Stars in the Drug Show

January 29, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, PETER'S WRITING, Ulalume |

Who can tell the honest score When no-one knows or can be sure That the ball in the net / an incomplete pass Or the bungled catch / upon the grass Weren’t planned? Should you work the mobile phone, With your team well in the zone Where Olympic pride / the bikes they ride Head for the lowlands, on a peptide Of flasks, all banned? We’re all ‘stars in the drug show’ now, We made it happen – we showed them how By greasing on our couches, betting And buying all they sold us, letting Them jab their engorged hand.

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January 24, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | PETER'S WRITING |

I’m in love with a monster, She means everything to me, Goes out all night, I know not where And comes home after three. Wheresoever have you been? She smiles negligently, Never you mind; I think you’ll find That you cannot suppose There’s blood on my clothes. So I pout, crinkle my mouth And do a Bogart wince. If she is stopped, will I be copped For my silence then and since?  

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Inherit the Wind

January 9, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Drama Film, LIFE, PETER'S WRITING, Ulalume |

Proverbs, 11:29 – “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.” ——- I watched this Stanley Kramer bag-of-wind With that pair of plump boiled hams, Tracy and March, In a hot and dusty courtroom, having a fine old time Debating whether a schoolteacher had sinned. Kids bit into the apple when their brains began to parch So he taught them evolution was no crime. Tracy, playing Darrow, fought the case upon the law, In other words he posed as legislator. But the facts were dead against him, so,…

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“Marriage Equality”

November 28, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, PETER'S WRITING, POLITICS |

The Marriage Settlement by William Hogarth

Rather, it appears to me As special pleading, don’t you see, Equality is not the name For making difference all the same And social change, go carefully About your task, respectfully; If to shadow-lands dissent Is forced, we’ll find new ways to vent And those could sting. For social concord, here’s a thing That could restore freedoms of old – Instead of choosing to be told What’s right, equal, or ‘appropriate’; Perhaps we should de-legislate And banish State from communal bed, Let couples choose to state instead What they are or wish to be – Let clerics moot matrimony.          

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November 22, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | PETER'S WRITING, POLITICS, Ulalume |

By Hubert van Ravesteyn (1671)

It looks like any other nut. The outer shell is hard And seemingly impervious, The flesh within is poisoned. Despite the strength of its integument This is prone to burst-forth After fermentation. It will lay in a shrinking room, Touching all within. So this is a nut one must not crack In the event its toxic traces Spill over the table.  

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