Friday, December 31, 2010

Different Kinds of Swans

Swans, when they swim,
In the shadowy dim
Are silent as twilight
As quiet as shame.

But swans, when they fly,
Are trumpeters calling
Good news of migration
Of Spring that's to come.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Inverted Haikus on the Laying Geese of Christmas

I've been told by my father
That, Dickens aside,
Geese are very fatty birds.

So, lay what eggs you care to,
I shan't be eating,
Not from one nor six of ye.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Five Golden Rings

I've got two hands
With five fingers attached to the end of each.
Five golden rings might be apportioned
In six different ways:
5-0, 4-1, 3-2, 2-3, 1-4, 0-5.
In all but the middle two
Rings would be placed on contiguous fingers.
On contiguous fingers, I say!
I don't like that.  
The rings would rub against each other,
They'd get clunky
And clanky
And pinchy.
And the gold would get
Scraped and dented.

Much better, I think,
To receive one,
Tungsten Carbide Ring.
Zero fights with other rings.
Less pinching of flesh.
No noise to speak of.

I want a ring that means something 

By itself.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Stoogey Crows

I once saw a murder of crows,
All Larrys and Curleys and Moes.
They buffooned around,
Slapsticked on the ground,
Then from our backyard they arose.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Weasels on the March (a Christmas poem)

When the snow comes down
And the sky gets gray
You'd better run real quick.
For the weasels march
On that very day
And those beasts are prone to lick.
They salt your knees
Like a plate of peas
And they give a little bite,
Then they stop their games,
And they end their tease
And eat your knees outright!
So watch those weasels
When it snows
Or you'll be limping then.
And you'll be sorry
For your woes.
Mark these words, my friend.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Family Christmas

A glorious weaving of threads
Assembling itself like a dream?
A caucophonic, lurching nightmare
Floral print and stripes, frayed at the seem?
Relationships fitting together,
Tailored by expert fingers?
Or tears and stains and clashes;
With an odor that lingers?
Families are more than their members,
More than a gath'ring of I's.
A tapestry woven together
By hands both winsome and wise.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Baby Constipation Haiku (part two)

He fills the diaper.
"Great bowels of joy, Batman!"
Baby knows relief.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Theoretical Baby Constipation

When baby don't poop
Ain't nobody happy,
Cause baby stuffed solid
Ain't happy-clappy.
So ex-lax yer babies
Before they get packed
And then yer poor ears
Will get out intact.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Bad Class Continued

Perhaps if my ears just fell off
I'd no longer need to keep hearing
And then the temptation to scoff
Would, like a Toyota, go veering
Off of a cliff with no brakes to restrain
And turn off the throbbing that's hurting my brain.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Bad Class (a haiku of frustration)

Sitting patiently
Enduring ceaseless chatter.
Woe!  When will it end?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bill and the Talking Cow (A Limerick)

There once was a rancher named Bill
Who loved to put steak on the grill.
His cattle rebelled
And one loudly yelled,
"Why do you so love to kill?"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Winter Driving Haiku

Starting, braking, STOP.
Driving can be quite a chore
When others drive too.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Tasty Limerick

In times when the weather gets cold
The ice weasels start to get bold.
They chew on small dogs,
Pig out on the hogs
And nibble the sheep in the fold.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Blizzard

It snowed and snowed throughout the day
The winter sky was shaking
All the dandruff from its hair.
Now that's what I call flaking!
Shovelers were saying curses,
"Blast this snow to hell!"
Sorry friends, you're out of luck
'Cause it already fell.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mad Libs Poem (written with my lovely wife)

O for love of Branston Pickle
I'd eat you in a cornfield,
Spread you onto peanut brickle
And 'gainst my enemies wield
The awful taste that from you falls,
The stink of cow and horsey stalls.

A Mad Lib Poem is written by asking an innocent bystander (my wife) for words without telling her the context.  Hence the nonsensical poem.  Oh, and Branston Pickle is actually a wonderful thing.  I love it.  But the thought of it on Peanut Butter Brickle?  That's just gross.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Whatever Comes

In the deep dark morning,
When wind is cold
Its cruelty bold
I rise to face whatever comes

Then the day starts morphing
The winds depart
And sniffles start
I stay to fight whatever comes

The day is fading, night is come
My eyes like lead
The light is dead
I sleep and trust whatever comes

Monday, December 6, 2010

For Gino (an epic sonnet)

There once was a team from The Lake
Who'd constantly give me the fake.
They'd lose to the Lion
And then, loss defyin',
They'd go for one more score to make.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Til There Was You (winter edition)

There was snow on the drive, 
But I never started shoveling.
No I never shoveled at all
Til there was you.

There was ice, on the walk,
But I never started salting.
No I never salted at all
Til there was you.

   There was slipping,
   Such terrible crashes.
   They tell me
   Legs flopping skyward and then, and then...

There was sleet on the steps
But I never started scraping
No I never scraped them at all
Til there was you.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Every day a small tornado
Whips about the house
Flings around our mouse
Messes stuff so up and all akimbo.
Blankets not on beds,
Milk-drenched, spitty rags, 
Pampered Chef mags,
Mugs, rugs, Pugs and hugs,

     It's all jumbled.

I want a magic wand
To lay down smack,
To take the order back,
To ward off any flack.

     But it's all jumbled.

Every day a small tornado
Laughs at my lack
Of magic wand smack.


Get yer stinkin' hands
Off MY delicious donut,
Ya dern jackwagon!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


"No Money Down" (heh)
"No interest for the first year"
Dive on in and drown.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Where you find yourself
After climbing a mountain
Or going up stairs.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Shadow of the Axe (Part Five)

(Originally posted Thanksgiving 2008)

Cesar and his turkeys crept up the stairs from the dank basement into the kitchen. A chill ran down their giblets when they saw the oven door leering at them out of the darkness. It quietly taunted them, "I've known your kind. And I'll know each and every one of you too. Just give it time. There's no use fighting." It was a curiously verbal oven. Or so it seemed.

Cesar mastered himself, gobbling under his breath; ultimately he had no quarrel with an appliance. "Focus," his inner voice said, "on the task at hand. Down the hallway, second door on the left." He floated down the corridor like a barnyard ninja, axe in hand, nerves taut and ready.

