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An Old Man Visits His Wife’s Grave

Down in the Dirt Updates

 

“Down in the Dirt” has published two of my poems.

Lone Foreigner Hiking the Seoul City Walls

Hiker
Hiker

 

 

 

 

 

A Lone foreign male hiker
In the hills above the city
Hiking along the ancient Seoul City walls

500 years after the founding
Of the city in 1492

Balancing his walk
Amid the boulders
The winter is coming
Soon he thinks

And finishes his hike
Heading to a bar
To sake his thirst

Some soju, and bulgogi
Will do the trick
He thinks to himself

Just another day
in the life

Of an unknown nameless
Foreigner in the city
Of Seoul

Part of the ten million
Naked stories
In the big city

An Old Man Visits His Wife’s Grave

 

corona
corona

 

 

 

 

 

An Old man
Goes to the grave
Of his beloved wife

Carrying her favorite flowers
And a guitar
Playing her love songs
As he remembers her life

Blaming it all
On the damn coronavirus Pandemic
Killing thousands every day
As politicians play games

The dead remain dead
he hears his wife’s voice
from beyond the grave

she is a corona ghost
he wishes he were there with her
as he plays his mournful love songs

he lays down for a moment
and becomes another Corona ghost
just another death that lonely day

Down in the Dirt has published the following poems over the last few years.

3 5 7 love poem
An Old Man Visits His Wife’s Grave
April 30 In Search of America 1975 – Hitch hiking Tales
Charles Bukowski Road Not Chosen
Fallen Dreams Litter the Ground
If you’ve been around
John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller bio
Lone Foreigner Hiking the Seoul City Walls
My Name Is Nobody
Snarling Cup of Coffee
Strangeness in the Air
Unhinged Lunatic Howling at the Full Moo

 

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Now, there are a bunch of ways you can see this issue online. You can go
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The United States, the U.K., and Europe. Find it at http://scars.tv (at the
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And if you look at any writing by any writer IN this issue in the writings
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Internet (web page) issue and to the print issue of this magazine too.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the new issue and thank you for being
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NEW TO SCARS: BRAND NEW MAGAZINE ISSUES! The cc&d v310 June 2021 28th anniversary issue/book “Falling” and the Down in the Dirt v184 June 2021 issue/book “Sprung from Grief” are now available — so check out these brand new magazine issues online AND as perfect-bound paperback books!

Enjoy the Scars Publications 2020 anthology collection books — Scars released anthology collection books to show off 2020 writings and artwork, like the flash fiction collection book “2020 in a Flash” with selected flash fiction and art, and the 2020 poetry collection book “inside the box” with selected 2020 poems and art, and the 2020 short story collection book “Vote Early, Read Often” with selected 2020 short stories and art. Anthology collection books contain writing and art from accepted material in 2020 issues of cc&d magazine and Down in the Dirt, and collection books like this are truly a one-of-a-kind anthology — any collection book is also perfect to order for yourself or a gift!

Order a 2021 January-April MAGAZINE ISSUE ANTHOLOGY BOOK today! Pick up a copy of the 420-page “Excerpts from the Plague Years” from Down in the Dirt, and order a copy of the 424-page cc&d issue collection book “What Lies on the Other Side”, both mammoth collections of brand-new issues — because an issue anthology book is a great way to get several magazine issues altogether in a great volume set! Pick up a copy today!

DO NOT FORGET the annual WEEKLY DATEBOOK! This year available in two formats (if you like poetry or flash fiction), now you can pick up a copy of “the 2021 literary review date book review” of short poems, or “the 2021 flash fiction date book review” of short prose – both 146-page books by assorted writers & artists in 2020 issues of cc&d and Down in the Dirt in a 6″x9″ ISBN# 2019 weekly date book — order the poetry datebook or order the flash fiction datebook, and enjoy writing all year-’round while you plan your entire calendar year!

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20210415 Scars just published a Down in the Dirt issue collection book with material from you!

