Revise the Handbook

From Catch Up With Summer, published in 2015.

Revise the Handbook

You must be joking
I said
but you were not
and so I revised my idea
of make-believe.
What engineering principles you are employing
to hold this thing together
I can’t comprehend
but I can see that you can. And do.
I’m intrigued. Possibly you’ve achieved a breakthrough
in common sense or
the laws of physics or
generally accepted accounting principles or
the rules of order?
I will keep watching, believe me.

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“Bridge View”, collage, 14″ x 11″, 2006.

The Wrong RSVP

From Catch Up With Summer, published in 2015.

The Wrong RSVP

Can anyone give me any hints
on the best way
to make sure
no one sees me leave this party
early
despite the fact that I am leaving this party
early.
The truth is
I meant to convey my regrets
but somehow I’ve presented
myself
instead
and now I’m sorry.
So if you know how I
can solve this problem
I’ll be very grateful
and do the same for you
someday.

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“Cocktail Party”, 2016, mixed media, 8″ x 10″.

Talked Into

From Catch Up With Summer, published in 2015.

Talked Into

We took a lot of pictures on vacation
looked at them over and over after we got home
and after a while
forgot the vacation and reminisced the photos.
Did you ever do that?
Brainwash yourself
I mean.

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“Miles of Ocean and Sky” – collage – 2001 (?)

 

Testimony

From Catch Up With Summer, published in 2015.

Testimony

The sky darkens.
It’s only three o’clock in the afternoon
so I assume the promised thunderstorm
is arriving. Just as I form the thought
the sky opens and the rain
pours. I’m pleased to have assessed things so neatly.
People caught walking on the sidewalks are soaked
The swimmers at the pool have been whistled out.
The sound of the drops
against the window is enjoyable but
I’m not fond of the thunder
and the lightning
outright frightens me.
A typical storm on a summer afternoon
One of the many
that I have experienced over my life
Pleasingly routine.
That is my report. Let me know
if you need further information.

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“March Rainstorm”
collage
I made this piece almost 20 years ago. These houses stood at the bottom of the hill on my street and I looked over the fence into their back yards on a stormy day.

 

Indications

 

Indications

Fat boy
T-shirt stretched across his stomach
shorts too tight.
Skinny legs, though,
and maybe he’ll grow out of
such awkwardness.
He’s going to need braces, too,
those teeth will cost some money to fix.
Well, I don’t know him, do I?
All I can do is tell you
my first impression.

 

Teeth Grinding

“Teeth Grinding” collage/acrylics mail art postcard

Crossroads

Here is another of those two-sentence stories with poetry added. I’m thinking of them as “Minuscule” and quick to read.

Read the first Minuscule, the explanation of why I wrote it and got started on this idea, and search under the category Fiction/Poetry Combination for others in the series.

 

Crossroads

“There is no sign of clear skies clouding up and bringing rain after the drought, if you want to put things in a poetic kind of way, and if you don’t, well, let’s just say my luck is bad and I’ve lost my patience with it,” Meggie said to the bank teller (name tag announcing Hi! I’m AMELIA), who at first looked confused and then comprehending.

“Oh, a robbery,” Amelia said, “right, I get that, and if you want I’ll just hand over the money, we’re insured, so it’s no skin off my back, though I’ll warn you that banking isn’t what it used to be and the amount of cash in my drawer is borderline useless…but…you know what, we’ve got an opening in this office and” – she leaned forward, lowering her voice – “the opportunities from the inside are much better, if you get what I mean, so listen, talk to that lady over there” – she flicked her eyes – “and I’ll say you’re a friend…” holding her foot over the silent alarm in the floor as Meggie’s head swiveled away from her.

Double double cross
Where will the money end up?
First rule: stay focused.
(Haiku 384)

2/15/18

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Individual

From Catch Up With Summer, 2015.

Individual

The cashier at the grocery store
stands at the register
no one before her
She waits
blank expression on her face
for a customer
to appear
No more than the register
the counter
the belt that moves the groceries
the cash drawer
the rack of bags
is she
as she waits
to be of use

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Long Since Passed That Place

From Spring Cleaning, 2015.

Long Since Passed That Place

Retirees on the walking track
orbit the playground under the bright blue sky.
They move at their own paces
and have been
for a long time now
They are oblivious to the doings of the tot lot
though of course
all of them are survivors of it.

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“Life Is Not Just a Walk in the Park” – mixed media, 2010.

No Need

From the collection Spring Cleaning, 2015.

No Need

I am wondering
why that man over there
bought the shirt he is wearing
I cannot see how the shirt
could call out loud enough
to get itself pulled off a rack
much less purchased and worn.
I see no personality to it
It leaves me cold
It’s boring.
I think
I do not understand the shirt’s
particular brand of originality
and then I think
It’s not my shirt
so of course I don’t have to.

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Paper dolls.