And then a muffled sob pierced his ear like whatever it is those people at Claire's use to pierce ears with.  Cesar wheeled around back towards the kitchen, signaling the others to follow. And there was Sylvester sobbing and beating his fists impotently on the oven door.

Cesar didn't hesitate. He swung the axe with deadly grace, artfully detaching Sylvester's head. "Fool!" he hissed.

The other turkeys were frozen, transfixed by the spectacle, horrified by the bloodied axe and the malevolent Cesar. His gaze turned towards theirs and it was as if he was basting them with fear. The tension couldn't hold, something had to give.

And then light invaded the kitchen like a blitzkrieg. There stood Farmer Earl decked out in longjohns and his Colt 45. "Dumb turkeys" he said softly.

And then he started to shoot.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Keep an eye on your turkey; they're crafty beasts.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Shadow of the Axe (Part Four)




"What?" Farmer Earl rolled over and tried to open his eyes, but the art of sleep and the mysteries of physiology contrived to make them curiously unresponsive.

"Earl, there's a noise in the kitchen!"

Well art and mysteries be darned to heck, nobody messed with Earl's abode, which he lovingly called Chateau Jones. His eyes flew open and without needing to think his body left the bed and his hand reached towards the antique box under his nightstand. The box was black except for some gouges and chipped edges that it had acquired through more years of service than Earl even knew. The box and its contents were the one thing that the cranky old farmer had received when his pappi had died so many years ago. There hadn't been any money and the land had passed to his older brother Josiah who had quickly sold it and used the proceeds to move to the city, a longstanding dream. That golden dream had turned to pyrite within a year when the bottom fell out of the real estate market after the dumb government forced lenders to make bad loans to underqualified applicants. No matter to Earl, who had never cared for his elder brother's self-indulgence (or his explosive flatulence for that matter). And anyways, Earl had gotten what was of real value, the worn black box, his father's treasure and his grandfather's before that.

He silently reached inside.

(to be continued)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Shadow of the Axe (Part Three)

(Originally posted Thanksgiving 2008)

That night the frosty wind made moan. The earth stood hard as iron. The farmhouse stood unlit, Letterman was over and even Conan was asleep. It was the second watch of the night... but nobody was watching. Nobody save for Cesar and his ill-tempered cohort. Yes, they were watching the farmhouse with icy malice.

And the clock ticked.

Cesar quietly contemplated the razor edge of his axe and lost himself in a dream wherein he danced a perfunctory tango on the sharpened apex of steel, which plunged down cruelly in either direction. Yet he danced unconcerned. His partner was a shadow, a mere vapor, perhaps death itself. No matter; he danced as unto himself.


The calling of his name startled him out of his morbid reverie. He knew that it was time.

The band of turkeys advanced on the house from the side opposite the bedroom where Earl and his wife lay asleep. The old-fashioned cellar door was never locked. The turkeys knew this from the regular poker nights that they held in the farmhouse basement. And so they slipped in, as quietly as tea infusing hot water, as lethal as eating the wrong kind of mushroom.

(to be continued)

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Shadow of the Axe (Part Two)

(Originally posted Thanksgiving 2008)

The wind cut less sharply amongst the trees, but that wasn't why the turkeys were gathering there. No, it was a different kind of cutting that had their wattles all a-quiver. The kind of cutting that left their wattles and snoods next to the bloody axe in the yard while the rest of them got innapropriately touched and shoved in an oven. But not this year. This gagglebroodflock, gang of hardened turkeys wasn't going to take so much as a word of friendly advice from the farmer much less a blow to the head. And so they gathered.

Not being much for words they milled around and made gobbley noises. It was a combination of nerves and very small and easily distracted brains. But when Cesar arrived with the axe their focus got razor sharp... like an axe.

"Brothers," he intoned, "the time has come to bury the axe." Cesar paused, looked around with and intensity that only a large, flightless bird can muster, and then spat towards the farmhouse. "The time has come to bury the axe in Farmer Earl's back!" he roared, though in truth it just sounded like some spastic and overly ernest clucking.

No matter. The other turkeys understood his words. They understood his grim truth. And any sense of mercy or philosophical resignation on their part had died along with Phil the year before. Earl had to die.

(to be continued)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Shadow of the Axe (Part One)

(Originally posted Thanksgiving 2008)

The sky was brooding over the stubbled fields like an angry mother hen, just waiting to criticize the rural landscape with sleety derision. Cowed, the cows kept close to the barn door, which was open. They were not interested in picking fights or suffering the consequences of being too big for their, um... britches. But the turkeys? Now they were a different story. The turkey's didn't give a damn about the poultropomorphic sky. Chickens weren't their allies anways, certainly not come November time. And so the turkeys wandered to the pine windbreak along the edge of the field, sauntering casual-like in small groups so as not to attract undo attention....

(to be continued)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

At the Airport: A Gropeku

Reaching and fondling:
Lonely TSA agents
Search for love at work.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


My wife gets mean with scissors
And flies at folks in fury,
Hacking off their sundry hairs
Until they are less furry.

SNIP!!!!  snipsnipsnipsnipsnip.....

She's like a chihuahua without meds
Attacking people's heads.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Grope Away

I go to the airport
Whene'er I feel lonely
To get tingly feelings
From agents with wands.

They put me through scanners
And leer at my x-rays.
They pat down my privates
As if I've done wrong.

They need a good slapping
For they have forgotten
That we're not the problem
(But they just don't care.)

They'd rather prod me
Than risk offending
The dears who love terr'rists
The people at CAIR.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Prose For My Wife

Posts here don't need to be poems, do they?
Because there is something I'd love to say
But I don't really want to put it in verse.

I love you my dear. And I try to rehearse
This in actions every hour, every day,
Sometimes better and sometimes worse,
But knowing just how much I'm blessed;
You're a  gift of grace at God's behest.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Crunch, crackle, crunch crunch
Potato chips resonate 
Each time you chew 'em.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I had a piece of beef for lunch
I put it in my gullet.
One day I hope to grow my hair
And sport a rockin' mullet.
Life is great and changes come
But some things just abide
Like odor in the kitchen
From bacon that's been fried.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In the North of Iowa (sung to the tune of "What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor")

Went on a trip to the north of Iowa
Went on a trip to the north of Iowa
Went on a trip to the north of Iowa
Early in the morning.

