Sunday, July 15, 2018

Unspeakable


When acts of war have become unspeakable
either because the violence has become so brutal
or because the citizenry has become too sensitive
or some convenient combination of both

When valor is shunned because the name
for which it’s done has been desecrated
So what in the past was a source of pride
now becomes something unmentionable

A dark secret instead of a brave moment
festering while it yearns to be informing
conforming while it could be inspiring
Cold censorship to what was intended as heroism

But what drives the fear to hear about the acts
that our monetary contributions have afforded
to be done violently in our stead 
for what we are told to believe is our benefit

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Prototype

I received
what I believed
to be information
on the creation
of a prototype
but it was just hype
for something they meant
for me to invent
for them in return
for the chance to learn
how to do it.
I said screw it.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Just Following Orders

We’re not to blame we’re just following orders
These are the laws that we’re told to enforce
They pay us to stand here protecting the border
If we don’t comply they won’t pay us of course

Then how will we pay to have fun with our children
How will we afford to buy food and new clothes
We must follow the orders like good little minions
Or imagine the horrors to which we’d be exposed

Monday, May 28, 2018

Like Vampires

They suck like vampires 
wearing high collared cloaks
to hide their teeth as they tell you 
whatever you want to hear 
keeping your mind occupied 
so you don't recognize 
them swooping in 
closer to your neck

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Freedoms

I do not put shades in the windows of my parlor
because that is what it means to be free

I do not fear to say things I believe are in order
because that is what it means to be free

I do not bow before the wishes of some abstracted other
because that is what it means to be free

I do not have to pay honor to my father and my mother
because that is what it means to be free

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mob Rule

Constantly fronting
like you know something
but what you know
is just a show
and we can clearly see it

Complex arguments
built on long stilts
so far extending
no on can see their ending
yet you expect us to believe it

Yes, freedom of speech
but please keep it in reach
at least tethered to reality
That’s not just a formality
It’s required to be effective

The abstraction that you draw
may keep your audience in awe
but it lies outside 
what evidence can provide
to justify your perspective

But you know that talking heads
will still shill what you’ve said
and give it their blessing
because it sounds interesting
even though they can’t understand it

Thus truth is defeated
as your message gets repeated
and the crowd cheers
for the only thing they can hear
exactly as you planned it

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Patterns of Abuse

If I ever find out 
the name of the person
who hurt you 
to make you this way
I will hunt them for sport 
and kill them slowly

Your lashing out towards me
has made me rabid
my first instinct has become
to lash out in response
I can’t interact anymore
without intimidating

Like a werewolf’s bite
I foam at the mouth now
I howl alone at the moon
torn to shreds and left to die
I've healed from your attacks
but still remember your teeth

I’ve had to create a barrier
between how I want to react
and what is acceptable
so I don’t scare people away
but the facade I wear
is only so convincing

Because it isn’t natural
it’s not how I want to feel
I want to express raw emotion
I want to be truly known
but who is brave enough
to not be scared off

I have learned to smile in a way 
that hides my fangs
I keep my mane neatly combed
and try to fit in
but my reactions seem off
and my growl gives me away

If I ever find out 
the name of the person
who hurt you 
to make you this way
I will hunt them for sport 
and kill them slowly