Poems

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

October 23, 2019 8:15 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Poems

Dear Readers,

On October 22, 2019, I published my 20th book of poetry and 40th book. It is called 80 because it has 80 poems in it that I wrote in Maui (even one that has never been read called Feast or Famine) between August 15 and October 21. It is at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle in case you want it.

I write poems a lot, so I will post the new poems that I write soon. Thanks for visiting.

If you are interested in my other projects, I have 28 stories to write by December 22 in A Brand New World. It will conclude the 10-book, 500-story series. I have written 77 stories in ABNW: How It All Ends and you can read them on my website.

I am alternate-day fasting right now and I intend on doing it for a while. In part, this has made me put my fasting book on hold. I want to include what I am learning now, so it may not be finished until 2020.

Good luck.

Sincerely,
Jason

October 23, 2019 11:38 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Sitting Up Straight and Tall

I have articulated what happens
in Hawaii from top to bottom,
through the joy and pain,
the highs and lows,
bigger and smaller
from every angle

What you see can sometimes be
a matter of focus because simultaneously
there is always lots of beauty and plenty of ugliness

October 23, 2019 11:51 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Write Here, Right Now

The Hawaiian islands don’t feel like
the mainland United States,
because the atmosphere
and people are different

Lots of liberals, tourists and transplants
are making it one way or another

It feels distant and far removed
and like you could forget
the mainland existed
without the news

The last thing I wanna be is trite or pedantic,
but you can’t plan for everything,
some things must be learned
by experiencing them

October 25, 2019 7:00 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Another Revelation in Exile

I have never been a jealous person,
what you have is yours and
what I have is mine and
nobody is entitled

Seeing what dirty things do
makes me want them
even less too...

If I don’t have it,
I probably don’t need it......

I’ve always gotten what I’ve needed
in some way, shape or form,
par for the course
in America

The U.S. is such a powerhouse,
it’s a shame that the infrastructure and everything
has been developed with dirty energy and unsustainable living

Generations kicked the can down the road,
living any which way for a long time,
hoping somebody will fix it
without doing their part
or anything actually
in some cases

I don’t think we have to make Earth worse
to live on the planet and I think we
could actually make it better
instead of destroying it all,
like the last generation
kissing it goodbye

October 25, 2019 8:33 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Check One

I want to make a call,
but I would like it to be private
and I think that ship may have sailed

I don’t want my voice being recorded or
given to some robot in the future
and I’d prefer to be left alone if
people won’t stop stealing
my metadata......

The powers that be
have already taken and destroyed everything,
so anything new that I build will be sufficiently far away from them

They stole our emails, our voicemails,
our texts, our location information, our preferences,
our search history and everything else that was private......

The government asked for it
and the tech companies caved in,
not to mention they sold our metadata
and “accidentally” let other parties steal it

The world wide web’s a shit show,
there’s no such thing as free speech,
most people are trying to make a buck
on the Internet or with online advertising
and fundamentalists are reigning supreme

Advertisers pay the bills
and content is king,
whether you act,
talk or sing

Companies like Tumblr and Twitter have stolen my data,
so I host my blog and website without ads or tracking
because I want to create great, original content
like stories, poems, pics, vids, blogs, books
and anything else I can think of
without blowing up
a third party

October 26, 2019 6:23 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Is Mexican Weed a 1st World Problem?

Wherever marijuana isn’t regulated
people will grow horrible weed
because they don’t know
what they’re doing
and have no oversight
or standards to abide by

People guerrilla grow weed outside
on open land and let rain water it,
but if they spray the buds
it’ll make them funky

Sometimes
you’ll find a seed
or even a dozen seeds
in a bag of weed that you buy
because pollination has occurred
which means one of several things
(including weaker weed due to them)

Either the plant was stressed
and turned hermie (hermaphrodite)
or it was pollinated by the wind from a male
and usually it’s the latter especially if it’s earthy
like the particles that are naturally blown by the wind

I think it’s usually great
when the government stays away,
but sometimes some help from the government
can help everybody’s health by regulating something like pot

October 27, 2019 5:11 PM HST - Posted by Jason

SNL

Another Saturday Night Live
entertained me last night
and this morning...

