Archive for July, 2012

Late Summer

Queen Ann’s Lace

The Queen Ann’s lace is brazenly rampant this year.  She must like it dry, since this is a summer of less rain.

The summer season of playing house parties is winding down for our blues (etc.) band.  We enjoyed the last two – one where we played by the pool and another inside someone’s house.  But it is time to get back to the business of poetry.  Typically in summer submissions are down, but here we have some great new material to publish from Michael J. Vaughn at Eye On Life to jump start things.  We were very pleased that he also provided us with YouTube recordings of his poems.

In other news, I published an article about practicing instant forgiveness.  We all hang onto grudges, but of course these do not serve us.  They are just part of the needless baggage that slows us down on the way to realizing our desires.


This Morning

In the morning
My path stretches
A chain of hours

Down here
In the rut I’ve worn
With these feet
Placing the same steps
As long as I have lived

My mind is like a wound
That I am training
To be a smile

I search for signs that
Any sign that
I am

Glancing eastward

At the coming rain
Embedded in these
Advancing dark

Barely visible
Symbol of
Hope, and
A new day.

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Pizza, Poetry and Music

This week at Eye On Life we have Pascale de Comarmond with a new Haiku, complete with a recorded reading.  Overcome with inspiration after dinner, I wrote a poem in honor of pizza, then the next day I wrote an article about keys.  There is really no end to what can be written about locks, keys and door hardware, I am discovering.  Pizza, too.

So I wrote some songs and uploaded them to Soundcloud, and each of the two bands I am in was going to perform one of them, but I guess it was just not to be.  The first one, “No I Don’t Miss You” was deemed (correctly, I think) inappropriate for the wedding at which we would have performed it, and the second one, “El Motivo Loco”, I think maybe neither of the singers want to sing it, or by some consensus to which I am not a party it was rejected for other reasons, perhaps because it is a bit outside the styles of music we currently play.

Both bands seemed to enjoy rehearsing my work, so I’ll write more music and post it on Soundcloud.  Perhaps some band someday will be interested in performing it.

I greatly enjoy performing with both bands, but it is very time consuming and there are many other things I want to do.  Yet it is a wonderful thing to have too much to do of the activities you love, so I am very, very grateful.  And I really, really like pizza.