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 Brizo
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hey, thanks puppy! I did get the strike once bowling for charity...unfortunately, I'd been doing so badly no one really bet on me, not even me...I bet like $3....

Once I was obsessed with picking up the perfect bowling shirt for my boyfriend. Cuban shirts and bowling shirts are a bit similar. Bought one for my son in law but my daughter said he was way too conservative and would never wear it.

Anyway, no one would wear this shirt...so I started working with this boy, lanky and geeky/cute, listened to Radiohead and thought System of a Down was the greatest band on earth. We would talk about his fiancee and music and theory and movies for hours whenever we were scheduled to work together.

On a hunch I brought in the shirt and gave it to him. Fit him perfectly and looked great. I think it never looked good on anyone else because it was his shirt...

one day, I'll find my shirt...oy, I'm so allegorical....

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my annual ode to valentine's day.....

fooking godzilla head

a little ray of sunshine
I rise from my bed
of nails and discontent
peevishly
wrap the dark cloud
round my shoulders
put on my fooking godzilla head
I savage all the flower
beds
oh no! There goes rosey-o
my teeth dripping with
crysanthemum petals
I head
toward the city....

2/15/07
 Brizo
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Posted: 2/13/2010 10:48:46 PM
god, now I want to go to IHOP.....blintzes....blintzes...
 Brizo
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Posted: 2/14/2010 2:09:07 PM
Lucille Clifton died Saturday morning, just about my favorite poet ever...the world is a smaller, colder place now...

goodbye, Lucille, I will miss your undiluted and unmistakable voice.....

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There is a girl inside

There is a girl inside.
She is randy as a wolf.
She will not walk away and leave these bones
to an old woman.

She is a green tree in a forest of kindling.
She is a greeen girl in a used poet.

She has waited patient as a nun
for the second coming,
when she can break through gray hairs
into blossom

and her lovers will harvest
honey and thyme
and the woods will be wild
with the damn wonder of it.

Lucille Clifton
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"That first night Lucille quoted William Stafford, "What the river says, I say." But in our smaller community of fifteen, she said more, so much more: Early on her advice included: "pay attention to everything ... trust the language." "trust the reader" and bow to the "power of the authentic." She added "the voice of poetry is not intellectual but comes out of the whole self, not just the head." and charged us: "let us make our place a safe place to serve the poems."

Then as we addressed the problems of specific assignments: "If poetry can do anything good, it can say, 'you are not alone.'" "A poet has as her mission not to add to the chaos of the world." "The world of poetry is not a competition, it is a community." She encouraged us to be vulnerable for art's sake and to be single-minded, too. "Whatever gets in the way of art, throw it out."

Throughout Lucille was hung up on truth, not facts, "every poem has it's own rules---follow them. Maybe the poem has something it wants to be you don't know about." Above all she reminded us to defend the poem-- even from ourselves. "Be outrageous. You are going to make somebody angry--too bad." "If poems are allowed to enter, they will. I remain open to the poem." "I write for the poem. I serve the poem."

-- Wendy Taylor Carlisle, quoting Lucille Clifton, at Flight of the Mind

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Poem in praise of menstruation

if there is a river
more beautiful than this
bright as the blood
red edge of the moon if
there is a river
more faithful than this
returning each month
to the same delta if there

is a river
braver than this
coming and coming in a surge
of passion, of pain if there is

a river
more ancient than this
daughter
of eve
mother of cain and of abel if there is in

the universe such a river if
there is some where water
more powerful than this wild
water

pray that it flows also
through animals
beautiful and faithful and ancient
and female and brave

Lucille Clifton
 60to70
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Posted: 2/14/2010 7:45:33 PM
..then when the river ceases its flow
each memory is not enough
I must rise into a new awakening.

when I flowed, I never understood children
I was in beyond a clearing
Now that I know, I walk away
due to the cease. I do not flow.

Each earthly man, each individual child
is behind me...I need few instructions.
I need this freedom to allow me...
a meeting ..neither sad, nor forlorn.

