Words de Osi

Digestion vs. Gestation

April 19th, 2014 | Blog

Yesterday I found myself standing in a living room in front of four renowned poets attempting to recite my work.  Had I been a gerbil cupped in their collective grasp, I would have nervously shit in their palms.  It would have been... (Read More)


April 12th, 2014 | Poem

discernment is a parlor trick
given microscopes or broken spectacles
the subject is the same... (Read More)


April 11th, 2014 | Poem

I am completely naked under these clothes
Like stark raving naked
Like hairy balls janglin naked... (Read More)


April 5th, 2014 | Poem

I did not come here to reminisce
over how we used to be
I did not come here to weep ... (Read More)


April 3rd, 2014 | Poem

I'm on the team... that's weird
weird like answering the phone
and hearing the person on your mind... (Read More)


April 2nd, 2014 | Poem

the page is doggy bag
home to what I could not digest
words are lies... (Read More)


April 1st, 2014 | Poem

Joy has built a playroom behind my rib cage
And the space between my temples,
once home to an over-sized fat based abacus, ... (Read More)

Hello...I Love You

March 28th, 2014 | Poem

How’s my hair? How’s my breath? Is there anything in my nose? Do these pants make my cock look big? Mirror check, bathroom mirror check, review mirror check. God I hope I don’t say something stupid…

It was our first date. Our only date. We hadn't even made it past the menu when I looked up at that quirky smile of hers gleaming from her latest witticism and accidentally blurted out, “Fuck I love you.”... (Read More)

Candles Are Amusing

February 14th, 2014 | Poem

She is the reason I laugh today
As I stand chin deep in murky waters,
she is the cause for my smirk... (Read More)

Johnny 5 is Alive!

January 28th, 2014 | Poem

got a package in the mail
confused, I tore the box open
as the contents slid into my hand... (Read More)

God ad nauseam

January 18th, 2014 | Poem

I had algebra for lunch;
logical proofs are boiling on the stove;
my teeth are rows of ones and zeros;... (Read More)


January 15th, 2014 | Poem

without truth
the muchness is lost
camouflaged in a fog... (Read More)


December 27th, 2013 | Poem

My feet are firmly planted
But my heart has found a wormhole
There's no telling when it will return... (Read More)

Polished Servant

December 26th, 2013 | Poem

Two puzzle boxes spilled
on kitchen table
A whisp of heaven... (Read More)

Beasts at Bay

November 26th, 2013 | Poem

I knew they'd come
Ravenous beasts that they are
But I couldn't avoid this dark corner... (Read More)


November 12th, 2013 | Poem

a crusted receptacle
gaping... (Read More)


November 11th, 2013 | Poem

with reckless abandon
I stamp this imprint
into placid super-strings... (Read More)

Whirling Dervish

November 11th, 2013 | Poem

sometimes dance
is all that's left
as a suitable reason... (Read More)

Crackling Promises

October 24th, 2013 | Poem

She found footing
on the sliver
already scabbed over... (Read More)

Broken Moments

October 16th, 2013 | Poem

Arms extended
face to the sun
leather totes dangling from each arm... (Read More)


October 12th, 2013 | Poem

Looking deep into forever
I prayed for guidance
The next wave only crashed harder... (Read More)

Below Indigo

October 5th, 2013 | Poem

The signs were so clear
As the conversation spilled across the table
I watched her playing with her hair... (Read More)

So Real

September 23rd, 2013 | Poem

A gift so exquisite
I can barely digest it
I will never tell her... (Read More)

America. Land of the greed.

June 28th, 2013 | Blog

Today I took on the arduous task of calling my insurance company. I had a simple question, why has my insurance premium doubled since 2009? I prepared myself for this call by spinning in circles and holding my breath for 3.5 minutes. This was... (Read More)

Bonsoir Madame

June 3rd, 2013 | Poem

Bonsoir Madame,

a wide-eyed fancy for stripped pants arouses hope... (Read More)

Red Tape

May 27th, 2013 | Poem

Thousands are wading in red tape
hobbling on one leg
holding a stack of papers... (Read More)

The God Coin

May 27th, 2013 | Blog


I was somewhere in the east. India perhaps. I wanted to return to the place I was from but did not have the currency. I contemplated stealing it from a rich man. I walked freely into his home and soon found myself starring... (Read More)

Plug... Socket...Done.

