Children Of Limited Attention Spans

I am
too easily influenced
by random stimuli
that penetrates my eyes
like an unwanted guest
who won’t ever seem to leave

I am
the target audience
of late night shysters
offering slick solutions
to my persistent life problems
for the bargain price
of $19.99
(shipping fees not included)

i am
dropped from the litter
of the tribe of bastard children
born from the snarling bitch
soulless economists
classify as rampant
mindless consumerism
now spilled over
into the modern electorate

i am
part of the rotting remnants
that was the body politic
so easily manipulated
by nerdy data miners
who anticipate our every need
after they plant the thought seeds
to be future focus group harvested

i am
a soldier in the zombie army
the snarling majority
coming to overwhelm
and conquer what’s left
of the feeble resistance
who still consider themselves
free thinkers
seeking to defend
democratic traditions of the past
those once noble concepts
that could not last

but wait there's more


Conversation With A Conservative

An honest to God religious zealot
of a mutual acquaintance
preached if I did not embrace fully
and accept unconditionally
the divinity of Jesus Christ
Hell’s fires awaited me when I died

I told this man of a conservative mindset
that JC’s godly lineage will forever be a mystery

His divine super powers are irrelevant anyway
for the words that comprised his core philosophy
really need not be validated with tales of divinity

Tis his message of loving EVERYONE
across the spectrum of humanity
in this rainbow patchwork quilt of diversity
that has always resonated with me

Even sinners as so perceived
by the rules of traditional society
were embraced by this revolutionary
many today celebrate as the messiah

These convictions got him executed eventually
by narrow minded Pharisees who could not understand
that the message of love and tolerance preached
by this humble unassuming man
were not a threat to their sacred status quo

So I asked my homophobic holier than thou friend
of a scripture quoting conservative Christian bent
if eternal damnation would be the post death fate
of all those who today refuse to embrace
the divisive non inclusive culture of hate
that crucifies those who do not toe the line
as set forth by strictly interpreted biblical confines?

My pious homophobic, xenophobic, misogynist friend
offered me up their condescending prayers for my soul

I said thanks for putting in a good word for me
with your distorted version of the almighty
but I think I’ll take my final judgment chances
solely based on how I treated others here on Earth


fire and brimstone

Next Up

Deep beneath the city
of glass and steel
rats scurry to and fro…

Keeping to their place
as they have done for centuries
til that glorious day
when the castles above
get laid to waste…

Then they can move up
and lay claim to their rubble domain


Old Is New Part II

Reviewing thoroughly
the history of creativity
down through the centuries
we can state conclusively
nothing is new anymore

All that is done today
has been done
by somebody
somewhere before

Word erosion blurs
and eventually erases
previous creative proclamations
which resurface eventually
in the posts of new generations

Fake fresh inspirations
run through today’s hype machine
as the next BIG thing


if you Google scroll
deep into the bowels
of transcribed history
you will see
today’s genius masterpiece
is but a shiny refurbished toy
with a fresh coat of paint

Hell this poetic concept
you just read through
is nothing new

Tis a rebooted version of me
from a yesterday dream
originally cyber seen
in December 2014

We eventually plagiarize our own stuff
if we manage to live long enough


Paradise Reboot

On the 50th anniversary
of the post apple munch apocalypse

Senior citizens Adam and Eve
took the bus cross town
and returned to Eden
to revisit the infamous tree
that was the root cause
of their cast out
of paradise demise

the hot dog wrappers
and discarded site maps
that littered the trail
to this popular tourist trap
they paid the snake in the grass
(I think it was an asp)
tour guide the admission fee
to see what was once
a semi pious tree

After reciting
chapter and verse
from the book of Genesis
the sly reptile hissed
that the curse could be lifted
if the original sinners
chopped down the damn source
of their banishment

Adam now filled with the spirit of redemption
picked up a golden chain saw
that the snake just so happened
to have in his Gucci satchel
and proceeded to rapidly
take down the offending growth
and make firewood
as best he could
while Eve busily
gathered up rolling apples
to bake one of her heavenly pies

The moment that tree
hit the ground with a thud
the snake instigator
slithered away
laughing hysterically
about the continued gullibility
of man

The sky opened up immediately
as the immortal landlord peered down
and screamed
“DAMN ME !!!
What the Hell
have you fools done now?”

Security angels
were quickly dispatched
to roughly escort
the disoriented pair
out of paradise yet again

The now down tree
reduced to a pile of splinters
could not possibly be repaired

The Lord our God was so disgusted
he stormed away
to devote his attention
full time to other
more cooperative
parts of the galaxy

Transferred ownership of the site
formerly known as Paradise
to a local tribe
who crassly bulldozed
the whole God forsaken freak show
and turned it into a glitzy casino

Adam and Eve
now take the bus there
once a month
along with the other
gambler pilgrims
to worship the God of Avarice
who actually pays out occasionally

© Si Barber 07739 472 922 Elderly couple gambling in Blackpool



Somebody Has To Ask

There have been times
during my spiritually
confounding trip
I’ve pondered
the dangerous question
if God and Satan
were one and the same

These extreme wings
of good and evil
forever mixing it up
til they blur in the cosmic blender
and become indistinguishable

Our stretched souls waver
as these eternal combatants
vie for our favor


Do angels and demons keep a running score?

Who resides on top of the leader board?

Is this life all a rigged game?

Did the Lord create the Devil
as some sort of sick
schizophrenic alter ego?

A contrived counterbalance
to forever test our wavering faith?

Making religion the ultimate
sleight of hand illusion?

Has humanity been conned by a master magician?


ying and yang

Sparklers In The Rain

… and the Gods cried

when Prometheus
the original tech icon
stole flame
and gave man a chance
to culturally advance

Fire changed everything …

Providing warmth and comfort
from the harsh elements

That glow of security
which illuminates
the dreaded night

Fire changed everything …

Searing heat
forging the swords

Newer and better weapons
of quick,efficient destruction

Implements perfected
for the tearing of flesh

The flame lit torches
to let us pillage and burn
our charred enemies

Create a funeral pyre
rising to the heavens
to honor our recently dead

Fire changed everything…

For better for worse

A blessing and a curse

In many ways
fire is like love
the flames which consume
is such a wonderous creation

Wreaking blazing devastation
and exquisite beauty
throughout the inferno of human history

We the bastard offspring

The sparkling legacy
of Prometheus and Aphrodite

These terrifying contradictions

Both splendidly deadly addictions

We can’t seem to live without


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