poem a thon 2018 check it out

the TiferetApril2018Poemathon is live as we speak.  here are my poems so far = comments and feedback welcome.

 

Poems for 2018 Poem A Thon

 Post daily on Teferet Site and on All Poetry, and on poetry blog

Index

Sunday April 1  Thank God For Angela

April 2, 2018  Angela Haiku

April 3, 2018  2007 How Much I Despise You

April 4 April 2 Trump’s Wall Against Reason

April 5  Angela Lee

April 6   Haiku

April 7  Spring Time Snow

April 8  Living with Pain Hanibun

April 9  Hiking the Hills of My Youth Hanibun

Sunday April 1  Thank God For Angela

Every day I wake up

And see you there

 

I thank God

That he had the wisdom

To send you to me

 

To save me

By bringing you into my life

You are the sunshine

That lights up the day

You are reason

I get up in the morning

 

And you are reason

I exist

Without you I am nothing

 

But dust blowing in the wind

Waiting until death

Takes me down

 

 

 

April 2, 2018  Angela Haiku

Every day I wake up

To the love of my long life

And say Thanks to God

 

 

 

April 3, 2018  2007 How Much I Despise You

 

2007 How Much I Despise You

 

2017 How Much I despise You

Following 2016 the second worst year ever

Will 2018 be any better ?

 

And what we have suffered

The darkness settles on the land

Like a curse on the land

 

As our mad demented senile dotard king wannabe

Struts about the worlds stage

Ushering Americas  inevitable decline

 

 

 

April 42 Trump’s Wall Against Reason

The President wants to build a wall

Against the southern hordes

Another great wall

To keep the barbarians out

 

He wants to build a wall

Against reason

Against science

Against the modern world

 

Hiding behind the wall

On the southern border

 

Desperately trying to keep them out

The unwashed masses

The undocumented

The illegals

 

Streaming across the border

Seeking to wreck the pure land

Murderous hordes

Rapists, drug dealers

 

Coming to take our land over

As he stands on the border

Trying to stop the hordes himself

 

 

April 2 It Has Been Done Before

 

Before Trump’s Wall

There were many other walls

 

The Berlin Wall

The Great Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

 

All the walls of the ancient world

All failed

To keep the enemies out

 

The enemies of freedom

The enemies of the state

Still came across the border

To loot, steal, rape and plunder

 

And nothing could stop

The flood of history

 

 

April 2 Walls Divide Us

 

In Modern America

We all live in gated communities

Trying desperately to keep them out

 

Out of sight

Out of mind

And out of our lives

 

And yet we fail

Fail to accept the others

Are human beings

Are our fellow creatures

 

As we wall ourselves off

Into our separate communities

 

We loose our humanity

And we loose our selves

 

As we hide in our walls

Hide in our bubbles

 

 

 

April 2 Mr. Trump

 

Please tear down this wall

Please open up your heart

Please stop this madness

 

We are all Americans

We are all one people

And your wall

Will not stop us

From becoming one people

 

Please tear down this wall

Please build bridges to the future

Please open your heart

And let the love shine through

 

 

 

April 3 TRUMP

The President of the United States

Republican Leader of the Free world

Uber ales nations

Muttering insanities

Preposterous Nonsensical tweets

 

April 3 Putin

 

Post Modern Leader

Uniting all the Russians

Triumphant against all enemies

Including the Great Satan

Nevertheless always living in fear

 

April 5 Angela (Acrostic poem for Whispers)

Angela is my life

No better friend in the universe

Greatest Love of all

Every Day I thank God

Love of my life

Angela My Soul Mate

Love of my long life

Everything I ever desires

Everything I ever needed

 

April 5 TRUMP

The President of the United States

Republican Leader of the Free world

Uber ales nations

Muttering insanities

Preposterous Nonsensical tweets

 

 

April 5 Putin

 

Post Modern Leader

Uniting all the Russians

Triumphant against all enemies

Including the Great Satan

Nevertheless always living in fear

 

 

April 6  Haiku

I met my late fate

Seeing her face in a bar

And my fate ended

 

