En the aftermath, Ashes remain Alongside numbness And the lack of will 2 do what is right, decent, and just As does a forge of queries When the beast rears its head Are we too far gone 4 Mercy 2 find us? Are we too far gone 4 Grace 2 guide us? Are we too […]

A Herder’s Wish 4 20Seventeen

The tiniest girl w/ The tiniest freckles and The tiniest palms en The tiniest garten embraces The tiniest flower Whose petals emit the Light of A billion shores w/en A billion worlds w/en A billion stars w/en A billion galaxies .   .   .   or more © The Herder 20Seventeen  

BuddhaPrayer Nr.2

Awakened One Perfect One Radiant One We are all doing what we think we ought 2 and We are all losing ground (losing faith) Tho’ we hold the mala Tho’ we recite the hallowed refrains Until their syllables, en our throats, quake [Aside.] Whatever it takes, mama / Whatever it takes 4 Nag 2 enflate […]

New Atlantis / Darkness

New Atlantis En this Age of Degeneration En this Age of Iron New Atlantis burns And its citizenry is under siege By vandals who have sworn 2 their liege, Stables and ramparts Of stained glass and carbon steel shall fall! New Atlantis burns And its barrister kings, Content w/ excessive posturing Content w/ feeding souls […]

Mater (Refitted 4 Twenty-Sixteen)

Most confident – Eye set sail bravely upon cosmic oceans, Splash mud puddles, & conquer distant starry skies My world (the world shining brightly at her feet) is a world of untold possibilities A world populated w/ painted ponies & bowls of porridge A world brimming w/ ballrooms, beanstalks, & gingerbread men Eye am innocence, […]

Little Anna

All ponytail, poodle skirt, bobby socks, and saddle shoes, Little Anna (school books tucked under her right arm) Ignores the school bell’s third and final toll [Aside.] To hell with punctuality! Sheepishly, she approaches a herder boy And he, quite smitten with the dark look of her eyes, Lends her his ear Do whatever it […]

The Ballad of Tyshawn Lee

Little boy Dead & gone Tyshawn Lee The chi-streets of Chi-town Do not burn 4 thee (& they nev’r will) 4 Black boys like you Tyshawn Lee Black boys Who are born w/ a tin-plated spoon En the wrong city En the wrong skin Black boys Who are taught how 2 hustle & lie low […]