Hi there from Down in the Dirt – we wanted to let you know that Scars
Publications released a collection book of the January-April 2021 issues
from Down in the Dirt magazine. Since your material (writing/artwork)
APPEARS in these issues, that means your material appears in this issue
collection book, and we wanted to let you know about this brand-new issues
collection book is titled “Excerpts from the Plague Years”!

Links to see all of the Down in the Dirt writings in “Excerpts from the
Plague Years”:
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And you can find this book any time at Scars in MULTIPLE locations. Now it
is linked on the main page at http://scars.tv, and it appears at the top
of the list of choices on the books link (one click away from the main
page, or also directly at http://scars.tv/books/) as well as at the top of
the “CD Books Sale” link (direct link http://scars.tv/sale/) at Scars!

Also, by the end of the business week this week, the database with your
accepted writings should also (when you go to your accepted writings) have
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links to this collection book on your writing pages in the writings
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Links for ordering this collection book appears on all of the links above,
and will also appear in the writings section too, so any of your writing
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the writings section too!

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printer in the U.S., the U.K. and to Europe – and even to Japan and
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So check out the Scars Publication links to see what material of yours
appears in these collection books, and if you’d like, order a copy today
(I hear they make great gifts!), and again, thank you for being a part of
the Down in the Dirt community!

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Down in the Dirt Magazine
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    Enjoy the 2021 magazine collection book from Scars Publications and Down in the Dirt magazine, with the January-April 2021 magazine issues titled “Excerpts from the Plague Years”.
The author names in this listing appear as they are listed in magazine issue/books. For writings that appear in issues, the titles of their writing do not appear on this web page, but all of the names are linked to the individual issue/book that actually contains the material.
To know exactly what is included in this collection book, view the listing below. All author entries are listed in this collection book as they are listed in magazine issue/books.

 

3 5 7 love poem

3 5 7 love poem

To My Dream Woman Who Loves Me to my dream woman who has loved me so over the years since I first dreamt of meeting her thank you for finding me and rescuing me I just have three words to say I love you Saran hae and in a million other languages and will love you until the end of time writers digest prompt to write a x Blank x BLACK OUT POEM Black out Poem God’s Punishment Original text During a press briefing today to address the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump was asked about certain Christian pastors who plan to defy state lockdown orders and hold Easter church services this Sunday. “I’ve had talks with the pastors, and most of the pastors agree … that they are better off doing what they are doing, which is, distancing,” Trump said, adding that the pastors want to “get back to church so badly.” Report Advertisement Trump then referred to a notorious pastor who sits on his religious advisory council. Defend democracy. Click to invest in courageous progressive journalism today. “I’m going to be watching Pastor Robert Jeffress, who’s been a great guy,” Trump said. “He’s a great guy and I’m going to be watching on a laptop.” Jeffress is known for his litany of statements demonizing the LGBT community, abortion, and secular people. One of his most reviled comments came in 2015 when he said the 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment on America for abortion. “People ask me all the time,” Jeffress said during a speech at Liberty University. “‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?’” “I’ve had talks with the pastors, and most of the pastors agree … that they are better off doing what they are doing, which is, distancing,” Trump said, adding that the pastors want to “get back to church so badly.” Report Advertisement Trump then referred to a notorious pastor who sits on his religious advisory council. Defend democracy. Click to invest in courageous progressive journalism today. “I’m going to be watching Pastor Robert Jeffress, who’s been a great guy,” Trump said. “He’s a great guy and I’m going to be watching on a laptop.” Jeffress is known for his litany of statements demonizing the LGBT community, abortion, and secular people. One of his most reviled comments came in 2015 when he said the 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment on America for abortion. “People ask me all the time,” Jeffress said during a speech at Liberty University. “‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?’” Black out text the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump hold Easter church services this Sunday. “I’ve had talks with the pastors, get back to church so badly.” “He’s a great guy and I’m going to be watching on a laptop.” he 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment on America for abortion. “People ask me all the time,” ‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?’” Poem Corona Pandemic is Not’s God’s Punishment Amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump Attended virtual Easter church services I’ve had talks with the pastors, We need to get back to church so badly.” Rev Jeffries is a great guy I’m going to be watching on a laptop.” Rev Jeffries said The 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment on America for abortion. “People ask me all the time,” ‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?’” I am sad to report Rev Jeffries I spoke to God This morning He confirmed He did not cause 9-11 To bring judgement On the US For abortion He went on to say The corona virus Is beyond his control And he is not sending it To punish the US Or the world His final words Please tell Rev Jeffries To simply STFU poetry super highway black out poem coffee Whitney my coffee morning delight all day long not though at night can not sleep afternoon coffee leads to nightmares lasts all night writing.com Whitney poem form coffee Hay Na Ku hot coffee in morning ice coffee afternoon Drink coffee afternoon will soon have bad nightmares must have my coffee now drink coffee all day long no way sleep will come me curse of my mad coffee writing.com prompt write a Hay Na Ku Poem Daily Dew Drop In submissions as well women playing the lute contemplating God a woman sits by herself playing the lute deep in contemplation thinking of God's love for her thinking of the devil and his temptations she continues playing the lute all poetry contest

