Poems

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

May 15, 2019 9:18 PM HST - Posted by Jason

@McDonalds

Your WiFi suddenly went down
after a weird loiterer entered.
Was it just a coincidence?

I know you don’t know what happened and
I see that you aren’t gonna figure it out...

Like I said before
I own a business and
make money in my sleep,
it is called residual income,
so even though I’m self-employed and
time is money I do not care what you do
because I can type in a document and
I am not addicted to the Internet
even though I like to learn and
connect with others online

Do your worst because I am resilient and
after I eat and clean my table per usual
you will think I was heaven-sent again

May 10, 2019 10:50 AM HST - Posted by Jason

A Wicked Game

I am ready
to hit the road.
How far will I go?
You don’t know,
but you’ll see.

Riding
and rolling,
over and over,
blissful, but awful,
it is beautiful and ugly,
some sort of twisted dichotomy
that I never asked for
or consented to,
set in motion,
so I am just
breaking
hard

May 8, 2019 12:27 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Eternally Hot Off the Press

I feel like I am free,
I can do whatever I want,
whenever I want within reason

I guess I am the poet,
analyst, seer synthesizer,
so how could I remain silent?

I have enjoyed my jobs,
but writing stories about death
are not always easy for me to write
even with the end increasingly in sight

80 stories still remain unwritten
and it feels like a double portion test,
I am not in a hurry n I have many ideas,
so I should be able to finish them in the fall

42 haikus remain unwritten too,
but they keep flowing all the time,
so I will finish them by summertime
with and without using end line rhyme

May 2, 2019 9:23 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Borderline

It is wet because it has been raining
and I have been wondering
what I should do
tonight

I have energy and if I can make it until midnight
I can shop for groceries at Safeway,
it could break the norm

I could write some poems and stories,
watch the early morning news,
shower before the sunrise
and ferociously meet
a brand new day

Yoga will feel awesome,
my body will be loose n limber
after I stretch, twist, push and bend
and I can charge my tablets while I do it

Everything is within a bike ride,
so this town feels like an old glove
even though it has flaws n blemishes
it feels small and big enough for me now

Just to learn to articulate
by practicing and honing my skills,
writing, analyzing, asking and listening
will contribute to a night well spent
along with a warm shower

What a cozy night this will be,
I wonder if anybody else does this
or if it’d be fun to do it with somebody

Music will accompany me
like it is doing at this very moment
and I will sing and ride hard when I hear it

My secret spots are calling to me now,
I hope I stay awake all day tomorrow
because that will be a true test,
I won’t sleep until nighttime

I will drink plenty of tea and coffee,
it’ll keep me alert and awake
tonight and tomorrow

I need to make a plan,
I want to make good use of my time,
maybe even catch TV news while the world is sleeping
and discover a new day’s news as I interact with people shaping the world

May 1, 2019 2:21 PM HST - Posted by Jason

I Am Never Giving Up

I won’t forget you,
I can see you in my mind’s eye
and I hear you say, “You can do it daddy!”

I know you’re far away
and I can’t see you now,
but that’ll change one day

I don’t believe what they did
and I don’t believe a word that they say,
you were all I didn’t want them to take away,
so we’ll have to make up for lost time in 2021,
we can go to the park and to the beach,
play instruments and watch a show
and go anywhere you want to go

I have so much to tell you
and you will probably be shocked,
my path has been extraordinary and unique,
it has been difficult even though it has been worth it

I miss you every day,
I want to talk to you too,
but I don’t know what to say,
I would rather just wait until
I can see you face to face,
I still don’t trust anyone

Take care of yourself,
nobody else knows how to,
they don’t take care of themselves,
so you know what I am telling you is true

You don’t have to be like them,
you don’t have to accept anything you see,
I surely don’t and if you don’t maybe you are just like me

April 30, 2019 11:53 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The Last Day

15 hours are left
in my fast and I am well

I like eating and
the big boost of energy
I get from healthy organic food

I may stay up all night and
eat after midnight and
think, read and write

When I woke up today
my headache was all gone and
I’ve been hydrating with water and juice
from a lemon I squeezed in green tea with honey

It’s just a question of time now......

April 25, 2019 6:03 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Vanikai

Scream in my fucking ears!
C’mon! Scream real loud!
I will scream back and
remind these people
obviously on crack
who the boss is!

