanic-English: “Procrastination”

Been described as “sloth in five syllables”

Simultaneously my damnation

& most important of my principles

The Revisions become more difficult

Because it means editing & cutting

I want my ev’ry word to be occult

Genius Before the world I am putting

I have to edit this Comic Chapter

Key in the section titles & begin

To emend with proof reading’s words better

So I can an improved draft then send in

Academic writing is hard labor

Because you have certain truths to put forth

Bartleby 2.0

Modern working class existential angst

Has created “Bartleby the Scrivener”

‘Gainst the 21st century’s phalanx

Of our meaningless by a whisker

Tay Boon Keh has chosen to face jail time

As a modern Quixote dispatching

Expectations to various corners

Of the planet that we are exploiting

He would prefer not to participate

In the global endeavor he’s part of

He did not wonder much or ruminate

Tay Boon, on wealthy people, has laid a glove

This man’s a passive aggressive genius

He’s struck back inequity’s meanness

Daily News Story of Passive Aggressive Hero in China

Doubt in an Uncertain World Sonnet

Our beliefs are just what we think about
Even if they build these thoughts a cathedral
They’re merely thoughts: we can choose to opt out
Belief is freedom for ourselves: simple

If I choose not to believe in magic
Should not spoil your enjoyment of the show
I am an agnostic heckler tragic
Believe in religion: the way you know

The agnostic or atheist’s freedom
To (dis)believe in all your rituals
Is how the God that I doubt made it, son
So we each have “spiritual victuals” 

Believing in Yahweh, Allah or Christ
Does not mean that I have to sacrifice