KIM PETER KOVAC

RAZOR GHAZAL

bright razor wire at the borders of words
hostile invasions by the hoarders of words

 

rigid laws enacted banning most writing -
to hide under the radar, shorten your words

 

a deadly disease spreads in the land -
cause of the outbreak? disorders of words

 

brownshirts stalked the government Suits
who met their end: murdered by words

 

moon cycles pass with society wounded
might anarchy wane, if reordered by words?

 

red blood cells pulsing with alphabet soup
circulating through the aortas of words

 

the resistance movement gathers momentum -
gaining power despite discord of words

 

now I, name inspired by Kipling's Kim,

write this small story, recorded in words

 

 

GHAZAL OF JOY

our broken world is sometimes stopped by joy
increasing empathy lets us adopt more joy

 

self-worth is often measured by possessions
but we will surely fail if we shop for joy

 

all the news chatter makes for confusion
a calming tactic is to co-opt some joy


natural and organic flushes out chemicals
the next step is to harvest a crop of joy

 

clear-eyed optimism is a radical option
instead of negative moods, opt for joy

 

for myself, instead of being wrapped tight,
I long to be a Kim who can be dropped by joy

 

 

 

 

Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences with an emphasis on new play development and networking.  He tells stories on stages as producer of new plays, and tells stories in writing with lineated poems, prose poems, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, haiku, haibun, and microfiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in print and on-line in journals from Australia, India, Dubai (UAE), England, Scotland, South Africa, and the USA.  www.kimpeterkovac.tumblr.com @kimpeterkovac