Poetry from Jake Cosmos Aller

The Dogs of War are Howling

 

The Dogs of War

Have been set free

Of their cage

 

And are out

Howling at the moon

 

The Dogs of War

Have been set free

 

To wreck what havoc

Might be

 

Yes, the Dogs of War

The Hell Hounds

Have bound out of their cages

 

Sniffed about

And smiled

 

At the destruction they saw

They knew soon

 

They would be in their element

As the world descends into chaos

The Dogs of war

Are at foot

 

The chaos is upon us

The evil grows and grows

 

And dark noises are heard

Here and there

 

And the dogs of war

Smiled

 

They knew soon

They would be in their element

 

The war machines

Came to life

 

The plans came out of the books

The military might be unleashed

 

And the Dogs of war

Smiled and howled at the moon

 

And the rest of the world

Shuddered

At the thought of what was yet to be

 

 

Satan on the other hand

Was happy as can be

 

With the evil shit

That was going down

 

He smiled

Patted his hell hounds

And told his dogs

 

The war to end all wars

Armageddon is upon us my friend

 

Soon, mankind will know

The face of absolute evil

 

And they will love it

When I take over

 

The armies prepare

The bombers prepare

 

And the dogs of war

Are happy

Unleashed to do their mischief

 

And soon millions may die

And the pits of hell

Will open up

 

And the judgement day

May be upon us all

 

Madness descends upon the land

The fog of hate envelops us all

 

And reason and civilization

Fall away

 

As the Dogs of War

And their minions

Take over the minds of man

 

And the end of the world

And the beginning of the end times

Come upon us all

 

The usual lies descend upon the world

Kim Jong Un is evil personified

 

He must be destroyed over there

Before he can destroy us over here

 

The lies continue unabated

And Kim plays along

With each day unleashing another threat

 

With Trump and his minions

Responding in time

 

Saying the time for talk is over

The time for robust action is here

 

The machinery of war

Once unleashed

Can’t easily be stopped

 

There is a certain cruel logic

That demands that the war go on

 

And people die

And people suffer

 

And the US goes bankrupt

Morally and fiscally

 

And the evil that men do

Goes on and on and on

 

But the war machine must be fed

The munitions makers must be paid

 

As each million-dollar missile is launched

Millions more are made

 

And the corporations

Think of the endless profits

To be made

 

Every time they kill

With the war machines

 

But who cares about the victims

They are nothing but collateral damage

 

Who cares about the soldiers

Nothing but cannon fodder

 

Who gives a damn

About the dead

They are dead and gone

 

Just think about the profits

Think about the profits

 

Satan is happy

The dogs of war are free at last

 

 

Idiots in High Places

 

Many years ago

I was amazed to find

So many idiots in high places

All over the world

 

Senators, congressmen

Office directors

Presidents

Corporation CEO’s

 

All were idiots

Completely stupid

 

People who should have known

A thing or so

because they should have seen a thing or so

 

and yet these idiots in high places

would reveal their total ignorance

 

every time they opened their mouth

or tweet or email their profoundly wrong thoughts

 

and it never ceased to amaze me

that few ever challenged these idiots

 

few ever said but you are wrong

or you don’t have a clue

 

and these idiots caused so much damage

to those around them

to the country and the world

 

and now we have the idiot in chief

in charge of the richest most powerful country

the world has ever known

 

and I wonder how in a country of 350 million people

we ended up with such an idiot in charge

 

But the idiots in high places phenomenon

Exists everywhere

 

Corporations made stupid decisions

Countries make incredibly bad decisions

 

All traced back to idiots in high places

And these idiots in high places

Can’t hide their ignorance and pure stupidity

 

They can’t pretend anymore

In a world of 24/7 constant news

The idiots every pronouncement

Fills the airways 24/7

 

And the only people who know better

Are too afraid to say what they know

 

That the idiot in high place

Is an idiot

and is destroying the world

 

and so, we doomed to die

due to the idiot in high places

 

 

Masters of the Universe

 

The earth has been invaded

By hideous blood sucking vampires

Disgusting vile alien creatures

Devoid of all compassion

Lacking any human empathy

 

These so-called Masters of the universe

These psychopathic monsters

Are everywhere

They even took over the White house

 

And to these vile creatures

Everyone is nothing but a commodity

These alien monsters

Worship the god of the market

While proclaiming that they serve Jesus

 

Jesus would turn over in his grave

To see these people in action

 

Delta airlines

Facing the worst hurricane in world history

Decided that the expeditated thing to do

Was raise prices 600 percent

 

Instead of doing the right thing

The compassion thing

The human thing of offering free flights to all

 

Delta executives thus demonstrated

That they are no longer human

 

But greed driven monsters

As are all the other soulless automatons

Who have taken over the world

 

Perhaps some day

Jesus will come back

And smite these motherfuckers

Send them to the hell they so richly deserve

 

We can only pray

For our deliverance from such evil

From the soulless evil masters of the universe

Who have taken over the planet

 

 

 

When Will This Madness End?

 

Yet again we turn on the TV

And witness horrible scenes

Of unparalleled violence, hatred and despair

 

An old man consumed by his own demons

Opens fire from a hotel room

Killing 60 people injuring hundreds

In Las Vegas, Sin City

 

And the cry goes out throughout the land

Why yet again this tragedy

 

The usual suspects are rounded up

It’s the culture, stupid cry the conservative voices

 

And there is nothing we can do

It is like the weather

Bad shit happens

 

Guns are the price of our freedom

Guns Don’t Kill People

The only solution is more guns for everyone

 

The only solution for a bad guy with a gun

Is a gun guy with a gun?

