palm sunday

Klaus J. Gerken

the palms of my hands are sweaty
i’m riding into town
hosannah to the highest
i’m here to claim the crown

they hail me as messiah
but that’s not who i am
david is my bloodline
and i am just a man

but no one understands me
they want a daily cure
for whatever they think ails them
and makes them so cock-sure

that i can give them reason
to latch on to the lure

kjg 203pm 29 mar 2015

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The First Photo

The first photo taken of me on Canadian soil, June 1958, Quebec City. I’m between my mother on the right, and an unidentified woman on the left. After that we went on to Montreal where we disembarked.

Klaus J. Gerken as a baby

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Simplicity

Klaus J. Gerken

I try to emulate my cats:
when I’m nice to them
they show me affection;
if I weren’t
they would show me claws;
I’m always nice to them,
and they always show me affection.
Simplicity is the way to peace.

kjg 630am 18 mar 2015

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zzz

Klaus J. Gerken

let’s all get stoned
dance on rubber bones
walk with crooked spoons
worship purple moons

let’s all get stoned
there’s nothing like the truth
corrupting all our youth
we like our hashish smooth

let’s all get stoned
rainbows not just monochrome
laughter softens bones
ha ha he he om

let’s all get stoned
let’s all get…zzzz

kjg 721pm 2015 (watching etalk — yuk)

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lost

Klaus J. Gerken

she was alone
in a world
that didn’t offer her a home
pregnant
sleeping on the street
when her “boy friend”
had an apartment
just a block away
one sometimes doesn’t
want to wake up
to a reality
too terrible
to ponder

kjg 734am 16 mar 2015

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