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

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

June Summer Night Sounds

Singing birds &

A musical ice cream truck

Sound like they’re conversing

On a warm summer night

Discussing the events of the day

Gene G. McLaughlin 2014

Need Is The Driver

For the world to be off the rails

It would have to have had them

Need is the driver

There is no Lego playset

Just selection

Gene G. McLaughlin 2014