Poems

Poems don’t need to rhyme, but write about what you know.

April 2, 2020 10:17 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Before the Addendum

Before the Addendum

Dear Readers,

I hope you're well. Yesterday I published my 21st book of poetry called Before the Addendum in paperback and Kindle formats. The tentative name was Preparing For the Addendum, but I changed it at the last minute. The book contains 73 poems and 13 of them have never been seen before. It is available on Amazon.com.

This month I am beginning to write two books of poetry. One will be a book of general poems and I will post most of them here. The other one will be called 109 Haikus in Kauai and those poems will not be published online. In about three months I intend on publishing both of them on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats.

Thanks for your interest in my poetry. The newest poems are at the bottom.

Sincerely,
Jason

April 2, 2020 9:41 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Heat is On

Why don’t I build something,
so they can burn it to the ground again?

I don’t need seed money,
I don’t want help from anybody,
I will create everything from scratch!

Disciplined,
I ask for nothing,
I still get everything
and I’ve built kingdoms
like nobody has ever seen

Gifted,
I know who I am
and I know what I’m not,
my aim keeps improving,
my swing is grooving,
can’t stop moving,
gotta press on
right now

Hell,
it feels like
I am scorching every heater,
ready to do it in a tight little beater
and I’m not even close to being finished

April 10, 2020 10:47 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The Man

Staying in for good will be a mixed bag
because it is beautiful outside and
I will have responsibilities and
a high calling once again

A home base sounds good,
another place I can call my own,
I’ll build a greenhouse and grow stuff
like veggies and it will be fun and healthy

I won’t be here, well not exactly here,
but I will pick the right spots and
build something brand new,
I’ll disconnect myself and
I’ll get away from ewe
like my uncle did
after Vietnam

I’ll wake up when I want,
stay up as late is I want and
maybe start another business,
in my time I’ll do whatever I want

I’ll travel sometimes and visit the beach,
I’ll see new places and keep writing,
starry, night skies will be inviting,
in the end maybe just maybe
I’ll share it with somebody

Maybe I will get a cat or dog,
string up a clothesline and
make a stool from a log,
we will see one day...

It will be a new chapter and
a new adventure and I know that
I’ll be proud of the man in the mirror

April 20, 2020 2:01 AM HST - Posted by Jason

I Won't Be Fooled Again

Anger welled up
as I saw what they were doing
to paradise and I came undone again

I remembered my voice
and how I already cried today
as I rode a bus with the homeless

Americans can’t stop polluting everything
even in a pandemic there’s no hope,
no way, no light, only darkness,
it’s gets blacker every day

April 20, 2020 2:16 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Like Dolphins

White birds fly high and seem happier
because fewer cars are on the road now
since everybody was ordered to stay home

The air is cleaner and it smells better,
but it’s just a matter of time until that changes

Have people learned to be righteous judges
or do they still avoid judging while doing evil things?

The “don’t judge” movement was the worst thing to hit America
because people avoid making righteous judgments and everybody loses,
fools have no shame and grow in confidence while we suffer from their devices

No matter what you say there aren’t lots of truths,
there is one truth whether you like it or not

Hating the truth is despising reality,
but the multi-truth movement was probably born
when liars would not stop passing off their lies as the truth

Hypocrites ruined it for everybody,
easy living and vehemently casual Christianity made everybody say,
“That’s your truth, but I have mine”, but none of them seem particularly truthful to me

May 12, 2020 7:20 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Poetry

Have you wondered why I haven’t written any poetry for a while?

Since I have been indoors due to Hawaii’s stay-at-home order I haven’t written much poetry. I write poetry by necessity because I feel compelled to write it. I like writing poems, but I don’t force myself to do it.

I have not written any published or unpublished poems lately. However, I have written some haikus for my upcoming book called 109 Haikus in Kauai. I have also written a few stories in A Brand New World: The Addendum. I will not publish the haikus online until I publish the book, but you can read the stories on my website.

Since I have been inside I have broadcasted live and recorded many videos. Some of them were in a 10 video series called My Journey (2012-2020) and some of them have been my comments on live news broadcasts. Perhaps spending my time on other tasks has distracted me from the joy of writing poetry.

I have felt creative lately and I will start writing poems and posting them here again soon. Thanks for reading.

May 16, 2020 4:05 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Do We Need a Miracle?

Why don't people see
the effects of their actions?
Why can't people look down the road
and realize that there is trouble ahead?
Are they alive inside or are they just dead?

Without pride and dominance what would we be?
I thought we were much more than that, you and me...
Who cares about the amazing beauty outside that was free?

Everything is going away...
Are we going to watch it fade to black?
Is this really you? Don't you want to take it back?

May 19, 2020 7:08 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The Air I Breathe

For many years
I fought two unseen enemies,
both different, yet both were the same

One foe jumped on my back from the beginning,
clogging all my pores from the moment I woke up,
soiling the clothes I wore, slowly turned them black

The other bastard blew far away,
but I knew it was there n everywhere
because I saw how its wickedness was made

I fought both enemies tooth and nail,
day and night with all my might
while the others fell prey
to their dirty devices

I conquered the first one
and beat it to the bloody ground,
but the elusive enemy still screams
like an angry siren around every town

I don't care if I stand alone,
but I know that I don't anyway,
people may think I'll give in,
but I know that I won't, no way

Lead or follow
it is up to you,
but sooner or later
you'll give an account
for all the things you do

As for me and my house, we'll follow the sun
until the battle's won, until we're one

May 27, 2020 11:48 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Me and Monotony

Staying inside
all the time
isn't easy

I lose track
of which day it is,
it's just me and the TV
and my cup of tea or coffee

The government is afraid
and sending mixed messages,
the powerful can't be trusted,
so I'm on my own this time again

May 27, 2020 11:51 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Reality

I hear about death all day, every day,
nobody cared, then everybody cared
and now they act like they care

Primal urges guide everybody,
guilt, threats and bribes pacified the masses,
but now their taskmasters are becoming increasingly anxious

I see more than they see,
I will be more than they'll be,
I'll take the best things for free

They can't wait to worship their dirty gods again......

June 1, 2020 3:53 AM HST - Posted by Jason

I'll Keep On Keepin' On

One more month holed up inside,
writing, thinking, recording and watching,
bathing, listening, singing, typing and talking

The country’s worrying
and keeps opening and closing
as people are dissenting and revolting,
but Hawaii might be on the right track now

I can do it for 30 more days,
but anything can happen and nobody knows
if or when the virus stays or goes, but I am undeterred

I am disciplined and strong,
I’ve been right and I’ve been wronged,
but I am resilient just like my fellow Americans