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Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details

Romeo and Juliet: The Remix

Three voices required,
and two students:
Yang as Fr. Time
YinYin as Sr. Gaia

In a college classroom with Win-Win Game Theory written on whiteboard.

Today we are going to role play 
a Win-Win enculturation game.

We will define enculturation as 
‘the combination of political and economic reiterative relationships and transactions 
within a communicating network 
of choice-making.’

The absence of political-economic co-arising redundancy 
generates systemic dissonance, 
suboptimized positive outcomes, at best, 
in which positive information is lost, 
putting this enculturation game at risk of turning from Win-Win, 
to Win-Lose.

This would result in a suboptimized and, to that extent, 
polypathological outcome, 
useful for recognizing opportunities to do better, 
to do good and fair and justice,
to do Being, fully cooperatively eco-balanced consciousness. 
We’ll see.

Fr. Time: [In an appropriately low gravelish slow-sucking voice] 
I need to play Yang.

Sr. Gaia: [In a lovely round full-chested soprano] 
I want to play yang as Yin.

Good, good. OK.

So. let’s imagine that Yang, 
played by Fr. Time, 
is Romeo Logos, 
and Yin, 
played by Sr. Gaia, 
is Juliet Mythos.

But, this is a Win-Win Game, 
so Juliet, of the Mythos family, 
chooses to stay planted on lovely Earth 
because she loves the Cinderella story, 
so maybe she’ll just sleep on her decision about what to do with her life, 
and see what happens later in the Prince Charming 
as Romeo Logos 
Department of her mythic romantic life.

With Juliet asleep, 
Romeo Logos storms through life’s stage all blood and thunder. 
Wakes Mythos, 
and they are filled with co-passionate ecstasy for themselves, 
each other, 
and all of Earth, 
and all of Earth’s Tribes, 
and all of the above live happily ever after.

[pause] Why is that not a more satisfying, 
story for every time our language and culture 
our political and economic outcomes
trend toward a despairing climatic precipice?

Fr. Time: [speaking as  gravelish Yang—2 packs a day, at least] 
I feel so used up. My health, vibrancy, robust vitality fades.

Sr. Gaia: (as Yin) 
All your over-heated competitive passions for violence and revolution have left me sore! So good riddance, we are finding our Midway, balancing our deductive language Logos family and our inductive autonomic Mythos Memory

of +Romeo-synapse = double-negative Juliet’s optic fractal message to disremember 50% despair = “lose”

as +UracilRomeo = CytosineJuliet, double-bound reverse-temporal Uracil (concave bilaterally equivalent fold).

Fr. Time: 
Sometimes your Gaia Story is too negentropically dissonant with the Logos family’s Golden Rule.

Sr. Gaia:
Yes, but only when Yin as Yang and Yin as Yin are not in appositional alignment, and Yin always plays as a metaphysical future or past tense mythic noun, icon. Yin is never real-time, but half past time and half future time, working her karmic grace to keep these two together.

Fr. Time:
Left alone, you cannot yet speak?

Yes, my Romeo, I need both our co-gravitational “Yes to Life” enculturations,
your politically powerful Logos of permacultural history,
and our economically abundant flowing Mythos
of polycultural real-time double-bound Continuous Quality Improvement resolving outcomes.

Our Midway.
Co-Tipping Point of perpetually balancing harmonics.

Fr. Time:
You always were the more strategic Win-Win cooperative player.

Sr. Gaia: 
Oh, Father, I bet you say that to all the girls, and boys,
but you and I both know and love
our co-arising eco-consciousness
of balanced Win-Win culture.

OK. Very good. So first, Fr. Time and Sr. Gaia, 
how do you think that game was going? 
Any concerns or insights about Win-Lose suboptimization?

Sr. Gaia: 
It feels like Yang is too Left-brain dominant, 
too competition-default. 

I realize it’s Yang’s role to carry the dense, hot, close inhalation side of gravity’s bi-elliptical wave toward the future,
on which this Universe surfs in timeless eternity,
and I value those political and economic qualities and quantities,
forms and functions,
all those verbal dynamic kins of cultural incarnations
that must continue to emerge
for Win-Win outcomes.

Yet, I am terrified of becoming too thin,
too cool and shy,
too absent,
too chaotically dispersed,
disappearingly absent,
dead inside,
because I do so love this time as Earth.

I hope we can grow more accustomed
to unearthing together, 
Logos with Mythos,
science with religion,
permacultural politics and procedures with polycultural outcomes
in bicamerally balanced sight.

Fr. Time:
Wouldn’t know what to add to our full-octave throated soprano’s resonant RNA-fractal ring of life’s four temporal seasons,
folding and unfolding her permacultural development Wisdom,
and culture,
and language of yangish verbs 
as yinyin mythic nouns.

I followed you right up to the last part. 
What is this Yang-verb with Yin-shadowy noun relationship?

Fr. Time:
Like ‘Earth’ is a yin noun
in PolyCultural language,
while ‘unearth’ is a yang verb.
If ‘UnEarth’ were used as a negative-polynomial noun,
then I guess that would be most everything we know nothing about
except perhaps through our imagined thinning,
dispersing future wave of not-yet gravitational absorption
into this great revolving wheel 
of co-arising co-gravitational
Win-Win Being.

Well, thank you Fr. Time and Sr. Gaia, Namaste.

So far, well done.

