Monday, December 20, 2010

and to think i saw it on mulberry street.......

went running friday night, down by the lake through the woods, sunset magic light hour.  two or three miles away from the nearest street or sidewalk, a man passed me riding a unicycle down the gravel path. keep running i say to myself.  going down the boardwalk over the swamp around the lake, three "somethings" roll off the bank into the water and begin playing with one another chirping at me for having spoiled their privacy.  paused my run to stop and watch these somethings.  they turned out to be otters.  i didn't know there were otters in east texas, but evidently there are.  at least it wasn't alligators. i really did wonder if i was dreaming. and if i haven't woke up yet,  let me keep sleeping. if i never wake up,make my epitaph read "he came, he saw, he typed".  short,sweet and cheap.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

very bad poetry, history and technology.

This is second poem I wrote in my life.  Sribbled down in  English class sometimes in the last few weeks of 10th grade.(1986).  I went home and typed it up on my Commodore 64 with MPS-801 printer using the newly released GEOS operating system(cracked version...of course).  GEOS was a "macintosh-like" 8-bit overlay for the Commodore Operating System.  This is a scan of the original printout.  I've kept it all these years along with the other (mostly) horrible poetry I've written since.  This poem(if you want to call it that) obviously reflects the public's(especially 10th grade boys) fascination with "Vietnam War" movies at the time.  Think Rambo, Platoon, etc.  I had just read the poem "I Have a Rendezvous With Death" by Alan Seeger.  And ripped that line from his poem.  So not only was I writing bad poetry, I was plagiarizing too.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

the woods

     it was the seventies, carter was president, there was a corner lot in the neighborhood so dense with growth it was hard to find your way out once you were in. we just called it "the woods".   it was a wednesday - the next day was thanksgiving.  a dozen or so of us were playing hide and seek.  i hid between two oak trees curled up in a natural hutch in the bottom of one of the trunks.  i watched the leaves spiraling down in the sun rays shooting through the canopy of the woods.
     nobody found me. nor did i want to leave my hiding place.  i remember thinking , "i'll just stay here and never come out-so quiet and peaceful.  nobody would ever miss me".  the other kids grew tired of our game,went home and left me alone while i must have fallen asleep because the next thing i remember is waking up shivering cold in the middle of the night to the sounds of voices and dogs, police sirens and flashlights through the woods.  all was forgiven and thanksgiving went on as planned without another hitch.
     here i am thanksgiving 30 odd years later- i go back and try to find my hiding place in the woods but discover it's now paved with concrete with 4 trailer houses on top. so it goes.


Monday, November 1, 2010


cement doesn't last forever, but it will probably outlast me. the pavement fears only the jackhammer. the jackhammer is merely the pawn of the engineer, the engineer sits alone at his desk with pencil, paper and eraser making doodles of the psychedelic visions in his mind.  i remember a day when the cement hadn't yet dried. i fly under the radar of the wrecking crew.

Monday, October 18, 2010

the running dude

the most quiet place in the universe, your hometown, 5:30 am , sunday morning.  drunks are in their niches still sleeping it off, frat brothers and sorroity sisters in the dark dreaming of last night's big game, church go-ers still not shuffling about in their kitchen.  no frying bacon or sausage aroma permeating the chilly morning air yet.  the occasional possum , racoon or deer looking at me like I've invaded their domain.  just running down the road, complete silence.  no input from any external source.  just dealing with the internal conversation that won't shut off.  if I can listen to it and answer it correctly i can make it another mile.  i know what it must feel like to drift through the galaxy on an eternal space walk.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

better a melancholic than an alcoholic

five thirty this morning somewhere between huffman and crosby texas, as about wide open and desolate as you can get in harris county, texas, usa, just pumping gas minding my own business, humming an old tune to myself, hmm...hmmm..hmmm. loddy doddy doddy dah.  but who should approach me, the jehovah's witnesses wielding their literature. asking me questions like "have you thought about eternity, brother?", "don't you want to be one of the 144,000 kings in heaven rather than one of the infinite in hell" 

well, there went 15 minutes of my life that i will never get back. at least the think they have the answer, and they are blissful in their hallucinations.   wankers...

i really am a happy guy, one of the happiest you'll ever meet.  i'm part of the system, there's no getting off now, this train won't stop.  it only bothers me in the 10 or 20 seconds every night before i nod off to sleep.

the alarm clock blows the call of colors at 4:00 am every morning.


