The Man Who Kissed Hands

  The man who kissed hands found those hands empty   Palsied hands on the road Attempting to repay student loans   People like us Nothing is handed to us And the man who kissed hands will make sure of that   Childcare Healthcare College Shit, paying the water bill   Forgo vacations Forgo new […]

Peso Rupiah Riyal

I wondered if terrorists would go after Trump’s many foreign business interests   Excel Venture LLC based in the French West Indies Century Properties based in Manila, Philippines Caribusiness Investments SRL, based in the Dominican Republic   YY Development Group based in Buenos Aries, Argentina Daewoo Engineering and Construction based in South Korea Sanei International […]

Destruction Chorus

  I’m still waiting for the miracle We’re all still waiting   for the miracle to come Leonard Cohen rings in my ear   His mighty baritone rings beckoning us to sing   Hallelujah There is protest in the air Breathe it in Breathe it in   —From “That Turned Ugly Fast” by Mark Berriman

Me and Mr. Green

  Please forgive me, Mr. Green but the writing’s on the wall You’re a washed up patriot   Please forgive me, Mr. Green But we’ve pulled the curtains closed Our streets have been swept clean   Your antiquated ideas will trickle down no more Your hazy vague plague swaddled in the flag   No more […]

Over My Knee

Over My Knee   She turns the other cheek and begs for me to slap it as she glances over her shoulder   Deep red turns to deep purple and my hand pulses on her skin   –From “Kink in the Chain” by Mark Berriman –Photo by Stefanie Beckers