Not many trees in the north of Iowa
Not many trees in the north of Iowa
Not many trees in the north of Iowa
Early in the morning.

But there were fields in the north of Iowa
But there were fields in the north of Iowa
But there were fields in the north of Iowa
Early in the morning.

Folks were great in the north of Iowa
Folks were great in the north of Iowa
Folks were great in the north of Iowa
Early in the morning.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Elections do not solve problems;
They just open/shut doors
To possible solutions
And inanity.
This year is no different.
The real Messiah 
Works other channels.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Unfinished Thoughts on Drool and Necessity

The little guy awoke that morning, put on his sweater, tossled his hair and declared, "I am a baby and as such I have decided to drool.  Yes I said drool.  I shall exult in it all day.  Can I get an Amen?" 

And so he swaggered along, confident in his conviction, anchored to his determination, chubby to the cheeks.  It did not seem to occur to him that, lacking any tooth matter and only dimly aware of the full power of his tongue, drooling was a rather natural, almost thoughtless action, much like the breathing that he'd been doing for upwards of three months.  He was as bound to the drool as he was to his toes, if not more.  No matter.  The drool was the thing and the thing was his.  Selah.

It was later in the day, after much salivary success, that a mood of melancholy descended upon him.  "Salivation is not enough.  Mere nature and the tipping of the hat to supposed necessity doesn't get one far.  Exulting in it is even worse!  Who will deliver me from this body of drool?"

Monday, October 25, 2010

Roll On Winter

The rain on my windows would surely be snow
If only the temp were at seven below.
Alas it is warmer and soggy therefore,
And sadly devoid of the snow I adore.

Magical flakes in the air all around
Humming that noiseless, intangible sound,
Weaving their way like a drunken parade
Crystalline strands in a wintertime braid.

Bother it all that the spell's not yet cast,
Large plunking droplets are still falling fast,
Earth knows no cover of angelic white,
The dark of deep autumn has yet to take flight.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bacon Arrives Just In Time

I went to lift weights
And now I'm all tired;
In dire muscle soreness
I'll surely be mired
Come Saturday morning
Unless I'm mistaken.
Just to be safe
I'd better eat bacon.
The bacon, in this instance, is a delicious non sequitur

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Cutest Darn Bee that You'll Ever See

The baby's a bee
As you can well see.
There is none cuter,
None cuter than he!

He's yellow and black
And prone to attack
With oodles of slobber,
Poo, pee and some yack.

He's charming and suave;
He doesn't wear mauve.
When he learns Hebrew
He'll shout, "Mozel Tov!"

Friday, October 15, 2010

Defending the Noble Cow

I once knew a cow who was friendly
We'd talk every once in awhile.
Such a good neighbor was this lovely cow;
She'd rake all my leaves in a pile.
Then I began to feel guilty
Her selflessness made me look bad
So I told all the neighbors that something was wrong
That the dear cow was going quite mad.
"We haven't a minute to lose, friends;
Here she comes with a bag and a rake!
We'll bonk her cow-head
And make sure that she's dead.
Then turn that mad cow into steak!"
My neighbors were not fooled for a minute
And told me to bite on my tongue.
"Nay, my dear neighbors, I'm rather eat cow!"
And with that my poor neck they wrung.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hope I Don't Get Any Complaints from Cow Lawyers

There are different kinds of meat
Most of which are good.
All except the offal
Which isn't even food.
The others, though, are tasty,
Better than sliced bread.
I'm happy for the lives of cows
Especially when they're dead.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


To Ioway I'm goin' soon
With wife and child and all.
We're headin' south with happy hearts
To answer God's own call.
Friends are there, though yet unknown,
With blessings yet untold.
And we'll bless them with all we've got;
May God's love make us bold!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Woe to Italy When Opera Dies

I thought all Italians liked opera?
Puccini, Rossini et al...
Patriot love of their country
Standing incredibly tall.
But mezzo sopranos are dusty
And less loved than back in the day.
And misguided miscreant jokers
E'en suggest opera lovers are gay!
What's next? Is pesto in danger?
Can Tuscany be far behind?
Italy, cling to your culture,
Protect it from unsavory mind.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

...Midnight Snack Time

A taco
With beans
And guacamole
And leaves of cilantro.
I am done now
And have
A box

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Where Bacon and Religion Intersect

I eat a pound of bacon
To start the day off right
And then a pound at dinner time
To get me through the night.
It fills me full of goodness,
A porcine piety,
Culinary righteousness
I think you would agree.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Short But Sweet (or Bitter)

I hate the Bears.
Harumph.  Who cares?


I didn't do it.
Billy broke the vase.  I swear!
Am I in trouble?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Victorian Ode

The streets of dear London in bygone years
Were haunted by men with long sideburns.
They wore their nice suits, though frayed at the edge,
And kept close to their vests, taciturn.
Dickensian charmers with unlikely names
Like Picklesworth, Tweedle and Frump,
They ate porridge mornings and when evening came,
Ate stew with indefinite lump.
Black were their lungs from the soot in the air,
And pale was their skin from the fog,
Dickensian men who would gather at night
To drink ale at the Hare and the Hog.
Hail to these gents who have all passed away
Three cheers for their manners so couth.
They were Victorians down to the bone,
Great Englishmen all.  Yea, forsooth.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I wrote a paper, now it's done;
It's time for laziness and fun.
I'll hold the baby, change his pants
And read some electoral rants.
Life is good, yes all is right.
I hope the Yankees lose tonight!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Allergies are like small invisible elves
Stuffing cotton balls up your nose
Then installing a water feature that flows (and flows).

Allergies are like little angry rodents
Making a den behind your eye
And stabbing you with pitchforks till you cry.

Allergies are like a thousand chickens
Pooping in an unventilated room.
They stink.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Oozing hot rhubarb
Dolled up nicely with sugar,
Tart and delicious.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cognitive Dissonance in Sporting Form

Skol Packers, let's win this game,
Skol Packers, honor your name,
Go get that first down,
Then get a touchdown.
Rock 'em . . . Sock 'em
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Go Packers, run up the score,
You'll hear us yell for more. . .

