Thursday, February 11, 2016

Silhouette Of Darkness to Fatal Decision: Big Guns, No Budget 
The plight of the poor 
The plight of a movie without money 

Silhouette Of Darkness (free form poem) 

Mired in the midst of troubles
Existing with the garbage others have thrown out
Tattered are its clothes
Weathered is its skin
Silence fills its eyes
Sitting with some unknown
Tomorrow has no use for it at all
A shadow
Drifting in human consciences
Its soul has forgotten how to cry
It has no more use for its heart
But to carry its blood
The final reminder of its mother’s gift
Carried on the winds of time
Nothing wants it anymore
Even nature’s most forgiving cringe from its presence
Even vision wipes it from its sight
This blight of what we’ve become
This scum upon our streets
But as it moves
From the stench it leaves behind
Drab silhouette of darkness
Curse of imagination
A message falls
From use to be a smile
Dream while you can
Dream while you can 

A free form poem. Painting a picture with words. No rules. No limits. No boundaries. A wonderful way to express ourselves. And if it rhymes every once in while. No harm done. I only follow one rule. I use stanzas. Rather than one continuous flow to the end (which is okay), I break up my ideas. It allows a breath. It allows a reader to gather ideas. 

Funny how often my life has crossed those of the "street people": The homeless, the poor, the outcast, the drug addicts, the confused and on and on. I'm not poor, but I'm not exactly rich. In the poem, the speaker refers to a person as "it".It is often easier to deal with people as things, especially if they pose a challenge. As many of my poems, this one challenges us to see and analyze an idea in different ways. It is weird how often my life has crossed those of the "street people": I found many unusual individuals there.  Everything from a skateboard master to a minor league pitcher. From a blind artist to a homeless preacher. One would be surprised at what gems can be found in the street. Most find themselves there by circumstances beyond their control, yet there are some who like this lifestyle (believe it!). Strange how often my life has crossed those of the "street people": There was that homeless fellow who sold Street Sheets (news papers) and brought me luck. There was that man who kept me company at the bus stop when I worked late. There was that fellow who held the door at the corner store for spare change (when there was no work that day). And here was a speaker calling a person "it". There is a saying, "There but for the grace of God go I." Perhaps it is all a reminder. "Dream while you can." 

To go with the poem: John Barry :Midnight Cowboy" 

A movie with no budget may not make money but it might earn a laugh 

The Blair Witch Project, made in 1999, is one of the most notable low budget film ever made. For though it cost $60,000, it grossed almost $249 million worldwide. The folks at College Humor are tired of producing small sketches on YouTube and want to try their hand at a blockbuster. They have a great story. But it seems they spent all their money on the last office party. So they re going to film their blockbuster with no budget. 
The worst that can happen is: they put it on YouTube. "Fatal Decision: Big Guns, No Budget" 

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We think sometimes that poverty is only 
being hungry, naked and homeless. 
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved 
and uncared for is the greatest poverty. 
We must start in our own homes to 
remedy this kind of poverty.
Mother Teresa


  1. Ouch.
    And it makes me think of that timeless classic Eleanor Rigby: Where DO the lonely come from, and where do they belong.

    1. Another mind turned on.
      Thank you for (you know what)

  2. How beautifully you have allowed your words to flow freely! Lovely.

    1. Thank you for your kind words.
      I don't consider myself among the good poets.
      I rely on my versatility to get me recognized.

  3. Interesting poem.
    Mother Teresa has said some wonderful things in her time on earth..

    1. Glad it fascinated you.
      Thank you for your support

  4. Yes, if all was as it naturally appears to be, your poem would be most powerful.

    1. Funny story. Mayor Willie Brown wouldn't talk to me, until he saw the 426,000 check I gave a High School. An "It" became Martin.
      Thank you for everthing

    2. Willie Brown serves as a good example of how hard it can be to accept what our Heavenly Father actually says is absolutely true. For the mayor was generally not ashamed at how despicable he often was, which made him an easy target for scorn. Ah, but our Heavenly Father says that He is more responsible for the way we naturally appear to be than we are and that it is unrighteous to condemn people for their actions until He says they are actually not without blame. No, that does not mean that we are all just fine as we naturally are, and we should all want to be as much like our Heavenly Father as He will allow and enable us to be while displaying a great deal of humility in the meantime. Nonetheless, it is so very hard for me to not be angry at those who appear to have done me wrong. Alas, woe is me.

    3. I liked Willie. I shared an example of how a person changed.
      Imagine, how he felt when he realized his mistake.

  5. You write beautifully! "Drab silhouette of darkness
    Curse of imagination
    A message falls" is a wonderful series of words. I think about the homeless population as well and wish there was something I could do...

    1. Thank you for your thoughts.
      I'm sure you heart will find a way.