Monthly Archives: May 2012

quick heat, quick art


Paul GauguinThe Meal (The Bananas). 1891. Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.

quick heat, quick art

still life, fabrics, figurines
troubled mother, on her knees

bananas, bright, vermillion tones
calabash jug must be on loan

pointing knife, on folds of white
shadows deep and guava bright

scene contrived, a meal that’s fake
too much fruit, a belly ache

splashes, angles, a row of kids
looking for the missing figs?

worries? puzzled? anxious? stressed?
bowl renewed, fluids refreshed

begin, adopt – independent line
impressionistic color time

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Written for:

Magpie Tales – Mag 116

Also written for:

#319 – In the beginning…

Photo Credit:  Zazzle

when do we stop being a child


Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Andrew Bartee as the Nutcracker in the fight scene from PNB’s Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker. Photo © Angela Sterling

when do we stop being a child

when do we stop being a child
attracted to candyland
eating charms off a page of fantasy
living an Atari game life?

a nucleic dance.
colorful alchemic snatches.
patented monsters
who march to their
distinctive leitmotifs;
deeply connected
to sounds of flute and horn.

he put his soul toward
regaining happiness;
an awkward cuteness.
representational adults
walking the road
riding the toad
ordering a la mode;
living things that only eat sweets.

easy to understand
masterpiece literature.
sisson, tombé, pas de bourrée.
king of the meeces
born for the very first time.
assemblé, royalé
time to fall in love
with dolls.
time to give a trusting hand
to a charming prince
of a country without a name.

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Written for:

Poetics: Sendak & the Wild Things

Since I used to live in Seattle and had gone to see the Maurice Sendak version of the Nutcracker, this is what I let inspire me for the above poem.

Today’s prompt, by Brian Miller was to write a poem “about anything Maurice Sendak related. Be it his books, any memories you have of his words or images, his personal life or even putting yourself into one of his stories. Or maybe even try to see the world as a child may see it.”

Image credit: nutcracker tutu & dancewear

Sonnet XL


Custom, Gaskets by Ontario Gasket Inc.

Sonnet XL

The rubber’s fed on a machine,
it’s heated up to fit the mold,
then pressed until the foam is very lean,
and punched, or cut – it’s all controlled.
They’re fitted on a metal head,
to seal up gas or lubricants,
resistant seals are used widespread;
so many shapes with usefulness.
Gaskets aren’t clearly visible.
They are there, sealing and forming.
They’re optimal, reliable,
elastic and high performing.
Harsh and varied technologies
use them without apologies.

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Written for:

Machine Dreams

Also Posted on:


The Think Tank Thursday # 96 News

The challenge for this week, by chazinator, was to write a poem that references in some way the technological or machine spirit of our time.

This week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Space Craft Technology Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

I went on a Press pass because I have a column on Nanotechnology now (see the right side of my page, there’s a link.) My column is writing poetry. Ontario Gasket, Inc. had an interesting display of their gaskets. Since this gasket topic does not fit the nanotechnology column, I am posting on my blog.

I decided to write a sonnet about this. Why? Well, I figured everyone else would be writing about some kind of technological system, or maybe something philosophical about the impact of technology on mankind and society and all that. I was certain (still haven’t looked) that no one would take one specialized vital part and write about it.

In case you wonder how vital gaskets, o-rings and other seals are in machines, look up Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and learn that it was a Viton ® O-ring that failed and caused the explosion.

Image credit: Bat-Ami Gordin  © 2012 all rights reserved, credit if you use it, please.

five raindrop senryu


Raindrops

five raindrop senryu

father’s raindrop rule:
oil rises to the top
be extra careful

on desert highways
drivers don’t know what to do
daunted by raindrops

my spoiled canines
feel innocuous raindrops
scratch to come inside

unpredictable
raindrops mixed with snowy flakes
hybrid conditions

illustrator art
raindrops falling in my head
moving to next theme…

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Written for:

The prompt for today is: RAINDROPS

Image credit: Bat-Ami Gordin  © 2012 all rights reserved, credit if you use it, please. If interested in vector graphics form, please contact me.

Tanorexic Limerick


Patricia Krentcil – “Tan Mom”

Tanorexic Limerick

a young daughter was taken to tan
at a salon with a monthly pay plan
as the girl took her turn
she sustained quite a burn
now mom could spend time in the state can

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Written for:

Mad Kane's Limerick-Offs

Quest Limerick (Limerick-Off Monday)

Also posted on:

T is for……..

Image from © 2012 HLNtv.com Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Right Reserved.

The Return of Michael Eisner Limerick


Michael Eisner, Mickey and Minnie

The Return of Michael Eisner Limerick

Mike Eisner stepped on powerful toes
when at Disney his aggression rose.
He broadened their scope;
gave animation new hope.
Now betrayed, he’ll revenge them and those.

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Written for:

Mad Kane's Limerick-Offs

Quest Limerick (Limerick-Off Monday)

Image from JIM HILL Media

stock-market robots


Forex Robots

stock-market robots

network administrators’ jobs
trading with merril lynch or schwabs
bipedal robots on the loose
things only humans did produce by busy mobs

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Today’s challenge was to write a Florette. This is how it is described:

In the simplest terms, a single stanza is laid out as follows:

Rhyme scheme: a, a, b, a 
Meter (syllable count): 8, 8, 8, 12 
Fourth line requirement of internal (b) rhyme scheme, onsyllable 8.
The completed poem should consist of two or more stanzas.

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxb
xxxxxxxbxxxa

Written for:

the imaginary garden with real toads

A Mini-Challenge for Sunday – Florette

Photo Credit:  Forex Robots

The River


Stainforth River Irwell

The River

dead slag sinks
joins scraps
sinks deeper
into infinite coma
stupidly waits
for hibernators
first spring drink

river’s quit trying to become sky
river’s gonna try to reach the sea

darkness: prefered
summer: too long
storms: relentless

river’s quit trying to become sky
river’s gonna try to reach sea

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Written for:

Magpie Tales – Mag 116

Also written for:

#317 – Storm

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin  © 2012 all rights reserved, cre

Photo Credit:  R.A.D. Stainforth  Black Dogs on Picassa

renal test


Things That Make You Feel Unique

renal test

rectal thermometer
pressurized barometer
hazy spectrometer

self-checking
incontinence
storage of leakage

it’s a luxury
without anxiety
renal system test

positive reactions?
suspect contamination?
male pregnancy?

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Written for:

Magpie Tales – Mag 115

Photo Credit:  Manu Pombrol

spring haiku and tanka


Tehachapi wildflowers in spring

spring haiku and tanka

early spring rainfall
soaks into dry claylike soil
regeneration

scattering seedlings
diverting mountain waters
biological
interference criticized
let spring bloom naturally

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Written for:

Sensational Haiku Wednesday

This week’s theme is: Spring

Also written for:

Prompt #143 – hour

Also written for:

#318 – Wild

Also posted on:

haiku my heart

Also Posted on:

Wordless Wednesday

Photos credits: Wall Street Journal Online

Photo credit:  Bat-Ami Gordin  © 2010 all rights reserved, credit if you use it, please.

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