Sometimes the 15-minute (at most) relevant history rule by so many commentators makes it hard to appreciate the real lack of work and effort to understand Everything Changes, and perhaps if we had more cities at sea and taught ships the rules to hopscotch life ever would be some much more interrestingly dramatic. Really enjoyed the decipherment, Bruce. A treat to take that final plunge…The U.S. Navy ‘sallied” well in advance. Wonder if the ruskii subs slipped into Canaveral’s Trident Turnaround Basin?

Cat Nap Revue

blowing by, playing
hopscotch with cities
all the ships at sea

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“The Higher Ups”

(September 8, 2019)

the higher-up you wear

your backpack on your shoulders

the less lower-back pain!*

*(Every new school year I see kids with all the center of gravity on their massive and always new – doesn’t anyone keep those bags out of the trash dumps at all? – backpacks the more the kids have to bend over to lean into their trudges to mom – or dad’s – waiting and sometimes honking chariots. Tell the kids to wear the bags higher – try getting some Army-Navy type store old military haversacks or knapsacks that will last a whole school cycle – elementary to masters or even – gasp – doctorate and for five bucks or so!And wear the damnthings high up on the shoulders and keep the chiropractitioners at bay. And recall, please, that all orthopaedic surgeons have large families and their kids go to expensive schools…a word to the wise, eh?)

“The Brilliant Crisp”

(September 8, 2019)

the brilliant crisp taste

of two small firm sweet apples

each distinct tongue twist*

*(And from the same bag, too! Why was I surprised. Two carrots half a yard apart each have separate flavors running through their floem and zylum. Pluck a few radishes, wash as well as you like but I recommend a wet paper towel instead to preserve the outermost temps of taste…and a little grit like gizzard-fillups never hurt but well might help.)

“The Ol’e ‘Splashing Hole’ Movie”

(September 8, 2019)

‘splashing hole’ is filled

cardinal pair now finishes

here come pushy jays*

*(When it’s dry and hot – as it often is right after a hurricane here or nearby, I make repeated visits to the big shallow bird bath by the front entrance where finches, cardinals, robins, jays and mockingbirds make frequent calls…and all complain loudly with peckers hard-toed feet and such all out when old ‘soak’ squirrels try to cut the line. Even the frogs find other cisterns for their family business. The neighborhood cats come by but I have separate drinking establishments for them and the dogs – mostly them – so the miniature dinos easily can be seen. The bluejays of all other small feathers seem to get away with a lot of pushyness, even moreso than the mockingbirds, which are super territorial to the point of divebombing those who come to close to their nesting sites. I’ve seen smaller hawks get really aggressive when people come past their perches above their nests. But the crows never come by to bathe or even drink. Though I do hear them tell each other the guy who carries carrion out to the hedge where he hides it rather than put it in the trash or bury it from us, and still he hides it well from the cruising vultures and buzzards and eagles – all the same, really – and let us harvest the street-sweepings of cars and careless pickups. Birds like crows are among the finest people I know.)