Saturday, June 23, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and TWENTY

new leader guy

with fifty countries
we should have someone
who can represent us

to the world
who cares about
our needs

limited in power
subject to
the people

we started
the union thing
before Europe

we should
have a person
who cares

maybe one
of our
governors

can represent
our fifty
countries

and maybe we
could call the
countries states

but still each state
is an independent
country

this new
leader guy
or woman

should care
about us
and not himself

should be a
positive force
in the world

should strive
for peace
and not

attack
our
friends

not be
obsequious
to our enemies

he should at least
care about more
than how he looks


--Thomas R. Thomas

Friday, June 22, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and NINETEEN


DONALD TRUMP IS A RAPIST RACIST


                                Photography by John Grochalski

Thursday, June 21, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTEEN


Politics 101

Yes we have no problems
we have no problems today
since that slush fund stuff
is more than enough
to buy our final say
sooooooooo
we'll continue to gamble
and amble in ample gambols
because we know a man
who'll pay a man
to sway our yea or nay
though we stink of the sin
of shrink wrap within
and run from our women's dismay
but hey
that's okay
as long as pay continues the play
and belief in relief
enslaves what's beneath
we'll have no problems today

--Steven B. Smith

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and SEVENTEEN

OUCH!



                                            Photography by John Grochalski

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and SIXTEEN


Three Views of High Street

walking down High Street
after dinner, holding
hands and there’s a homeless
man and a passerby
he’s holding the homeless
man’s hand, eyes closed
saying a prayer
I want to say
god doesn’t exist
and I’m tired
of people thinking
thoughts and prayers
instead of direct action
is enough

we talk on the way
to a bar about
what a wreck
West Virginia has become
or always was
 it’s the coal operators
who’ve fucked this state
they’ve taken
huge fortunes on the backs
of broken workers, at the expense
of these states citizens
at the expense of this states
natural beauty.  you know
this is only state where
bombs we’re dropped
by the military on striking
miners, that was barely
one hundred years ago

later, in bed on the sixth
floor of what used to be a
fancy, now tawdry, hotel
we lie in bed, quiet talk
sirens flow constant
she says half serious
we should get married
so you have health insurance
I laugh almost a full minute
finally say if you throw in
your dental plan
I may consider it
she says, what is marriage
good for if not insurance
I say, I guess, but it’s fucked
we have to think that way

--Jason Baldinger

Monday, June 18, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and FIFTEEN


AWKWARD

world villain seems a poor fit
a history of tolerance

always a work in progress
landgrabs from the original inhabitants
centuries of slavery, decades of prejudice

still, the promise of liberty
liberal values, justice for all
free appropriate public education
a pretend lamp our acknowledgment

our beloved democracy
proving anyone can be president
even a tabloid tv star (you know who you are)
never one thought toward public service
in fact, against it!

nobody’s perfect
bombast only goes so far
our children at risk

I was a child
our country a hero
US, world villain
gonna take some getting used to

--Chuck Joy

Sunday, June 17, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and FOURTEEN

election 2016 (revisited)

you hated her?

....you should've hated him more.

--John Grochalski

Saturday, June 16, 2018

day FIVE HUNDRED and THIRTEEN

dangerous Myan woman
small as a child
illegal for entering

my country
fleeing thugs from
her country

crying in court
in her orange
jumpsuit

missing her baby
stolen from her
pleading forgiveness

for loving her child
for fearing death
for believing

my country
is better
than hers

--Thomas R. Thomas