May 10th, 2013 | Poem

Life is on vibe.
Notched to 11.
Goodbye awkward isolation. ... (Read More)

Ties That Bind

April 30th, 2013 | Poem

too much water under the bridge...
and you lose the bridge.
if you must deflect your eyes,... (Read More)

Take It Back

April 25th, 2013 | Blog

When our country was formed it was not possible to put every major issue to a vote. That is the why we have representatives. Times have changed. Rather than spending our days reading and liking bullshit facebook posts we could be making real... (Read More)

Fire the 545

April 20th, 2013 | Poem

We drops bombs everyday
We murder innocent people
every... fucking... day... (Read More)

Through the Clouds

April 13th, 2013 | Poem

It's a shame I'm not Jesus
The debt I've paid serves no one but me
Now I must watch another... (Read More)

Sugar Smack

March 11th, 2013 | Blog

This is no normal sugar crash. This isn’t the cranky, hungry, slightly shaky experience commonly had when eating too much sugar. This is hell and it can be brought on by as little as a bag of carrots. A normal person’s blood sugar... (Read More)

Red Flags

March 10th, 2013 | Blog

It felt the way I imagine a travel documentary feels to normal people. I've never been one for travel. I certainly enjoy it when I get the chance but i don't chase it. But speak of a ship bound for another dimension and my ears perk up. I'm... (Read More)

Ever Since

February 2nd, 2013 | Poem

My sister knew long ago
I knew she knew...
but that didn't mean I had to... (Read More)

Brain Chem a la Mode

December 18th, 2012 | Poem

The sewer rats haven't been blue for years
They dance on pink fluffy piss water clouds
Puffed up by psychotropic waste products... (Read More)


October 8th, 2012 | Blog

It would be a shame to abandon this basket. Surely those porcelain shells would never survive the fall. But I don't have the strength I used to, and the splintered wicker is cutting into my grip. I've run out of hands trying to bare this... (Read More)

List of structures that can fall at nearly free fall speeds.

September 11th, 2012 | Blog

1) a house of cards
2) a game of Jenga
3) World Trade Center 1
4) World Trade Center 2
5) World Trade Center 7 (Read More)

Black Coffee

September 2nd, 2012 | Blog

"Cream? Sugar?"

"No thanks," he says flashing the waitress a wildly arrogant smile. "I drink my coffee black!"

The air of superiority was palpable. Clearly this man's definition of manhood has spawned far beyond the... (Read More)

Danger Zone

August 28th, 2012 | Blog

I feel I’m in the danger zone again. My sobriety finds itself on wobbly knees suspended over potato sack feet. I don’t really want to drink, or use, but that isn’t really saying much considering I never really did. My self-destruction was a... (Read More)

Whose Human You Is

July 22nd, 2012 | Blog

So I'm outside pulling weeds, making my random halfhearted attempt at not being the asshole on the block depreciating everyone's property value, when suddenly I feel something warm hitting my thigh. I look up to find myself starring down the... (Read More)

What a wonderful world

July 20th, 2012 | Blog

I don't have a TV. I find life is easier that way. IT really cuts down on the anxiety caused by people trying to sell me useless shit 24/7. The only drawback is sometimes I'm out of the loop. My only media this morning was listening to Henry... (Read More)

Basura Blanca

July 12th, 2012 | Blog

Got a fountain drink today at a gas station today, quite a rare occurrence for me. As I grabbed the plastic cup I suddenly felt like white trash. Hmm that's interesting. It wasn't the glob of chaw in my lip. Nor the fact that I hadn't paid... (Read More)

50 Shades of Grey Synopsis

July 10th, 2012 | Blog

Girl meets boy. Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. Boy and girl have a delicious time together. Boy enjoys girl just as she is. Girl spends most her time hoping she can change boy despite the concrete reality that in every moment she actually... (Read More)

Fuck the sparkler. Gimme a musket.

