smart and art people

there are smart people
and there are art people
sometimes they’re the same
and then there are those who court pain
seek to appear sane while promoting insanity
claim they are doing good, denying the vanity

some you like to be around
others, you shut out the sound
wait for them to be run to ground
rabid dogs in the pound
sadly, examples abound



a ceasefire
it used to be bedecked with poppies
flags almost seemed secondary
i knew it was for dunkirk
and as a cub scout i was there to do duty
and as a scout i was there to do duty

today, i’m watching a new orson welles film
reading about the ceasefire
and wondering about politics
in a time where nazis walk the streets
and i think, what did they fight for?

cats watching people and doing shit

i must talk to the ceiling
i must spray to make the new house smell great
there are boxes i must sit in or on
flat surfaces are like catnip
but catnip is better, even better in a box
the room is longer
and this window is better than the tv
we’re just missing the cheese from the mac’n’cheese packets

a woman needs a shower

there’s a white bird sat on the back of a chair
in the wawa, preening itself
i take a photo

we step outside and this lady is stood there
asking for change
her one good eye is looking at me strange

is that your wife?
she good
she a keeper

can you spare some change
not for food or drink or drugs
i’m a woman, i need a shower
i need to wash my pussy
pardon my french

we get in the truck
and we drive away
laughing – that was a first

eye swirl perimeter

michael landed
panhandle drama
nadine is brewing

it’s the constant churn
we come to learn
at the blind eye of a storm

the florida i drive through
is fast moving clouds
and spots of rain

no one can agree
it’s a spaghetti model
evacuate or remain

mr driver, your mistake is prejudice

mr driver, you were doing so well
and then you asked me
how london could have elected a muslim mayor
and i knew we were on opposite sides of the fence
i said
it isn’t a problem
we have different communities in the UK
and he seemed to be a good guy
and was elected from that community

there are things you shouldn’t assume
of a white man with a shaved head
of a certain age
there’s a pattern to my baldness
a pattern to my actions
and none of them suggest
this line of conversation
is acceptable

how to talk about it

the things you thought you put behind you
the daily things that remind you

you are a man who doesn’t know how to talk
about a kid told not to talk

a man who is told it doesn’t matter
while being told why someone else’s story matters

it’s only an ancient shadow
it was embarrassing

it’s embarrassing to talk about that kind of thing
happening to your kid

let’s make a joke of it instead