|Axis of Logic's Resident Poet has a new book!
Three selections from Mankh's new chapbook:
“Dear _____, poem-letters to friends and enemies”
You’ve probably read Sun Tzu’s The Art of War,
i haven’t but from what i’ve heard
can appreciate the levels of strategy,
thinking things through,
and becoming mysterious so as to avoid surprise attacks,
but other than for life-saving self-defense
i fail to see how a business bent on killing people
and polluting Mother Earth
can be considered an art.
Maybe you’ll fail to see
how these words are what some call
the art of poetry
(even some of my colleagues fail to see
so i know what it’s like to be alone in a field
with the weight of the world breathing down
on the neck)
but have you ever tried to scribble words &
feelings onto paper,
tried to see that when the sun lights up a new day
there’s a man over there who--
behind the mask, the uniform--
is really your long-lost brother?
Dear Monsanto, Dow Chemical Company,
Syngenta, Archer Daniels Midland,
Evogene Ltd., Cargill, et al,
When a boy,
i watched movies
but never thought they could be real.
You really take the cake,
and i mean that, you take the ingredients for a cake
and genetically modify them,
then try to sell me a disgusting lemon of a car
(no offense to lemons or mixed metaphors).
Who are you to meddle with Nature,
to try and out-do Her divine and heartfelt handiwork?!
Who are you to run roughshod
over the simple joys and necessities
of working with the land?!
Frankly, you’re a bunch of bad apples (no offense to apples).
First of all, just wanted to say, you know, Thanks!
Thanks for being there because without you
no one would express appreciation for anything,
well, there’s gratitude
but you’re so easy to say!
Yet it’s a wonder you’re not heard of much these days,
what with the attitude of entitlement,
theofascist (godless-corporate-state) pillaging,
and just plain rudeness.
You are one of my biggest life-lessons.
Once i cleared the slate and realized
that no one owed me anything,
not a thing,
then i truly learned how to be deeply thankful.
So again, just wanted to say, thank you, Thanks!
Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is an essayist and resident poet on Axis of Logic. In addition to his work as a writer, he is a small press publisher and Turtle Islander. His recent book is “Drive-thru Theofascism & The Hero's Journey” and the newest is “Dear_______, poem-letters to friends and enemies.” You can contact him via his literary website.
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Dear ___________, poem-letters to friends and enemies by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)