Working class zero

They ostracized you before you were born, deemed you a thorny weed in the wasteland, untouchable, unhealthy and unclean, the crows cawed, and the crickets chirped when you first breathed, no Instagram pictures or Facebook status updates announced your arrival, all you knew was the bitter cold in a ramshackle hut, and a mother’s pain…

Look without

Introspection is like playing the same song on repeat, after a while, it grows stale, but you keep at it, hoping for an epiphany or cry of triumph, the old sage will say, “Look within to find the light,” and the new age prophet will say, “You must approach a thought from various hallways: some…

This thing called love

I never thought I’d ask myself what love is, but after so many failed attempts at trying to love myself and others, I’ve reached the crossroads. I look to the left and right and see hate; I look forward and see an unpromising future filled with regret; I look back with bitterness. All my life,…

That Ragtime though

I’ve never been to New Orleans and learned what little I know about the culture from HBO’s Treme. I do like jazz though. Now, some jazz is inaccessible like abstract philosophy. You can only listen to it from a distance and wonder (in awe or repulsion) about what’s really going on. But play a Benny…

Pavement

I sit on the ledge staring down At the lights of the billboards Of women in fancy lingerie, The cars driving steadily past Like they’re on a production line, Their driver lulled into A false sense of conditional security By the pantomime life society has encaged us in. And I sit here, feeling so real…

Sore Throat

I feel as though all the raging pain and anger I’ve felt in my heart all my life has now concentrated into one part of my body: the throat. I feel like a volcano, with hot, searing lava brimming at the surface there, ready to erupt at any given moment. But it does not erupt;…

The Catalysts

She never really believed in destiny; fortune; kismet; not even in the three old hags, the Fates, that she read about in Greek Mythology. But as she stood outside the office, something inside her felt like all that she had gone through led up to this one particular moment and that her life was going…