First found on twitter…liked it then and loved it even more now. Do ‘The Birds’ know cat has an accomplice? And is that sound soul willing to continue “gatekeeper” duty to protect his proprietary rights to continue mining the messages? Have you checked recently for additional strings from shoulders, knees, ankles, etc? Is robin in cahoots with cat – and for what purpose? America – nay! The Universe – wants to know. I have money down on Swagger The Cat!

Cat Nap Revue

cat chats up
robins outside the window
hey, I’m a Virgo, too!

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“DerDarCalen?” Tanka 2454

(August 26, 2019)


I march past The Lees of life

as you count them

“Dee” named storm facing septemb er

six decades past ’twas ever

*(Labor Day, 1960. Donna delivered a Sanford “Eye” overnight and overhead. Was 140-16 mph at Tampa. Adventures for us kids. Too young to be smart, too sheltered to be scared. Too busy to notice adults furtive glances after the power went out, This little Calendar Moment was brought to you by: The Next Three Months.)

“Two-Price Piety”

(August 26, 2019)

pious* may pay twice

public and private – who says

which coin comes harder?

*(Recent government and court rulings put The Faithful on notice…pick your own favorite tale of woe. Has any one noticed how fare The Craft and the others? Or is just Judaeo-Christianity center-stage? (Originally typed center-state instead of center stage: and I think my typer-fingers know best in this case.)


*August 27, 2019)

twic e ides september

says see my winds break south beach

(still to early…but)*

*(The tropical storm – and, no, I have not looked-name-up yet: do not want to give The Lady airs! – well could be busting between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola this weekend and aiming a bit for the South Florida beaches after saying hello to perhaps some central Bahamanian isles. A sip of warm water off the Gulf Stream, I suspect, well may encourage stronger winds, more rain and a wider girth. My last (and in retrospect: least) favorite on-land encounter with a Labor Day storm here was 1960 and mean Hurricane Donna which looped western Cuba, crashed The Keys and took the Interstate Four (before it was built) route from Tampa to Sanford (and Orlando) and gave the big beach pier at Daytona a buz- cut before adjusting Old North Tower’s belfry in Boston and thence onward to annoy Europe and the adjacent no-longer-want-to-play British Isles. That Gulf Stream which keeps Western Europe and environs warm in Winter feeds tropical systems born off Africa throwing those big, hazy curve-ball pitches which cause many sneezes from high aloft sandstorm survivor gritty particles off my Central Florida August beaches. And, in passing, powers a 45-mile in diameter tropical storm to monster proportions seemingly overnight – see Hurricane Andrew for a brief but scary refresher. I envy not our Midwest – hell, anywhere on Earth can see a tornado – but Twister Alley truly frightens, though a goodly Category three, four or five hur- or him-icane can spawn many such funnel clouds painting the ground twisted. Pray for The Antilles and Surrounds, our sister Puerto Rico and those in the path and truly keep at making that Hurricane Preparedness list complete! You guys with Slip-Faults and such do the same!)