MILITARY

Lakewood CA; High School Bless your feast with new thought the radio sang soothing discordance even sober it was very sublime, so our bodies went with the flow Presidential campaign across a troubled nation… desert war death so obscene… I came home from school to watch the war on TV I was 16; so very…

DEPRESSION

Broken. Weak. Defeated. Worthless. Cripple. I don’t think I can survive it again. I’ve grown too soft in all the wrong spots. I don’t think I got it in me to get strong enough again. I don’t have that much hurt left in me. The streets scare me these days everything scares me Meaningless Nothing…

CARTOONS

I was real young 6 maybe 7 Watching Hannah-Barbara cartoons It was after Thundar the Barbarian With his magical sun sword But before Captain Caveman Would come on You had the Super Friends All the DC heroes Right there On black and white TV I would mess With the rabbit ears And coat hanger Twist…

TRUTH IS…

Truth is life is… Road kill and passing cars Nothing more than jaws full Of ragged sharp teeth Always gnashing slobber and hot breath At the base of your neck Waiting for that one little misstep Trip up just enough For the maw to catch up To consume devour Grow bigger stronger On the grinding…

SOMETHING IN THE WAY

There is something in the way That I still miss the cold comfort Of your disdain of your ridicule Of the gentle caress of your raptor words There is something in the way That they cut right through to the quick Eager bloody beak pecking away the soul Devouring every last screaming morsel of my…

I STILL LIKE THE MUSIC THOUGH

On the radio Like a late sixties breeze Crawling King Snake slithers around words The original first generation EMO Shedding skin like life in a Paris bathtub New born as a new age rock god Again “I am the Lizard King, I can do anything” A bored proclamation Born from spirits Trapped ghosts Amber line…

ROBOT

Mad-maxed out In the methadone thunder-dome No one leaves alone Brain gone insane Zeroed out eyes rolled back Watching the monkey climb the back Flying like a drone in a no fly zone Secret cell killing mission Deep behind the enemy lines Of my mind Lifetime high-high-score Higher than ever I know a guy that…

ROLLER COASTER

Back and forth these emotions flow riding along on currents of tears how I wish I could be more like you so sure and confident nothing ever bothering you Novocain heart and cocaine eyes how I wish I could be more like you looking at the world through distant glass lives tumbled beneath you like…

OPEN LETTER TO ANY WHO WILL LISTEN

  See there is a whole other AMERICA   that lies beneath the surface.   everybody likes to talk about it; act as if they know about it;   they like to say what’s wrong with it they like to breed dissent within it; keep us fighting amongst ourselves never looking at what’s going on…

CHRISTMAS IN MODESTO 30 YEARS AGO

It was Christmas time and the oil lanterns Threw strange mongrel shadows Across the walls Of the little one bedroom apartment The oven was a warm harbor Of love and safety We had three or four lamps going in the kitchen Little brother and I at the table Cookie sheet of baked Homemade play-dough Christmas…

CANNING IN FARMINGTON

We would set out early After a hard breakfast of whatever was left From last night’s sacrifice Shoes strapped tight Socks pulled up high Ball caps pulled low School backpacks on our backs Trash bags in each hand Walking along the long country roads Watching the ditches for cans and bottles Once we saw a…

LUMMOX 3

Hey WorkCrew; Lummox 3 has dropped! Get your copy, you will not regret it. Rd Armstrong has done it again. bringing together some of the best poetry from around the country;  along with interviews and reviews,will be found in these pages. I’ll be picking up my copies tonight at the Stay Gallery in Downey, Ca.…