Friday, September 17, 2010

got it made

made it through another day, still have a job.  made it to the weekend, i just might get some sleep. made it to another pay check without going bankrupt first.  made it through my thirties without losing my mind.  made it out the suburbs, so where the hell do i go from there?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Blues

The wallet is empty.
It rains, it shines, it rains again.
Where do all these used cell phones go.
Hunk of silicon and transisters in my pocket which I don't even need.
My great-grandfather had a model T but never learned how to drive it.
My grandmother didn't believe men went to the moon.
She kept onions and potatoes in the barn and milked the cow everyday.
They had a party line until the late 1970's.
I used to talk to everybody down the dirt road.
It's that crazy-kid again listening.
The one with the typewriter.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beware the Peanut Butter Gestapo!

Paragraph 1, sentence 1 of the capitalist conduct code clearly states, " no child shall be with peanut butter sandwhich upon school premises.  No peanut butter crackers, no peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches no folder over peanut butter snacks.   Any child caught with aforementioned taboo peanut butter substances shall be escorted to isolation room for the duration of lunch time."  This means you, Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers fans!

OK. Fine.

Paragraph 2, sentence 2 of the capitalist conduct code clearly states , "In the event that a child should leave his or her lunch at at home, that child "shall be provided, at "no cost" to child with a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich"

Either I need to read that again or brush up on my Boolean Logic

Let's Type.....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scribble Scribble Scribble

Found myself far away from a typer but with the moment of inspiration at hand.  Here's a page of noodles, misspelled words and all.  Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the show, buy me some nachos with monterrey jack, i could care less if their coffee is black........

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sad but true

Here's a word for ya. And it's real. I learned it from watching Wizards of Wavery Place.(The greatest TV show EVER!)

hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - it's the fear of long words(ironic, isn't it)

Oddly enough hippophobia is "the fear of horses".

Time for the typer

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Late last night, I went for a walk, down by the river near by home.  Couldn't Believe with my own eyes, and I swear I'll never leave my home again.  I saw a man, walking on the water.  Coming right at me from the other side.....

Tales of my demise have been highly exaggerated.  15 states, 12 days, 4000 miles. White Castle, Tim Horton's, Bob Evans, Chicago White Sox,  Took the Tollway from Illinois to Pennsylvania, counting license plates, getting a motel tan.  Saw a waffle shaped like Abraham Lincoln floating through the sky a'la  helium balloon.

 The internal conversation won't shut down, it's a scream fest up in my head like the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  What a disease, exorcise the demons by type type typing.   Here's some noodles right out of the boiling pot

I've seen fire and I've seen rain

Better Late Than Never!
It's not if, it's just when...
It's just water!
It's the same old song every day

I'm not naming names...

We live in a demon haunted world

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Short Timer

Two days left at this job. Wooo Hoooo!  Present company you accrue leave time 3 hours for every two months you work there.(am I in the 19th century?)  I've worked here 6 months.  Been the loneliest place in the universe. Well, maybe the surface of Mars is more lonely.   Put in my resignation last week.  Boss man told me that I've amassed a whopping one day leave time and that they prefer I take it rather than have to pay me for it.  So I took yesterday off, went to have lunch with the kids at their school.  Wrote one of these poems while waiting for my daughter in their cafeteria..  Went home and typed up a bunch more ideas while cooking supper, washing clothes, watching the history channel.  Such is the way of the world.