Familiar chains

What gets me
Is what makes human beings think
No ups and downs is optimal
The one thing you can know
About a constant
Is that ît is either
Completely true or completely
Fake

A lie warping conditions
False
And so there is the role
The projected outcome
And projected state
Unpredictability forever your enemy
I get that

But be sure that it is my decision
And I will take a time
To not react….. And that is seen as bad, too
The eyebrows have to be painted on just so.. Continue reading

for the thick of it

people don’t like it when you have a decided intelligence
and don’t use that intelligence to make money

and also there is the notion that you are either aiming
for money or fame

but what if it’s neither?
then intelligence is an abomination
a waste of talent on someone who
is not prepared to use it

the one thing i would like to point out
is that i use mine to take notes
not sure where they will go or if
and i picture myself to eventually be
like a jellyfish
thrown up on the shore and twitch
-ing

the spasm of a life that is futile and
merely doomed by it’s own desperation
fog is only fog if it’s thick
and directions are the spirit of God?
i sure hope so … because you have no idea
where i would be if i had never
listened to the calm
if i had never pulled back and
shook hands with despair

it is enough
you and i know it is
there is no place for me, wearing a medal…
but i will say look

… and change the world forever.
not out of spite
but to smile at least
once

WP_20141110_13_25_17_Pro

Mask

picture of an old lady, they
indulge your crazy
are just glad you’re not completely insane
picture of young woman and baby comes
in handy if you want to deflect trolls;
no one looks good attacking the tender mom
picture of a man you get ads
for viagra and hit on by women
from Bangladesh
picture of a cat or dog
they expect you to be dumb
flowers means you are sentimental
picture of anything else means you’re
hiding
group picture having fun is
for the person who is insecure
a picture in your home means you’re lonely
eating means there is no one in life
but you
a full body picture shows a lack
of dedication
having a picture up way too close means
you have many girlfriends or
boyfriends
anything vulgar usually coincides with stupid
there is an entire psychology to
profile pictures and not just
what they say
but what others will assume
like for men they will expect anger
but for women that means you lost it….
black people are seen as a statistic
and the elderly are seen as NEVER
tech-savy
i once put up a goldfish in a bowl
with a shark-fin
felt that was me to a T
but no assumptions were made for me to twist
and the avatar changes or does not

avatar-splash

do animals have souls?

only good can happen through respect for others and the world around you. when we start drawing lines, then that is usually to support a non-respect or disrespectful action. there is the larger question of using animals as a food-source. but then it goes down to wondering if carrots have feelings, too. and we are back at square one. in n. korea, a man became so hungry that he dug up the bodies of children and ate them. so the government put him in front of a firing squad and shot him dead. but it is the actions of that government that left him and many others, hungry in the first place. yet it is the actions of OUR nation by imposing sanctions, that also contributed to that nation’s hunger. to that man’s hunger. we are fed and have pets that we also feed. we have animals that are used for food. my grandmother gave the explanation that those animals are raised for that purpose, and that is the difference. we could just as easily raise other humans for food, and say the same thing.

so how do we reconcile NOT having differences? is there a difference between man and animal? is that difference the “soul.” so instead of drawing the lines, we cross the lines….saying yea, dogs and cats — and other pets — have ‘souls.’ does that jeopardize our way of life? yes. but can we have a respect for all other life and ourselves? yes. is saying we don’t eat animals but we can eat plants …is that just drawing another line? yes. and so we have guilt that comes to play within the aspects of survival of the self. man is able to feel guilty, guilt–shame, and regret. we see how one thing effects another, and within that, find responsibility.

when advocates push to ban third world countries from eating dogs, do they have a right to do that? when they themselves experience bounty and so dogs become part of the human-family and seen to have “souls.” do they have a right to categorize eating dogs as wrong simply because they themselves are better-fed?

should we then have guilt for nothing eaten? where does integrity come into play. power and guilt. illusions of freedom and illusions of choice. animals having or not having souls, is the historical brace that promotes human culture itself. that brace has been eroded away in large part by animated film that shows the non-reality of “what if animals could speak?” so that seed planted hundred years or so ago is coming to fruition. can we have our cake and eat it, too?