I laughed out loud at the political sketch
and all the other ones were so funny,
outrageous, connecting and liberal

Well written sketches were executed
with a dash of professionalism
and a little bit of breaking

After a wild week there’s nothing like
laughing my ass off to SNL......

With many famous comedians,
past, present and future,
not to mention
rad musical guests and hosts
making their mark on the series
(and on history)

It must be fun to write
with those hilarious people,
writer/actor comedians are silly
and know how to be entertaining

October 27, 2019 5:32 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Scene

Pink flowers blow across the asphalt,
leaves skip and move a few feet
with each gust of wind

A nice old lady
mops the floor in front of me
like the old man in the Metallica music video

Nothing alive is still,
everything n everybody is in motion,
repeating the behaviors they think are serving them

I sit on a bench and watch
oversized vehicles
drive by me

In the distance,
big green mountains
make majestic clouds stop,
in white, gray and silvery tones
they cast shade, mist and drop rain

A woman sucks a disgusting cigarette
a few feet away from me and
a drug store’s entrance,
so I have a few words
with her because
I smell it......

October 28, 2019 11:30 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The Right Road

Being a work in progress,
even changing at breakneck speed,
it can be unnerving when I see people and
hope that I meet them after my transformation

The only greater bodily change
that I have experienced
is fasting 40 days

Fasting every other day has worked well
because I can skip food one day and
fat slowly, but surely burns and
my muscles are emerging

It feels good and
like I am toward the beginning
of a very long path with a happy ending

October 31, 2019 8:31 PM HST - Posted by Jason

OSAS

In America this century
have you heard them crying out?

We were encouraged to believe in Jesus
and told that he’d save us from hell,
but we weren’t told the full story

People have been deceived for a long time
and they were deceived as children too,
when they didn’t know what to do,
but heaven sounded great,
causing a vicious cycle
to repeat itself......

Nowadays people don’t believe in Jesus like before,
but a troubling doctrine for former Christians
is called “once saved, always saved”

Way back when I was a practicing Christian,
I believed believers couldn’t lose salvation
because many of the scriptures imply it,
but now I think Jesus was like me,
so I am not unsaved to them,
I am just “backslidden”

Now I don’t think that Jesus was God,
but according to the OSAS doctrine
I am heavenbound nonetheless
because I believed...............

October 31, 2019 8:40 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Happy Birthday

She’s glowing
brighter than everyone
because it’s her birthday!

Everybody wishes her good things
and hopes she stays amazing
because she’s so rad......

Tall, strong, beautiful and funny,
she’s a triple threat

Friends hope she calls them
and her family hopes they’re invited
because she’s always so fun to be around

Celebrating,
she knows she doesn’t know it all,
but that’s ok because today’s her birthday,
so treat her well and fill her cup up all the way

Who’s the designated driver?

November 2, 2019 10:31 AM HST - Posted by Jason

To a God

Thanks God
if you exist and
have anything to do
with me and my rad life

I have been blessed
by others for a long time and
I was blessed out of the starting gate
by my genes, parents, things and location

If a divine being
had a hand in giving me
everything that I’ve been given,
then I am thankful to him, to her or it
because most people are less fortunate

What a life and
what a great adventure,
what a way to be in this life......

Jesus was a man and
lots of people lied about him,
but that has nothing to do with God
cuz God’s existence transcends every book

November 3, 2019 7:57 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Chasing Cheadle

Straight as an arrow
in the dark just like the light
struggling to focus with my good eye
as I am pulled upward and back by a line,
as I smile, winning the healing road
when I focus as hard as I can
cuz it comes from within,
straightening my spine
is just the beginning
though..............

