Poetry & Songs, by Charles Carreon

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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:59 pm

To Rage, by Charles Carreon

To rage is commonly seen as a thing unfeminine, obscene,
but when you show us how you really feel,
it's more stimulating than when you seem serene.

To rage is rarely done in public, still less often
With those of dull wit, but the pleasure of passion
never passes from fashion in the palaces of pain.

To rage without a limit, without rein, is something timid souls
Can't but disdain, so they linger at the edges, fingering
The lemon wedges, till at last their final hour's passed away.

Of rage I've known the flower, the exulting, burning hour
When every plaster idol crashes down, and at the ruins
Of the temple, I cast no backward glance,
For when you rage you have to give in to the dance.
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:00 pm

Tough Lady, by Charles Carreon

[This poem is not really very good, but it has a story behind it. The lady referred to in the first line is Gaea Laughingbird, or at least so she once was known. Back when she and her husband Shandor Rainbow Wind were in the first flush of their plumage. She, I sneered, exhibited her ignorance by referring to Colestine, a tough biker whore of a valley, as a pristine mountain valley. Yeah, once you peel off the tatoos and fifteen years of cigarette lines. You know she's been rode hard, and I don't mean down the highway. ]
 
Tough Lady

One lady, in a flight of fancy,
Likes to call it a pristine mountain valley.
It is nothing of the sort.
It is a logged-out, kicked around,
beaten up old piece of land,
Scarred with deep-rutted skid roads,
robbed of its tall timber,
The haunt only of tough critters --
Porcupine, jackrabbit, quail, gopher snakes,
rattlers, the occasional bear, and of course,
People, whom Don Juan said must of necessity
Find inhospitable places ideal.
 
It reminds me of somebody who's been in a fight --
a real sonofabitchin' fight that lasted a long
time, until teeth were knocked out and ribs
were broken and knuckles were bloodied and both
participants fell back and looked at each other
with suspicion and a shade of respect, feeling
the absent tooth with a probing tongue.
 
Some people, self included, have called it land-
rape, but the more I reflect,
The more I conclude that Colestine's given
As good or better than she's taken,
And tired as she looks, I'm sure she'll make it
One more round.
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:02 pm

Trans-Human, by Charles Carreon

Trans-Human?
You have heard of this thing?
Sounds better than cyborg, no?
I am so afraid
of dying
I want to upload myself
To a microchip
But then someone
Might snap me into their network
And I couldn't run away
Trans-Human?
Nein Danke!
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:04 pm

Trash, by Charles Carreon

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Follow her down the streets,
down the dingy sidewalks,
in her ashen footsteps -- Trash.
 
She's strung out on him,
and he's nowhere to be found,
and I'm hung up on her,
just hanging around,
so we're both Trash.
 
But she's the Queen of the Night
in my twisted sight,
and down the sooty streets
I follow, hypnotized,
until she wearies and her weary
steps lead up the shabby stairs to a
room with a TV desert view.
 
Frizzed hair, once blonde, is now a cinder,
soft skin, once clear as diamond's
turning back to coal; all this
I see as I argue with her, at
the bus stop, by the change machine,
in the pool hall where she's looking
for her thing.
 
Trash, she's turned to trash,
my emanation, on probation,
turning back toward gates of
darkness once again; they
hypnotize her, draw her back
to worthless contemplations leading in.
 
This is priceless degradation, but I'm
leaving now; you won't turn to
say goodbye, just sitting on the
couch with listless eyes; you'd do
anything I'd ask you to, you're
so demoralized.
 
I close the door and walk back
down the stairs, while television
voices echo in the air.
Goodbye, beloved Trash,
Your soul all turned to ash --
The television images of glamour
that once danced in your hair
Are permanently gone.
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:06 pm

TV Man, by Charles Carreon

[It's not always possible to write a good poem, but we still have issues. TV is not a subject that we find it easy to deal with poetically. Oil and water might get along better than TV and poetry. I mean, have you ever seen "The Hour of Poetry," or "Great Poets Remembered," even on A&E? This rhyme takes aim at the great glass teat.]
 
