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Literary Yard has published Winter Haiflu and other poems.

Index

Good bye 2021 Good Riddance
Winter Haiflu
Seek the Light
The Darkness Spreads
Seeing Demons
Messenger Dog of God
its a dog’s life for Me
Agnostic Dog wonders if there is dog
I want A dog’s Life
21 Dawns 21 Haiku
Dear Republicans, What Is Wrong with You?
The Revolution Next Time
Zombie Ideas Do Not Die
There Is A Great Sense of Unrest
cosmic calendar
Falling Rain

Good-Bye 2021 Good Riddance

Reflecting on the last six years
One cannot but sense
That momentous thing
Were happening everywhere

2021 was worst than 2020
And the year before as well
Nonstop terrifying events

The world seems
To be spending out
Of control

January

January normally dawns
Cold but hopeful
This year an attempted coup
Storming of the U.S. Capitol

The new president
Not accepted by the old
Half the country
Believes the big lie

February

February continued
The non-stop political wars
As COVID continued
Marching across the land

March

March is not much better
March madness
Continued unabated

April

April taxes due
Other nightmares continued
COVID vaccination wars
Continued in the U.S.
COVID relief passed

May

May brings little relief
Constant political battles
Descends into madness

June

June brings no relief
People screaming none stop
As COVID deaths continue

July Economy Begins Recovery

July continues -COVID still spreading
The economy seems better
But so many people
Have checked out

August

No longer
A month off
The battles continue

September

Many people
Dread returning to school
The economy slowly opens up
Vaccination mandates
Vaccinations stalling out

October

It seemed for a bit
That perhaps COVID
Was easing up

There was some hope
In the air
Perhaps the politicians
Would finally do the right thing

Way overdue
inadequate infrastructure bill passed
Build Back Better stalled

November

The dreaded COVID
Mutates again
Mocking humanity

General Corona still
On the rampage

30 still refuse to get
A vaccination

As one thousand people
A day become Corona Ghosts

December

Travel restrictions re-emerge
COVID continues to surge
Gun violence continues unchecked
Politicians continue to play game
As too many people die

Becoming Corona ghosts
Gun violence ghosts
Drug overdoes ghosts
Accident death ghosts

The year of dread finally ends
With so many ghosts
Crying in the wind

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Ten Winter Haiflu

 

 

 

 

Winter is coming
The cold season approaching
Christmas around the corner

The COVID virus
Surging everywhere it seems
Winter of our discontent

The winter rushes
2022 looms
Goodbye 2021

2021
Fading into memory
Good riddance we all proclaim

Dreading the winter
Dreading more COVID
Dreading more Corona Ghosts

Winter depression
COVID fears re-emerging
Still more travel restrictions

The winter starting
Coronavirus and guns
Deaths, ghosts crying in the wind

Wintertime for blues
Blues playing on my YouTube
Seeing Corona Ghosts Dancing

Wintertime sadness
Recalling all who have gone
In this dismal year now past

Winter beginning
Are the end times coming?
Are revelations coming true?

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Seek the Light

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god

also published in Creativity Webzine.

Seek the light
My friend,
Seek the light

The light of the universe
The light of peace and happiness.
The cosmic good of the universe.

The ancient battle
Between Good and evil
Light and darkness
Life and death
Love and hate.
War and peace.

Seek the light of love
Seeking love
It is all around you
It is all in you.

Open your soul
And let the light
Of the universe
Flood into your soul.

Seek the cosmic light
My son, if you think it is right
If you think the light
Is the same,
As the light of the Christian faith.
You would be right.

If you think it is Light
Of the Buddhist faith
You would be right.

If you think it is Allah’s light
You would be right.

If you think.
It is Shiva’s light
You would be right.

If you think
It is God’s light
You would be right.

It’s the same light
Of the universe
Which shines on us all.

Regardless of our faith
Or lack of faith,
We can all receive the light.

The light of the universe
It’s flawless
We all seek the light
And it is right
To seek the light.

The light of the universe
Is waiting for you
It is all for you.

And if you find
The light of the universe
You will find love
Peace and happiness
It is your birthright,

You will find that
After you die
The Light will fill you
And take you
To the next world.

Seek the light
It is waiting for you.

Wake up and
Embrace your fate
Seek the light on this date.

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The Darkness Spreads

The darkness is spreading
The darkness of the universe
The dark side
Of the legendary force.

For the world
Is divided into force
Of the light
And the force of darkness.

You cannot have light
Without the darkness,
And you cannot have darkness
Without the light.

There is a cosmic battle
Between the light
And the darkness.

Good and evil
Life and death
Love and hate.
War and peace.

