Biography of Eric Cockrell
i am 58 years old... have been writing poetry for over 40 years... had a troubled youth, was in trouble a lot, was a drug addict... survived it all... have worked a variety of jobs... have 4 grown children,3 grandchildren.
was a member of the North Carolina Writer's Roundtable for a while... write poetry, songs, political and spiritual commentaries...
am somewhere between a Buddhist and a gnostic Christian...
am a renagade socialist by political nature...
believe most of all that compassion is the one true path!
Eric Cockrell's Works:
'Scar Tissue', self-published in the 1970's
'Awakening', self-published in the 1980's
Eric Cockrell Poems
A Child Is Dying
for every tree you cut down, a child is dying. for every barrel of oil that you drill and spill,
A Better Idea
they want to ban books, ban abortions ban gay marriages ban free thinking
The Shadow Inside My Shadow
poverty is not my cousin, is not my lover, is not my preacher, poverty is not my brother.
On Human Sexuality...
we understand very little about sexuality... buying and selling cheap versions of the fire on a day to day basis... sex is not a phone call, a text message,
i quit trying to save the world... and just offered my hand, and walked beside it. i quit trying to find the truth,
he wears her like the badge of honorable abuse....
A Buddha's Eternal Moment
one lone rose opened by the sun, the faint memory of rain, and the dark damp earth.
That's Enough For Me!
from a tiny acorn, the oak tree grows. what a man cant find, a child will know.
it took ashes... for me to draw a picture of your living in black and white...
9/11, And The Days After
how many died that day at the World Trade Center? how many died in the field?
civil disobedience... daring acts of courage? peaceful rebellion.
i've had mixed feelings about the American flag ever since they lowered it for President Kennedy
1900 poems... love letters written in flesh, with all the scars
The Hanging Tree....
i took an axe and cut down the hanging tree... every blow a blow for human decency, equality, and freedom.
The Poet Endureth!
i stare at my face in the mirror,
and count with the heavy rhythm
of the clock... moment by moment...
every feeling, born and unborn,
every taste, intoxicating, burning the lips...
every smell, faint and overpowering...
every touch... real and imagined...
and who am i? and what have i to give?
i am the sound that you cant define,