Archive for September, 2020

it’s good to know insanity is just a frame of mind

September 30, 2020

I jumped in the river, but the doggone river was dry
Hank Williams

we don’t know the difference
between Hitler and Cupid
now we gotta pick
between crazy and stupid

it’s good to know
insanity is just
a frame of mind

when you’re off the rails
and heading toward a cliff
deaf, dumb and blind

anarchy and mayhem
revelation is at hand
after a nap, we’ll stick our head
back in the sand

it’s good to know
insanity is just
a frame of mind

when you’re off the rails
and heading toward a cliff
deaf, dumb and blind

when you’re off the rails
and heading toward a cliff
deaf, dumb and blind

by Richard W. Bray

love madness

September 15, 2020

all day long
I think of you
subsisting on
your residue

too good to be true
too good to be true
too good to be true

warmth and style
and royal blue
all wrapped up
inside of you

too good to be true
too good to be true
too good to be true

your hair, your smile
your ballyhoo
I would pay
to be your shoe

too good to be true
too good to be true
too good to be true

sophistication
through and through
you’ll never play
the ingénue

too good to be true
too good to be true
too good to be true

I live for love
I never knew
the psycho ward
is overdue

too good to be true
too good to be true
too good to be true

by Richard W. Bray

Lunch Among the Ruins

September 11, 2020

O heart! oh blood that freezes, blood that burns!
   Earth’s returns
For whole centuries of folly, noise and sin!

Robert Browning, Love Among the Ruins

In a land once ruled by thieves
We walk beneath the trees
Among the fallen leaves

Paths once paved with gravel
Too overgrown for travel
Reveal a world unraveled

Betrayal winks and nods
An empire built of fraud
Amused indifferent gods

Right before their eyes
A world of endless lies
Erupts in bloody skies

A picnic on the glen
With a special friend
Another season ends

by Richard W. Bray

The Legend of Looney Tick

September 2, 2020

I got a friend named Looney Tick
He chewed all day and ate a brick
Washed it down with motor oil
He drinks it fresh before it spoils

I don’t believe in superstition
Minerals are good nutrition

I got a friend named Looney Tick
You never know what clothes he’ll pick
He’s decked out in all his splendor
Cargo shorts and red suspenders

I’m a walking fashion plate
How them haters love to hate

I got a friend named Looney Tick
Sanity is not his schtick
He cleans his table with a mop
He stole a car and called the cops

I don’t need no evidence
I’ll just use my common sense

I had a friend named Looney Tick
He fought a grizzly with a stick
His daddy told him that ain’t wise
But he believed his lying eyes

That bear is big but I’m real quick
Never mess with Looney Tick

That bear is big but I’m real quick…

The last we heard from Looney Tick

by Richard W. Bray