 

Missing you missing me
Dreaming about you, do you dream the same
Will love you until end of time; will you remember me then?

April 30 In Search of America 1975 – Hitch hiking Tales

April 30 In Search of America 1975 – Hitch hiking Tales

hitchhikers
hitchhikers

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was young and foolish
Broke and stubborn
I hitchhiked across the USA

Started in Salt Lake City
Where my greyhound bus pass
Was stolen

The station manager
Could have helped me
But refused to do so

Threaten to call the cops
When I grabbed my bags Without the stolen tags

I said
Go ahead
But I am so out of here

Wondered about Salt Lake City
Went to a bar
Found I had to buy my booze
Next door
And they would mix it for me

Had to order food too
After a bloody Mary
And a burger

I walked about town
Saw the Mormon Temple

Finally about 3 pm
It was time to hit the road
Did not look back

Ended up in Cody Wyoming
Got a room shower
Steak beer
Using my rapidly depleted cash Spent 25 dollars
Money really went far
Back in those days

A band of professional
Communist agitators
Gave me a ride
To Des Moines

Lots of weed, booze
And politics later
Got off the road
Slept outside

Next day
A beautiful woman
Drove me to near Chicago
In a red mustang

Might have been
The girl in the song
Took it easy
Digging her vibe

She invited home
But was not sure
If her estranged husband
Would welcome me

So, I am being foolish
And inexperienced with women
Did not go to her place

And always regretted
That I had lost
My chance that day

Then on to Chicago
Several rides later
Visited friends

Hit the road again
A series of uneventful rides
With truckers
And others

And a week later
I ended in New York City

Slept along the way
In cars
In truck stops
In high way rest stops

Always moving
Always going
Non stop talking
And lots of free weed
And beer
And conversation

One more memorable ride
Occurred outside Albany
On my return to Chicago

A middle age creepy looking man
Picked me up
In a brand-new Cadillac

He was he said a dynamite deliverer
For the Mafia
Went to various places
To blow up shit

He hated a lot of people
Particularly hippies from California
And Jewish people

Looking at me to confirm
That I was both

I told him that I lived in New York
And had never been to California
And although I might have looked Jewish
As I what was called back in the day
A “Jewfro”

I was not Jewish
Many years later I discovered
That I am indeed part Jewish
But then I did not know
And I felt a bit of strategic information
Might keep me alive

Then I realized that he was just jiving with me
And we relaxed
And he pulled out some weed
And beer
And we mellowed out

But I believe that he really was with the mob
Perhaps not a dynamite dealer
A real made Italian made mafia member

By Chicago
I had enough
I called my Dad
Told him what had happened

Wanted a ticket home
And he sent me a ticket
And 500 dollars
And I went home

I told him I would tell him
My tales some day
But never did

I learned so much
About my fellow Americans
And the strange vibe
That was 1975

And now it is too late
But I wanted to finally
Tell the world

Of my hitchhiking tales
In search of America 1975

 