Levitating and floating, fixing and healing,
making up for damaging and stealing
and grabbing ahold of my focus

Thriving,
not just surviving......

It’s tough to lose it
for the final time,
but I can do it,
it’ll probably
feel like I’ve finished
trying on different characters
at least when it comes to my weight,
so many different looks and shapes and sizes

It’s sobering
to know where I am,
but at least I know how to
get where I want to go right now
and that I should be there pretty soon

Celebrating now knowing me,
but realizing I could always.....

In the end math will win because that’s the only way,
I must count everything daily and be disciplined
to finally find equilibrium indefinitely........

So I trod down the healing path......

November 4, 2019 1:53 PM HST - Posted by Jason

With Organic Green Tea and Cardamom

This place can pacify you like there will be ten million more tomorrows
as lots of people do nothing, work, go to a beach or live normally,
but repetition can feel mind-numbing even living in paradise

It’s refreshing to sit still,
watch the wind blow
and breathe deep
though............

November 4, 2019 2:31 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Louder Than Bombs

It may be a constant battle,
but if we want to have optimal health,
then we shouldn’t be overweight or obese!

Extra fat puts extra pressure
and stress on joints and ligaments

People that are overweight for a long time
may need hip or knee replacements
like my mom had to get......

We need to come together and make some sense
of what we’re eating and how much we eat

Not all fat is created equally
and you do not want some fat
next to vital organs for a long time
especially in light of what may be in it
because it at least leads to inflammation

I think there may be
a perfect number for everybody
and I’m gonna find mine even though
staying within a tight range might suffice

November 6, 2019 12:28 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Day 18

It’s the end of another fasting day
and only a shower remains,
pink salt perks me up
while I chase it
with water

Now I must ride my bike,
but the cool, night air is inviting......

November 6, 2019 12:28 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Here and Now

Much of life is about timing and
utilizing the moment for its potential
because sometimes a gift-horse comes
out of the blue and you better be ready......

It’s not like you need to line up three charities,
but your life could always be altered......

Imagine
being flexible and
hitting the ball where it lies
cuz that’s what it may come down to

November 6, 2019 12:28 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Low Standards

Renting
seems like a waste
because homeowners get equity,
but renters pay and get no equity monthly

Not to mention the place will pollute
whenever I heat or chill,
so that sucks

Not to mention having to work
for some moron probably
while the company
harms stuff
no doubt

It seems like there are a limited number
of legitimate jobs that are doing all good and no bad
because most companies seem to be doing at least a little bad

People shouldn’t have such low standards and
should demand to buy and rent homes
that don’t pollute the planet
at the very least...

November 6, 2019 8:58 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Humblebrag

I know how
to do a few things right
like a running back that knows
what to do when he gets the football

That’s not to say
I always know everything,
but I quickly get good at what I try
and I watch n listen closely to understand

Watching the world
some things keep happening
and other things are continually teased
as if our active participation could make a difference

I see a lawless world
that never heard it like I did,
but got a few things right anyway

I piece it all together
and figure out what’s what
before it’s too late one way or another
because freedom n independence disappear
if you aren’t careful just like the vapor in a balloon

Carpe diem! Isn’t it funny how using one’s liberty
means something different to everybody?
To George Constanza it meant
eating a block of cheese...
What does it mean
to you?

I am pretty sure
that my idea of getting away
is a little more hardcore than yours,
but I understanding wanting to stay connected
because I used to be that way before I used airplane mode

I like being by myself
cuz it helps me think and write
and as much as I like talking to people
I can’t talk, listen and write at the same time

Publishing
books of poems,
haikus and ukulele
and all kinds of stories
has felt good n gratifying to me
because it has shown demonstrably
that I’ve focused and produced many tomes
without stopping since I left San Diego in 2012......

I look forward to finishing my book series
and recording audio books in 2020,
translating books into Spanish
and creating original fonts
with both hands......