Let the Win-Win Game continue,
Time’s receding bilateral wave
greeted by Mythic 3-dimensional future-as-now space,
spinning our enculturating story of time as space,
gravitation co-arising function
as a 4-fractal RNA-seeded place
with 3-dimensional spatial forms
within each 1-dimensional mythic bicameral NOW
notch in Time’s evolutionary emergent flow.


Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2015

Long poem by Ir0nic ZiNk | Details



What does this vastly misunderstood word mean to you? 

Too what ends? 

May we seek? 

Who(m) may guide us? 

Endless deliberation (spiss spiss spiss)

Debated and glorified by us all 

Beloved; instilled among (a) core integrity 

Coddled and looked upon/after with parental instinct 

Construed through social media 

Society builds (an) imagination

An ideal becoming real

As real as... 




As real as...it gets... 

Trusted by innocence 

Betrayed in founding our guilts

Right depicts wrongs and lies are monologued

Full fledge imaginary tales 

Molded like bacteria into our eternally doomed plaguing generosity after imploding back into from whence it came, plagued in 
Plagued out 

Set up by self 

Righteous justice delivered and plated in first class bull shit-ness

Coffin(g)' bull shit (ness)

Casting lie after selfish lie, inception, role played until perfection carries in action 

Orchestrated beautifully and directed accordingly suiting presentation of currency 
Whether that be in time or it of monetary value 

Emotionally effective, affected by minds' deception 

Chords stroked with brilliance master bated egotistical(s) religiously every night before bed 

Wet dreamt down covered by impost and then ingested along side with breakfast... forgotten  

Conveniently revealed through indecent exposure, then paraded around, as if to be considered within the same sentence(s) as truth; nonetheless, lied through a tooth 

Nails chalk board out records' as screeching can be seen screaming for more farce facts 

Depart from 


Depart from? 



How can you expect me to depart from any? 


As if I can possibly part path ways of destiny 

What am I left with to depart from once I deplane thyself? 

Wouldn't destiny choose my fate prior to departure and my fate be eternally booked reasonably just? 

Depart from society? 

Asking miraculous birth of mortal man; imperfectly deficient (of)

Depart from paths paved in black tar and crushed rock created by belief of/invisible value placing objects, taxed paid tolled and replayed cyclically fooling ignorant man into personally disbelieving in (the) passing perfect dream 

Filling lines at check stands following the footsteps of order


Instructed to

Portrayed vividly by 

Whispering lies slip through vestal ears and colored in, between the lines 


Lines layed out by leadership and puzzled people are peices used 

Valued by our circumstantial net worth under what true value capable 

Able to 

Impossible to comprehend 

Incomprehensible possibilities 

A perfect perfidy 

Our eternally tragic flaw 

Our destiny 

Or destination 

Currently aboard 

Physical and mental residency

Unreasonably reasoned into reasons (to which we reside)

Everything happens for a reason 

Excusing moral complex of duty 

Temporary relief, masking our seams in convenient tape

Order observed 

The fools fall for it every time!
(HA ha ha Ha ha)

Easy to carry out this conducted charade

Ducks in a row line up to shoot fish in a barrel (word-play)

Bait tackles hooks line and sinker (play-on)

The wheels in the sky keep on turning (word player)

Spinning up webs, interlacing lies formulated with meticulous planning, and practiced... and perfected... 

Sculpted into real life 

Believed intrepidly with ease 


Created man kind 

Man kind is in fact, a creation

Singular significance is but a lie away from an insecurity 

Trapping man after man with its tricks and treating him to an easy life, laid out in scripture, utilizing deception to coerce belief in a mass scale. (on)

Social strategy that relies on deception and is ordered and instructed (in)

Climates' of change are handled accordingly, (and) shifts are taken in, (and) handed out as the players rotate, cyclically fluctuating so to suit the finite demands—that is life and also—death 

Who is the (at) top 

Who is the (at) bottom 

Maybe the bottom is the top and the top is simply a cycle shift away from hitting rock bottom (at)


We being the jokers 

All of us

Played by ourselves

Only as great as our greatest and as weak as our weakest and more likely ruled by the majority party (-on dude)

Major jack asses 


Ordering our own destiny (it would seem)

Collectively dissolving 

Only to be as a lie (the)

A lie we tell 

We believe (the)

Convincing each other of our insignificance and conveniently maintained. (lie)

Filing into lines, we order our own indignation. (righteous)

Interpreted by the "higher" as a blessing and disguised by the "lower" as weakness. (class)

Morals are departed from by the majority and circumstance reveals present coarse while the story tells timely tales as lies are simply adjusted—like a tune—and radiated through glorification; (and) ratified by righteousness to personally appear (as); just. (if)

Justice is what we all reason it to be. (only)

Reasons that make it ok to condone such (a) lie. 

Cycles of life effect change and affect us—accordingly

Cycles are continuous and ironically—polarizing. 

The tip top of the tippy top is but a click clock from a clicky clock—(away)—from rock bottom. (bot)





And collectively believed at a mass scale majority (to be) perceived and conceived ingested molested and righteousness is ultimately elected; articulated (as) we believe lies (to the) reality (of) such nature (to) become... (extents)





Copyright © Ir0nic ZiNk | Year Posted 2016

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details

Listening for FireStorms

Always respect this combination of fire and wind,
she tentatively said,
after having listened for healthy and pathological winds
regenerating and degenerating,
investing in and divesting of,
yeasty flames of fertile dopamine.