Ying and Yang
God and Devil
Make up the whole Tao
Of the Universe.

And the darkness
Seems to be spreading
All over this darkening world

Every day we turn on the news
We see more examples
Of the darkness
Spreading across the world
Like dark cancer.
A pandemic of despair, fear, and hate.
All humans seem consumed
With fear, hatred, violent thoughts,
And the disease of the mind.

We all seem to be
Sliding down a dark hole
Into the darkness
Of our souls.

The ancient battle
Between Good and evil
Light and darkness

Life and death.
Love and hate.
War and peace.

And it seems
That we have lost all hope
We have lost this light
Of the universe

We have lost the light
Of love
It seems that the darkness
And the fear of the darkness
That is all that we have left.

Hatred, fear, and mistrust
All overwhelm us
And we look out at other people
Thinking that it is now a time
To do or die.

Kill off our enemies
The other evil tribe,
Before they can do
the same to us.

And only a few of us
Still see the light
That is still there.

It has not gone away
And perhaps
With the turn of the wheel
Of time
The darkness will gradually end.

And the lightness
Will once again
Flood the world.

And we all wake up
Peace and happiness
Will defeat the darkness
Yet again
.
It is the way
Of the universe
Ever since the dawn
Of this cosmic game.

The darkness
And light
Battling each other.

The darkness takes over
Becomes the nightmare
Of our Collective Soul.

But it is not too late my son,
There is still time
To find the light
And combat the darkness.

So, my friends
It is waiting for you
Seek the light.

Avoid the darkness
Walk away from fear
Walk away from death

Walk away from despair
Walk away from hate

But you have
A much better world
Waiting for you
If you embrace the light
Of the universe.

Seek the light
It will banish the darkness
And set your soul free.

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Seeing Demons

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from a recent nightmare.

Sam Adams
Fell into a deeply troubled sleep
One night.

He saw in his nightmares
The growing power of the darkness
Of the universe.

The ancient battle
Between good and evil
Light and darkness.

Life and death
Love and hate.
War and peace.

Yin and Yang
The duality of the Tao.

Playing out
In front of him
As if in a movie
But nightmarishly real.

Sensing the fear and hatred
Spreading everywhere

He saw an army
Of foul creatures
Straight from the nightmares
Of Hell.

Banshees, bears, bigfoot. Cthulu, centaurs, drones, dwarfs, demons, devils, flying drones, flying monkeys, giants, ghosts, gorillas, goblins, orcs, imperial stormtroopers from Star Wars, Klingons, java the hut, leprechauns, lions, max headroom. men in black suits with no faces, Mr. Smith corporate suits, munchkins, monsters, robots, Romulans, Roman gladiators, space aliens, the four horsemen of the apocalypse riding out front, tigers, warlocks, the white witch from Narnia, the wicked witches from Oz, witches, werewolves, wolves, vultures, Yeti and zombies.

He saw millions of people,
Being taken
over by the demons.

Eating them
Rampaging, rioting, raping
Pillaging them

Taking control
Of their bodies
Consuming their souls.

Turning into hideous monsters.
Who continue the carnage
Rampaging mobs
Of deranged crazed demons.

In front of them all
He saw a demon
Staring at him
With a thousand-year stare
Filled with hate.

A tall dark pig-like beast
Standing erect
With reddish horns.

And two heads
The head of President Trump
And the head of President Putin
And blazing red eyes.

The head demon hissed,

Sam Adams
We are coming for you.

“You are mine
Resistance is futile,
Prepare to meet your fate
On this cosmic date.”

He screamed
As the demon ran up to him
Fearing the demon
Would soon consume his soul.

He prayed with all his might
And then he saw
The light of the universe.

The demons ran screaming
Running from the light
Fleeing into the darkness
Back to the hell hole
From when they had come.

He woke up
Next to his wife
Glad he had embraced
Life, love, and light
Of the universe.

Filled with love
And happiness
He got up.

With the demons
Of the dark lord
Fading into his nightmares
Banished by the light
Of his one true love.

 

Dawns 21 Haiku

2021Dawns
Politics are still uncertain.
thousands still are dying.

2021Dawns
The New president offers.
Hope new beginning.

2021Dawns
The Madness never
ends it seems.
Consuming us all

2021Dawns
The hope springs enterally
We will overcome.

2021Dawns
35,000 lies.
Fading like ghosts

2021Dawns
Politicians still lying.
Thousands still dying.

2021Dawns
Coronavirus spreading
More corona ghosts.

2021Dawns
There is new hope in the air.
Will politics kill it?

