Archive for the ‘patritoism’ Category


April 3, 2015

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”/

Haiku Journal Fire Island Day Seventeen

July 17, 2012

18. I woke late and tired/
Distracted I found routines/
Of soul distraction/

19. I avoided myself/
As I stumbled back to “life”/
I didn’t think much/

20. Facebook & Twitter/
NPR & other tasks/
Stole meditation/

21. Modern rituals/
Of social information/
Kill contemplation/

22. Time spent with myself/
Challenges my “public self”/
Here is where doubt lies/

23a. Thinking of myself/
As a soul that I control/
Shows me how I slack/

23b. Exposing myself/
Examining my routines/
Of selfish comfort/

25. I use rituals/
Regardless of how noble/
To limit myself/

26. I’m alive and free/
Capable of being great/
But that’s not easy/

27. To be truly free/
I must sacrifice comfort/
Of the familiar/

28. The freedom I “want:”/
Described by society/
Is base privilege/

29. The freedom I “need:”/
Spiritual transcendence/
Will cost me comfort/

30. Participation:/
It is easy to enjoy/
Cruel advantages/

31. Eschewing this place/
Of petty petty domination/
Challenges comfort/

32. I worked hard within/
This unfair human system/
To enjoy my place/

33. “Succeeding” suggests/
You must accept this system/
(That you know’s unfair)/

34. I’m doing better/
Because I’m lucky enough/
To exist right here/

35. Less fortunate/
Aren’t any less deserving/
Just more unlucky/

36. I want to transcend/
This venal system of mine/
& be happier/

37. The “revolution”/
I need to happen’s within/
Not political/

38. I’d be happier/
If I corrected myself/
& escaped habit/

39. I am the system/
I despise so thoroughly/
(Though it comforts me)/

40. I’ll work to improve/
Personal behaviors &/

Bloody Hand

January 21, 2012

Artsy Fartsy Signs/
Do nothing about speeding/
“Entitled” selfish cars/

Human “right-of-way”/
Has been discontinued as/
So inconvenient/

Expiration Dates

January 16, 2012

Everything has/
An expiration date in/

Heavy Metal

October 23, 2011


1. Imagination:/
The coarse sand in the gears of/

2. Manufacturing/
Is not creating new wealth/
It concentrates/

3. Manufacturing/
Does not create anything/
It distills our dreams/

4. The “trinkets of ease”/
Spill out of their factories/
To consume our lives/

Old Glory

September 5, 2011


Retirement plans/
For aging U.S. workers/
Under G.O.P./

(in)Security Camera

August 7, 2011

Goal of surveillance/
Security Camera/
We police ourselves/

self portrait with delivery scooter

November 7, 2008


Mixed Flavors

May 20, 2008

cluster field trip