..then when the river ceases its flow
something grand happened, I was only I.
neither anywhere, nor here.
each bend could be a last one.
 Brizo
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Posted: 2/16/2010 8:21:46 PM
60to70, she wrote one about menopause, but you think I could find it online?

dreamitliveitloveit, grandkids are the best thing ever. I try to see mine as much as I can, before they grow up and don't want to stay the night at grandmas house. I can see it already a bit. They used to play with the kitchen, but that's long gone and now they won't come out without their video games. My house is boring, because I don't have the television running as background noise.

Also, I only wish I'd written that menstruation poem...Lucille Clifton did, and she' s an award winning poet, poet laureate, etc...one day, when my writing grows up, I'd like to be just like her....
 Brizo
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Posted: 2/17/2010 4:32:25 PM
Trulio, how did that work out? Did they like it or grumble?

dreamitliveitloveit, yeah, that is the only two syllable number before ten...
 Brizo
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Posted: 2/19/2010 6:30:48 PM
dreamitliveitloveit, that's a lucky gal...most of us are born to blush unseen...

Lyrical Jewel, thank you! Hope you aren't mistaking Lucille Clifton's works for something I wrote...
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dear reader


like Elvis Costello
everyday I write the book
I can lead you to the cover
but you have to take a look

flip the last page first
and you'll miss the pleasure
of learning the plot
of living the story
in sensuous leisure

don't skip and skim
this is indolent prose
there's music in cadence
the future lies dormant
a reader would know
 Brizo
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Posted: 2/22/2010 8:26:29 PM
:) Thanks for leaving that

Well folks, I think it's time to take a bit of a break. I don't know if some folks are getting cabin fever or what...

last dance

We’re paying our last dance
turn slowly on the floor
and make a wish to chance
sway into the rhythm
get lost in our romance
before we reach the door
before we end this dance
stay a little more
linger in my memory
erase what came before
and leave me with your resonance
to echo in my core


I know, a little schmaltzy....well, a lot schmaltzy. Hope I spelled that right Jer. This is about all I have left. And no, it isn't a message that this is it. Just haven't many ideas this last year...and the quality of my writing is well, sh!t and has been for a while now.
 Alyosha
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Posted: 2/23/2010 5:21:35 AM

last dance

We’re paying our last dance
turn slowly on the floor
and make a wish to chance
sway into the rhythm
get lost in our romance
before we reach the door
before we end this dance
stay a little more
linger in my memory
erase what came before
and leave me with your resonance
to echo in my core


I know, a little schmaltzy....well, a lot schmaltzy. Hope I spelled that right Jer


I assume, hopefully, that you'll continue at least to look in here. And as for your spelling of "schmaltzy," I don't think the Chief Rabbi could have done it any better.
 Brizo
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Posted: 3/6/2010 10:48:44 PM
barfly

you're young
you gotta feed
your sexuality
I understand
and it's all right by me
but then I know
you get your stuff for free
and that it's paid
by working stiffs like me

who fund your string
of lousy choices
you get your share
and then you wallow
in the ditches
we call you on your sh!t
you call us b!tches

so dance a little closer
to that boozer
and raise some babies
with that loser
but don't you dare
complain to me
because I know
you get your stuff for free

LS 3/08/10
 woobytoodsday
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Posted: 3/6/2010 10:55:15 PM
Lol! So nice to see you back!! ♥
 Brizo
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Posted: 3/6/2010 11:15:07 PM
thanks woobs...that was kind of mean, but I went out tonight, and saw several people out drinking whose rent and food is paid by the government...

I knew I should have just went directly home from the singles dance...
 brawnydog
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Posted: 3/7/2010 4:49:45 AM

I knew I should have just went directly home from the singles dance...

And she's not politically correct, either. lol
Nobody loves a great rant more than I do. hahahaha

grab a couple years of WIC
you don't have to use those tits
those are just for playing with
gotta keep those nipples sensitive

better count your assets
if you expect to get food stamps
don't tell 'em you're a vet
tell 'em you live at band camp

pop out a baby and the rest is gravy
grandma needed something to do anyway
"hey stud, wanna shack up with me?"
"I've got food stamps if you're hungry."

I want some of this relief money the government keeps talking about.
but, you have to be a banker or politician to get that..
I've seen it splashed all over the news..
I haven't received any yet.. have you?

