Poetry Break: Jake Cosmos Aller: 5 Poems for our Times

By: Jake Cosmos Aller

   

 

Morning Light

 

the terrors of the night

the worst imaginings

of what might happen

 

war, rumors of war

end of civilization

nuclear war

and other horrors

ripped from the headlines

 

fade away into nothingness

with the morning light

and the love of my wife

who is always by my side

I regain my sight

 

and begin

regaining my smile

and my life

 

until the next nightmares

consumes my dark imaginings

 

 

 

Dora the Intergalactic Explorer

 

Dora the intergalactic explorer

Is traveling to the strangest planet

of all the known worlds

 

she is traveling incognito

with a video crew

making a documentary

 

the planet earth

is known as a planet

of intelligent monkeys

 

not much is known

about them

as very few

have ever been there

 

the inhabitants are described

as blood thirsty insane creatures

ruled by hidden sexual and political passions

following incomprehensible

religious dogmas following Gods

that clearly do not exist

 

the inhabitants are just on the verge

of developing intergalactic travel

and the galactic empire

is worried that they will be driven

to try to conquer the rest of the universe

 

driven by their needs to impose

their religious dogma

everywhere in the world

 

the planet is divided into large tribal groups

governed by corrupt elites

corrupt businesses destroying the planet

in pursuit of profit

 

and the locals are little more

than wage slaves

barely making a living

addicted to alcohol, drugs gambling

pornography and illicit sex

 

and their main land

is ruled by a clearly delusional madman

intent on poking a fight

with all his alleged enemies

 

Dora assumed the appearance

of a character from TV

and will pose as a journalist

trying to make sense

of it all

 

but she was afraid

that she if found out

could face the worst consequence

 

her ship crash lands

and she is outside

the capitol

 

of the non empire empire

called the United State ofAmerica

 

Dora gets her crew together

and walks into the city

staring at all the strange sights

as the monkeys go about

their daily activities

 

she stops at a restaurant

tries the coffee

the chief drug of choice

 

and is instantly addicted

wow no wonder

these people are crazed

 

she tries the local booze

and smiles

perhaps she could

become an intergalactic merchant

introducing the world

to the galaxy

 

her thought are interrupted

as a mad man armed

with weapons of war

bursts in and starts shooting

yelling at people

 

and she is shot dead

the authorities

are shocked

 

when they recover the body

and realize

that she is not a human

as she reverts to her original form

 

sort of a giant feline like creature

two legs and arms

and clearly from an advanced

civilization given her gear

 

what was she doing

no one knew

as all the aliens

died in the gun blaze

 

the world is shocked

at what had happened

and fearful that the aliens

were coming to invade

their world

 

the galactic senate

decides to contain

the humans

declaring them

a threat to the global civilization

 

and the humans vow

to discover the secrets

of interstellar travel

and travel to her land

 

to enter into business arrangements

and spread the one truth faith

to the heathen space aliens

 

thus ended Dora’s excellent adventure

in the crazed world at the edge

of known civilization

 

Mocking Faces Staring at Me

 

Mocking faces

hunting my dreams

Hundreds of faces

morphing into one

after another

 

Faces I knew

The dead

and the living

 

women i knew

friends I missed

enemies I did not

 

One after another

Marching in my room

Staring at me

 

I tried to run

They laughed

 

They said

that there’s nowhere

to escape my cosmic fate

 

My time is coming

prepare yourself

the grim reaper

has your name

 

and once he has your name

your fate is sealed

and you will soon

join us

 

whether in heaven

or hell

is not for us to say

 

be warned though

you will be judged

and no one can escape

their cosmic karmic fate

 

 

 

A Wild Man Sits in a Gilded Cage

 

 

a wild man sits in a gilded cage

a cage made out of chains of his wife’s love

 

a cage made out of chains of his wife’s love

the wild man yearning to be free from his cage

 

the wild man yearning to be free from his cage

wondering how and why he was now tamed

 

wondering how and why he was now tamed

dreaming dark wild dreams of demented freedom

 

dreaming dark wild dreams of demented freedom

the wild man looks about his prison cage

 

the wild man looks about his prison cage

wondering whether he will ever be free

 

wondering whether he will ever be free

a wild man sits in a gilded cage

 

 

2019 The Last Year of America’s Greatness

 

 

2019 was the last year of America

when the proverbial chickens came home

 

when the proverbial chickens came home

to strut about the decaying landscape

 

to strut about the decaying landscape

as the world begins to burn and die

 

as the world begins to burn and die

led by the mad great leader and his merry men

 

led by the mad great leader and his merry men

the whole world lay in shock and awe

 

the whole world lay in shock and awe

at the destruction of the America they knew

 

at the destruction of the America they knew

when the proverbial chickens came home

 

 

Bio: Jake Cosmos Aller

 

Jake is a retired U.S. Diplomat having served 27 years in the U.S. State Department in ten countries, including Korea, Thailand, Indian, the Eastern Caribbean and Spain.
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He grew up in Berkeley, California and has visited all 50 states, and 45 foreign countries. His writing has appeared in over 30 literary journals. 
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He has written five novels, ten volumes of poetry and short fiction.  He speaks Korean, Spanish and Thai.  His blog is the world according to cosmos (https://theworldaccordingtocosmos.com)
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