An armed society is a polite society

 

And people need assault weapons

To go deer hunting

 

No, it’s the guns, cry the liberal pundits

We must confiscate the guns

Ban Assault weapons

And join the rest of the world

Where such carnage does not occur

 

And we sit around and argue

Knowing that there will be a next time

And another time and time and time again

Until the end of time

 

What is the sickness in our souls

That allows for this hatred to fester so

Deep within the minds of our killers

And why is it that they are almost all

White men with a grievance

 

And almost never crazed Islamic terrorists

Or black people

Or women

 

Why do they act the way they do

Is it just the mindless violence

That surrounds us all

 

Violence is as American

As Apple Pie

 

The TV and movie purveyors

Of pornographic violence

 

The pornographic display of violence

That washes across us every day

The 8,000 murders we have seen

By the time we are 18?

 

Or is it simply

That killers can easily

Get the latest bang for their buck?

 

We are all responsible here

The negligent parents

The overworked schools

 

The soulless corporate world

That treats everyone like disposable commodities

 

The lack of human connection

Maybe even the lack of God

 

 

The police department

Who think it is open season

On black Americans

Killing them with impunity

Because they can

 

And the gun sellers

The NRA and their brain dead

Captured politicians

Who block all gun control legislation

And even in the face of this carnage

Want to make it easier to buy guns

 

Even though 95 percent of Americans

Want to end the gun show loophole

Requiring background checks on all purchasers

 

The NRA will prevent this measure

And that measure

And defend the right of the terrorist

On the no fly list

To be able to buy a gun

 

Nothing will change

Until we conflict the evil

That lurks deep within each of us

 

There will be another Las Vegas

Soon enough

 

Despite all our efforts

Despite any new laws

 

There will be evil men

Who want to shoot and kill

Who have somehow lost

Their essential humanity

 

Lao Tzu said

The more laws there are

The more criminals there will be

 

More laws are not the answer

For a law cannot make a sick soul whole

 

If Satan lives on

He is laughing

All the way to the proverbial bank

 

If God lives on

He is ruing the day

He created Mankind

 

And the carnage will go on and on and on

Until the day emerges

When we all proclaim

 

Enough, no more

The killing, hatred and violence

Will stop

 

No More will our people

Grow up to be such monsters

 

That day will come soon enough

Until then we will all suffer

The wrath of the killer gun men

In our midst.

 


 

End of the World Blues

 

The heat is simply malevolent today

As if the very fires of hell were burning bright

In anger at the idiots in high places

That have so destroyed God’s wonderful creation

Turning it into Hell on Earth

 

It’s been hotter than this, I know,

and maybe it’s just the angle of the sun,

but there’s a deeply harsh quality to it.

As the world burns up

And the end of the world approaches

 

The wind is blowing hard off the hills

and visions of a great fire 26 years ago

are spiking in my memory.

People are reacting badly to this weather

.

The commute in was hellish

Every seemed to be speeding way

above the speed limit.

Driven mad by the heat and the wind

 

There were multiple stalls and accidents.

People were cutting each other off

and road raging in the extreme.

 

Every man woman and child

Was out for blood that day

 

I was missed by inches twice

by huge pickup trucks cutting me off.

 

There are more street people

acting aggressively near the campus,

barking and yelling and stalking around.

 

Completely lost in their own world

Sensing that the end of the world is near

 

Students in the hallway

aren’t chatting with each other.

 

Everyone seems irritated

and haunted.

 

Afraid that the end of the world

Is upon us all

 

The pool was a cool, silent refuge

from all of this for an hour,

 

but the brassy relentless

assault of the afternoon’s heat

bore down on me

 

just beat me down

as I walked back to the office.

 

I hope the day passes quickly,

and no new fires start,

and we all get home safe.

 

From Ned Garret’s FB posting:

Has anyone else notice that the heat is simply malevolent today? It’s been hotter than this, I know, and maybe it’s just the angle of the sun, but there’s a deeply harsh quality to it. The wind is blowing hard off the hills and visions of 26 years ago are spiking in my memory. People are reacting badly to this weather. The commute in was frightening in spots. Every other driver seemed to be speeding way above the speed limit. There were multiple stalls and accidents. People were cutting each other off and road raging in the extreme. I was missed by inches twice by huge pickup trucks cutting me off. There are more street people acting aggressively near the campus, barking and yelling and stalking around. Students in the hallway aren’t chatting with each other. Everyone seems irritated and haunted.

The pool was a cool, silent refuge from all of this for an hour, but the brassy assault of the afternoon just beat me down as I walked back to the office. I hope the day passes quickly, and no new fires start, and we all get home safe.

 

I am a novelist, poet and retired U.S. diplomat having served 27 years in the Foreign Service.  I have been writing poetry and short stories for decades, and have published my poetry and fiction in over 25 literary journals.  My poetry can best be described as “neo-beatnik” as growing up in Berkeley I was been heavily influenced by the beatnik writers.

I have completed three SF novels, – “Giant Nazi Spiders” “the Great Divorce’” and “Jurassic Cruise.”  I hope to have all three readies for possible publication within the next six months.  I have completed ten volumes of poetry and one volume of short stories.

During my foreign service career, I served in ten countries (Korea, Thailand, India, the Eastern Caribbean (lived in Barbados but covering Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts, St Lucia, and St Vincent) and Spain.