They, like you,
co-arise of and from the landscapes
in which we have been raised,
co-dependent on therapeutically fueled,
nurtured information
available up to this spacetime (0)-soul NOW.

We often find fire and wind co-mentors
fully diastatic purposed
to absorb ever-new nutritional information
moving toward and through everyone within shared ecopolitical landscape,
to gust and flame beyond whatever has become LeftBrain languaged,
deduced from cool and heated winds,
feelings of trust and mistrusted smoke,
and distrust of de-nihilistic holocaust  
ego/eco-burning mirrors.

emerging from both formed soil 
and full-spiral flowing rivers and matriarchal tributaries of purest waters,
surfing oceans incubating under FireGod's radiant heat,
Yang ebbing to Yintegrative flow back
and forth Right, again,
Up and Down with Grandmother Moon's Fullness 
and Newly Pregnant Emptiness;

We remain confident about our ecotherapy
but may never have actively listened
to others' gusty YangFire
and well-watered fertile YinYin
Ecological Nutrition/Starvation Tipping Point PermaCulturing Stories.

Instead, having only watched these Win and Lose firestorm stories
as distantly, second-hand acclimated
by an oil-engorged HotFlames Are Best media
or by listening only to LeftBrain's ego-centric posturing
to keep Earth's frightening windswept fires at bay.

When organic soil and water nutritional regeneration systems
sense firestorm gains emerging WinWin our mutual way,
immediately through long-term future regenerations,
we find increased polypathic strong rivers of warm-embracing
oceans of dopamine, WinWin
Yang/Yin reweaving regenerative reiterative positive-virally inductive seductive emotion,
and potential WinLose firestorm disinvestment,
decrease restrains cognitive-affective thought/feeling
Left-Languaged/Right-Nutritionally-Ecologically-MatriarchalFlow Interdependent-Integrity 
MultiEnculturing Healthy Political Soils 
with WealthyFlow of Cooperative-Economic Rivers,
Matriarchal (0) Sourced Root-Nutritional Eco-Bio
BiLateral YangForm 
with YinFlow  ReGenerative-Embryonic Fertile Systems,
as bilaterally exegeted by RightBrain's maturing degrees
of dissonant-loss aversion,
to sustain optimal progressive nutritional dopamine-rich therapeutic health increases
in the ventral fractal-octave striatum-normed
and pre-developing through ecologically sustainable
full-nutritional DNA-scripted spirals
of resonant maturity
and decompositional WinWin regenerative information
remains Earth's well watered,
Fire's well-warm winding
regenerativeYang/anti-degenerating YinYin
WinWin exformationing CoReGeneration Story.

On our competing ecopolitical landscape's natural dynamic surface,
antagonistic, competing appositional interests
of individuals
and their nested maternal embryonic nutritional-tree family experiences
and memories
create CoEnlightenment difficulties
for which the natural regenerative climate formation
of egalitarian-cooperative ecopolitical societies,
through and with and of ecotherapeutic discernment 
WinDominantElite-Win-Not(NotElite) Evolutionary Positive/Positive ReGenerative-Optimization,
rather than Mutually Assured Destruction,
Gaming Frames
appear to offer a positive polypathic resolution
for internal and external firestorms of dopamine stable-climates of health.

To form WinLeft-WinRight dopamine-drenched and flowing societies
draws on EliteEgo/Not(NotEgo) WinLeft/WinRight accord
above and beneath warring firestorm corporate competitive disinvestment from Earth's WinLose suboptimizing healthwealth as not human ego short-term defend-current-losses,
despite assured long-term pathologically catastrophic absence of feasible returns from further investment in this direction.

WinLose competitive ecopolitics draws down on shared EliteLeft/NotEliteRight desires 
for WinWin dopamine health and warm-nurtured safety
through cooperative appositionally-resonant association,
rather than competitive oppositionally-dissonant disassociation.

Across all our natural/spiritual senses,
all harmonic-peaceful dopamine states
are instituted to pursue a health as cooperative wealth good
that is our current optimizing, yet still maturing and expanding,
definition of WinWin Commons EcoLogical-EcoPolitical Balance.

To retain this founding dopamine-regenerative purpose,
our general bicameral Elite/NotElite will
must direct our flows and forces nondually,
co-arisingly Left with Right.

This is what our positive and negative differences have in appositionally-fused common
and this ecopolitical bicamerality undergirds robust Earth-bonds,
bilateral double-binds of LoveLeft is HealthRight Dopamine
as HateLeft is PathologicallyActive TerrorRight--Negative Absence, Divestment away from ReGenerative WinWin Optimization
as measured in bicamerally regenerating diastolic-flow dopamine levels.

It is these short-through-long timeless RightBrain IntegrityFlow ReGenerative WinWin outcomes
co-arising our basis for polypathic bicameral YangLeft/YinRight 
ego/eco-therapeutic governance.

Always respect this combination of deductive fire and inductive wind,
while still tentatively held together.

Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2017

Long poem by jack oritx | Details


Stop right there my friend! 
For there’s no place in where you can run and hide  
So stop and listen  
Listen to the voices warning you to go back 
Screaming out to beware of the horror that flows through this young child’s mind  
Opps too late! 
You just had to do it  
Didn’t you  
You just had to enter into the darkness of this fallen soul 
Well don’t just stand there come closer since its to late 
To turn back now 
Okay then welcome to the horrors of this poetic mind 
For in here you’ll hear and feel what’s like to be me 
For you’re in my world now and its not a pretty site 
So where do you like to begin 
Oh I know 
Why don’t we go and see what my heart is up to 
Shall we  
Heart: this is umm oh I’m sorry but you never told me what’s your name is 
Oh well it doesn’t matter 
Heart, do you mind telling my new friend here how you continue to beat inside of this old wrap body of ours  
My pleasure I may beat but what I really want to do is 
Explode from all the voices that whisper to my soul 
Late at night 
Thanks heart and speaking of our soul 
Let’s go see what she’s up to okay  
Oh come on don’t try to run away now 
I tried to warn you before but you didn’t want to listen 
You had dare to challenge the demons that rule over 
My heart, mind and soul 
So let’s just move on  
Hello Ms. Soul, I’d like for you to meet- 
Damn I really must learn your name anyway 
Would you mind telling my friend here 
How you continue to live and breathe through all of this everlasting pain  
Am I breathing?  
For day after day it feels like I’m suffocating from  
All this torment pain that flows through this child’s body 
For if you’d take a closer look inside of this old soul 
Of mines you’d see that I’m slowly dying from the inside out 
For maybe there’s a God above who’ll hopefully 
One day will forgive this child of mines 
Maybe the devil below who can hardly wait to get 
His ferly hooks inside this soul  
For if we aren’t allow to enter in neither one then  
Please I’m begging you please let me go and allow 
Us to burn in eternal peace  
Even I’m lost for words let’s just move on before 
You start whining again 
So just sit back and relax as I introduce you 
To the most horrifying part of our tour 
The disturbing words of this child’s poetic mind  
Well thank you for that lovely intro and let me say  
How brave your young friend is for coming this far 
Frankly I never thought you’d make it  
Any way I know that I’m just blabbing for I know 
How you must feel I bet you’re just dying for me 
To just shut the hell up so you could get the hell 
Out of here 
Am I right? 
Of course I am so let me get to the point then you’ll be free 
 To go 
We come into this world without any guardian angels 
To show us how our life is going to be 
For I’m just a young child whose soul’s more than happy 
To welcome the bright lights of an icy hell that fills 
My heart  
And before you open your mouth to interrupt  
Let me save you the trouble since I know what your  
Going to say 
You’re going to say 
That these feelings will not last forever if I just have a  
Little faith 
Well let me tell you that forever has been here and gone 
My friend 
And to this very day this child is yet to believe that her day of faith will ever come 
For I’ve shown you all of my soul’s silence 
I’ve told you all of my heart’s torments 
But most important I’ve shown you the real me 
Not the happy outgoing person that I always  
Pretend to be 
For don’t you think that I’d love to forget how I’ve  
Been raped of all my innocence, faith and trust 
And have them replace with numbness, shame and pain 
But I can’t blame you for the sins of this child’s past 
That would be useless since I could never be the person 
That so many of you wish for me to be 
So that completes the ending of this tour 
How did you like it 
Aww it left you pretty speechless huh 
I had a feeling that it’d well don’t just stand there 
With that stupid look on your face go get the hell out here 
That’s it just turn around and walk away 
Oh one more thing before you go I never did get your name 
Well it was very nice to finally met you God 
Now please get the hell out of here before you get trapped 
Within the walls of this wicked disturbed mind 
Oh hey wait! 
Could I just ask you for one small favor before you go 
I can  
Hey thanks 
Okay umm now bear with me cause this ain’t easy for me 
To ask 
But okay I really never learned how and nobody ever took  
The time to teach me and it’d mean so much 
To me if you’d open your heart just for a second and say 
 A prayer for me then maybe in that same split second I’d learn how to undo all the pain that ever been 
For one day if you shall remember me 
Remember what you’ve learn here today I want you to look down from that holy thorn of yours that you call heaven 
But I warn you, your eyes will burn from all the flames 
But don’t be sad 
For just as so many have forsaken you I’ve chosen to forsaken you 
Since the day I was born 
And yes, I’ll burn and forever vanish in a blink of an eye 
You dare to ask well since the day you’ve placed me  
In a place named hell to live 
And love don’t you think its only natural that I would want to die here too 
Just think about it 
Copyright © belong to jack 2006 

Copyright © jack oritx | Year Posted 2014

Long poem by Jana Ross | Details

Kitchens are Dirty

It was dark out. The stars shone dimly, and the horizon blushed faintly as the birds sang, too cheery for the hour. A chill swept the edges of all the outside world: not cold enough to be truly considered cold, but far from anything to be called “warm.”
	I turned my key quietly, so as not the wake the absence inside—lest I disturb its slumber, which ever wakes. The light over the stove was still on, as I left it every night when I walked out the door. It gave light to the entire room by it, starting from the kitchen and illuminating all the way to me.
	This shabby little place had not quite taken on its role of being a home yet. I moved in about two years ago, but still have not had time to decorate it more than a picture or centerpiece here and there; though that is not what truly makes a home anyway.
No, this is not a home, because I am alone. Homes are made up of more than one. The dwelling of a singular individual is lacking. Say what you like to disagree, but ‘tis true.  My kitchen sink is far too vacant to truly be a home.
	When I left my Mama’s home, she told me three things to remember: “Love God,” “Don’t marry the man if he drinks,” and “Kitchens are dirty: clean them.” I laughed when she told me that, because our sink was always full of dishes, our countertops perpetuated clutter, and the floors always wanted sweeping. I laughed because I knew there would only be me to clean up after, which wouldn’t be hard, and I found it silly of her to tell me such parting words: “clean the kitchen.” 
There isn’t much to clean now. I wash my dishes after I use them generally. There are times, however, that I will long for a sinkful and either leave my dishes a couple days, or else clean every dish I own…it isn’t the same though, cleaning up after no one else. 
As I wash them, I know every meal that was upon them, how every bite tasted. And no meal stretches further than one plate or bowl, and perhaps a cup. I wash the dishes of ghosts—dishes only dined upon by absence and sometimes dust. I could wash dishes and never have to change the water, because the dishes were empty to begin with, most of them. I don’t even have need to fill the sink, really. It uses more water to do so, than to just soap and rinse my meager usage.

