Dupuyer Montana

buy a fishing license from Bill
to fish the Blackfoot Reservation.

Giving directions to Dog Gun Lake
he spills life at you in coffee cups
like time sifting down




(c) Charles Amarack


“you rehearse every time you play your instrument.”

-Thelonius Monk

Missoula police and ambulance report

man found drunk in yard.

wallet burned in fire.

driveaway at gas station reported.

customer returns to pay for gas.

gas stolen from man’s pickup at marina.


golfer knocked unconscious with own club.

heart attack victim succumbs.

domestic disturbance reported.

dog attacks homeowner.

counterfeit money found inside stolen jacket.

man arrested outside bar for assault.

woman kidnaps child from day care.

homeless veteran murdered.

traffic accident. head on. two killed. one injured.

man found passed out in gas station bathroom.

woman assaulted. husband arrested.

shoplifting reported at drugstore.


traffic accident. minor injuries. failure to yield citation issued.

homeless man injured. refused assistance.

disturbance at movie theatre. drunken man removed.

children playing with dead dog.

cat found hung on porch.

car stolen at lakeside casino.

teenage runaway found. returned to family.

woman found dead.

man found drunk in yard again.

problem bear destroyed by authorities.

(C)  Charles Amarack

problembear’s complaint #321

I’ve finally lost interest in the democratic presidential campaign. The game is in the 23 inning and there appears to be nothing left in the bullpen decent enough to suit up. The few fans left in the ball park appear to be asleep or dead from boredom.

Is there no end to the bullets in the revolver which the democrats seem to be so adept at shooting into their own foot?  The crucial undecided voters waver while their two champions send a constant lineup of hapless pitchers against hopeless hitters. Meanwhile, the oblivious media  fill air time with the most trivial of inanities and pointless jargon. If this is a republican strategy to derail public outrage over the failed policies of the last eight years, then it appears to be working.The stunned middle class seems to be milling around in the slaughter pens just waiting for the hammer to fall.

Absurd World

ever since growing up in oregon

as a poor bear cub

the world has seemed absurd to me.

the algebra of reality escapes me.

but, the strength of a river begins in 

 springs, creeks, streams, ditches and gutters.

it becomes a mixture

that no ocean can refuse.


(c) Charles Amarack

What you can count on

our gas price was1.50 per gallon

on the day bush took the white house

today our gas price is 3.59 per gallon

which only confirms our worst fear;

you can only put so many greedy rats in a cage

before they start biting each other

over less and less cheese.

human existence complete with

pathetic fears and ridiculous dreams

amounts to nothing

without an atmosphere

to breathe.

even the puny nuclear pop-guns

we are so proud of

are just bug guts

against the windshield of geologic time.

maybe we will get smarter

as we drive along;

evolve beyond our nature.

most likely

blue green algae will have to

start all over again.


(c) Charles Amarack

Pure Hell Adventures #2

Nearly all of the corporate executives who attended our survival course

are accounted for. Thanks to satellite transmitters which remained attached

to  the cadavers we have located most of the participants.

Unfortunately, bears and cougars have eviscerated the remains

making their exact location difficult to pinpoint.

We regret the inconvenience, however our attorneys wish to state

that legally and duly notarized release forms signed by the participants

render us exempt from culpability and immune from litigation.


Successful survivors (should any be found) will be regaled and properly decorated in the winner’s circle,

 In the meantime, we will roast a pig in the fire pit

created by the rescue helicopter’s unfortunate crash landing.

Liquor will be served.

Dress is optional.

(c) Charles Amarack

Pure Hell Adventures #1


life  is a survival course every day

and nothing is guaranteed to be safe

food is scarce; fuel prohibitively expensive

and many other creatures covet your niche


the moon glowers over a stark existence of hiding

in obscure entertainment

exchanging furtive glances parties do spontaneously erupt

however schedules should be checked for serendipity

and confrontation with fate should be avoided


there is not one thing that I trully know

even if I believed that imparting it to you were possible

 it would only create more confusion

remember that this is a test of your survival skills

practice practice


stuff problembear’s like

  •  cinnamon rolls
  • unlocked dumpsters
  • backpacks
  • small hikers
  • pies of all varieties
  • beehives
  • salmon
  • blackberries
  • huckleberries
  • slow elk
  • slow deer
  • roast succulent penguin served under glass

       to be continued after nap……

Smug middle class starting to feel it

As gas prices rise toward a predicted four dollars per gallon this summer and once-staid investment icons plummet in value or go bankrupt, even the smart ones who did not participate in bad mortgages or sucker for too much credit card debt are finally beginning to feel the pinch and they are squealing about it. Milk is above four dollars a gallon. Flour and other grains are tripling in price. Food in the supermarkets is costing almost 22% more in just one year.

This smug middle class are the same people who followed the example of the rich in pointing fingers at the majority of us who where less cautious and they delight in telling us we deserve the suffering that will soon befall us. The truth is, the majority of America’s middle and marginal middle class suckered for buying more on credit and the rich encouraged it to keep the train on the track. But now that the freight cars have come uncoupled from the dead engine of our economy, the cars are rolling downhill with no brakes from the steep mountain pass of false prosperity. The impact will be crushing in every charity and non-profit organization that serves as a flimsy landing net for the hungry, out of work, medically underinsured and unprepared among us.

The poorest have endured the worst already and the richest will be slightly inconvenienced, but the roar of outrage that will surely emanate from the middle class has not even begun to manifest itself.Here is hoping that when the outcry comes it serves to build a positive response by steering us in the direction of self-sufficient and reasoned resource development, rather than the usual fear-driven frenzy to find more finite resources to devour. 35 years of making the same mistakes over and over again is enough. In 1973, America had a wake up call when the gas shortage jolted us all momentarily into reality. Many bright minds briefly looked into the possibility of developing alternative energy sources but, when gas became cheap and abundant again, most of those plans were put on hold. Now America faces a crisis so overwhelming that it threatens to destroy our economy and our way of life.

The Reagan-inspired dinosaur-brained policies of buying military power on credit and basing energy policies on enriching oil corporations and cartels have nearly bankrupted this country. The time for change was 35 years ago. Now, we have to play some serious catchup to even compete with most of the developing nations of the world. We cannot rely on some politician to get elected to make the changes that will be necessary to turn this around. We must all contribute to an outcry so loud that every institution responsible for this mess is shaken to it’s foundation. If middle class and marginal middle class Americans still have the gumption to unite, we can rebuild the engine and recouple the cars and start the long climb back to prosperity. We can no longer allow the rich to divide and lead us into what appears to be a new depression combined with inflation. This malady commonly affects many undeveloped and underdeveloped nations on a regular basis. They must beg for credit to feed their people.  It appears that 35 years of bumbling greed driven policies may have succeeded in finally driving America into a fate dangerously similar.