#12

David LaBounty
The Age of Forgiveness and No Compassion

it’s usually a customer a day
that tells me he’s moving
out of state and leaving the
wife and kids behind to
try to sell the house
even though the market
in Michigan has been all
but destroyed as so many
factories have shut down
and moved overseas

and call it what you want

call it globalization or
call it progress

I call it greed

because you can see
and hear the rich
getting richer
while the poor are
getting stronger

and if Jim Morrison
or Janis Joplin or
Jimi Hendrix were hitting
their prime just about now

they wouldn’t die

they would have gone in to rehab

coming out clean

and almost

born again.

 

 

Daniel S. Irwin
Doc Harrol

Life in the joint is hard.
Each inmate finds his
Own way of dealing
With the day to day
Struggle with time.
Doc Harrol, the veterinarian
Who killed his wife
In a fit of rage
Over a cold supper,
Tells us of his regrets,
His methods of
Dealing with his past,
His hope for positive
Results thru medication,
And, most importantly,
His finding Jesus
While incarcerated.
He says he’s a new man,
Reborn and ready to
Return to a productive
Place in free society.
Of course, this would be
A lot easier for the
Parole board to believe
If he did wouldn’t always
Show up for his hearings
With feces smeared
On his face.

 

 

Michael Bernard Panasuk
STIGMUND FRAUD

DREAM SPANK COSMIC TOOTH BENDER
LIES RIFT BLUE NOSE CARE CRUNCHING
STANK DROOL MESS FLAVIN SPORKLE
TIN RAIN EGG SHUFFLE NEXT BLACK.

ANGST TWO KILLER MOTHER WEASEL
DOG MUFFIN ANGLE BEAK FUBLE
ANXIOUS PANIC GREEN GAS AIR BLEND.

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