Damn Dead Artists Make Billions of Bucks 

Damn Dead Artists Make Billions of Bucks
(to all my artist friends who are still kicking alive)

Oh
Yeah
You’ve told me
You’ve have kept nurturing a wild dream
of soaring up
high
into unlimited sky
your name must be added
to the list of most famous artists of all time.

You wanna be better than any one of the fol-o’-wings:
Andy Warhol
the pope of Pop Art;
Pablo Picasso
the emperor of Art-kingdom;
Vincent van Gogh
the holy god of Starry Nights;
Leonardo da Vinci
the genius of the know-all-universe.

Except these above
you’ve
said
absolutely
NO to Michelangelo,
NO to Henri Matisse,
NO to Jackson Pollock,
And NO to all other well-known artists in the art world.

Ah,
my dear friends
don’t torture yourselves
by fooling your mind with this delusion.
I believe
artists
as
an emotional being
create something
mainly
for
the creative craving,
the need of expression
or (to some) for purely making a living.

It’s a bonus
if the world would recognize your work
also it would be nice
if you get some fame and get enough money
for
a decent living
food served on the table
monthly bills paid on time.

Otherwise, it is but the wildest dream as an artist
while you’re still
kicking
alive

Please remember the cruel fact in art
only
after their deaths
artists would make millions of bucks
and might become most famous of all time

You wanna join them?
go ahead
come to either the Louvre or MoMA
and hang yourselves on its walls
with a suicide note
that says
“I am a damned dead artist”.

01-09-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet
www.papercollage.ca

Moulin Rouge 

Moulin Rouge

The missing French artist
was
last seen
in Montmartre
he was staggering on notorious streets of sex.

Later, he has been found in a cathouse
safe but not sound;
he was shaken
confused
not
knowing
where he was
what he had been doing

Likely, Madame Moulin Rouge fed him too much condensed milk
then she laid him on a slippery silky sheet
in a warm bed.
the damned mattress bounced so hard
ups
‘n downs
too many rounds
it made him feel ill
really sea-sick
out
of whack,
like having been riding on a merry-go-round for so long.
he was fallen into hallucination
that sex without love
“la vie”
is
“en rose”

Hey,
next time
if you happen to be in Paris
try to ask any sexy French lady in the old Moulin Rouge
the silly question:”voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?”
of course
you would be so insanely joyful
that you totally forget your way home.

01-08-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet
www.papercollage.ca

Senryu

The Missing French Artist Senryu

the bench is vacant
where are you wandering, man?
drowned in River Seine?

01=08-2018
Thao Chuong

My White Joke of the Day from the Black Humour Book

Bad News from “Fire and Fury”
Donald’s Happy and Mighty Kids Meal.

I
must tell
U
it ain’t FAKE NEWS
Elvis is back
he has just entered the building
the whole world is in deep silence
everybody cleans their clogged-up ears
awaits him
sing

Haa..haa..
he laughs aloud
while he’s pointing to the old chap
who
seats on a highchair at McDonald
eats the big Happy and Mighty Kids Meal.

Elvis clapped his hands then said:
“bravo
to
the noisy Trumpet
this boring world has had endless awesome entertainment
no one
don’t
need me
sing no more.”

Elvis has left the building again.

Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet
01-08-2018

Off CyberGrid and On Nature 

Off CyberGrid and On Nature 

it rained hard
and also cold
outside
today
nonetheless I could feel
the intense heat from the raging blaze.
“Fire and Fury” has just started burning down
my southern neighbor’s home-troublesome-home
it has swept through the big dome
of
his White How
it really pissed of her How’sWhites.

so
fed up
of being continuously poisoned
with these filthy rubbish.
I decided to get off the electronic grid
by
turning my hot laptop off
putting my China-cheaply-made raincoat on
and taking a long walk
along
the beach
from Esquimalt Lagoon
to Albert Head Lagoon

the ocean covered itself with a misty curtain
it was miserably soggy
not much could be seen
afar
from the shore

wind tremblingly howled
it
threw
furious sound
of tedious waves into the cold air;
watery threads splashed at my face

the trek took longer than usual
as scattered driftwood
on
sand
and pebbles
became too slippery
very tricky to navigate through.

it was dark
by
the time
I got back to my vehicle
I was mushy like a wet blanket
still, the heat kept radiating throughout my entire body.
I felt fresh
anew

Nature is my Caring Mother
who carefully puts my life back into perspective
she tells me how I’m supposed to live
SHE is always
with
me
whenever I am in need of her.

