New Poem! Needs Title Friday, Jul 10 2009 

Any title suggestions?  I’m performing this tonight for the first time down in Tucson tonight with the team.  I know what it looks like, but give this poem a chance, it may not be what it appears to be… <..< >..>

You were the soundtrack of my youth.
You only had 50 years to change the world,
blatant sex appeal forcing parent everywhere
to purchase extra parental control features,
Imitated and ridiculed, you were a kid at heart.

You had me convinced.  Maybe, you had us all fooled.
But when you came to life on the screen,
a puppet-less string,
through the white noise of mediocrity,
rhythmic preaching like a lullaby in stereo
MTV, BET, The Home Shopping Network,
Billy Mays,
We believed you.

You could have been that one dad
at baseball games in a Snuggie.
You could have pried us with insulting weight-loss supplements,
wouldn’t it be nice if there was a little less of you?
You could have been sponging the blood of a hooker
from the linoleum with a Shamwow,
“Will It Blend?”

But you chose to teach us
to harness the power of oxygen
for its stain fighting abilities,
If only you could have used it
to breathe a little longer.
Now the clouds are bleached brighter and whiter, but the
pearly gates retain their bold shiny sheen.
You could sell a sin to God, Billy Mays
make us worship a Plater Grater, wonder what would happen
if you could combine a cheese grate with a plate
pray for cleaner cuts, Mend-Its and Slap Chops
cry out, Hallelujah, long live your laundry

We all know now that two Awesome Augers
are better than one.
Because that’s twice as many augers.

Why settle for less?
When you can have it all for $19.99
But wait, there’s more,
We’ll pay to eradicate stains
Bleach blank slates, present the immaculate home
with whiskey in the cupboard and sauce on the stove
The knives are never dull
unlike the dinner guests.
Hang up photo-shopped smiles with Hercules Hooks
use mighty putty instead of nails, leave no trace
Never dice up your soul,
Only mince words
Slice your way into our hearts, eternally sharp
take pride in the quality of destruction

We’ll take glass-bottomed boat tours over your grave.
But we can’t buy now
not from a ghost, who won’t accept visa.
We can’t save more
not when we couldn’t save you.
I’m still on the line, still waiting out the dial tone
we can’t hang up the phones
rerunning shows, we won’t give you up just yet
How could you, of all people Billy Mays,
Get such a raw deal?

You can wrinkle your nose
But here everything
smells like citrus

HaikuTwo Thursday, May 28 2009 

I don’t like haikus

They’re about nature and shit.

I’m an engineer.

Euphemistic Sunday, May 24 2009 

Euphemistic

They don’t call us victims anymore,
they call us survivors.
Like a turn of the phrase will make it all better.
Like the words actually matter.

Like in Harry Potter, no one
will say the name …”He who must not be named”

But in reality, I doubt I could be friends with a guy named….
And I would never name my son….
Let alone ever dating a guy named….

We use words incorrectly like girls who use toothbrushes on their throats
instead of on their teeth.
Like we say “bulimic anorexia nervosa”
instead of “help me”
Or “May be a danger to herself or others”
instead of “hurry”
We call it a “class 3 misdemeanor with intention to harass and intimidate”
instead of a “please, don’t let him hurt me anymore”

Maladies are like bad wine.
The worse they taste, the more time we take
putting a pretty label on them.

Don’t make light of someone’s situation just
Because the phrase stings your throat.
These are words that fight back,
They won’t roll off your tongue,
They’ll ride it like a cheese grater.

Euphemisms everywhere are on their knees begging
Say My Name.

Don’t call us victims
Don’t calll us survivors,
like we did something right,
like anyone else would just lay down and die.

Did you think I never cried?
Because I did. A lot.
And like Alice for a time I swam in my tears,
But like Jesus I learned that you can be reborn
Of the same waters you create.

Holy water won’t heal like unconditional love
So we replace words like bandages,
Pacing the halls as hospital drones,
Experimental pharmaceuticals are our shiny new toys.
We wear bed sheets like ballgowns,
Waltzing to the beat of heart monitors and iron lungs,
Harmonize with the screams of your terminal neighbor
until they close the curtains
and call the priest.
Xanax zombies, we live in our sleep
Don’t wake us up or we’ll pull our own plugs.

What forced this abstraction to huddle in a corner?
Seesawing back and forth, I padded my own cell
With gin and tonics, this black hole
I like to call home.

As a supernova I shined too brightly.
How could that last?
I am too big to fit into myself
So when I collapsed I took the whole damn world with me.