2021Dawns
The news stills
scream death and despair.
I turn it all off

2021Dawns
As I wake up at dawn
I see my sleeping wife.

2021Dawns
We wait for the coming fires.
End of the world fears

2021Dawns
Q continues to spread hate.
Millions still follow him.

2021Dawns
Will optimism and love?
Overcome the hate.

2021Dawns
Many questions remaining.
I have no answers.

2021Dawns
With hope, I leap out of my bed
Watching TV kills hope

2021Dawns
Will this be the end of my days?
Will I overcome it?

2021Dawns
2020 hangover
Like a dark nightmare

2021Dawns
Politicians still refusing.
To do anything

2021Dawns
The rich are still getting richer.
The poor remain poor.

2021Dawns
We hope the past will fade away.
Into dark memories

2021Dawns
I wake up hoping for the best.
Dreading worst to come

2021Dawns
I am still alive thank god.
Filled with love for my wife.

###

Dear Republicans, What is Wrong with You?

Dear Republicans,
What is wrong with you?
The former president
Incited a riot.

Stormed the house.
Would have killed you.
If they could have

And you still defend.
The former president
Refusing to hold him to account?

Do you want him?
Running around starting the patriot party
Launching a jihad against you?

When you can remove him
From the game
And send him home.
For good

What the hell is
wrong with you
Just do your job

Put a stake.
Through that vampire’s heart
Kill Trumpism.
Before it kills you

###

The Revolution Next Time

A revolution is brewing.
On the right
And on the left

As madness descends on the land
Incited by right-wing
political leaders.

Inciting riots and rebellion
Demanding action
Against their enemies

While on the left
Revolution is
brewing as well.

Soon will they unite
To march down
Tearing down democracy

As our leaders
Play games.
As the world descends
Into chaos

And the US becomes
Another failed state

Until a proverbial man
On a white horse
Rides in to save us.
From ourselves

The revolution next time
It will not be pretty.
As everything burns
And America dies

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Zombie Ideas Do Not Die

Zombie Ideas
Do not die.
They linger on
In our collective minds
Infecting our politics

Among my favorites
Are the canard.
That tax cuts will solve all problems.
That deregulation will free up business.
That the free market will solve our problems

That the government is the problem
And we must starve the government.
Of funds
So, it can do no more harm.
To our great country

These and other pernicious
Fact free alternative facts
Are spread far and wide.
Across the right-wing media sphere

Infecting our politicians
Leading them to playing games
Instead of coming together.
To solve our collective problems

And now the Republicans are saying.
Amid the worst epidemic in history
With the US economy slipping into the great depression era
The US cannot afford to spend any more money.
On combatting the pandemic
That the Federal government has done enough
It is up to the states to solve their problem.

Because of deficit spending
Which they did not care about
Before the change in command

Now the federal government is broke.
But we cannot ask the billionaire class.
To pay a dime more in taxes
We need to cut taxes more.

So, we go.
These zombie ideas
Mutating and spreading
Infecting our politics
With madness

Making it impossible to govern
As things fall apart

Let us put a Death.
to zombie ideas
Put a stake through them.
Opening up the truth

Coming together
To do the people’s business
That is what we must all do.

###

There is a Great Sense of Unrest.

There is a great sense.
Of unrest in the land today
Madness in the air

Previous publication (2020)

Literary Yard has just published my Dog Poems. The earlier published my Cosmic Calendar poems.  Here they are for your amusement.  these are companion pieces for my cat poems.

dog’s life

Ten New Poems

Poetry Soup Poems 2016-2019

Cats Truly alien species?

Cosmos Joins Instagram Poets

Cats

Dog Poems

It’s a Dog’s Life for Me

 

 

 

 

I’d like to come back
In my next life
As a dog

A dog’s only worry
Is its next meal

All it has to do
Is wag its tail

And look cute
And someone will feed him
And give him water

A dog has no worries
No cares at all

And when a Dog
Wants some loving

All it needs to do
Is find the nearest
Female dog
And enjoy himself

Without guilt
And without worrying
About getting married
Or having an affair

Just simple
Sex in the doggie way
Nothing simpler
Than that

Yes
A dog’s life
Is the life for me?

