From gentleman, poet, friend, former Jesuit ~~~ Arturo Buentiempo

Happy! Happy! Happy! Who’s not happy that it/ki’s happening
this Christian New Year full of hope in spite of Russian troops 

& missiles massed on the Ukrainian border threatening war &

our skies brandishing heat waves, cloudbursts & gullywashers
Addicted as we are to too-much much-much-more & smores 

& Black Swan nuclear matches to scar the planet’s cheeks

Long suffering as Earth is with climate-provoked fires 

& floods & tattoo artists slain by gun-gone crazies

Happy Pappy Hip hop hallelujah for this Julian world count 

which Pope Gregory tweaked for the happy Holy Roman Empire
We inherited His story & embrace Christianity as world

calendar in this happy new year of the Lord Anno Domini 

as if in fealty to a criss-crossed conquering gold god king


From the Middle English hap happe in the Latin-rich tongue of another

Christian empire which won the last world war against a nouveau pseudo-
Christian empire that tried to eliminate Jews, Gypsies, Jehovah’s

Witnesses & leftist pinko fags, the disabled, & all their families

From the Proto-Germanic *hampą  “convenience, happiness”
as if it were convenient to make a happy face in the midst of winter’s orgy

of ice fall & avalanche, urban infernos, epidemics of meth, coal & Covid

or amidst the Southern Globe’s cattle-cleared timber cut summer

Cognate with the Icelandic happ “chance, good luck”

as if we might get a second chance at saving the Big Apple
that, invested & gnashing, we’ve got our teeth into

From the Proto-Indo-European *kob- “good fortune, prophecy”
“To bend, bow, fit in, succeed” — as if bowing to the Anthropocene 

we could bend our fortunes away from that mushroom cloud
looming on our cognitive horizons like a tumor
Like a Hopi prophecy. Like a bag of bones

Not Pandora’s box but Patriarchy’s loose ends

Happy! Happy! Happy! Related to the Swedish hampa

“to turn out” & Old Church Slavonic кобь “fate” & Old Irish cob 

“victory” — as if the year’s fate could turn out for us as triumph

if we but say it often enough over & over like an ad
Happy Holy Healthy
Happy Holy Healthy
Capitalist mantra of good feeling, greenwash & cheer

So yes let’s sing & drink & drive ourselves into utopian fantasia 

Into hippy happy hallucinations where Peace isn’t pablum 

to hoodwink the masses & Love is a four-letter word we are

learning, while staying with the troubles, to live our lives by

Happy birthday Amusement Earth
Take another spin
We’re good for the ride

ART GOODTIMES

One thought on “From gentleman, poet, friend, former Jesuit ~~~ Arturo Buentiempo

  1. Thank you so much, my friend . This means a lot to me Arturo

    On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 7:44 AM The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por) wrote:

    > Jerry Roberts posted: ” Happy! Happy! Happy! Who’s not happy that it/ki’s > happeningthis Christian New Year full of hope in spite of Russian troops & > missiles massed on the Ukrainian border threatening war & our skies > brandishing heat waves, cloud” >

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