By the time my light reaches you now, it’s already 2 million years old
the leftovers of a celestial supper.
But count me with the other stars fighting for a spot in the sky.
Count me with the survivors.

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Tucson Team ’09!!! Thursday, Apr 30 2009 

Tucson is sending an AMAZING team of poets to represent at the 2009 National Poetry Slam in Florida!!!  The only problem is…it’s in Florida.  And we need to get there.

So please help support the poetic arts.  We are accepting donations through Paypal.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!!!

Something Beautiful Thursday, Apr 30 2009 

Something Beautiful

A sudden bout of Godliness,
She choked on something beautiful
and held her breath.

A circle of mirrors, glasses full
Salute a dizzy blur of beautiful.

Drape a veil as a laurel wreath
Slim shoulders hazard a glance beneath
a slipknot sash, tied tightly round
her frame, framed by this white silk gown.

Ceramic skin, sharp eyes stare out
disregarded by a static pout.

And rose stems posed on painted toes,
stilettoed caskets in a row
balance something beautiful.

neck encased in golden chain,
shaded by a bridled mane.

Cinched and tightened;
Contorted, siphoned
And twisted, to the point of pain-

But a picture perfect needs a frame.

The Best Lesson Saturday, Apr 11 2009 

A little slam poem for ya’ll.  I think it actually sounds decent writen, but let me know what you think.

Enjoy.

The Best Lesson

What I learned in College was that
everything I learned in highschool
was wrong.

English taught me of the
grammatical dichotomies,
Government taught me
how to judge others; while
History said
not to repeat myself, but in
Spanish it was always
repeat after
repeat after
repeat after me. In
Chemistry I learned that
we have none, but
Theatre taught me to how fake it, and
Politics taught me how to lie.

Like how I lied, in Art class when I said
I liked your tattoos, when really
I wake up most nights
Licking my fingers and
trying to rub them out.
Maybe astronomy has just made me jealous
of your astrological sign, because
Lions and Leo
charging across your chest
look a lot better than
Crabs and Cancer
crawling across mine.

I need to dispute the
Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
because every time I try
to integrate your surface to find out
what lies beneath
I always come up short.
And the curve of a woman’s
hips to her chest
must add up to more
than an ass and some breasts.
Marine Biology told a story of kids
combing the sands for driftwood and bottle caps,
while the media collects abused
women and missing children like sea-glass.
You see, sea-glass
is prettier because it’s beaten.
Now they wash upon our shores
like beached whales, dead mermaids.
They shine with sea salt in their hair
but the calcification of their skin
makes them hard as nails.

Which brings me to Newton,
who said that for every action
there is an equal and opposite reaction,
but when I tried to bear some of their pain
on my shoulders, it didn’t make the load
any lighter. When I pushed myself
into the ground, it didn’t help you
to fly any higher. We’ve all
watched twin towers burn, but have
yet to see anything born of that fire
but more fire and
more fire and
more fire, a bastard child
of the conservation of energy.

Philosophy taught me that with wisdom
comes lines carved deep into our skin
like prison nails on soap sculptures,
so according to this graph,
I was born a baby with blank palms.
It took pain and experience to grow these lines,
and I should be proud, but really
I wake up most nights
Licking my fingers
and trying to rub them out.

UnLucky Thursday, Apr 9 2009 

UnLucky

I’ll clean the cage, mom,
I swear
I’ll take care of her

“Him”
said my brother.

Hands dug indelicately
through the mass of scampering fur
in pursuit of the perfect
Seven-dollar hamster.

I cleaned the cage once,
I swore as I stared
at stoic, limp Lucky
teeth bucked toward the
Great Habitrail in the sky

Cancel the dentist, mom,
there’s been an accident
And I can’t do homework at a time like this

When you get to be my age
you’ll understand,
I comforted my cross-legged brother
No. 2 pencil slanted in clammy hands
Diligently poking air holes in the cardboard coffin

The solemn shovel scratched away
six inches of mud
Father fumbling for the appropriate epitaph
for a seven-dollar hamster

Smearing dirt on my face
batting stray tears

I’m going to miss her

“Him”
said my brother

Quotation Friday, Apr 3 2009 

“A baby’s watching a dog
that’s watching the chickens”

-Amelie, leading a blind beggar

Haiku Friday, Apr 3 2009 

I don’t really like haikus.  It has nothing to do with nature and the syllables aren’t quite right anyway so maybe it’s just a short poem, but I’m calling it a haiku so sue me.

Smile

I told a joke
You must have forgotten to smile
In your haste to laugh

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