Category Archives: Spoken Word / Slam Poetry

Almost Made It

Almost Made It

Trying something a little more comedic. It went over well on stage so I thought I’d share it here.

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Armageddon

This is because everything comes full circle.
Sometimes
I feel like I’m smart enough to know that there’s something going on
I’m just not smart enough to figure out what it is,
but some of the greatest minds in the world
aren’t curing cancer, or aids,
they’re curing hair loss up top and hair growth down under.
We are going in the wrong direction
like a derailed train that doesn’t seem to need tracks anymore.

Now there are document I can cite for every piece of this poem.
I think this social system is coming to an end.
There are too many repetitions hiding behind our biological limitations
even within our names;
Hugh Williams
December 5, 1664 a ship sank off the coast of Whales
with a sole survivor named Hugh Williams.
December 5, 1785 a ship sank again with a sole survivor names Hugh Williams.
December 5, 1860 another ship sank with a sols survivor named Hugh Williams.
August 5, 1820 a schooner went down and only a 5 year old Hugh Williams survived.
August 19, 1889 another ship sank, but this time there were 2 survivors,
both men were named Hugh Williams.

Have you ever felt like there was just something going on?

Look and Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
Lincoln was elected to congress in 1846
Kennedy in 1946
Lincoln became president in 1860
Kennedy in 1960
both have 7 letters in their names
both wives lost a child while living in the White House
both were next to their wives when they were shot
both were shot in the back of the head
both had a secretary who tried to stop them leaving on the day of their deaths
both were killed by Southerners
succeeded by Southerners
both successors were named Johnson
Andrew Johnson was born in 1808
Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908.
The assassins John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839
Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.
Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theatre
Kennedy was shot in a Ford Lincoln.

I think that something is trying to get a message across.
How many countless civilizations have fallen
and how far back can we really remember.

There’s this map that was found,
the Piri Reis Map.
He was an Ottoman-Turkish admiral and cartographer who found the map in 1513.
It was labels as a copy, etched in leather and shows the Northern coast of Antarctica,
this map shows details of a land 300 years before it was discovered
and with modern technology we’ve sent frequencies down through the ice to measure land masses
and this map has been shown to be accurate.
This would mean that the land had to have been mapped before it was covered in ice back in 4000 BCE.
We had the technology to map the world before the last ice age,
but we still wound up back at the drawing board
so what part of us is going to survive the next shift?

Now maybe I’ve just spent too much time on Reddit
but I don’t know about you,
I cant even keep a plant alive
how the fuck am I going to grow my own food?


Almost made it

There comes a time in every poet’s life

when they realize what kind of poet they really are,

and I…

am a heartbreak poet.

I don’t know how this happened,

But my emotions can be seen from space.

I have the ability to articulate an emphasis on the description of my feelings

like I was taking a highlighter to smiles and tears.

Half the time when I’m on stage

it’s only because my feelings got hurt

and I wanted everyone to know,

not only that,

but I want to take you all down with me,

I’m that drowning asshole grabbing peoples ankles on the way down.

So this is a letter to one of my ex-girlfriends.

 

We became what I never thought we would become,

but for a while

it was like we couldn’t get our hands on enough paint

to cover the canvas at our feet.

When we met,

you were more like a road map torn in half

and I was a GPS speaking a broken language.

Everywhere we went,

we left behind the people giving us guidance.

It was as if the creases in our directions

wanted our imperfections to match each other,

to meet each other half-way

so we started touching each other a little differently,

we began reading it in each others skin

like homemade tattoos,

or bedroom back scratches of nameless acts.

I liked you so much

that I wanted to delete my browsing history

before I invited you over.

But I respected you so much that I didn’t,

and I just left it like an open window,

you made me fearless when it came what turned me on.

I don’t know if this is a misogynist poem, or not,

but I still want to call you mine.

I can deal with being alone,

just not both of us being alone at the same time.

Because you were the answer I was looking for

and I was a reason for you to stay behind,

just to keep your mind busy,

this perfect distraction,

just tall enough to keep you from seeing

what was waiting for you,

until we became more comfortable

with telling each other about our days than actually sharing them.

 

You were the hand written letters

lost in a stack of memories.

I was the envelope

that cut the corners of your mouth open

when all I wanted to do was kiss you.

Now,

I have written the first half

of too many emails to remember.

You became the price tag of my future

I wound up being more like the receipt of your past.

We left each other buried

in my wallet and your purse,

beneath other people’s pictures,

beside transit passes and

behind all the things we used more often than each other.

I think at some point trying to keep things playful,

we only started playing games with each other,

like hide and seek

became the way we moved through the room.

Speaking only through notes on walls

and tagged pictures online.

In our minds

we created an impossible future for us,

one so disgustingly romantic

it kicked the shit out of the Notebook

in a Pulp Fiction kind of way.

