Klaus J. Gerken

the statutes of deliverance don’t move
they are solid forms like marble angels
in the vatican proud to be on display
only the devil can bring them to life

there is no such thing as understanding
there is only the interpretation
the simple fool will laugh at anything
the madman laughs at nothing

the presumption of innocence is not a fact
but a false accusation
the cup is passed from mouth to mouth

in the wild hemlock grows and is not poison
only laws can make it poison
and there is no substitution for deliverance

kjg 517pm 14 nov 2014

I can’t sleep

Klaus J. Gerken

the merry-go-round makes me dizzy
the clowns are like wolverines
the messengers of destruction
flap their golden wings
the walls are flames of madness
dragons of effort reveal their shape
to the savage mind delivered
upon the altar or the stake
i do not tremble without endeavour
i know the future well
it is hollow and it strangles
what professes to be a path
past the graves of time’s repast
nightmares need no sleep to last

kjg 544am 6 nov 2014

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

Poem Without A Title

An excerpt from my poem Poem Without A Title has been published in the Café Review 2014 Fall Issue:


Our Fall 2014 Issue is now available featuring poetry by Kristin Agudelo, Justen Ahren, Jayne Benjulian, Hamish Danks Brown, Jim Bishop, William Carpenter, Jack Collom, David Filer, Klaus Gerken, Carolyn Gelland, Marie Harris, Bruce Holsapple, Gary Lawless, Carl Little, Steve Luttrell, Mark Melnicove, Kendall Merriam, Wesley McNair, Justin Patrick Moore, Jessica Purdy, Joe Richey, Russ Sargent and Dana Wilde.

It also features artwork from Sebastian Matthews, Steven J. Priestley, Eero Ruuttila, and Charter Weeks and reviews by Bruce Spang, Kristen Stake and Kevin Sweeney.


Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook
Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.