2 poems from Yrik Max Valentonis

Path, Stones, Pavement, Area, Side Walk

photo from pixabay

Seems Like Yesterday

Every King and Queen had an astrologer.
Plagues ran rampant through the world.
The world was going to end.

Oscar Wilde died in 1901.  A millennium year.

The change from 19** to 20**
A mathematical shortcut, leading to a 
logical error.

Setting the clock back will not raise the dead.
but it will allow for Shakespeare and Cervantes to be born on the same day.

Will setting the clocks back kill?
or will my birthday be re-assigned?

The thing is…
there was no year 0.
but there was a beginning
We don’t know when.
	(some of us disagree0
Will there be an end?

Our Mythology is composed of movie monsters and video game faeries. 
Our heroes appear in comic books with capes rustling in the wind. 
The storytellers of our tribe.
Merchandizing of plastic menageries. 
Lessons learned re-enacted, mass-produced. 
Repeatable. Copied. Xeroxified.  
Industrialization through henry Ford’s assembly line, cost effective mementos of a cultural event.
A tie-in, a spin-off, the sequel.

The more scientists learned about the human mind and its processes, the more artists explored it.
The Arts has become the study of studies.

The joy and pride of accomplishment is what makes the labor cost effective.

Success is a monkey piling up the furniture to reach a banana.
Victory is a weed shooting through the cracks in the pavement.
love is matching socks with static cling to each other.
reward is skinny-dipping in the woods after a long hike.
Achievement is sweat.
Truth is a side-long glance into someone staring at you.
Praise is a small fire on a chilly night.
Life is what you feel.

It is important to know who your friends are.

Lost in Urban Landscaping #9

And words of wisdom

scientist philosopher 
writing the humanity manual
codes every emotional variable
logic of actions
explanation of motives
list of assumed truths

my grandmother watches the magick 
of my computer the gold 
of her icons carries a code 
of arcane user input
faith in the unknowable 
projections of outcome

And in a word

generating commentary
firm beliefs with proofs and denials
accepting minor variations 
inconclusive rationale
an evolution of theory

questions that arise and
means to find answers for
every dilemma a person 
to speak with and
tools for testing whether
I can live with myself

And the word was

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Yrik Max Valentonis

Poems by Yrik Max Valentonis : Lost in Urban Landscaping #2, #6, #46 

Bio: Yrik-Max Valentonis is the author of 120 Days of Gomorrah and Cranium Theatre. His comics and writings have appeared the chapbooks: iDEAL and this is visual poetry; the anthologies: the Alien Buddha’s Block Party, The Alien Buddha Goes Pop, the Alien Buddha’s House of Horrors #3, the Alien Buddha’s Snail Mail, Animal Blessings, Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations (forthcoming), Divided Again, Heat the Grease We're Frying Up Some Poetry, the Last Time the Alien Buddha Got Sooo High, Sinbad and the Winds of Destiny, and Zombie Nation: St. Pete. He earned a BA in English & American Literature from the University of South Florida and a MFA in Poetry & Prose from Naropa University.

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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