Saturday, July 23, 2016

Grampa Chic

Grampa Chic



Recently, the crisis of middle age was made real:
I’ve moved from DILF to GILF,
Though neither, really, from a technical stance.

If that girl at that age had a son, at that age,
Who had a kid now, it could be
That I’d be grandfather, not just daddy.

When I first met my grampa, he was this age,
Give or take, or just shortly past,
Strong and sturdy and assured: providing.

Hard working, still, a builder and war hero,
He saved America and the world,
Then he saved pennies like they were gold.

And heir am I to this splendid specimen, 
And not even worthy of his shadow,
Yet pretending I’m striving: masquerading.

I clothe myself in his attire, expecting osmosis
Through mid-life designer impostering:
Style he wore without meaning to.

Pit-stained Vee neck tees:
Fruit of the Loom  to Polo.
Silver-ish engraved dog tags:
Navy issue to Tiffany.
Elastic cotton waistbands:
Homemade to LaCoste.
Classic Mickey watch:
Timex to Apple.
Handkerchiefs:
Paisley to pocket squares.

If there’s an end in sight, or beyond, I see it.
Just beyond the hard work of life,
Where sacrifice meets “just enough.”

Now excess tempers invincibility with the 
Inevitability of humanity. Charged with
Giving more than taking: with legacy.

The joy now is in the fresh wide-eyes 
Of the uncynical and unburnished souls
From the next generation as they move:

Through life’s challenges,
The gauntlet we leave them,
Through life’s victories,
The charters we leave them,
Through loves and heartbreaks,
The bliss and lies we leave them,
Through deficits and excesses,
The institutions we leave them,
Through life’s ILFnesses
        DILF to GILF and beyond.





Thursday, July 21, 2016

Requiem for the Party

Requiem for the Party


There was that time
In 2016, when, at last 
I was eligible—twice now—
to run for the 
Presidency, as per Article II,
When I, for the second time, 
Did not seek my party’s 
Nomination, when I lost
My bloodline.
Our veins collapsed.

There was that time, 
In 2016 when, at last,
An imposter claimed
That nomination 
Instead—surely and 
Ridiculously—embarrassingly,
When the one badge
I’ve worn my whole conscious
Life was shed.
Our dreams collapsed.

There was that time 
In 2016, when, at last
The party left me, 
With nothing like a
Lipstick letter on the mirror,
No chance for make-up 
Sex sorries or pleadings.
I stayed to the bitterest: 
Last to leave.
Our love collapsed.

From Lincoln
From Roosevelt, the first,
From Eisenhower,
From Reagan, from Bush, 
From standard bearers,
From Forebears, 
Defenders of America,
Protectors of  liberty. To
Lunacy.
Our history collapsed.

There was that time
In 2016, when, at last
I was stripped bare,
The single badge I’ve always
Known, ripped from my 
Heaving chest, doused
In tears and bloodstained.
All Grand gone, passed friend:
Old Party.
Our hope collapsed.


Friday, July 8, 2016

I’ll Second That or Whatever They Mean by “That”

I’ll Second That or Whatever They Mean by “That”



A
One of many, possibly, 
Though not certainly primary.

Well
Where we go for buckets of
Saturation; Nicely; Good.

Regulated
Controlled; Orderly; 
Commanded.  

Militia
Protector of peers;
Organizable into army; 
Local fighters at the ready; 
Minutemen.

Being
Existing; Requisitely; Is. 

Necessary
Not optional; Without 
Which, a void exists.

To 
Not from; For; 
Emanating from a subject.

The
Singularly and
Resolutely.

Security
Safety; Insurance; 
A return-on-investment 
Guaranteed by a promising future.

Of
Embodied within; 
A constituent part.

A
Applying to any and all; 
Not distinct but universal.

Free 
Unencumbered; 
Without cost; Unchained; 
Un-surveiled.

State
Declare; Sovereign and
Bordered; Institutionalized
Neighborliness.

The 
Singularly and resolutely.

Right 
Not Left; Unregulated ability; Innate, implicit and explicit freedom to.

Of
Embodied within; 
A constituent part.

The 
Singularly and 
Resolutely.

People
A politick; 
Human beings; 
All human beings; 
Every single 
Fucking 
Human being.

To
Not from; For; 
Emanating from a subject.

Keep
Maintain ownership of; 
Protect from confiscation; 
Continue [on].

And
Additionally; Not only; Not or; 
A conjunctive relationship.

Bear
Display; Own; Carry; 
Be burdened by; Show; 
A ferocious animal, cuddly 
And sweet when young.

Arms
Connect shoulders to hands; 
Guns; Bazookas; Greek fire; 
Nuclear bombs; 
Munitions used by militia; 
Munitions used by enemies 
Of people protected by militia.

Shall
Emphatically will; An order; 
Modern version of God’s “shalts”.

Not
Negating; 
Exclusive.

Be
Exist; Requisite; 
Is; Am.

Infringed
Violated; Usurped; Reduced; 
Made less whole;
With respect to the fancy border
around a piece of fabric 
(or around a neighborhood, 
or around a nation).