July 4th, 2012 | Blog

I wonder, In 200 years what nations will be celebrating their independence from us? What a silly silly day. "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable... (Read More)


June 29th, 2012 | Blog

It's been an odd few days. On the one hand we have a community praying for rain, sending hopes and positive energy to those suffering. At the same time we have a rally against universal healthcare. I cannot reconcile the two. Perhaps we... (Read More)

Tailgate Gig Tempe AZ

June 17th, 2012 | Blog

Well it's 7:30am here and I'm still riding the vibe of the night. Perhaps after I get some sleep I'll write a bit about it. What a great crowd though. Wonderful people. So cool. (Read More)


May 28th, 2012 | Blog

It's been on my radar for a while now. I knew eventually I'd have to sack up and insert myself into the scene but I've been procrastinating... for a minute... well a little longer then a minute... okay okay for like 10 years. Whatever. Let's face... (Read More)


May 27th, 2012 | Poem

Your presence ushered me back to reality
A reality where magic still exists
Where the mystic echos footprints across concrete... (Read More)

did she just call me a tool?

May 20th, 2012 | Blog

I got a call from a lady at CU today. Ultimately she was asking for a donation. Ugh, I hate that. It's disgusting really. People are forced to go into severe debt in the hopes that they might one day be able to better themselves or perhaps... (Read More)

Fuck You Comcast... wait... wait...

May 18th, 2012 | Blog

I'm kind of regretting canceling my cable right about now. Either that or I regret quitting drinking... Na, it's the cable. Perhaps this is just the decompression phase. I've done this before, eventually you get used to it. Surprisingly you... (Read More)

Pondering God's Brush

May 6th, 2012 | Poem

If I could paint a perfect world
there is little I would change
I would simply remove the lines... (Read More)

Blow me Rainbows. You too Butterflies!

April 27th, 2012 | Blog

At some point during my last gig I remember saying that I wish I had a few happy songs. I also made the comment to a few friends...

I really need to watch my f*kin mouth :) I've been manifesting like quicksilver these days. I think... (Read More)

Recycle This Asshole

April 27th, 2012 | Blog

Today, in the mail, I received a large over sized envelope. It was so big it barely fit in my mailbox when folded in thirds. The envelope when unfolded became a gigantic advertisement for some car dealership. Naturally I carried it right to... (Read More)

Lost Piece

April 18th, 2012 | Poem

Wondering around on short legs
He scoured every foot of the all too familiar playground
He even peeked into those odd smelling areas he normally avoided... (Read More)

Ass Cast

April 12th, 2012 | Blog

Today I am reminded of the first time I ever stood in front of a crowd. I was in kindergarten and my class was doing some bullshit end of the year play about elephants. Naturally my memory is rather vague regarding this presentation, but I... (Read More)


March 26th, 2012 | Poem

Someday I'll be enough for somebody

At least that's what I tell myself... (Read More)


March 26th, 2012 | Poem

For a handful of days

It felt as if everything might fall into place... (Read More)

Click Clack

March 26th, 2012 | Blog

I just gave a grammar lesson to some con artist dude from Nigeria. Ha! I probably should not have done that. My apologies to the next schmoe. But I couldn't help it, they are like the new Jevovahs, I simply can't resist poking their story full of... (Read More)

Two Blind Mice

March 22nd, 2012 | Blog

Once there was a mouse named rodent 2764. 2764 was your normal everyday run of the mill white mouse, aside from the fact that he had never seen a mill let alone ran in one, or ran at all for that matter. You see, 2764 spent most of his time in... (Read More)

Thank you. Thank you.

March 18th, 2012 | Blog

Thank you everyone for coming to the show! Ironically, I'm really rather speechless. What an amazing crowd. Everywhere I looked there was someone I loved. I am truly blessed to have so much support in this world. It was a night of pure... (Read More)

Thank You

March 18th, 2012 | Poem

Thank you, two dudes who stood front and center
Thank you for having a horrible time
Thank you for your drab faces and bored eyes... (Read More)

Why you always gotta be making me grow and shit?

March 9th, 2012 | Blog

I picked up the flyers tonight. One week to go and they just now got them finished. Not a lot of time to work with particularly considering the show is on a night that most people make plans for. Anyway, from the moment they landed in my hand... (Read More)

Ride that ass bitch. Ride it good.

February 18th, 2012 | Blog

Had a cop following me out of Denver tonight. He was one of those aggressive cops too. The kind who ride your ass so tight their brights blind you in the mirrors. The kind who's so eager to arrest you he might just run you off the road. Yeah,... (Read More)

Thanks Jesus!

