Soul Suckers

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I see you

Hiding behind your fake-arsed social media lives

Where you can turn your back from the camera

To hide the knives

Sunlight in every picture

Like you never have to face the rain

When the truth is you’re using the shade

To hide the lines that mark the pain

A veneer of competence

An almost impish impudence

Screens the reality

As you scramble to find some personal relevance

Chasing validation

From those who have already accepted your ways

Basing your opinions

On things the next soothing snake-oil salesman says

Downright obsequious

In your attempts to always be the bride

But spread so thin you become no more than a sheen

Like highly polished pride

I see your pain in every cryptic status

“Look at me.. Don’t look at me”

It hits me like a scream

And becomes the only thing about you that I can see

It’s only because I recognise

That you have no control over this apparent need

That I don’t cover the vein and cut you off

But allow you to continue to feed

 

 

 

Billy 10/08/17

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A touch across the Web

 

Avatars in an online society

Discovering a shared World of values and passions

 

Seeing old faces with eyes anew

And realising that some beliefs were only ever fashions

 

A rekindled vibrant vitality

Inclusively embraces the reluctantly recluse

 

Gives voice to silent desires

A place where personality unseen can seduce

 

That is where the trade-off bites

Detachment still comes at a solitary cost

 

And as real as those connections are

Logging off at night, means those connections are lost

 

Connections made in binary form

Spelling out the code for this new tale to be told

 

Where the hearts that touch us the most

Beat in the chests of loved ones we may never get to hold

 

Billy 25/7/17

 

 

 

 

 

You make me hate the World

 

Anger feeds and breeds division

Truth ties the hands of those with vision

Where under guise of flawed debate

You spread your cloak of indecision

With soundbites loudly resonate

Spew your bile, and shout your hate

It pains my eyes to have to see

How you rationalise your mind’s demise

With logic born of bias

Skewed by full-on toxic spin

And an ignorant defiance

Being preached from on the dais

It taints the years I’d come to know

Shrinks the spirit I’d once watched grow

Feeds on fear, absorbs the light

Summons beasts from down below

The side of Man that takes delight

In watching day dissolved by night

How did we even reach this place

Where all that matters is not losing face

Where truths it seems, can intertwine

And bluster, ward off deep disgrace

Reality told to toe-the-line

And your truth can be different from mine

You make me hate the World

All the love, the art, music of the heart

Fades into a fog, ever more dense

As you idly allow reason to depart

Incriminate the use of common sense

And try to debunk intelligence

You make me hate the post-truth World

Billy 23/7/17

 

 

 

 

 

For Whom the Poll Tolls

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends

Once more the polling booth calls

A chance to exorcise the demon

Who has our country by the balls

 

Once more unto the breach

Carry forth the battle cry

Reverse Draconian policies

That said our weakest had to die

 

Stand up, be counted, be seen, be heard

Be part of something more

A movement taking back control

From Murdoch’s grey insectoid whore

 

We have an opportunity

We cannot let it slip away

We have to rid our country

Of these cunts who darken every day

 

Society has stumbled

What happens next is key

Whether on our feet and in the race

Or toppled to one knee

 

Once more unto the breach, dear friends

Each day we see this movement grow

Spreading word from mouth to ear

Making sure the people know

 

Once more unto the breach

We wont go silently into the night

We will not let the hate prevail

We will not bow to the fascist right

 

Onwards, upwards, join the ranks

Add your strength to the growing might

Then standing strong and standing tall

We’ll stand our ground and win this fight

 

Billy 21/4/17

 

Don’t Ask Me

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Don’t ask me to explain

Why sometimes

I’d rather walk in the rain

Why words

Can sometimes fail

Or just seem to no avail

Don’t ask me the reason why

Faith as strong as the sky is high

Can be shattered

In a moment

A loosely swaying remnant

 

Don’t look to me for light

Like some kind of

Altruistic knight

I’m not even close

To gaining best

In my own internal conquest

Don’t ever try to understand

The forces that seem

To guide a hand

We’re a different person every day

Each step we take

Dictates our way

 

Don’t look for fairness or parity

In a World  built on greed

Not charity

There is no graciously warm relief

Until first you’ve tasted

Bitter grief

Don’t expect to see shame

Reflected in the eyes

Of those you blame

They’ll always find a way to justify

Or give themselves

An alibi

 

Don’t ask me to explain

Why life today

Just seems steeped in pain

It’s not that I don’t care

It’s just I have no more

Faith to share

 

Billy 14/4/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking the dog

black dog

Life smiles sweetly

As it stabs you in the back

And seeks new ways

To throw you off the track

Laughs in your face

As it shrouds you in black

Where the dog cocks an ear

Sniffs the air

Smells your fear

Stalks you through your shadows

Drawing ever more near

Shadows that breathe,

Writhe

And seethe

As you longingly thirst

To drink from the Lethe

Where thoughts revolve

Thoughts devolve

And memories find release

As thoughts dissolve

No need to run

Soporific peace hard won

Bathing in the river

Black dog’s bite undone

A brief respite

Just a pause in the fight

Black dog’s turn

To hide from the light

As you float with the stream

Explore this new dream

While always aware

Things are not as they seem

Anxiety churns

As through the haze

The fire of truth burns

Clouds descend

And black dog returns

 

Billy 7/4/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Life in the Day of

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Eyes flutter open, seeing with light afresh

Unveiling visions

Sparkling with early dew

 

Pure and clean, untainted by the day to come

Crisp, sharp air

Nature’s heady brew

 

Hitting mid morning with spring-heeled leap

The child has no pride

He’s just along for the ride

 

Lessons learned and hurdles jumped

That first real feeling

Of battling the tide

 

The Mid-day sun brings heat and passion’s flame

Playing along with the game

And those first pangs of shame

 

Chasing memories while the energy is fresh

Marking your territory

And staking your claim

 

Stealing smiles across the afternoon

As the day peaks

And time inexorably leaks

 

Accelerating forward

Turning minutes to hours, hours to days

And days into weeks

 

Then eventide to bask in the glow

Make sense of the day

Take pride in your stock

 

Remembering the air, the light

The heat of the fight

Looking back to when you walked that walk

 

As the shadows take over

And the darkness grows

That’s when true nature shows

 

A legacy of what we shared

As the light fades

And the night forces the day to a close

 

Billy 10/3/17