Category: County Fair Winners

“Master of Peace” won Reserve Best of Show and First Place in Published Poetry at the 2016 Solano County Fair. I’m stunned, honored, and grateful. It appears in the book Id Biscuits.

Master of Peace

After the world slowly
broke my heart
into tiny chips
of dry paint,
you handed me a brush
and called me
a masterpiece,
and I was wise enough
to believe you.

County Fair Winners Poems from the book Id Biscuits Poetry

In 2015, the Solano County Fair awarded this poem 2nd place in its Published Poetry category. So, for a throwback in the spirit of county fair season, I decided to share.
Generation Awake!

Generation awake!

Open your glazed eyes.

 

March towards peace.

Work towards love.

Feed your brothers.

Shelter your sisters.

 

No more bullets raining down.

No more madmen shrieking infamy.

No more pain and confusion.

No more lives died early in vain.

 

Step away from the screen.

Do you even remember the green?

The chlorophyll in youthful nostrils

Now replaced by formalin soaked suits.

 

Feet once barefoot chasing nature,

Chase after a different green.

Tell me are you happier?

County Fair Winners Poetry

Thank you, Marin County Fair, for awarding this poem 3rd place in Any Other Poetry!

(My favorite poem I’ve ever written, “Headline Antidote” also received 5th place in this category!)

From Unity To Community

In a twirling rainbow of humanity,

love surrounded hate’s insanity.

 

Working together for utopia now.

Can’t wait any longer, anyhow.

 

Mind’s eye filled with vision.

 

Feet springing into action,

dancing toward tomorrow,

with songs of joyous unison.

 

Plant the seeds of peace

in holy soils ripe for flowers.

County Fair Winners Poems from the book Poet Loiterer Poetry

Thank you, Marin County Fair, for awarding this poem 3rd place in Marvelous Marin Poetry!

Marin is…

 

Marin is the stuff of childhood art.

Green hills.

Blue skies.

Cotton candy clouds.

Little red farm houses.

Happy black and white cows.

 

Marin is the wilderness.

The ocean crashing, salty.

Seagulls, seals, pelicans.

A breath of mountain air.

Palm trees. Pines. Redwoods.

The inner peace you find out there.

 

Marin is the stuff of dreamers.

Hippies. Glorious hippies.

Artists. Folkies. Poets. Lefties.

Zen. Yoga. Organic foodie perfection.

Startups and mom and pops.

Lovely families in every direction.

 

Marin is

Traffic jams. Business suits. Coffee.

Bikers dodging. Hikers escaping.

The Prius tailgating me.

The second homeless man on the street.

That I am no better than he.

 

Marin is

hanging on by a thread

woven into stacks of

bus passes,

unemployment stubs,

resumes and applications

making up the book

of an unrealized life.

 

Marin is

a taste of the good life

as the bottle runs dry

and you know not

where the next drop

shall come from.

 

Marin was home.

 

Until it wasn’t.

 

Part of me never left.

County Fair Winners Poems from the book Id Biscuits Poetry

Thank you, Marin County Fair for awarding this poem 2nd place in Fair Themed Poetry!

 

Fair

 

I spent hours hiking to renew my soul,

seeking freedom from traffic jams.

Tonight I did not perform,

but I don’t feel forlorn.

 

I wandered the county fair,

rode the wheel up in the air

as a microcosm of America

in Spanish and English, smiling

at each other—what fun!

 

Flying high in a gondola,

in the sweet summer sun.

Viewing the pathways to joy,

admiring local art awards,

hiding from the scorching heat,

I saw the sign of my future

on a passing shirt.

 

It said: “No mistakes. Just happy accidents!”

County Fair Winners Poems from the book Poet Loiterer Poetry

“Headline Antidote” is my favorite poem that I have ever written, and is published in the book, Poet Loiterer. It is an attempt to answer the question what can regular folks do in a painful world with so many negative headlines except to be a rebel in favor of goodness. It’s one of my favorites to perform, and I have at many places, including at the Vallejo Man March on March 12, 2016, and the 2nd Rodef Sholom Beit Cafe in December 2015.

“Headline Antidote” also won 5th place in Any Other Poetry at the 2016 Marin County Fair.

Reading Headline Antidote on stage at the Vallejo Man March peace rally.
On stage at the peace rally.

Headline Antidote

Be a rebel for righteousness,
a leader for love,
a troublemaker for the truth,
not a hawk, but a dove!

More than one way to be human,
so many ways to understand.
Join all your hands together,
and march across this land.

Be an agitator for awesome,
a hustler for the heart,
an outcast for open-mindedness,
whatever you do – just start!

More than one way to be an American.
Patriotic pacifists-no weapons in our hands!
Here’s to building better times!
Yes, you know that we can!

California Poems County Fair Winners Peace Poems Poems from the book Poet Loiterer Poetry

This poem won 1st place for unpublished poetry and took Best of Show for poetry at the Solano County Fair in 2015. It is now the first poem in my latest book, Poet Loiterer.

To Get Free

C’mon, baby, hit the reset button on your soul.
Do what you love, and not what you’re told.
If you want to get free, you gotta save your own soul.
Fall into the joy. Fall into the flow.
Once you found it, don’t ever let it go.
Let go of those troubles that weigh in your heart.
Ain’t nobody going to hate you for doing your art.
You gotta know what they see just ain’t the same.
You were made to be on fire, just set aflame.
You’ll never fit in to some cookie cutter notion.
Let go of the rules and set yourself in motion.
You got it, and you know that you do, too.
Let yourself believe in everything–woohoo!
There are no limits. It’s all in your head.
It takes a lot of discipline once you get outta bed.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s more fun,” he said.
Look in the mirror, kid. You’re far from dead.
So rise, rise, rise, and fly, fly far away,
far from those who got nothing but garbage to say.
They haven’t a clue just what you can do.
Hey, man, they don’t even really know you.
You’ve been immersed in your path since the day you were born.
You survived, kid, so it’s no time to mourn.
Jump for joy, dance that inner song, and find a way,
just find your own beautiful way to move on.

County Fair Winners Poems from the book Poet Loiterer Poetry