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Wheel of Fortune 


The modern wheel of fortune is reserved

For people who are able & willing

To this evil, venal system preserve

Though it is the only planet killing 

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?

Spring Snow Unwanted



Sometime in April under some black crust

This winter’s last filthy snow’ll liquidate 

No flowers can obscure this world at rust

Snow’s death & decay commemorate

Spring will unleash the green harpies of youth

Fighting out of future switches, blossoms

Adorn ev’ry curling muddy shoot

To which the superficial’ll say: awesome

But as my personal shadows lengthen

I miss the frigid hassles of my youth

Tribulations’ texture made me strengthen:

Learned surviving, becoming astute

Beautiful winter recedes to black muck

Which, if you live long enough, you’ll call luck

Desire Sonnet (all 4 drafts)

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Desire Sonnet
draft 4.
How intoxicating human desire/
Imaginations and passions inspire/
All-encompassing, these needs created/
By which nothing real* can be abated/

Desire refocuses human vision:/
Within, our souls surrender decisions;/
What we want to possess, possesses us/
We are controlled by our uncontrolled lust/

Within all living beings there exists/
A primitive saboteur who then twists/
Our selfish wants into eternal needs/
Without conscious awareness that it’s greed/

Our deep lusts, fantasies, (& tiny wants)/
Are fruits of our subconscious Ego’s taunts/
*true

Desire Sonnet
draft 3.
How intoxicating human desire/
Imaginations and passions inspire/
All-encompassing, these needs created/
By which nothing real* can be abated/

Desire refocuses human vision:/
Within, our souls surrender decisions;/
What we want to possess, possesses us/
We are controlled by our uncontrolled lust/

Within all living beings there exists/
A primitive saboteur who then twists/
Our selfish wants into eternal needs/
Without conscious awareness that it’s greed/

Our deep lusts, fantasies, & even needs/
Are flowers of our Ego’s little seeds/
*true

Desire Sonnet
draft 2.
How intoxicating human desire/
Imaginations and passions inspire/
All encompassing, are needs created/
That nothing mortal can at all make sated/

Desire refocuses human vision:/
Within, our souls surrender decisions;/
What we want to possess, possesses us/
We are controlled by our uncontrolled lust/

Within conscious human beings there is/
An enemy spy with a trite “pop-quiz:”/
Biological or cultural? What’s/
That which overrides or undermines thoughts/

Our deep lusts, fantasies, & even needs/
Are flowers of our Ego’s little seeds/

Desire Sonnet
draft 1.
How intoxicating human desire/
Imaginations and passions inspire/
All encompassing, are needs created/
That nothing mortal can at all make sated/

Desire refocuses human visions:/
Within, our souls rescind decisions;/
What we want to possess, possesses us/
We are controlled by our uncontrolled lust/

Within conscious human beings there is/
An enemy spy with a trite pop-quiz:/
Biological or cultural? What’s/
That which overrides or undermines thoughts/

Our deep lusts, fantasies, & even needs/
Are flowers of our Ego’s little seeds/

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Faith in Optimism Haikus

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21. Anticipate life/
Each moment’s a bonanza/
Irreplaceable/
#haiku

22. “Best is yet to come”/
Beats in ev’ry human heart/
Because we all hope/
#haiku

23. My optimism:/
Totally baseless & made/
From my feeble faith/
#haiku

24. Religious promise/
Is the opposite of faith:/
Certainty ain’t hope/
#haiku

25. Faith is acceptance/
Of what the world does is “right”/
No matter MY hand/
#haiku

26. Religious dogma/
Demanding certain outcomes:/
Opposite of faith/
#haiku

27. Accept diversity/
There is no one correct “way”/
Let others “suffer”/
#haiku

28. People’s bad choices/
Validate your way of life:/
Don’t force “it” on “them”/
#haiku

29. All living beings/
Need ev’ryone else’s lives/
For reality/
#haiku

30. Don’t judge others’ lives/
Be grateful that they’re not yours/
Be the example/
#haiku

31. Uplifting bromides/
Are uttered for the speaker/
Be Grateful don’t hate/
#haiku

32. Sorry I “lectured”/
But I think I believe this/
Optimistic junk/
#haiku

California in 72 Hours

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California Haikus

1. Visiting Cali/
Is wonderful nostalgia/
But I miss my friends/
#haiku

2. It isn’t the same/
Without the people I knew/
When we lived with you/
#haiku

3. The same old places/
Remind me of the good times/
We shared in those days/
#haiku

4. Our children have grown/
Appropriately moved on/
From youth we long for/
#haiku

5. The friends that we saw/
Confirmed your key importance/
In our nostalgia/
#haiku

6. The California/
Visited was a ghost town/
Without our old friends/
#haiku

7. Seventy two hours/
In the place we loved you so/
Was an eternity/
#haiku

Subway Haikus

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1. The city’s vacuum/
Sucks desire from ev’ryone/
Regardless of need/
#haiku

2. Even the junkies/
Want more than a simple fix/
When walking these streets/
#haiku

3. The beggars’ stories/
Deserve spoken word Emmys/
For their complex plots/
#haiku

4. The best stories have/
Misfortune, hard work and hope/
Often with a child/
#haiku

5. Pregnancy works well/
But mostly for the “fathers”/
(Who don’t have to show)/
#haiku

6. Six women from work/
Gossiping in Bengali/
One translates for friend/
#haiku

7. Besides Latina/
They could be by a river/
Washing their saris/
#haiku