Monday, October 21, 2019

day ONE THOUSAND and FIVE

 The Power That Pulls The
                      Strings

These brain dead fools, both left and right
What do they think they are doing ?
Fucking up so many people's  lives
Driving down the road to ruin

Democracy, has it had it's day ?
What did the Brexit vote achieve ?
The politicians always have their own way
No matter if you voted to stay or leave

And of course they are not the ones
That really control a single thing
It's the CEO's of the corporations
Who say what tomorrow will bring

Politicians are no more than mere puppets,
The real power pulls the strings
Nothing more than muppets
Never mind their posing and posturing

It's the shadowy figures you never see
They're the ones to really fear
They don't need or want publicity
You'd never know that they were here

But, they are the ones who decide
What happens all over the Earth
Because they stay faceless, they can hide
They'll never get what they deserve

--Ian Copestick 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

day ONE THOUSAND and FOUR

Walking into tombstones

An echo
in the
canyon
is a
bullet
in the
head
as dogs
bark at
the back
door and
kids run
down the
alley and
everyone
is looking
for rain
or a
free lunch
and today
we lost
100 soldiers
and all
our marbles
deep inside
the pockets
of the
Rich men
who run
our lives
like wind-up
toys all
walking into
tombstones
feet shuffling
in a
death march
to nowhere.

--Matt Borczon


Saturday, October 19, 2019

day ONE THOUSAND and THREE


The Last of Your Mind


Cognitively impaired moron in chief suggests
using nuclear bombs to neutralize hurricanes
heading toward the U.S., accuses media
of “Fake News” when they report this.

Hourly, new scandals erupt,
Russian oligarchs co-signing
his money laundering loans,
brain farts transform to policy through twitter.

Funds diverted from emergency services,
sensitive public lands sold to oil men,
trade wars destabilize the economy,
send stocks into free fall.

Opening the morning paper
sends the average citizen
into toxic shock.
We all want an electoral redo.

--Jennifer Lagier

Friday, October 18, 2019

day ONE THOUSAND and TWO


trump rally snippets on twitter…again

you can’t escape these idiots
if you tried

self-satisfied nazis
all grouped behind

their foaming orange-leader
their precious game show host

selling out america
like the best bargains on the fourth of july

smiling like the duped
and the damned

gap-toothed, plastic patriots

waving their little flags
wearing their little flags

if only there was some
spiked kool-aid around

then maybe you could call this a real party.

--John Grochalski


                                                                      

Thursday, October 17, 2019

day ONE THOUSAND and ONE

A WIDOW STARTS A LETTER TO HER BELOVED
                                                          JR (1951-2016)

D ear One since your quick transition something
O dious shocked the Nation our planet
N eeding time to heal I was slow to share
A ll actions accruing to wrong doing
L iving without your love ups the threat
D espite who won I’ll negate the nightmare

T roubling to laud the democratic way
R esisting climate change national debt
U ncapped by repeal and replace healthcare
M oney laundering lies racism praised
P ause there

--Karen Alenier 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

day ONE THOUSAND

Nightly News Prison Break

Like a maestro conducting
three networks at once
I flip discordant channels
looking for escape

Soundbites break skin
What isn’t said blares loudly
I watch the burning house
with people inside it

They show engulfed bodies
then move to feel-good fluff
while the warden tries to convince me
that firefighters are the enemy

--Colleen Redman

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

day NINE HUNDRED and NINETY NINE


Worst Superhero Ever: a found poem


Florida Man fatally shoots son-in-law
who was trying to surprise him for his birthday
Florida Man parks smart car in kitchen
so it won’t blow away
Florida Man takes golf cart on wild ride
through Walmart
Florida Man arrested for threatening
to shoot up Walmart after El Paso Massacre
Florida Man caught exposing himself
in Walmart pillow aisle
Florida Man arrested, caught on video
using samurai sword to fight over wheelbarrow
Florida Man who didn’t flush toilet
threatened griping friend with a machete
Florida Man threatens to kill man with kindness,
uses machete named “Kindness”
Florida Man doesn't get straw,
attacks McDonald's employee
Florida Man intentionally drove Ferrari 360 into ocean
at top speed, says “Jesus told him to”
Florida Man killed ex-girlfriend
while trying to “get rid of the devil”
Florida Man shooting at target in backyard
hits neighbor sitting at dining room table
Florida Man arrested at Mar-a-lago, says he came to talk
to Trump about “his $6.3 trillion”
Florida Man denies syringes found in rectum
are his
Florida Man arrested after argument
over cheesesteak
Florida Man accused of burning son
to teach him a lesson about fire
Florida Man allegedly fooled family into believing
murdered wife was still alive
Florida Man beat, pepper-sprayed Mom
because “She was a narcissist”
Florida Man finds a WWII grenade, places it in his truck,
drives to Taco Bell
Florida Man learns hard way
he stole laxatives, not opioids
Florida Man spent weeks in jail for heroin
that was actually detergent
Florida Man accused of robbing Chinese restaurant
at finger point
Florida Man thought he’d do donuts
on the airport runway
Florida Man dances
through DUI sobriety test
Florida Man caught on camera
licking doorbell

--Shawn Pavey

Shawn Pavey

Author, Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse (Spartan Press 2019), Nobody Steals the Towels From a Motel 6 (Spartan Press, 2015), and Talking to Shadows (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2008)

Former Vice President, The Writers Place Board of Directors

Co-founder, former Associate Editor, and Midwest Ambassador, The Main Street Rag Literary Journal

Poet In Residence, 2010, PresentMagazine.com
Blog: http://www.shawnpavey.com