Yesterday

December 4, 2021
He became a Marine on September 12th
Giving up status and material wealth 
So many nightmares dancing in his skull
Davey lost it all to fentanyl

20 years of fighting in a foreign land
for a country that never even gave a damn
living with the hurt that never goes away
another buddy killed himself yesterday

Finding your friends in gutted Humvee
Totally dismantled by an IED
Tommy still alive with half his brains gone
Muttering gibberish and asking for his mom

20 years of fighting in a foreign land
for a country that never even gave a damn
living with the hurt that never goes away
another buddy killed himself yesterday

Oscar in his living room, kids at play
Surrounded by love on a beautiful day
Don't make no sense when the demons get their way
He ran off in his truck and blew himself away

20 years of fighting in a foreign land
for a country that never even gave a damn
living with the hurt that never goes away
another buddy killed himself yesterday

another buddy killed himself yesterday

another buddy killed himself yesterday

another buddy killed himself yesterday

by Richard W. Bray

Beware the Wooky Wabble

November 19, 2021

Beware the Wooky Wabble
In the Torple Tapple Tree
He vexonted Carroll Lewis
And he almost blurbled me

Beware the Wooky Wabble
Deceptive in its art
He looks just like a nuknak
But he’s wipple wapple smart

Beware the Wooky Wabble
With his chriomatic forge
He swings a brutesome blade
Lacerating Gordon George

Beware the Wooky Wabble
He sporpled Miss D.H.
She keeps on writing books
But they’re only one page

Beware the Wooky Wabble
He bedeviled Milton John
He behemothed Shelley Percy
Till the raspity of dawn

by Richard W. Bray

Public Relations

November 13, 2021

Public Relations
Give yourself a prize
Dancing like scarecrow
Who believes its own lies

Public Relations
The opposite of health
You’re not into truth
You’re into yourself

Public Relations
The perfect façade
A rumor of existence 
A mountain of sod

Public Relations
Who would suspect?
You gotta be real
If you wanna connect

by Richard W. Bray

Catastrophe!

November 6, 2021








Shooting star across the sky
Oh my God, we’re gonna die
I never want to walk around
There’s a chance I might fall down
Live a life of melodrama
Stay inside and call your mama

If that girl won’t go out with me
I’ll live a life of misery
If I’m not getting perfects marks
I’ll be sleeping in the park
When every hill’s a mountaintop
The agony will never stop

I got a pain inside my head
Pretty soon I will be dead
Every surface must be scoured
I boil my food for several hours
Breathe and think and slow your hurry
You don’t need to feed your worry


by Richard W. Bray

Quiet Disappointment

October 16, 2021

A look, a snub, a slander
Says you’re not enough
A heap of indignation
A morsel of love

Silent disappointment
A rolling of the eyes
To never miss a moment
To cut you down to size

The sadness of a soul
Who gives to take away
A sigh that’s filled with scorn
A heart made out of clay

by Richard W. Bray

naughty naughty

October 8, 2021
Every inch of you is perfectMeghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish 

Your naughty naughty body
And your dirty dirty mind
Got my head aspinning
And I think I’m going blind

So kinetic and so crazy
How you keep a body warm
Cover me and praise me
And shelter me with storm

Your naughty naughty body
And your dirty dirty mind
Absolute perfection
From your head to your behind

So kinetic and so crazy
How you keep a body warm
Cover me and praise me
And shelter me with storm

Your naughty naughty body
And your dirty dirty mind
You’re a sinner — you’re a saint
You’re one of a kind 

So kinetic and so crazy
How you keep a body warm
Cover me and praise me
And shelter me with storm

By Richard W. Bray 

The truth that looks you in the eye

September 26, 2021

It’s pretty easy to tell when someone is lying to themself.* But you can never know another person’s truth. And discovering your own truth is an enormous task.


The truth that looks you in the eye
“No reason why this has to hurt” 
Tell yourself another lie

Compare yourself to other guys
“My loser friends are so inert”
The truth that looks you in the eye

Bewildered every time you cry
“I’m self-aware – I’m so alert”
Tell yourself another lie 

Jump off a bridge – expect to fly
“Only fools return to dirt?” 
The truth that looks you in the eye

Deception is your alibi
“I’m guiltless, honest and overt”
Tell yourself another lie

Dismiss your actions with a sigh
“I never aimed to disconcert”
The truth that looks you in the eye
Tell yourself another lie

by Richard W. Bray

*For example, when someone says I don’t care, it usually means they care a lot.

cocoon

September 17, 2021

everything that's right
i discovered long ago
i don't have to listen
cuz i already know

don't need any facts
to show me what's true
my feelings are my guide 
i live my point of view

i don't have any need
for folks who disagree
they're just a bunch of haters
but they'll never hurt me

i need to stay pure
in a very safe space
that's the only cure
for the human race

by Richard W. Bray

a man-hating woman and a woman-hating man

September 8, 2021
a man-hating woman
and a woman-hating man
raised a couple kids
in a pool of quicksand

daughter got away
and overcome the sad
angry little mama's boy
blames everything on dad

a man-hating woman 
and a woman-hating man

smells and yells and warning bells
forty years of rage
and they never even knew
they built their own cage

by Richard W. Bray

Hypocrisy

September 5, 2021

Hypocrisy
There’s nothing true
In things that people 
Say and do…

wasting all your time 
until you’re dead
living other people’s lives 
inside your head
you might try
and live your own 
instead

What a clown
That stupid guy 
His perfect life 
Is such a lie…

wasting all your time 
until you’re dead
living other people’s lives 
inside your head
you might try 
and live your own 
instead

by Richard W. Bray