Category: Poems

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Jersey Limericks

There once lived a man from Secaucus (the part of New Jersey that’s raucous) His house was a dump Befitting a chump Intending to insult and mock us His dream was to live in a tower Symbolic of great phallic power A spire so tall The masses would crawl And grovel and moan and cower...

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The Mussel Divine

How maddening to our friend the mollusk subjected every day to that most callous of clichés haunting a bi-valve’s life.             Happy as… Each time the bitter oath was uttered, our friend the mollusk shrunk inward, as if he could escape the narrative of fate.             If they only knew, he thought. No one should...

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Poem: To a Progressive Friend Frightened of Progress

Your righteous race to accumulate Good Karma Requires making love And opposing hate This noble social justice quest cannot carve out exceptions To the covenant Between your values and yourself You cannot advocate for the homeless While cheerleading for the Wall Street Banks that put people out of homes You cannot advocate for Peace While...

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Valentine’s Triolet

Why is this day unlike all the others? Wingless romantics pierce hearts, like Cupid, Who’d make love all year, if he had his druthers. Why is this day unlike all the others? We pair like doves, no need for another’s. Together we’re giddy, deliciously stupid. Why is this day unlike all the others? Wingless romantics,...

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Advice to Self and Poets in General

When confronted with the immensity of the ocean crashing against La Jolla cliffs craggy like Ireland and the island of Islay refrain from attempting to describe the waves and sky and gulls and wind and salty spray as a poet might using nouns as verbs “the sea lips the shore” “the pelicans wing the coastline”...

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Report from the Street (Complete)

The Homeless Metaphor If we’re speaking practically, solving problems then yes, go ahead, you can identify and analyze all the reasons why 40,000 human beings are living on the streets of Los Angeles Mental illness Domestic violence Bad choices over and over Me? Mental illness, for sure I had the crazy idea I was going...

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Report from the Street: The Next Witch Trials

When the witch trials return to this fair land as they do periodically and without warning you’re going to pick me to be the catalytic converter the sparker of the fuse. When you need someone to be the first accuser you’re going to want me then. My name is Sarah. Just like the beggar witch...

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Report from the Street: Mental Illness

Your appetites are aroused again and again. Your passions, your appetites are fed and aroused and fed again. Until you no longer distinguish punishment from pleasure. That is what the Queen wants! You’re taught to worship power. You’re an obedient slave. You understand power. You once had some. And now you serve. You’re a slave...