Category Archives: lyrical

we drum


the practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dis-ease

spell, charm, or fetish believed to have healing, protective, or other power



gently tap (a part of the body) with a finger or an instrument to diagnose
“the heart was percussed”





musical instruments played by striking with hand, stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, rattles

the striking of one solid object with or against another

wind producing a clattering percussion of tree branch against stone




a strong, regular, repeated pattern





play on a drum

a percussion instrument sounded by being struck with sticks or hands, typically cylindrical, barrel-shaped, or bowl-shaped with a taut membrane over one or both ends

something resembling or likened to a drum in shape, in particular

an evening or afternoon tea party of a kind that was popular in the late 18th and early 19th century



raised arm
open hand

striking sacrificed skin of lamb, buffalo, horse, goat
mined metal or carved wooden frame or vessel vibrating
producing antidote

we drum . we become drum

closed heart opening with each beat of drum
pounding of heart opening chakra after chakra
reopened channels funneling divine nourishment
body and spirit align
we dine on sound
dancing around the cherished goddess, embodied in teacher
we again become the goddess

we learn . we become teacher
we heal . we become healer

marimba sneaks up to the drum
dances it’s peaceful, seductive mantra alone
rhythm marries tone
frequent high and low wooden voice
speaks to it’s lover with ease
drum and marimba resonate
a palpable palliative essence

air passes from lung to tip of tongue, past pursed lips
or through wide open mouth
controlled by larynx
toned muscle delivering tonal clarity
muscle contraction release contraction release
spatial compression expansion compression expansion

trapping air, releasing POP
capturing air, releasing BA . bo bo

words from any language sung in rhythm
whispered secret
murmured grief
melodic healing tone
cry of anguish
exclamation of joy
healing verbal expression bringing relief

we sing . we become song

closed heart opening with each beat of drum
pounding through sorrow

dun dun . dun dun . dun dun
taka taka
dun dun
taka taka
dun dun . dun dun . dun dun
taka taka
dun dun
taka taka
dun dun

reopened channels funneling divine nourishment
body and spirit align
we dine on sound

born to drum 2016 : 10th anniversary


murdered twice

murdered twice
a thousand times
noose, baton, bullet to the back
each electric jolt makes me shed my skin
i molt
then return again
with heart that you lack

you killed my body
then slandered my name
murdered me twice
in your violent game
lynched me as emmet
lynched me, tamir
you never dreaming
that your end is near

murder me now
keep eyes peeled for when
a million of me stand before you
flowers in hand, guns at the ready
we band together to tear you apart
by any means necessary
we’ll make a new start without you

my name is tamir
my name is emmet
my name is tamir
my name is emmet
my name is tamir
my name is emmet
rice and till

bound together by your violence
my name is legion

we eat his words for breakfast

honoring the prophet john trudell


prophet is dragged away kicking and screaming
or silently dreaming
leaving the battle behind

world steadily turning
churning with degradation, greed, confusion
reed blowing soft notes
whispering lamentation
reminder that earth is mother
humanity is other

voice of reason dispersed
tiny particles of sound joining ancestors
enormous soul of love joining ancestors
booming voice of warning joining ancestors

tiny particles of sound joining with my own soul
enormous soul of love joining with my own soul
booming voice of warning joining with my own soul

we suffer this loss in tearful silent weeping
loud wailing
intermittent grieving

as this spirit departs
our own spirits, refilled with passion
rise up to the daunting task
we will be replacing this guiding voice
with a million of our own tiny voices

intermittent grieving
alternating with bursts of new action

this one soul departing
leaving many souls replenished

as we bemoan loss of this prophet
we eat his words for breakfast
shoring up our promise to continue his work
his courage becomes our own
his depth of knowing infuses our brains
his unrelenting tenacity
infusing our blood
a life sustaining transfusion
emphatically dispersing delusion

deadly forces lurking in shadows
now struggling to emerge
as the one voice of one man
multiplies to millions

the prophet becomes the people
the people become the prophet

dumbing down of amerikkka

for the past many decades, there has been an obvious concerted effort to dumb down amerikkka . soon, only the children of wealthy parents will have access to education . it’s almost that way already
the result is a bank of voters who purposefully vote for ‘representatives’ who are like them : uneducated or at least inexperienced, close minded, selfish, hypocritical, narcissistic … all ignorance based ‘attributes’ …

now, with the advent of corporate news collectively taking on the persona of professional liar, the ignorant working and middle class are either too dumb to really understand what’s happening, too busy just trying to stay afloat to feel able to do anything about it; or they’re racist fucks who are celebrating the pain of those they despise, even while they, themselves, suffer the indignities of poverty

this is rage


this is rage
boiling since first memory
creeping from sub to consciousness
seeping through unclogged pores
leaking like spores
polluting peace like so many gunshots fired

containing rage
is like trying to hold water in a fist


stepping off an edge


one step
forward or back
a knack for rigid tracking
bridges lacking handrails
windy sails full of
stale air
deep stare into bedlam
a mind wracked
boat sinking
choppy waters
drinking buckets of drama
sculpting trauma from old bones
hanging on a ledge
of only if
dreaming a burning bridge
stepping off an edge





celebrating wars in darkness of night
streams of light
gunshots hidden under rip of
fires cracking
static noise making fright
empires rising
explosions surprising urban villagers
breaking silence
celebrating the menace that is war

