Moving pictures
Dolby sound
T V News
for the faithful
with biased views.

For bystanders
at the track
the philosophy
of perpetual motion
lap after lap.

excitedly sit
for the privilege
of watching
icons play for pay.

An obsessions
with machismo
is reflected
ad nauseam
in nostalgic replays.

At the final siren
don’t go away
we’ll be back
with more
after the break.

Artificial Empathy

Under each leaf
away from the light
camouflaged caterpillars

In silhouette
a guileless face
against a bland background
unctuous urbanity.

Pretensions of honesty
and fake bonhomie
by predatory politicians
with minds
designed to lie.

A concert for the deaf
enigmatic ethics
shotgun blasts to the head
and each one
a suicide.

Dealing with Demons

Thoughts escape
as silent echoes
of wistful yearnings
that ebb and flow
then slip back again
fretful and forgetful.

Waves grow with the wind
currents change
and passions incandescence
begins to fade
a fragile love
that failed to last
and passed
with the coolness of a kiss.

The glittering strobe
mouths open and close
gaily greeting
with ingratiating grins
platitudes and cocaine cocktails
parodies of pleasantries
and unkind eyes
that perceive and scrutinize.

fleetingly meet
a melody surges, swells
then changes
to a syncopated beat
as the future fades
slyly wondering
into the whimsy of the night.

My Life in Orbit – Short Story Poetry Reading by Ken W Simpson (plus interview)

Originally posted on WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review:

Watch the Short Story Reading of MY LIFE IN ORBIT:

Story performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know writer Ken W. Simpson:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

It is a memoir

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

Live it with me.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I began with stories fifty years ago, and poetry about fifteen years ago.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Favorite poet, T S Eliot, favorite writer, Raymond Chandler.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I write to communicate, and aim to have my poetry heard as well as read.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Only poetry.

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing poetry.

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Veranda View

My grandpa liked to sit
on the back veranda
and watch the birds
as they pecked
at scraps
in the ragged grass
near a lazy tree
not far
from a paling fence
I sometimes climbed.

He listened
to the bird songs
like an excited child
a small, wizened man
bald, with a pot belly
slouched in his chair
late one afternoon
unable to see me
or hear the birds
blind to his own demise.