Daily Archives: November 5, 2016

The Rogue Effort

At the moment we realize
that we’ve been in 
the apocalypse 
for a while, 

we learn
as well
not to speak of it
to others

who may not
yet know
that this is
where we are

so as not to create
a general panic:
instead, it is revealed
to each of us

in exacting detail
so deep as to be 
unshakably true, 
and as we begin

to tremble 
at the impending
End, it becomes clear
to us that we must tremble

alone. Now and then 
we may see the eyes
of another who knows
and nod or perhaps

brush against
each other
in a crowd —
rogue effort

at sympathy,
comfort
in a swift
glancing touch —

then, we return
to the seemingly endless
beginning of the lonely
end. No fire, no pestilence,

no storm or epic war
in this: only the slow
madness of not being able
to share it for long with anyone.


Listening To The Proletariat (Events Repeat)

Saw a reunited punk band last night

they did an old song called voodoo economics
a bootstrap trickle down call-out
and it didn’t sound dated

they did a new song called scab 
about a liar snake class traitor
and it didn’t sound new

it was a band called The Proletariat
and I wondered how many in the crowd
knew what that means

before them was another old punk crew
called Neutral Nation
they did a song called apathy

lead singer said
you better not be apathetic
this coming election day

nobody responded

some people say
the greatest thing that ever happened
to American punk
was Ronald Reagan

The Proletariat have a song
called Options

bend my ear
twist my arm

show me the options

options
options

still looking for options
but while I’m waiting let me say
I’ve missed this
even though I’m afraid its time
has come to pass again
has slouched around again