celebrating capitalist winners
while veterans moan in alleys

capitalist swimmers drinking overpriced wines
war sinners professing love for
mythological gods
confessing lost ideas

the myth of profits
leering from lofty heights

profiteering war criminals
guards with guns
dead presidents
guards with guns
dancing on graves
dancing in tombs
of dead veterans
stomping on hearts of mothers of dismantled soldiers
dispersed by explosions
parts immersed in dust
pouring like liquid over flesh and bone

explosions rocking hearts and memories
of every traumatized soldier
post traumatic stress disability
shell shocked mothers of soldiers
mothers of children lost to street wars
fathers of every sacrificed son and daughter
wincing at every blast

drops of water salted with grief
discreetly wet the lashes of celebrants
grand parents of great warriors

the last and final shebang
followed by gunfire
celebrating the celebration with more
sounds of violence

sounds of war


$11.6 billion dollars

. building a system of small, localized clean wind and solar power, using as close to natural ingredients as possible, will immediately disengage us from the worldwide wars being fought over the power to control toxic non-renewable fuels, the extraction of which (subsidized by us) does irreparable damage to the very planet and atmosphere on which we depend to survive . eliminating the need to transport these toxins will eliminate the need for toxic cleanups, and spare us the health and economic costs of further destruction and pollution
. invest in positive relationships by supporting education and organic food farming around the world . by educating ourselves and our children, we support ingenuity, and reduce poverty, which reduces crime . by making international friends through positive interactions instead of making enemies by bullying and pilfering the world for fuels, we’ll also greatly reduce the need to defend ourselves, as we will reduce the number of enemies, and experience support from around the world
. begin the complete nuclear disarmament and the dismantling of the nuclear energy debacle . every nuclear facility is now beyond it’s projected safe lifespan, and the notion of ‘safe’ has been proven a farce of great magnitude
. defund every national and international deal which involves the people in the u.s. financially supporting any and every military and mercenary offensive action everywhere . this includes funding for such projects as the zionist expansion movement by the israeli government and military, and funding for such actions as the u.s. military and mercenary invasion and occupation of iraq . this part of the policy would replenish some of what is spent disassembling the nuclear establishment
. fund local, elected, non-police affiliated, non-prosecutor affiliated twelve-member commissions all over the country to hold police and both private and public security agencies accountable to abide by the laws of this country in every interaction in which they engage with the people . empower the commission by providing complete funding toward a full legal staff and team of investigators . empower the commission with the right and responsibility to directly financially penalize officers and agents, to fire, and to publicly report any sanctions or other results of their investigations . those funds can be recovered by requiring that officers and agents who create circumstances which lead to civil claim settlements or judgements pay those debts themselves, and prohibit those debts from being extracted from city, county, state, and federal budgets . holding police and agents accountable for their actions will save the people from financing those payouts, and ultimately save great sums of money which currently are spent to run civil cases through the system, up the court ladder
. implement and fund a requirement of immediate drug testing for every officer and agent involved or being accused of being involved in any use of force or other abuse of power whatsoever, no matter who is claiming the force was used or power abused . again, this would, in the long run, be a deterrent to the type of violence by police which stems from steroid and other substance use . by reducing the use of steroids and other drugs, violent attacks by police would be reduced, which in turn would prevent the lawsuits mentioned above
. enact and financially support the enforcement of high standards of nutritional and health provisions for prisoners in every jail and prison under the jurisdiction of the american people, whether on home or foreign soil or water, from the brig to the state prisons . provide funding for complete renovation necessary to transform every place used for incarceration of humans to support educational and trades instruction, to become the rehabilitation centers we need to put an end to mass incarceration altogether . begin a process of educational effort so profound as to create a situation where super minimum security sites would be able to be used for those people who’ve committed non-violent offenses, and have no way to offer more direct, restorative reimbursement for their offense . fund well-staffed, high quality, respectful mental health care to every person in custody who requests or requires it
. develop and implement single payer health care option, while also funding serious enforcement of strict regulations of private insurance and health care providers

capitalism is a feeder . all it breeds is greed

capitalism the consumer
swallowing whole to fill a gaping wound of the spirit
no sense of balance
hunger trounces the victor
with bags and loads of money
his pale facade revealing
the reeling retreat
of one needing to eat once again
twice in a morning
while those left staring at the gaping wound in the dirt
near the once clear river
no water to drink or drip into gullies of seeds
the victor agreed to bring water
which is carried along
wrapped in thinly veiled toxins
dioxins masquerading as art and design
shards of the new pottery
lining the stomachs of dolphins
those ones standing there near the water
they can’t drink
are left with no lunch
after seeing no breakfast
the rest of the day spent in anguish
while the victor plays golf on the green

bees lean on each other and gasp

my evening tirade

root causes of terror and drug use : people who profit by causing them . money and power : the profits of war, destruction, misery : the same people going to ‘repair’ the damage . government contractors . cia . cia crashed a cia plane full of cocaine : financing wars with drug money

some drug use is not a problem . there is much more ‘legal’ pharmaceutical drug use than ‘illicit’ use . addiction is a product of propensity with circumstance . but incarceration itself contributes to addiction . profit motive creates the circumstance of availability . availability in turn creates habit …

terror is profitable : it’s easier to get a terrorized (or drug addicted) population to, for instance, agree to wars of aggression . or agree to work for sub subsistence wages and beg for the rest . the slow terror of poverty : up all night afraid . the slow death of incarceration : poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, isolation … all profitable . all done in trade

my evening tirade