from The Lie of Inspiration and the upcoming More Lies

Ask me again tomorrow

It was the right day to ask

and they answered

some listened

some forgot

most moved on

but some people don't move anywhere

can't move and need to move

yesterday's cause is yesterday's news

it will come back again

next year

when the world is ready

and the time is right

once you were valid

today you're just out of time

are you okay?

tell me sometime.

Ask Me Again Tomorrow


It was such a time

things were different then

accepted it was, it would be

worthwhile in the end

Something somehow started 

on an old boat on a river

we watched, all of us,

for the perfect end delivered.

Backwater was a binding

but it was not a reason

the love that they were finding

had to bend to suit the waterways

Backwater was the weather

of a sunny summer season

that held them together

through the sunny summer days.

We thought Backwater would do it

but it had its limitations

I can now see through it

that the summer had to fall

They and I and others

can quote prolific quotations

but only season lovers

really know what to recall.

In the end it seems

not all dreams come true

a stolen season on the water

can make things overdue

a thousand miles away

in an office raising bail

Backwater was a memory

just an old boat with a tale.


The Further Descent into Stupidity

As darkness falls

the new decree emerges

the loaf of bread, the armed robbery

the misspoken word, the waiting rape

all crimes and misdemeanors are the same

and people lie

to everyone prepared to not listen

the truth and lie go unexamined

as conservatism finds new life

from its most unlikely ally

as regression masquerades as progress

and develops crude culture

as the cowering lone voice

concedes in explanation

with "please let me explain"

as the subjective word is appropriated

to codify the thinking of the masses

as punishment must not fit the crime

as inquiry, debate, discussion, jest

await their clearance

as books and films are burned

memories erased

and the unperson banished once again

as the narrowness of history is embraced

in their sureness it will benefit the future

as the future straight ahead is a reflection

of an era derided yet pursued

as bigotry becomes the new convention

the dimwittidness of people is astonishing.

The Further Descent into Stupidity