November 8, 2019 12:40 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Waiting

How do you fight?

That’s now how I fight and
sometimes I win by not talking
to people like you ever again......

Your medicinal herbs smelled too good,
so they kicked you to the curb,
what a load of shit......

Idiots can’t smell how bad their shit smells
and they have nothing better to do
than micromanage others
that are better
than them

What a shit show,
what a load of shit and
what God damned nonsense

At least I choose my own path,
staying undeterred and uncontrolled,
banned n shunned, you still can’t stop me,
I tell the truth in my way, shape, form and time

November 9, 2019 3:27 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Roll Up

Sometimes there are many ways to do things,
but days wear on and foolish repetition
turns into disgusting tragedy,
but they don’t see it or
want you to see it

How did the dirtiest, cheapest ways get adopted
by everybody and tied to freedom and independence?

Our president stopped protecting people and
protected oil which may be a microcosm
of a corrupt or deranged mindset
if we share the same values

Abandoning poor, powerless people
that need us after they help us win in battle
without supporting their autonomy or liberation
seems short-sighted like we’re not calling the shots,
letting terrorists out of prison seems like a bad idea too

November 10, 2019 1:16 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Better Than Gold

I could write
three more haikus books
on Hawaii, Kauai and Molokai,
but I will have to do it one at a time

After writing a haikus book
in Oahu in 2018 and in Maui in 2019
writing one in Kauai in 2020 sounds exciting

I’ve been there before and
it’ll be more of the same in a way,
but with fewer people, a new routine and
plenty of beauty from the gardens to the sea

Diving into that adventure, I’ll hit the ground running,
thriving and getting by, a matter of perspective,
figuring out the best way to live
will require some setup,
but I am up for the challenge and
freak rainstorms that turn into flash floods

I understand the risks and
they’re more like potential inconveniences,
shrinking and growing before the new decade begins,
I am sure it’ll be a test of wits, flexibility and of course patience

November 11, 2019 11:19 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Evolution

My body feels like
it’s slowly changing for the good
never to return to being this way ever again......

Days are like changing snapshots in time
although I can blow up on feast days
and shrink down on famine days

It’s funny how a body naturally changes over time
because everybody’s features slowly evolve
whether or not their weight changes

November 11, 2019 2:44 PM HST - Posted by Jason

2 Down, 3 to Go

This is a haiku
about writing more haikus
across Hawaii.

November 11, 2019 3:24 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Filthy, Old Path

Whether you like it or not,
you keep waking up to the same world
and the only way to change it is to change yourself

What makes people change?

It looks primal out there,
like a carrot and stick mentality,
people prefer whatever is very easy
and they like whatever is cheap or free

It’s a shame when you’re a filthy trendsetter,
but it’s even worse when you deny the trend that you
and your ancestors set is destroying everything (when it is)
and you keep doing it over and over again with reckless abandon

November 13, 2019 2:13 PM HST - Posted by Jason

1989

My first kiss was memorable in many ways......

When I was just 15, I kissed a girl in Maui
and the floodgates were opened...

I met Shannon
(who has my mom’s name)
at a hotel and we kissed inside a cave
with wet, clammy skin as our hearts beat outta time......

Her lips were soft,
she was passionately willing
and touching her skin felt stimulating
as explosions and body heat lit up the cave

Shannon’s my age and from the Bay Area,
so we effortlessly got along well,
hot, liberal, friendly and fun,
she made it exciting

My friend Charlie had kids wait
before diving underwater n coming up in the cave
to buy me time with her alone and it worked just like we had planned

Just use your imagination......

November 17, 2019 11:24 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Black Top

Sometimes
I wish I could reintroduce myself

after I transform or mention X, Y and Z
and that’s all they would ever know about me......

Some responses
may seem like blemishes
and I have taken lots of licks,
but most things have a reason
so maybe repressed natural reactions
have been exchanged for lying expressions

Barely
caching the back of your head today was ok,
but if I would have known that you were working,
I would have looked into your beautiful, blue eyes......

