I Threw All I Could Find In It

I had a hole I stood next to

I threw all I could find in it

I threw all the songs I could find in it

I threw all the words I could find in it

I threw all the images I could find in it

It was still empty still longing

Still a whisper I couldn’t hear

I threw all the whiskey I could find in it

I threw all the cocaine I could find in it

I threw all the food I could find in it

It was still thirsty still hungry

Just a whisper far away

I threw all the lust I could find in it

I threw all the fear I could find in it

I threw all the anxiety I could find in it

It found no peace still never resting

The whisper left me alone

I ran out of things to throw in it

I stood alone and broken

Next to the hole

Then the whisper said to me directly

It is standing right with you

The suffering and the desire

Grab it take it with you

Put it in the hole

In the hole you’ll know its name

I walked slowly forward

My nerves steeled

Knowing the whisper spoke truth

I wrapped my arms around it

I leapt with it into the whole

I saw it from within it

Then I knew I should embrace it

Then I got to giving up all of it

I knew the name of my desire

I knew the hole was me

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

We Told Stories

We told stories

They became our religions

We repeated actions

They became our decisions

We found were wrong

Then we made revisions

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

Open Heartedness

Open heartedness

A trickling stream

Obscured by fog

Difficult to view

Slowly opening

Into a river

Burning like

The will of love

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

Stores We Tell

A damsel in distress

A knight striving his best

A nautical tale

A huge white whale

Imagined realities

Fight life’s banalities

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

We Came Down From The Trees, Then We All Stood Up

Came down to ground

Now we’re standing up straight

Walked on our knuckles

Now we stride and strut with a gate

Took slowly to taking

Decided to take up writing

Gave up on tails and fur

But not on all the fighting

Some say that some

Should stand straighter than others

But I ain’t see a one

That’s less monkey than another

Some say that some

Go by a different set of rules

But once we started standing up

We were nobodies fools

All I really know

Is that if you are my friend

Than you ain’t gonna to tell us

We don’t have the right stand again

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

If I Knew What I Learned

If I knew
What I learned
Than I’d tell it
But you see
Having lived it
I don’t know it
If I don’t seem
I just don’t
Show it
Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

The Weight of Madness

I inhale the weight of madness
I exhale the weight of light
I acknowledge my sadness
I acknowledge it is with myself I fight
Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

You Can Carry It

You can carry it

That’s alright

Set it down

If you lose the fight

Use finesseInstead of might


Make no decision

Due to fright

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

Sibiling Rivalry/Last Piece of Pizza

She was awaken and wired
Silent hidden charged
Believing I conspired
In the room she barged
Me red handed!
Last of pizza I pawed
Gene G. McLaughlin 2013