RAVEN MACK is a mystic poet-philosopher-artist of the Greater Appalachian unorthodox tradition who publishes zines & physical books & electronic books & music & photography & digital art & just generally whatever feels necessary to survive this deluded earth thru Rojonekku Word Fighting Arts survival systems (Version 69, establish 14 Feb 1973). Comments encouraged.

Thursday, May 16

freestyle sonnets


religion
believe what you want, do what you will, find reasons
to affirm what you believe, whether spirit-based
or built on scientific trial, but seasons
shall pass and all things change; new tribulations faced
will challenge your thought patterns; how will you adapt
for survival, conquering an altered landscape
littered with altars and lab space where wisdom trapped
itself in tradition, and yet changes take shape
daily in all moments, our world is forever
shifting truth, with man dragged along by tooth and nail,
clutching at his heartworn ways, which seemed so clever
and permanent, though permanence is doomed to fail
time and time again, yet we learn not this lesson -
our dominion to exist is still a question

beethoven
the Beethoven principle is plenty present
in current writing, meticulously crafted
creations of heavy-handed brilliance, pleasant
to high-minded, academically drafted
individuals born inside the gates of Smart,
accepted as standard method for writing words;
in fact if you’re not tortured, you’re not doing art
worthy of furrowed brow scrutiny; sure, the herds
will never hear (much less feel) your contributions
to civilization’s secret progress behind
the sheltered closed walls of ivy institutions,
but without such hidden dedication, man’s mind
will not be properly inclined to serve Self first;
without ego, the western art bubble would burst

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