Michael Patrick King

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Michael Patrick King has been writing poetry and fiction for more than forty years and performing as an actor and singer for more than thirty. Born in rural eastern San Diego County, he feels equally out-of-place in any setting. While he harbors no death wishes, he eagerly looks forward to going to Heaven where, he says, 'I will at long last be home.' more »

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What is a conscience
If not a companion
Who whispers into your ear
Unfettered syllables
To arouse your suspicions
Or bound ones to heighten your fears?

I have a conscience
Don't say it's not so
A spirit attends me each hour
That I spend online
To hoodwink unsuspecting
Fools to succumb to my power

When I would show mercy
My conscience says 'Never
Cut a dimwitted mark any slack;
Keep the phones ringing
Whatever the ploy
To keep our accounts in the black.'

E'en when I sleep
He gives me no peace
He goads me to dream up new ...

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