Foolish Monkey

Foolish Monkey
MAGIC TOWN where the old never die, Connecticut,
January 31
*************************** "I find that I am so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain" -Red in The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King *************************** WARNING: I like to noodle. can't resist. and once is never enough either. ***************************


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Some here have commented they enjoy reading the process of creating a poem, so I thought I'd show the work of this one in particular in my blog, since I'm working on it anyway.  

Doing this allows me to keep track of all my changes (most of themRead full post »



there was once a shaggy child who dreamed

of pink and white pinafores

and sweetly starched crinolines

such a scruffy thing with holes in her shoes

and square peasant hands

far too angry, crying too easily



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APRIL 9, 2012 3:17PM

Art is (for Zanelle)



some say that art

is a fart

of the heart

for the smart by the crazy

also the lazy


some bouyant, some sinky

some crayon, some inky

can be warm as a minky

making patrons all thinky

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APRIL 2, 2012 11:40AM


There was once a shaggy child who dreamed

 Of pink and white pinafores and

 Sweetly starched crinolines of another time

She cried too easily

Who made this annoying child?

Who could be a friend to her?

Such a scruffy thing with holes in… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2012 2:41PM

America is my father's eyes

America is my child father

And his young mother

Setting off to float away at last

To another world

Their hearts playing a song so soothing

They would hold hands and sway together

To the wake of the ocean

Lulled to close eyes

To dream… Read full post »

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be… Read full post »
MARCH 23, 2012 11:17AM

one of a million million innocents


 monkey nonsense



Who are these bastards?

Riding the wake

Four horsemen at dusk

Our children in their sights



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This is a repost  dedicated to Ben Sen who wrote a most excellent St Patrick's Day post called A St. Patrick's Day Valentine, about working in an Irish bar. My poem was written a couple of years back for a St Patrick's Day open call. It's been rewritten and tweeked so many times,/Read full post »


Having had the privilege of knowing an alchy or two I can tell you, they don't last a long time in any kind of shape. 

Well, they can but it’s rare.  Charles Bukowski lasted more than 70 years, probably because he was smart enough to stay a drunk.

See… Read full post »


I used to drive those trucks so hard

and for so long that

my right foot would

go dead from pushing down on the


delivery after delivery,

14 hours at a time

for $1.10 per hour

under the table,

upRead full post »

MARCH 11, 2012 6:33PM

I want to be like Charles Bukowski



I want to be like Charles Bukowski

But I don’t want a gnarly hide


That I am 

I want to be smooth where I’ve never been

I want to be happy where I’ve never been

I want to be all the… Read full post »


My daughter in law, a kind soul gave me a terrific book about poetry and spirituality called "Saved By a Poem" by Kim Rosen. (My atheism stymies some of my loved ones.) (I have to smile at that.)

In addition to some helpful information, the book discusses the origins of… Read full post »

MARCH 9, 2012 10:40AM

walking blind


I try not to become lost 
to stay the path
but there are such warm and airy moments when
my skin is a tickle, a warm wrap of goosefeathers and velvet and
I become giddy 
for I am alive


 I think why not?
it is only a game,… Read full post »

I'm posting this publicly because I'm hoping others will stop helping you do this to yourself however inadvertantly.  if you insist on posting provocative blogs, well, you're an adult and there's nothing anyone can do except to ignore you and them.  

as I see it, just when this ridiculous d… Read full post »

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the kiss

in circular motion

might be compulsion

or magic more or less 

grand opera or mere biology perhaps


(oh perhaps not)

yet when I press this tongue these lips this warm

and cunning mouth

placing it

just so


in yours Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2012 3:50PM


1. Your main trait:  See…this is when I know I’m in trouble because with me, there isn’t any “one” main trait. I’m quirky but I’m also so hellbent on being logical.  So even when I’m creative thinking, whatever I come up with has to be gRead full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 6:23PM

feelin' about not feelin' the Oscars

last night I enjoyed watching:

1.       the Bridesmaids women.

2.      the French guy.

3.      Julianna whatever her name is on E!, who's married to the Apprentice guy and had a big happy smile all day and looked stunnRead full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 7:20AM

opening & closing & opening


I open the door 

and in comes the sun, the air is so fresh

and there you are!

and you and you and you

oh so many here 

it's good to see you  

come inside

have some coffee

but what have you brought?

couldn't it have been… Read full post »

I like everything about Open Salon, from the look of it: the format, the whiteness of the page, the blue and black band across the top I can personalize, to the people who publish here.  This is my page within the OS format.  My appearance is contained:

I'm an Open… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2012 1:25PM

I hope there is a heaven


and that it's a nice heaven

I hope the rumors of a grand buffet are true

they have spoken of delectable dishes served

on shimmering tablecloths with chairs so comfortable

you could sit back and sleep and dream

I know it must be true because I know you are there

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FEBRUARY 18, 2012 9:17PM

shmoozing among the cultural elites

I did it.

I made it over to the town Cultural and Music Center where creative types meet.  And I got there on time, too.  There were no dramatic entrances on my part with long scarf trailing behind, sheets of paper printed with poetic brilliance flying out of overburdened arms.  We… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2012 7:21AM

today is the first day blah blah


o noh!

i go

to read one today

on poetry day

(standing tall

or not at all)

i'll read my stuff

or run away


:: PUFF! ::



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FEBRUARY 14, 2012 1:06PM

Sonnets for the Monkcheguese


mascarpone cheese tart from me 

mascarpone cheesecake



How do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways

I Love Thee to the Depth and Breadth

and Height I can reach

then I get The Ladder

For I Love Thee and Thy House

Sufficiently toRead full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 6:51PM

a fool dreams


 The Golden Cell by Odilon Redon 1892



a fool dreams of

elegant arms

swollen gentle

how he is loved 

so tender held

wrinkled infant 

floats in blissful cream 

on pillow'd breasts

cushioning this world

of harsh brittle bonesRead full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2012 1:42PM

it will do

what has occured in events of malfeasance

strange reality or bad luck

is what I have never desired 

but dished out none the less 

so that sweet perfect sunset is vanquished




and in consideration I have parked

mysoftly velvet… Read full post »