At Mama’s, I always had to wash to dishes, it seemed. Or perhaps it was just that my turn always seemed to come again so soon. For hours, I stood in the kitchen, my belly pressed against the wet countertop and my arms up to the elbows wet, itchy, and covered with suds. 
It took what seemed like all night long to wash the dishes for our whole family, and all the while, it seemed they kept coming. Every few minutes, one of the other children would come in with an empty cup or bowl they’d been using at some point that day, and set it on my counter. Oftentimes, I would stare at them in disbelief as they entered the room to perform this heinous act, knowing I was expected to clean that too. They just looked at me, set down the object of crime, and left, usually some part of them laughing on the inside, because they too, knew the feeling that I was experiencing from this slight interruption, because they’d had the same treatment when it was their turn.

But not to worry (no, no, never worry), there shall be someone someday to come into my life. We shall have dishes for the two of us. Yes, and maybe even a small bowl too after a while, and another, and another. Maybe. But what if this shan’t ever come? I suppose I shouldn’t know the difference really, seeing I’ve never had it, and so should not concern myself with its absence, nor dare even to consider the feeling of a loss. No, I suppose I ought to just continue to wash my dishes and not wish for too much, because wishing is dangerous.
I tried wishing before. When I was a small girl, I used to lie awake for hours, wishing to not hear the things I heard in the night, or seeing the things I saw, or crying the tears I cried. The cries from the other side of the wall, my mother in her ache of this life. The shadows moving across my room as they played out scenes of my demise and the villains who would perform them. Every saline ocean of the floods of the depth of my soul, staining my cheeks and swelling my face for the following days. 
Yes, wishing is dangerous. It fills up the soul with some kind of hope that doesn’t seem to ever come. It strengthens the heart with faith, that is forever in peril of being strangled, shriveled, left to decompose on a sweltering sidewalk, in the middle of August (Ah, but the heat does feel nice; just to lie in the sun and feel the tingling all over my body—that could be nice right now). But wishes want for fruition, and fruit does not always come, no, not for a tree like me.

So, I eat my food, and I wash my plate, and I turn out the light, and I go to sleep.

Copyright © Jana Ross | Year Posted 2015

Long poem by Rozalia Polnik | Details


I’m here, in this terror.
 Blood, blood puddles everywhere
like after a demonic storm of rain, but instead it’s human red liquid .
leaking and escaping.  
More of it appears
at each second .
Tick, splat. Tock splat 
two more bodies morphed into
devastating dead corpses floating in scarlet lakes. 
Lives lost; heartless killing!

 It could have been me. 
Boom! Went the exploding grenade ... I couldhave been dead, but I’m still here. Around me soldiers running away from thestomp of guns like human ants marching rapidly from their hunter, without a plan and without the guarantee of survival. 
Millions of bullets shooting in
every direction, I cannot even detect from which direction they are coming
Murdering happens here because of forced hatred, 
which is inhumane... whoever
started the chapter of this horrific and barbaric dystopian novel should be ashamed.
On my side – dead intimidating bodies of my friends that I will never see
talking again- that have risked their lives for this country. I respect them.
 Ilooked at my blood covered hands; my blood is still within me. But for how much
longer? Some nearly dead people gasping for help, wishing to be at home right


Remembering the smell of freshly baked delicious bread that
was placed on the table every morning. My little daughter running happily down the
stairs ready for school, and my gentleman-like elder son always pulling the
chair out for her. My wife always had everything so well managed I just don’t
know how she did it, but I love her she is the best thing in my life. We all sat
with smiles on our faces and the sun peeking in on us happily shines on our
tired faces. Optimism flowing from all of our souls except mine. They all were prepared
to start the new day. My children for school and my wife for work and to cook
something ambrosial for us to eat at dinner. 
She would have put a lot of work in to her cooking, but yet I still
complained, I yelled at my children and never had time for them as I was so self-centred.
I hurt their feelings forgetting to go to their school plays, I been so
horrible-definitely not the kind of dad they would deserve... Can they ever
forgive me? I hope I get another chance, show them a different life, they
should be able to depend on me –most importantly, they should be able to trust
me. I hope it’s not too late to show that I have learned, from my mistakes. I
want to praise them as they deserve.


Holding back
tears full of regret, my morals are confused and my mind is apprehensive. Will
I ever see my family again? I am going insane. Now I wish I stayed home, but it
would seem like I’m giving up, after all this did teach me a valuable lesson in
life .This war is sickening to the stomach filled with brutality and ghastly
behaviour. Cold blooded, temper less and outrageous; actions. 

