Mindfulness Exercise

The next time you are at table, 
And someone mentions mindfulness, 
Start talking about masturbation. 
Point out the similarities  
Between the two undertakings. 
Both are done when you’re alone, or, 
Somewhat paradoxically,  
They can be group activities.  
You can lend a hand by leading  
Mutual meditation sessions, 
A shared psychic circle jerk off. 
On occasion either action  
May be seen in a public park. 
Both are equally suitable  
Topics for dinner conversation.  
 
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The Writing Is No Longer on the Wall

For months I have walked by here admiring
The bright pink heart with a halo? Bull’s horns?
A mix of Keith Haring and the Sacred
Bleeding Heart of Jesus like poetry
By Federico Garcia Lorca,
Those artists whose hearts were in the right place,
Written on the walls, scrawled for all to see,
Then hidden in a grave dark or unmarked.
But your writing’s no longer on the wall,
The passion-sprayed pink now painted over,
An invitation to new transgressions,
An absent reminder of those beauties
Doomed to exist for the briefest of stays
Because landlords prefer monotone grey.

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In the Japanese Garden

Red on red on red
The red crabapple blossoms
Cover the courtyard
In the Japanese Garden
Rare respect for the fallen

White on black on white
The white crabapple blossoms
Float on dark waters
White letters on a black sheet
Writing this poem in reverse

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They don’t bloom for you and me

Sometime in the night
The apples and magnolias
Decided to bloom
And so now they are waiting
For the bees bats and beetles

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Moon Magnolia Morning

 

The moon’s a bone cloud
In a cloudless morning sky
Chill air—branches bare
Magnolia buds opening
Only they know it is spring

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Fuck First

Love starts with a fuck
Either real or imagined
Eros or zero
Chance–and more often than not
A fuck’s just a fuck–oh well

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President Erdogan Insulting Poetry Competition

There once was a Turk Recep Tayyip,
Whose bunghole would take only the tip,
Butt-plugged President,
On the mat getting bent,
Relax your ass and your censorship.

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Depth charge: This is a version of my entry in The Spectator’s “President Erdogan Insulting Poetry Competition. “

The editor says entries that should be filthy and defamatory, and he has expressed a preference for the Limerick form.  Submit your entries by email to theeditor@spectator.co.uk with a subject line of “President Erdogan Insulting Poetry Competition” before June 23. There is a £1000 prize.

The newspaper launched the contest in response to the German government’s decision to criminally prosecute a German comedian, Jan Böhmermann, for a tv appearance in which he read a poem satirizing Turkey’s dictatorial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  You heard that right!  The German government is censoring and prosecuting a German comedian for satirizing a foreign tyrant who has persecuted journalists and undermined Turkey’s secular state, all the while building himself a palace to live in.

 

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The Simple Trick

Learn the simple trick
Of always being amused
By stupidity
And you will be guaranteed
Laughter right up to the grave

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For the daily dead who rise

A flurry of snow
Sparkles under the streetlights
It will leave no trace
For the daily dead who rise
Only with the sun to see

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