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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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

 … Read full post »

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 »

JANUARY 16, 2012 9:48AM

the little white tree

 before cleanup

Can you find my genetic code in this picture?

Not that you asked, but I’ve been tiling again.  This time we were smart enough to hire someone to plaster and paint the kitchen but in my dopey control-y old timey schedule-y nature, I figured I'd tile and grout afRead full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2011 12:09PM

crazy christmas elf

it must have happened
while i was napping
skulking round a body prone
lying there defenseless sweet
such sudden curious creeping now
marching through my little bones
wired to connectors electric
razzed and razzled to the marrow
and plying (hot devil
that i am)
a hungry elf awake 
DECEMBER 20, 2011 1:35PM

why not sing?


why not sing of joy?

what is lost in passing

sorrow enshrined?

here is this moment 

to chance it 

to leave every pore

open to the sweet


(nowRead full post »

Sorry to burst your collective bubble, but the truth is Santa Claus, the REAL Santa Claus is a NY local.  Yeah, he's relocated to the North Pole but Brooklyn people are always relocating and then making a career out of whining that here's… Read full post »
DECEMBER 13, 2011 11:10AM

no goodbyes



beneath motled azure blanketing a customary day

hot clouds brood their silent distant drum

while here is seated an ordinary man 

barely aware

of a coolness a breeze

a calamity come to turn the page

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DECEMBER 12, 2011 1:45PM

working my way out of the broken

Aside from the normal useless American economic garbage we're all going through, to be honest, it's been kind of over the top here, at least for me.
Nothing dramatic.  Post traumatic stress I guess.  THAT makes me want to laugh.  With what's going on in the world, I'm bummed… Read full post »



.....ah, sad day, for as in all things, an end had come - the end of a long happy period of merriment and grace, greatness and littleness and sharing. 

Something unthinkable had occurred: the toppling of the most ancient and mighty oak, a tree so vast and… Read full post »