Hoboken Terminal 1990

Rude boys on the train

Singing what they speak

Punk rockers hide the pain

Anger about to break

Dominican girls are walking

Every step shakes

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016

An Artist’s Heart

One good moment

A spark of art

A souls movement

A missing part

Grace captured

From promising start

To the brief rapture

Of an artist’s heart

Gene G. Mclaughlin 2016

The Red Pill

Born with the red pill

Halfway down the throat

Taking the utmost skill

Discerning what that denotes

The burden of building bridges

Not moats

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016


The dead seek no retribution

They’re gone from hunger

Not from greed

They are appeased from restitution

Of that torn asunder

Not from need

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016

The Search

I’ve not found it yet

Betwixt barroom floorboards

Or Buddha’s verses

Guess I’ll search more

Before early bird specials

Or cold black hearses

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016

News Cycle

Coat news with narratives

Call the stories facts

Get the data in

See how the masses react

Trim the tale to fit needs

Until the lie is intact

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016