Saturday, October 27, 2007

Quote: Arthur Miller Poem:

Arthur Miller died on February 11, 2005. He said, "Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

Shopping Cart Blues

Wurlitzer sounds bring me down
Isles that once held that big fire
Truck over frozen peas.
Hold my hand and squeeze
Cantaloupes. Push the cart
As I disappear underneath.
Ridged steel and unpaid
Groceries, essentials
Dad would mutter throwing
A bag of potatoes
Behind my small bones.
Take me where you oughtta
To the end
Of meat counters
To the beginning
Of checkout lines.

No one pushes me down
Linoleum isles anymore.
I am the giant to smiling eyes
Under the haul of carted food.
Gone are the organ sounds
Of Montavani in return
Is the smell of Havarti,
And so much responsibility.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Poem: Yakima Fruit Market in Winter/ Quote: Eugene O'Neill

Yakima Fruit Market in Winter

Funny fruit people adorn
articulated doors as vacancy
erupts all around.
The Christmas trees are gone-
a carpet of needles shifts
above the ground.
Steel poles holding nothing.
they are the last structures
to go before March.

Eugene O'Neill said, "One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers." And he said, "There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now."

Friday, October 12, 2007

Quote: Eleanor Roosevelt Poem: Carrion News

Eleanor Roosevelt, who said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Carrion News

The word from the curb was
Crow had been snatched
By eagle; taloned through.
The sky dripped unseen red
As black wings made eagle flee.

The crow on the curb
Who told me this story
Verified what I had seen.
Crow had to tell someone
Part of crow’s trickster nature.

Like an anxious mother waiting
Her child’s return crow
Pecks the ground over and over.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Quote:Isak Dinesen / Poem:Tsunami Signs

Isak Dinesen said, "All sorrows can be borne, if you put them into a story."

Tsunami Signs

On highway 101 a Tsunami sign
Comes out of the twists
And turns in the road.
Blue and white warnings
Of where to go in the event
Of an inundation.
It is a sign of woe
Like the yellow and black ones
Or duck and cover practices.
Tsunami signs lead to the hills
And like sheep we follow.