Pain –
everyone is feeling pain that is unimaginable. Here braveness and risking play
a very important role… If no risky decisions were taken we all would probably be
dead by now. I see people crying, young soldiers crying like babies as they
weren’t aware of the level of danger that was waiting for them. Now they just
want to believe it is just a dream. Factually speaking, all what is happening
is a test of self will and goodness. On how you will behave towards others in
life threatening circumstances. Will you be into act of selfishness?  


The Loudness is outrageous, shoot! Bam! Boom! Pam! Shut in
from every viewpoint ... My orientation is fading- I’m unable to concentrate incapable
of stabilizing my thoughts; my heart is pounding five times more rapid than its
usual beat. I have no idea where to secrete; none of what others examine seems
to work. Where’s my group? 

Maybe they left me behind. I have to take every possibility
into consideration; but teamwork is important here as it’s leaning on reliability
and forgiveness. Life is the most precious thing you can ever have. We all have
a life which is on same tier level. But, killing a life just shouldn’t happen.  We all will die one day its natural .You cannot
escape unpredictable death. No matter how much you would want life to pause it
won’t- for anybody. I’m sick and tired of this place I will get out of here
alive... I think, I have to do it for my family.

My family that I long to back home, I know I will adore
every single second spend with them. I just pray I return safe and sound and
can cuddle my wife again...

Copyright © Rozalia Polnik | Year Posted 2015

Long poem by Gregory R Barden | Details

Kingdom Of My Embrace

“Years” and “Distance”,
Phantoms of the dark
That do their evil in the
Quietude of the everyday,
Coming and going
Without so much as a
Footprint or a whisper,
And taking the most valuable
Possessions of the heart,
The things you care about

And adore most of all.
They wear cloaks of pretext,
Mitigation that tempts the
Soul into rationalizations
Seemingly just and sensible,
But therein lies their
Insidious and guileful nature.
Heartache will find its own
Remedy when left to itself,
And it will seek to surrender

To the farthest reaches
Of the suffering soul ...
There we ever strive,
Consciously or not, to find a
Tangible grasp on happiness,
Often at the cost of truth.
“Time” and “Separation”,
Faceless demons, laughing
Silently at our foolish striving
For the mundane bridges

Between commonality and
The things that sustain us:
The ever-so-brief glimpses
Of joy and excitement that
We carry in our heart's pocket,
Taken out and polished
When the shadows wrap us
Like a shroud, to reflect the
Glint of reason ever inward.
It has taken me a lifetime,

(One spent in the not-so-dignified
Pursuit of what I thought were
The meaningful endeavors),
To pull the veil back from
The obscurity of their faces,
To learn to not glance away
At the sight of their stark visage,
But stare unblinking and still.
To recognize them for the
Horrors they are and can be,

And not be content to let them
Find a convenient home
In my unwary conscience.
Excuses are the easy playmates
For our rational thoughts,
And I have entertained them
Like welcome visitors,
Brought into the foyer of my
Routine with open arms.
But no more! Or at least not

Without the intense, dire and
Critical inspection they're due.
“Seasons” and “Expanse”,
Oh, I know you well now,
For you have spun and twisted
And turned all that's truly
Precious and dear and true,
Into reasons to flounder
And wade in the shallows,
While an ocean of elation and

Wonder sparkled before me.
I have ripped the blade
From your gnarled hand!
No longer will you mutilate
The fabric of my character,
Or take the prized and joyful
And hold them at arm's-length,
While I stand teetering on
The edge of self-imposed hell.
You are forever vanquished!

Destroyed at last and at length
By the embrace of my children,
Held and to hold with strength,
Those miles and many moments
Purged with a course of tears,
Washed loose and away with
A runnel of weeping, joyous.
Arms entwined with tenacious
Purpose, far too sure to NOT
Squeeze away the hurt, questions,

And misunderstanding that
The past created in their absence.
Alas, I am hereafter reborn!
I am now given life anew!
These priceless, sobbing bundles
Within my arms have restored
My faith! Blessed, precious
Miracles far beyond value,
Filling my lungs with breath
As pure as winter moonlight!

They have torn asunder every
Doubt, regret and resentment that
Those phantoms had danced around
Me in their stead for so long ...
So very, very long. I am set free!
I am released to the knowledge
Of what it is, and ALL that it is,
That truly matters in this world.
My amazing children, now here
Within the breadth of my grasp!

Happy sobs and tears and arms,
Mixed with love overwhelming,
So wondrous and adjoining
That I cannot distinguish
One from another ... how could
I have lost such true perfection?
How could I have let those
Demons commit such a crime
Against me and mine? Oh,
SO much missed out on,

So much left to the wiles and
Apathy of time's relentless passing ...
But no more! No, never again!
I knew this incredible feeling once,
Long ago, and I lost it ... but
These extraordinary creations
Of love and consummation,
Here within the circle of
My embrace, have rekindled
The stirrings of my heart!

They have restored the hope
And reason and passion of my
Spirit, and brought back a euphoria
That exceeds all true experience ...
You, my dear, wonderful children,
Are so far beyond anything
That I deserve or am worthy of,
And I will never, EVER forget
This feeling again, or let those
Phantoms, “Time” and “Distance”,

Steal you away from the core
Of my being and purpose.
I have locked you away forever
In the fortress of my soul,
And these tears we shed in joy,
Will form the moat around
The castle of love we now
Tenderly reconstruct ... together.
I love you with my life ...
The life you have given back to me.

