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Friday, October 26, 2012

Too Modern To Pray [Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 26, 2012]

Too Modern To Pray [Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 26, 2012]

I take a leap of science,
and if I study God,
it's not for the setup,
it's the punchline.

“Hurricane Sandy, a late-season Atlantic cyclone that threatens to be one of the worst storms to hit the Northeast in decades, slogged slowly northward on Friday after killing at least 41 people in the Caribbean.”
—Tom Brown, Reuters, MIAMI | Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:54pm EDT
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/26/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121026

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Life's Velocity [Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 19, 2012]

Life's Velocity [Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 19, 2012]

As the cat beside the radiator
I'm the closest to division.
I've velocity. I'm equal
To my coffin, car, whatever it is.
Out the window on the shoulder
Of the freeway lies a garbage bag or
Is it buck and is he sleeping
In the burger wrapper burial grounds?
Those guts—raccoon as pinata.
Canine my former enemy lies,
Plays disassembled and dead now.
Hell, I can't judge, I'm desiccated.
Dried and preserved, I'm the kitty
Essence that napped and drowned in the smoke.
Once it was warm. I unfolded
Under the shade, awaking to fog.
The clouds descend upon us
Whilst we dream of ourselves
In youth, beneath the endless.
Even now I am there.

“Barely a year after Steve Jobs passed away, a psychic is claiming that she’s in contact with the co-founder of Apple, and that all is apparently not rosy.”
Glen Levy | @glenjl | Time Magazine, October 18, 2012

 
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Maneki Neko [Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 12, 2012]

Maneki Neko [Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 12, 2012]

I ate a chicken strangled at nine
twenty five an hour. If I can't
remember my lunch, it's because cat
videos are so funny. That's how I
spend it: watching cats just like us.
A cat's claws and fangs look like my boss's
painted nails when she crosses her
legs to eat salad, but before she
picks up the phone to end her break.

“A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the debate showed that 42 percent of registered voters felt Biden had won, versus 35 percent who picked Ryan. Twenty-three percent said they did not know who had come out ahead.”
—Patricia Zengerle, Reuters, WASHINGTON | Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:07pm EDT



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Friday, October 05, 2012

Reincarnation of an Uncle Sam [This Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 5, 2012]

Reincarnation of an Uncle Sam [This Week's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, October 5, 2012]

Step inside the showroom of the Republic.
First, address your faith, or lack thereof.
Every flavor of God's for sale; try a domestic brand.

Nobody should leave godless, but we all can err.
Leaven your mood: consult with our experts.
Contemplate your life while we minister to your pain.

Uncle Sam's carnival, garish, executive polish.
“Am I a pimp? You know I am a religious man.”
“That's not a denial Sam.”

Awareness of persuasion increases our resistance.
When we're offered what we want, we cooperate.
I have everything and what I allow is outrageous.

Do you want to live forever?
I have doctors who can help with that.
Do you want to love forever? Same.

My stars and stripes aggress your eyes,
My costume is my work; I change minds
With physique, reason, interruption and other means of persuasion.

There are gestures that suppress free minds,
Forms of dominant eye contact;
Saying nothing well, and with a smile
is the
Uncle Sam everybody loves,
and fears—better fear
than love.

“President Barack Obama's lead over challenger Mitt Romney has narrowed to just two percentage points since the Republican's strong performance in their first debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.”
—Patricia Zengerle, WASHINGTON | Fri Oct 5, 2012 3:28pm EDT






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