Black Friday 2019

The world is on sale

and also on fire

30 percent off all you desire

gifts under the tree

are the world’s pyre

-Gene G. McLaughlin 2019



Bucket List


The Sprawl

When God looked outside himself

He did not see love hate

Water fire sulfur salt

He saw possibility

In all its infinite glory

Gene G. McLaughlin 2017

Fluctus Virtus Defluxit

Rome had elements
We now call by different names
We judge them harshly
Assigning their actions blame
Are the sounds of Nero’s fiddle
And strikes of the golf ball the same?
Gene G. McLaughlin 2017


I’ll take what moments I get
I’ll try to say something true
I’ll unclench my fist
I’ll follow the wind with my eyes
Gene G. McLaughlin 2017

The Long View

I cannot ease your pain

Include suffering in your expectations

Conscious existence in full contains

Elated joys and sorrowful lamentations

Gene G. McLaughlin 2017

MLK Day 2017

Beyond the tight binary loops

That bind and divide simultaneously

Beyond the preselected groups

Driving us toward homogeneity

Beyond the demarcation which dilutes

The resilient strengths of humanity

Lie the path to love’s roots

The beginnings of equanimity

Out of which shoots

New growths of solidarity

Gene G. McLaughlin 2017

When I Was A Ghost

When I was a ghost

Songs sounded like sorrow

The aural recognition

Of time fading away


When love shaped my form

I knew the song was melody

The joyous exclamation

That then is always now

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016

The Terroir of a Thought

When I am struck
By a feeling or emotion
That is not consistent
With what it once was
I recall
The terroir of a thought
Includes time
An instigator of change

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016