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The Dogs of War are Howling

dogs of war howling
dogs of war howling
dogs of war poster
dog of war poster

The Dogs of War
Have been set free
Of their cage
And are out
Howling at the moon

 

 

The Dogs of War
Have been set free
To wreck what havoc
Might be

Yes, the Dogs of War
The Hell Hounds
Have bound out of their cages
Sniffed about
And smiled

At the destruction, they saw
They knew soon
They would be in their element
As the world descends into chaos

The world saw
The face of pure evil
That fine September morning

A morning like any other morning
Until a fateful moment
When two planes
Came out of the sky
And destroyed
The center of world capitalism

In an act of horrific violence
An act of such evil
That is beyond the comprehension
Of mere mortal man

Surely there must
Be a reason why
That particular day
The world almost ended

The Dogs of war
Are at foot

The chaos is upon us
The evil grows and grows
And dark noises are heard
Here and there

A Jehad had been launched
By the holly lunatics
Misguided warriors
Who thought they were fighting
The great Satan

Not knowing that their hearts and minds
Were corrupted and controlled
By Satan himself

Somewhere in the world
That morning
A door opened

And a man walked through
Flipped a switch

And let loose
The chaos that ensured

The world watched with horror
And fascination

As in real-time
A dynamite action movie unfolded

Only this was not any movie, punk
It was real life
Live and uncensored

With the music of the devil
Playing at full volume
As people died
Burning alive

And the dogs of war
Smiled
They knew soon
They would be in their element

As America
The Sleeping Giant
Again woke up

And realized
That they would have to fight back
Against their enemies

The war machine
Came to life
The plans came out of the books
The military might be unleashed

And the Dogs of war
Smiled and howled at the moon

The machinery of war
Once unleashed
Can’t easily be stopped

There is a certain cruel logic
That demands that the war going on
And people die
And people suffer
And the stock market crashes

And the evil that men do
Goes on and on and on

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The Cosmic Dog from Goa

 

 

 

 

 

My final time with God
Happened a year later
I was staying down in Goa
With my wife

Enjoying being with her
After our reconciliation
We stayed at the Taj Mahal Goa

Living like Kings and Queen
Just for a few days
High up on a hill
Overlooking the beach

Every morning I went down to the beach
And did yoga by the water
While contemplating life

And every morning
I saw the same dog

Not just a dog
But a cosmic dog
Filled with the divine spark of God

And the dog recognized me
And spoke to me and I knew
That God was present once more
In the face of that cosmic dog

Kindred spirit
perhaps to the cosmic cat
that had saved my soul
in Berkeley so long ago

I told the dog everything
And he just looked at me
With those soulful eyes of his

And I knew he knew that I knew
That he was possessed by God

God had sent him to me
To make sure

that I was on the right path

That the reconciliation that God had promoted
Was on a track that I was back with my wife
And that everything was the way it should be

Again, I asked God whether he was Jesus or Allah
Or Brahmin or Ganesh or Buddha

God the cosmic dog just stared at me
I finally asked him directly

Say if you are God the God of Jesus
Bark once

The Dog looked at me and barked

I said

well, if you are Allah bark twice
The dog barked twice
Well are you buddha

then bark three times if yes
The god dog barked three times

Hmm well are you Satan
The dog growled at me
And I knew I had gone too far

Finally, I was at peace
And for the next three days

The God Dog from Goa

was my constant companion
And I knew God for the final time
In my life?

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Agnostic Dyslectic Wonders if There is a Dog

 

cute dog
cute dog

 

 

 

 

an agnostic dyslectic
stays up all night
wondering if there is a dog

the Buddhists wonder
about the Buddha-nature of the dog

the evangelicals

are sure that there is a dog
and you must follow their dog

or go to hell
for following another’s dog

the Muslims agree
there is only one dog

and the dogs
smile at the foolishness

of the human race
of course, there is a dog

and they are the master race
as they growl at their owners

who bow down
and clean up their mess?

###

I Want a Dog’s Life

 

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I want a dog’s life
That’s what I want in my next life
A dog needs to be cute
And his master will feed him
It is a dog’s life for me

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The Messenger Dog of God

 

 

 

 

One day
While studying in Rome
As a priest
I notice a small white dog
Staring at me

He glances at me
Indicating that I am to follow him
I get up
And follow this strange dog

He leads me deep
Inside the hidden depths
Of the Vatican
Finally stopping by a door

I open the door
And see St Peter there
He smiles
Dismisses the dog

Who moves on down the hall
Finished with his cosmic duty
As the secret messenger of God
All in a day’s work?

