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sleeping through storms…

Posted in Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, thoughtful trips, TWTC, Unanswered Questions with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

waiting for a reason to move

perched above an afternoon
self-motivated as a coma patient
with much the same attitude.
everything waits on the arrival
of short term lightning-in-a-bottle;
what we need is the cosmic guarantor
to make good the promises so
freely given. even storm-laden
august afternoons know that.

instead just more silent acceptance
& serenity prayers both ack-
knowledge easy borne truth of
timely dis-intervention. when i
was asked to take it all on faith,
i smiled my best smile but
my answer didn’t change.


In honor of deities & starvation. Starting with an easy one does not bode well for those of us waiting for answers to even bigger, more complicated questions. I wish I was hungry enough to eat a burrito. Those kind of things.

fawktard… (part 2)

Posted in Fawktard, Fear, Ha Ha Funny, History, Opinion, Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, Series with tags , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

what can you do?

i went to monticello,
hearing somebody
say i should speak to
jeff. he’s long dead,
or maybe i was just late to
the party. took the tour
anyway so i could stare
at his dumbwaiter &
think back to the time
we weren’t quite as
fucked as we are now.

i wonder how much
longer until one of those
Historic Moments In
Human History comes
along & sweeps
everything away.

denninger has
the math down to a
science; with jeff dead,
bruce stealing mr. joad &
a lack of jacksons
(wait a while, my guess is
there’ll be plenty.)
who knows what comes
after the bankster

no worries though;
we’re all fine.
just repeat after me.
heavy sour is the same
as light sweet,
politicians care about
the citizenry,
Jefferson County Alabama
loves JP Morgan,
& all’s going according
to plan & under

let’s stare into a mirror,
think back to a time
we weren’t quite so…



Dedicated to Phil Ochs. Was it ‘Ringing of the Revolution’ or ‘Rehearsals for Retirement’? All I know is ‘I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore.’ When the wave hits here, what then? Obvious answers are always the bloodiest.

gasoline alley…

Posted in Fear, Learning About Life, Opinion, Poetry, Politics, thoughtful trips, travel with tags , , , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

paint thinner revolution on gasoline alley

nobody is coming to
help. complaints don’t reach
government sanctioned office ears;
if he didn’t burn he damn sure
would’ve starved. dead is
dead atf.

Faida stalks
her beat knowing damn well
there’ll be no succor for those
unorganized demons of hunger
& thirst. petty tyrants are
everywhere lately; she wields
a truncheon like a champ.
(imagine for a minute she
was pms’ing on 12/17. let it never
be said real revolution
doesn’t begin in the womb.)

all the same, nobody knows
if it really matters.
billyclubs get swung. be a
waste to forever argue
good from less good.

in a few weeks most of the
planet was screaming for mercy,
a few kilo-calories & a future
for the blastocysts waiting on
their turn to burn down or up
or to one side or the other.
repetitious cellular division bears
the mark of soon-to-arrive children;
what can you hope for
if the food all tastes like burnt skin
& fat & blood while the water is
paint thinner?

i was driving toward the beach on
my own trip
when the man finally left here
somewhere else. i’m told
scorch marks still adorn local court-
house steps though different faces
occupy government offices. another
martyr paid in full & again got
nothing he wanted. written off;
i think it’s in the job description.

i didn’t know the man & now i
never will. i know he took more
shit than he could live with but
how lucky was the man that he
didn’t? dead is dead.
now he’s known from Sidi Bouzid
all the way down gasoline alley
to Washington, DC where
the IMF boys & WTO girls make
mama so proud burning
incense to cover the smell.


Inspired by M. Bouazizi. You got the shit end of the stick in life. All things considered, I suppose it was an odd meeting; maybe that’s what happens when we cross paths in the one dimension that doesn’t rely on geography for proximity. (Though in fairness there are nine others of the M-Theory folk are to be believed. Fuck it; this isn’t about physics, it’s about biology. And physics.)

globalization easily explained…

Posted in Late Night Silence, Learning About Life, Opinion, Philosophy, Poetry, Politics with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

reversion to the mean

in the clouds masculine
explosions rattle
once dusted mountains
amidst the groan of a green
town splayed onto the
outskirts of the middle
of nowhere. land eroded by
winds of the colonial breath
wait on lightning from a
creation dream to start
the story over. nothing will
change but we’re thinkin’
more of the same will
be much better next time.

we like our delusions to
be the size of our cocks,
which are obviously bigger
& spit more goo than
those other guys. after
rebuilding everything already
waiting to be destroyed
my cock says we can
knock it right back down
again. could it really
be that simple? i
don’t see why not.