Copyright © Gregory R Barden | Year Posted 2017

Long poem by Corinne Meicher | Details

3:00 am Thoughts

It's 3:00 am and you're still up
You haven't slept in days
But what's the point anymore?
Why shut your eyes and dream of a better life?
Or close them to escape reality?
Why show your underserving self the slightest bit of peace?
Or rest your mind when you know the demons will greet you the moment your eyes flutter open? 
Why even try to shut up your mind for a few hours with silly rest? Even when asleep, your mind will traumatize you, keep you stirring around until you wake up drenched with sweat...or is that tears?
People say you look sleep-deprived. What are you going to tell them? Your favorite tv show was on late last night..
Sure, that'll work
But what will you say when your skin is now an unholy hue of yellow and teachers wonder why you aren't home with a fever?
Oh, just let me tell you
Although those dark circles surrounding your clouded, blood-shut eyes, can make it look as if you got into a fist fight, you don't look strong; because you aren't.
They say eyes are the windows to the soul, and perhaps that's why no one can see you're screaming and trapped inside. Suffocating. Drowning in your own thoughts. Because everyone is so distracted by the the smile plastered upon your face to see that the light and every living morsel has leaked from you.
You can't summon the strength to get out of bed and you can't even raise a finger to take a pill that will make you feel new, make you feel like a mannequin on display for the world. 
You don't understand the use for them. By time they wear off, the voices always come back whispering the truth that everyone refuses to tell you. 
It's 3:00 pm and your friends have invited you out. Together, you all laugh, but the demons still sit on your shoulders and you know that you don't deserve to laugh. Happiness isn't a word in your vocabulary. It's too bad, isn't it? Because you could be happy, you don't have to be the depressing friend. You could be pretty, and have a real smile, but youre addicted to be a certain kind of sadness.
It's funny, isn't it?
It seems months ago you were being criticized for just being too much. 
Sleeping too much
Eating too much
Too dramatic
Too sensitive.
Oh, but now your parents can't even look at you and the moment they sense your presence they tense and look pained.
Because now all you are is a lost soul.
You aren't enough
You don't get enough sleep
You don't eat enough
You are numb, monotoned, and lack qualifications 'normal' humans have.
People joke about how much you zone out and how your sense of style consists of sweaters in summer, but you don't laugh with them.
They pass you and your glazed eyes in the school halls and joke around, muttering "420" down the back of your neck, making sure to keep hush because the worst thing that they can imagine in their life is getting caught by a teacher, but again you don't laugh with them because the glaze that films over your tired eyes is caused from the tears that threaten to spill any second. 
And when it's midnight again, and you're attending a party; already on your 5th vodka. People surround your body, but your soul is no where near. It's far away. Buts it's okay, it isn't the first thing to abandon you. 
And when the cute boy that has been chatting up your worthless self all night, whispers in your ear unintelligible words and leads you down an unfamiliar hallway, you don't resist. 
It's when you pass a mirror and you see a wide grin upon a face you don't feel, a face you can't control, and you don't recognize yourself. That's when you try to pull away, but it's too late and- just like most of the time- you are helpless. 
You are wasted- mentally, physically, and literally, but all you do is pick up another bottle. 
And as your corpse of a body is being taken advantage of, all you can think about is your parents, and your siblings. And you hope your younger brother won't grow up praying to pass in his sleep or by an accident just as you wish upon yourself. You hope he doesn't fall in love with a girl who doesn't reciprocate that feeling. You hope he follows his dream of being a scientist. You hope he has a future...you hope he doesn't turn into you...
How is it someone's arm may be draped around your bare chest, yet you still feel so alone? 
And before you know it, your cheeks are stained with tears and your eyes are rubbed raw.
It's 3:01 am and you're still up

Copyright © Corinne Meicher | Year Posted 2016

Long poem by Eileen Manassian | Details

I See You Looking at Me- Collab with DM

I see you looking at me
There is an old pang in my chest
there where your hands used to caress
where your lips loved to roam
there where you called your home
There is an old flutter now
What is that in your eyes?
Is it real or just a disguise?
I see you looking at me
That way….


No, it can’t be
And in that instant your memory consumes me
   A roaring fire lighting the room
   Shadows dancing on the walls 
   We are drunk on desire
    .....breathing you
    .....holding you
    .....caressing your breasts
    .....kissing your body
    .....tasting your love upon my tongue

Unbelievable . . . panic seizes me
Don’t look at her -- flee
But in that moment my shattered heart
Leaps with joy 
I see your eyes 
    ....and I feel the earth
    ....moan with delight


I wish the world would go away
How can this be?
It must be a dream...
I turn away from your stare
Look down at my shaking hands
I'm breathless...overwhelmed
I need to think....
Why now? Why here?
Out of nowhere…you appear
Oh, but....I want you
I sneak another peak
As my mind brings to my eyes the memories
It seems just yesterday
you looked at me that way
    ....when you undressed me
    ....when you caressed me
    ....when you made me understand
how a body can speak
the language of love
Never before
Never since....
has my body spoken
with the same eloquence
That language I first learned with you
I want you
But....the pain won't go away
you were too proud to say,
"I'm sorry"
Oh....but my lips are getting moist
hungering for your kiss
I look your way
My heart will give me away
Thundering in joy
It won’t be still!
    .....Let me think
    .....Let me THINK!
Oh...Oh...but....I want you
Here you are….
You’ve made it over to me
Here you stand
Looking down at me…
Reaching for me….