February 15th, 2012 | Blog

Stopped off at the bank today. Got out of the car, turned around, took a few steps and was immediately stopped by some dude hanging his head out of his car speaking gibberish. It took me a second to decifer his broken english. Turns out he was... (Read More)

You might be magic dude but you're still an asshole

February 13th, 2012 | Blog

So this morning I awoke to the all too loud and repetitively annoying sound of my cat digging his claws into the side of my bed. Pop, pop, crack, rip, pop, pop.

"Ah Fuck! You gotta be kidding me."

I looked over at the... (Read More)


February 5th, 2012 | Blog

If you met your childhood self, would they be impressed with who stood before them? If you met yourself as a teenager would they still have hope upon your departure?

In my case I believe the answer is a resounding yes. My younger self... (Read More)

Peace and love were all that mattered.

January 30th, 2012 | Blog

I barely heard it over the voice coming through the phone. I immediately lost focus on what the nurse was saying. Creeping down the hall was the frail sound of my name coming from the bathroom. I immediately hung up. When I opened the door I... (Read More)

Must we all fall like lemmings?

January 29th, 2012 | Blog

Went to bar tonight. Didn't even think about what day it was. I've been so focused on music everything else is background. It was a pretty good night, saw some good bands, smiled at a few pretty girls, reconnected with some old friends. ... (Read More)

The Gig

January 25th, 2012 | Blog

So, here it is. I asked the Universe to bring the music back, to show me an open door, to revitalize my passion to perform and that very night I found myself contacting a Soda Jerk Presents in an attempt to book a gig. This is actually the... (Read More)

Hello Universe... Johnny here.

January 23rd, 2012 | Poem

Hello Universe... Johnny here

First let me offer my abundant ... (Read More)


January 13th, 2012 | Blog

At first it seemed as if I might be a poem percolating, presenting, preparing to produce or pose the dope. This is how it usually starts: A word or a phrase bounces around the fatty tissue. Kicking up dust it clears Chi off Charlotte's wheel. ... (Read More)

Gingham Girl

December 21st, 2011 | Poem

Peddling in 32 below
The crunch of timeless water below rubber tread
A quiet prayer to stay vertical... (Read More)

The lucky streak continues

December 7th, 2011 | Blog

Tonight my furnace went out. I called the repair man, he was there within an hour. By then it was fridged. The cold is the HVAC man's secret weapon. When people are cold they will agree to anything. Not this time though. So the guy takes a... (Read More)

Parade of Lights

November 30th, 2011 | Blog

Hey the holidays are coming up! What should we with the taxpayer money this year? Should we feed and clothe the starving children? Maybe donate gifts to the families burdened by the bad economy? Maybe set up a few more beds for the homeless? ... (Read More)

Bring Them Home!

November 11th, 2011 | Blog

Today I see a lot of appreciation for our vets. Many people thanking them for our freedom. I must say I am baffled by these comments. What freedom is it you people speak of? And more importantly what freedom is it they are fighting for?(Read More)

Seeds Grow Asshole

November 9th, 2011 | Blog

I'm pretty baffled by the way some people talk to their children. That is a little person in there, you know that right? Actually that is a little person who behaves pretty much exactly as you do. So if you hate your kid so much, try looking in... (Read More)


November 8th, 2011 | Poem

We are the generations
Hiding scars from the days they've long forgotten
As the pattern continues it fills me with war... (Read More)

3 am

November 2nd, 2011 | Poem

The moon was asking for it all night
so I gave it to him
Stomping, thrusting... (Read More)

Become Greater

November 1st, 2011 | Poem

It could have been a different story
But it wasn't in the cards
I wanted to be a super being... (Read More)

The Collective

October 28th, 2011 | Poem

They exist
Anxiously anticipating my arrival
This brilliant beam will be welcomed... (Read More)

Against The Rain

October 24th, 2011 | Poem

The girl who was too busy to be kissed
Too busy to be loved even a little bit
I thought she was amazing... (Read More)

Polaroid Perception

October 9th, 2011 | Poem

Draped in a silver moon the goddess dove into silky blue
Braving the frigid cold she plummeted through the pitch back
As her lungs begin to burn hopeless anxiety set in... (Read More)

