Orchid Bird

Trying to capture a nice pic of an orchid
It was a bit dark so I put a flash on it

Suddenly, a bird appeared 
With frosted wings
A big heart
Flashing eyes & lit tips

A simple flower

Life within life

Visions of beauty are endless
Meanings are infinite






Please take a moment to hear this performance. The night this came on HBO, I had taped it on VHS (#TBT) b/c I was at my friend Felix’s birthday party & didn’t want to miss Def Poetry Jam. I had never met La Bruja, but that night she came to the party. At one point, the music stopped & she spit some spoken word. I was so taken, hooked & inspired, in awe of her passion & personality. I went home & watched the tape & saw her perform Lola & WTC. It was a double whammy! I immediately took out my pen & wrote a poem in her name called “The Good Witch”. She continues to inspire many with her magical brews.

Matters of the Race

Life is like a race
Sometimes, we go too fast
We fall on our face
Trip over our feet
Tied up with ourselves

Sometimes, we go too slow
Think too much
Wait & contemplate
Until, it’s too late

Sometimes, we fall off track
Feel like giving up
Bruised and cracked
We drop the baton
We don’t feel like doing jack

Sometimes, we think…
We’re completely out of the race
Fallen from grace
When we’re just bit displaced

It’s all just matter
Time and space

The lap will return
We’ll continue our pace
Take up where we left off

Either way, we end up in the same place

At the end of the day
We only come face to face
With time

We realize how much we complicate
How we only race with ourselves
And how none of it matters anyway.

Copyright © 2014 Carlos J. Mendez


WORK By CJ Mendez

We are the Borg
We have been assimilated
Work work work
Sleep sleep sleep
Conditioned & trained
A moment to meditate
Crack that whip
Make that paper
Suck seeds of life
Wash, rinse, repeat
Ruled by trees
Our reality
Or slave mentality?
Resistance is futile
Mornings, afternoons or evenings
Until your graveyard shift
Break through the cycle
Break for love
Break is over
Back to work!

Born Again

I’m born again

Feeling brand new

It’s my birthday

I can do what I wanna do

So I’m letting go

Of all the things I can’t control

Of all the silly fears we have inside

I’m not meant to feel little

I wasn’t brought here to hide

So I’m gonna continue to strive

And let my light shine

Proud of where I stand

With my heart in my hand

Simply in my knowing

In being the man

I am

-Carlos Juan Mendez

Questions of Science

Rats & mice are used for testing
And experimentation
We may have similar characteristics
But, we are not rats

Yet, how else would we test?

On each other?
Of course not
And should we even be testing?
Or just living naturally?
Of course we want to save lives
But when are we crossing the line?

Even if over 95% of the mouse genome is similar to our own
20,000-25,000 genes
The same as a chimpanzee
Cost-effective & efficient to speed research
So small & have a short generation time
An accelerated lifespan
1 mouse year = 30 human years
The space & time required to perform research is manageable

And I’m scientific
But is there a thing as too much Science?

Maybe if we pay more attention to nature & spirit
We could find that there are cures for everything
If from this world
Then of this world
Vegetables, fruits, plants & herbs
If it came from here
It should be from here

Shouldn’t we have figured it out?
We’re smart, right?

Unless we tried to fix shit
And fucked up a lil bit

I’m always torn on this subject
Because science & medicine have achieved much
But I think somewhere along the line
We lost touch
Started getting too hooked on “legal” drugs
And half of these diseases were never around 20 yrs ago
We’ve gotten too far off our natural path
We think the remedies all quickly come from the lab
And we’re just filling up banks

Anyway, I went off on a tangent
Back to the rats…