November 18, 2019 1:35 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Bearing Down

I love people
of all shapes and sizes
and I accept the way they are,
but there’s always a certain respect
given to people that get in amazing shape,
it’s like a new class of people: lean and athletic

When you have to be in fantastic shape
for some reason like athletic performance,
you take it to another level and it isn’t vanity,
but it’s for a good reason and a higher purpose

I approach life that way,
I have that kind of discipline,
so it’s probably a matter of time
till I meet Ubermensch-sized goals

November 20, 2019 12:57 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Pit Stop

Starbucks’ bathrooms are great for
leaving on their electricity

I only have to fill three balloons full of weed,
it sucks my vape needs an outlet,
but I guess that’s life........

No burning, no waste, no hurry,
except I need to hurry and
get out of the bathroom
as soon as possible,
not to mention
this vape
is loud

One bag Is done and I just hooked up another one,
it’s time to inhale this one and I’ll exhale easy
because nobody will be able to smell it,
unlike smoke vapor has no odor

This weed is good and I probably need three bags,
so I finish inhaling the first bag, switch it
with the full second bag and
the vape starts filling it

I inhale the second bag like my life depends on it,
do my business in the bathroom (aka pee),
kill the second balloon, flush and
see the third one’s about done,
so I look in the mirror and
fix an out of place hair,
then I grab the bag

Inhaling over half of it at once
the weed tastes great like breakfast cereal,
I pack the vape and after the last inhalation and exhalation,
I throw the bag in my backpack and bolt out the door and into the light again

November 21, 2019 8:51 AM HST - Posted by Jason

What a Scene

As a sun shower fell like sprinkles,
I looked up and saw dark clouds in the East
racing the rising sun toward a nearly clear, blue sky

Trade winds were blowing hard
and the morning sun raced across the sky
as strong winds blew the clouds in the same direction

I took cover because I thought it may rain soon
and even though rain didn’t fall right away
buckets eventually fell from above
because they always do
eventually

It is warm outside,
so it doesn’t matter much,
it would be different if it was 40°

On this day
the sun won though
because it was faster than the clouds
and it melted them as it warmed the air and the earth
and it kept rain at bay as it turned it into moisture in the atmosphere

November 27, 2019 1:57 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Beauty and Belligerence

Beauty and belligerence don’t mix
and sometimes you have to hit the reset button
to reach the next level instead of pushing the pedal to the metal

Some problems need solutions,
but some problems already have them
we just don’t use them for no good reason,
but everybody has some reason, of course,
so whose fault is it really?

I blame the disappearance of beauty
and its replacement with American belligerence
on companies, Congress, consumers and the church
those four sunk us when you wonder what in the hell happened

Whether we were a free degrees off
or running in the wrong direction
we arrived at a bad place
and we needed to go
somewhere else
that’s better
yesterday


It comes down to too many people
not closely considering what their lifestyle
is doing to life on Earth from great to very small
because we could live much better and cleaner now
without destroying every living thing including ourselves

November 27, 2019 7:34 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Chase

Hey there in the leopard print bells!

Watcha doin?
How did you get so tan?
You look like you could burn the house down,
so I turned on some music and wrote this poem about you now

I know this is the game of hide and go seek inside the store
and the security guard just stared at your endowment,
so you gave me a look and started walking around,
but what can I do and how should I do this?

Unafraid, jaded sure,
but curious and content
which is a dangerous combo
because desperation always stinks

I liked the time spent in your presence
and how you showed me every side and angle,
you subtly got my attention without causing a stir
(which isn’t always easy to do),
but you did,
so now I am thinking about you

What’s your story?
I like your hair and your whimsy......

