The River

Freedom can be found along the river.
I just need to follow the water north.
Across a certain line, they deliver
All who may be seeking who have come forth.
I know that my man will search for me there,
But it is my only form of guidance,
And it is within its rushing flow where
I can find a road map that gives a chance
To a diff’rent life than the one I live.
It is a life where I can have a voice,
And where all of the options that they give,
Allows me the right to make my own choice.
It is a journey that may take me years,
But it is worth facing all of those fears.

State of the Union

We stand at the edge of our precipice,
Shouting our concerns over the canyon.
We sit and wait for our message to kiss
Ears of those who stand on the other one,
But I do not think they are listening
Because they are over there making noise
About what they believe they are missing,
Claiming our ideology destroys.
If I could only get my voice louder
Maybe they would listen to sound reason,
But it looks to make their discourse prouder,
Speaking of what can only be treason.
I wish they would quit with all their yelling,
So they could hear what it is I’m telling.

The Work Pile

These are the things I cannot ignore,
And even though it is not every day,
There comes a time I have to close the door,
And battle against the on-coming fray.
It will allow me to, one day, emerge,
And give you all me remaining time.
It is not you I am trying to purge,
But rather this piling mountain I climb.
Some day, it will also happen to you,
And I will try not to create a fuss.
It is just something we all have to do.
Even though, we hope it may escape us.
Welcome to this modern society
Where valuable time is what we pay.

A Sheeple’s Rebuttal

Who is telling you that I am a sheep?
Do you listen to what he has to say?
Does his ideology start to seep
Into your “original” thought ev’ryday?
Can you tell me that your thoughts are your own
When you pick them up from memes on Facebook?
Or is your anger just an overblown
Reaction to catchy sounding hook?
Is it me or his short leash that you fear?
How often are the words of your master
The repeated ones I actually hear,
Claiming I’m the one that is the bastard?
You are far from the enlightened people,
Just because you repeat the word, sheeple.

Truth

How can you look at what is happening,
And then run to your alternative facts?
You need to wake up from your fake napping,
And look at the ways your argument cracks.
The heat is not going to disappear
Based on what you perceive, wish and hope.
There is a right group of people to hear,
You left behind to listen to a dope.
You may want to crawl out of that pocket,
And grow up to be the size of a man;
You will see the future and protect it;
Instead of grabbing what money you can.
Will you continue to live with your greed
While watching the land of the nation bleed?

Collecting Vinyl

Why do we no longer want to collect
When we can find it at our fingertips?
Does it allow a level of respect
When all we do is scroll through YouTube clips?
I prefer to listen to scratchy sound
As the needle slips into the small groove,
And the motor spins the record around,
Providing the room a moment to move.
Each song was designed to play to the next,
Building up this great epic event.
We follow along with liner note text
Until the forty-five minutes are spent.
This digital age is a bitter pill
For us who treasure our stack of vinyl.

Your Gordian Knot

I tried to untie your Gordian knot
That you have called your organization.
I found this activity I have sought
Was one of a futile desperation.
I have decided to leave it alone,
And move on to a new destination,
But you do not like the progress I’ve shown,
Wishing for its old manifestation.
So I am returning to you the mess
Knowing you comfort in its creation,
But as I leave, I would like to confess
It’s built from a lack of motivation.
Whenever you jump on the latest trends,
You will never tie up all the loose ends.

Understanding by Design

I will introduce you to the question,
But I don’t know if you’ll get the answer.
I’ve been searching over all creation,
And my quest will continue to endure
Until I understand the inquiry,
And generate an insightful response.
With frustration filled with too much fury,
My exploration does not hold a chance.
I just need to listen more to my heart
By looking for what I’m trying to find,
And I fins the best way for me to start,
Turning out the noise playing in my mind.
The method I present is what is best
As it’s not about teaching to the test.

Getting the Jab

Should I fear the future, its coming pain?
I know that it is unavoidable.
I must face the necessary refrain
If I wish to make my life bearable.
Are you willing to make the sacrifice
If it will grant you certain liberties?
A night time of discomfort is the price
To break apart the year’s eternal freeze.
This may not really sell you on this shot,
To do a deed that’s so amicable.
You will find that the horror that you fraught
Should not be deemed being so terrible.
You can think of it as your civic duty
To the American society.

The Last Hurrah!

Now that the end is almost upon us,
We will travel on the road one last time,
And though our work may put up quite the fuss,
I think they will survive losing the dime.
Though there is nothing left for us to see,
We will still go out to see an old sight
Because what is in this moment for me
Is to reminisce for a single night
About my life living in this city,
And how my return may never happen.
I don’t want to remember with pity,
And that’s why I am going out again.
I’ll have to say goodbye to all of ya,
And that’s why I’m taking this last hurrah!