Saturday, December 24, 2016

The American Experiment


The American 
Experiment 
is not dead

regardless 
of your despair
or what they tell you.

The American 
Experiment
is not broken

but doing exactly what 
we should expect it to do 
if left attended 

by a select group 
and not the collective 
for whom it should speak. 

The American 
Experiment 
has delivered

a painful lesson in neglect 
and made public the shame 
of our complacency. 

The American 
Experiment 
has survived 

greater afflictions than this
and given us a vision of the perfect 
because we have experienced our imperfections 

and lessons in healing 
because we have suffered 
and caused great suffering.

The American 
Experiment 
grants no immunity 

to the righteously indignant
who deny their guilt
and cast blame upon their neighbors.

The American 
Experiment 
sings 

the song of the Body Politic 
written with the echo of voices
complicit in their silence.

The American 
Experiment 
pauses at all crossroads

as we determine 
if these are the times that were
or the times that shall be.




Ken Owen    Van Niddy Press   December 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Move The Bed

In the room
that I rent
the bed faces
a closet

with full length
mirrors
on each
door

and
for the
life of
me

I cannot think
of a more
disheartening
or torturous way

to begin
and end
each day
than by subjecting
myself
to the review

of what
all those days
of crazy
living
and bad
decisions

have done
to this image
that was
once
beautiful.

Tomorrow

I move
the
bed.


Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press   December 2016