Internet Sheep

Baa, baa, internet sheep,
Can you stream TiVo?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
The bandwidth is full.

One for the adults,
One for the kids,
And one for the neighbor,
Who steals Wi-Fi down the road.

Baa, baa, internet sheep,
Have you any life?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three hours of reality TV full.

if you were wondering

I am now on Consumer Reports and I’m thinking about

Trying to find the best elderly medic alert system.
Trying to decipher our new IRA rollover and continue to listen.
Trying to distribute my SS money in the best way.

While filling out forms for the kids new benefits to be deposited today.
While trying to schedule school tours for our oldest.
While scheduling specialists for their allergies and speech as the doctor told us.
While making a budget for my grandmother who is really sick.
While trying to fit her income into her monthly budget so she can exist.

Wondering if it is too late to change her medicare supplemental plan.
Wondering how to get advice on that, not from a computer but a human.

Remembering I need to pack up the Christmas decorations.
Remembering it’s time to get our kids a haircut, maybe from Sensations.
Remembering to write my doctor about my lung tests since he has forgotten.
Remembering to unpack from traveling before my clothes are rotten.

While our littlest one is making messes with wipeys and crackers under my feet.
While she takes my car keys, hides them and trashes the house like a super athlete.

As I research phone and TV rates because Vonage is sucking.
As I remember I need to get a medical expense list for taxes this year.

If you were wondering that’s all a house wife does, my dear.

Red Pill or Blue Pill

I woke up today.
I felt nauseous as usual.
I took a shower and thought
Something horrible is going to happen.

My mind doesn’t do that usually.
But I don’t feel like things are correctable.
I don’t see democracy working.
I don’t see capitalism working.

I don’t see our culture working.
I see the infighting and culture wars.
I see continual fights on social issues.
I see no hope for the unemployed.

I see no hope for the middle class.
I see pedophiles and drug addicts.
I see car bombings and terrorist attacks.
I see spree killings.

I see reality TV eating our souls.
I see friends and families giving up.
Giving up on their dreams.
Not remembering when they had any.

I feel like I’m in a movie.
Yesterday after work I laid in the dark.
I thought about my family.
I thought about all the illness we have.

I thought about the dreams for our children.
I thought about the world they will inherit.
I thought about the cost of their educations.
I thought about the toxins in the water.

I thought about the crime on the streets.
I watched a show about the drug trade.
I thought about America’s addictions.
I thought about America’s depression and anxiety.

I remember it being better when I was a child.
But maybe that is because I was a child.
Maybe it has always been screwed up.
Maybe it will always be screwed up.

Maybe we always think the grass is greener.
Maybe the grass is burnt and dead.
Maybe we are burnt and dead.
Maybe we are already dead.

My mom called me to ask how I was doing.
I told her how I was doing.
Then she decided she didn’t really want to know.
It seems I ruined her mood.

How are we to live in this world?
How are we to continue on?
How are we to find peace and happiness?
How are we to smile at our children?

Why are we not collectively trying to fix it?
Why are we acting as if nothing is wrong?
Why are we playing this game?
Why are we looking for fame?

I went to bed.
I slept wonderfully as usual.
I was dreaming and thought
Something wonderful is going to happen.

My mind is usually positive.
I feel like things are great.
I see democracy working.
I see capitalism working.

I see our culture working.
I don’t see the infighting and culture wars.
I don’t see continual fights on social issues.
I see hope for the unemployed.

I see hope for the middle class.
I don’t see pedophiles and drug addicts.
I don’t see car bombings and terrorist attacks.
I don’t see spree killings.

I don’t see reality TV eating our souls.
I don’t see friends and families giving up.
No one is giving up on their dreams.
Everyone remembers them.

I don’t feel like I’m in a movie.
Yesterday after work I went for a run.
I didn’t think about my family.
I didn’t think about all the illness we have.

I didn’t think about the dreams for our children.
I didn’t think about the world they will inherit.
I didn’t think about the cost of their educations.
I didn’t think about the toxins in the water.

I didn’t think about the crime on the streets.
I didn’t watch a show about the drug trade.
I didn’t think about America’s addictions.
I didn’t think about America’s depression and anxiety.

I don’t remember it being better when I was a child.
But maybe that is because it’s great now.
Maybe it has always been wonderful.
Maybe it will always be wonderful.

