Laugh at yourself more.
Make alternate plans.
Stop speaking in arguments.
Get out while you can.
Eclipse those bold around you.
Expand your mind like desert sand.
Excuse the ill-hearted.
Lie in the sun, get tan.
Be realistic less.
Find happiness more.
Search out your inner Self;
caress and appreciate its core.
Be happy for what you have.
Never attempt to settle the score;
forgive and forget-
because what’s life for?
Realize you are always wrong,
even if you “know” you are right.
Become a better person,
this can happen over night
Be the nicest human being,
not some stuck-up snob.
Tell the government to end wars,
by dropping photo-bombs.
Shake hands with strangers,
meet your new friends.
In the end there is nothing to lose,
so start a new trend.
Open your eyes to adversity.
direct those who can’t.
Try the best to be yourself.
Try your best to understand.
Always exercise patience.
Always exercise. Period.
Never stop learning and reading.
Never stop being weird my friend.
Today is right now.
Yesterday is gone.
Listen to sweet birds singing your song.
Rainbows happen in storms.
Sun is better when it rains.
How good do you feel?
For that you can thank pain.
Understand there is no certainty,
from one moment to the next.
So do everything you can,
be passionate- do your best.
Laugh at yourself more.
On the State Level:
What is Freedom without Oppression?
Sunday liquor sales we don’t mention
Exclusive capital through resource retention
Taking the environment without apprehension
Marijuana is off the books because opiates pay pensions
Then we walk with hanging heads
Then we eat what we’ve been fed.
Paper collection friendships
Corporations part of a faceless community
But they have our president’s holy graces*
Existence thriving in high places so astutely
Their tree bearing tainted fruit
That is only being eaten by the ignorant and aloof.
As I am:
Taking the bus to work
Wearing same dirty old shirt
While not putting on airs
Not pretending unawares
Liars hold more account on the politician’s ear
Forsaken bent sinewy grotesque and clear, yet standing tall they still appear.
The trains roll through the station
But my Amtrak is late
Here’s to frack mines devastation
The passengers will wait
This one has been delayed
On to better days
Money rolls in, they can’t differentiate
But we must remain
Priorities not for minorities
A lesson in disgrace
Haven’t read the history
But what’s important before today’s date?
One could tell a story
And call it reality too
One could fly a sign
In hopes of attaining food
Desk sit forty hours
No wonder why I’m rude
Don’t count the flowers
Straighten up that rebellious attitude
This is local-
They appear global-
What about America?
What about global hysteria?
On the Balcony with Love
By Terry Scott Niebeling
Outside of the house
Watching droplets all
They bounce up in the sun
Lit sparkling they fall
Sunlight how nice
Made an ass of self
For getting after my girl
On account of my fault
Whiskey glass fixed
In a cold dark corner
Full beer can of tricks
Bikers sit in the light
Talking weather and trash
They deliver their product
They careen as they pass
Balcony noise raindrops loud
Cars go by, and up, and around
Melt snow liquid moves splashing through
University sign scrawled illuminated blue
Machine gun fire streams
They fall from above
Perspiring from the heavens
Yellow orb showing love
Sit sip this splendid thought
Read and ponder this springtime hot.
Called a few times
How to get where I’m at
Tip of the hat
Sun in turn a basement door window
Fall season I want a cigarette for some reason.
In between beating off and function
Where’s the discussion?
Apparently I have trust and money
Halfway through class seems longer than that.
I won’t get angry at my short comings
I believe in comeuppance.
Some things are just funny
Some things, I just love it.
Weary aside as you wake for a bathroom visit necessity,
Think on the moments in the days before and after.
Local papers-one, floods the space between the storm-door and the outside pavement.
All those left in haste, we rode in a cold car on a cold day making our cold way.
Watching the seconds on the watch while we wired the arrangements.
We barely made it home before calls came on the phone,
We were barely able to close the door and then came more.
Unpacking the bags, boxes, and misc. odds and ends, things that to remain we must attend;
Freshly wrapped holiday cheer, we lack the beer and calm emotions to be completely clear.
Snow bound home bound at the bar again with everyone here.
Losing all fear.
Found someone to care for the cat til we get back.
At the front again they look outside at the time we took to make it by.
Look eye to eye, all things on both ends are worth the drive.
Standing with heavy occupied hands a visible relief is let in the form of a steam filled sigh, used air from your insides floats and disappears into the star speckled skies.