Three Steps

Life consists of a repetition of three steps, each designed to trip us up.  Step one, fail. Step two, learn. Step three, move forward.

T J Therien

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NaPoWriMo Day 10 Results

The Crux
by T J Therien
Humanity stands at a crucial junction
In the roundhouse of the impending
To escape this nexus of dysfunction
The entire apple cart needs upending
Without cutting off the hand offending
We need to break free from this strangle-hold
Dispel the illusion of wealth and gold
Give up this addiction to self-extreme
It won’t be easy, if the truth be told
It will take much more than a viral meme

NaPoWriMo Day 9 Results

Getting Old
by T J Therien
 
And so another morning breaks
Another day Time will whittle
Every joint in the body aches
There’s no reprise, no acquittal
The skin thins and bone grows brittle
Arteries clog, the breath shallows
On the slow march to the gallows
On the turning of dusty page
The sun sets on dusky hallows
Everyone must acquiesce to age

NaPoWriMo Day 8 Results

Dog Eat Dog
by T J Therien
 
Sinister capitalistic cabals
Have introduced their greatest creation
Socio-economic cannibals
Boiling down the human population
In the briny broth of exploitation
The caldron bubbles, they will eat you whole
The Devil cackles as you sell your soul
The consequence, greater than realized
Having crossed that bridge, having paid that toll
You’ve been indoctrinated and desensitized

NaPoWriMo Day 7 Results

Boris and Natasha
by T J Therien
 
If life was distilled in nursery rhyme
I would be the Boris to your Natasha
You would be my partner in life and crime
Playing house as Sultana and Pasha
After overthrowing Maharaja
Dancing to orchestrated arrangements
Attending extravagant engagements
Incognito in your wig and my toupee
Rocky and Bullwinkle are CIA agents
And Mickey Mouse works for the NSA

NaPoWriMo Day 6 Results

In Captivity
by T J Therien
 
Memories of majestic forests dense
Echoed in every fiber of being
Innately engrained instinctive sense
Caged and desperately in need of freeing
Predisposed for fighting and fleeing
Condemned to die in a concrete lair
Tethered to a pole, pacing here and there
A pitiful creature with worn thin fur
Removed from nature the circus bear
Exhibits abnormal behaviour

NaPoWriMo Day 5 Results

The Playground
by T J Therien
 
Do we build people up to tear them down?
Are we kids playing king of the castle?
Fighting over a paper-mâché crown
A game of liege lord, rascal and vassal
Engaged in subterfuge and feelings facile
Stepping on others to climb up the hill
When artifice does not ambition fulfill
We do whatever it takes to stay on top
In a corrupted version of Jack and Jill
And kindergarten games that never stop

NaPoWriMo Day 4 Results

A Different Kind of Zombie Apocalypse
by T J Therien
 
Under the influence of anesthesia
The psyche of society has grown numb
Suffering from collective amnesia
Reduced to a rudimentary sum
Destined for an undesirable outcome
Unplugged by an electronic tether
To a disconnected sense of together
Synapse misfires in the maladjusted mind
As it floats about in the digital aether
Of communal consciousness undefined

NaPoWriMo Day 3 Results

Vagabond
by T J Therien
 
A hitchhiker sits on the side of the road
Massaging the blisters on his feet
Lamenting the life he thought he was owed
As newspaper tumbleweeds blow down the street
Destined to litter gardens of concrete
Flotsam in the gutter that runs by the walk
Clogs up the sewer grate on the next block
Backed up, the sewage has nowhere to flow
Trying to find nutrient in chafe and stalk
There he sat in his stench with nowhere to go

NaPoWriMo Day 2 Results

Reverberations
by T J Therien
 
Reciting words with reverie
Suckling the teat of wet nurse
Among the rabble and revelry
The poet writes in uni-verse,
With sole ambition to immerse
The gentle reader in fluid feeling
That encourages cathartic healing,
Imaginative invention, idea profound
In the mind expanded without ceiling
And in the silence of the soul resound