November 28, 2019 11:51 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Childhood Thanksgiving Nostalgia

When I was young
we celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents’ house
and my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents would come with a delicious dish

We made turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes
and prepared nut bowls and cheese platters
(always avoiding dad’s beers in the frig)

It was an exciting time
even though it stressed out my mom sometimes
and exhausted her because it was lots of work including preparation n cleanup

My relatives almost always got along very well,
my uncles, dad and grandpa drank beer n watched football on TV
sort of like the stereotypical, American, combat veteran badasses they were......

We usually played football in the front yard after the games,
we’d pick teams and play two-hand touch until dark
and we’d play catch and ride bikes in the park
that was behind my parents’ house

My dad was the oldest one in a big family,
so I was the oldest of their children
and they liked to trick me
or try to anyway

One time my Uncle Ross
replaced whipped cream with shaving cream
and I filled my mouth with it and ran to the sink and spit it out

Another time my Uncle Casey played on my naivety
and told me about baiter jobs at the docks
and the punchline was that some day
with lots of practice and hard work
you could be a master baiter

Slowly we added to the family because
my cousin got married and had a kid
and some of us brought a friend
or even a pretty girlfriend

I imagined that I was the heir apparent
and I’d be the head of a big household one day

I figured it’d be inevitable
as I looked across the table
at my grandpa, mom and dad,
but after grandpa died people left
and stopped coming for Thanksgiving
and after I moved and had a family of my own
I understood how I should be thankful for those times
even though there is no way that they will ever return again......

November 28, 2019 5:51 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Storytellers

Strong and smart
delivering the news of the day
like it’s no big deal no matter how bad it is

Asking questions
that have been mined
out of careful consideration
to get only the desired answers
instead of confusion or avoidance

Interviewing friends and foes,
questioning people that are in high places
and even going to dangerous places for the story
are all part of the job and could be needed at any time

Explaining critical issues,
interviewing experts that know them
or surrounding themselves with counselors
they find many different ways to get at the truth

Whether it’s between two ferns
or listening intently to drunk history,
embedded inside a tank in the Iraq War
or at Game 7 of the World Series in Miami,
questioning Cosby types from a prison phone
or acting to get laughs on shows like SNL on TV,
I think everybody owes journalists a debt of gratitude

November 30, 2019 4:24 PM HST - Posted by Jason

How Are You Helping?

This is all a load of shit
and living like you do is shameful......
How many more times do I have to say it?

At least the people in Hawaii tend to be humble
without guile or extraordinary materialism,
but I have held it all at arm’s length
for years and I’ll keep doing it
cuz I don’t want that stuff
for lots of reasons...

Just show me people
that are improving n getting stronger
and contributing amazing things to the world
cuz I need some inspiration as I discover and create

I won’t expect everybody to instantly evolve,
but I wish they would so we could get on with it
and transition to a world that will defy imagination
with energy like nobody has ever seen before............

December 1, 2019 2:44 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Into the Dark

Today is December 1st,
so there’s one more month
until the new decade begins!

It’s tough to slow down
cuz it feels like innumerable things
keep happening every day that I must see,
feel, avoid or transcend in some discernible way

I am on musician and Hawaii time,
so it can seem like stuff is in slow-motion
and it is easy to become busy and preoccupied
which is why it’s tough to be successfully self-employed

This month
will be amazing n transitional,
I will finish writing several books
and be ready to do it again next year

Different, set apart, focused, feeling,
thinking, changing and reeling,
I will discover and reveal
everything I can......

December 4, 2019 8:00 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Head Down Again

I’m 98% finished and
stoked that I’m not leaving
as soon as I’m done now......

I take the rainy season seriously
cuz after living in a relatively dry Southern California
I’ve seen torrential rain and flash floods in Hawaii like I’ve never seen

Kahului feels like the windward side,
but it’s actually in Maui’s north center and
its protection is its flatness as storms zip by us

I have 10 stories to write and
I know how three of them will go,
so I need to select seven others......

New ideas, old ideas,
signs, warnings, metaphors,
hopes, dreams, fears and desires,
I need to zero in on what matters most