Charles Bukowski Road Not Chosen

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Charles Bukowski Road Not Chosen

While reading Charles Bukowski poetry
On the metro ride home
Listening to Buddha bar music
On my oh too hip IPod

 

 

 

I begin to see myself as I was
Over 30 years ago when I was merely a bit player
A minor character in a Charles Bukowski poem

A wild young underemployed intellectual
Hanging out in dismal bars and dives all over Asia and California
Hanging with disreputable women and drunks and drinkers
And characters out of his kinds of haunts

A mad poet bard of the underground
A drunken poet in a drunken bum show
That nightly played in his head

Then one day I met the women of my dreams
And went down a different path
A long slow path to respectability

And now 30 years later
I am no longer a wild man
I am still a poet at heart
But I am now also a bureaucrat
In a button down suite

Doing the people’s business
Working for the Government
I’ve become the Man

Sometimes I wonder
Would I have been better off
Going down that another path

Would I have ended up
Somewhere else
Doing something else

Would I have been as happy
Would I have been as successful?

There is no answer that satisfies
The longing in my heart
For that wild thing
That still lurks beneath
It’s civilized cover

And I know that I am still
A mad poet at heart
Railing against the injustice of the world

As I work day by day in the belly of the great beast of State
I recall the ancient Chinese saying,
“Confucian during the day while Taoist rebel at night”
Playing out in my head and nightly dreams
In the true American Upper class patrician tradition

I close the book and look out the window
Get off the train, and walk slowly home

And realize I had no choice
But to take the path that I’ve trodden on

And so I put aside my misgivings
And say goodbye to my “Bukowskian”desires
For another night of domestic contentment

Was it worth it all to take the conventional path
And not take the bohemian road to hell and back

I look at my wife and realize
I had no choice, had no choice
But to follow her to the ends of the earth

And beyond by her side as we walked our path
Of shared destiny

Goodbye Charles Bukowski wherever you are
May I meet you in a bar in the next life
And figure out where we should have gone

Until then the drinks are on me.

 

Fallen Dreams Litter the Ground

Fallen Dreams Litter the Ground

In the fall weather
As I walk amid the falling leaves
I see the signs everywhere

Of the fall of America
The once great and mighty Empire
Everywhere signs of the fall appear

The dark skies mirror
The darkness that settled over our land

Death, destruction and random acts of chaos
Are all around us
Surrounding us with visions of doom

Nothing can stop the bloodletting
No one seems to be in charge

As the leaves fall
And the darkness descends
The fall of America continues

If you’ve been around

If you’ve been around

If you’ve been around
As much as I have
Decades of memories
Fill up your brain’s hard drive

Remembering the dead
Misremembering the living
Seeing the past fly past
Everywhere you go

Thinking about things
You did and did not do
As your life begins to fade
Sinking into lost worlds past

Seeing the ghosts
Of all you knew
Whispering Soon you will
Be joining us

 

Lone Foreigner Hiking the Seoul City Walls

Lone Foreigner Hiking the Seoul City Walls

Hiker
Hiker

A Lone foreign male hiker
In the hills above the city
Hiking along the ancient Seoul City walls

 

 

 

500 years after the founding
Of the city in 1492

Balancing his walk
Amid the boulders
The winter is coming
Soon he thinks

And finishes his hike
Heading to a bar
To sake his thirst

Some soju, and bulgogi
Will do the trick
He thinks to himself

Just another day
In the life

Of an unknown nameless
Foreigner in the city
Of Seoul

Part  of the ten million
Naked stories
In the big city

 

My Name Is Nobody

My Name Is Nobody

My name, it is Nobody
No one cares who I am
I am just a nameless clone
In the cold, unfeeling bureaucracy

Just one of the army
Of civilians

who flood into and out of the city
Every day

A non-entity,
A ghost
A govbot
A cyber
A spook
A faceless automan
A bureaucrat

Just a grey-suited
Cog in the machinery
And no one cares
No one knows who I really am

