Saturday, August 28, 2004

Tide Pools

Tide pools
caught in the rocks
fishbowls without bubblers
waiting for the tide change

Microcosm of the sea
under glass

Stop and watch
See the world, like Jacques or Felipe
adrift on land
inside the Calypso

A tiny crab
Brushes the fronds of the anemone
Urchins with spines and flesh
swaying sargassum

A universe
in the puddle
with the rocks
waiting for the tide
Governed by Luna


8/24/04 21:57


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Friday, August 27, 2004

Brim

Tom Joad had it right
His introduction to us all,
more in print than film,
of a man fixing his brim

Brim you say,
not the cup but the lid,
The hat, chapeau,
you remember the Dr. of Seuss;
but listen to John
He knew

Break the spine, the arch
Crack the store-bought form, symmetry
of my ballcap.
Three folds and you’re set
cut and cup, make your own
Ready for sweat



8/24/04 21:42


Brim – breaking in a new hat, like Tom Joad. See http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thehub.com.au/~greg/steinbeck.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thehub.com.au/~greg/grapes.html&h=400&w=350&sz=16&tbnid=zPbOQSO3J4wJ:&tbnh=120&tbnw=105&start=36&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522tom%2Bjoad%2522%26start%3D20%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN and http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Titles/dubious/essays/essay1.html and see photo at http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/english/faculty/grady/joad.jpg




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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Memories

History, my history
fighting to come out,
exploit my voice
Document and catalog
shards of my life
snapshots, senses,
feelings
caught in the gossamer of my mind
frozen now on paper
.



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edited October 8, 2017
under the sheet – v3
(editing original)
edited October 8, 2017
under the sheet – v2
November 8, 2011
under the sheet
the dying of Jack Grant, 2003
“The Wish”, by Donald Hall
with line “Let Me Go”
Poet’s Corner
monthly poetry readings
Suncook Senior Center
November 7, 2011
&
edited January 19, 2016
Memories – v3
(editing original – version 2 is not about this poem)
posted August 26, 2004
written September 26, 2003 22:45
Memories
&
edited January 19, 2016
Love Everlasting – v2
posted March 3, 2004
written September 26, 2003 22:41
Love Everlasting
&
edited January 7, 2016
Last Breath – v2
posted February 19, 2004
written 9/26/03 22:00
Last Breath
edits 9/27/03 12:45
edits 10/1/03 15:26,
after reading it at Jack Grant’s memorial service,
adding pauses

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Got a Match?

Oh how to tell the tale
to spin the yarn, to pull you in
Bring you along, down memory road
to that night in April 1993.

Small town yankee
Eating my fill, drinking in
The Big Easy,
Day and this night.

Early flight back north, 6am
Too soon to leave, need to run back
Experience More

Paranoid of what might happen
Money clip, ID, and a pack of hotel matches
(marked with the room number), my only
companions, out into the night,
after a promise to be safe.

A cameraman in a foreign land,
without his camera.
Can you see me out there in the wild
Like Marlin Perkins’ assistant Jim.
What will he find out in the
jazz-dipped urban jungle.

Oh yes, the wild creatures of the night
Nocturnal denizens of the street
and the game rangers of the NOPD too
Walked, strutted, sauntered, or stumbled by

Propositions, male and female (or was she?)
made me laugh, under the officer’s gaze
Sound and noise and smell and taste
Marched on through the night toward closing

Jackson Square to Rampart and back
Light and shadow stalked
the thinning crowd
Until Beignets and chickory
called me to Café du Monde

4am, bag of beignets
and tray of six coffees in the other hand.
Trek through the dark
streets after last call.

Off in the distance, another figure in the
dark, the shadows
Bridging the space
Between us
Where oh where do I turn?

“Hey, buddy, got a match?”
Perfect.


8/7/04 18:36

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Learning

Voracious appetite
For learning new things
about many topics
To acquire knowledge and context
of why things are as they are
How they fit together
Language, history, politics, science
Eat from the buffet, some from each bar

Share in the discussion, discourse, debate
But rankle at the papers, the rules
The rubric for sharing
Because I’d already gotten
What I came for
and rarely cared
If the grader knew
It too.


8/8/04 11:37


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Monday, August 23, 2004

Open Mic

Can you hear me in the back?
Let’s see –
A little about me

Set the mood, a light laugh line
Parse the group
Gauge the crowd

How’s it going?
Thanks for the opportunity

Shouldn’t the listeners have to wear name tags
Expose a bit of soul too
Like those of us sharing

Aren’t they though,
If you pay attention
to the fidget and the clap
Subtle and not so oblique silences

Hello?
Is this on?



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edited November 17, 2018
Open Mic – v2

Posted August 23, 2004
Open Mic
August 18, 2004 22:03
&
edited December 15, 2015
Second-Rate Song Lyrics – v2
8/21/04 16:40 – Inspired by Adam
Second-Rate Song Lyrics

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Second-Rate Song Lyrics

A rhyme
in time
can save nine

Oh how I hate
the need to equate
poetry
symmetry

Upper case to start a line,
no fragments, rules,
poems with meter and rhyme

I don’t have time
to get the rhyme
right

Words need to flow
not be just so, so
I break the rules
parse my thoughts
schemes and let
it flow



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edited December 15, 2015
Second-Rate Song Lyrics – v2
8/21/04 16:40 – Inspired by Adam
Second-Rate Song Lyrics

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