 

April 7 Hiking in the Spring Time Snow

 

Talking a walk in the mountains

In the spring time snow

 

Snow falling down all over the trail

As I wander through the hills

 

Breathing the early spring smells

And seeing the world covered in white magic

 

The last remnants of the winter’s touch

Before the spring time gambol of flowers

 

Overwhelms nature once again

Preparing for the summer’s hellish heat

 

 

 

 

 

Living with Pain

 

Back in 1996 I had the accident that changed everything.  I went jogging one morning. It was dark outside, and I thought that I knew the trail.  Big mistake.  I fell down a ledge hidden where the trail should have been.  I shattered me heal in a million pieces.  I was rushed to an ER and told that I need an emergency operation and would be bed ridden for four months.

 

My wife was in San Antonio at the time serving in the Army, I was in DC working for the State Department.  I flew in a wheel chair to San Antonio where they proclaimed that they had to wait a week for the swelling to go down before they could operate.  The Air force doctors wanted to try a new procedure – using shark cartridge as a bone supplement.  The operation was a success until I quit taking antibiotics six months later.  I was in DC by myself then.  I went to the hospital for an unrelated thing -removal of a cist I think.  But the doctors took one look at me and proclaimed that the staph had become a multiple drug resistant staph and I needed an urgent operation.  The next day I had the third of 15 operations.  I endured six months at Walter Reed hospital but that was in the 90’s prior to the wars of the 21st century filled the base up. They had few customers and I got to know the doctors well.

 

I know pain

Intimately aware of every ache

Every pain

 

Ever since that day

When I went under the knife

And had the 14 operations

 

That saved my life

But I am not one to complain

I became one with the pain

 

Which I endure to this day

Knowing that I am alive

Having cheated death

Twenty times in life

 

Waiting for the grim reaper

To finally claim me

 

But that day has not come

And until then

I will endure

 

 

 

Hiking the Hills of My Youth

 

I grew up in Berkeley, California in the 60’s.  Ever since I was a youngster I would wander the hills of Berkeley hiking for hours by myself and sometimes with my friends.  I explored every nook and cranny every corner of the hills and got to know nature in its infinite beauty.

 

Ever since those days I have longed for the day that I could spend my days hiking and wondering the hills.  Now that I am retired and living in Korea I can go for a long walk in the hills every day I want.  It is not the same as the hills I grew up, no vistas of the Bay and it is in Korea to boot but most days it is sufficient as I head out early afternoon and conquer four or five miles of hills just enjoying that fact that I can still move and am still very much alive at age 62.

 

I grew up hiking the hills of Berkeley, California

Grew up knowing every corner of the hills

And the infinite beauty of the Bay Area

 

And now I find myself in a strange land

With time on my hands

I wander the hills above the airport

In Incheon Korea

 

And wander about here and there

Just being grateful

That I am still alive

And kicking at age 62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Jake Cosmos Aller

I am a novelist, poet and retired U.S. diplomat having served 27 years in the Foreign Service. I have been writing poetry and short stories for decades, and have published my poetry and fiction in over 25 literary journals. My poetry can best be described as “neo-beatnik" as growing up in Berkeley I was been heavily influenced by the beatnik writers. I have completed four SF novels, - Giant Nazi Spiders, the Great Divorce, Jurassic Cruise, and Ft. Ashland. I hope to have all four readied for possible publication within the next six months. I have completed ten volumes of poetry and one volume of short stories. During my foreign service career, I served in ten countries (Korea, Thailand, India, the Eastern Caribbean (lived in Barbados but covering Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts, St Lucia, and St Vincent) and Spain I grew up in Berkeley, California and have lived in Berkeley, Stockton, Seattle, Washington DC, San Antonio, Texas and Medford, Oregon, and have traveled to 49 states, and 45 foreign countries. I speak Korean, Thai, and Spanish. I am married with no children. I live half the year in Korea and half the year in the United States. the views expressed here are my own personal views and do not reflect the views of any of my prior employers. my web page is https://theworldaccordingtocosmos.com

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