Casualties in the Night

Someone fired off ten rounds

On a street behind my apartment

Echoing up into the open window

As I lay there Friday night

A brief moment of silence ensues

Before the faint muffled cry

Of a woman mourning

On the blood-stained asphalt

Combat shock of untold urban war

Pitting poor versus poor

While the affluent criminals

Work behind a closed door



Outer Forces/Inner Peace


Outer forces
Beyond our control
A cosmic transmission, intuition
Keep track of your soul

Outer forces
Beyond the limits
of our perception, comprehension
Equipoise in your role

Outer forces
Beyond the veil
of modernization, machination
Free to the ebb and flow