I wrote more shitty poetry… took a picture and posted it to Instagram… where you should follow me, by the way @brotherarson . You might have found that picture and this blog post via twitter where you should also follow me @BrotherArson . Of course, if you got this far from Facebook… you can add me on snapchat: brotherarson.

With so much existence
in myriad form, and splendid,
How cursed are we as mortal men
to be so quickly ended?
The grandeur and the scale of it,
of all that is surrounding us
to be twice cursed by knowing it
for we are born with consciousness.
The greatest minds amongus
have striven to comprehend
How much further could they have gone
had their striving not had to end.
To live against our will and then
be privy to its wonder
until to soon against our will again
our bodies rent asunder.
Our will for naught our consciousness,
call it our soul if you prefer,
is to the rest made meaningless
even if it’s not interred.
For sans a vessel to convey
our will, we are but shadows,
cast here to quickly dance away
by stars, much like the candles.

On the paperwork

On the paperwork, I always mark “other”

I do this to not disrespect my mother,

or her sisters

Hanne und Christa

who are as much Aunties to me

as Joan, Rhett, Fran and Mamie-Lee.

Or my cousins, Simon, Jonathan und Franciska

Who are as much my cousins as Alfon,  Eric and Aliska.

On the paperwork, I always mark “other”

But in public, I’m a “brother”.

When my hair grows out, it grows OUT.

So people think they know what I’m about.

Big butts, hip-hop and fried chicken.

They can’t conceive of the fact that I listen

to Mozart, Udo Jürgens and Xavier Naidoo.

That Rouladen are my comfort food.

And if I really had to choose…

Yeah, I like big butts!

On the paperwork, I always mark “other”

But in the “real world” I’m black!

That means I’ve got to watch my back,

for rednecks and Klan and cops .

And sometimes, redneck Klan cops.

And even though I’m a “brother”

my “brothers” are shooting each other.

Purses clutched tighter

by girls who are whiter

than me,

but not my family.

On the paperwork, I always mark “other”.

Not to be less of this, or more “anything else”

It’s always been about being myself.

Honest and whole, and free

of the stereotypes and the “woe is me”

of the struggle for racial identity.

I’m BOTH… equally!

But when I can only “choose one”

on the paperwork, I always mark “other”.

Dear Brits

First, I need you to take a look at this Buzzfeed post!


Now, here is my response to each item!

Here we go…

1)It’s more efficient and we don’t want to confuse the Spanish speakers who might read it as “trave’y’ing”.

2) “September Eleventh” as opposed to “The Eleventh of September”… again, more efficient!

3)Some pants are trousers, some a slacks… they are all pants… and british “pants” are underwear, or boxers, or briefs or boxer briefs or (in parts of the South) drawers (pronounced “draws”… get mad about THAT!)

4)Again, more efficient and more accurately represents how the word is pronounced!

5) really!? why?

6) we can get stuff for 99 cents… (plus tax)

7)I hate the way everybody who isn’t German pronounces German words!

8) Gen-You-Win, Root (we could take out the “o” to make it more accurate and more efficient), H-erb (sound out the “H”) what’s to hate about that?

9) Sick!? that’s the word you chose!? I’m going to be sick all over the back seat of your car! Still American!

10) (From a friend of a friend on Facebook) — Fall is actually the older word… that was used by Brits before they swapped to autumn.

11)If someone says “y’all” after every word… they’re faking a Southern accent… and we hate that,  just like y’all hate it when someone tries to do a British accent… speaking of which.

12) That’s fair… but what about when they succeed at doing a British accent!?

13) We don’t all say “howdy”, drink shitty beer and eat giant hamburgers… screw you too!

14) No, you just watch our shows… also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_television_series_based_on_American_television_series  (liar, liar, trousers on fire)

15) I hate Brits, why do they call cookies biscuits. and who ever heard of muffins and gravy!?

16) I’ve never sat on the bonnet (hood)… I have, however, sat on many tailgates…y’all!

17) First, I know you’re not all posh and don’t all talk like the Queen… but if you’re not posh, why do you think you’re better than us?

18) When I do a British accent I sound like David Mitchell… and I think he would consider himself relatively intelligent!

19)They’re sturdier than Styrofoam, they’re cheap, they’re available… and also, sometimes we use the blue ones!

20) We call them “VyTamins” because they contain “vital” elements and nutrients… but if you want to take it back, we can all start calling them “VEETAmins”.

21)…that’s fair… but if we start calling “soccer” “football” we both have to start calling “Pineapples” “Ananas” like the rest of the world!


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