Poetry

It Won’t Go Away (#1981)

Like a cat scratching at a closed door,
A new story idea cries to be written,
But I don’t really write stories anymore,
Like a cat scratching at a closed door,
Its repeated yowls are difficult to ignore,
What lies behind that door is no kitten!
Like a cat scratching at a closed door,
A new story idea cries to be written,

Poetry

The Old Internet (#1980)

Today’s internet is monolithic and cold,
I miss the creative world wide web of old,
It was about self-discovery and expression,
Now it’s a source of toxicity and depression,
Websites were creative, personal, and ad free,
Products were products and not me!
We found each other via AIM and webrings,
IRC encouraged the discussion of all things,
People treated each other like a friend,
The possibilities of the internet had no end,
BBS servers existed and there were few bots,
Message boards were fun hangout spots,
In the time before podcasts and video streams,
Before animated GIFs had become memes,
The sounds of the internet came from MIDI files,
And the internet always brought us smiles,
Now it’s all data collection, ads, and outrage,
And AI algorithms keeping us on the page,
I truly miss the world wide web’s golden days,
How did the internet go so badly sideways?

Poetry

Jellyfish Jolt (#1979)

Floating in the waves
without a care in the world,
my nerves spark to life
when the jellyfish stings me
not once but thrice in a row.

Poetry

Ruby-throated (#1978)

Hummingbirds flutter
outside of my desk window,
looking for danger,
all the while trying to taste
the feeder’s waiting nectar.

Poetry

Political Tribalism (#1977)

I’m tired of the political left and right,
On this nation both parties are a blight,
Their tribalism has reached new extremes,
It’s ripping this country apart at the seams,
They’re no longer open to having dialogue,
They only hear their own biased monologue,
Each side believes they know what’s best,
But the problems never get addressed!
We need fresh ideas and open exchange,
We need compromise and actual change,
The us versus them mentality is killing us,
Fixing it is a topic we all need to discuss,

Poetry

Rework (#1976)

You know something that’ll irk?
Redoing an entire project’s work!
It feels like a stinging slap to the face,
To know it wasn’t right in the first place,
Then all that time needed to fix it all?
It’s enough to make anyone squall!
Now that your confidence is a wreck,
You have double and triple check,
To err is only human, this much I know,
The consequences I detest though!
You know something that’ll irk?
Redoing an entire project’s work!

Poetry

Persistent Inflation (#1975)

We have inflation not seen in 40 years,
It brings my thinning wallet to tears,
They said it would be transitory early on,
Yeah, transitory has come and gone,
Persistent would be a more accurate term,
Because regular increases have held firm,
Gas and food have been hit the worst,
When will these prices get reversed?
I’m used to the typical price creep,
But the increases have become steep,
Our economy is about to pump the brake,
There’s only so much our wallets can take,
I hope we have price reversals soon,
But I fear inflation will continue to balloon,

Poetry

Steering the Ship (#1974)

The more I push back against the rising tide,
The more I wound my waterlogged pride,
My ego says I can control the outcome,
But that erroneous notion is just plain dumb,
Rough waters I can do my best to navigate,
But there will always be stuff I can’t anticipate,
Even so, I can at the very least man the wheel,
It’s a semblance of control even if it’s not real,
That’s far better than being adrift any day,
I may not control the outcome by I have a say,

Poetry

Roe vs. Wade (#1973)

The Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade,
And just over a month later I’m still dismayed,
It’s a historical gunshot that continues to ricochet,
Rights aren’t rights if they can be taken away,
I don’t see stances on abortion as black or white,
Yet I understand both views and why each fight,
In the interpretation of law and all its provisions,
Religion shouldn’t influence the court’s decisions,
But in this case, we see faith played a large part,
It’s just one more thing tearing this country apart,
Some see it as progress and others a backslide,
As illustrated by those who celebrated or cried,
Should the non-conservatives be concerned,
That other decided cases might be overturned?

Poetry

Return of the Mask (#1972)

COVID transmission rates are again high,
I swear this COVID virus just won’t die,
A new variant is responsible for the latest rise,
It’s spread has taken us all by surprise,
Vaccinated and boosted are no defense,
It’s made society at large once more tense,
In response we must again wear a mask,
While understandable, it’s an unwelcomed ask,
I know the danger it poses we can’t dismiss,
But I think all of us are frankly tired of this,
How much longer will COVID be around?
It’s driving my patience into the ground,