jokes on us all…

jokes

the greatest cosmic
joke
of all time
is that any
choice we make,
where ever &
whenever
we make them;
nothing
will ever
change our
shared fate.

the second greatest
cosmic joke
is this pile of
corn derivatives
& petroleum distillates
shaped into
a pepperoni pizza.
food is food?
if it ain’t a
Palm steak with
Peter Singer
staring me down,
corn-pizza
tastes more
like what it is
than what it isn’t,
& i blame you.

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Dedicated to Michael Pollan, author of ‘The Omnivores Dilemma’ which everyone should take a peak at and most should read. I know I’m late to the party on this one, but shit, it was a really good book. And thorough. (yes, that was another lame reference but I’m in a really good mood.)

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13 Responses to “jokes on us all…”

  1. Scent of my heart Says:

    funny, but true …

  2. Learning to laugh at small things as well as the cosmos takes some mind stretching. You did well.

  3. H2O buddy Says:

    Books are powerful. At about the age of 12 years I read a book called Silent Spring. I then gave it to my Dad – he made a number of life changes in response to that book.

    • I know exactly the book to which you refer. Silent Spring probably did more to change the environmental movement than any other single book. Haven’t seen much DDT lately, though the scientific underpinnings of Rachel Carson’s book have been much scrutinized with new theories. I’ll have to check to see if she was ever proven correct or not. I try to read between 6-8 books per week to keep myself updated on all my various areas of interest. Sometimes I get a poem out of it, sometimes not but I always have loved to read and enjoy nothing more than nice Fall days to read through. (Well, other stuff more than that, but you should know that by now!)

      crb.

  4. http://thursdaypoetsrallypoetry.wordpress.com/poetry-awards/poetry-awards-4-thursday-poets-rally-week-31-participants/

    poets rally participation awards.
    enjoy!

    let me know after you are done 18 poets visiting…
    thanks a lot.
    u rock!
    xx

    • Oh yeah, not sure of total count, I just try to read & comment on as many as possible, but it is def. over 18. Thanks so much for all you do, you are amazing! There was some really great poetry for week 31. I will be posting for the Monday Potluck as well, look forward to reading more as well.

      crb.

      crb.

  5. Felt like two poems here, but they did fit together ok; in other words I didn’t get that disjointed feeling moving between stanzas. Second stanza the strongest IMHO; the phrasing and content has flashes of brilliance. I felt the Bukowski influence at the end there (I blame you), which I loved, and I think the reason stanza two is so much stringer is that you are taking something smaller, more everyday – pizza – and extrapolating something much bigger about life in the discussion of it. Stanza one grabs one of the great philosophical debates/topics by the horns straight, (self-determinism vs fate), instead of using something smaller and more relatable to use as microcomic analogy/metaphor, if you see what I mean. Still fine work though. I’d be inclined to try and rework stanza one so it was more like two in that respect. Just my thoughts, of course. Good work, enjoyed

    • Thanks man. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your expertise with me. I always feel like it is easier to make any kind of progress with constructive crit vs. the appreciated & kind comments that don’t address the underlying poetic mechanics. Anyhow, thanks for the ideas, I am going to play with this a little and perhaps resolve some of the issues you mention (well, not RESOLVE them, but deal with them as best I can.) Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure to hear from you my friend. Hope life is treating you well, and sorry I have been MIA the last few days. Long story, but not that interesting. You find Barfly yet? If you want, I did find a digital copy, just let me know.

      crb.

  6. oh they aren’t big issues in terms of desperately needing to sort out a bad poem with potential. It’s a fine poem as it stands. But I think it could be kick-fuckin-ass

  7. Sometimes I think the biggest cosmic joke is life itself! Great poem! Haven’t read the book, but I definitely will.

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