Bags of Skin

September 29th, 2011 | Poem

If personal journals exist past this
I await the moment
When the volumes are released... (Read More)


September 28th, 2011 | Poem

What stories will I tell my children?
Will I speak of beauty unseen?
Majestic mysteries?... (Read More)

Dream Aborigine

September 28th, 2011 | Poem

I want to dream Aborigine
To walk with rock calloused feet
To wander endlessly, knowing... (Read More)

A Shadow on the Sundial

September 28th, 2011 | Poem

For every shadow of the sundial
There is a downward smile
The ghost of Kodak's past... (Read More)

Lost in Oblivion

September 24th, 2011 | Poem

A vast grey blue forest, the chill of winter on the horizon,
and scattered crisscrossed tracks.
Footprints of a fragile boy.... (Read More)

Do You Like Apples?

September 17th, 2011 | Blog

The earth has officially spun upon its axis. I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow I woke to a blue sun and a yellow sky. This NEVER happens...

Let me give you a bit of the history. When it comes to romantic attraction my usual game... (Read More)

The First Osi Production

September 12th, 2011 | Blog

Her name was Kiana. I had a serious crush on her, as did every other boy in our fourth grade class. It must have been rough for her that year. She ignored us most of the time. One day, in true ten year old fashion, we asked her who she liked. ... (Read More)

The Pocket Sized Version

September 11th, 2011 | Blog

9/11 was horrible and should be remembered. Yet, I find all this media coverage a bit self absorbed. How about instead of re-hashing the one tragedy we suffered 10 years ago, and acting like it is the greatest human tragedy ever faced, we talk... (Read More)

The ranting of a boy on a bike.

September 9th, 2011 | Blog

What's the deal with drivers passing me on my left and immediately turning right? Seriously, that's just ridiculous. I ride on the side of the lane as a courtesy to you asshole the least you could do is not run me off the road. If need be I... (Read More)

I am a four.

August 29th, 2011 | Blog

It turns out I am a four, according to the Enneagram that is. I previously thought I was a five. I took an Enneagram test back when I was in college. My sister said I was a five and the test agreed. However, it seems, they were both wrong. I see... (Read More)

Elliot Smith

August 22nd, 2011 | Blog

A good friend turned me on to Elliot Smith yesterday. I love it when that happens. In passing someone mentions something that changes my world. Elliot was amazing. He has quickly reached the top of my favorites. As I listen to these recordings I... (Read More)

When The Paint Dries

August 6th, 2011 | Poem

The more I grow the less I know
Comfort in mystery
Flailing to reach such heights... (Read More)


August 6th, 2011 | Poem

We aren't far from batteries
New Age slaves distracted by trinkets
Give the average man a flatscreen and he will will submit peacefully ... (Read More)

Chick Flick Goes 4th Stepping

August 6th, 2011 | Blog

Friends with Benefits. I expected a rather mindless lustful escapade hardly worth watching. However, Mila Kunis is a culinary masterpiece the likes of which God hasn't cooked up since... I don't really know how to end that metaphor but you get... (Read More)

A Sharpened Edge

August 5th, 2011 | Poem

dipping toes into void
dangling feet, teasing the abyss
the edge... put to test... (Read More)

Deepest Passion

August 5th, 2011 | Poem

My deepest passion is left bloody
Assaulted by candy store Dali Lamas
Shived by rear view Freud puppets... (Read More)

Paper Airplanes

August 2nd, 2011 | Poem

The saddest part of becoming an adult is
realizing no one really knows anything
Our interactions are knee jerk... (Read More)


August 2nd, 2011 | Poem

I am bigger than this
this pitifully little box I've climbed in
as if this bag of skin wasn't restrictive enough... (Read More)

True Democracy

July 29th, 2011 | Blog

In a true democracy we, the people, would be Big Brother. The white house would be wire tapped with cameras in every hall. The feeds would be live and online. No action unseen. No decision unheard. The public office would be made public again. (Read More)

826 days layer

May 5th, 2011 | Blog

Today I am eligible to get my drivers license back... You'd think that would be something to rejoice over. You'd think I'd be at the DMV right now but I'm not. In all honesty I don't want a car or any of the burdens that go along with having... (Read More)

Everything There is to Know about God

April 26th, 2011 | Blog

In this post I will fully explicate and delineate every last bit of knowledge about God mankind has acquired over the course of all human history. I will incorporate the wealth of resources found in any and all religions as well as all... (Read More)

Jack Hammer

April 1st, 2011 | Blog

Satisfied with her meal she packed the cardboard and wrapping back into the bag and tossed it aside. There was a trash can two feet from her. A little MJ wrist action would have gotten it there. I sat appalled next to the trash can as I... (Read More)


February 3rd, 2011 | Blog

It was one of those phone surveys. You know the type.