Inspired by Michael Ruppert & the documentary ‘Collapse.’ If you haven’t seen it, check it out. Well worth the time.

cry now & get it out of the way…

Posted in afternoon requiem, Fear, History, Learning About Life, Opinion, Poetry, Politics, thoughtful trips, Unanswered Questions with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

don’t cry

it could be
72 hours ’till
an AAR nobody
will see. every
one is say
ing what was said
jumbled around &
walked into walls.
those are the
lucky ones.

sound without pictures;
a nice fat man on
BBC said all’s well
& nobody asked
why refugee camps
only get built when
everyone is doing
so well.

this isn’t slow
fanaticism at the
spur of the moment
& if you really
wanna know;
there’s nothing
to know, do,
or think. you
can watch on tv.
bullets won’t be
stopped by hands
thousands of miles
away when there’s
so much flesh to
bleed out here.

i hated truncheons
’til i learned about
Kalashnikov dynastics.
marshland uprisings
ending in slaughter &
refugee crises
ending in slaughter &
desperate poverty
ending in slaughter &
endless incursions
ending in slaughter.

i will comfort you
when you need to cry.
i will comfort you
with everything i have
down to hands,
heart & blood.

hopelessness can
make a vicious brew
mixed with a lil’ hunger.
of course, these days
you can buy trigger
fingers at 33 cents
on the dollar.

we’ll learn to eat
trigger finger stew.
it might mean more
than the blood sausage
we’re all about to be

i will comfort you
when you need to cry.
i will remind you
to save the tears;
there’s little clean
water & you’re
gonna be thirsty

i will comfort you
when you need to cry.
i will comfort you
with everything i have.


Lunacy to think that Malthus wasn’t wrong, just early, right? Well, right now all you theists could start backing up what you say about love thy neighbor. So I’m sure there is a good reason innocent people need to get gunned down for another week of meetings and vague pronouncements of no meaning. I’m sure that comforts the wounded & the families of the dead. This is a sick display of humanity. Just sick, without excuse.

what are we doing here?.?.?.

Posted in Opinion, Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, thoughtful trips with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

justified pessimism

license granted to operate
as the usual entropy courses
through all the places it
isn’t supposed to go. hasty
judgment moving so fast before
anyone else knew the game is
up. now everything is working
with a rebuilt starter but i heard
nothing’ll ever break, so we’re
gonna be okay. everyone gives up
yet keeps going absent any
noticeable change.

mulligans are hard to come by
& cost a fortune; even then it’s
impossible to tell if it’s a do-
over or more theatrics. slicked
back cynics would read with a
gamblers eye news of the moment,
dictators, killers, thieves, rapists.
nothing new under the sun.
knowing all is still in good time
with nothing to change the
basic gameplan that shoulda been
tossed years ago.

wanna make love until the end
of time? wanna smash windows
into sand? how else are beaches
gonna get made? wanna run
until there’s nowhere left to run
toward or should we just do it
here? questions are for the
postmortem. easier facts easily
deluded until meaning is another
untended grave without anyone
to dance, spit, piss, shit or
fuck in remembrance.

is this a revolution? i see it on tv.


The boys from the home office want me to reiterate my hope that just once, someone will take the keys away from the disgruntled insane dictator prior to killing his own people. If not now, when? What the fuck does ‘Never Again’ really mean anyway? Oh, that’s right… not supposed to ask that question…

seven billion…

Posted in Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, Unanswered Questions with tags , , , , on February 16, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

seven billion

spirited & futile gesticulation;
actions on the low-odd explanations;
runs heavy with those greedy punters.
would give you a headache (or a nose
bleed) tryin’ to make sense of the
chaotically innervated prices. it’s all
one portugese bond sale. works well
until it doesn’t.

funny to think about how noise pollution
works the same way no matter where
it occurs. (who thinks cassandra just came?)
machine guns all speak the same language,
even if targets do not. (so do fires, mudslides,
floods & hurricanes. in america, so do
bridge & mine collapses, though only from
time-to-time on specific days.) hard to know
where the line really is between starvation &
intense debate ’bout ‘what mighta been.

at least it’s vaguely predictable; the real
mystery lies in whatever comes next. if
we hit eight as rapidly as we hit seven
(don’t worry; we won’t. worry about
the second part.) it’ll be a fuckin’
miracle. there’s not much future livin’
in the past these days but it’s too expensive
to live in the now. that’s why charlie darwin
is a miracle worker; that we’re not evolving
fast enough isn’t his fault.

seven billion not so long ago. what’re
the punters sayin’ ’bout eight?


