The future ain't what it used to be.

Yogi Berra
AUGUST 9, 2014 12:50AM

The Burning

Flame

 

THE BURNING

 

Time is fire.

Flames touch and contemplate

The whiz of is,

The fleeing now

And render it to dust.

One must allow

The evanescence of reality

To flow and form,

To turn and… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2014 9:38AM

Mathematical Perplexity

 Graphic temperature equations

I grew up on Narrows Avenue in Brooklyn, NY when that small section of the street between 69th street and Bliss Park or Owls Head Park or whatever the hell it is called lately had not even been paved. The weather here in Helsinki is just about the same as it…

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MAY 24, 2013 8:56PM

Oddities

  Final image

 


MISTRESS’S FAREWELL

 

Have you ever seen a lady with fried chicken in her hair?

Or slept with thirty seagulls in very deep despair?

Have you witnessed glowing sunsets while hanging by your teeth

From a thirty meter tree with hungry roaches

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MAY 24, 2012 11:41AM

Origins, Journeys, Destinations

 

 

Finish 

 

EVOLUTION

 The dream of universe

Is filled with shoals of stars

That caress

With fingers of gravity

Light years long.

In qualities more compact,

Strands of thought pull softly

Through the dream.

Chromas

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MAY 20, 2012 7:34AM

Variations on a Theme

 

NOTE: I have site  for viewing some of my graphics. It's at:

http://www.saunalahti.fi/msiivola/jan/index.html

  Final

 

THESE THINGS VARY

 

Breathing in, breathing out

Can be a sigh, a sneeze

A shout.

These things vary

By degrees

And breath

Persists… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2012 4:18AM

2012

  Earth and Sun

 

The grass grows green, turns brown.

The Sun goes up, goes down

In flaming orange, turquoise.

We live on.

No choice.

 

One more loop

Around the planetary chicken coop.

Expectations arise,

We try our best.

No surprise.

 

Novelties on a cosmic scale,

We shudder,… Read full post »

Targeted assassination 

 The Norse god Thor was said to carry a hammer which he could throw with deadly accuracy from his place in the sky to kill or maim and the hammer would obediently spring back to his hand after the strike. Thor was invulnerable.

 

Those… Read full post »

AUGUST 29, 2011 1:33AM

Orange Aid

 Wendy Orange August 21 2011

 

Nature designed us to touch, see, smell and listen to the world full of objects and sounds and scents and sights. When the animals we now know as people learned to talk something strange happened. Touch and smell and sight could all be made out of… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2011 12:48AM

Rendezvous

 Final without soldier

Alan Seeger, an American poet born in 1888 died in the First World War in 1916 fighting for France as a member of the Foreign Legion. His brother was the father of Pete Seeger, the American folk singer. Before he died he wrote a memorable poem which, ironically, was a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 7:13PM

Frank in Contemplation

 Final with butterfly

 

They call me Frank these days

And the name implies me many ways.

My character is blunt, somewhat unswerving.

My features rather crude, I am a creature

Of many parts, they say, unnerving

In random chaotic fashion. But, anyways,

I function.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 2:43AM

Call - Battle of the Sexes

   Storm illustration

 

WHETHER REPORT

 

There were violent storms

In the bedroom.

A cold affront

Resulted in precipitation.

Some thunder

And a quick retreat to the bathroom

                Where pressur… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 14, 2011 12:18AM

Valentine Call

LOVE POEM

 

An “L” alone is two lines

Joined at right angles.

Not much to see,

And, sounded, has the hum

Of a stalled electric motor.

 

An “O” is like an empty egg.

A simple shape

That turns… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2011 1:44AM

Philosophical Reality

 

Walk shadow 2 9 25 05
 I originated this for a site discussing philosophy but I thought it might also find interest here.
 
Aristotle was, of course, quite correct in his estimation that the foundation of all knowledge is sense input. But it is important to comprehend that a… Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 28, 2010 12:53AM

Forgiveness

  Tero laughing 1975

 There is, in the New York Times, a regular column under opinions dealing with various ethical and philosophical issues and I read it because I find myself very frequently disagreeing with the proposals and conclusions offered. There is a subsection to this wherein readers can con… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 2:40AM

Merry Christmas

 Hauska joulua

 Rabbit graphic

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHRISTMAS RABBIT

A NEW ERA

 

We bunnies have been allocated a special place in the yearly schedule and have done well in that slot. That is why we have become disturbed in the inefficiencies in the manner of… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2010 6:57AM

Those UFOs

 Flying Saucerors


Although the only unidentified flying objects I have ever personally encountered were in energetic arguments with my wife when her volatile temper was stimulated, lately there has been some rather strange testimony from believable sources that perhaps are worth consideration. If these p… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 5:32AM

The Business of War

 

The business of war

 

 

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

George Orwell

 

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-inRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 11:55AM

The Vagaries of Democracy

 

 

The vagaries of democracy 

Election time is fast approaching when the public is given the standard choice between incompetence and disaster. Much of the public has an adventurous turn of mind at the moment and seems tempted by disaster which, if nothing else, is bound to stimulate adrenalin… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2010 6:47AM

Hanging on

Walking problems

 

Having reached the age when most women are no longer physically attractive and most men are no longer physically competent we survivors must make do with the reasonable other capabilities and accomplishments granted living things who have managed to maintain existence through the hail… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2010 2:42AM

Harvey Had a Dream

 

Colored final

 

 

There’s a coffee shop down the block where I live. A greasy spoon, yeah, but the coffee’s OK. Scar, the guy who runs it has a red line down the left side of his cheek, a scar which is why everybody calls him… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2010 9:16AM

Composing

  Paper boat

My thoughts, when fashioned into words,
Words which twist and interlock
And echo on themselves in rhyme and beat,
When sounded, ring like choruses of bells,
Or waves that swirl and separate and meet.

Words and thoughts, when married into form,
When joined and folded into shapes
Wherein… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2010 8:42AM

Bug Blues

 Colored bug

 

 

I happened on an arthropod,

A jointed legged fellow,

Who sang a tragic little song

Which ranged from shriek to bellow.

It glared at me with facet eyes.

It gnashed its sideways jaws.

More threatening, I=d say,

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JUNE 20, 2010 6:45AM

Being a Jew

   Humphrey and star with signature

 

 

 

I live alone in a one-room apartment with a small attached kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. Alone except for my companion, Humphrey, who fell at my feet five years ago after being kidnapped from his home by… Read full post »

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JUNE 18, 2010 2:18AM

CCNY 1942

 

 

CCNY 1

 

 

I graduated from Stuyvesant High School with an average sufficient to get me into CCNY – The City College of New York. The college had two branches, both in Manhattan. The downtown branch at 23rd Street was a business college. My brother graduated… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2010 6:08AM

Manhattan 75 Years Ago Part 2

 

Improved Color final

 

When the family first landed in Manhattan we stayed at an apartment in a brownstone on the south side of East 30th Street just west of First Avenue. On the corner was a brewery and across First Avenue was the psychiatric division of Bellevue Hospital. In the… Read full post »