More of the Same

One Snip Rats Ass Inch

If You want me to give

one snip rats ass inch

about how You

feel about things

Then You have to give

one snip rats ass inch

about how i

feel about things






Heroes

We ask our heroes to be untouchable

Perfect shining examples of Gawd

Head

And then like sharks

With the smell of blood in the water

We follow them through paparazzi and invasion

Until their perfection is revealed

As sham

Shake our fingers

Bow our heads

Gather in our tiny insular groups

Body language co-ordinated amongst us

Backs hunched to the world

Quiet self-satisfaction

And commiserate: “Poor hero failed”

Ugly satisfaction

True self-knowledge revealed

Had only we taken up the torch

The end of the story would have been

Different









Tough Shit




"I'm tired", I told them

"Tired"

"Do you know?"

Tired

The mornings were the worst.

I'd wake up with fear in my stomach and no taste for the day

Body churning

Coughing the morning back up into the air

Tired

Pull the blankets around me

Lift my knees to my chest

Tired

They replied:

"Tough shit".

Life on the Sea of the Damned

Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Life on the Sea of the Damned.........................................................Waiting for the Wind to Blow



Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Life on the Sea of the Damned.........................................................Waiting for the Wind to Blow



Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Life on the Sea of the Damned.........................................................Waiting for the Wind to Blow



Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned Damned





Fairy Tales and the Things

of Life

Life continues to resemble the fairy tales

Given to me

As a child

The prince; uncrowned but arrogant, secure in future knowledge

The ladies in waiting

Some waiting for the prince

Some waiting for something more or less than the prince

But waiting

Nevertheless

The courtiers

The sly whisperers

The hangers-on

The bit players in the background holding spears with

Or without

Direction

The King clutching power

The lithesome beauties blinking their long lashes

The Queen

Sweet or bitter

But always the Queen

Occasionally an innocent is sacrificed

Or a few dragons or unicorns show up

And from time to time a savior comes riding along

Now and then on a brilliant white steed

Just as often on foot

Sometimes there's brandishing of swords

And good people flit in and out

High words and low comedy

I hate when the evil Magician comes cloaking all in darkness

Weaving arcane spells

Of secrecy

And mystery

But it's all there

All the characters

All true

Just like they told me

When I was a child