j’accuse

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you began with skype
nineteen hours a day off
blaming all others

xp went bye bye
each day he fades in and out
slowly til his death

orange box blank stare
without notifications
pretend protection

and kind man tells you
you will not want to hear this
yes things will get worse

scrolling disappeared
email, the market, pontiff
a thing of the past

my favorite flaw
a pyramid of vowels
all other words blank

optometrist please
call the xp doctor stat
support ran away

my least favorite
when TACP doesn’t
appear in reader

then how will we laugh
users of microsoft ask
please let there be light

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lizard loves elvis , i love yankees

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they aren’t bashful
so adorable when they speak
pop and fresh dough squeeze

hiring a third guy
they’re driving from nine to nine
doesn’t stop to look

what are stop signs for
he doesn’t show up three times
the first week for work

seventy years old
has to drive for twelve hours
but she enjoys work

last week a rain storm
waited forty five minutes
then began swimming

appearing he’d wrecked
in the grass at pool entrance
next to my condo

quiet new jersey
mother of three yelled at him
to “wake the _ _ _ _ up”

“and take us home”
you can pull out in front of cars
but you cannot sleep

and the line was drawn
thought they would let him do
whatever he wanted

my lizard is back
came out to hear “all shook up”
so perfectly still

birds fly next to him
listening on top of rail
really loves elvis

ran up to see me
“let me be your teddy bear”
“and i love you so”

1 2 3 4 5
tiny birds landing seconds
uncle marvin gaye

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There’s No Crying In Beach Ball

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volley or soccer
attacked from behind
ball landed against my shin

after saying dam_
wondered why me of seventy
what are the odds

this is much later
two love birds bickering
calling each other names

“don’t interrupt game
in other words just stand there
and don’t say nothin”

he asked me if i
was catching a cold from the
air conditioning

yes fifteen years ago
i caught a cold from the
air conditioning

“music and passion
always the fashion
at the copacabana”

now that’s a beach song
two years have never heard this
at the cabanas

blue white sheikhs inside
six thousand dollars a week
for the cabanas

twenty something people
trying to decide what
to do for dinner

“last chance for romance”
actually last chance to breathe
cigarette left field

kids could hit you
with ten balls wouldn’t hurt
bad as mother’s cigarette

i was thinking
“this could be heaven and this could be hell”
but it’s hell

two hours deciding
what to have for dinner
just go already

cigarettes not only choke
they make me grumpy
can tell by my poems

also they murder
your aunts and godmother
RJR cheats death row

diversification
have some cookies
with your cigarettes traitors


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