"Hello this is so and so with such and such organization, we'd like to..."


Normally I just hang up there but I've been rather pissy today so I decided... (Read More)

Justice Served

October 30th, 2009 | Blog

Today I was sentenced. The experience was far from what I expected and strangely beautiful. The judge saw right through me as I hoped she would. She saw the truth, the struggle, the recovery and the fear. A wise a noble judge she was. With her... (Read More)

Osi 3.0

September 28th, 2009 | Blog

I just turned 30
I hardly noticed
Had I not been awake I may have missed it entirely
No tingle, no twinkle vision, no sprouting wings
and no twilight beams
I did have a little itch between my toes(Read More)

Wow the republican response was absolute garbage.

August 18th, 2009 | Blog

I really expected more from that side. Basically they said they agree with everything the president wants to do except the public option. And what ideas did they present in it's stead... The only idea I heard was to open up health care across... (Read More)

The demon gets the finger and a smile.

August 18th, 2009 | Blog

For the past five days or so I have been dealing with a pinched nerve. Today has been the worst yet. The pain is horrendous and I am loosing feeling in my foot and leg. It kinda feels like I'm sticking my big toe in a light socket over and over... (Read More)

We loved you Michael...

July 25th, 2009 | Blog

We loved you Michael... and I am sorry for that.

I am saddened not by your death but by the idea of your life
...or at least the life I imagine while reading between the print
Always on stage, an icon at eleven
Ever... (Read More)

Thank You

May 29th, 2009 | Blog

To everyone who came out tonight, and on previous nights to support my art, Thank You. It truly is an honor to look into a crowd and see so many beautiful people. I love you all dearly and I am grateful to have so many precious connections. What... (Read More)

May 28th @ Herman's Hideaway

May 15th, 2009 | Blog

Four months later JohnnyOsi returns to the stage. Much has happened since the fateful night of January 28th. My entire world flipped was on it's head and shaken for loose change. Left in the dust were many illusions, artifacts, and twisted... (Read More)

What does it mean to be an alcoholic?

May 1st, 2009 | Blog

What is an alcoholic? You don't have to sleep under a bridge to earn the title. You don't even have to drink everyday. The deciding factor is this: Do you drink when you don't want to? Put simply, one drink is never enough. Should I choose... (Read More)

90 Days

April 29th, 2009 | Blog

Today I celebrate a birth. As it is with all newborns, every month is special. Today is three months since the fateful day I woke up in the hospital. It is amazing what can change in such a short time and utterly baffling what we can allow to... (Read More)

Sometimes God bares teeth

April 26th, 2009 | Blog

I have had substance abuse issues since I was a teenager. For years I have battled with my addict mind. And in a flash, my faulty perceptions melted into a pool of nonsense. Being chained to a hospital bed for 12 hours not knowing if you... (Read More)

A Vision For The Future

February 23rd, 2009 | Blog

Written in rehab upon request from my counselor who asked me to put into words my vision for the future. I had absolutely no idea what to write. I could barely see past the coming day let alone some distant concept such as my future. ... (Read More)


November 15th, 2008 | Blog

I broke my sobriety last night. 55 days sober gone. Two lessons learned. One, I need to do something about my moods or lasting sobriety will be impossible. Two, I am no longer capable of moderate use of anything. After 55 days of absolute... (Read More)

A Fresh Start

February 6th, 2008 | Poem

Rotting corpses sprout a bed of roses
There is a fleshy mass behind the cage
Futile or blooming fertile?... (Read More)

Welcome To JohnnyOsi.com

January 1st, 2008 | Home

Herein lies the recording of a life. A memorial to moments, sprinkled across eternity. Broadcast from a twinkle in god's eye. These symbols will never capture the beauty. Nor will they encapsulate the pain. But they will be written just the same.... (Read More)