Thursday, March 29, 2012
The dim spring morning comes
like caesar, here to make slaves
of the dainty flowers hanging from
trees, falling with the slightest nudge,
raining down from over head,
getting caught in this carpetbagging head of mine
confetti in my hair.
now, drowse is my creativity
crawling like a riverboat
captive like a boy in love
and, in love I am
with the sky and the trees and the grass
and her lovely feet making wake
of the green fields growing,
swaying like my countenance
as her fingers wander in and out
of the maze of curl and follicle,
confetti in my hair.
I lose myself in the second hand
of my grandfather's wristwatch
the one he took off of a dead Nazi
during the war
as his fight was survival
to one day kiss the mouth
of the nation that sent him
Now, mine is syntactic
its a struggle of lettering;
she and I and we and me
and I come out, ragged but true
buried in my blessing
confetti in my hair.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
The government is not best which secures mere life and property -- there is a more valuable thing -- manhood.
- Mark Twain's Notebook
That's the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care, individuals do.
-from A Tramp Abroad
...no country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.
- from The Gilded Age
The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivaly of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.
- from Official Physic
Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.
- from The Bible According to Mark Twain
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
- from his Autobiography
An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.
- from A Tramp Abroad
All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems -- problems that are quite above the average citizen's reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best.
- from Who Is Mark Twain?
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I used to be a prophet, but now I'm just a priest
fortune telling's painful, its responsibility
the bells are ringing steady, and they're sweeping out the streets
there are some men who've never lied, but darling it ain't me
they're counting all the ballots, on Boulevard and fifth
the vagabonds are walking by, there in the thick of it
and somewhere on a hill side, it's tea time for the queen
she's listening to fairy tales, and hoping to be seen
so, once the die is cast, we'll run into the past
and live the aftermath
a savior's what we need, so turn on the t.v.
find something to believe
sell me legislation
try to sell me wine
prodigals and pixels, it's what I left behind
so, here is a confession
one that you won't believe
Oh, I can't see the difference between anything you're selling me
let me stake my claim
on the details of my name
and we'll decide our fate
gonna watch it waste away
in a cluttered attic space
where I go to feel safe
oh, let's not ask the experts
for they enjoy the view
'cause changing wind would disrupt them, and they don' want to move
so, tell me that I'm Judas
or Edgar Allen Poe
and watch me as I'm drowning, it's okay I couldn't keep afloat
Now, who then can we blame
for the way destruction came
in the finger pointing game
but, I will stand up tall
and say that it's my fault
for buying in at all
oh, don't we need it, don't we need it
someone to tell us how to think
but i concede it's not for me it's
just my God and country,
America, you are, So beautiful thus far
I'll fight for all you are
but in the circus ring, I won't hear a thing
I'll hold the flag and sing