M.A.D ~ Philip Brent

A verse for this or any holiday/family gathering. The tension was so thick we sliced it and served it for dinner. He didn’t notice. The hostility so sharp we had marinated that tension in it. He didn’t know it. The rancor so pervasive it filled the room and suffocated us. He didn’t feel it. The […]

Life Seeks Center

When fear fades, what will I discover Maybe another person the same as me One who struggles to meet like needs Who seeks the same answers that I do When anger fades, who will I become Will I learn to be patient, quiet, to wait Never to merely speak, but to converse To think, feel […]

Memento Mori ~ Brent Harris

Have you decided you’ll become friends with death? Not that you’re ready to visit death’s home quite yet Death knows your time and your place and will wait Only until that moment and not one moment more Conjoined to life, they’re intimate, know every breath Don’t chance avoiding this end; that’s not a good bet […]

For Closure ~ Brent Harris

It was the third house on a far block Framed-up on a little dead-end street We thought it was ours, but no lock Just being built and almost complete Still, we went and talked to the owner Who allowed that he’d built it for us Refusal would have been such a boner We said we […]

Clothes Make the Man ~ Philip Brent

Have you seen the ad about a fictitious media platform called Woo Woo? Though it seems ubiquitous in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live, I’ll assume that you haven’t. The ad shows two nerds in an elevator, standing behind two much hipper people. One of the hipper people asks his buddy if he’s […]

About Face ~ Brent Harris

An LI friend recently post an article about influences, both those we are told should be and those we know who have been. #All people matter. How many names will not be remembered What numberless stories will never get told Life on the Earth, with no guaranteed word No one may remember when you grow […]

Growing Stranger ~ Philip Brent

Do you believe in magic, elves, fairy-folk and such? Or do you scoff and scorn, think it’s all too much? So smart, you know that you can rule out anything? Disbelieve the intent of galaxies, say stars don’t sing? I hope I’m not so pompous, I’d discount possibility Our most tragic tale unto our most […]


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