Friday, October 14, 2016

Kritik der Vernunft

Regard the polls: their numbers swell!
Behold their lofty heights!
For they proclaim my lofty name
And promise you your rights.

For Crooks upon the other side
(And also their machine
Of China, blacks, and media
And all those in between

Which preys upon--doubt not my word
I am Veracity
Made manifest in manly flesh
And so tremendously--

Which prey upon you ev'ry day
And ev'ry wretched night--
Their scandals, which, I must maintain,
Alone I brought to light

And which are true on ev'ry front
And some yet to be seen
Though I could tell you--I defer
For that may be thought mean.

The emails and the FBI
And Watergate, who knows?
And maybe worse, I hear such things
I know such awful woes.

I ask you but to give your vote
Into my tiny groping orange human open hands
I'll bring, like 2 Corinthians
New Justice to these lands.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Cutthroat Kitchen 
Was dead.

It got 


Alton asked for

More chance.

Last episode.

America tuned in.

As he sawed.

"Twenty-thousand dollars
To chop off

A competitor's

That's a Cutthroat 

His grin was



Who will start
The bidding,

To replace all of
One competitor's


With the arm?"

Food Network ordered
Three more seasons.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Fairest in the Land I

Once upon a time, there was a sad and lonely lesbian who had been trapped in her metaphorical tower for far too much of her life. She had searched high and low for a worthy maiden with whom she could while away the hours, but there were so few to meet in her metaphorical tower that she soon exhausted herself in the search.

"Someday, I will find a maiden," she whispered to herself at night. "Someday, I shall know true love's kiss." But as the days turned into months and then years, she began to despair of it ever coming true.

One of these nights, the sad and lonely lesbian decided that she had had enough of being sad and lonely and simply whispering her wishes into her pillow. She pulled out her SmartMirror, tapped her reflection, and murmured, "Mirror, mirror, in my hand, show me the fairest in the land." Immediately, a host of maidens appeared on her SmartMirror: maidens who were fair of face, of words, of personality, of humor, of kindness - so much more than she had ever seen in her metaphorical tower!

The joyous lesbian - for she was neither sad nor lonely anymore - began to converse, to debate, to discuss with fair maidens from many lands with varying degrees of success. Though she did not immediately find a fair maiden with whom she could share true love's kiss, she did make many new friends. And, she reasoned, that could be enough, could it not? Finding others who understood, who had lived in similar metaphorical towers? Yet the more she tried to convince herself that this was all she needed, the more her secret desire to find a maiden grew. Each night, she asked to see the fairest in the land, but still to no avail.

Until one night, when her SmartMirror replied to her, "My lady, you've got mail." She tapped its surface and saw that someone had indeed sent her a message through their own SmartMirror. "I noticed you enjoy the works of Rebecca Sugar," the maiden wrote. "Might I inquire as to your favorite of her creations?"

"Surely Garnet, although I find Pearl to bear a remarkable resemblance to my own mind," the now even more joyous lesbian responded with a smile emoji. Waiting for her companion's reply, she began to wonder anew: could this be the maiden with whom I will share true love's kiss?"

Monday, October 10, 2016


The good Lord shaped the skies above
And, loving, formed the earth.
He filled with life the nascent orb
Throughout its six day birth,

But did He err, this loving God,
To add but one cursed tree?
"If ye should eat," the Serpent said,
"Then ye shall be as He."

And so the Woman and the Man
Forgot their rightful place,
And learned of Good and Wicked things
and, knowing, lost His grace.

The ever-loving, ever-true,
Yet ever-righteous Lord
Forbade them now of Life to eat
Enforcing by the Sword.

Is knowledge then, the greatest sin?
Is learning then a curse?
Does steady gain bring steady loss
Does betterment make worse?

Would then a new Prometheus
Who steals for us new flame
Bring only new depravities
We cannot yet e'en name?

If Knowledge is the cursed fruit
To dash Life on the rocks,
Is then the Flame the Titan brings
Itself Pandora's Box?

We forge on ev'ry day ahead
And never dare look back
Where still the angel and the Sword
Stand ready to attack.

We take our gift from fallen gods
And leave them to their fate.
The Titan bound was soon forgot
Behind Man's speeding gait.

The Fruit and Flame we carry on
To new perversity.
Our Knowledge lighting with its Dark
Modern Prosperity.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

An Election's Carol II

"But wait!" Obama cried at the vanishing Foster. "How will I know who these spirits are?"

"You could just ask," said a bearded gentleman suddenly floating all spirity up in the President's bidness. He puffed a cloud of opium smoke into Obama's face.

"Who are you?" cried Obama.

"Do you not recognize me, Hussein?" asked Beardo McOpium.

"Of course I don't. Why would I-- wait! Yes! Charles Darwin?"

"Yes, it is--no, wait." The spirit frowned. "Why would you think I'm Darwin?"

"Well, there's the whole beard thing. And...I guess he makes sense because he killed God in the hearts and minds of the newly damned everywhere."

"He did, sure. But you should be able to identify me. Don't they teach anything anymore?"