Skol, Packers, let's go!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Baby at the Table

There's a baby at the table
Who doesn't know what's up.
Forks and knives and barbecues
And bottles of ketchup
Are sitting there and looking back
At his gaze perplexed.
"What are all these things about?
They've really got me vexed."
Worry not my babykins
For one day you shall eat
Not just milk from mama's breast,
But lots of yummy meat!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Short But Sweet

School starts today.
Take it how you will.  ;)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Wedding

I went to a wedding and what did I see?
A groom and a bride in their felicity,
Saying those vows with a calm savoir-faire
Promising always their whole lives to share.
The key to this bliss, the place where it starts
Is to serve one another with servant hearts
Like the Lord Jesus Christ, (as written by Paul).
Enjoy one another!  Go have a ball!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Words for the Wee One

It seems there are days when a baby decides
To leaven our lives with some tears.
Crying with vigor and patience to spare,
Eventually stirring up fears.
Is he unwell?  Has he gotten the bug?
Is there something that we haven't done?
Or is he just grouchy for reasons unknown?
Either way it isn't much fun.
So sleep little baby, I thee do entreat,
For the sake of your mother and me.
And sleep little babe, for the sake of yourself,
Lest your face freeze looking angry.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nudist Hippie Attacked By Police

I try to live life by the seat of my pants,
To make quick decisions with flair.
I'm looking for ways that just might enhance
Every day by the things that I wear.
And so, as it happened, on a day just last week
I walked down the street quite not nude.
And up came a thought that I ne'er did seek,
A thought that some folks might think rude!
Off went my clothes and I flung them around
Till in freedom I galloped along!
Alas, twas short-lived; I was thrown to the ground
By an officer, brutally strong.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bubble Wrap and Typing

I have a piece of bubble wrap.
The urge to pop is strong.
Please tell me popping bubble wrap
While typing isn't wrong.
My words per minute would slow down
And errors might abound,
But popping from the bubble wrap
Would make a wondrous sound!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Just Fruits

I'm growing rotten tomatoes
To harvest for use in the Fall
When pandering politicians
Will parade in all of their gall.
"Have some fruit from my harvest!
A reward for all that you've done.
I'll give you some more if you'd like 'em.
Otherwise, you might want to run."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Beware the Hem!

Crazy Mabel went to town.
Crazy Mabel bought a gown,
Put it on and pranced around,
Caught the hem and fell right down.
Crazy Mabel tried to frown,
But burst out laughing
Like a clown.  (not the sad kind)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Birthday time
Is near upon us.
Birthday time
Is almost here.
Guess I'd better 
Get a present
Or my wife
Will box my ear.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Visit

It's Sunday so we'll go to see the Savage* saints today.
We'll bring the baby just so they can see.
They were waiting for nine months and now it's time to say,
"Here's the bump! He's handsome just like me."

*I did my internship at a church in a town called Savage. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Daddy Work

Some people ask if I'm weary.
Others just ask if I'm tired.
I just respond
That I'm growing quite fond
Of the cute little boy that I've sired.
Sure he requires attention
And rocking and soft-spoken words,
But my favorite task,
If you wanted to ask,
Is cleaning up after his turds.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Blurry Duck (Quite Possibly the Lousiest Poem Yet!)

I saw a blurry duck
A-swimming in the water
And thought quick to myself,
"This sure is some blog fodder!"
Blurry ducks are riveting
And worthy of our time,
More profound than sandwiches
And surely more sublime.
So hail to you, o duck!
I thank you for essence.
Now eat that egg salad sandwich I tossed you
Before it turns into putrescence.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Vivos los Antes Muertos

We've got ants,
But not in our pants;
They come in the door
And march 'cross the floor
They get in the trash
And throw quite a bash.
Then I step on their heads
Till they're all deads.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Humidity Stinks

It's sticky like honey;
It's hot like a flame.
The weather 'round these parts
Is really a shame.
It makes us all sweaty
And weary and blah.
This unpleasant weather
Sure sticks in my craw.
So back to south Texas
Or where'er you came.
We're sick of your icky
Humidity game.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

First Cuddle

Dearest child,
I finally have the chance to hold you,
To give you love I've been given
And to mold you,
To sing you songs that calm your fears
That testify to love.
To give you songs from ancient years,
The promise from above.

Little boy, you won't know all
The gifts that you've been given,
But they'll be with you, by God's grace,
The providence of heaven.

And so now, peace.  Peace.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just Weird Really

I saw a young baby out walking one day
And asked him to tell me the time.
He looked at his wrist, then he pulled out a coin
And flipped me a nonchalant dime.
"Time for you, man, to be getting along
And cease from impertinent queries.
Go buy yourself a pound of hard candy;
I'm off to spend time with my dearies."

Monday, July 26, 2010


We now have a baby
He's finally come.
He's crying and pooping
All over his bum.
He's cuter than buttons
And the knees of a bee.
My son is a keeper,
My first progeny.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rip Van Baby

"Oh my, it's nice in here.
How pleasant just to rest.
Maybe I'll just hunker down
And make myself a guest.
Now I'm getting sleepy;
I think I'll close my eyes...
Oh my! Past due! Gotta go!
Goodness, how time flies!!!"

Monday, July 19, 2010


As my wife so wisely clarified in the comment section of the previous post, everything is fine.  The baby is fine.  But the baby is still in the womb.  And that was the subject of the poems.  Voila.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


There is a time
When hope starts to feel flimsy in your fingers.
"Maybe it's just a wish?"
Wishes are paltry things
Fit for movie screens,
But not for real hearts
Prone to breaking.

But hope, however flimsy,
Is much stronger 
Than every resource you can muster.
For it depends not on you
And wispy vicissitudes,
But on One who has promised.

And so I hope.
I hope that one day he will come,
Look up
And change everything,
A gift, 
A lesson,
God's love in human form.


It's never going to happen.
We've been suckered into thinking 
That a baby will arrive 
At or around a particular date, 
When in fact there is no baby. 
There is only the idea of a baby. 
Always and ever the idea, 
But never the reality. 

We will wait for him 
And hope for him, 
Take walks and talk of him. 
We have gathered up clothes 
And items to testify. 
But they are still clean 
And there is no smell of baby on them. 

We will be prepared to love, 
But never have the chance 
To hold, to kiss, to dote, to gaze. 

