More Pissarro Than Picasso

I want a world more Pissarro than Picasso

More the sum than a piece

More the glory of all of it

Than cubes of us at our least

Gene G. McLaughlin 2020

Camille Pissarro

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

Anatta

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Bucket List

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Today Was Like Dust

Today was like dust

Floating away from me

The reason I saw it at all

Is because it danced

In rays of morning sun

Promising a confidence

If I didn’t look away

I barely moved my eyes

Yet the secret was withheld

Promised in due time

Relegated to a future moment

Gene G. McLaughlin 2017

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

Tomorrow

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
Tomorrow
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