I Was Here For a Time

I was here for a time

The worlds rages repeated

On this earth for a time

All our dark themes repeated

In quiet moments of grace

These hard truths receded

I was left with that

Which glows in my mind

The passions I have felt

The ties that bind

The love that turns the third eye

To seeing from blind

The war and stuggle can rage around me

The tolls and losses can mount

I will hold the suffering I see

Equally with joys my mind can count

Gene G. McLaughlin 2015

Inspirational Internet Videos

Sometimes I hope for validation

A small token to keep me afloat

Sometimes validation doesn’t come

It then matters less than it did a moment before

Because it has to


There is an urgency to life

So little time in all

There are always the inspirational videos

That tell me to live fully all time

That fill me with guilt

For not being a star in the sky

Shining brightly

I’ll be grateful for the moments

I have strength to live life fully

Avoiding people and things

That tell me that the quiet slow moments

Have no worth

I need no one on a wall poster or internet video

To tell me life is short

I am cognizant and know this fact already


In kindergarten

They do not teach you

How to live in quiet desperate moments

That are plentiful

Where you are alone

Dealing with yourself

Your failures and inactions

You learn how to negotiate

All of it for a while


When you are not distracted

The reality of it all sinks in

Some good and bad

In one package

The fact that we are resilient

Is not clear to us

Until we are

So much of life is waiting rooms

Sitting in the car alone on the highway

The glare of cubicle lights for eight hours

Folding laundry and ironing

Filling the dishwasher

Raking leaves

That is alright

I give you my token of appreciation

For the mundane things


For the things they don’t make internet videos about

The quiet filler

Of which your life is built

Where you can find truth, balance, and health

As easy as anywhere else

I absolve you of the guilt

That your existence is not elevated all the time

By the spectacular

Carry on

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

Chaos Is The Unknown’s Bliss

I know the truth of none of this
Most facts are clearly missing
Chaos is the unknown’s bliss
Choices = a possibilities dismissing

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013

Straight Up

I could tell you it was about love

But it was kind of really about need

I could tell the cop it was an emergency

But it was pretty much about speed

I could tell you I was into Phish

But in truth it was about the weed

I could tell you I work for the love of it

But straight up its really greed

I could tell you a whole lot of shit

But not telling is my creed

Gene G. McLaughlin 2012