Thursday, January 28, 2016

My New 32gb Flash Drive

Jim Rapp

No bigger than my thumbnail,
it holds more data (X 8.3 million)
than my first computer.

Makes that TRS-80 pale;
it’s four K ROM a
pathetic pea shooter.


January Thaw

by Jim Rapp

It is thirty-two degrees outside,
predicted to go much higher.
The snow will soon no longer hide
last summer’s sin; the fire

wood left unsplit, uncorded,
soft now with rot; worm ridden.
At least snow had accorded
earth the look of pristine Eden.

Perhaps a February blizzard
will cover our sins again;
give us twenty-nine more laggard
days to grab a book and snuggle in.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Worlds In Waiting

by Jim Rapp

Summer swamps can make you wish
you had mastered your Biology.
Standing at their edge the swish
of hidden creatures naturally
evokes primordial fish.

Only ancient life would wrap
itself in swamp; make its habitat
in emerald slime that laps
against a sea of broken reeds that
constitute its feeding traps.

Swamps are indisputably
primal backwaters of creation;
puddles intentionally
left to cradle the ideation
of a world that’s yet to be.


Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK Day: A Day to (Selectively) Remember

(January 18, 2016)
by Jim Rapp

I remember when
intolerants called him,
ML “Coon” – he, he.

Today they all rush
to commend him; dead heroes –
so safe to embrace!

Hear those who praise King
bite off the scorned name, Barack
Hussein Obama!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Salt and Light

(A Haiku Quartet)
by Jim Rapp

too much attention
to the world is corrosive
destroying the soul

we are not given
hope that we’ll escape the world
but faith to save it

not that we will be
taken out of the world but
learn to live in it

serving as light and
salt; shining on its ills while
stinging as we heal


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Prayer for an Unappreciated Man

(A Haiku Trio)
by Jim Rapp

Each day he lends his
hand to serve the weak, no thanks
from the sneering crowd;

sons-of-foxes they,
and sons-of-wolves; the goon squads
of the powerful.

Come to his aid, Lord,
outfox intolerance; bring
hatred to its knees.