Thoughts about her death (for Lan)

You left me
in the midst of my dismay.

You lay there
your eyes seemingly focused
on a shadow on the ceiling,
your lips poised
as if to speak.

Strangely I recalled then
the first time I saw you.
You appeared out of nowhere
in your white ‘ao dai’.

I thought She’s the one…

Much later we lay one night
side by side and you told me
about the first time you saw me
sitting at the table smiling.
You said you thought He’s the one…

The orchid plant stands
in diffused sunlight
on the kitchen table.
Four once unopened buds
have blossomed now to join
the others in their beauty.

When will this plant go dormant?
When shall I, to go join you,
and leave them all
in their dismay?

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2018


At the Pearly Gates

Oh my, Mister Trump –
How’d your soul become your rump?
Churlish greed and lust…

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2018

Soon to start a second year trumping things up as POTUS

Each day demonstrates
broad ignorance or deceit
or both: Donald Trump

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2017

tanka written on the occasion of the solar eclipse

phantom moon moving
through light of a greater glow
‘world enough and time’
to see, to hear, to touch yes
‘all things bright and beautiful’

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017

NOTE: Line 3 is from Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”; line 5 is the first line of the hymn of the same name.


We at NARMAOV admittedly constitute a general nuisance, and are potentially dangerous, sometimes scary [especially at night and in confined spaces], and many times creepy.

Despite those facts, we strenuously object to the representational use of an inflatable, unflattering, rodentlike figure for political denigration of one Donald J. Trump, now President of the United States.

We believe use of such a representation demeans and defames us beyond the bounds of reasonableness, in that we have never communicated in the scurrilous and disrespectful manner of said Trump, nor do we engage in egregious acts of deception and falsehood, nor are we wild fabulists as is said Trump.

We respectfully request that those wishing to characterize said Trump in a more reasonable but negative manner should shift to the use of naked representations of said Trump, whether inflatable or solid. We suggest this after acute observation on our part – we have concluded that said Trump is a living embodiment of the character of the emperor in the human fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

Therefore, please cease and desist using the inappropriate blow-up rat figure (image below).

If you fail to accede to our reasonable request, we will be forced to go into sexual overdrive mode so as to eventually overrun your cities, towns and suburbs, with all the concomitant disease, creepiness, and horror such a plague engenders.

Thank you.

~ The Governing Board of NARMAOV



When an amoral huckster of fabrications like Rupert Murdoch advises tRump to get rid of Steve Bannon, you know that things must really be pretty bad inside the tRump [mal]Administration. If Bannon is next to leave, will Gorka be far behind? One would hope so…

Then maybe tRump could get some ‘young blood’ to enter as an advisor – perhaps Kim Jong Un. Remember what tRump said about the young fellow: “At a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie,” Trump told CBS News in an interview on “Face the Nation.”

I’m sure the Korean and the New Yorker would get along quite well – they both have delusions of grandeur and like to stick pretty much at home…besides they are both devotees of autocracy…

Maybe Kim, like Jared, could be another son The Donald would like to have had…

(c) Gregory V Driscoll 2017 [text only]

streaming live

dark cloud for a cowl
the moon peers out warily
the tempest runs wild

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017