Friday, March 30, 2007

There And Back Again

Hello you people who look at this page,

(make 7up yours! to those that don't)

I'm heading back to the OBX for some rest, relaxation,
and hardcore ocean hunting. (with beer)

For the illiterate folks in the audience:

(who won't be able to tell I'm making fun of them right now)

Here is a graphical representation of where I'm going.


Next we have a graphical representation of what I'm hunting:


THIS IS A SHARK!!! DO NOT PUT YOUR HAND IN THERE!!!, such shouting may sound condescending... i know. But truly, I mean it honestly.

For myself, before I get back on that boat, I'm writing in indelible ink on both hands:


....see ya in a week....

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Decanting Ray


...for christmas, my father gave me a copy of Ray Bradbury's sequel to Dandelion Wine
...and after a winter of texts and fictions, anthropological and pathological,
I knew I must dust off the original 'dandelion' of summers past

...and reread one of the great works of the twentieth century...

(there are few authors who better release in one's heart such a benevolent flow imagination, of image-ghosts both subconscious and transcendent with each and every line)

so, with Ray's invisible indulgence, I copy here his introductory poem to, and the first section of,
Dandelion Wine:

Byzantium, I come not from,
But from another time and place
Whose race was simple, tried and true;
As Boy
I dropped me forth in Illinois.
A name with neither love nor grace
Was Waukegan, there I came from
And not, good friends, Byzantium.
And yet in looking back I see
From topmost part of farthest tree
A land as bright, beloved and blue
As any Yeats found to be true.
So we grew up with mythic dead
To spoon upon midwestern bread
And spread old gods' bright marmalade
To slake in peanut-butter shade,
Pretending there beneath our sky
That it was Aphrodite's thigh...
While by the porch-rail calm and bold
His words pure wisdom, stare pure gold
My grandfather, a myth indeed,
Did all of Plato supersede
While Grandmama in rockingchair
Sewed up the raveled sleeve of care
Crocheted cool snowflakes rare and bright
To winter us on summer night.
And uncles, gathered with their smokes
Emitted wisdoms masked as jokes,
And aunts as wise as Delphic maids
Dispensed prophetic lemonades
To boys knelt there as acolytes
To Grecian porch on summer nights;
Then went to bed, there to repent
The evils of the innocent;
The gnat-sins sizzling in their ears
Said, through the nights and through the years
Not Illinois nor Waukegan
But blither sky and blither sun.
Though mediocre all our Fates
And Mayor not as bright as Yeats
Yet still we knew ourselves. The sun?


It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed. Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your window, and know that this indeed was the first real time of freedom and living, this was the first morning of summer.

Douglas Spaulding, twelve, freshly wakened, let summer idle him on its early-morning stream. Lying in this third-story cupola bedroom, he felt the tall power it gave him, riding high in the June wind, the grandest tower in town. At night, when the trees washed together, he flashed his gaze like a beacon from this lighthouse in all directions over swarming seas of elm and oak and maple. Now...

"Boy" whispered Douglas.

A whole summer ahead to cross off the calendar, day by day. Like the goddess Siva in the travel books, he saw his hands jump everywhere, pluck sour apples, peaches, and midnight plums. He would be clothed in trees and bushes and rivers. He would freeze, gladly, in the hoarfrosted icehouse door. He would bake, happily, with ten thousand chickens, in Gradma's kitchen.

But now--a familiar task awaited him.

One night each week he was allowed to leave his father, his mother, and his younger brother Tom asleep in their small house next door and run here, up the dark spiral stairs to his grandparents' cupola, and in this sorcerer's tower sleep with thunders and visions, to wake before the crystal jingle of milk bottles and performs his ritual magic.

He stood at the open window in the dark, took a deep breath and exhaled.

The street lights, like candles on a black cake, went out. He exhaled again and again and the stars began to vanish.

Douglas smiled. He pointed a finger.

There, and there. Now over here, and here...

Yellow squares were cut in the dim morning earth as house lights winked slowly on. A sprinkle of windows came suddenly alight miles off in dawn country.

"Everyone yawn. Everyone up."

The great house stirred below.

"Grandpa, get your teeth from the water glass!" He waited a decent interval. "Grandma and Great-grandma, fry hot cakes!"

