My Zero (Reprise)


The one
You are not
I have found “the one” several times before
And no longer are they my ones
But the ones of another

The one
You are not
But my zero


I will bring the scent of many before youse
Women on my hips
In my beard
In my hair
In my mouth
Between my thighs and my fingers
Yes, an ocean of jealous females
Will come

But when I multiply them
By you
They will be nothing

*Originally published on thebreakdownoftaboo blog.

Wordsmith Apprentices

By Benjamin Grossman and Cassa Bassa

This daily script interferes
With any royal mood
Leaving abstract smiles
Upon the observer’s space

Each piece reaches the other
with startling ponder
Shaking up their normality
Signaling the writer’s psyche
Demanding a daily dose of encouragement

The bond sparked small
A distant curiosity sated by the choreography of words

A budding denial received confirmation in plain sight
An uncultivated heart given wings to ascend
An untamed mind flew over the boundary beyond the intellectual elasticity

(This is part of a collaborative poetic effort between myself and Cassa Bassa. Make sure you check out her blog by visiting Flicker Of Thoughts.)

Taboo-Artist #2: Kobe Bryant

Created a new mentality

Worked to “push beyond potential”

Enough said.


* The “Mamba mentality” really strives for greatness; perhaps even attempts to go beyond greatness to reach even higher heights. It’s about not giving up, about giving your all, about going toward something better, not worrying about what will happen next but what you can do now! Kobe was a modern-day philosopher, a creative genius. His passion for life will never be forgotten

What Is A Taboo-Artist Anyway?



1. a person who goes against the grain in any medium of art.

2. an artist that “creates dangerously” (thanks Albert Camus), setting the trends instead of following them.

3. An artist seen as ahead of their time or doing something objectively unique, which often but not always referred to as too different for mainstream society to handle.

4. a person that breaks down proverbial walls, barriers, boundaries, and resets our notions of what is possible.

5. an artist expressing individuality to the upmost degree.

An Obvious Problem

Swimming in a dream

Is no training for swimming

In actual water

An obvious problem

Too late to be solved


*(I really must learn to swim soon. I should’ve learned this as a child, but was allergic to something in the water which kept me away ever since. And maybe now I’m just a wimp!)