america Sleeps Tonight

i’m thinking about wealth in the wee hours
how to spread it out and plant some future
with the seeds of innovation, love and better days
you can bet the pawns and the bishops who
guard the king and queen of american royalty
are not going to fix it in this bought and sold
election and yes i voted this time knowing
how futile the act, i believe in a power beyond
the buck, have faith in what is spiritual and
impossible to these life hating collectives

i run in old age toward what is coming
work with the young from south america
who are not yet jaded who sometimes
teach me to keep on enjoying the possibilities
that we are moving beyond this joke of a global
economy to a space where free and freedom are related
where beauty is what keeps this universe dancing
and pure greed is as laughable as a sad old miser
counting his money in a tomb that will soon hold his
decaying body and life is as powerful and full of love
as we imagine it to be riding this tidal wave of tomorrow
right here and now, this minute in the throes of today


Wedding Musings

Wedding Mussings

i swing through the forest of family
filing memories, speaking Spanish with
new members here from El Salvador
i am in some ways an outsider the step mother
though I try not to be wicked. my sweet wife
dances with me as i feel the bond between us
that transcends the straight world we twirl in

the priest has chastised us for being north american
divorcees, offending many in the audience speaking
for a God i wonder if he even knows or is he carried
away with thoughts of the big budget his wealthy parish
furnishes him in that will soon build him an elaborate
new home, i guess he belongs to the version that does not
embrace poverty, i try not to be angry, but unfortunately I understand
his Spanish quite well, and have lived through too much
judgmental Christianity though mine is a Protestant version
i weep for the beauty of my beloved step son and his
young wife, and yet I know that because his mother and i
have lived our life with risk and as much honesty as we
discovered in our repressed identities, I know that though
i hate the judgement of fundamental anything i will
remember dancing with my actual wife on this night after
Halloween, and i will return to California tomorrow where
i am legal and basically accepted as a full fledged spouse
of this woman of my dreams who i follow even here home and far from home