Monday 5 November 2018

1 Poem by Ken Williams


Earth is sick
feverish ocean temperatures
birth monster storms
still-born fishing grounds
heat shimmering off baked lands, drying
dying farm lands, ravaged forests
fifty-foot towering monster waves
chews shores
high tides swamping lowlands
thunder shoots from mouths of cannons
harsh hellish winds, sounding like crying butterflies
having their wings pulled off
rushes us as a malevolent force
and—lighting hurled by angry gods

Earth is sick
feverish symptoms
coma thrashing nightmares
hurricanes larger than mythical legends
rise ever higher
Earth’s attempt to heal mankind’s
foolish actions—poisonous flooding of
her skies before its too late

Fools, Fool-In-Chief
driven by insane greed
ignoring reality
till it is too late

Earth is sick
pandemic fires sweep the West
flooding skies with ash
reducing sun to smudgy ball of fire
Hurricanes harass the Gulf
epic tornados tear the Heartland
killer floods swamp Bangladesh

Deliriously Earth tosses and turns
fighting desperately for her life
only way she knows how
like our bodies would, do fight an infection
only question is:
Will the human race fight likewise
or, instead will we go quietly
into that good night


Ken Williams worked as a social worker for the homeless, primary the mentally ill, but including veterans, women, the elderly, drug and alcohol addicted and the physically disabled in Santa Barbara CA for over thirty years.  His dedication to his clients has been acknowledged by the Board of Supervisors, the State Senate, State Assembly, A.C.L.U. Santa Barbara Chapter, Housing Authority, California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Mental Health Association, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and others.  The late Paul Walker highlighted his work in the documentary, SHELTER which Paul produced.  He is a disabled combat Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.

            His writings have appeared in Columbia University’s: Columbia Journal, Cecile’s Magazine, the Huffington Post, The Potomac, A journal of Poetry and Politics, Mobius, Better Than Starbucks, The Criterion, Slab Lit. Mag. U. Penn, , S/tick Magazine, The Fear of Monkeys, Indiana Voice Journal, VietNow, Haggard and Halloo, Scars Productions, Military Experience and the Arts, Resistance is Fertile, Bitchin’ Kitsch, Metaphor Magazine, The Good Men Project, Edhat, The Creative Truth, noozhawk, Down In The Dirt Magazine, Hektoen International, Ibis Head Review, Hello Horror, Santa Barbara Independent and the News-Press.  FRACTURED ANGEL is his most recent novel.

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