And I am legend
Everywhere and nowhere

Just the way this modern world
All shred of humanity
Crushed beneath

The cruel wheel of society
In the cold, harsh world
There is no room anymore
For true human feelings

We are just robots, clones, machines
And so I go to work
Put on my mask

And no one hears my inner screams
And no one will ever care

Snarling Cup of Coffee

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Snarling Cup of Coffee

cartoon man who drank too much coffee
cartoon man who drank too much coffee

I like to start my day with a hot cup of coffee
I pound down the coffee
First thing I do every day as the dawning sun
Lights up my lonesome room

Yeah, but not just a simple cup of java Joe, but a God damn snarling sarcastic smarmy cup of coffee
I mean, – we are talking about an alcoholic, all speed ahead, always hot, always fresh, always there when I need it, angry, attitude talk to the hand Ztude, bad, bad assed, beats breaking, beatnik, bluesy, bitter, bitchy, bombs away, capitalistic, caffeinated up the ass, cinematic, communistic, Colombian grown, Costa Rican inspired, Cowabunga to the max, crazy assed, devilishly angelic, divine, divinely inspired, dyslexic, epic, extreme vetting, evil eye, expensive, erotic vision inducing, Ethiopian coffee house brewed, euphoric, freaky, freazoid, foxy, Frenched kissed, French brewed, funkified, foxy lady, graphic, GOD in my coffee, with Allah, Ganesh, Jesus, Kali, Buddha, Christians, Durga, Hindus, Mohamed, Jesus and Mo and their friend, the cosmic bar maid, Sai Babai, Shiva, Taoists, Zoroastrians, drinking my god damned coffee in Hell; growling, gnarly, happy, hard as ice, Hawaian blessed, high as a kite, hippie, hip, hipster, hip hoppy, hot as hell yet strangely sweet as heaven, jazzy, jealous, Kerouac approved, kick ass, kick my god damn ass to Tuesday, kick down the doors and take no prisoners, grown in the Vietnam highlands by ex-Vietcong, Guatemalan grown, kiss ass, illegal in every state, imported from all over the god damn world, insane, lovely, loony, lonely, lonesome, malodorous mean old rotten, motherfucking, nasty, narcotic, never whatever, never meh, never cold, not approved by the CIA, not approved by DHS, not approved for human consumption by the FDA, not your daddy’s sissified corporate cup of coffee, NOT DECAFE coffee, not your Denny’s truck driver weak as brown water cup of fake coffee, not your establishment friendly cup of coffee, Not your FBI coffee, Not FAKE Herbal coffee substitute, but a real cup of coffee, not your farmer brothers dinner crap, not made in America for Americans, not safe for work, not your Starbucks average expensive overpriced crappy corporate chain cup of coffee, Not pretentious, Not White House approved, not State Department safe, nuclear, Not Patriotic, operatic, Peets’s coffee approved, paranoid, pornographic, psychotic, pontific, politically aware, rapping, rhyming, right here, right now in River city, rock and roll up the Yazoo, sad, sadistic, sarcastic, sassy, satanic, schizoid, shitting, silly, sexy, smarmy, smelly, smooth, snarky, snarling, stupid, stinking, sweet as honey, sweat inducing, symphonic, Trump can’t handle this coffee, vengeful, Wagnerian, wicked, with nutmeg and cinnamon swirls, with a hint of stevia, with a hint of vanilla, with a hint of rum, with a hint of whisky, with a hint of cherry, with a hint of fruit overtones, with a hint of drugs spicing up the coffee, spendific, speeding, splendid, superior accept no substitutes, survived the Vietnam war, the Iraq war, the Afghan war, the first and Second Korean war, World War 11, the war on poverty, the war on drugs, the war on black people, the sexual revolution, Soulful as a summer’s night in MOTOWN- James Brown approved, TOP approved, Berkeley approved, the coffee that Jimmy Hendrix drank before he died, the coffee that Elvis drank on his last breakfast, the coffee that Barry White crooned as he drank his cup of coffee – and the coffee that made the white boy play stand up and play that funky music, the coffee that made Jonny B Goode play his guitar, and made Jonny bet the devil his soul after he drank his morning cup of righteous coffee and the coffee that make the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll, the coffee your mother warned you against drinking, the coffee that Napoleon drank when he became the Emperor of all Europe, the Coffee that Beethoven drank when he wrote the Ninth symphony, the coffee that Mozart drank as he wrote his last symphony, the coffee that Lincoln drank before he was killed, the Hemingway drank before he killed himself, the coffee that started the 60’s, and ended the 20th century, the coffee that Lenin drank as he plotted revolution, the coffee that Hitler and Stalin drank with FDR as they divided up the world after World War 11, the cup that JFK drank before he was blown away, the coffee Jerry drinks while driving in cars with random celebrities and political figures, the coffee that Jon Stewart drinks before he goes on an epic take down of some foolish politico, the cup of Arabic coffee that Sadaam drank the day he was executed, the coffee that GW and Cheney drank when they bombed Baghdad, the Indian cup of coffee that Bid Laden drank before 9-11 and just before the seals blew his ass to hell, the cup of coffee that Tiger Woods drank with his mistresses while playing a 3, 000 dollar round of golf at Sandy Lane golf course in Barbados, the last legal drug that does what drugs should do, the cup of coffee that Obama drank when he became President, Vietnamese, Vienna brew, wacky, whimsical, Whisky Tango Foxtrot, wild, weird, wonderful, WOW, Yabba dabba doo! Yada Yada yada Zappa’s favorite cup of cosmic coffee, and Zorro’s last cup of coffee, Good to the last drop rolled into one simple cup of hot coffee