07-01-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet
www.papercollage.ca

For Peace of Mind 

For Peace of Mind 

I know
silence is great for meditation;
it would keep my mind in peace.
however, I have to pay a costly price

I must close my eyes
so tight
’til I can see nothing
in
front of me
in broad daylight .
especially, falling tears
from the unbearable sufferings of my fellow humans.

also, I should close my ears
so, I no longer hear the crying sound
of any dying being
around
me.

the reality is too painful to take
yet, its alternative is more troublesome to bear
one has to pretend
that
everything is alright
everyone is fine
the world in which
he lives
would
be
momentarily serene.
while it is actually fallen apart.

I’d rather scream, whine, cry…
to let my heart go wild and my mind go insane
instead of fooling myself
for
peace of mind.

HOW about YOU?

01-07-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet
www.papercollage.ca

Who Takes Shit from Climate Change?

Who Takes Shit from Climate Change?

Climate Change is always in the hands
of
those guys
in neckties and suits.
they always conveniently go for utmost pro-fist.

they don’t really care what would the consequence be
so long as big bucks keep
flowing smoothly
into
their fat wallets
so that they maintain their luxurious lifestyle .

climate change has zero impact on their daily living
when
it is too hot
AC is automatically on
they can drink beer then take a nap in a cool room
when
it’s chillingly cold
they could enjoy fine wine
and exotic
sex
in a warm bed
on a comfy sofa
on a heated floor
or right inside their comfy limousine.

unfortunately
it’s the homeless
who have to take the bullshit
they have no place to go
but to stay in the cold
whenever
it
snows.
also, they are the ones who have to bear the heat
when the sun’s scotching the earth.

now
you know
the damned good reason
why big guys are bold deniers of Climate Change.

Amen.

01-06-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet.

Show to Those Deniers Your Proof of Global Warming?

Show to Those Deniers Your Proof of Global Warming?

USA is the only country that refused to sign
the Paris Climate Change Accord.

Ah, American fellas;
take it easy,
close both eyes,
and listen to your beloved FOX NEWS.

For sure,
it’d let you know
it must be a faked news
from the dammed mainstream media.

Oh,
yeah,
your talented big brother
also said
NO
to Global Warming.
and you know
he can be never deadly wrong.
why the hell does anyone else not believe in him?

to those who still dun wanna trust him
he has wisely pointed out the clear evidence
that
it’s heavily snowing
and chillingly cold in the East Coast.
New York is buried in deep snow.
unless your partner is in high heat
and your bed sheet is about
to
catch fire.
Otherwise, how do you feel warm?

Therefore, I must clap my hands and feet
and shout aloud:
“bravo to America
for saving trillions of Dollars
and to Donald Trump
for
Making America
the Number One country in the world.

01-05-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

Y not Food-Exercise at the Y? 

Y not Food-Exercise at the Y?

he is really tired of carrying his fat belly
and torturing himself
to his breathless
death
with
those
boring fitness
equipment at YMCA

he loves eating food
chewing is really a damned good exercise for the jaws .
also according to many researchers
it reduces high anxiety for soldiers
before going
to battle
field.

alas, he don’t find no
vending-machine
at
the Y,
he asks himself
y
the hell
don’t the Y sell Chinese chow mein
so he could chow down this oily stuff into his far belly

Y
not food exercise
at the Y?

Y?

01-05-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

The Same Dammed New Year Resolution 

The Same Dammed New Year Resolution 

I. In the Livingroom

the whole year round of hard-work without a break
hey, it is the right time
to slow down
sit back
relax.

all electronic devices have their time off
the DVD snores aloud in high-pitched beep
the flat screen TV is smiling in a dream durin’ its sound sleep
those remote controls joyfully rest in peace
the sofa is the happiest
as it has the heavy load
temporarily
getting
off
its fat belly.

the messy livingroom is abnormally quiet
somehow, the cheerful spirit of New Year has a positive impact
that could force the couch potato of the house
to lift his rusty butts up for the popular
resolution
of losing weight

II. At YMCA

finding an unoccupied spot used to be prettily easy
at the Y parking lot.
not
any more.

I have witnessed an unusual surge in the traffic volume.
I have to drive around
for a couple of rounds
patiently await;
‘til a vehicle
pulled
out.

on
the first
four days of New Year,
I have met some brand-new faces at YMCA.
they don’t do good at the gym, as they’ve keep trying
to experiment fitness equipment
one
after another
in a short period then giving up.

after they become aware of the cold fact
oh
dear
deadbeat exercise,
they join the regulars in the swimming pool
for those lazy stuffs
that help
them
easily sweated
without much effort
in the hot tube, the steam room, or the sauna.

New Year resolution is but viciously shitty mission
extremely
easy to make,
yet, difficult to commit,
and nearly impossible to accomplish.

however, it does help provide couch potatoes
with a firsthand experience
and a realistic perception
of
how difficult it is
to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

01-05-2018
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet
www.papercollage. ca