The warm scent of fried batter rose in the drafty halls to stir the boarders, the aunts, the uncles, the visiting cousins, in their rooms.

"Street where all the Old People live, wake up! Miss Helen Loomis, Colonel Freeleigh, Miss Bentley! Cough, get up, take pills, move around! Mr. Jonas, hitch up your horse, get your junk wagon out and around!"

The bleak mansions across the town ravine opened baleful dragon eyes. Soon, in the morning avenues below, two old women would glide their electric Green Machine, waving at all the dogs. "Mr. Tridden, run to the carbarn!" Soon, scattering hot blue sparks above it, the town trolley would sail the rivering brick streets.

"Ready John Huff, Charlie Woodman?" whispered Douglas to the Street of Children. "Ready!" to baseballs sponged deep in wet lawns, to rope swings hung empty in trees.

"Mom, Dad, Tom, wake up."

Clock alarms tinkled faintly. The courthouse clock boomed. Birds leaped from trees like a net thrown by his hand, singing. Douglas, conducting an orchestra, pointed to the eastern sky.

The sun began to rise.

He folded his arms and smiled a magician's smile. Yes, sir, he thought, everyone jumps, everyone runs when I yell. It'll be a fine season.

He gave the town a last snap of his fingers.

Doors slammed open; people stepped out.

Summer 1928 began.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Saturn's Hex

saturn's hex

"We've never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn's thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is perhaps the last place you'd expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is."

...see the video.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring Turn


Turning dirt,

Spring Bright morning early bird says,

‘Say you say the word Say!
Turn the dirt with me’

In the

‘Say you say the word Say!
Turn the dirt with me’

Hands Sweating over shovel burrs,
Drip and turning over
Earth, air,
And worms’ hollow.

In the noOn Shine,
Furrows of
Steel sifting
Rotting leaves
And little green thieves.

Radio and rolling barrels,
Talking with two heralds
Over our linking fence.

me and She Shading
patio kisses
by a dusky low mOon.

Smiling with evening tea,
Sowing stars

Here and there with thee.


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Perfect Rainy Afternoon


Perfect rainy afternoon,
Lainy with my moon,

“stop she said,
“I’m much too tender,

Starlings singing,
Drops on the pane push ringing.

Left her before she left today,
Giving my heart’s wrapping away,
Filtered cold light on a cloudy day,
Dreaming awake with you,
Watching your closed eyes move.

“It’s not my blue,
“It’s just sweet time with you.”

Can’t remember a day it rained like this,
My so something lainy with a twist,
Smiling and sore and pissed,
Sweet and subtle and sullen,
Conjunction here and there,
Goldie and her bear.

Weekends away,
Hours breaking and fray.

“I’d love to hear you play guitar.

“It’s going to sound like shit.

“I don’t care.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New Moon

forest's new moon

We’ve watched her from below,
Through the long darkness.
Watched her pour herself nightly
Upon far away stars,
Emptying herself,
Unburdening herself,
Freeing herself,
Of last light.

Yet she whispers to me,
I am not dying,
But beginning anew,
My new moon.

Dressed in black,
A fresh shape,
A young breath,
Reborn in soft silhouette,
She rises from the east,
She comes to me,
To fill with new reflections of the distant Sun.

Again, for me,
Waking again with me.

What does she cast upon this westland

What nocturnal prowlings does she grace

What muzzles bristling wait to howl

What trembling earth does she quake,
With her first night black boot step

What tide does she draw to her
From within my aching breast

What blood pulses for thee,
My new moon

What dreams will follow with you tonight

What love
What love
What love

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Tulips Push

“tell me is the time as slow”


Woke today,
Couldn’t wait to start drinking,
Thinking too far ahead,
Cause I’m just waiting,

Can feel it move up my wrist
From my clock to my cleave,
Looking down that airport road,
Spotting those metal wings
Glinting above,
Waiting, waiting.

Watching the tulips push
Through the winter clay,
Wanting what the birds say,
As they call out to passersby,
Whistling their flirty feathered tones.

As it warms,
As it waits,
So patiently burning through my
Front porch shirt.

This world waits for you,
For that very first day,
For the first of Spring,
For the first day she comes.