Taking you into my arms – lifting 
Your eyes -- dark pools of honey
Your lips – full . . . moist . . . inviting 
Our bodies embrace – I am home
My prayers for another chance – answered by your kiss
Our words tumble over each other
Tears, laughter, kisses . . . relief
My beautiful darling – I’ve missed you
   ....Your smile
   ....your touch
   ....the way you look at me
Making love until the dawn
Our bodies intertwined 
My head resting upon your breasts
Listing to the rhythm of your heart – my heart
How beautiful you are my darling – 
Your love is fragrant and radiant
Filling my heart with light  . . . 
Look – I am glowing from within . . . 
But…wait…what’s this?
I feel a stiffness creeping into your body
WHAT –  fear seizes me – I can’t breath
My darling – abandon the hurt, the pain I have caused . .
I am on my knees begging 
   your forgiveness
   your love
How can I prove my love – 
   earn your trust?
I won’t leave – never again!
I love you
need you
you . . . 

What if you hurt me again?
This time....I won't recover
This time….I won’t survive
It has taken so long
for this heart to mend
Down on your knees
Your eyes plead
I see the tears gather
Can I risk it?
Can I?
But then again
Can I risk going back to the emptiness
that you left behind
A life without you
was only days and nights
of longing...for you
My fingers reach
For those unruly strands of hair
You turn your face into my palm
Planting a kiss
Your arms go around my waist
as you rest your head against my body
We're lost to the world
Our moment
Our truth
You're finally home
I bend down to whisper
"Stand up and walk me home
There is a language….
I want to hear your speak to me.”


And that night
In our hungry bed
The eloquence of our shared language
The body syllables of desire
The sound units of passion
The language of our love
Was heard by the world


The story of a chance encounter between two old lovers
~~~~~~~~~Love lost and love found~~~~~~~~~~
A Collaboration by David Meade and Eileen Manassian

Copyright © Eileen Manassian | Year Posted 2015

Long poem by Taoi Chanan | Details

OOniversal OO

OOOniversal oo

Frightened tepid antisocial ant was football training avidly but failing to attend a fragrant tailor army. Oh dear. That was sure to be put forward to the sacred sanction ship and the sacred sanction ship was neither a scared shrew nor was it a striped stoic sharp shell. Decisive decisions of the makers call for a team leader to arrive and a team leader was often a training temperamental lion or lioness. Whose loud roars and snores could disturb many a t a who were busy being agents. But an account from a developer's point of view was widely understood especially in an assessment period. An assessment period was neither an amplified prawn singing and nor was it an acidic pollen due to fail in participation. Climbing clinging creeping vines can receive an award. And due to landing on a deserted plain an SOS signal of a letter can be now sent thus ensuring the element of housing could be made possible in a sand castle. 
The counting of many current buns on a landing strip could give out a budgeting advance and a budgeting advance is neither a baked apple dancing and neither is it a balmy ass on the run. Standard allowance of two pink shells per hour is often given out to the many lines of doughnuts and follicles of shrews. Who standing on lines, have access to a computer. But a claim that a new wallaby makes in advance of a storm is to be given as a ratio of 2 umbrellas per hour. In vast areas of plague in the bowls of rotting soups the illnesses of liquid promote a sickness gatherer to appear.
Flexible support can often be found swimming in a fund but not a fountain for fountains are not flexible you see. And when pods are found complete with peas and when the peas jump out. The peas have no pod then. So a payment can be released. But this is often recoverable by a hard ship which appears self reporting it's earnings to the ocean winds as it is gainfully self employed after all. Poor peas portray poverty. 
A sudden change of circumstances is often the case on top of a mountain in very very high winds. The hike has destroyed a table. Genuinely hard working Mr & Mrs Table leg have found themselves without a table top and therefore have limited capability to work. And meanwhile in a bakery the baker is seeking child care costs for his many buns. 
Deductions can be made from overpayments to pickled onions. Pickled onions had bad debt management and could be potentially violent. Appeals and complaints could be made. But a mandatory reconsideration is neither a moving monstrous rhino and nor is is a maple tree rioting. Only an electric eel could issue a faster electronic payment but only when assisted by a row of smiling porpoises. Dolphins playing. Directly paying.
The work service platform is a platform from which huge leaps can be made into a swimming pool by the little pea people. But always check the central information system to ensure the pods are legitimate. For the personal budgeting service is often without towels to dry the many bodies. 
The alleged eligibility of eggs, elephants, emus, and elongated extra strength mints can prove entitlement. Yet this can be suspended by a coach. Whose work was to gather and create journies of shells, tusks, beaks, and powders. A central information system of a vibrant sea turtle shell device can be linked as well as inked. But a carp playing statues is not a central payment system so always angle the rods accordingly. Meanwhile the management of a payment to a leech who owns many properties is often requesting an alternative payment arrangement to suckle the notes from many a musical score. But a more frequent a payment can please the paws who pass the time with a personal budgeting bone service whose marrow can be quite tasty. 
Re-owed renowned re-building realisations reaching retched reeking robotics.
But these are the waiting days for the minimising floors whose income was spoken of by boots and shoes and paws.
And one solitary monkey in the OOOOOOniverse waves from afar. On his wide angled ship in the prism of prison holes. Tick tock tick tock tick tock 

Z geosynchronous Z at 50 phrases from a plate of chopped gherkin to 16 points on a yard stick.

Copyright © Taoi Chanan | Year Posted 2017

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