Monday, July 27, 2009

earth note 127

gallons of gasoline
to blow grass clippings & leaves
off & on oily asphalt streets
status quo concrete driveways

rituals & indoctrination
hollow out
collective minds
oh my!
collectivist notions
rain carbon individualism

a summer wind storm
dusts up a barren lot
could have been planted
aluminum can curb roll
echo clatter rises
plastic bag flight recorder
no one's listening

coal barges with tail winds
they pimp themselves at the Y
coke works or power station
freight's been already paid

--- e b bortz

Monday, July 20, 2009

blue song

pittsburgh 1969

we walked a few miles before
the summer night cloud burst
soaked us through

somehow we knew
k and g would never
hold together

him back from nam
never settled inside
demons would win

and when the incline
finally made it
to mount washington

we kissed the skyline
in all the haze
a thousand lights

and swore to meet
in ten years
what's real lives on

there comes a beat
only the drum

hands forget
what the heart

and at dawn
no change
joy-tears create rainbows

the incline makes another round
lights dim
we gather the morning

--- e b bortz

Saturday, July 04, 2009

july 4th attempted escape, ohio river

from the fireworks war
their tents & maimstream music stations
throwing up
thom paineless
corporate clutter
anesthetized stepford sons & daughters

missing the toronto humber river trail
i feel like a jilted lover
a hundred cultures
mix hidden curves
ponds and leafy overhangs
you keep alert
& refuse to touch the brakes

--- e b bortz