Archive for the ‘consumerism’ Category


January 4, 2014

Green Uroboros/
The endless cycle of years/
Consuming itself/

Season’s Leavings

January 8, 2013

The season’s dying/
Falling apart like garbage/
After the excess/

Happy New Year

January 1, 2013

Our celebrations/
Distract us from improvement:/
Be mindful this year!/
#haiku #happynewyear #2013

“Lack’s” Semiotics

August 14, 2012

3. Family gives shape/
To the person I’ve become/
I’m lost without them/

4. Being a father/
With all of the paternal/
Demands makes me me/

5. Without my fam’ly/
I loose the shape of each day/
I’m drowning in time/

6. When we reunite/
I will remember this lack/
That I feel alone/

17. My children’s freedom/
Is often squandered on acts/
That are below them/

7. Pangs* created us/
So that we could convey joy/
We are “yin & yang”/
#haiku *pains: birthpains

8. Disobedience/
Requires some expectations/
& obligation/

9. Expectations are/
Parents giving children room/
To become adults/

10. The obligations/
We feel towards other people/
Are how this world works/

11. My disappointment/
At my child’s misbehavior:/
Worry & ego/

12. I worry because/
I love my family so/
& want them unharmed/

13. It is Ego too/
When I want obedience:/
Reflecting me back/

13b. Obedience is/
As good as what you obey/
Obey your conscience/

13c. Freedom is virtue/
Obedience is measured/
Categories kill/

14. Punishment teaches/
The consequences of might/
(Sometimes for reasons)/

15. Endless liberty/
Is not the nature of life:/
Obligations too/

16. “Freedom” needs the free/
Who often misbehave themselves/
People aren’t robots/

18. Folksy punishments/
Involving self selection/
Require cruelty/

19. The desired effect/
Is rarely beneficial/
When anger is king/

20. Worry for Children/
Compassion’s trajectory/
Crashes anywhere/

Random Litter

August 10, 2012


49. The posh don’t matter/
Except to the enforcers/
Of status matters/

1a. Faith accumulates/
Like the snow on a park bench/
Silently and cold/

1b. Faith accumulates/
Like children in a playground/
Joyfully and loud/

1c. Faith accumulates/
When the faithful sit calmly/
Expecting nothing/

1d. Faith accumulates/
When the faithful sit calmly/
Expecting something/

2. Enjoying this day/
Requires acceptance of facts/

Fire Island Day Twenty~Nine

July 29, 2012

20. Choppy waves below/
Lap insistently under/
Low grey clouds above/

21. Cold grey sunrise starts/
Another moist paradise/
For our enjoyment/

22. Not appropriate/
For vacation photographs/
But still important/

23. Vacation includes/
Cold that dare not speak its name/
Which I must love too/

24. Life is not constant/
Comfort or pleasure for us*/
Savor discomfort/
#haiku *Man

25. Discomfort gives us/
Awareness of simple life/
Which is all we have/

26. Constant comfort numbs/
Living beings into “selfs:”/

27. Individuals:/
People disconnected from/
The flow of living/

28. Constant convenience:/
Frictionless living’s unreal*/
Burden still exists/
#haiku *unfair

29. In this universe/
Everything must be done/
By someone someplace/

30. The fan that cools you/
Made in a hot factory/
By someone who’s hot/

31. Convenience is made/
Available to people/
By someone’s labor/

32. Remember to show/
Simplicity’s Gratitude/
When life is easy/

33. Enjoy life’s friction/
It is the only measure/
Of reality/

34. Cold fingers can hold/
More human reality/
Because of their will/

35. Grab life with fingers/
Cold and raw with submission/
To human kindness/

Fire Island Day 24

July 24, 2012

7. This world is perfect/
Every possible way/
Accept joy & pain/

8. Lament attachment/
It is Ego’s foundation/
Where desire is formed/

9. Easy to love life/
While I am on vacation/
I love my work, too/

10. Try to find meaning/
In the pointless minutiae/
That makes up our lives/

11a. Pointless minutiae:/
Human Existence/

11b. Pointless minutiae:/
Of our Existence/

12. Human Existence/
Justifies its own meaning/
In each of our hearts/

13a. We know we matter/
Despite what the world tells us/
Each* life is precious/
#haiku *my

13b. We know we matter/
Contradicting capital/
Each* life is precious/
#haiku *my

Fire Island Day 23

July 23, 2012


49. Low tide exposes/
Edges of the Earth Un-used/
‘Cept on occasion/

50. The water recedes/
Exposing the underused/
Liminal spaces/

51. Land we share with sea/
Under appreciated/
Is under-valued/

52. The fecund ocean/
Garlands ev’rything with slime/
To mark her borders/

53. The sandy beaches/
Ever changing before surf/
Avoid the sliming/


54a. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness before G_d/
Land not exploited/

54b. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
Land not exploited/

54c. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
We can’t stop the tide/

A Trick of Perception

July 22, 2012

34. Blithely we accept/
Our unfair advantages/
‘Cause others have more/

35. We all need the plans/
Though we resent the planners/
Unwilling to change/

36. Organization:/
The necessary evil/
That civilizes/

37. Habit and culture/
Organizes most people/
Without their knowing/

38. Refusing the plans/
Cultural standards provide/
Means courting stigma/

33. “Tawdry” perfect word:/
Contrasting a “checkered past”/
With enlightened “now”/

Ugly Beauty (Fire Island Day Twenty)

July 20, 2012

16. Rainy morning starts/
Awareness of nature for/
The introspective/

17. The messy weather/
Reminds us most days are fine/
Appreciate those/

18. Weather is perfect/
For the planet it is for/
People want too much/

19. Interpret nature/
As you might some scripture:/
Find your own meaning/

20. Vacation Rain/
Means I must explore inside/
My Mental landscape/

21. My introspection/
Illuminates so much more/
Than the physical/

22. The material/
Is comfortingly shallow:/
Now explore beneath/

23. Create personal/
Scriptural meaning for life:/
Interpret meaning/

24. Iconography/
Making personal meanings/
From the natural/

25. Don’t rely upon/
Prefabricated visions/
To create meaning/

26. Make your own meaning/
Like a bird builds a nice nest/
From broken branches/