happiness begins when endeavour ends
that is, when there’s oneness with all that is on and at hand

© Heath Muchena, 2015


characters not countries make up the earthly states of human existence

© Heath Muchena, 2015

Poems, Charms & God’s Vineyard vii

we started off as friends
spending time and sharing common fancies

over time the passionate relations turned into intimate engagements
mornings, afternoons, evenings…
whenever we could steal moments to get wrapped up in our sensual cocoon

now that a few years have passed
since we severed our ties
I am hopeful that you’ve been blessed
with all you’ve ever wanted out of life

and by now any feelings born of our memory should be lost to you
not in any way callous for I know it is true for me too
on most days, but on others, the remembrance I cannot seem to lay to rest

because we shared a connection I had never before felt
one that holds especial significance
since for me it gave meaning to the idea of romance
even if it’s something I may never again experience

still, those feelings – unique to our love
will always be with me

© Heath Muchena, 2015

The Conflicted Life of Cocky Humble vii

Setting: Humble Studios
Personae: Cocky Humble, a sculptor; Sonia, his longtime lover

a man is his doing
so I didn’t see any harm
bringing up Borglum
know what I’m saying?

well, I could tell they weren’t so sure if you were playing dumb
or baiting them to their ruin

I made no caustic comments about the man’s sui generis nature
I simply spoke on his work

still, they seemed a little uncomfortable

if you pay too much mind to the people in this business
it’s so easy to turn into one of them ignoramuses
I simply like the man’s stone work
and when we finish building our home I want sculptures carved into its granite faces. so what – they didn’t expect I’d appreciate the man’s work because I am black and he was in the KKK?
seems shallow to me

inhibited reverence is all they exuded
very cautious… sparing admiration

in any case I don’t feel bad about it
I admire Borglum’s work, yes.
and if I have to be around that lot again
I’ll probably bring up Cress-Welsing in conversation and see how they take that… people need to stop being so assuming and sensitive… art is very much alike knowledge, you know… it’s all in the interpretation and ultimately what you do with the art or the knowledge

I get all that but you’re not going to bring up anything sweetheart because I’m granting your wish, I’ll handle all the business from now and I won’t drag you to those dinner meetings again

phew! you’d be saving me princess… but think about the absurdity of it all – the fact that most works of art, which if great are imbued with rebellious energy, always end up in the possession of those who fear what those works inspire the most

if that is true then perhaps that is why they buy them… yours included… to stop…

eh, you don’t say… could it…


© Heath Muchena, 2015


mastering self
gives one a mind untrammeled by convention
which makes possible the attainment of self-determination

© Heath Muchena, 2015

The Eternal Imaginarium IV

all there is to imagination is establishing a connection
between put together thoughts and impressions or things
thereby arriving at something new

© Heath Muchena, 2015

Seizure by Song

after hours of an uncomfortable oscillating rigidity and laxity of temperament
the back and forth in his mind about whether the move was right and that was to be the night…
he finally gathered the courage and broached the subject he had been avoiding all along that evening

and once he got started, the words flowed out of him with diluvial effect
drowning all other noises about the room and defying Cicero’s view that ‘war is contention by force’. this was a declaration of war, yes. but no force, all conviction – judging by the empirical evidence he was giving to support his argument

sensing that his vested power was unchallenged, he proceeded to execute the self-coup

© Heath Muchena, 2015


‘all the world’s a stage….’
that is true indeed
and there’s hardly escaping the need to engage, so we act
often feeling the emotions which we portray
measured up against the reality of the facade

© Heath Muchena, 2015


a country’s influence is measured in terms of the worthiness of its favours towards other countries

© Heath Muchena, 2015

Lines Under the Ocean

I had a vision to build
a channel for communication – a link
and I was prepared to work for it
as much as or more than Cyrus West Field

so I allowed myself to contemplate nothing but success
and gave thought to my glorious vision by day and dreamed of it by night

© Heath Muchena, 2015