Deep Analysis and World Affairs (Draft 1)

Deep Analysis and World Affairs (Draft 1)

Thank you for indulging me again. I couldn’t help but comment a little.

I know politics is confusing,
but I love you so much for

wanting to speak with me
about anything at all, knowing
you always pick up, and
learn an aspect of me, even when
I ramble on about all kinds of silly things.

I think even when I chatter at random
there’s a few things
I meant for you
in the background

A few things you’d enjoy just because
it seems like a conversation of two
is somehow more grand than the world,
not that I don’t wish the world well. Let them eat cake.

But I have
a much better dessert for you.

Sign our treaty in the pudding.

— Douglas Gilbert

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Expensive Speech (Draft 1)

Expensive Speech

Off to jail with you —
We have permission
from our allies:

We gave them a Naval base
and they gave us

permission to torture you;
a little at first and then
when the world forgets

as much as we want
to stop so-called Free Speech

We know better, ’cause
we are supreme, hip, and
the divine succession of Kings.

In balance-of-power politics,
you are puny, and unheard
by world chic-media, because
they want to have interviews, and
want to say that ideals are
too complicated

We have tacit approval
and worse

You should have thought of that
before you spoke against us.

There is no more revolution.
We have the money for
Public Relations
And Grand Lobbyists

The world news media
are afraid to speak of evil
like they were afraid of Hitler
and of Stalin and of Tito
and of many… Cambodia
Ruanda, a partridge and Putin
in a pear tree with pockets of Nazi Russians
in Ukraine with excuses for invasions —
Hitlerian land bridge to Crimea and
a new Empire

Yes do your chatter
about diplomacy

We are amused.
The fall of Moldova
and Poland will be interesting.

— Douglas Gilbert

Eating Tornadoes (Draft 2)

Eating Tornadoes (Draft 2)

I’ve heard a tornado can lift a
herd of cows into the air
(besides the houses)

But when it lifts scratching cats
tears out potatoes,
out onions from the ground, and
out with flour from the warehouse,
it rains potato pancakes,
and when those hungry people
at the end of the emergent rainbow
catch mash in a hot frying pan,
deliciousness is cooked, and
it’s fresh like a fork in the road

— Douglas Gilbert

Eating Tornados (Draft 1)

Eating Tornados (Draft 1)

I’ve heard a tornado can lift a
herd of cows into the air
(besides the houses)

But when it lifts scratching cats
tears out potatoes,
out onions from the ground, and
out with flour from the warehouse,
it rains potato pancakes,
and when those
at the end of the rainbow
catch them in a hot frying pan,
they are delicious
and fresh like a fork in the road

— Douglas Gilbert

Remembering (Draft 1)

Remembering (Draft 1)

Give me my hug my love
because I’ve had a nightmare,
forgot you were here beside me

So wonderful to remember you again.

Oh sweet face, can we have breakfast
and walk on the beach with potato bread
to make the seagulls laugh, and there is

no sunrise as magnificent as you
when you touch me in the morning
and I remember all of you

— Douglas Gilbert

Robin Williams (Draft 1)

Robin Williams

This is a grand failure of psychology,
someone who has millions for therapy
of any kind, of strict or loose, of
massage or wild screaming
everything possible

Somewhere
there was a play

A romp worth
a manic jubilant run

The last real part in
the ultimate movie
playing one’s self,
really hysterical
funny, and
why can’t laughing
be enough

— Douglas Gilbert

End of the World (Draft 1)

The Semi-End of the World(Draft 1)

I didn’t know I
had to join the
crying society
to have legitimate tears

I don’t want to hear
any damn criticism
that I did it to myself
and it’s my fault

I DO want to feel
sorry for myself
beyond the stupid cliché

Yeah, I get it
you don’t care

But I think
in terms of empathy
you’re an idiot
and a devil in your
ignorant ways

So the world ends.
Thanks.

— Douglas Gilbert