Popper’s Guide to Con-Men

Karl Popper
Karl Popper.

Popper’s Guide to Con-Men is
Still valuable today:
For people like to play with truth
In what they do and say

If something can’t be verified
By some method explicit,
You’re better off to mistrust it
Or out-and-out dismiss it

Old Year Owen


Think of all the reasons
People congregate on New Years Eve

To be where the crowds are
Where the action is
To cut completely loose

To drink to excess
To dance with abandon
To celebrate in full voice
With all those people

To be immersed in your fellow-humanity
To be anonymous
To rejoice in the passing of another year

If you can relate to wanting these things

You are my polar opposite

Approval Seeking

Do You Like Me

Everyone wants someone’s approval
There’s nothing wrong with that
In and of itself

But you have to be very, very careful
Who you seek approval from

Because you may be giving them a right
You do not extend to the people
Who’ve proven they care about you

Life Is Pitiful


No matter how I stuff my face
I cannot sate my hunger;
And I get older every day
And can’t seem to get younger

I’m tired of my excuses
Being used by other folks;
And mad because my humor’s seen
As something more than jokes

I want to be with scientists
A modern-day town criers;
For all who don’t believe in us
Are just Piltdown deniers