My heart is starting to ache.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Step

I'm really not feeling poetic.
My mind is all elsewhere instead.
My thinkings are lightly frenetic,
And also quite solid like lead.
I'm looking off into the future
While pott'ring about in the now,
Getting brief glimpses of what I'm not sure
And wondering 'bout why? where? and how?
A step is about to be taken.
Is it scary or blissful or true??
Clearly these elements wrapped up in one;
And I'm taking that step now with you.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

London Thoughts

London taxis
Fly around,
Leaving two wheels
On the ground.
Flags are draped
Along the way,
Queen Mum's day.
Clouds with sprinkles
Threaten us
As we ride
The tall red bus.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Peculiar Merit of Branston Pickle

Of the many things I remember from my youth,
A virtue of my dilettante memory,
Branston Pickle is the one that most pleased my tooth,
Though, strictly speaking, not for its flavor only.
Because of its rarity, Branston always came
With moments to be treasured forever,
Family trips to Yorkshire or along the Thames.
Dearly loved ones together, laughing, happy and clever.
Pickle is a symbol, or a key one could say,
Of happiness past, living forward to greet a new day.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Erma the rat
Is begging for fun.
"Please, please, please hold me!
And then let me run!"
She is so eager
And earnest to boot.
Give her some food
And she'll hide it like loot.
She may be vermin,
Plague on four paws,
But her uber-cuteness
Makes up for those flaws.


The clouds don't care much;
They just want to get elsewhere,
Wandering off to Wisconsin
As fast as their wisps can carry.

But the sunlight is curious
About the goings-on in Target Field.
And after passing by,
He peaks.
His luminosity making a dozen eyes
As ballfield lights.

No fooling me.
I know you Mr. Sunlight
Don't you worry, you're welcome.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Mamma is waiting
She's got baited breath
For baby to "Voila!"
To finally appeareth.
But he's being stubborn
And holding position.
"Get yer mind right"
Is what we're all wishin'.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Devil of the Road

I was driving late one night,
With bleary eyes and not much light.
All the shapes got twisted up
And gave my heart a twinge of fright.
Blurry numbers danced and laughed
Making wonder for my eyes.
Peering close to verify
All the scene did change in size.
"What the devil!" I cried out,
Longing now for peace and bed,
"Surely he is playing tricks.
He can go to Hell instead!"
So I drove on through the night,
Hoping not a ditch to meet,
Safely I arrived at home
Quitting that infernal street.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Out of Season, But Oh Well

Oh give me a home
That was made by a gnome
And the veneer is made out of clay.
Where coffee is brewed
And the Vikings are booed
From the start to the end of each day.
Home, home in Green Bay
Where the wonderful Packers all play
Where coffee is brewed
and the Vikings are booed
From the start to the end of each day.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

"On History" or "A Warble of Cynicism"

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -George Santayana
This little quote nettles and scrapes on my ear.
It's clarification without making clear.
It lays at the feet of poor memory the blame
For humans persistently flubbing the game.


We'll see what we like in the past to allow
Our foolishness freedom to rule in the now.
Knowledge is nothing when virtue is weak,
Just used to excuse all the pleasures we seek.
We do stupid things, not because we don't know,
But 'cause we are stupid, persistently slow.
We hope that the sin of the past is now fine
And try it again, so we end up cryin'.
Knowledge does nothing to combat stubborn selfishness and willful sin.
Ignorance can be a great blessing.
Some lift up education as a solution to all problems.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is the ugly stepchild of our age.
Who wants it?
This is an age of fake chrome and pine trim.
And I should know.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rocking Chair Stare

Over yonder sits my wife
Rocking gently in a chair.
Cause we're married now, for life,
Think I'll take some time to stare.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Town Ball

Out in Miesville
They play baseball
Mighty Mudhens
Dressed in white.
From the grandstand
Out past right field
Stretch the corn fields
Out of sight.

That's three outs.

When the batter
Hits a foul ball,
See the kids run
Out the gate.
There's cash money
For the quickest,
Double quarters,
Fifty cents.
Out of pocket
Pays the lady,
Running low now.
Now she's out.

That's three outs.
Score: 2-0
Go Mudhens!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Not Winter

It's really not winter, I'm happy to say,
Except maybe further down south.
Up here by Canada it's pretty warm,
No clouds blowing out of my mouth.
The air is quite sticky and lacking in snow
There's ice, but only in freezers.
And nobody's drinking hot chocolate these days,
Preferring those cool lemon squeezers.
So leave off the mittens and put on the shorts
For summer is here and it's kickin'
We'll fire up the grill on the back patio
And eat us some steak and some chicken.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Done Cookin?

"Baby done cookin?" the little boy said,
Wanting to meet the young bump.
"Not for a while yet" the stylist replied,
Laughing to feel her bump jump.
The baby was growing and stretching his arms
Getting all chubby, preparing his charms.
The baby's still cookin', but near draws the day
When "changing" will be de rigeur.
The baby's still cooking for that is his way,
But he's coming quite soon I am sure.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dreams for Soon

A house in a town in a region with hills
And a landscape well broken with trees
Is a dream that I hold for a future not far
And I'm hoping my Dearest to please.
Her fondness for plains is as yet undetected
And "wind-swept" is far from her mind.
But cute little forests in Autumn ravines
Are the scenes found more keen by her kind.
And so I will search for a cute little house
'Midst a country which she will find grand.
We and our child will then settle therein
And happily live hand in hand.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Ahh, dear cupcake,
I long for you
Like a Canadian in summer
Desperate for hockey,
Like dust on top of a cupboard
Aching for a dust cloth,
Like a junkie moth
Addicted to the flame,
Like a series of addled similes
Longing for expression.
Come to me; I beckon thee.
Don't just stand there!
Oh dearest one, please!!!
For the love of Pete,
Would someone please pass me the cupcake?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Golden Summer

It will be a "golden summer"
If the sun decides to shine,
If the clouds roll back
And give the light a chance.

It will be a "golden summer"
If the moisture packs her bags,
If the rainclouds head out East
For just a spell.

But days for quite awhile now
Have labored under moisture,
With sunshine living elsewhere,
Wondering where the warmth went,
Wishing for the summer.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


The bridge is closed for traffic.
No one goes over. 

They say that it's too dangerous.
Someone might get hurt.