As I pound down that first cup of coffee
And fire up my synaptic nerve endings with endless supplies
Of caffeine induced neuron enhancing chemicals

I face the dawning day with trepidation and mind-numbing fear
I turn on the TV and watch the smarmy newscasters in their perfect hair
Lying through their teeth about the great success the government is having Following the great leader’s latest pronouncements
I want to scream and shoot the TV and run out side Shouting

“Stop the world.

I want to get off this fucking crazy planet”
The earth does not care a whit about my attitude
It merely shrugs and moves around the Sun
In its appointed daily run
And I sit down
The madness dissipating a bit

And enjoy my second cup
Of heaven and hell
In my morning cup of Joe

Strangeness in the Air

Strangeness in the Air

There is a strangeness in the air
A sense of cosmic unease
Hangs silently in the purple crystalline sky

America woke up
And decided it was time
To quit following like lemmings
Over the Clift

As the pied piper chants
Stay the course, stay the course
We were like lemmings following him
Dying to save his wounded pride

Today there is that strange difference
In the air
As Americans woke up
And threw off their chains of fear

Unhinged Lunatic Howling at the Full Moon

 

Unhinged Lunatic Howling at the Full Moon

On the night of the blood-red super full moon
I sat in an evil, depraved godforsaken bar

Drinking drams of demented, fermented dream dew
Washed down by endless rounds of whiskey
rum, tequila, vodka, soju and of course beer
drinking with my buddies the Jack Daniels Gang

Drinking my way to Hell and beyond
Just as fast as I could
twenty damn drinks too sober

Just an unhinged lunatic
Dreaming of howling at the full moon

Watching the world walk by
Looking at all the fine-looking babes
Walking by the street

Thinking wild, erotic thoughts
Of endless wild libertine passions

When into the bar
That din of cosmic depravity

Walked the most beautiful women
In the Universe

So wild, so free
So wonderfully alive

I did not know what to do
As this vision of delight
Sauntered through the bar

In a skin-tight leather pant
Looked so fine
That my eyeballs hurt

And finally, I had to say something
So, I gathered up my manly courage
And walked up to her

And she looked at me
And instantly bewitched my soul

With a devilish grin
I lost all reason
And became a raving lunatic
Unhinged lunatic
Howling at the blood red full moon

Foaming at the mouth
A wild, free werewolf
Howling at the lunatic light
Of the blood red blue full Moon

 

