WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY

“We don’t know where we came from,
We don’t know why we are here.
We don’t know who or what we are.
Our purpose is not very clear,”

Well, my friend, look around.
Wherever you are is here.
Want to know who you are?
Try looking into a mirror.

Want to know why you are here?
You are here because you are.
Want to know where you are from?
From here and the nearest star.

This is where you came from.
This is where you are going to.
Everything you see with your eyes,
This is what you know to be true.

Want to know when it all began?
Whenever it was, it was now.
Now is the time it will always be.
Who, what, when, where, but how?

STATE OF MIND

Standing on the street,
When a man said to me,
So where can I go
If l want to be free?

It’s not a place to go,
Not that you can see.
It is a state of mind,
Where you want to be.

RELIGION

There is no pie in the sky when we die.
This is all there is and the rest is a lie.
Heaven is but a symbol for all that is good.
Mankind is doomed until that is understood.

Hell is a symbol for all that is bad,
All that is painful, and all that is sad.
If we cannot promote the good in this place,
Hell may very well, destroy the human race.

Religion can sometimes cause more harm than good.
It knocked down some buildings in one neighborhood.
It can create havoc, cause death and war.
This is it for eternity, there is nothing more.

REDWOODS

Flowers leaning toward the sun,
The earth soaks up the rain.
Sun shines ’til the day is done.
Night time eases the pain.

Redwoods rise up to the sky,
Nourished by water and air.
They never, ever wonder why,
Nor ponder why they are there.

PRIMITIVE MAN

The more things change,
The more they stay the same.
It may all seem strange,
But it’s the same old game.

Military is an accepted entity,
Accepted worldwide, indeed.
What good is new technology,
When peace is what we need?

Every killing is a crime,
There are no degrees or stages.
Might as well go back in time,
Back to the middle ages.

We kill our fellow man.
We kill each other for peace.
When will we understand?
All war should forever cease.

ONE BIG UNION (For Woody)

Somehow in this great confusion,
What we need is one big union.
No upper classes, no lower classes,
Everything belongs to the masses.

A struggling man always knows,
The jolly banker will foreclose.
No good reason, except for that,
Money, greed or the drop of a hat.

Every man must have a home,
Settle down and cease to roam.
On the road or on the street,
Every man needs food to eat.

Nobody deserves to be wealthy,
Or to have to pay to be healthy.
Everybody deserves to be free,
And to be treated with equality.

From the redwood forest,
No more richest and poorest,
To waters in the gulf stream,
Equality must be our dream.

Everybody deserves to see
The light of day most equally.
For every hungry mouth to feed,
One big union is what we need.

MILES AND SMILES

Our world is measured in miles,
Kilometers and inches and feet.
Love is measured by our smiles,
So smile at those you meet.

INFINITY

If we were all created
To be tested by a God,
Our actions will be rated,
Sent to heaven with a nod.

Something funny is going on,
I noticed it from the start.
How does it feel to be a pawn,
A guinea pig without a heart?

Wonder why you do not see
The answer to such a quiz?
How this ever came to be,
And what all this really is?

We happened to be here,
It was bound to occur.
As eternity seems near,
It goes by in a blur.

All that can possibly be,
It will happen eventually.
Everything is a possibility,
All because of infinity.

ILLUSION OF MORE

We have been here before.
We know just what to do.
It’s an illusion there is more
Than what we already knew.

HEAVEN CAN WAIT

The same old joke,
The same old face,
The same old yoke,
The same human race.

The humans and sparrows
Retain narrow brains
As the slings and arrows
Turn to bombs and planes.

Human nature remains,
The war is the norm,
Bound by the chains
Of the human form.

Greed causes hate,
Hunger does grow,
Heaven can wait,
Same as long ago.

(Published by Lone Stars Poetry Magazine February 2017)