Once upon a time, contemporary
education seemed certain, illusorily  
promising a future which seemed to assure
particular hopes of common interests, in
addition to our individual requirements

Workplace talk, the kind we overlooked
to get a job, to keep a job—those danger signs  
we learned to absorb, to ascribe the root
to our own fault, to absolve under duress

Presaged today’s immoral politics
which play against humanity

That ‘modern-day’ teaching no longer exists  
except on a side to pick, which further
isolates what people may be at
some time in their existence.

Poems & Poetic Prose


“Talking politics at work – why it’s a bad idea and how to prevent it”
“GOP platform through the years shows party’s shift from moderate to conservative”
I know what woodbine is, thank you very much.

A Light of Some Kind
Artwork by Sam Heydt


Living Truth

That day
sitting in back
learning how it was that
fear, dominance, and indifference
often won’t see
a living truth

Existence on Earth
sliver of chance
on a globe
ripe with life, all kinds
feeding on availability

Time’s imaginings
intractable manners of being
horrors, distress
but so much happiness
blatant, like glad dogs—truths
waiting for their needful someone

Poems & Poetic Prose

Written in mind of the existence of humankind. Second draft.

Posted today for Isdal Woman Day, which is observed on November 29 of every calendar year. The Isdal Woman was last seen alive on November 23, 1970. Her body was discovered two days later, and her case reopened in 2016. Read more about this unsolved case and its larger objective.


Death in Ice Valley: More Clues

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Best-Laid Plans

Sometimes Need Change

catch inspiration and commence
efficiency of excitement
carries you through, around rough starts
it’s never much to begin with
makes you think it’ll be easy
while you go in with confidence
of your quick-thinking summations
under false impressions of ease  
until you realize that spark
was the start of a burning flame
resistant to offhand douses
meant no less than to entertain

Inspired form of “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, translated from Scots “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, / Gang aft agley,” from To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough by Robert Burns