Faceless Book

o faceless book of folly
let us wallow
in your winsome wiles

truth is such a tortured realm
that begs to be forsaken

let these fingertips devise
a world devoid of diminution

fostered by the unseeing eye
of conscious cries removed

let these ghastly thoughts transpose
into a prose
for ghosts to ponder

perchance to respond
with validation
through availed volition

surpassing the toll
of midnight
gloaming veil
not of the moon

glimpses of escape evincing
of ruinous states

cast away the queues of inquest
don the light
of furtive affect

drowning in the arms of comrades
safely tucked away
from fear

languish in allure like-minded
“dislike” but a maddened myth

should an outlier dare to burden
block them
with a keystroke swift

orchestrate an infrastructure
free from views that contradict

thus secluded
synthesize the sympathies
of narrative fit

faceless book, pray hear this implore
save us
from our soulless selves

sinking ships of selfish carriage
stranded lifeboats


[image credit: George Barbier]

A Fool’s Reprise

ere the conscious mind awakens
lurks fate
long forespoken

oxidation creeps
silent with besieging

a fool is sworn
to sabotage
of willful self-inflicting

and love begets
as many fools
as Charon reaps a sixpence

in the hidden realm
of nominal confliction

abominably abreast

of our impending
tomb’s inscription

such is written
on these walls


by the very hands
we spurn

amidst mass confusion

to which one day
we shall return

never learned

left to longing

[image credit: Hugo Steiner-Prag]

Flat-Earth Folly

oh my fucking god
here comes a ~flat earther~
please kill me now

run for cover
hit the deck
abandon ship
cuz, um, like, …wow

this has got to be the worst
prank yet to be attempted

i keep waiting
for someone
to jump out with a hidden camera

science cannot be refuted
just because some online ~picture~
caught your eye
when dubiously analyzed
by crazed youtubers

auto-played from your suggestions
generated by your searches
from the time a plane flew by
and left a trail you deemed suspicious

several hours of heavy-lidded thinking
found you fast ascribing
things inconsequential
to a mass conspiracy presiding
thereby taking your attention
off of matters not imagined
validating fears
that critical thought has since been supplanted

it’s all so demoralizing
i don’t quite know what to do
who in the flying fuck believes
the stupid shit they see on youtube

then resolves to disavow
accepted scientific knowledge
thinking themselves ~well informed~
such ignorance elicits vomit

i can hardly bear the smug expression
nor the pompous manner
when these freaks regale me with their idle incoherent blather

dude, crepuscular rays do not radiate
based upon distance
it’s a matter of perspective
and the concept of divergence

indeed, it’s quite obvious
your “dissidence” is ~heaven sent~
forget that flat earth
first was pandered
by religious government

from my observations
the conspiracies and paranoia
are a culture born of drug use
and subsequent hyponoia

idle hands and online access
ignorance and primal fear
coalesce to deviate the mind
beyond hope for repair

too much Coast to Coast AM
all night while driving eighteen-wheelers
in the middle of nowhere
no wonder y’all think this shit’s real

yes, i may be generalizing
but my point should be apparent
it requires some major shit
to beget notions this aberrant

i’m no scientist
as you can clearly see
i’m just a doofus
but it doesn’t take a Ph.d
to know what simple truth is

[image credit: Louis Wain]

Maiden Song

my consciousness unraveled
under gravity’s conundrum

ivory wands
of autumn blossoms brooding

effused the words
that toppled my world

upon my heart transparent

as i heard them ring
in cherried kisses
of wistful chime

to shore upon a disparate ponder

once again

the abandoned aril’s precious plight

such beauty nonpareil
begs bittersweet

blusters beckoning
the mem’ries blurred

when i wandered
in my shadow’s doubt
through balsam hills
of rolling ochre

determined to seize the vanishing flare
of dusk abrade

before its veiled taunting
from round the vitrified bend

in crept clusters of celeste

it was there that my perils would come to rest
nestled amid swaying tresses

swelling into lustrous clouds

where i clutched the wrath of heaven’s bane

daring its pallid complexion

pittanced by modest compare

the well of woes
in witless poise
composing wisps
to cast asunder

gave sopor pause

to reap the sorrows
lost in rapturous contempt

sown of captured sins
from promises once sworn
athwart of breast

folding into blessed ruin
to pique the peering skies of scorn