Charles Bukowski Road Not Chosen 

And Other Poems 

By Jake Cosmos Aller 

 

Published in Down in the Dirt 

 

Charles Bukowski Road Not Chosen 

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller 

While reading Charles Bukowski poetry 
On the metro ride home 
Listening to Buddha bar music 
On my oh too hip IPod 

I begin to see myself as I was 
Over 30 years ago when I was merely a bit player 
A minor character in a Charles Bukowski poem 

A wild young underemployed intellectual 
Hanging out in dismal bars and dives all over Asia and California 
Hanging with disreputable women and drunks and drinkers 
And characters out of his kinds of haunts 

A mad poet bard of the underground 
A drunken poet in a drunken bum show 
That nightly played in his head 

Then one day I met the women of my dreams 
And went down a different path 
A long slow path to respectability 

And now 30 years later 
I am no longer a wild man 
I am still a poet at heart 
But I am now also a bureaucrat 
In a button down suite 

Doing the people’s business 
Working for the Government 
I’ve become the Man 

Sometimes I wonder 
Would I have been better off 
Going down that another path 

Would I have ended up 
Somewhere else 
Doing something else 

Would I have been as happy 
Would I have been as successful? 

There is no answer that satisfies 
The longing in my heart 
For that wild thing 
That still lurks beneath 
It’s civilized cover 

And I know that I am still 
A mad poet at heart 
Railing against the injustice of the world 

As I work day by day in the belly of the great beast of State 
I recall the ancient Chinese saying, 
“Confucian during the day while Taoist rebel at night” 
Playing out in my head and nightly dreams 
In the true American Upper class patrician tradition 

I close the book and look out the window 
Get off the train, and walk slowly home 

And realize I had no choice 
But to take the path that I’ve trodden on 

And so I put aside my misgivings 
And say goodbye to my “Bukowskian”desires 
For another night of domestic contentment 

Was it worth it all to take the conventional path 
And not take the bohemian road to hell and back 

I look at my wife and realize 
I had no choice, had no choice 
But to follow her to the ends of the earth 

And beyond by her side as we walked our path 
Of shared destiny 

Goodbye Charles Bukowski wherever you are 
May I meet you in a bar in the next life 
And figure out where we should have gone 

Until then the drinks are on me.  

 

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Fallen Dreams Litter the Ground 

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller 

In the fall weather 
As I walk amid the falling leaves 
I see the signs everywhere 

Of the fall of America 
The once great and mighty Empire 
Everywhere signs of the fall appear 

The dark skies mirror 
The darkness that settled over our land 

Death, destruction and random acts of chaos 
Are all around us 
Surrounding us with visions of doom 

Nothing can stop the bloodletting 
No one seems to be in charge 

As the leaves fall 
And the darkness descends 
The fall of America continues 
 

 

My Name Is Nobody 

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller 

My name, it is Nobody 
No one cares who I am 
I am just a nameless clone 
In the cold unfeeling bureaucracy 

Just one of the army 
Of civilians who flood into and out of the city 
Every day 

A non-entity, 
A ghost 
A govbot 
A cyber 
A spook 
A faceless automan 
A bureaucrat 

Just a grey suited cog in the machinery 
And no one cares 
No one knows who I really am 

And I am legend 
Everywhere and nowhere 

Just the way this modern world 
All shred of humanity 
Crushed beneath the cruel wheel of society 

In the cold harsh world 
There is no room anymore 
For true human feelings 

We are just robots, clones, machines 
And so I go to work 
Put on my mask 

And no one hears my inner screams 
And no one will ever care  

 

Strangeness in the Air 

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller 

There is a strangeness in the air 
A sense of cosmic unease 
Hangs silently in the purple crystalline sky 

America woke up 
And decided it was time 
To quit following like lemmings 
Over the Clift 

As the pied piper chants 
Stay the course, stay the course 
We were like lemmings following him 
Dying to save his wounded pride 

Today there is that strange difference 
In the air 
As Americans woke up 
And threw off their chains of fear 
 

 

 

 

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