New Issue of Ygdrasil

The April issue of Ygdrasil, containing work by Carolyn Gregory, Allison Grayhurst, Scott Thomas Outlar, Donal Mahoney, Michael Ceraolo, Danielle Hope, Taylor Bond, John Grey and a translation by Khaloud Al-Muttalibi, is now available at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken/

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Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him on kgerken@rogers.com and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

sacrifice

Klaus J. Gerken

the cat’s in the bushes
the dog’s in a howl
the fox glides through the shadows
all on a prowl

it’s safe to say nothing
escapes a routine
in the drama that follows
no one is mean

the quest for survival
is a deep rooted fear
that humans exploited
through a terrible tear

no creature will slaughter
for a truth they believe
like man is a given
from godly reprieve

cain killed his brother
god wanted blood
humans have always
stuck to that path

kjg 934pm 13 feb 2015

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him on kgerken@rogers.com and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

The February 2015 Issue Of Ygdrasil

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The February 2015 issue of Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts is now available at http://users.synapse.net/kgerken

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him on kgerken@rogers.com and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

reverse psychology

Klaus J. Gerken

in the springtime of the season
when the scent of lilac reasons
with the rising sun of amber
and passion raises clamour
love grows in the meadows
and lovers hide in shadows
where sunlight does not gather
and lovers know no failure
the spring is like a sailor
somewhat drunk to know her
yet strong enough to offer
the apple to the woman
she does not eat…the omen
wakes her intuition.

kjg 544am 23 dec 2014

christmas and the needle

Klaus J. Gerken

away in a manger
in an alley below
a girl’s giving birth
in the ice and the snow
her hair is disheveled
she has no warm clothes
needle marks bleeding
as the morning star rose

merry christmas merry christmas
life is so good
the scent of warm garbage
is inviting as food
she screams and she suffers
god wants it that way
he made eve to suffer
for curiosity’s sake

the streets are deserted
the children awake
to gifts santa brought them
while in bed they slept safe
no joy in the alley
her child lies blue dead
she wraps him in paper
and stumbles in dread

merry christmas merry christmas
a savior is born
in a night of desertion
in a poor part of town
she stumbles to her dealer
she begs for some drugs
he tells her to get busy
“find someone who lusts”

they find her in a snowbank
a crumpled up heap
“another statistic”
says the cop on the beat
“what a great tragedy”
the papers report
no one claims the bodies
“Jesus comforts”

kjg 427am 26 dec 2014

The Last Old Man (1997) by Klaus J. Gerken

Klaus J. Gerken

 

 

 

THE LAST OLD MAN

by

Klaus J. Gerken

(1997)

THE APPOINTMENT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hot day. Brilliant sun. It was difficult to wear the hooded robe. It
was a hated artifact; but it would have attracted too much attention not to wear it.  After all ever since the treatment was proscribed by law, it was a criminal offense to anyone who missed a treatment to go without it.
And NC1847 had gone without a treatment for a number of weeks. Under normal circumstances this would have had dire consequences, but NC1847 had friends in the Ministry of Youth and the official explanation was that he was hunting in a remote are of the Yukon where treatment centres were not available. This was lie, but a lie, that was at least believe by someone, although with skepticism.

NC1847 had missed a number of treatment before, but never several weeks at one time. The ministry of Youth and the Youth Police had already opened a file. They had already marked it in their minds, “Final Chance.” And indeed it was NC1847’s wife who persuaded him to submit to another treatment. She implored him in the name of his unborn children, his dying mother, and his long dead father. He did not believe any of this, yet his sense of duty and his confusion of what his role in life should be, made him consent. It was a forced consent, fraught with guilt and fear, and he hated himself for being such a coward.

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Highways

Klaus J. Gerken

(The Alpha Poems)

by Klaus J. Gerken (2003)

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A1

A brilliant man once said:
“Alphabet soup is just a piece of cake.”
Now no one knew what it meant, of course,
but it made Groucho Marx cry,
and somehow Mario Lanza was never the same
after they lauded Caruso the greater tenor.
After all, he didn’t slug it out in Night at the Opera
but did die of pleurisy in excruciating pain
needing one more dose of Carnegie Hall,
and all those who shook their jewelry
and brushed the lint from their tuxedos
in a mass of solidarity never knowing
what was sung of what it’s all about.
Of course the unions knew…and those who laughed
riotously at Groucho and gang knew all along
but no one dared to say it for it was too silly,
pretty, and downright irreligious:
“Alphabet soup is just a piece of cake.”
And wouldn’t you know it, of all the letters
there never was an A.

28 July 2003

Johntext News

Well, Johntext is developing. That is a fact. Behind the curtains there are informations I do not want to hide. Why? We have no secrets. We live in a open society. So here is something for smiling:

Yesterday evening i received following emails from my Johntext Administrator:

A host, 49.77.148.218, has been locked out of the WordPress site at http://madhyapradesh.johntext.de due to too many bad login attempts.

The host has been locked out until 2014-09-17 00:46:01 .

A host, 49.77.148.218, has been locked out of the WordPress site at https://world.johntext.de due to too many bad login attempts.

The host has been locked out until 2014-09-17 00:46:11.

A host, 49.77.148.218, has been locked out of the WordPress site at http://canada.johntext.de due to too many bad login attempts.

The host has been locked out until 2014-09-17 00:46:01

Well, lets summarize the facts. Yesterday soemone tried to loggin/hack  the websites Johntext Canada, Johntext World and Johntext Madhya Pradesh. He/she was not successful.  These persons were not successful. Here is the information the ip-address gives:

IP address: 49.77.148.218
IP country: China
IP Address state: Jiangsu
IP Address city: Nanjing
IP latitude: 32.0617
IP longitude: 118.7778
ISP: China Telecom jiangsu
Organization: China Telecom jiangsu

 

The ip-address is like a post address. It shows the location of its computer owner. Meanwhile I got a lot of these loggin attempts from this ip-address 49.77.148.218 . So I tend to say it happens not accidentally.

Anyway I love China and its inhabitants and I admire it most for its friendly and polite inhabitants and cultural achievements.  Besides: Any authors from China out there who want to occupy Johntext China? It is still free.

This example shows that it is necessary to keep ones passwords secret and please choose complicated and long ones… 🙂

Have a nice and wonderful day.

Hans-Jürgen John