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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Carp's Deim

I had a thought early this week about spending money on things and then I saw a boat somewhere, on the highway, in a back yard, it does not matter, but I knew that is was a topic to be addressed. I like the fish and water words and the I-wegian colloquial counter point, “You bet.” Glance and Monet fit together. “Cast my lines” a subtle reference to writing poetry as the metaphorical meaning of fishing.

Carp’s Deim

New boat?
Could have been, but
that idea didn’t
hold water enough to float dreams
Burgher bunch, not
Dakota fresh walleye
caught my summer attention glance
Rolf Potts,
bicycles, and
overseas aromas
called me to cast my lines beyond

Pull up
anchor, seek not
idle security . . .
Thirteen thousand for my passion?
You bet!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Nobody Hero - Commencemet Speech notes

It is graduation time and millions of young people will be looking for opportunities. Commencement speakers will ooze out all kind of platitudes and wunwittingly urge the young to fight the battle-for-freedom in behalf of the tax payers that supported their public education. We can only hope those speakers include this bit of reality about military hocus pocus:

Nobody Hero

rookie bonus
medical care payment---
lifetime VA visits . . . no legs

Read more a Poets Against the War website. I share the message from Sam Hamill

May 6, 2005

Dear Friends:

If you have been to the web page for current poetry selections, you've
no doubt noticed that things have been static for a couple of weeks. Please be patient. We are on the threshold of opening our newly re-designed web sight (sic.) and launching major improvements, including a regular newsletter.

Our "official" target date is June 1st, but we hope to be ready before then. It's been a long and often frustrating process, but I'm sure you'll agree that it's been worth it once we are up and running full bore again.

Yours in the struggle for nonviolence,

Sam Hamill

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Western Tradition at the Ball park

Lurid Red Skin Names

White sports teams
Know not the symbol they cheer
Disciples of Euclid, they
Are circumscribed
Empty plane figures
Running right angle discipline drills
Bisecting distance for
Measured scoring angles
Feet planted
Unable to dance the mystic
Natural beat
Noble names demand

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Curosity - A Cat in the Gloom

The Free Dictionary Quote of the Day, May 3

Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970), author of Room With A View

A Cat in the Gloom

E.M. Forester you see
misunderstood curiosity
His dog sniffing pee
Alastair Reid saw differently


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Ride your bicycle to the baseball field

Everybody knows Casey at the Bat; here is a shorter version of the humiliation metaphor. It says more about the lessons that a baseball game can teach about the risks in "getting what you ask for."

No Hitter

Strike two
Three on, two out
Dad and coach closed their eyes—
Ball four. Not one hit. Just one run.
Game done.

So who's on first?

Sunday, May 01, 2005

This poem was inspired by Alphabet versus The Goddess by Leonard Shlain

History Repeats

Dark moon
Goddess culture waning;
misogynist worship gaining—
Witch hunts