if animals are not “special”….what is it that makes man special? traditionally all that guilt was lumped under man having a soul. all those differences were drawn within a “them” and “us.” and within that we wove the ability for man to also go to hell. IF we abandon all these historical understandings, how will we ever be able to eat anything ever again? what is the symbolism of SHARED food…is it sharing the guilt? collective guilt and collective harvest. a hatred of hunger itself. a hatred of the body that is a PART of its environment, not just set down inside of it.

we collectively have agreed that pets are part of the family and so then are creatures with soul. but we can’t decide that without in some part, deciding that all creatures have soul. the spark of life. not what makes them different than man, but what makes them similar. so belief in those separations, (that only man has a soul) –it is the belief that has a big role to play here.

what should we do? a free-range chicken is just as dead on your plate as a caged one. hate to break that news to you. if are going to separate things and draw lines in that fashion, then should only be eating animals after they die a natural death. that would be the more logical step. so sorting through all the new lines once a line is crossed, is very difficult. it not only leaves US confused, it leaves the generations to follow in an even worse state of confusion. mommy, is old yeller going to heaven?

well maybe yes and maybe no. but if i don’t see him in hell, his chances are looking pretty good.

what should we believe? in this season where thanksgiving will be here soon, and we celebrate being thankful by eating great amounts in a tradition of joy over having. i would suggest that it’s not about being thankful for what you “have.” after all, none of us are taking it with us. being thankful is a way of life, and if only a soul can be thankful…..then maybe we are going to need to extend the definition of soul to include animals. because they are thankful for comfort just like us.

and in the end it’s not how much you endure. it’s not the decisions we make or the paths gleefully widened. is it about the pursuit of happiness? maybe the pursuit of honor. it’s about finding the soul within yourself, and sharing that as much as possible. it’s about understanding that life is infused with guilt. but we don’t have to take that guilt with us.

no, i don’t believe animals have souls. i believe we give them soul and are mesmerized by our own reflections. but “having” a soul doesn’t make man necessarily better. it just means there is an accountability to power. whether we live or die, or die to live forever….is about watching another person sleep, and in your heart saying “amen.” because good enough, is good enough.

some day i will have a better answer. but for now, maybe would say that a soul might not be the part of us that goes on. it may well be the part that stays behind.

WP_20141116_16_18_23_Pro

the dawning of the age of incompetence

effected by incompetence
how do so many people know so little?
yes i’m trying to set up Windows 10
it wasn’t me
i know how to bow out
when can’t do my best
maybe we should be an unmoving state
humans tested and in jobs they CAN do
not in positions they dream of being
it feels like this huge weight
supporting needs for unassuaged egos
the child that has to help mom in the kitchen
so mom has twice the clean up at the end of the day
and dinner was greeted with gentle smiles
fake as fake can be
can’t discourage a contributive factor
but why not? was not always this way
moms used to send the children packing
get out of my hair!
but now all the world is staring at their meal
incompetence
the result of coddled dreams
see i find it a bitter reality
because acceptance requires only a sigh
how do we reconcile structure?
we call them systems
the system must change
but maybe it’s us
maybe people need to change
because skill in the end
is all man has
has for his own
that singular trophy of ability
i was planning to order my world today
to find paths where stasis involves complacency and reactive result
coffee is still warm and fading smiles are heavy to breathe

 

WP_20141110_13_10_56_Pro

in case you thought this poem doesn’t rhyme:

effected by incompe
tence how do so many people know so little? yes
i’m trying to set
up Windows 10 it wasn’t me
i know how
to bow
out when can’t do my best
maybe we
should be
an unmoving state
humans test
ed and in jobs they
CAN do not in positions they dream
of being
it feels
like this huge weight
supporting needs for unassuaged
egos the child that has
to help mom in the kitchen so mom has
twice
the clean up at the end of the day
and dinner was greeted with gentle smiles
fake
as fake can be
can’t discourage a contributive fac
tor but why not? was not always this way
moms used to send the children pack
ing
get out of my hair!
but now all the world is star
ing at their meal
incompetence
the result of coddled dreams
see i find it
a bitter reality
because acceptance requires only a sigh
how do we reconci
le structure? we call
them systems
the system
must change
but maybe it’s us maybe people need to change
because skill
in the end is all
man has
has
for his own that
singular trophy of ability i was plan
ning to order my world today
to find paths where sta
sis involves compla
cency and reactive result coffee
is still warm and fad
ing smiles are heavy to breathe