Saturday, June 27, 2009


Thank you to Just Writing Words for the suggestion of Blue Rain. Please visit One Single Impression to read some inspired writing.

Tall Grass, a painting by Nadine McHenry, Artist

Blue rain

maybe it will rain
and the crickets
anarchists as they are
will wind time backwards
on a broken spring.

I'll Be There

child stars
live in a hollow
of the giving tree
forever ours.

Ben, you're always running here and there
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind
And don't like what you find
There's one thing you should know
You've got a place to go
(you've got a place to go)

"Ben" written by Michael Jackson is about a rat named Ben!!

the sacrifice of Isaac

the serial surgeries
the lurid allegations
we ate it up
like birthday cake
we blew out the candles
didn’t we?

The Lord of the Dance

Now you have all of the Pleiades
and the shelter of the ages
dance for joy!

At the time of his death, Michael Jackson was rehearsing hard for what was to be his greatest comeback. He was scheduled for an unprecedented 50 shows at a London arena.

Lord of dance, beautiful dreamer, you gave everything everything you had.

You must be so tired.


You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back
Where there is love

I’ll be there

(Just look over your shoulder, honey)

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Thanks for the prompt of Assimilation from Rooted. Please visit One Single Impression for all the singular impressions.

The image of folding egg whites came to me as a memory. My mother loved to bake. I would watch as she ritualistically blended the ingredients together. The purpose of folding the frothy egg whites into the sturdy batter is to retain the air you have beaten into the egg whites. This makes your recipe light and fluffy.

My dad was given a new name when he crossed the border. He was thrilled. He wanted desperately to blend in. He never did. What he kept was beautiful.

Folding in egg whites

Select very fresh eggs

let them rest

at room temperature

Make sure your bowl

is clean and dry

Separate the yolk


do not discard

as you can use

for mayonnaise

or custard at a later time

be sure not

to allow any yellow flecks

or shell pieces

to infiltrate

this takes practice

in Julia’s kitchen

the very best chefs

can strain

the white


their fingers!

beat the whites

until they form

soft peaks


one third of the

whipped egg white

into the prepared batter

and mix it in

this will make it easier

for the rest

of the egg whites

to be absorbed


to always fold the lighter ingredient

into the heavier ingredient.)

tilt the bowl

toward you

using a spatula

or flat wooden spoon

gently turn half the mixture

over onto the other half

continue to do this

until the whites are incorporated

into the batter


Week 68 of Raven’s Wordzzle Challenge!!! Please visit Raven’s Nest to join in the delight.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: sow, close, console, lives, minute, polish, bass, pussy, complex, resume

For the mini challenge: bow, sewer, house, import, intern

My mega offering:


To whom it may concern:

having lived many lives

it’s hard to know what to highlight

tell you what,

I’ll open up my house

to you and the intern

we can sit by the console,

drink in the deep bass

of Jacqueline’s bow

quivering on the bridge.

Maybe it will rain

and drops will glide

along the beveled glass

we are at the crossroads

two pussy cats in residence

Gwendolyn, the philosopher

runs perpendicular to convention

Achat’s insistent brush strokes

course parallel to desire

I’ll serve eau de ville

with a squeeze of lemon.

the sewer is sound

and imports

spring fed water.

Evelyn has sowed seeds in close rows

the basil is thriving

in the undiluted minutes

I warn you

nothing is polished

but everything is plenty

and we can reduce the complex

to a slow simmer.

References upon request

Monday, June 15, 2009


Thank you to Fledgling Poet for the prompt “walls”. Please stop by One Single Impression to sample the wonderful offerings.


[Middle English, of a wall, from Old French, from Latin mūrālis, from mūrus, wall.]


a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling.


of, pertaining to, or resembling a wall.


if there is a wall

that cannot be moved

spray it

with the pigment

of your dreams

Francine, Francine

I live in the coolness of the grotto

my eyes have grown large

I first slipped through the wall

hoping to leave this world alive

Now the walls are too close

and breathing

Francine, Francine.

I need some air.

Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is one of my all time favorite books. I must have read it hundreds of times burrowed under the covers as a child and at least twice as many times to my daughter Emma who insisted on counting ever window in the city that Harold invents. (She was also very interested in the pies!) With basic line drawings in the color purple Harold is able to create an entire world. It all starts with the pen…or the crayon.

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

John Lennon

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


From “Mornings Like This” by Annie Dillard
a book of not quite found poems

Suddenly the green appears on the trees—as if
The green passed silently from one tree to another.

I was smitten by this image of green spreading, life renewing itself.
Here’s a fragment that came to me while contemplating intersections:

sweet clover
to vapor
at sunrise.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What's good for GM is good for the country

They seemed so indestructible

Monte Carlo, Skylark, Gran Prix

Who could have imagined

this empire of steel

would come crashing down

and we would be

digging through the ruins

on foot.

What went wrong?

a company drunk on itself

and in bed with Bandar

killed the EV-1 for the Hummer

We bought the myth

of mobility and expansion

leaving our cities to wither

and die.

As the saying goes, "What's good for GM is good for the country." Since we have now been made 60% owners, why not bring some vision and viability to the table?

Let's start spending all of those billions on something that is sensible and sustainable. Why not:
  • Expand GM’s focus to transportation and energy? It could make buses (it used to), light rail (at one time it owned, and then killed off, many trolley companies), and passenger rail cars for high speed rail (as Japan has for 45 years). We could build and install solar panels and wind mills. Provide training and create jobs in green industry. This trumps the current restructuring plan which will result in the loss of 22,000 more domestic jobs, the shuttering of at least twelve factories and the closing of 2,600 car dealers. Let's keep the jobs that would be created local.
  • Replace our fragmented inefficient health care system with single payer to make us competitive with other countries. GM spent more on health insurance than on steel. This is one reason operations were moved from Detroit to Windsor.

  • Restore pensions which retired employees have earned through years of service.

GM, a 100 year old company, once the world’s largest car manufacturer, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The last survivor of the titanic died today at age 97.