Sunday, October 30, 2011


find the lovers
all walking the same earth
ignore the bankers & their borders
they own fear
we own
the now

--- e b bortz

(published in, Nov 2, 2011)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

louie & ida 1936 cleveland winter

they had just come back
from the unemployed march on city hall
an endless depression
their hungry east 105th street neighborhood
putting their bodies against the evictions
police violence
with their solidarity fists waving
free from the lame excuses
used to pacify and confuse

louie kissed ida that night
and told her he was going to spain
to fight fascism
wait for me
& we'll build our lives together
but first the world needs
to get rid of franco

and so it happened that way
ida waited
their libido steaming
through the cold

--- e b bortz

(published in, Oct 27, 2011)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

let the rainbow leaves of autumn

become the bed
of a new society
voices to carry on
sanctuary to be found
let's rake the piles
into acoustic barricades
we can hear ourselves think
treat the wounds
nurture the earth
the continuum
is the journey
is the message
is the vision

--- e b bortz

(published in, Oct 26, 2011)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

now that we're all awake

occupy your neighborhood

it's time to

not breathe easier
but deeper
we can open every window
prop them all up
human arms become
the counterweight
sharing the weight
by all means
dream/build a new world
neighborhood by neighborhood
sweat & stress
a protective ring
around the most vulnerable
tune out the noise
.....& phony leaders
after the banks go bust
there's still a planet to save

--- e b bortz

(published in, Oct 17, 2011)