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Bad Habits Store/ SeeMidTN — Creative Commons license 2.0

Steady measured acts reverse variance,
arousing all-too familiar lapses –
inertia hard-wires experience,
which erodes into odd, illicit traps.
The numbing comfort of repetition
supplies benign rhythms to dense malaise,
acts that appease our troubled cognition,
program the algorithms of our ways.
Lips bitten, noses picked, knuckles cracked,
sighs, snorts, tics, fits, kinks and awkward conducts
conceal core angst through automatic acts;
addicts of quirks, we blithely self-destruct.
Over time, eccentricities accrue;
absent habits we’d not know what to do.

Gregg Sapp is the author of the “Holidazed” series of satires.

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Cars on the autobahn/ David Becker on Unsplash

The battery of broken, shock-white bars,
stenciled on asphalt, where bald rubber rolls;
stunned tired eyeballs ogle near and far,
blinking fast against faltering control.
Centered, ten feet long, thirty lengths apart,
splitting parallel tracks in dual lanes,
passing lines strike night-weary eyes like darts,
jar edgy senses and scramble the brain.
Speed pressed by regrets but obliged to none,
rushes numb toward the vanished skyline:
a mirage in which paths converge as one,
where you were and where you’re going align.
In bisected space and time, left mirrors right,
each line a moment in an urgent flight.

Gregg Sapp is the author of the “Holidazed” series of satires.

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Zeus/ Hunter Nield — Creative Commons attribution 2.0 in Wikimedia Commons

When charmed hosannas fail and prayers falter,
flickering immortal spirits expire,
into whispered psalms at shattered altars;
fallen gods, once worshipped, groan to retire.
Nigh Shen nor Zeus remain revered or mourned.
There are no disciples to sacrifice,
neither virgins to Baal nor boys adorned,
then bled to quell Itzamna’s divine vic
Empty temples echo exhortations
of gods whose erstwhile prophets steered armies,
stirred martyrs, and lorded o’er nations,
before losing to gods of enemies.
Prayers to futile deities end in grief,
for less effective gods beggar belief.

Gregg Sapp is the author of the “Holidazed” series of satirical novels.

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Grilled cheese sandwich/ Maggie Hoffman

Smear oleo on Wonder bread snow white,
place sliced and processed sun-colored cheese,
press betwixt slices, frizzle ’til done right,
golden and molten, lunch mastered with ease.
Basic, classic culinary technique,
kitchen wisdom passed from parent to child,
skills learnt and applied, each sandwich unique,
serves cravings, thus solved and reconciled:
hungry urges seizing after midnight,
snacks grabbed hastily, gobbled on the move,
fierce munchies demanding sudden delights,
or just lunch shared, with you, in loving groove.
The recipe calls for heart, soul, and tears;
gooey grilled cheese memories fill life’s years.

Gregg Sapp is the author of the “Holidazed” series of satirical novels.

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Tinker Belle and Friends/ BFS Man, creative commons attribution 2.0 from Wikimedia Commons

See custom suburban ecosystems
of verdant front yards with uniform lawns,
amid mulched and landscaped gardens — listen:
sculpted idols sing verses until dawn.
Stone gnomes, marble cherubs, flamingoes,
rock jockeys, plaster saints, chain-saw sasquatch,
angels, pigs in flight, crystal orbs that glow,
and fairies cavort during their night’s watch.
Fetish creatures guard a fantasy kitsch
despite dirt truths buried in loamy soil,
where dwell worms, germs and insects in dense niche,
as feces and fungi churn foul turmoil.
Adorned icons and busts thrive in its midst,
but organic muck beneath yet persists.

Gregg Sapp is the author of the “Holidazed” series of satirical novels.

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sappgregg

sappgregg

Gregg Sapp, a native Ohioan, is an award winning author of the “Holidazed” satires, each of which is set in Ohio and centered around a different holiday.

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