James M. Emmerling

James M. Emmerling
June 24
Immemorial enjoyment is the most solid of all titles. Tindal, C.J., In the Matter of the Serjeants-at-Law (1840)
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle


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JANUARY 27, 2015 12:37PM

Joshua's Story Part One

 Joshua came to live with Barbara around Thanksgiving last year, 2014. It seemed like a long long time ago, another era in the history of mankind. It really was, Joshua reflected. Because that is when his heart became (mostly, except for minor disturbances) contented and he could concentrate on… Read full post »

JANUARY 25, 2015 10:19AM

Ashes Now

Watching you sleep, rehearsing in my mind my responses to what i imagine are the things you will say when you wake, good bad and indifferent things, sharp things, dull things...things...

I remember how much I loved you yesterday...breathlessly, you could say, accurately,

for it took my breath litera… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2015 2:22PM

I Had a (Series of) Dreams




I was thinking of a series of dreams
Where nothing comes up to the top
Everything stays down where it’s wounded
And comes to a permanent stop
Wasn’t thinking of anything specific
Like in a dream, when someone wakes up and screams
Nothing too very sc

 I thoug
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Scarlet Town in the month of May
Sweet William Holme on his deathbed lay
Mistress Mary by the side of the bed
Kissin' his face, heapin' prayers on his head
So brave and true, so gentle is he
I'll weep for him as he'd weep for me
Little Boy Blue come your blow horn
In Scarlet

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Language is incomplete and fragmentary and merely

registers a stage in the average advance

beyond ape mentality.

But all men enjoy flashes of insight

beyond meanings already stablilized in etymology and grammar.




As we enter the 2014 ChristmRead full post »

It was easy to take over this family, the one i live with, because they loved to love loveable people, and i luckily was feeling loveable (for once in my life, ha!)so it fell into a Chain Reaction of love, a nuclear rearrangement in , well, the Nuclear Family, or the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2014 4:38PM

Random Reflections on Torture


“There is a distinct difference between "suspense" and "surprise," and yet many pictures continually confuse the two. I'll explain what I mean. 

We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let's suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and

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DECEMBER 6, 2014 3:41PM

Now What?





Margaret is at work today, so I got some time to myself to think. I have a place to think, I made sure of that: an office in the garage, my computer on… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 5:43PM

Feast Day

 Having successfully allowed myself to be shamelessly seduced by the adorable and romantically voracious (more on that later)Margaret Feike,



out of my life of desperately lonely quietude & despair of dying alone someday, and into the viper's pit of her dysfunctional fami… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2014 8:35PM

Out of State


 Down the highway, down the tracks, down the road to ecstasy

I followed you beneath the stars,

hounded by your memory
And all your ragin’ glory

I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I’m finally free
I kissed goodbye the howling beast

on the borderline which sRead full post »

 Part 9 of Jmac and my collaborative effort. The penultimate installment.




 Ginsberg chuckled, “So did you enjoy your ménage à trois?”

JMac was about to say, 'I think so,' when Emmerling staggered up and collapsed next to the naked women on theRead full post »


for part 6, see http://open.salon.com/blog/jmac1949/2014/10/14/6_out_of_sequence




Drink these and you’ll feel much better.”

Lolita wrinkled her pretty nose, “What is it?”

Burroughs smiled, “It isRead full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2014 9:56PM

FOR TR IG: 'The Halloween Eyeball'




 I miss my mother most this time of year, for she died on Halloween eve ten years ago  volunteering at the 'Vision Center' Eye clinic, educating lower income people on proper eye care, and giving out samples of an amazing lubricant eye drop product that was subse… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 5:24PM

Tumescent in Golgonooza

 This is Part Four of a collaboration with Jmac


For PART THREE, see http://open.salon.com/blog/jmac1949/2014/10/07/bullshit

or http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/bullshit

Emmerling finally gathered his wits and asked, “How sir, may I ask, did you manage this incredRead full post »

For Part One of this unfolding collaboration with Jmac, see








He could fly.  Apparently he’d come back as a mutant water beetle

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OCTOBER 3, 2014 4:47PM

Goodbye & Kiss Off

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,

They have to take you in.


 I came to the realization a few nights ago that I am in the process of saying goodbye to the town where I was born & thought I'd live in til IRead full post »

I actually got a full eight hours' sleep today, not due to my 'muse' being any less talkative last night, but because I slept til the crack of noon.

My muse babbles. She used to apologize profusely for this, but I assured her I absolutely love her blathering, and I do. I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 10:49PM

Blasphemy Day!






'Thou art a man

God is no more

Thine own Humanity

Learn to adore' 





I hadn't heard from the world's greatest philosopher Z in a month when he called me up out of the blue tonight as I was engaging in a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 9:10PM

What to Do About the Children?

  Or, 'Digesting the Zeitgeist' 

 Or, 'Wherefore We Weave the Weltanschauungs of Our Children'

 But Jesus said unto her,

Let the children first be filled:

for it is not meet to take the children's bread,

and to cast it unto the dogs.

MARK 7:26 

SinceRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 2:57PM

Wrath and Pity On the Equinox

'I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property. As the great philosopher of private property (Locke) says, ''By property I must be understood here to mean that property which men have in their persons as well as goods''. Here is the psychological root of private property. Every manRead full post »

My mother died today, 10 years ago, in the wee hours of the morning in the local hospital. My sister texted me today saying'can't believe mom gone 10 years today!  and i answered, 'yep, our first decade as poor motherless children, we 'have a harder time',' referencing the song 'MotherleRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 12:52PM

An Explanation For My Crime of Passion

You may have heard about my crime, it was trending   on Yahoo News and other places too for a few days last week.

Then again, maybe you haven't. That incident in the elevator, captured on the most famous elevator video in world history overshadowed me. As if that wasn't badRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 6:35PM

Making Sweet Love on a Naked Sunday





~now after a while Little-faith came to himself,

and getting up

made shift to scrabble on his way.


Woke this morning still in love, more than ever, but crippled by sciatic nerve back pain. ItRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 4:15AM

I Love Trudy But I Haven't Met Her Yet


 (A Wholesome  Internet Love Story, Part One)


 You lose yourself, you reappear

You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks they really have found yo
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 I read a newspaper article today that quite satisfactorily clarified this ISIS situation for me. It was written by Robert P. George for the Philadelphia  Inquirer. I recommend it highly.

  Here is his thesis: that the ISIS phenomenon is indicative of the New TotalitarRead full post »