Flashback Friday Poetry: The Four Horsemen

the scroll is broken
out of the depths comes Conquest
the white horse rides on

with a bow and crown
he will take on the masses
Conquest will ride on

the scroll is broken
out of the depths comes Bloodshed
the red horse rides on

with a sword in hand
he will take on the masses
Bloodshed will ride on

the scroll is broken
out of the depths comes Famine
the black horse rides on

with his scales in hand
he kills and starves the masses
Famine will ride on

the scroll is broken
from the darkest depths comes Death
the pale horse rides on

with Hades behind
he will conquer the masses
they belong to Him

Early poetry from James. From the poetry collection Pariah Bound: The Lonesome Poetry.

Tuesday Poetry: Higher Education

I was always told I had
To go to college to get
A good job – 
I struggled and chose
A path more difficult
Than others – 
I first went to a junior college
And earned an Associate’s
I traveled out of state
To a university and
After two semesters
I couldn’t afford
Out-of-state tuition
I took a break to gain
In-state residency – four years – 
I went back and graduated
The first in my family
To earn a Bachelors – 
I struggled finding work in my field
Or work with benefits
Everyone asked for ten years experience
Or a Master’s degree – 
I got more student loans
I increased my debt
And earned a Master’s
Now the only jobs that will interview me
Are coffee shops offering minimum wage
Or I can scrub toilets – 
What happened to all the good jobs
That were supposed to be waiting
For me when I graduated – 
An education is the most important
Thing a person can get
Paying for that education
Is not the most important thing

From the poetry collection Cats, Coffee, Catharsis.