Thursday, June 29, 2017

CELESTIAL CLEANSING

During restless nights when you just can’t
Seem to get a decent dose of sleep, 
Hold long conversations with Venus and Mars
(Mercury is too busy spinning ‘round the sun)
And give them a mindful of your good and bad times

The silent moon is always nearby willing 
To verify all of your impassioned onslaughts
Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus will chant in unison
Planetoids, the stepchildren of the sun, will surely join
Humming a low-key chant to sooth your soul .

At dawn, the distant stars will slowly wave good-bye
And the multitude of asteroids will join with all
The planets to resume their waltzing with the sun 

And your tired eyelids will yield their way 
To reconstituted peace neatly nestled 
In your spacious open heart…

© 2017 jjméndez

© 2017 "Sunrise" by jjméndez

Thursday, December 29, 2016

DAILY NEWS by jjméndez

  DAILY NEWS

The dailies 
are getting thinner
The newsprint is 
getting pulpier
And the sales inserts 
just get thicker.

Faux pas news 
spread like wildfire 
Doublespeak rules 
and so does doublethink
Spreading their cyber 
wings of flowery deceit.

Numbing minds is king 
with its entertaining flair
Disinformation pays
much better while 
The burden of Truth 
chokes in stale chatter…

© 2016 jjméndez 



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

DOWN BY THE SEASHORE by jjméndez

DOWN BY THE SEASHORE

I want to go there… there where
the somber light in the horizon dissolves
where the wind sleeps and dreams
of fallen leaves that no longer breathe.

I want to spend the day by the cliff
seeing the sea waves roar in silence
where the seagulls hover above the X 
marking the place of the sunken ship and its treasure
where tiny fish roam in the crevice the captain claimed.

I want to clasp in my left hand
the crystal drop of time forgotten
and caress its ticking heart with my right
and carry it to the murky borderlands of space
and hand it over to the supreme essence
that is both heat and intense frost…


© 2016 jjméndez




Monday, October 10, 2016

THE BEAUTY CONTEST by jjméndez

THE BEAUTY CONTEST

The quadrennial national 
Pageant is on.
Candidates flaunt 
Their wigs and mascara.
Lungs are blowing hot 
Air and tongues slither 
Flinging grandiose plans 
And evaporating hopes.

The five o’clock newsies 
Are doing their part
Spoon-feeding shut eyes 
And clogged hearts,
The daily dose 
Of shootings and mayhem,
And philandering tearing 
Our nation apart.

Corporate-sponsored 
Bytes are on prime time
Eyeballing the flood 
Of refugees at the border
Interviewing buried children 
After-the-bombings
And showcasing 
Retrofitted soldiers.

Candidates continue 
To stretched the truth.
Copulations continue 
In the stock exchange.
Sewer rats sniff 
Their way to the bank 
And we settle 
For business as usual again…

A worldwide audience is fixed to the screen.


© 2016 jjméndez



Saturday, October 1, 2016

SAND CASTLES by jjméndez

       Sand Castles

There’s an overgrown
orange-faced gnome 
wrapped in our flag.

He roams unrestrained
on the political scene
flaunting the fluff 
in his swollen head

And he goes about
spreading his hate 
as he laughs 
on top his soapbox
and randomly 
shoots from the hip 
his usual litany 
of cynical quips.

This mess of a gnome 
preys all too well on 
the naive who live
uninformed and 
in confusion. He
claims they all
are fair game 
and easy to please 
with his diatribe 
of mudslinging 
and vilification
for those who dare 
to differ with him.

It’s inevitable
as history
usually tells
karma and reason
Will soon have 
their turn in the sun

And this warthog- 
faced gnome will 
soon self-destruct 
in his own festering mire
of immature rants 
and childish fits.

And we’ll finally see 
his  castles of sand 
crumble and fall 
deep in a hole… 

And the world 
will sigh once 
again with relief.


© 2016 jjméndez



Saturday, August 27, 2016

MOVE ON by jjméndez

    MOVE ON

Before you attempt 
To grab the bull 
By the horns
Take a deep breath.

Remove the thorns
Undo the hooks
Holding fast and release
The emotional strings 

Entangled deep 
In the chambers
Of your bruised heart
Then set yourself free…

After all, 
     you still have
            many more 
                     roads to travel.
Namaste.


© 2016 jjméndez

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MAROONED by jjméndez

MAROONED

Endless waves
in 
an infinite 
             dark sea.

Starry nights 
my 
beacon and 
             ultimate island…

© 2016 jjméndez

Photo credit: Dave Johnson, 2015