Sunday, December 23, 2012

For A Freshman Reader By Donald Justice (2004)

Healthy Choice, Basic 4 =Elementary Four=Ji Ben 4...

Don't bother with odes, my son.
Timetables are more precise.
Currents are changing! Unroll
the sea charts, watch it, don't sing.
The day will come when once more
lists will be nailed to the door.
And numbers stamped on the chest
of anyone who says NO!
Learn to be anonymous,
Learn more than I did: to shift
your identification,
your address, your physical appearance.
Encyclicals make good fires,
Manifestos are handy.
For wrapping up the butter
and salt given to victims.
It will take more than anger
it will take patience to force.
The lungs of authority
with the fire deadly powder.
Ground those with the know-how,
The precision in you, such as you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ed By Louis Simpson

Ed was in love with a cocktail waitress,
but Ed's family, and his friends
didn't approve. So he broke it off.
He married a respectable woman
who played the piano, she played well enough
to have been a professional.
Ed's wife left him...
Years later, at a family gathering
Ed got drunk and made a fool of himself.
he said: " I should have married Doreen."
"Wel, " they said: "Why didn't you?"

Friday, November 30, 2012

On Boeing 737: from San Francisco To Dallas

Disney movie on,
Animals in space, $2 each
to buy ear phone.
Seat next to window, and big left wing down,
Easy to look out, clouds.
Road curves, mountains,
Dark, rocky sandy earth below,
the world is bare, though.
Cars look like ants,
railroads are random curves,
houses become dots.

Riding Lesson By Henry Taylor

I learned two things
from an early riding teacher.
He held a nervous filly
in one hand and gestured
with the other, saying. "Listen,
keep one leg on one side,
the other leg on the other side,
and your mind in the middle."
He turned and mounted
She took two steps, then left
the ground, I thought for good,
But she came down hard, humped
her back, swallowed her neck,
and threw her rider as you'd
throw a rock. He rose, brushed
his pants and caught his breath,
and said: " see that's the way
to do it. when you see
they're gonna throw you, get off."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Half A Loaf By Kay Ryan

The whole loaf's loft
is halved in profile,
Like the standing side
of a bombed cathedral.
The cut face
of half a loaf
puckers a little.
The bread cells
are open and brittle
like touching coral.
It is nothing like the middle
of an uncut loaf,
nothing like a conceptual half
which stays moist.
I say don't
adjust to half
unless you must.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


when one cooperates
with others
on constant basis,
It's not unusual
to see focused
energy gather in strength
and the nondominant
elements diverge.
Life is not solely
a taybaglake,
where everything is
simple and affordable.
Our mind works
wonders if
only if Heaven, Earth,
and Harmony coincide.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


staying up late at night,
I walk by a house
that has lights on inside,
It reminds me of the body
dreaming while aleep:
eyes closed,
body position fixed,
Mind mapping,
Memories renewing...
Words pour out
as if music played behind closed doors,
A ghost doing hurried heed dance in the air
and disappearing into the night!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Humpty's Scramble By Beverly Trudell

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had his effloresced
And all the king's horseman,
And all the king's henchmen,
Ate together the omelet un-
at all!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I'm waiting for the evening train,
I'm listening to the cuckoo clocks tick,
I'm reading the universe while I wait,
I'm humming quietly while I listen,
I'm averting monotony with new eyes,
I shall feel indebted to friends
who support,
I shall take lonesomeness as moderation time,
i will be open to holy God!
I'm anticipating life's
ultimate experience in peace!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ten =One Dime = Sum of Two Nickles =Sum of Ten Individual Penny = Oc-to-ber =Ten Full Moons of the Year (Happy Belated Birthday To Morning, October 2, 1968)

In Money Value,
Ten is 10,
Ten is a dime in money,
Ten is equal to 10 pennies,
or sum of Two nikles,
Thus, Ten =10= One dime
= One Nikle +One Nikle= 2 x One Nickle
=10 x Penny =One Penny+ One Penny+...+One Penny
In Mathematics,
Ten is more flexible...
Ten = 10 =1 x 10 =2 x 5
There are infinitely ways to get 10
if we use minus (Jian or Fu) sign
and division (Chu), say,
In time
Ten is very festival,
The ten month is October
who connects Oc-e-an deep waves
to the perfect peonies, ten full moons past=tenth month,
We have a=an=one=uni=single=yi=yao,
October is the season of autumn,
which coin-cide with Fall.
Grow seasonal pride,
Celebrate Halloween in the end
of the month, let ghosts haunt,
make more friends,
count days from 1 to 7,
24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
Bless your Ten with
Dime, Nickle, Penny, Money, Ocean,
Peony, October, Halloween, and
let life shine in strong sheen.

Image Credit:, on ten...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekly /Bi-Weekly Prompts in Haiku, Poetry, and Short Story Slam


 Thursday Short Story Slam Week 29: Dramas and Freedom

ABC Wednesday  N is for Neutral, Nervous, M is for Miserable

Three Word Wednesday. 3WW CCXCVIII: Detached, Brisk, Miserable

Carry on Tuesday: Carry On Tuesday # 177 : It’s kind of like a magic


A world apart,
It's a kind of magic
to know who has made significant contribution
to the society, in many subject areas,
This October, a man who was born Asian
and writes about his countryside stories
has won the noble prize in literature,
the news is 100% shocking and encouraging,
Silent and shrouded villagers run around,
passing the bliss with brisk voice,
Excitement replaces neutral or
nervous emotions, in the blink of the eyes,
miserable fears are detached by deeper satisfaction.
Newspaper and television headlines everywhere
shift their foci to inherit the pride
in open light, excuses stand zero chances
ruin the celebration across the nation,
bitterness becomes sweet tears,
A needed thunder storm in autumn,
freedom of expressions,
Mixed reactions go under the umbrella when
the day jumps up for another festive day.
Justice and fairness are marching down
the world, the world has hope,
high and elegant!

Don't shroud to escape,
excuses of joined light
may not work mercy.

Carpe Diem Chrysanthe

Wild field, open and full,
Chrysanthemums bloom,
hazel shy smiles.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Snowfall By Charlotte J. Chambliss

 Snowfall by


Hyde Park Thursday Poets Rally Week 74 (October 4 -October 10)


Snow-capped mountains
hugged the rosy dawn,
And in their splashing fountains
formed a cluster of their own.
With priceless necessity
under their characters and rest,
Stood unrivaled
in their beauty:
Monarchs from the west.