Hello, I’m Jim Cohn & I Don’t Endorse Or Unendorse This Poem


I’ve been running my whole life

But not from or toward anything.

Supported by action parties I don’t even know,

Let me bring you up to speed––we know nothing.


The downturn in the economy reminds me of the limitless sky.

You cannot too cautiously examine arguments

And excuses brought forward by those

Whose interest or convenience is dependent on


Keeping others in a state of depravity.

Equal in every way to me, beggars with their handwritten signs

Hire out for nothing, walk through the edge of themselves

As if born with fatal errors.


Things have not changed much.

Society’s greatest accomplishment remains its pretensions.

Which of its extravagant proclamations has it made good––

The oft-repeated crimes, the sufferings never told?



12 March 2008



[Published in Mantra Winds: Poems 2004-2010.

© 2010 by Jim Cohn.]




Mantra Winds
(MAP Publications, 2010)