"Not since Common Core, which I invented to replace education with tests."

"But you weren't taught under Common Core."

"Yeah, no. But during class I was always imagining I was off golfing instead of doing my job. And look at me now." Obama turned to face you, the reader of the story. "Follow your dreams, kids, and anything is possible."

"O...k," said the spirit.

"So, anyway, who are you, Mr. Undarwin?"

"I'm Karl Marx," remarked Karl Marx marxistly. "Mark me! I am the Ghost of Progressives Past. I have come to remind you of your duty to the gay islamist communist atheistic cult we all serve. Take a hit of this shit." He held the pipe out to Obama.

Obama took a hit of that shit.

"Woah," he said.


"Was something supposed to happen?"

"Nah," said Marx. "But you just zoned for, like, an hour. If you go get Hillary elected, I'll give you some more next time I see you."

"Deal. See you in hell!"

"Praise Satan!" said Marx, evoking the progressive deity that they also denied the existence of.

Obama sat back and enjoyed the rest of the trip.

Saturday, October 08, 2016


Jacques Cousteau threw himself down to avoid the razor sharp razors held in the hand of the Chimanticore. He rolled further along the branch to avoid the blow that was surely to follow, but none came. Leaping to his feet, he turned and realized what a mistake he had made. The beast had fooled him. It had not disembowled Jacques while he was vulnerable--perhaps because it knew what doing so would have released--and instead had repositioned itself on his other side. Now Jacques was being forced back away from it towards the very trunk of Yggdrasil itself. At the rate he was moving, he had only moments to find an escape. All he had managed to salvage after the shipwreck in the City Thirteen Leagues Aloft was the Sacred Katana of the Highbladed Greatknives, the Spellbook of Unmaking, and his baseball card collection. If the Ghostqueen of the Hegemony of the Anarchons hadn't taken his mint condition T206 Honus Wagner, he could have perhaps yet bargained for his life. But so incomplete, his collection wouldn't even distract the Chimanticore for a second.

Jacque glanced around, hoping somewhere there was something he missed. Two thousand feet above the clouds, though, there was nothing of use on the massive ash tree. There were a few leaves, thankfully still hibernating since their last feast, a handful of Darkmoths, and-of course!

Jacques sprinted to the Defense Canon. He scrabbled through his beard to find a quarter and quickly inserted it, while the Chimanticore turned to leap away. Before it could get eleven feet, Jacques had the cannon powered and he fired a single wolfsbane laced quicksilver shot. The beast exploded in a cloud of butterflies, which as one gave a scream. Jacques trembled at the sound.

For this would wake the leaves.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Reflection at the Victory Column

God bless the artistic degenerates,
Whose work half forgotten remains.
And God bless the writers whose courage ran free
While they themselves languished in chains.

God bless all the leftists who rose up in arms
To cast down congealed kings on cold thrones.
And God bless the lovers of men like themselves
Now buried beneath stinging stone.

God bless the displaced in a land not their own
Whose lands drove them out by the sword.
And God bless the preachers who stood by the truth
Condemning themselves by the Word.

God bless all the willows that stood in the winds
While their rivers were poisoned and dried.
May God let us never forget how the strong
Were chopped down--in martyrdom died.

Thursday, October 06, 2016


They tell us he's

He doesn't do
His homework.

He mocks

He smokes.

During class.

The classroom.

He has

And swears at us.

They say we're
"Bad Parents."

We can't control
Our son.

But, I mean

he's cool.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

"My dear Mr. Bennet, have you heard that a rather pleasant site is let at last?"

