Waiting in Good Faith

“Terrain” ©️C.P. Hickey 2021

“Waiting in Good Faith”

It happened again

A summer not as planned

Bug bites in the single digits

Sunburns of no consequence

Waiting for something else

To

Happen

Hoping certain certainties avoid

Protecting those we love from life

And the harm of thoughtless folks

Libertines have become civil libertines

And exact destruction

When passing through the self-checkout line

Not wanting to wait in long lines

Circumventing the gradual path

Because…

People die from the consumption

But, not that consumption

Animals of learned habits

Bad habits

Stain the narrative

A story told

Obfuscating

A selling sexy self-lies

That only we ourselves believe

To get to the next instance

Where choice

Or, it’s illusion

Stammers, sputters, and relents

Waiting for a break

Waiting in good faith

“Uncivil Liberties”

“Mask a Nation” ©️ C. P. Hickey 2021

“Uncivil Liberties

Growling self-advocacy

Above all else

You, put your interests

Sowing harm and consequence

In the name of happiness

Pursuant to,

The line your ego draws

Not once

Giving service

Or thought

Pursuant to,

The pursuits of others

Your epistemology fits on the head of a pin

A conscience abstaining exercise

Kicking cans down roads

Escape goat, summoned

Pride throughout the fall

What will it take to move the needle?

On your impertinent insistence

To elevate only yourself

And leave objects in mirror

further away than they appear

Keep your choice to die

But…

Go do it the fuck alone

And leave the rest of us out of it

“Treebeard”

“Treebeard” ©️ C.P. Hickey 2021

“Treebeard”

Roots red riot

Reaching up into a stratosphere

Wagging straw doodles

An itch not scratchable

Forming a Bedouin burning bush

Pandemic nettles preventing tight seals

Masking my contempt of you, at you

There isn’t a light apparent at the end of this tunnel

Nowhere to go but up

Breathless