Tag Archives: identity

Taxonomy Of Mass Shooters

We need a “mass shooter taxonomy:”

(A classification of this thing

Ubiquitous in our economy)

Here I will try to begin it naming

1st they’re mostly elaborate suicides

These people kill when they want to die

If they survive they wanted to choose sides

To some fantasy identity ply

2nd they are the voiceless’s message

When their tweets, posts, memes & screeds are ignored

They feel they need a murderous dressage 

To break through all the ennui of the bored

3rd, & more specific’lly they want

To say something about some injustice 

(Whether real or imagined) they flaunt 

Murderously, their social caprice 

Some are simpleton racists who despise

Blacks, Latinos, Asians & others more

Than they enjoy all of living’s supplies

(They create a fantasy of race war)

I need to quickly add explanations 

Of the commercially motivated

& the Bigger Thomas iterations 

Not many, but difference is noted

Not a few of them choose to blame women

Certainly a form of misogyny 

Thinking that life relationships owes them

(This alienation is unholy)

This is all toxic masculinity 

Where we men blame the sexual obverse 

(Oft’ “performative femininity”

Women’s social incentives perverse)

I should have started with the bullying 

That we think begins with one tyrant

(Truthfully we’re all participating

“‘Favorites’ is a form of violence”)

Let me circle back to the suicides 

(That are to me incomprehensible 

Mental Health sometimes sanity elides

A predictable reaction awful)

Today’s society’s expecting

Or demanding too much of human souls

People think they should be fame producing

Simulacrum of Humanity’s goals

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Fourth of July 2018

What to thinking Americans is this

Holiday of our state’s independence

The ironies at this time are adrift

Pointing out avarice’s impudence

I wish that people would read histories

By our pasts’ repressed & hidden subjects

Then today there’d be fewer mysteries

To a more just & fair future construct

But our history’s been corporatized

Expressing only moments of triumph

Therefore justice warriors are resized

So not to diminish marketing’s “UMPH!”

Today there’s a frightened American

Who thinks only might makes us “great again”

Uneven Identity

It begins again
Media hypocrisy
Reinforcing men
Masculine Sacristy

It begins again
Canonization sexy
Creating women
A false domesticity

It begins again
A fake serenity
The past is re-run
Counterfeit identity

Identity made
To negotiate culture
Becomes a charade
Lies’ infrastructure

The soul I’ve become
In society’s labyrinth
Untruths that I’ve spun
Are Lies’ temple’s columns’ plinths

It all ends sometimes
Life’s uncertainty
Destroys our sublime
Fate’s an entity

Reading the scriptures
Of this barbed reality
Written in markers
Common Man’s humanity

Counternarratives
To the winner’s history
That never forgive
Avarice’s mystery

Kids, Culture, Commodity and Identity Haikus

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Kids grow digitally

1. Watching friends’ kids grow/
On my kids Facebook pages/
Makes me more grateful/
#haiku

2. Gothic tragedy:/
Predictable reaction/
To suburban living/
#haiku

3. Accepting blonde hair’s/
Identity erases/
The soul within you/
#haiku

4. Rejecting image/
Society gives your hair/
Needn’t include dye/
#haiku

5. Your spirit can make/
Your appearance transparent/
If you live your Soul/
#haiku

6. transforming your hair/
Is primitive camouflage/
Lacking any verve*/
#haiku *depth

7. We are struggling/
Towards our identity/
Against our culture/
#haiku

8. Smart people see roles/
Ascribed to physical looks/
As diminishing/
#haiku

9a. So “goth”-“thug”-“punk” kids/
Have figured out culture’s lies/
And bought rebellion/
#haiku

9b. So “goth,” “thug” or “punk”/
Kids Have figured out culture/
Trying to fight back/
#haiku

10. But real rebellion/
Cannot be Internet bought/
Prefabricated/
#haiku

11. Prefabrication/
Of rebellion just rejects/
Superficial styles/
#haiku

12. “Deb” or “thug” or “punk”/
or even the “Anarchist”/
Leave power’s power/
#haiku

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