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a high school student applying to college must be aware of her major and probable future career.
As a result, for longer than she can remember, the girl has been asked by numerous friends and even more numerous relatives what she wants to be when she grows up (or, later, the subject in which she will major in college).  From year to year, the answers vary widely – from a veterinarian (one trip to a local cow farm cured that) to the first female President.  But in the back of her mind, the idea of teaching always percolated.  It was her fallback answer, when she could not think of anything else to be.
It started when she was young, maybe six or seven, and she sat in the front of church for a children’s lesson.  The pastor was explaining to all of the children how everyone should use the gifts and abilities God gave them.  He gives some examples by telling a few children the talents they have, and how they might use them.  He looks at the girl and says, “You’re nice, and you like to help other people.  Maybe you could be a teacher.”  Her mother is a teacher, too, but this does not deter the girl – on the contrary, she likes the idea of being “just like Mommy.”
As she gets older, though, the idea fades and becomes less appealing.  She continues to change her mind almost as often as the weather in Wisconsin changes: first a private investigator, then a singer in a rock band, then a writer, then a missionary.  Still, though, she thinks about teaching.  As she gets to middle school and receives the reputation of “smart kid,” she starts helping her classmates with their homework during classes, study hall, or on the rare occasions when they even call her house.  She likes the feeling of being needed.
One specific instance stands out in her mind even years later.  A fellow eighth-grader and friend, Hailey, calls for math homework help.  When Hailey and the girl are about halfway through the problems, Hailey says, “I’m smarter than I thought I was!”
“Yeah, that’s what most people say when they ask for help.”
“Yeah,” Hailey concedes (with the advanced vocabulary all thirteen-year-olds seem to have), “but you explain things in a way people can get them.  You’re good at that.”
The girl positively glows for the rest of the evening.
Eighth grade and most of high school pass.  At this point, she is positive about her college major: Secondary Education with an English emphasis.  She will be a high school English teacher.  For Winterim during her senior year, she interns at her middle school alma mater.  She teaches fifth grade Spelling, eighth grade Literature (they read The Diary of Anne Frank), and helps her mother teach music to the fifth-through-eighth-graders. 
She teaches all kinds of literary devices to the eighth-graders: plot diagramming, static vs. dynamic characters, symbols, foreshadowing, etc.  Despite the fact that there are only five in the class (or maybe because of it), they all participate when she asks them to do so.  As she teaches, it feels as natural as breathing.  One day, they discuss point of view and character bias.  She asks them if they think Anne’s description of the events she records are accurate.  They look slightly confused, so she uses her favorite musical, Wicked, as an example.
“How many of you have heard of the musical Wicked?”  One or two raise their hands.  “Well, it’s the story of The Wizard of Oz, but told from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view.  It explains why she became so ‘wicked,’ all the characters’ backstories, and things like that.  Now, if you saw both musicals, whom do you think would have a more accurate picture of what happened in Oz?  Dorothy or the Witch?”
One boy, Ross, replies, “The Witch,” immediately.
But another boy, Luke, raises his hand and says, “Wait, wouldn’t it be… kinda both?”
The girl (almost a woman; her eighteenth birthday is less than two weeks away) hides her excitement and asks, “Why would it be both?”
“Well, they’re both… you know, different…” He struggles with the words, but the girl can see that he understands the concept.
“That’s exactly right,” she says with a smile, and goes on to explain that every character has some kind of bias about the events of a story.  This little memory sticks with her for the rest of the internship and afterward.  She truly feels like a teacher, called to instruct adolescents.  Luke's ability to think critically makes her so proud of “her” students.

When she thinks about it now, the girl realizes that these three people are rather unlikely influences.  As she got older, she disliked the pastor’s personality.  She and Hailey are friends, but never best friends.  Luke did not seem like the sharpest sword in the armory, and his older sister had made the girl’s life a nightmare during middle school.  Nonetheless, she was “ever sensible of the warmest gratitude” toward the three—who, by their brief interactions, had been the means of uniting the girl with her calling.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Rime of the Ancient Once-ler, Part 1

It is an ancient Once-ler
You meet at edge of town.
Once paid he calls by Whisper Phone
He slowly lowers down.

The Grickle-grass grows still below
The cold wind does not blow.
And even birds respect the calm
From chick to oldest crow.

He takes your cents and copper nail
And puts them in his Snuvv,
So too the ancient mollusk's shell
Does vanish in his glove.

He clears his throat and takes a breath
This Once-ler yet unseen,
And through the snergly hose he speaks
Of when the grass was green.

You hold the phone up to your ear
And pray to clearly hear
The quiet strangled secrets of
The furtive Once-ler.

"The cart was filled, investors thrilled
Merrily I drove
Past ponds yet clean, past rivers wet,
Past clouds still white above.

The Swomee Swans flew forward off
And flew from east to west
I followed on; They sang their songs;
I knew their way was best.

Further and further every day
Towards this distant land--"
You ask him then if this was when
The Lorax here did stand.

The street on which you walked to here
Is Lifted Lorax Way.
Perhaps this man will tell you soon
Who carried him away.

You ask him now if this was then
And pray yet still to hear
The quiet strangled secrets of
The furtive Once-ler.

"And then I saw the Bar-ba-loots
Who frisked in their brown suits
And ate the strangest foreign crop,
Some yet unheard of fruits.

With liquid notes of perfect tone
As one who often sings alone
Can use the time to careful hone
His voice as he would wish,
Then sang out loud a mighty crowd
Of merry Humming-Fish.

And then there came the Truffulas
The most astounding trees
They felt of silk, or some such ilk,
They scented ev'ry breeze.

And in that wood I stopped for good
And quickly set up shop.
A businessman, I forged a plan
To reach the tufts atop.

My axe chopped here, my axe chopped there
My axe chopped all around:
The tree did sway and soon gave way
And crashed down to the ground.

And from the stump there rose a form
Out of the wood it came!
And with a mossy voice it spoke
The Lorax was its name.

He bid me stay and hear his words
And gave a dusty sneeze
"The wood is dumb; it has no tongue,
I speak here for the trees."

I saw the thing but kept at work
And worked with lighting speed.
He held his fit while I did knit
A wondrous proto-Thneed.

The Lorax huffed, the Lorax puffed
He nearly tore a lung.
"What is a Thneed? Whence comes thy greed?"
"Don't worry, sir, I'm done."

But here the Once-ler hesitates
"The has needs.
There's work to do, I'll build a crew
To manufacture Thneeds."