Inspired by the recent National Geographic as well as the morning jaunt through the news. See, this is why I don’t write politics…. usually.

it’s complicated…

Posted in afternoon requiem, bumper sticker stories, Cigarette, Hysterical Romance, Laughter, Learning About Life, Opinion, Poetry, Politics, Unanswered Questions with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2011 by Caribbean Fool

hidden tribute

nothing better to do
than sit still & daydream.
a most unfair comparison
for most everyone else,
albeit with rationale beside
the point here.

it occurs to me a sick
joke is still a joke. (somehow
gotta work in a smile anyway.)
none of that dark business for
a while. plenty of benzo sleep &
for a minute i can pretend
to be anything i want. rested, now
ready to mash buttons with a healing

saturday passion engages elsewhere.
gut-check time always gets here
sooner or later. if we passed we’ll
be able to look down & see we
still have a middle. if so, i guess
we’re doin’ okay.

safety for the moment; cheap
trading if all you want is land.
me? i like beads & necklaces made
from seashells & earrings & long
hair too much too give ’em up for
a lottery ticker chance at romance.
(damn good thing; it’s about all
that’s left un-repo’ed.)

repeat whatever mantra you
find acceptable regarding fate
or gods or whatever other shite
excuses currently en vogue. the
rest of us take first look at
what’s next even with little to

confusing prospects for peaceful
transition, eh? complications
of detail magnify. (simplification
shouldn’t be a one way street.) love’s
got nothin’ to do with it. vd is
something to laugh about.

should anyone tell you they
can explain all the soupy
discrepancies & propaganda,
you’ll know it’s a dirty lie. smile
& smoke ’em if ya got ’em;
if the truth sets anyone free
we’ll hear about it in good time.

we’re all calm;
& now is a good time.


The boys from the home office asked me to express TFBP’s support for demonstrators overthrowing dictators everywhere & anywhere. Safety & a better future than past to all courageous citizens of the world demanding decency and human rights that cannot be taken away at will by our betters. You show us all the way. Stay safe from those that would do you harm for asking only for what is already yours to enjoy.

ain’t greedy…

Posted in FML, Friendship, Insomnia, Loveable Losers, Opinion, Philosophy, Poetry with tags , , , , on December 7, 2010 by Caribbean Fool

can’t ask for more

you’re good to go.
take what you got,
for fuck’s sake let
it go & no matter
what you think you
done; it won’t matter
for a while. even if true-
fried minds know instinctively
that gone is gone.

blasted for momentary
enjoyment, or at least
pretending like a pro
buys more hours of peace.
what’s in a night that
ain’t part mistaken
identity within
distance or darkness?
bein’ bad is so normal
in comparison, & easy.

nothing to do now
‘cept rock back n’ forth
in late night silence &
deepen crows feet
while music plays.
if there’s any saving
irony, it’s hiding out
of sight waiting on
whatever comes next.

sentimental evening &
falling through life,
knowing a lie is out
of the question.
reaching into a thread-
bare bag of tricks hoping
like hell my fingers
brush-by one more miracle
before time runs out.


A pious declaration of life’s unanswerable questions. We redefine success as often as the carrion is eaten & we’re forced to move on. Oddly, a winning hand in some sense; at least it seems so if Darwin is to be believed.

political suicide…

Posted in Economy, History, Intervention, Opinion, Philosophy, Poetry, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by Caribbean Fool

political suicide

years past
the Trouble’s,
explosions, death-
struggles of political
evangelicalism were
slowed in home
rule. things
settled down long
enough for boom &
bust to become financial
terminology rather than
a violent rejection of

as an outsider,
i can’t help but
admire the brash nature
of the whole business.
thirst for such home rule
is a familiar refrain;
when ireland took on
the Empire there
were no oceanic distances
to help defend a
nascent republic,
even one attempting
to tear itself apart.

watching the celtic tiger
give back hard fought
freedom for generational
debt-slavery is more
heartbreaking destruction
of an ideal. pity
the tiger,
trapped & flayed
& sent down the river.
bankers take ownership
of what was once
worthy of so many
martyrs blood.

Cowen looks
on while the ECB
repo’s national sovereignty
& IMF austerity
absconds with future
taxes for use
as down-payment
on the misery already
taking root.

CDS spreads still
blow out;
jingle mail might have
preserved the
republic itself; austerity
is only tolerable if
the tubers are shared.
there’s no need
for the coming row; so
utterly avoidable yet
somehow maddeningly
inevitable, once the
ink dries.


Dedicated to the people of Ireland. Sorry you got so screwed. Best of luck and if you see Thatcher hanging around looking to give advice, run the other way. Spain & Portugal, are you also planning on heading down that path? Ask the Greeks how that one turns out. Sad part is this is going to spread, and history has unkind things to say about monetizing debt…sigh, FED, sigh. (Deflation first, then inflation. Screw them on the way down AND the way up. This is not right, nor will it end well for anyone except _________. As always.)