April 24, 2019 9:40 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The Queensryche: Empire Album

An old song reminds me of a distant place
with an amazing girl under the stars
way out in the country boonies

So high and alive,
mesmerizing guitars,
shredding all night long,
powerful, thoughtful lyrics,
each song uniquely amazing,
so I set her gorgeous friend
up with my friend Casey,
he was a lucky dog,
he nailed her too

She was small and fun
and didn’t expect too much
because we were all so young

She was the only one
my friends and I randomly
drunk dialed at Baldwin’s house
and visited in the middle of the night

Country girls are lots of fun
and they tend to like city slickers like me
even though I actually grew up in San Diego county

April 17, 2019 5:11 AM HST - Posted by Jason

I Tell You No Lies

I listen closely to everything near me,
being mindful of my surroundings
because you never know
when chaos could break out

Reggae jerks me
back into my new reality,
the wind is cool, crisp n clean

I am always anticipating the worst,
ready for the other shoe to drop,
still swaying to a great solo,
with my eyes closed,
cracking my back,
clearing my throat and
touching my palms on the floor,
but only when it is relatively clean

Dressed warm, sufficiently caffeinated,
I am burning the midnight oil and
I gotta plan out my day
or I’ll get pissed

April 14, 2019 9:51 AM HST - Posted by Jason

She's So Sweet

Maybe I am the perfect one for you
is that what you are thinking too?
I see you returning twice and
now your mom walks by
to see what you see,
so what’s up?
Testing me?

You are looking great by the way,
whatever you are doing,
just stick with it

You are as hard as a rock and
look as healthy as a horse,
I dig, so good luck

Great Daisy Dukes btw,
they complemented your ass
in a nice way, I must say, way to go

Lucky for your thoughts and
your encouragement as you vibe toward me,
it’s a gorgeous night outside and I hope you enjoy it
I am turning in because I am sleepy despite drinking hot coffee

April 13, 2019 5:48 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Starbucks Sucks

What sucks worse than Starbucks?
Starbucks sucks.

They have plastic straws, paper and plastic cups and plastic lids,
“conventional” coffee, sugary sweets and fiberless finger food,
synthetic chemicals in the bathroom and old manager’s hair,
it’s enough to make a righteous man lash out in disbelief,
as rich people pollute to and from the store for drinks
that they could easily make on their own at home

Every electrical outlet is situated by an intrusive seat,
so they can stare over your shoulder as you type online and eat,
judging you up and down, growing more jealous every passing moment

Do you want hot water?
Get in line and ask for it.
How about cold water?
Get in line and ask for it.
Want the bathroom code?
I bet you do. Get in line.

Their dairy has steroids and antibiotics,
their honey is as organic as a tribute band and
their pastries may pass through you in a week or two

Low standards meets cock-eyed optimism,
that’s Starbucks for you n like I say at McDonalds,
burn it right off because all fat is not created equally

April 11, 2019 8:58 PM HST - Posted by Jason

I'm So Happy

Thanks for being pretty before me,
you are a complicated one and persistent

I accept the challenge to dance with you
and let our minds wander together
Wild hair,
dangerous makeup,
darty, colorful, patient,
soft and warm,
I see you

You make me smile!

Yes, lean,
I rise

April 8, 2019 1:14 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Looking Up Again

Another new beginning,
it feels like I have a lot of those,
it always feels liberating to start over

Nice and buzzed
among the zombies,
birds chirping and rising,
wannabes just looking at me,
but they still can’t see what I see
or they wouldn’t be that way

My radar
is on what I decide,
nothing more, nothing less,
despite how nice, mean or intrusive
people may act on this planet

It feels good
to see things outside the herd
because that mentality was dumb and mind-numbing

Reborn,
second sight,
using all of my faculties
to discern like life depends on it
because that’s how I do it

April 7, 2019 2:40 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Let's

I am spitfiring.
Did it come out too fast?
I can’t go back and rewrite it.
It will be in the annals forever.
I can’t worry about it though.
I can’t look back or wonder,
just gotta write n let it go
and I may even see it say
more than I intended
somehow as usual.

Another, big, full day,
one that was special in another life,
but now it’s like any other one in my humble opinion

Symbols and foreshadowing,
teasing and looking into the future,
it is not easy to give an overview of something
that has not happened or been written yet,
it is like writing history in advance,
but it is not impossible for me

40 is such a round number
and my brevity must have been acquired
through journalism and mediums like Twitter and blogs,
it feels good to finish and get on to the final one in this unique series,
even though I thought I would be somewhere else when I penned the final book

April 4, 2019 9:40 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The 11th Hour

The day is done and
it’s almost time to sleep,
I couldn’t squeeze any more
into this third day even if I tried

I live in a mixed up place
where people are being misled,
the young don’t understand how or why,
but the easy path looks pretty good at first,
yet with no one to raise a standard for everyone,
who will rise up?

