And yes once again

I had my nightmares

Of greed and power

But they weren’t mine

I simply facilitated them

By my own dis-sins

Of disinterest and disloyalty

Dishonesty and disturbance

Disprove disarm and disgrace

Distant dislike and disappoint

Aren’t we all culprits

In crimes we allow

By disavowing the disemboweling

Of our own countrymen

Stand up stand together

And always stand strong

Against those who oppress


It hit hard like

Fresh cold mountain air

Making me gasp choke

News that wracked me

Like a lynch mob

Making me retreat from

The outside in as

The dust of devastation

Settled in my heart

My mind reeled a

Deep sea lure taken

And run unable to

Pull it back in

The news whatever it

Was then numbed me

And like a criminal

I denied my culpability

It was that bad


I knew a leaf

Once a magnificent leaf

I watched him bud

And yawn and shiver

On my favorite tree

He whistled in spring

And sunned in summer

He took great pride

In keeping raindrops off

Of hiding children beneath

But then Autumn came

And he grew tired

He lost his looks

And his boyish verve

One day while walking

I heard him ask

What’s happening to me

I looked up saying

It’s time to go

But you’ll be back

In the hearts of

Those who remember you