But bridges are always dangerous.
They connect us to others.

The Bad Attitude Ant

There was an angry ant,
Resentful of his work,
Who went about with blazing eyes
And acted like a jerk.
He barked at passers-by
And shot them nasty looks.
He went into the library
And made marks in the books.
And when the sun went down,
The wind swept down the street
Hunting for the angry ant
To have a meet and greet.
“You nasty little brute.
You whiny so and so.
You’re not a grouchy amateur,
But a grouchy pro.”

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Just Plain Crazy

I'm sitting in a classroom
With Luth'rans all around.
Outside the rain is falling
Watering the ground.
A canister of coffee
Is sitting by my side.
Presently the day begins
A whoopin', holla time!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Unbearable Chirpness of Birdies

Birds are imbued
With hammer and chisel
To peck at the temples
Of those who are near.
Noise is a constant
For budgies are talkers
Hamm'ring my head
Their chisels like spears.
Simile glut?
Poetically loose?
Perhaps it is so
And that's what I fear,
But jackhammer birds
And the aching they cause me
Get in my head
And summon up tears.
Gah, they're obnoxious!
Never relenting,
Chirping as if
They've got deep-seated fears
Of losing their voices,
Descending to muteness,
And so they chirp on
With incessant jeers.

Friday, June 4, 2010


While pondering droplets of new-fallen rain,
The red-breasted sparrow showed open disdain.
"Nary a seed nor a nibble to gain.
I shall wing elsewhere today."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


The number pi is
Twenty-two over seven
Or three point one four.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Dropping pie on floor
Breaks the heart of the heartless.
But dog doesn't mind.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Bricks Aspiring to Eternity

Bricks and mortar mock me,
Laughing to my face.
Holding both my hammer
And pry-bar in disgrace.
Scornfully they sit there
Daring me to swing.
"Curse you stubborn blocks and rocks
I'll smash you to nothing!!!"

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Platonic Wall Perhaps?

Upon the bloody wall,
Was light amidst the shadow,
Surrounded by a pall,
Of deepening dark and woe;
The images of form,
Grown hazy in reflection,
The norm to norm all norms
Suffering rejection.
We see these things but darkly
And understand but little,
The truth will rise and starkly
Break the shadows brittle.

On Poetry (part three)

There are
Poems built
With architecture,
Leaving rhymes aside
Choosing words
Based only
On size.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On Poetry (part two)

Waltzing is different for it steps in "threezies"
Spinning you 'round 'til you're queasy and green.
Austrian dukes are the guys to be blaming;
They were the ones who on 3 were so keen.
The technical term for this waltzing meter is "dactyl."  It's a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables or long-short-short.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On Poetry (part one)

Poetry is a game.  It's fun because it has rules that you must follow.  Well, you don't have to follow them, but I find it's more fun when I do.  I think life is like that too.  Structure can seem like an imposition, but it's really a beautiful gift.
Metered verse is often pretty
When it flows with fluid grace.
Patterns set to rise and fall and
Leave your lips without a trace.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

An Anniversary Poem for My Wife

One year ago today
I married my Cashew
And promised to my God
All others to eschew.
Smart move without a doubt;
No man has chosen better.
To both my mom and pop in law
I surely am a debtor!
More than that, of course,
I love my wife like mad
'Cause she's a curvy wonder
So good she's almost bad.
I love you dearest!!!  Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Snack Update

I ate a bag of Cheetos
And afterward I find
My fingers are bright orange,
The yummy, cheesy kind.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Still Life

Flowers are lovely,
I think you'll agree,
It's part of their self-definition.

Sunshine is comely,
Earning much loud approbation.

Put them together,
With window and vase,
Soak up the magic
And give some applause.
Blessings are given
In so many ways.
Keep your eyes open;
Be ready to praise.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Just who is it that designs chairs?  Judas?  Mephistopholes?
Some cranky old guy who wants to undermine civilization
Because his dog has gout?

I struggle to understand
Why sitting should be so hard.
Mind you I'm not complaining
About hard chairs.
It's these infernal cushions,
Killing me with "kindness,"
Great slobbering marshmallows
Of gooey, upholstered fluff.
I want a chair that promotes righteousness,
A chair that declares itself for posture,
A chair that knows the law and does it
For the sheer pleasure of moral rectitude,
Not one that tempts my back to iniquity,
And whispers soft secrets of comfort.
Lies!  Damnable lies!

Give me a chair that would curl the lips
Of the slovenly.
Give me a chair that would repel
The "workers" of sloth.
Give me a chair to make angels sing
And saints sit straight.
Give me Plato's chair,
The ideal,
The very thing,
Just so.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Don't Overdo It

Coffee for breakfast is all fine and dandy
When it's not swallowed with sugar and candy,
But when they're consumed as a stimulant bomb?
You'd better be going to detox dot com.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Today I planted a garden.
I have confidence in tomorrow,
Trust that rain will fall,
That the sun won't hide
That the blight won't drift
From upstate New York.

Today I lovingly placed
Tomatoes and peppers,
Basil and friends,
Stepping stones, into soft,
Combed-over dirt,
Because I trust.

Nature is wild and unruly,
Not to be trusted unduly,
But the God whose word upholds
It all? Him I trust.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Now That's Not Convenient

Where did the toilet go?
I really need to know!
Rather poorly timed I'd say
To up itself and walk away.
Right when I've got an urge to pee
The toilet bowl decides to flee!
Something's wrong, I do declare
Wish I had the time to stare,
But off I must to seek a place
Where I might find some bladder grace.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Lithe and lean hippos
Easing through the clear water
Majestic and bold.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Power of Lime

I love to peel limes in the morning,
And set their scents free in the air.
For limes are much nicer than onions,
More bracing and "wowzuh" than pear.
A lime is a gift from the heavens
Which freshens the garbage as well;
It vanquishes day old banana
And makes rotting veggies smell swell.
I love to peel limes in the morning
And do my good deed for the day;
It makes for a good, strong beginning,
And keeps the foul odors at bay.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Not the 'Twain! Not the 'Twain!

