Thursday, January 13, 2011

Channel Surfering



i have been channel surfing lately
hop-scotching across scared burial grounds
thumbing through discarded recipes boxes
one can find wisdom in a thrift shop back room,
a blue rabbit's foot clinging to chain,
a drop of magic still lingering at the bottom
of a Jim Beam bottle -

current affairs
have left me thinking
we missed something along the way here
maybe a master script awaiting decryption, the true formula
for human integrity, or an eighth
deadly sin needing to be shed

but antiquity seems
to have developed its own rules - now
requiring specialised study, specific methods
i am not qualified
to perform -
i even have caught wind
that bones have organized unions, set a going labor
rate for channel surfers (i feel i am beginning to buy
into this conspiracy thing) - think i should head
underground, change my username,
my passwords, Note:

thrift stores have
started serving Starbuck's - in their rare book section;
addiction is everywhere -  think i'll slip out
back - hit up a taxi driver for
a ride to the nearest casino - have a talk
with the chief about this
union thing.....

bkmackenzie
copyrighted 2011

15 comments:

  1. Like your commentary about our modern culture and the search for the formula for human integrity.

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  2. Liked this poem, Barbara, particularly the phrases:
    "hop-scotching across scared burial grounds" (I like 'scared' and not 'sacred')
    "one can find wisdom in a thrift shop back room"
    "antiquity seems to have developed its own rules"

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  3. Thanks Paul and Gordon...glad you both liked it ...have been hop-scotching for the past few days and finally got it down....bkm

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  4. nice very nice
    and as for channeling..yep your doing it

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  5. poetry has a way of helping us get to, see, what seems difficult to understand... your poetry does this, it sheds light on what doesn't quite seem right in society...

    nicely done.

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  6. welcome to the world...your way right away and in a way that will keep you coming back for more...

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  7. How poetically you take on conspiracy theories. When one view of the world gets to be too much, I channel surf too. This was incredible,

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  8. Brilliant. I love your style, and what you have to say.

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  9. Loved it! "addiction is everywhere." That is so true. Love your work, darling! :)

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  10. Fantastic write and a read that what most enjoyed. These are the very reasons I am considering exile! lol Might stand a better chance at battling my own demons...Loved it!

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  11. This is a fantastic look/view at our modern society, and the reasons to opt out!

    I loved this poem, Bk! It speaks so much to what we know is happening even to some dusty, dead thrift store...the last bastion of used and discarded: it's now so trendy.

    We need to blaze our own paths, especially as poets, otherwise we become just fodder for fashion (and fashion in the broadest sense!)

    Lady Nyo

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  12. Beautiful write and I sense this hmm how do i say it but something so familiar to me..

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  13. Love evderyone's comments...I so appreciate you stopping in and taking your time to leave a word or two...again..thank you...bkm

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  14. Now here's a commentary I can sink my teeth into! Good tell-all on modern culture...a lot of people could keep this in mind and take it to heart. As Brian said - welcome to the world! Ugh. Great descriptions though, and a fine commentary all around.

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