GETTING RICH (a dogs story)

“One these days I’m gonna get rich from playing the lottery But for now I’m counting up my money One penny after another Put them all together now I got three dollar enough for 40oz amber bottle of pleasure and maybe a cheap cigar” he would holler chest stuck out full of Johnny Courage and…

BROWN HOODIE

Threadbare worn out brown hoodie With a hole in the sleeve Doing its best to comfort me As I sit here in the Lakewood morning dark Get the jump start On the morning Racing the Raising Sun to the Ocean ©workingclassproduction.com, 2014

GETTING BY ALL RIGHT

I guess things will never be the same now Every since he said goodbye We never saw the aftermath coming Never knew we were high enough up To be able to fall down so low. He left us in ‘08 We were still wishing on stars Complete denial about the reality Of the cancer that…

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…

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…

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…

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…

MARS VS VENUS

LESSONS OF MARS AND VENUS “Would ya look at the shitter on that critter” “I would sooo defile that whore…” “Show me ya tits bitch” “You know the dumb cunt likes it rough; don’t you dirty girl” “Look how she walks, man she’s begging for it” “I can already taste that” “Old enough to bleed,…

PROVOKE

Everyone wants Provocative Until they get Provoked. Once hurt feelings occur The social moral Hysterical Hypocrisy Inquisition Begins… Now the true dilemma Of provocation Begins it’s consumption To burn at the stake A free thought… Or to die daily In the bondage Of cowardice Till you’ve walked ten Miles in my skin You can’t begin…

HOMETOWN SPUN

Children Eyes hollowed out dark spots Absent of hope just hunger And The anger Smoldering Right there Beneath where The soul used to be Scraped raw Scarped raw and broken Like the bottom Of the dirty pipe scraped for one more hit of luck Mercy comes after the Learning of swinging lashing belts Fists full…