There are days when I go to the office.
There are days when I stay at my home.
But rare is the day, in the dear month of May,
When hither and thither I roam.
Declining to make a decision
And wandering aimlessly 'twain
Is libel to make a guy dizzy and lost
And maybe caught out in the rain.
One or the other is better
This is most certainly true.
So see you tomorrow at home or at office
That is my promise to you.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Read it How You Will

Is not brutality
Is not one human using another
Is not defending the wrong for convenience
Is not savage ideology
Is not inhumanity

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Bear

Here, my dear friends, is a bear,
A bear who stands sentinel there.
There by the place
Where the walker goes by
Stands a bear with a face
To make bear mothers cry.
"Needless insulting!"
Perhaps you will say?
But that is the story
He told me today.
"Momma once told me
That I was a brute,
An ill-tempered, google-eyed
Ursine galout!"
"Poor little bear," I near almost said.
But then the bear hit me!  And then I saw red.
"Doggone you bear!" I spluttered and raged.
"Ugly-faced bears, why they outta be caged!"
And that, don't you know, is not all.
The bear is there still standing tall!
Outrageous I know, but that's life.
And ugly-faced bears cause much strife.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Epistemological Sky

Brooding purple sky.
Rain is coming nigh.
People hurry by.
Rhymes are made, but why?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

An Ode to a Turkey

There are few creatures
More noble in their carriage
And confident in deportment
Than a wild turkey.
O turkey!  Majestic animal!
You stride across the landscape
With aristocratic strut
And noblesse oblige.
The asphalt shines
In moist ebony paens
To your glory.
O noblest fowl!
O cause for thanksgiving!
O poultresque specimen!
You glory of my sight!
You turkey in the mist!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Sunset After Winter

There's a sunset on the water
That once was solid ice.
Ripples softly cast the glow,
The circuit walkers to entice.
The single sun is doubling down
Now that Spring has come,
"Summer's coming in my stead,
With life replacing all that's dead."
The sunset on the water
Bears promise for tomorrow.
Icy cold has passed away
And one day, too, will sorrow.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ode-ing Books

A book on a bookshelf
Is beauty to me.
Lined up together
For my eyes to see.

Hardcover volumes
Are better I'd say,
And age before beauty
I'd take any day.

Books stacked together,
A gorgeous bouquet
Of sweet smelling stories
To brighten my day.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Beginning is Nigh!

My wife is very pregnant.
Her belly's getting round.
The baby's kickin' round in there
All movement, but no sound.
We're waiting for the day to come
When baby says, "How do?"
Then cries a bit  and belches up
And leaves a bit of poo.
My wife is very pregnant
The time is drawing near
When life will change and rearrange
And prob'ly get a little strange,
But we've nothing to fear
For happiness is near.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Anonymity Seeking Glory Seeking Anonymity...

To be known is at the heart of a man.
With all his unconscious vigor, he longs
For others to count him worthy. The songs
They might sing of him, flames he'll surely fan.
Set in those very same coals, concurrently,
Is a pleading desire, a firm resolve
To hide his myriad sins, unabsolved,
Beneath the smoke of anonymity.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I have a cudgel.
Be ye warned!
With whoop and grump
It is adorned.
When comes the moment
That I'm scorned.
I'll swing said cudgel
Be ye warned.
Curmudgeon I
Am wont to be
And find my best
When left to ponder
So leave me please
I beg of thee.

I'm not really this misanthropic, but I do like to cultivate a bit of curmudgeonliness.  I want to be that old guy on the porch who shakes his cane at the kids and then laughs when they're not looking because I'm glad they're there.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Out in the country
The church sat there, tired.
It was really only a shell,
Used as a barn
And a place to dump things.
(No, these aren't
Terrible things.
Jesus was born in a barn;
We're supposed to dump
Our baggage at church.)
Nevertheless it's sad
Because there were no people.
Church is people.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Beast of the Books

When I was a lad
I always read books.
I read on the school bus
And sometimes got looks.
"Gosh that kid's nerdy"
Sometimes I heard,
Not knowing twas me
To whom they referred.
Didn't much matter
The stories were great
Though not long my hunger
Did manage to sate.
I gobbled them up
A ravenous beast,
Went searching for more
On which I could feast.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Winter Apples

Fruit rots, freezes, hangs
Given time, given Spring
Fruit thaws, stinks, falls

Promise unrealized
No, betrayed  Abandoned.
A kind of mockery

Virtue is picking fruit
Noticing provision
Being thankful

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Beautiful Constancy

The golden orb is settling down
  for the night.
The tree stands sentinel
  over the valley.
The river down below
  doesn't mind.
It's the way things are.
Praise God for these motions
  that make sense.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Oh where, oh were could my pizza pie be?
Oh where, oh were could it be?
I ordered it half of an hour ago,
But it's yet to come to me.

I'm sad because I am wasting away.
I'm sad because I've no pie.
The waitress is nice, but she has empty hands
And I am starting to cry.

Oh Lord, please give me some patience today
To wait for just awhile yet.
I thank you for sausage 'n mushrooms 'n sauce,
The pizza that I will soon get.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


When a rat comes to your house
And makes herself at home
Is it best to shoo her out
Or just leave her alone?
And if the ladies like her,
Your wife and mum and sis,
Wouldn't it be better
To give that rat some bliss?

So have yourself ice cream!
And try a tater chip.
Wait a sec, there's one more thing,
The French onion dip!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Ice Cream Ramble

I like me some ice cream
When weather is sunny,
A cone by myself
Or a dish with my honey.
I like me some chocolate
Though sherbet is splendid,
But give me some Moose tracks,
I won't be offended.
Ice cream is nice 'cause it's
Creamy and cold,
Full of nice flavors
That never get old.
Except maybe mocha,
Though don't get me wrong,
I love me some coffee
Especially strong.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Is he falling
From the sky?
Or merely floating
By and by?
Is he crazy
As a hatter?
Soon to be
A human splatter?
Is he brave
And valiant too?
Mocking death,
Cold water too?
I don't know
I couldn't say.
But I won't try it.
Not today!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Tower and the Moon in the Sky

If ever the moon, while in Paris,
Stopped for a time in the sky,
That space right above the grand Tower
Would certainly draw the eye.
They'd surely look like companions,
The moon and the Tower below,
And working their magic together
They'd cast forth a romantic glow.
Starry-eyed lovers at sidewalk cafes
Would look up and smile and sigh,
And count themselves lucky to bask in it all,
The Tower and the moon in the sky.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Morning 4:30am

In the darkest depths of morning,
In the blackest reaches of mourning,
There, just a glimmer of light,
The most slender hope,
Shining dimly...