March 27, 2019 10:15 AM HST - Posted by Jason

A Poem For Sleeping

I can see
consternation on her face
as she talks on her phone in her truck,
being fun, bold and mysterious in her own ways
(but mainly just in her mind)

She probably has a voice
like gravel, sandpaper and cigarettes,
but she is looking at me to see what I see now

She always compares herself to others
and she has been hurt by mean guys
more often than she’d like to admit

March 26, 2019 7:50 PM HST - Posted by Jason

On a Neighbor Island

The beautiful and majestic Maui mountains
jut into the sky and tower above me
as puffy, white and gray clouds
hang around in the wind

People are doing what they did yesterday
like somebody keeps handing them a grenade

Food, medicine, bills and no money,
repeating, repeatedly learning,
listening and feeling,
evolving,
never stealing,
just thinking and healing
at every conceivable minute n hour

I am getting ready to fast soon and
mentally preparing for skipping six days of food

So many distractions worthy of my time,
but I go right, left, back and then
I back track and do it again

Don’t ask me how,
but I just stay focused,
have the drive to press on and
I see a light at the end of the tunnel

I can feel the wind blowing and
I throw my arms in the air and listen
to my still small voice and I’ll be riding
down the street on my bike in 10 minutes

March 24, 2019 3:19 PM HST - Posted by Jason

You're Right

There is always beauty somewhere,
I see it outside and sometimes in somebody
that’s wearing an accentuating outfit or in a smile,
a flower, clouds lazily floating by or in a howling wind,
experiencing it all at once can be an amazing sight to see

Hawaii has a lot of natural beauty and
the daytime air feels warm almost everywhere,
birds chirp, hop n fly, slugs slowly squish n squirm by,
butterflies n bees like the flowers below dancing, palm trees

What do you need to enjoy the best things?
I am everywhere with everybody in my pocket,
worldwide, as I change modes and leave the plane

Maui feels less crowded than Honolulu,
it might be about 10% of its size too,
with fewer people and less traffic,
it feels more relaxing and chill

I’m capturing it in unique ways,
so I do not forget what I see,
as dirt is adding up on me,
I must wash my laundry

March 22, 2019 2:22 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Be Bester

Changing, adapting again to my environment
and my peers’ habits and preferences,
another unique environment,
but not an unfamiliar one,
even though aloha flows
and the green bud grows,
I don’t know, I just don’t know......

How can you begin to list your priorities?
Who would you listen to if you did?
Which voice is the honest one?
I have been asking myself
that question for years

All of the songs converged
and blew up in an instant,
again and again,
just self-actualization,
prayers like remote viewing

Music makes everything flow
and I can still feel the cool wind blow,
what a great place to be in this twisted country
it isn’t easy feeling like everybody is circling a toilet bowl

Leading everybody into oblivion wasn’t my cup of tea,
but hopefully we can be more sensible and avert many disasters

Temporary homes are the best
and having next to nothing feels great,
what better way is there to enjoy everything?
sticking myself in a smelly box and flushing money
down the toilet do not sound like wise ideas anymore

March 18, 2019 11:34 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Just a Fading Fucking Reminder

I thought I knew
what time it was before
it was “six in the morning”
and then it all changed,
maybe for better and
maybe for worse...

It’s like we were running the wrong way
and it suddenly dawned on me

Debbie Downer actually isn’t me all of the time,
but seeing people proud of shameful ways
feels depressing to me sometimes

Blasting them is like shooting fish in a barrel,
but they need a radical intervention
after a very rude awakening

It’s just a “see ball, hit ball” kinda thing,
writing about what I always see in front of me
whether it’s great beauty or something gross n filthy

March 17, 2019 6:00 PM HST - Posted by Jason

O Nothing

Everything is always so filthy,
wind blows and rain falls,
but it gets dirty again
with a black soot,
a darkened hue,
bugs and beasts
must live in the muck
and it doesn’t seem right

Stretching my spine, ready to fast,
keeping my temple in order
and wondering about the future

They may call me snowflake or tree-hugger,
but what about the filthy world now?

March 14, 2019 11:55 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Lost (Our Love)

Listening to the story,
continuing to hear the pain
and strain from the art outlets
emphasized with keys and minors
ringing out loud until the end of time

March 12, 2019 2:55 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Tattooed INRI Verse

Sitting in a big metal bird,
I am listening to a dissident
and I have about six hours left

Let’s go!
I am ready,
but here I sit,
primed, unafraid, steeled
and stronger every day,
just like the songs say

Smiling faces
fly me far away
because we know
my heart wasn’t built to stay

Another world awaits......