Ygdrasil and more

Ygdrasil and more

Cover of Ygdrasil - Journal of the Poetic Arts

21 February 2016:

A Special Spanish issue of Ygdrasil

featuring Textos poéticos actuales—selección del autor Jorge Etcheverry Arcaya, is now available at



January 2016 Issue of Ygdrasil

featuring work by Michael Ceraolo, Simon Perchik, Milton Ehrlich, Tamas Panitz, Joseph Farley, john sweet and Don Mager is available at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken …


December 2015 Issue of Ygdrasil

featuring work by Paul Tristram, J. H. Johns, Eric Allen Yankee, Daniel Y. Harris and John Kaniecki is available at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken …


November 2015 Issue of Ygdrasil

featuring work by D. R. Wagner, Carolyn Gregory, Mark Young, Irving Gamboa, Zak Block, Steven F. Klepetar, Michael Lee Johnson, Ace Boggess and John Ladd is available at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken …

19. February 2016

How to publish a book: first, get a catchy title; then find someone to do a catchy cover; finally put something in the book — doesn’t matter what — the buyer will never notice after the first two steps, and by then it’s too late. How to write a book, of course, is quite a different matter.

29. January 2016

Just to let everyone know the February issue of Ygdrasil is now available at the Library and Archives Canada at



by Klaus J. Gerken. 1970’s.

Madonna by Klaus J. Gerken. 1970's.

Retirement Certificate

6 years ago today (also a Friday) was my last day working for DND. I got to work early, did some last minute clean-up (blue box stuff), then at 730 made my rounds shaking hands, signed my “gag order”, and went to headquarters to sign out and relinquish my building pass. Returning around 11, I had to wait downstairs for my colleagues to take me to my luncheon at Nate’s across the street. I gave a speech that began, “Those who know me, know I have never done anything by the book, (good laughter and acknowledgement), but I got things done.” (Polite applause — there was a good reason for that!), Then they gave me the 30 year retirement certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and I walked home in -36C wind chill weather, never looking back.

Retirement certificate

Lute on Table

Oil on canvas. 1970’s. Klaus J. Gerken.

Lute on Table. Oil on canvas. 1970's. Klaus J. Gerken.

Me, Polly and my mother

60’s, Nelson Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

Klaus J Gerken 1960, Nelson Street, Ottawa

Poem Without A Title

poem without a title by Klaus J. Gerken


Poem Without A Title

by Klaus J. Gerken

edited by Walter Ruhlmann

© mgv2>publishing, December 2015

ISBN: 978-1-329-74041-9

Available:   LuLu.com


Klaus J. Gerken comes with a collection of poems where art and humanity are seen as a whole and come together in a deep vision, an epiphany.

Modernity is inspired by what was eon ago, like the flow of a river bed which sediments nurture the life we see. This collection of poems in four parts will make you travel through time and space and meet some of the most important figures in history, good or evil.

October 2015 Issue of Ygdrasil

October 2015 Issue of Ygdrasil

Cover of Ygdrasil - Klaus J. Gerken

The October 2015 Issue of Ygdrasil,  featuring work by David Flynn, Donal Mahoney, Bill Yarrow, Averil Bones, Lana Bella, and Simon Seamount is now available at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken …


new song:

fukijama clean

dont try to crawl through my window
its covered with anti-radiation lead
i wouldnt want my food to get contaminated
because i might somehow in the future end up dead

i have plastic seat covers
in my car and in my home
dont want to get a virus
dont want to get that stoned

there’s fourty miles of garbage
between the sea and me
lord let some others have it
and drink that cup of tea

i have my own organic garden
the dirts so very pristine
my carots cant be purer
than fukijama clean

dont try to crawl through my window
its covered with anti-radiation lead
i wouldnt want my food to get contaminated
because i might somehow in the future end up dead

kjg 310am 1 oct 2015



There is no truth,
never was,
and never will be:

I haven’t got a clue
what reality is,
and neither do you.

kjg 1125pm 30 sep 2015


drunkard’s song

i need a bottle get me sobre
and a bottle to get me drunk
the window to the sidewalk
is my empty traveling trunk

but i have no place i’m going
and I don’t remember where i’ve been
so bring another bottle
and send me one more dream…

kjg 30 sep 2015



i am who i am
i cant be any other
otherwise id be a lie
i am who i am – i

and who are you
are you you too
or are you just a definition
by another

seems strange to me
that we rely
so much on the great lie
that isn’t ‘i’ at all

so be it
theres you out there
and me in here
simple case of logic

nowhere there
nowhere here
i am i
you are you

i guess
you tell me

simple really
either this
or either that
unless its not my hat

kjg 1011am 10 sep 2015


September 1988 (Just after we moved to Constitution), Admiral Martin presenting me with an award for implementing the Report Management Distribution System (RMDS) for the DND Central Computation Pay System (CCPS).

