Penned Resistance

Penned Resistance is poetic ink urging us to thInk about what is happening to us, to the U.S., to the world, and all that whirls around and inside us. To thInk as our true selves is to resist the forces that seek to occupy or control our thoughts . . . as an individual, a citizen, a man, a woman, a human, a Yeti.

Penned ink to thInk is a link to our primordial freedom ... our freedom to be who we truly are. Let it ring.

Gathering Above

Backpack on the hill…sides all around him
views the steep climbs down and up
through this life the hike continues
the vision here improves our insights
the walking stick figures that heard
his hymn

Sing in the wind tumbleweeds and we
relatives of the same scene
knowingly carry on the further see
gathering above this home

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A Son

Traveling south full of warmth this son
looking up to rise
coming down the I California five
hands on the wheel willing to work
waiting on tables cleaning and clearly
is seen by someone from Simi
who saw him and said the future’s ahead

became friends searching acting dreaming
winding if rising like a spiral in flight
this might of your thoughts flies by why with such light
delights on a limb
branching on in the fellow hymns

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Soles for the New Globalism

When you take off your virtual reality
and look through your reality
then take a deeper step back you’re looking through your
when you get beyond your me the soul views
begin to see the eyes read virtually with the I
traveling through what we see in the vehicle me
me me me waves become feet on the sole of a ship on this sea
helmsman tell me beyond the you is there an…other

Speaking of overseas that’s where Cortez came to see
Aztec humanity as his gold and his role to enslave
with metal chest and shiny sword he was sworn
to the god he knew the crown and cross
the gold that rules in measurements of race and hate
the native fate pre-contemplated in faith
to dominance and dominion over thee Golden Rule
to the victor goes the spoils now oils the machinery of we
no goddess’s fait accompli

brings us to the sole of the other Nike…
another Cortez without a soul in steps that run and jump and play
but land in a shallow end
a shoe so named because a competitor had an “Azteca Gold”
so co-owner chose Cortez for he had, “Kicked the shit out of the Aztecs”

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An Arrangement

He took up the guitar to be around his violin
the strings of things that tie
he improved and he could sing and they began to play
a couple and then a bass
a trio then a band and a violin that couldn’t sing
so another bow figured in then a mandolin
drums a banjo and so it goes
then some bars then some clubs

and what began as a couple became a group
and the first violin took a seat
at rehearsals loosening the tie was the wait
the listening turned to thinking what had begun
to bring the fingers closer to the rings on their hands
in bands of peace and love

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The Kingdom Comes, ….. Oh God

The country of we, … are to believe
the U.S. of Hemispherical Supremacy
the White House of Mar-a-Lago reflects on the poor
of Venezuela
is a la la lullaby that rests
assured of amnesia in America

Dictatorships are dictated by U.S. to us
you can be the Shah of Iran a Somoza a Pinochet
as long as you say U.S.A. U.S.A.
and train your troops at the School of the Americas
with thus we trust you’ll send your precious resources North
colossus in collision with platitudes
of democracy for an oligarchy of our national interests
bananas oil coltan what have you
the continuing main course in the neo or re
enforcement of the Monroe Doctrine a Manifest Destiny feast

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