"What is this?"
"He is not here; he is risen."
Hope is dawning, light is coming.
Are those lilies in the darkness?
My God, I am overcome.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday

Why Do We Call it Good?
Of all days it’s the darkest by far.
Judas and Pharisees, soldiers and priests,
All of them coming with lanterns and spears,
Peter cutting off Malchus’s ear.
Why do we call it good?
In the night came a mob with vile intent.
In the night came a mob with vile intent.

Why do we call it good?
When a friend is possessed and betrays?
Judas, companion, disciple for years,
Overcome by the devil, betraying his Lord,
Leading this mob full of soldiers and swords.
Why do we call it good
When a friend is possessed and betrays?
When a friend is possessed and betrays.

Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only blood.
Injustice and hatred roll down like a flood.
Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only pain,
Wickedness pouring like rain.

Why do we call it good?
When they hustle him off for a trial?
In the depths of the night was no justice nor right.
Annas the priest was the first judge he saw
Soldiers were striking him hard on the jaw
Why do we call it good
When justice is lost in the darkness of night?
When justice is hidden for lack of the light.

Why do we call it good?
When a friend who is frightened denies?
Peter, impetuous, quick to make promises,
But when he’s confronted is quick to say “No,
I don’t even know him.  This man I don’t know!”
Why do we call it good
When a friend who is frightened denies?
Sits down in the corner and cries?

Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only lies.
While courage and justice are dropping like flies.
Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only hate,
The inexorable marching of fate.

Why do we call it good?
When soldiers were mocking our Lord?
They gave him a robe with derisive intent.
They fashioned a crown made of thorns
And made him the object of scorn.
Why do we call it good
That soldiers were mocking our Lord?
That soldiers were mocking our Lord.

Why do we call it good?
When the word, “Crucify!!” fills the air?
Clamoring priests all determined to kill.
“We have no king but Caesar,” they said.
“This man is a blasphemer and ought to be dead.”
Why do we call it good
When the word “Crucify!!” fills the air?
When the word “Crucify!!” fills the air.

Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only blood.
Injustice and hatred roll down like a flood.
Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only pain,
Wickedness pouring like rain.

Why do we call it good?
When they stretch him out on the cross?
They nail his hands and his feet to the wood.
Toss dice for his tunic un-torn,
While his mother stands there and mourns.
Why do we call it good
That our Lord is stretched out on the cross?
And his mother, dear Mary, watches.

Why do we call it good?
When he stopped breathing?
Nicodemus and Joseph took him down,
Dressed him with myrrh and a funeral gown,
Placed him in a tomb at the edge of town.
And walked away.

Goodness?  What goodness?  Our Savior is dead.
His body is broken and hangs there like lead.
Goodness is murdered and justice a joke
The world is in shambles, irreparably broken
And hope?  How can there be any hope?
Why do we call it good?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Perils of Arriving Late for a Concert at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

Out on the rain-drenched sidewalk,
Caught in the jaws of wind,
We waited for an hour and more
Their ban on us to bend.
"Full to the gills" the man had said,
"The Green Mill's chock-a-block."
"We'll just wait then here in the cold."
And wait we did till the clock
Struck a slightly later hour
And several took their leave.
We walked in and the jazz did swing
While the folks inside, sleeve to sleeve,
Struggled for a breath of air
While tapping all their toes.
We're happy for the time we spent
Though we darn near almost froze.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fire Escape

When fire comes
I'm sure to be ready
I'll leap out my window
And scramble right down.
The fire escape
Is wrought iron steady,
A marvel of science,
The jewel in the crown
Of any good building.
I'm sure you'll agree,
A beautiful thing
When you're trying to flee.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ride On, Elmo!

Ride on, Elmo!
You're the man.
Member of
The Muppet clan.
Riding high
On dinosaurs.
Heading off
For distant shores.
Ride on, Elmo!
On your steed.
Wrecking havoc
Is your creed.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Libertarian Poem About Toys (or) Jumping the Shark With This One

In the city you see things you'd never expect
Like authorized dealers of Legos.
What does that mean? Does the city inspect
The toy stores and suspicious preggos?
"Ma'am, were you trying to buy half a bag?
I'm sorry, but that's 'gainst the law."
"No sir, well, maybe, but just for my son."
Good heavens, but isn't that flawed!?
Free up the market and let Legos loose!
Vive Laissez-Faire and all that.
Seize regulation and give it the noose,
Why live as a slave to a prat?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wicked Dusk

The clock in the tower is ticking.
The hands on its face turn the screw.
Inexorable time's on the prowl again
And it's coming to feast upon you.
The last of the sunlight is fleeing
And darkness is brooding nearby.
You're doomed without doubt
So don't bother to shout,
No, don't bother to whimper nor cry.
The gloaming's run short of all patience
And pleads with its master to reap
"Hand over their souls
For to make them all ghouls,
For to drag them all down to the deep."
The dusk is a destitute maiden
Shriveled from hatred of light.
Hold on to the flame if you care to live on
If you dare 'gainst the darkness give fight.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hard America

Down on the tracks I remember,
If only in my mind's eye,
A time when there was a future,
Chances for men to fly.
Grittier days, no denying,
And some got caught in the gears,
While others toiled and sweated
Losing the last of their years.
But they had the chance to endeavor
And many of them did succeed
To build up a country worth having;
They weren't fickle folks always in need.
Down on the tracks I remember
And mourn the loss of that day
While digging in heels to seek greatness again
And keep the soft sirens at bay.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pool Playing Ladies

There are ladies who play poker
And ladies who play pool
And ladies down in Iowa
Who sometimes spit and drool.
But few and far between, I bet,
Are ladies in nice dress
Who shoot a shot behind their backs;
At least that's what I'd guess.
So count me happy to have seen
These fine ladies shooting.
I wonder if the ball went in?
For that I'm surely rooting!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


 The Congress gives us crap to eat
Or is it just pate?
Either way, it's rather rude
And makes me want to say,
"Fiddle 'round with your own lives
And leave us folks in peace.
You're just corrupt old hypocrites.
So stop it.  End it.  Cease!"