Thursday, February 27, 2014



Sir is teaching to the ears, the eyes,
And what’s within the brain,
Struggling, pulling all together –
Transduction reconstituted.

Jibber-jabber clutters, judders thought
Inside the daydreams of lotus-eaters –
Hangovers heavy on the head
Of night-lagged teens
Stuck inside the outside of school,

Where the first-time experience
Whets the young skin,
Tweaks the consciousness,
Enlightens, challenges,
Pleases, tantalises,
Tempts, plays, dares,
Calls for more –
No care of risk
Flaring for the flesh –
Experimental worlds
Warming up to adulthood.

But here they sit atop the greyness –
Plastic platforms –
Stagnant sound waves pounding
The young mind under lesson,

They tolerate, wait their time.

Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2012

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gourd As Vegetables

Hard shelled, juice meat,
Growth made underground, what fate?
Gourd is earthly treat.
Following the drinking gourd,
Act balanced and fairly,
Carry faith in God.
It's an apt creation
when folks turn gourd shells into
drinking cups, high five.
Some gourd is green veg.,
Cooked ones taste like fresh squash,
it's called bottle gourd.