May 14, 2021

Photo by Hunters Race on Unsplash

The ladder climbs up
Up into the sky
Higher and higher
with each single rung
Don’t you know
there’s only room
for one?

Feet on fingers
crushed beneath
as everyone fights
to be first.

Win a ribbon.
Wear a badge.
Remind yourself
you
are on top.

The higher power
but no…

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Apr 28, 2021

Photo by Kendall Scott on Unsplash

Poison darts
Frogs and webs
Trap the flies
and swallow them.

Fattened up
on trash and bile

Stomachs full
the creatures smile.

What comes next
a dirty bird.

The screams
of prey
are never heard.

Death by venom
bite of snake

To reach our end
our only fate.

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Mar 18, 2021

Photo by Jonny Caspari on Unsplash

Likes are not a limited resource.
Yet, you withhold them.
Doling them out like tokens.
Tickets to a concert no one will attend.

A flag to say hello.
Take a look at me.

Train the system.
Each notification,
Pavlov’s modern bell.

But in a world of abundance,
we fight for what…

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Mar 12, 2021

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Mar 3, 2021

Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay

Midnight philosopher
in a leaning tower
of Babble.

Weeping halo crown
of a hero-king
long-forgotten.

A golden shaft of sunset.
A judge perched
on a stack of unread books.

The text is written in stone
and must be answered in blood.

While a garbage truck
delivers the daily mail
and the mailman
robs…

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Mar 2, 2021

Photo by Lians Jadan on Unsplash

Roll an elephant
down a hill
just to fetch
a pail
of water.

While the monkey chases
the ghost of a weasel
around
and around
and around.

The berries plucked
from the mulberry bush
are spoiled and rotten
from time.

But nobody notices.
Nobody cares.

They’ll eat poison if
you…

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William F. Aicher

Author of “philosophical” thrillers, sci-fi, horror, and sometimes the plain old bizarre. Buy my books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FyLbCT