Choke, hold, by Joseph Felser

Choke, hold
by Joseph Felser

I wrestle
with you
angel
bless me
please
last time
you left
me
for dead
laid out
on a
stone cold
slab
of cruel
lies
this time
I won’t
let go
until
you
smile

Joseph M. Felser, Ph.D. received his doctorate in philosophy from The University of Chicago. He is is on the faculty at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY in Brooklyn, New York, where he has taught since 1997. The author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as two books, The Way Back to Paradise (2004) and The Myth of the Great Ending (2011), he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia. He recently began writing poetry, which has appeared in both print and online journals, including Whatever Our Souls, Wildflower Muse, Ordinary Madness, Joey and the Black Boots ReBoot, Red Wolf Journal, Ariel Chart, and The Mystic Blue Review.

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Reparations, by Joseph Felser

Reparations
by Joseph Felser

With each
smile
frown
pout
burning question
passionate opinion
you sabotaged
my defenses
ancient walls
crumbled
to dust
and I
surrendered
to your
entreaties
you conquered
me
you entered
victorious
the lost
citadel
of my
heart
then
only then
you looted
the treasury
stole the
crown jewels
made off
with the
golden fleece
sacked and
burned
the city
to the
ground
where I
wait
covered
in dust
and ashes
to hear
from you
a hint
of regret

Joseph M. Felser, Ph.D. received his doctorate in philosophy from The University of Chicago. He is is on the faculty at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY in Brooklyn, New York, where he has taught since 1997. The author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as two books, The Way Back to Paradise (2004) and The Myth of the Great Ending (2011), he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia. He recently began writing poetry, which has appeared in both print and online journals, including Whatever Our Souls, Wildflower Muse, Ordinary Madness, Joey and the Black Boots ReBoot, Red Wolf Journal, Ariel Chart, and The Mystic Blue Review.

C’est la meme chose, by Joseph M. Felser

C’est la meme chose
by Joseph M. Felser

No sun
turns moon
I forget
to remember
your face
rueful
grin
laugh
to tears
sulky
pout
your fire
warms me
still
breath
less
frozen
in time

Process notes: One of my chief inspirations (apart from personal experience) is the philosophical theme of the unity or dynamic complementarity of opposites. Apart from Lao Tzu and the Taoist view of Yin and Yang, quantum physics etc., two of my sources in particular are Heraclitus and Hermann Hesse. In one of my favorite Hesse novels, Narcissus and Goldmund, in a key passage, Narcissus tells Goldmund: “We are sun and moon, dear friend: we are sea and land . . . each the other’s opposite and complement.” In Heraclitus this is the concept of enantiodromia: “It is one and the same thing to be living or dead, awake or asleep, young or old. The former aspect I each case becomes the latter, and the latter again the former, by sudden unexpected reversal.” (logion 113)

Joseph M. Felser is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University, and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Chicago. On the faculty at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY in Brooklyn since 1997, he is on the Board of Directors of the renowned Monroe Institute (Faber, VA), the author of two non-fiction books, The Way Back to Paradise (2005) and The Myth of the Great Ending (2011) as well as numerous articles published in both popular and scholarly journals. He recently began writing poetry.