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Thursday, April 21, 2011


Poem by Charles Frederickson; Graphic by Saknarin Chinayote

Every morning Earth Day dawns
Celebrating shared commonplace caretaker responsibility
Belonging to nobody in particular
Private property ownership greed condemned

Good old bad old planet
Interred with hollow crossbones skullduggery
Cremation pyre glowing ember ashes
Piled stones pyramid shedding teardrops

Equatorial waistline bulge stuffed full
Last scarecrow straws poking through
Stalking stubble lumpy humanure turds
Don’t fall into compost heap

Going out involves coming within
Our own vulnerable nature exposed
Blessed depressed no less deserving
Of misbegotten loans interest withheld

Emptiness overflowing jagged edge void
As the world turns unhinged
Sun inexorably rises shines sets
Tomorrows fostering ordinary rainbow renewal

Loud silence overheard listen attentively
Wretched refuse unable to whisper
Eating everyday sameness each meal
Crusty loaves of half-baked nothingness

No Holds Bard Dr. Charles Frederickson & Saknarin Chinayote together comprise PoeArtry. Flutter Press has just published Charles’ new chapbook fanTHAIsies.