Born free?

Born free 

Yet ever in chains

The more I struggle 

The tighter the reins

Indoctrination 

To control my brains 

Give me poison 

To corrupt my veins 

When I work 

Taxes steal the gains 

And when I die

They’ll just burn the remains

Slave

How heavy is that gold?

That hangs around your neck.

Was it your soul you sold? 

Were you paid in a check? 

What do you pay for friends?

How popular are they? 

Means justified by ends.

They always get their way.

Love is bought and paid for.

How much do you require? 

For attention you whore.

Your conscience is for hire.

You sought fame and fortune. 

Swallowed the things you crave. 

But it’s all a burden.

You’re nothing but a slave.

Sonnet for my Daughter

In a time of so much trouble and fear

Filled with angry shouts and constant curses 

Disease and war threaten the end is near

And we’re all against such evil forces

You shine so brightly and give me much hope

Blooming in winter to bring the world cheer

A glowing light in dark to help me cope

Filled with warmth and love and everything dear

Call loudly from the mountain too you climbed

Unfurl your flag, may it be seen by all

Onto this epic adventure you’ve signed

You’ve heard glory’s song and answered it’s call

Watching you go, heart could not be prouder

Who you are and who you’ll be, my daughter

What is it good for?

War! 

What is it good for…

…for making politicians more money.

War! 

What is it good for…

…for campaigning in the next election.

War! 

What is it good for…

…for justifying more weapons spending.

War! 

What is it good for…

…for coaxing us into watching TV.

War! 

What is it good for…

…for putting more people in poverty. 

War! 

What is it good for…

…for censoring any critical voice. 

War! 

What is it good for…

…for ignoring covid vaccine reports. 

War! 

What is it good for…

…for pretending we care about freedom.

War! 

What is it good for…

…for distracting us from rising prices.

War! 

What is it good for…

…for helping the US grow the empire.

Ethan’s Birthday Poem

Happy birthday! 

Let’s celebrate! 

Let’s have a party

And eat up hearty 

Friends over to play 

To enjoy the day 

Laughs shared together 

Times we remember 

And of course some gifts

Selected from lists 

But none of that shows 

What all of us knows

That you’re meant to be 

In this family 

Our funny brother 

We’re all together 

So keep having fun 

My smart, loving, son

Olivia’s Birthday Poem

Your mark! 

Get set! 

Go!!! 

Go get all your dreams! 

Though just in your teens. 

A leader on teams.

Your mark! 

Get set! 

Go!!! 

Go be who you’ll be! 

A ship on the seas. 

Soaring on the breeze. 

Your mark! 

Get set! 

Go!!! 

Go take up the fight! 

Deep into the night.

Take what’s yours by right.

Your mark! 

Get set! 

Go!!! 

Go be a princess! 

Her royal highness.

In a stunning dress. 

Your mark! 

Get set! 

Go!!! 

Go show the haters! 

The ugly traitors

That you are greater.

Your mark! 

Get set! 

Go!!! 

Go and be yourself! 

That is just enough. 

Enough for my love. 

Your mark! 

Get set! 

Go!!!