The TV the TV the TV
is the thing we use
to soothe our brains
and make our troublesome thoughts all loose
We sit in front of the screen --
Soak up the rays
I heard a man once sat there
for a hundred days
His wife and children
they thought he was dead
But then he yawned and
took himself
off-to-bed
He was a TV man
a real TV hero
Don't anyone say the lie that he was
a real zero
He was a TV man
he lived in a TV land
he had a TV brain
don't anyone say insane
He watched the news
He watched the sports
With a smoke in his hand --
in his undershorts
He watched the weather
He watched the wars
And a personal talk with Louie L'Amour
He watched the Carson
He watched the games
He watched the soaps with
arduous names
He watched the movies made for TV
And an expose of democracy
He watched until there was nothing left
And the news was a re-run
like all the rest
He patiently sat with his TV set
Until there wasn't any dumber
that he could get
And having done that
he knew he could go to bed,
Because there wasn't one thing
left in his whole damn head
And from then on he had no trouble
From that day he felt no pain
'Cause he'd killed off all of the thinking
In his god-given brain
He could smile at everyone
His friends said he was more fun
But he always said it was
nothing
That anyone couldn't have done
He said, "I'm a TV man,
I live in a TV land,
and I'm very proud to say
I think it's a damn good way."
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:08 pm

Umbilicus, by Charles Carreon

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Dragging out of my heart
this long, sinuous rope,
The bloody umbilical cord of sorrow,
shrunken and knotted,
dotted with cares,
Still pulling gently,
weakening the roots,
The placenta of selfhood
still adhering to the uterus
where I was formed ...
Come on baby,
it's over,
let go of it
and let it come out now,
you don't need it any more.
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:10 pm

Upon a Mighty Mountain, by Charles Carreon

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Upon a mighty mountain stands
A temple strong and bright
With pillars wrought of living stone
Adorned in streams of light.

Few pilgrims reach its portals,
No priests recall its rites,
Yet the etchings that adorn its walls
Still glow in colors bright.

The steps that to its refuge rise
Are worn by nameless feet
Of travelers who left behind
Their homes and gardens sweet.

The view from where they sit at last
Is unfettered and free.
Still higher go only the birds
Who nest in Helios' tree.
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:11 pm

Vajra, by Charles Carreon

So few are willing to lose their edge
In exchange for nothingness.

When nothingness becomes your edge
Everything is pre-penetrated.
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:14 pm

Very Twisted, by Charles Carreon (14 years old)

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When the change comes
RIPS one away
air fills with unreal fog
becomes much more SOLID
Each thought
another fear.
That Makes Fear Come In
an infinite number of shades, arrangements
and
designs
For everything goes twirling past,
Is whipped away by neuron winds
That dance across dendrite plains,
And wearily wind their way
Through towering mountains of thought.

(1969)
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Postby admin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:16 pm

Vlad and Me, by Charles Carreon



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I am a Communist
It works so good
I couldn't resist
I tell my friend Vlad,
Vladimir Putin
You know we're friends
Sure as shootin'
I-I
Wanna be like you!

We got the world divided
Into separate blocks
We got nucular suppositories
Nucular socks
Those other nations can
All kiss our ass
And while they're doing it
We'll pass some gas
'Cause I-I
Wanna be like you.

Right-wing bigots
They love me, too
You fight your terrorists
Just like I do
Reward your friends
Put your enemies under
You, my man,
Have earned the right to plunder,
And I-I
Wanna be like you.

Those minor differences
Won't get in our way...
Iran/Iraq United Nations
What the 'hey,
'Cause it's all in a world ruler's day,
And if they stuck a mike
up to my face
Here is what I'd say --
"Yeah, I-I
Wanna be like you
Yeah, I-I
Wanna be like you!"

Hey, did you kiss your sister?
Did you go to prep school?
Did you kill anyone in the KGB?
Don't you wish that you were
more successful?
Whaddaya think about Condi and me?
I think the job is kinda stressful
You seem to handle it marvelously
So I-I
Wanna be like you.

I am a Communist
It works so good
I couldn't resist
I tell my friend Vlad,
Vladimir Putin
You know we're friends
Sure as shootin'
I-I
Wanna be like you!
-- I mean it, man!
I-I
Wanna be like you!
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