Maybe we don’t always think the grass is greener.
Maybe the grass is as green as it will get.
Maybe we are thriving and alive.
Maybe we are already in heaven?

My mom didn’t call me to ask how I was doing.
I didn’t tell her how I was doing.
Then she did not decide she didn’t really want to know.
It seems I would have increased her mood.

How are we not going to live in this world?
How are we not going to continue on?
How are we not going to find peace and happiness?
How are we not to smile at our children?

Why are we collectively trying to fix it?
Why are we acting as if everything is great?
Why are we not playing a game?
Why are we not looking for fame?

Spark of Life

A new year and a new life we are given.
A time to start over and be forgiven
For the mistakes we all have made.
For the untruths we all have told along the way.

Let this new year bring us all closer to our divinity.
Closer to that spark some define as the Holy Trinity.
Closer to the passion we all forget to pursue
That exists within us all, not just a few.

Let there be peace on earth as our species grows.
Let us come closer to the eternal truths we seldom know.
Treat others as we would have them treat us.
Not judging others quickly, throwing away our trust.

Let us invest in our children’s education before war.
Let us use our brains to learn how to feed the poor.
Let capitalism learn how to abstain.
Let money not be the focus over the humane.

Let people be not just numbers on a spreadsheet.
Let the practice of empathy be one we repeat.
Let us realize the news media are pigs to the trough.
That fear and sensationalism is what we have bought.

That every time we turn on the TV and tune in.
That the propaganda machine continues to win.
If you want to know what the weather is like outside
Go see for yourself, no need to hide.

Believe in your senses that you need to relearn.
Because any life worth living you must earn.
Life is a blessing we all should hold dear.
One to celebrate without fear.

Going Broke

Divisive_Politics

The divisive woman from last years GOP convention
Passed through my city yesterday with little a mention.
Not one coworker came to me to speak
About how much this woman meant to them this week.

How they couldn’t wait to get off work to buy her book.
How much it meant that she was in our city to look
At the sea of conservative white faces waiting to get her take
On BIG government, family values and the morality we fake.

Not a mention in my mostly right-wing company
About this woman and her legacy and the future of our country.
Not a mention was made at the morning staff meeting.
No one bragging to sneak out during lunch for a book signing.

As I turned on the TV after the day was done
I realized that the news had focused on this as if it’s a phenomenon.
They are focusing on this woman as if she is a saint.
As if even the ones who hate her love hating her for Pete’s sake.

Every channel was a buzz as I continued to surf
Through the channels of nonsense and media coverage turf.
The conservatives see her as their new Messiah it would seem as they chat.
How her quitting the governorship and selling a book  is their big come back.

The liberals sarcastically cover her book as if it should be read
To point out the lack of substance they see in her head.
Both sides continue to rally their troops in the meantime
For this woman who is happy to cash in on this media crime.

As we fight two wars, employment and global warming continues
The media would rather us focus on this woman and her venues.
On what cities she chooses to stop through and make alliances.
On what cities she chooses to ignore and stoke hatred and violence.

No one is talking about this but the media with their chatter
That would make us think that this divisive woman truly matters.
No one that I know conservative or liberal seems to care where she is.
Because we all have real lives and real issues that we all have to live.

Random Acts of Kindness

American TV

The world changed today as I turned on my TV.
There were random acts of kindness all over the screen.
For the first time in history these things became news for me.
An eagle scout built a nature trail in a local park close by.

A family adopted a child, and gave her a new start and home.
A father was laid off, and was able to start his dream job instead
Where he teaches local teens the values he wishes we all had.
An Israeli and Palestinian family live side by side in peace.

Volunteering has become America’s favorite past time, over sports.
Bike commuting has turned into a movement all over the world.
Healthy fast food joints are being built to fight our junk food courts.
And not a word was reported about spree killings, rapists or pedophiles.

These random acts of kindness were broadcast for all to see.
A new school was built in a village in Africa for girls to get a degree.
Fresh clean water is now available in the countries we made free.
Cancer research is advancing with the use of nanotechnology.

Different religions all over the world are living in peace and harmony.
Hard to believe these examples I’ve shown, but indeed it’s a reality.
Global initiatives on climate change, policy united
from every land to every sea.

Random acts of kindness have begun to be reported today.
To seek out the love and turn away from the hate.
To seek out forgiveness and turn away from vengeance.
To not focus on the fear injected into our culture for ratings.

