self-loathing as
worthy, not worthy;
worthy, not worthy –
worthy…not saying

pseudo-suicide by self
righteous indignation
how dare you
look at yourself in
the mirror, mirror on
the walls you build
keep people in, out, at
bay, and shrilly proclaim
I am
I am
I ammegaphone6
somebody needs to take me
Are you kidding me?

I gave you my best
(having no worst)
you got the better part of
the deal I am willing to
make you hate yourself

let me go away
triumphantly blowing
my own horn until you
stop me
if you’ve heard this one

– Mark L. Lucker
© 2016


The Tragedy of Macself

*Best read if imagined in the voice of say, Sir Patrick Stewart or Sir Ian McKellan

Macself Act 1, Scene-hogger

Is this a cell phone which I see before me,
The camera toward my face? Come! Let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see me still.

macself2Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A photo of the mind, a false JPEG,
Proceeding from the need-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I snap.

Thou marshall’st me the way my post is going;
And such an instrument I will to use.
Mine posts are made the fools o’ the other feeds,
Or else worth all the rest; I see me still,
And on thy wall and Twitter feed gouts of envy,
Which was not so before. There’s no such thing:
It is the bloody self-portrait which informs
Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the one viral half-word

Nature seems dead, and narcissists abuse
The curtain’d sleep; haters celebrate

Pale Hecate’s duck-face offerings, and wither’d murder,
Alarum’d by his viral sentinel, the message wolf,
Whose howl’s his forwards, thus with his stealthy pace.
With hater’s ravishing dislikes, towards my design
Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
see not my poses, which way they face, for fear

Thy very updates prate of coffee shop ‘is at’ whereabout,
And take the present horror from the time,
Which now suits with it. Whiles I Tweet, they live:
Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.

– Mark L. Lucker
© 2016