Two Poems by James Otter

 

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Under appreciated

A piece of your soul

Deeply personal gifts

home made from time

effort and whatever money was left over

after the food stamps disappeared

 

A painting on the floor

hand written books

alone on a shelf

a present that feels like a mighty gesture

left alone

one thank you

not even a glance

at the intricate details

 

Two sentences

one card

three minute walk to the gas station

gratitude

you care

thats wonderful

-====================

In order to be an artist

you must face rejection

 

In order to be a writer

you must face over anylizing critics

people who can’t read or choose not to

 

In order to be a professional musician

you must first play your heart out to an empty room

 

In order to make movies

you must spend years of your life

dealing with big talkers and name droppers

flakes and phonies

and years without progress

 

In order to succeed at creativity

you must face rejection

you must face disappointment

and you must face yourself and all your fowl judgments

 

In order to be an actor

you must be willing to play a tree

or a servant

or a nothing

 

Talent comes raw

and over time it becomes polished

 
In order to be a free thinker

you must be comfortable being alone

because people will reject you and your views
In order to maintain your identity

you must be willing to laugh at yourself

to tell yourself you’re a bad ass

 

Going out and performing

is not an easy task
it takes courage

and fear

motivators both

 

Creative freedom

means you get to make the rules

you get to play along

 

You are going to get put in a corner

you’re going to go on time out

your story might not be as tragic as the other cool kids

its still valid
You are not required by law to fit in

you don’t have to go against the grain
Life is filled with choices

forks and roads

you can turn around

walk the other way

try it years later

go back

 

Don’t let people try to cage you

they are gonna reject you sometimes

they might kiss ass and compliment

they might also betray you

and it gets real uncomfortable sometimes

 

You’re gonna feel like a nobody

and not all of that rage is going to be put on paper

some of it will go towards yourself

or others

objects
You get to fuck up

cause your going to

we all are
Mistakes will be made

and its alright to break string

mispel a word

and even forget a line

roll with it

play off the failure

add to the scene

keep the show going

 

You are free to contradict yourself

it’ll happen eventually anyway

its like stepping in shit

it might not happen everyday

but it does happen

 

You are not bound to one way

its not a pepsi or coke world

those are brands

right now you can make anything

all it takes is a little bit of time

and the right material

 

You get to mess up

you can find a way to improvise

its a matter of seeing the room

the box is contained with in

 

You are free to change your mind

the rules

can be broken

they can be expanded upon

They can morph

just like you

 

Nobody is only one thing

we play many parts in our life

it just takes some searching

© James Otter

 


 

America is a Shithole

 

This is a shit hole country

I’m not going to list the reasons why

because thats too easy

I will say it

from a less popular perspective

 

Trump’s words

get more notation than his actions

He said Haiti is a shit hole

everybody should know thats fucked up to say

its racist

its classist

and its obviously offensive

 

calling Haiti a shit hole

is a trump strategy

he plays the fool

peoples attention is averted from

everything else
Trump can do this with his smartphone

he doesn’t even need to speak

to get everyone talking about him

and not what he is doing

Trump is a frightening man

he instigates violence through social media

its brilliant in the worst ways

 

———————Poem Start

 

His personality is a cult in itself

This is an era of distraction

and as such there will be attacks

coming from all fronts

 

If you are triggered

take as much time as you need

and breath

don’t let anybody tell you otherwise

 

The internet

has been reduced to two primary functions

entertainment

and society

 

yep we have gone digital

because those two things have merged

Doomsayers have the microphone

and they are not afraid

to yell into it

even if the damn things not plugged in

 

The high privilaged simulate oppression

calculating feeling and reactions

all in the name of domination

 

Controversial currency abounds

to kill a meme you ignore it

those bad boys never go away

they sleep until the anual rewind

of big media visiting the little world

for a show of true colors

 

Nothing is free

nobody is self made

everything costs money

especially peoples time

 

Do you want to know how to become

a self made messiah

 

Pick up what the real lord leaves in the trash

and wear it

like a cape

follow along with whats popular

stay in tune with the current rage

pick the side with less push

push them into your trash

 

This is the modern era

civil rights activist weary

after decades

deaf against the blind

 

Trump in all his disgusting costumes

he wants more than just money

he wants our love

and our fear

 

He has it all

we have no choice

we leave raw meat for the sharks

 

I’m concerned for the safety of every person

or country

Trump deam shitty or irredeemable

The world as we know it is in perill

we can focus all in on every dirty word

that spills out of the cloyster of total power

take this as warning though

that is not enough anymore

 

Outrage isn’t enough

and when we make light

of serious matters

they go unsolved

our actions are wasted

© James Otter

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