brief encounter

Klaus J. Gerken

do you remember me
i’m sorry i…
we spent a weekend together
i really don’t…
twelve years ago
sorry…i don’t know you…
that’s ok, we were pretty stoned
there must be some mistake…
your son looks just like you
i really have to go…
we really had a good time
i wouldn’t know…
i’ll remember always
i guess you will

kjg 159am 31 jan 2015

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soldiers

Klaus J. Gerken

no one plucks limp flowers
they’re not much in demand
youth is sacrificed on purpose
where beauty is at hand

we do not mourn the ugly
we mourn a joy forever
without the sacrifice of beauty
we have no bold endeavour

war’s beyond a meaning
so the old pluck virile flowers
to send to graves revealing

what harbours in their minds
where ugliness is beauty
and beauty’s left behind.

kjg 114am 31 jan 2014

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drumming down

Klaus J. Gerken

the storm salivates a turner madness
global in the mind of god
the vision fractures blue horizons
through the nozzle of a cod

where the wasteland grows a flower
not one visionary stands
all will falter in the offing
and resume their lilac glance

weary is the wild presuming
no one gathers truth in hand
entertainment is the blooming

as the audience demands
for whatever is a nothing
nothing is the stance

kjg 104am 31 jan 2015

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Love Thy Neighbour

Klaus J. Gerken

it happened near the border
where no one dared to walk
the lesson wasn’t pretty
but neither was the talk
she didn’t have her papers
she was searching for her child
who went missing in the morning
before the daylight ventured bright

they didn’t believe her story
they treated her like mud
a woman near the border
they knew something was up
distress is no solution
where soldiers wave their guns
let’s have some fun and show her
what happens when she runs

they brought her son before her
and shot him in the head
then raped her for their pleasure
and abused her while she bled
then left her slowly dying
on the road of no return
just to publish a clear warning
that hate can’t be undone

kjg 717pm 27 jan 2015

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helix

Klaus J. Gerken

i

the content of the helix
is chaos
there is no form
that contradicts itself
we hide in boroughs in the winter
warm air and lies
keep the peace
war is for the summer
when birth renews
the winter fucking
and spring renews
the preparation
a well-oiled machine
does run better
but it can’t oil itself
i needs
the common touch
the earth
the trees
the air
so tend the ground
keep it moist
protect what
sustains you

kjg 831am 4 jan 2015

ii

collusion in the works
future of interruptions
the wise seek shelter
in material things
and not the cyber
universe
small as our lives are
the globe has not embraced it
like a virus spreading
one cannot govern
evolution

kjg 513pm 4 jan 2015

iii

shut off from the world
one loses the example of the world
and what example is that
does admiring the oak without the poison
make it safe
where’s the perfect place

kjg 644pm 4 jan 2015

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looking back

Klaus J. Gerken

don’t you see
it wasn’t me
i wasn’t you
it wasn’t true

we lived together
through foul weather
the waves were lapping
and we were napping

it wasn’t much
there was no touch
a lost endeavour
shared together

the years passed slowly
you called me holy
it didn’t matter
our lives were shattered

there is no ending
just false beginnings
the road less travelled
is to be marvelled

kjg 545am 22 jan 2015

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when the marching’s over

Klaus J. Gerken

when the marching’s over
what will you do
what will you do
what will you do

marching is my special way
to get out there and have my say
burn the flag make lots of waves
time for us to save the world

but

when the marching’s over
what will you do
what will you do
what will you do

have a beer and watch the news
done my bit and need a rest
have to watch me on TV
ruined my shoes they were the best

when the marching’s over
that’s what we do
that’s what we do
that’s what we do!

kjg 17/21 jan 2015

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headline

Klaus J. Gerken

ain’t watchin’ the news no longer
they got to be makin’ it up
the world can’t be this crazy
think i’ll just take a nap

don’t pretend it doesn’t matter
it matters a whole lot
but it’s got to be your voice that says it
not a copy of some other’s plot

there’s got to be more than killin’
hate and abuse
yet all i see is blind men followin’
truth as an excuse

but none of it’s true i gather
it’s a scripted reality show
so i’ll let them believe it’s somethin’
when it ain’t worth a blow

ain’t watchin’ the news no longer
they got to be makin’ it up
the world can’t be this crazy
think i’ll just take a nap

kjg 132am 21 jan 2015

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