I ask why I am here?
St Peter says
Why are any of us here?
It is time for you to go

But I don’t want to go
Don’t want to leave this mortal plane
St Peter smiles
Says it is time to go

I wake up
Back in my bed
With my wife
And realize it was all a dream

It was not yet time
To go
But I am afraid
I will find the messenger dog

Outside my door
Any day now
The grim reaper waits
And it will soon be my time

Poem: Cosmos’s Cosmic Calendar

cosmic calendar

cosmic calendar

January

January arrives cold as death warmed over
As I make my annual list of resolutions
Of the great things, I would do
The lies I tell myself to keep me going

While recovering from the hangover of the year before
With regrets for the evitable passing of time itself

And snowbound cold nights of wild passion
As we delay death’s knocking on the door

February

February is a strange month
Cold, short, and eventful

In the U.S. The political season heats up
As politicians rush about
Making their campaign lies
Full of promises of things to come

As we the 99 % huddle down inside
Watching the lies on TV
Outside Winter’s last dying breath

March

March roars in full of sound and furry
Signifying the future marching down upon us all

And March madness hits the sports world
And politicians meet to plot and scheme

As we bravely battle the cosmic elements
Waiting for the promised spring
Hay fever greets me
With the early spring flowers

April

April is indeed the cruelest month of all
So many important events occurred
Kim Il Sung’s Birthday, Hitler’s Birthday

And in the U.S. the dreaded tax man cometh
To take it all away as the flowers overwhelm

And Spring Fever takes hold
Driving us all mad
With strange erotic desires

May

May is in many ways
My second favorite month of all

The flowers are blooming bright
The mountains are aflame with desire
The summer heat is coming

The plans for the year are coming along
The political campaigns heat up

And good movies come out
Star Wars arrived
Spiderman and superman and batman

All came out to play
In late May
And baseball begins in earnest

And most importantly
My wife was born

June

June is always a month of transition
End of the school year
Summer transfer season
People leaving people coming

Hurricanes and Tornados attacking
And wars starting and people dying

As fireflies buzz about
And rabbits eat my garden

As the summer heat descends upon the land
I walk late at night

Recalling that Watergate
Occurred in June

July

July is the queen of the summer season
As she heats the land
Throwing storm after summer storm

And politicians run away
After the July fourth fireworks

Man landed on the moon
Richard Nixon Left the White House

And we all know that half the year
Has flown by

August

So much has happened
During the hottest most hellish of months
Despite the summer sauna that descends upon the land
Enervating all driving people mad with the heat

World War 1 started
World War 11 ended

Hiroshima ushered in the nuclear age

Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey
And tornado ally
All roar down upon the land

And I met the love of my life
Getting off a bus
One August evening

September

What can one say about September
Like June a month of transitions?

And one is filled with ambition
Wanting to finish up what one started
Before the fall arrives
And Winter is hinting it is coming

School starts
New jobs start
New people come into one’s life

And like August’s hangover
Big earth-shattering events happen

The fall of the stock market
The housing bubble bursting

The endless budget games
As the politicians argue
Whether to bankrupt the country
To make a political point or two

And 9-11 terrorizing the world
All September’s gifts to the land

October

October is my favorite month of all
The leaves turn
The weather is usually delightful

Just a tease of the coming winter
Fall ball season underway
Baseball games and Halloween madness
ends the month with a huge bang

And I celebrate my legal birth on the 29th
Also, the day I legally got married

And on October 30, 1955

I was born
And Rock n Roll was born as well
Coincidence I think not

November

November is one of the strange months
Begins like a hangover of October
Then it turns ugly and weird

Political fever hits the land
Every two years

As the people brave the early November chill
To decide what fools they will send to DC
The politicians lie and scheme and plot
And beg and lie again

And the world turns
And the new leaders emerge

Welcome the new Bosses
Same as the old bosses
Just new packaging

And Donald Trump storms the barricades
Threatening the establishment’s stranglehold
On America and the world

Yes, November is a strange month

December

Perhaps the loneliness month of all
The most consequential of all the months
And yet also the most depressing end of time
Kind of month

If the apocalypse zombie or otherwise
Were to occur
It would be in December
That is the sort of insane month it is

The end of the year
As darkness settles down on the land

And holiday parties abound
Full of false cheer
And faked love

And for those who don’t celebrate Christmas
A lonely day perhaps at the movies
A few awkward calls to the relatives

Then New Years
Watching the world end
Drinking up a storm

And knowing that the year ended
And you are one step closer to the grave

Falling rain

falling rain
falling rain

 

 

 

 

 

The falling rain
Of late October
Fills me with essential dread

As I rush about
And end up here
Wherever here is

The rain outside
Seems like the tears of god

As I sit
Crying over my beer

Thinking of lost love
And failed dreams

Wondering
What went wrong?
And what I can set right

And the rain falls
And the night darkens

The rain is falling
All over this man’s world

And the rain falls
And I sit

Drinking my lonesome drink
Lost in dreams

Dreaming of what
Could never be

Thinking dark thoughts
And so I sit
And dream the night away

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