 

I don’t know

if you believe me when I say I’m sorry,

but I mean it.

Like when I was mean to you

for no other reason than to get your attention.

I meant it.

But I just wanted to be your dirt,

that rough filth scratching you clean,

caught beneath you fingernails

after such long days

of building these sandcastle housing projects together.

I’m not even with you anymore,

but I still toy with the idea

of letting you go

and I still keep the pictures you gave me,

but I haven’t looked at them in a long time,

they’re somewhere in the distance,

kept at bay,

stacked in a folder,

tucked into a bag and

locked in an empty room.

 

 

           


Life

Life, like urinal cakes in a bar bathroom,

You can only take being pissed on for so long

Before you begin to disappear.

Left to slip down some drain made to look like a water slide.

 

I don’t remember much from when I was a kid

But I do remember

How I used to brag about

All the things I was going to do with my life

And what I pictured for my future

Had too many bells and whistles,

Too many accomplishments

For any one life to contain,

But now, at best I can be the bottle in my hand,

Something capable of any shape

But so breakable

It cuts like self-defense

And I keep climbing in and out of these ruts like nets.

Every time we meet

We still greet each other like strangers

Because

I feel like I’m always changing something about myself,

Like only my name has survived the days we’ve spent apart,

Left only as a reminder,

Written on a name-tag,

Like the street signs above intersections

Where I crossed my heart

And hoped you’d find me.

 

All I have now are my reactions.

I’m an unknown speech impediment

Heard only when listened to closely.

I keep claiming I know the words

But still left asking how to spell them

Because maybe I just don’t know anymore,

The thought escapes me

Like I’m a cat spending my life

Trying to catch the red dot.

 

Someone once asked me for a truth, so here it is:

We might still be people,

But we’re not human anymore.

We’ve forgotten about our grandfathers

And waited to long to know our grandmothers.

When they left

They left us only photograph footprints

From a black and white world.

I still keep thinking

I’ll get a do-over at some point,

Like if I wait long enough

I’ll get one more chance to back paddle,

One more chance to repeat myself

And all this time I’ve wasted

Might be put to better use.

Like tongues o what they’ve tasted

And a love for what might have lasted.

I want to repeat myself,

But draw a different outcome,

Like sidewalk chalk could erase bare walls

The way leaf’s fall over dead grass.

 

I don’t remember what I did today

I don’t know what I’ll do tomorrow

And I’m fine with that because

All that’s left of this moment is a shard of light

Clinging to the sky

This entire evening is dropping opportunities like bombs

And I cant fit anymore regret into this bucket list

So for now I’ll keep spinning these circles

Like the hollow tornados leaving deconstructed houses

And I’ll make my mark

In some other way.


Usefully Broken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCksa6FgtqY


me trying to do a poem drunk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-WwEyZ0qVk


To beginnings

I only write
of the things that bug me,
things that constantly tug me
and torment in tones
that make me blush.
Like that rush
of our infinite world
where the best are curled-up
and the rest
are thinking
and sinking
into their own dilemma’s
where even their own agenda’s
cant save them in the end.
And as constant friends
might sometimes pretend
and begin to provide
more then one side
to the mass
that is our stories,
our endless glories
where stampedes adjust the crowds
and one mind becomes created
from something so frustrated
where a craving
was driving us crazy.
Where even the lazy
will slap us in the face
as a testament
to being intimate
and gargling-up words like
love and friendship,
where our thoughts are above,
but our actions are below, in fractions
where crowded dance floors
help us to ignore
any other possibilities.
Even to see a pattern
in the abilities
that turn
away from earned reputations
that pull our eyes
with longer sighs
to the floor,
where we don’t have to see
and we don’t have to watch
all those moments
that seem out to get us.
Those long moments
that must’ve been sent to us,
like the crashing,
smashing feet of higher numbers.
Ones that linger
with neat little smiles
that stretch miles
into wretched things.
Those things that bring
such a vague release
and makes us feel
for just a moment,
only a moment
until everything else
shakes their way in
from other forms of sin,
tearing what’s torn
while just trying to begin.
Though we’ll only
become so lonely
when it’s something else
that teaches with candy,
that way of using one thing
just to do another.
The way we play
and then run for cover
along clever
lines of conversation,
like condensation
dripping from the other side
where it’s a strangers pride
that pushed it aside
to the space
we’ve saved for thinking
where we’re placed
in the midst of understanding
where breaking away from branding’s
means first
to start holding each other.
Those that are all
still ours
in our days full of hours
where we stay still
in our thoughts of compassion
and there are no rejections,
or angry objections
that feed off frustrations
and rely on the limitations
of the underestimated.
The ones that’ve calculated
all the possible possibilities
before composing
the lasting lyrics of emotions
and the motions required
just to get them
to a beginning.