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Guts & Grit

Guts & grit: necessary
to replace complacency.
Guts & grit. Guts & grit.
That’s the answer. Guts & grit.

Unfortunately prevalence of TV &
the internet in so many lives today
reduces and diminishes any possibility
things will be okay.

It will take a lot
to wake up and transcend…
can we turn this ship around?
Disasters dead ahead.

Guts & grit: necessary
to replace complacency.
Guts & grit. Guts & grit.
That’s the answer. Guts & grit.

Seeing with more clarity
what is really happening,
not distracted by TV,
cel phones or the internet…

It is time to leave behind your fakebook page and go…
take the streets back, mobilize!
Save the planet from destruction!

Guts & grit: necessary
to replace complacency.
Guts & grit. Guts & grit.
That’s the answer. Guts & grit.

Worth repeating, great Bob Marley:
Get up, stand up.
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up.
Don’t give up the fight!

  

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

George Grosz

George Grosz presented imagery so poignantly.
Into human folly, grasping zeitgeist by its throat.
He took apart convention and conformity
nailing its reality, civilization in decline.

George Grosz - Robert Lane Wilder poetry

Pointing out pointlessness,
the evils of an ugly age.
Grosz a peerless visionary
zeroed in, exposing
the underpinnings of corruption.

Eagerly he’d spotlight
this milieu, its grim chokehold…
Grosz unequaled social critic
prescient, he foretold.

Everyday I scootch around
disgusted much like him,
social failures wreaking havoc
without and within.

Bureaucrats, pervasive
corporate robots waving fists,
clearing out the best and brightest
from within our midst.

 
 

Drawing above by George Grosz

 

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Machiavellian Business Snakes

Machiavellian Business Snakes - art by Frost Newton
Spotlights on fellers
felling old growth trees

Fatboy business CEOs
wrecking homes of creatures
steamrolling habitats
wiping out wetlands
pulverizing nature

Corporate crooks who factory farm
practice mutagenics
global warming’s just a start
sweeping under carpets
the ugly deeds they do

Bulbous parasites fakes
machiavellian business snakes
shortsighted money grubbing
wormy squirmy weasels

In hackneyed coats and ties
narcissistic weenies
chasing tin pot strategies
bulldoze mama nature

Spewing plumes of air pollution
machiavellian business snakes
claiming they know what it takes

In reality they hide
inside fancy towers
exercising strangleholds
greedy for more power

Choking every creature in the forest
making sure even more
life forms disappear

A hollow and barbaric
juggernaut this world of suits
multiplying knockout blows
pumping toxins into creek beds
dumping plastics in the ocean

Normally refusing
to accept responsibility
high strung power grasping pricks
raping mother earth

  

Drawing above by Frost Newton

 

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Casing the Headlands

Casing the Headlands

In these hills fortress walls
where enormous guns
defended North America.

Out by Rodeo Beach
mammoth 15 inchers
kept enemies at bay.

Gath’red by these clumps of trees
a klatch of ghostly inductees…
in this air orderlies
from other eras congregate.

Attachés from long ago
in silver hazes by the sea…
metallic notes from buoys
punctuate, fiddle dee dee!!

Gazing at the blue sea stack
(along this coast a shimmery glaze),
taking in thwacking waves

Like Helmut Lang in days of yore
prancing this majestic shore
a slinky wisp I wander ’round Hill 88.

What in world will others see
fifty years from now?

Will there be another
shadow spirit by the sea?
Gaucho reincarnates
undisturbed and free?

Maybe they’ll be scooched
beside a dreamy wag like me
who also seems to perorate
atop Hill 88.1

  

1 Rodeo Beach & Hill 88 are in the Marin headlands of Golden Gate park, locations which for a hundred years plus were part of a monster military base. Happily, these are now a staging ground for spectacular sunsets.

  

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Music and Poetry Audio

The following tracks are performances by author Robert Lane Wilder with music by Anthony Sepulveda.

Note: Below are short samples only. These are all clips taken from this author’s longer, entire songs or poems. Contact us here to get the full songs or poems.

To check out more free audio clips from this author, click here

 

      The San Francisco Beat (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Playa Bunnies (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Cheap Apartment Living (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Chillin With Gerard (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Cliffside Hovering Pelicans (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Legend Edward Hopper (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Employment Today (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Unfulfilled Desires (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      A Hard Pressed Modern Goth Grrl (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      A Freedom Rider Cool (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Props for Stig (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

The above are sound clips. You can get the whole versions, of the author reading these entire works, by clicking here

Arts Council Meeting in California

The California Arts Council Butt-Kissing Section

Our minds just don’t open. On this you can count!
The California Arts Council Butt-Kissing Section
invites you to its annual Back Patting Party.

Butt-kissing cronies gain admittance for a pittance.
Any riff-raff wanting in has to cough up bundles.

Pressing our priorities, we practice cliquishness,
vindicating well-dressed clean cut weenies.

We display sanctimonious inauthentic ways
propping up liars with glad handing sneers…
this world’s gauchest brownnosing robot bohemians
make for the drippiest party in years!

  

© 2017 by Trajan Black