Foto of Klaus J Gerken and Admiral Martin in September 1988

Photo of Jazzie watching TV …

Photo of Jazzie watching TV

Photo of Klaus J. Gerken in 1979

Photo of Klaus J. Gerken in 1979

  1. September 2015

As of today Ygdrasil has 48,017 readers in 1997 cities/towns in 123 countries on this planet.


One of the few awards that DND gave me I feel pretty good about. Only 16 people in Canada have one. Still don’t quite know what I got it for thought…

Photo of the award "For excellence"


Some photos from a long time ago…5…found it in a box….

Photo of the Award to Klaus J. Gerken by the Government of Canada


September 2015 Issue of Ygdrasil

Cover of Ygdrasil - Klaus J. Gerken

The September 2015 Issue of Ygdrasil is now available at The Library and Archives Canada or directly at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken … featuring work by Matthew Duggan, Eric Hoffman, John Grochalski, Gary Beck, Darren C. Demaree, Steve Slavin, Robert Martin, Ajise Vincent and Cailean Jack.


(Sunrise over Ottawa, October 2003)

Photo of Sunrise over Ottawa

the hanging scarecrow
teases the wind
the black crows gather
upon the wing
dark clouds cling to
the lip of earth
what slowly gathers
gives evil birth

fe fi fo fum
you come too late
the sage you seek
has closed the gate
there’s no survival
without cause
what sanctions peace
must well be fought

its not enough to
play the game
what you cant master
gathers blame
beyond your ken
the dream turns real
but no one ventures
there to deal

what seems like conquest
fools the purse
even sailors
die of thirst
the slaughter hidden
is a mess
praise us jesu
mary bless

kjg 709pm 26 aug 2015


(Photo by Traffic Cam Ottawa Ontario)

Photo by Traffic Cam Ottawa Ontario

the rain pours down
upon the town
slishes splashes
on the ground

pedestrians run
to get away
under awnings
in doorways

umbrullas shiny
dot the streets
autos splash
the sidwalks neat

puddles plenty
children play
splish and splash
away the day

then a sliver
in the west
clouds will scatter
rain will rest

glory to the
setting sun
g’night to all
the day is done

kjg 1125am 25 aug 2015


(All’s quiet at the Gerken residence this afternoon.)

Photo of Klaus J. Gerkens cats

if you dont betray me now
youll never get the chance
to do the deed again
with no time left to lose
i’ve called you here tonight
to make it very plain
we have to play this right
there can be no delay
each moment links the chain
of events as they must happen
for otherwise we lose
whatever we can gain
so listen very carefully
i wont explain again

kjg 1216pm 24 aug 2015


Duplicity(Duplicity. Oil on canvas. 1970’s by Klaus J. Gerken)

the hungry ones they eat like hamsters
the starving ones they crave dessert
theres wine for everybody
and the hogs enjoy the dirt
i cant begin to tell ya
how often its been told
rust destroys the hammer
and the hammer turns to mold
golgotha was a boneyard
and calvary a hill
the cross should not be worshiped
like a gaddam holy pill
whoever is your saviour
be that as it may
but humbleness will never
force a man to pray
so keep an open noggin
religion obscures faith
its not some wooden vessel
you shape upon a lathe

kjg 728 am 2015

August Issue Of Ygdrasil

After an insane night of work (I lost the formatting of the index files), the August 2015 issue of Ygdrasil, featuring work by Michael Ceraolo, Prerna Bakshi, Scott Thomas Outlar, Paul Tristram, Robert L. Martin, Paula Lietz, Barbara Phillips, CL Bledsoe & Michael Gushue, and Donal Mahoney, is now available at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken .

Cover of Ygdrasil - Klaus J. Gerken

Johntext Author Klaus J. Gerken – founder of Ygdrasil

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