memorial day poem

are trees as green as they ever were?
I feel they are but cannot know
green of a long time ago
could it be a leaf is not the green
it used to be? if so if now
something has changed in what we see
only the oldest tree knows when or how
tree if I could find you    if you exist
I would ask what was that color
if it was     I’m not too sure
what then would you say?
it’s shady here     sit awhile
you won’t know today

Sweet Land of.

liberty tax liberty pawn and gun liberty dialysis are the names of companies
wishing to influence the decisions of potential customers through association
with the positive connotations of the word liberty which
according to its first definition in webster’s dictionary
means the quality or state of being free and is considered by many
to be a good thing as contrasted with definition number three
an action going beyond normal limits such as a: a breach of etiquette or propriety;
b: risk, chance; c: a violation of rules or a deviation from standard practice;
and d: a distortion of fact ie: the news story takes many liberties
with actual events actual being assumed to mean something that happened
in the world outside of someone’s head not within though it gets harder and harder
to tell which is which by which I mean which
definition of liberty is meant when I pawn my electric guitar buy a gun pay someone
to help me pay my taxes or three times a week flush my body’s
waste from my blood with a machine because my kidneys have failed?
asking for a friend     my kidneys still work like twin champs     they make awesome pee
and I always make sure to drink fluids not too little not too much
to keep the color 24 karat gold     no that’s not true     I take liberties with my tale
for the sake of sarcasm     a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance
designed to cut or give pain     which begs the question whose
wrists have I slashed besides my own?
asking for a friend who needs a liberty loan

[it flew half mast today]

it flew half mast today
I hadn’t heard the news so
I didn’t know
if someone I care about
had been killed by someone
I don’t or maybe
just died of their own body’s disease
I didn’t check my phone
to find out the catastrophes
my daily drug unswallowed
I can hold the pills in my hand
crimes peacefully unfold explode
who is mangled
Not a soul

[flowers have trouble finding bees]

flowers have trouble finding bees
so we have to buy robot seeds
to replicate the experience
of gardening like so much
nowadays it’s a little machine
they made it sensitive to warmth
and moisture and light
and it knows based on computation
of the particular soil’s nutrients
and the amount of sun
that falls on the sensor
a poppy grows for that
environment well you know
they’re easier than real
of course for food we still need
real seeds laborers tend them
on the colonies where they keep
the real bees concentrated

Deathbed Confession

I’ll never forget that day we
no one knew there was a
no one thought
it started about a hundred miles
to the east of Lexington and moved west
the gas first emerged from a fissure
above the excavated cavern
then there was fog
and then the rain of birds
and then every mountain on earth
cracked open and it made us sick for awhile
but was deadly only to birds
we had to replace them with mechanical birds
did you know every bird you see
is in fact a mechanical bird
we were forced to perfect the technology
years earlier than planned then had to erase
the memories of the people so that
like children they would believe again
that every bird was real
but it’s easier with your generation
who have never seen a bird
I mean from an actual egg
with actual wings and feathers
actually eating worms or mosquitoes and flies
which also survived the fog
ha I guarantee if nothing else the bites
are very real ha why do you stare
do you care whether a bird is born or made
haven’t you been happy
didn’t we make you happy again
tell me how does knowing change your sense
of sight and sound I’m telling you this
because I’m dying I’m the last one
who knows the truth
I don’t know why I chose you
your face has a certain look