The Truth and the Lie
The compulsions drive me crazy
The perversions keep me sane
The sea and the pea
The coal and the tea

The question of existence
The presumption of the real
The tee and the why
The dirt and the sky

The morals of our nature
The better of the best
The pea and the sea
The coal and the tea
The matters of the present
The past and the future
The tee and the why
The truth and the lie

Self-Titled [Untitled]


The Cheese Stands Alone
Time comes when you just have to make a decision about who and what you are. Or are someday going to be.

You do not have to adhere to this decision forever. Just figure out the here and the now. For now. For here.

It is as much deciding the particulars as it is the cessation of all the excuses. Shedding the costumes.

Relief is that you need not have to pretend anymore. The act and you are finally one. The cheese stands alone.

For as difficult as this task could be, the certainty of the other side is well the wait worth. Investments paid.



The lids are kept on tight – the pool has no drownings
I know the police – they keep the kids from clowning

I know my neighbors and the neighbors know me
I feed their doggies they have my house key

I had a thought then I fought it
I had a thought then I forgot it

I am reparations
I am nothing at all

I am insignificant
I am ten feet tall

I had a thought then I forgot it
I had a thought then I fought it

I am the mayor and the mayor knows me
I talk to the babies they know where I’ll be

People keep the lights on – the alleys are pristine
I am the stranger here – the trees are crystal clean


Doctor Shackle and Mister Jive
A tale of two often opposing realities
grounded in too often opposing philosophies
Combining futures and pasts
All sin no saint
The things we do for a hot meal

Shackle and Jive the lessons and predictions
Public Private Partnerships
In silos and compartments
and condos and apartments
We can only sometimes be ourselves

Every motive ulterior
Every gesture chess play
Each new rising an opportunity
to perfect the unperfectable
If we believe it then it is so



Mixtape Tuesday: Week 29

Tube Amp Ritual

Tube Amp Ritual
the Kingdom of Leisure
R. Walkling & T. Hardaway

Obligatory Peach Song

Jerry 2 Part Hsu



eagerness to please
exploiting the natural tendency
that everything is started to fall apart
a sense of a world spinning off its axis
comfortable with acts of mayhem
reality remains negotiable
can’t undo a certain kind of damage

There are ways to make opposition palatable
an impressive amount of sympathy
one more way to avoid punishment
The fact that it was also kind of funny
a good person doing their best
a sense of order restoring itself by the end


Ask Ty...May 31 [Monuments]

It must be Tuesday Wednesday, because I'm answering your question.
Q: Dear Ty,

I see lots of news articles describing how Civil War monuments are being taken down as they are viewed as symbols of racism.

Where do you think this should end? 

Since George Washington owned slaves is it time to change the name of Washington D.C., tear down the Washington Monument and pave over Mount Vernon?

White Guy

Ty: Good question and an even better observation, White Guy.

Uh boy. Are we not done with this stuff yet? Civil War monuments. You mean the dudes who lost? We can put the Civil War monuments right next to the WWII monuments of Hitler and Mussolini in the Dudes Who Lost Monument Garden.

Sure, we might as well tear down the Washington Monument. The elevator rarely works. The Washington Monument is, appropriately, a monument to the inaugural president of the United Sates. Appropriately, we should have a monument to George Washington. And, yeah, he owned slaves. So did Thomas Jefferson. So did all of the founding fathers who made this renegade country for rich white men who didn't want to pay taxes and where women and non-white men didn't matter in important things.

Why do we need monuments? So we don't forget. So we don't forget the history the monument makers want to document. So we don't forget the version of history that the people funding the monument makers want to be remembered.* Civil War monuments are a way to remember a time when white men had a renegade country for rich white men who didn't want to pay taxes and women and non-white men didn't matter in important things. Civil War monument are indeed "symbols or racism." They are symbols of racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, and other forms of white male supremacy. But so are many of the founding father monuments.

But...we needn't tear down the monuments. Let's keep the monuments intact so we never forget. So we never forget the historical blemishes that need never repeating. The Holocaust, American slavery and the Civil War, Hiroshima, Fox News. If we hide the monuments of our worst moments we may forget them. Let's not forget. That's how we ended up with the present president of the United States–who we will someday memorialize in the Dudes Who Lost Monument Garden–who tried to return us to a time when white men had a renegade country for rich white men who didn't want to pay taxes and women and non-white men didn't matter in important things. "Great again."

Verdict: Keep the monuments but teach the children the truth about what monuments memorialize. Hashtag Nvr4gt.

Just a guess.


*When I visited Monticello years ago, I became a little miffed with how the docent jocularly referred to the slave cabins, "...and here is where the participants in slavery lived!" Participants in slavery.


Lost brothers found
Family reunions
through symbol and icon
Divergent paths crossing
in small world places

We trace it all back
to smaller times
Situations and contexts
we shared in common
Permanent teeth records and scars

Memories of specifications
faded and blurred
Tales customized
to fit present schema
Everybody was there

Fragments that remain
Breadcrumb trails (of)
archeological data
fill enough pieces
revealing puzzle image


Performative Arts
Life has always been performance
Everybody knows this (to degrees we do)
But what still perplexes
Is the composition of audience

Is Audience necessary
Can we be our own
What is not performance
Who is not audience

Existence has always been performance
Mine being the most (boring and ignored)
Which is fine since I am audience
Which is not since you are missing the show

Performance is a function
Of locus of audience
Both actor and other
Only to self-amuse