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Thursday, July 12, 2007


by Charles Frederickson

Haunted off-White House dispelling gee-wizardry
        Spooky diabolic spirits plaguing never-neverland
                Hairy plotter secret horror chamber
                        Wronged uncivil rights defying passage

Extraordinary privileged claims just-ice meltdown
        Warlocks’ brewed concoctions shackling freedoms
                Preferring fake-believe to wondrous true-lies
                        Unflinching faith in self-indulgent fantasies

Grasp what really is pragmatism
        Rather than persisting in delusion
                However satisfying and reassuring distinguishing
                        Easy speculation from hard fact

Fundamental insights delve within anima
        Challenging whatever is purportedly unchangeable
                Grateful for brief magnificent lifespan
                        Maximizing wisdom seeing the light

Prophetic skeptics fiendish wannabe deities
        Spinning rigged wheel of misfortune
                In Gold Wet Rust hypocrisy
                        Private hotline to God disconnected

Dr. Charles Frederickson is a Swedish-American-Thai pragmatic optimist, idealistic visionary and heretical believer who has wandered intrepidly through 206 countries, an original sketch and poem for each presented on This maverick e-gadfly is a member of World Poets Society, based in Greece, with 200+ poetry publication credits on 6 continents, such as: angelfire, Ascent Aspirations, Auckland Poetry, bc supernet, Blind Man’s Rainbow, Both Sides Now, Caveat Lector, Cordite Poetry Review, Dance to Death, Decanto, Eclipse, Flutter Magazine, Greatworks, Green Dove, Indite Circle, International Poet, Listen & Be Heard, Living Poets, Madpoetry, Melange, Newtopia, Planet Authority, Poetisphere, Poetry Canada, Poetry of Scotland, Poetry Stop, Poets for Peace, Poetry Superhighway, Pyramid, Sage of Consciousness, Stellar Showcase, Subtle Tea, Sz, The Smoking Poet, T-zero, Ya’Sou! Ygdrasil, Zafusy.