A. B. Clarke

06 – Fish

by abclarke

To find rhymes I have to deeply fish,
Using words that at times seem amiss.
And some lines are a crime
Needing prison lifetimes.
I have stretched it too far with this: ghoti.

21 – Philosophy

by abclarke

Philosophy has taught us railings —
The concepts key to social scaling.
But the focus on the moral
Is the locus of my quarrel:
Perfection-seeking leads to failing.

23 – The Beast

by abclarke

A beast drives our strange compulsions
And after, we wallow in revulsion.
But secret be told,
We love it uncontrolled
And recoil from thoughts of expulsion.

03 – Proud Richard

by abclarke

Proud Richard was blessed with a slick wick.
With Snapchat he’d click, click, and click.
But finally he learned,
After each spurn and spurn,
Ain’t no one be wantin’ poor Dick’s pic.

20 – Failure

by abclarke

I examine my failures at home.
Just faux pas, for which I atone.
I see no success,
Yet smile; Acquiesce.
Familiar impostor syndrome.

27 – The Magpie

by abclarke

“Philosophy,” cawed out the magpie,
“And selflessness, I claim to live by.
But in truth it’s for naught,
For my soul has been bought:
Without my silver, I would die.”

Not Golf

by abclarke

You have to hit the ball from where it lies. But you don’t need to use the same club. Or, if you think deeply about it, even a club at all.

Rebuffed?

by abclarke

Recoil.
Retreat.
Reflect.

Reframe? Reform? Reimagine?

Rebuild,
Rebound,
Rejoice!

33 – The Patriot

by abclarke

She fights in the name of liberty,
Risking her personal security,
But fails to hypothesize
That groups need much compromise:
Freedom’s a lonely purity.

10 – Ownership

by abclarke

Renouncing sharing in defiance,
Possession is a strange alliance
Between men bound by law,
Hiding truth so so raw:
“Ownership” is threats of violence.

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