THE CAT IN THE HAT BOOK

OF THINGS I DID NOT VOTE FOR

I did not vote for corruption
it is not
my cup
of tea

I did not
vote for nuclear
war
(surgical strike
an impossibility)

I did not vote
to abolish health
squash free speech
though you
preach
it to
be the will
of God and
in my best interest

I did not vote to
stay dumb, live small
no contact with
the different
does not suit
me at all

I did not vote
against joy
and hope

I did not vote
to lose my vote

BETTER THAN THIS

ghosts linger
take one
final look

then
the Earth claims them
the Cosmos takes them

they are
beyond anything unless absorbed
by some dark, still consciousness
(as ancient
scripture does attest)

but in
that lingering last look back
what truth do you mark
in the species?

what
judgement made?

as life goes on
none the wiser
no blazing trail but
unsightly smudge

or spreading stain
as we reach our limit, as
growth goes viral

as the Universe itself
has
second thoughts

begins to believe it
can do better than this

STAR STORY

we are too busy
to build celestial

too hectically
dog eat dog
cat and mouse
to
learn from
the stars

listen to what
they have to say

the stuff we are
forged in a star once
created
from fire and
light

not
how we forge

bending the darkness of our power
for right, and might

SHARE INDEXED

her bountiful
words

tell us grace
is share indexed
believe in the largesse and
profit will flow

this
I do not buy

and would not
even if I were not now
I suppose
to
be counted amongst the ranks
of those who suffer

we can
be so glib in claiming Divine Will
for our prosperity, forgetting

how far we fell, how
fallen this world
in all its beauties and
its horrors

but let her
wax lyrical about everything on order
manna from Heaven, gift overflowing

standing in
line for blessing
at the ATM