Friday, February 25, 2011

A conspiracy so vast

To all but the conspirator
(Mark there's as many as before)
The thing about conspiracy
Is it's there for none to see.
Each man whether stout or frail
Conjures up his own betrayal-
A vampire banker in the night
(Or schoolmarm if you're on the right.)
Whichever shadow you pursue,
And I bet you money it's a Jew,
With all our demons aggregated
And in with our neighbors titrated
The conspiracy has grown so vast
To become democracy at last.
And once our enemies are pooled,
We're rightly glad to have been fooled.

-Burnett Holmes

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ogre Day 2011

When freedom comes to Tripoli,
The despot hanged on live TV,
Love will keep the dastard's head
Entangled in its braided thread.

Yea, it's true, a tyrant risen,
Is buoyant on a sea of prison;
In this world of friends and neighbors
And charity and hugs and labors.

Shackles bind the very best
While embraces tie the rest
And affection makes the world go round,
Which as it spins, grinds us down.

Yes, love's a rose, I hear. I do,
And kindness is the truest true,
But whichever gracious heart may spawn it,
An ogre's bile be upon it.
-Amelia Roston Browning

A dismal ogre Day to all my friends!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Today I'll meet with an accountant
Who'll prescribe the amount that
in taxes I'm due to pay
April 15th or ground hog day
Is this tyranny or patriotism?
Nah, but worth some rhyme and rhythm.