Random acts of kindness, happen everyday and go unreported.
News media began to focus on the love and forgiveness that we can achieve.
So we may remember the good in life that is happening everyday.
Of course this is a fantasy, but one I’d rather live in and believe.

Knowing my children will own your house soon

I’m all around you, but you don’t see me much.
I clean your toilets at night when you’re away.
I mow your grass in the scorching heat all day.
I lay brick when you’re watching TV on game day.

I see you around town on my one day off.
We shop together buying goods from the same stores.
I take my family to church on Sundays, too.
Just down the street from the diner by you.

Our kids go to school together you know.
When they were young they would play forever.
As they aged they began to grow apart.
I don’t know why because they both love art.

I teach my kids to respect this country.
As they resist learning the language I grew up with.
We try to buy them Disney and Sony so they know.
The same things that make your kids glow.
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Random Acts of Kindness

The world changed today as I turned on my TV.
There were random acts of kindness all over the screen.
For the first time in history these things became news for me.
An eagle scout built a nature trail in a local park close by.

A family adopted a child, and gave her a new start and home.
A father was laid off, and was able to start his dream job instead
Where he teaches local teens the values he wishes we all had.
An Israeli and Palestinian family live side by side in peace.

Volunteering has become America’s favorite past time, over sports.
Bike commuting has turned into a movement all over the world.
Healthy fast food joints are being built to fight our junk food courts.
And not a word was reported about spree killings, rapists or pedophiles.

These random acts of kindness were broadcast for all to see.
A new school was built in a village in Africa for girls to get a degree.
Fresh clean water is now available in the countries we made free.
Cancer research is advancing with the use of nanotechnology.

Different religions all over the world are living in peace and harmony.
Hard to believe these examples I’ve shown, but indeed it’s a reality.
Global initiatives on climate change, policy united
from every land to every sea.

Random acts of kindness have begun to be reported today.
To seek out the love and turn away from the hate.
To seek out forgiveness and turn away from vengeance.
To not focus on the fear injected into our culture for ratings.

Random acts of kindness, happen everyday and go unreported.
News media began to focus on the love and forgiveness that we can achieve.
So we may remember the good in life that is happening everyday.
Of course this is a fantasy, but one I’d rather live in and believe.

Knowing my children will own your house soon

I’m all around you, but you don’t see me much.
I clean your toilets at night when you’re away.
I mow your grass in the scorching heat all day.
I lay brick when you’re watching TV on game day.

I see you around town on my one day off.
We shop together buying goods from the same stores.
I take my family to church on Sundays, too.
Just down the street from the diner by you.

Our kids go to school together you know.
When they were young they would play forever.
As they aged they began to grow apart.
I don’t know why because they both love art.

I teach my kids to respect this country.
As they resist learning the language I grew up with.
We try to buy them Disney and Sony so they know.
The same things that make your kids glow.

I also save some money and send it to
Our family members who are starving plenty.
As we sock away pennies, we buy them time.
The lack of jobs and high crime is why

We came here to work and earn a dime.
Now I grow old and my back is not strong.
I think of all the grass I’ve mowed and toilets I’ve cleaned.
If I had to do it all over again I would.

I thank God as I tuck my little girls into bed.
To think of the things they can do with their lives now.
I’m just a broken old man trying to earn his keep.
I might be illegal but my girls are not, Chief.

I hear of you talking about illegal immigrants getting health care.
I know you are protesting my Mexican and Latino heritage.
I know you don’t think of Canadians or the Swedish this way.
I know you are speaking of me and my people today.

You know this land was ours way before the Europeans.
Our nations evolved from the great migration through Alaska.
We evolved into nations and our people lived here simply.
Then the Europeans came here and stole all our land.

Now we sneak in through the Rio Grande.
You might call us wetbacks, but I don’t much mind.
Because I know my sweat is building not just your country but mine.
Like it or not we will be the majority soon.

The sooner you face this the better for all our people.
And I teach my children when this change happens
To remember that your families came here as immigrants too.
That one day we won’t be just Hispanics and Aliens to you.

That one day we will all be Americans. That you must face.
And that we are all part of the same human race.
But for now I’ll mow your grass and clean some more toilets.
Knowing my children will own your house soon without disgrace.