Here's some non-pc for your tastebuds..
just when you were prolly hoping I was done..
I still think posse should be spelled with a y
but, then again I'm a cowboy

yeah, nobody ever pays attention to the guy drivin the chuck wagon
it wouldn't matter if it were charlton heston
or, a reasonable facsimile
until it's time to eat

wasn't it Regan's wife who suggested condoms in schools?
you can't stop teens from doin' it you fools
putting birth control in the water would be putting good tax $ to work
you'd have to pass a written test to get the anti-dote

there are pluses and minuses to that political theory
ending up in the trailer parks mostly
I think they call 'em dwellings in the inner-city
I'm gonna find a corner and peddle chicken wings

and sell lottery tickets
that's where the real money's at
but, there's prolly a law against that
unless you're an indian or the government

oh, yeah, back to the topic..
about 20 miles up the road is a Hard Rock
another example of our tax dollars at work
the only fair bet in fla is the dog track

The Seminole Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel
located north of tampa just off of I-4
Is Arnold a Seminole?
No.. that's califorinia invading florida

If I were a politician.. and I'm not saying I'm not..
I'd pass a law against that
then I could get some kickbacks
I was someone's cousin, I thought..

I'll save the bullet train story for another day.
 Alyosha
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Posted: 3/7/2010 5:16:26 AM

barfly

you're young
you gotta feed
your sexuality
I understand
and it's all right by me
but then I know
you get your stuff for free
and that it's paid
by working stiffs like me

who fund your string
of lousy choices
you get your share
and then you wallow
in the ditches
we call you on your sh!t
you call us b!tches

so dance a little closer
to that boozer
and raise some babies
with that loser
but don't you dare
complain to me
because I know
you get your stuff for free[/qu0te]

I was hoping you'd be back - soon, and in your usual deft mode. So what if it was "mean" as you described it? Sometimes, some folks beg for mean! And as it says, I believe, somewhere in the Talmud: ""Those who are kind to the cruel, are cruel to the kind."
 Brizo
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Posted: 3/7/2010 10:24:26 AM
great quote there Jer...according to the laws of attraction there's supposed to be enough to go around if you just trust in the universe, but I'm not a very trusting soul...so being kind to the cruel yeah, takes it away from someone more deserving...because there does seem to be a finite amount of funding floating around...


you can't stop teens from doin' it you fools
putting birth control in the water would be putting good tax $ to work
you'd have to pass a written test to get the anti-dote


What an excellent idea...that would solve so many societal problems. I was one of those girls who got pregnant in school, and married very young. My life may have been different if birth control would have been more readily available back in 1978. I would never want to be without my Heather, but she should have come later when I would have been a better mother and had my ducks in a row...
 60to70
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Posted: 3/7/2010 11:58:16 PM
Brizo...children always feel your ambivalence and hesitation and inability to commit. Bonds such as family are always about finding a way to forgive and return to a state where loving matters. I am sure that Heather loves and ultimately forgives you the finer quibbles. Children are the greatest gift. They accept so much, they forgive most of everything. I loved my child...I know you loved yours. There is really no ideal state of parenting. Nowhere. Ducks in a row are an illusion. Family is the beginning of an understanding of what forgiveness really means. A real family vs. an imagined is not wrong. Reality never sucks...it only reflects the complexity and grandeur of what can be possible. Cheers.
 woobytoodsday
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Posted: 3/14/2010 2:26:59 PM
Come home little Brizo!!

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Harbinger

glossy black body shell
delicate lace of wing
first fly of spring

six hours sooner
came, spinning down her
silken string
first spider of spring




jjl
12 March 2010
 Alyosha
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Posted: 3/14/2010 3:31:42 PM
Oh, Wooby, that is SO good!

Did you happen to see Bill Moyers' Journal last night, with a) his marvellous conversation with John Sexton and b) excerpts from a previous year's Dodge Poetry Festival? And if so do you happen to know the name of the Afro-American poet who accompanied himself , on some amazing string instrument, as he recited?
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Posted: 3/14/2010 7:19:54 PM
Jer, try silverswans thread, I think she mentioned that boy on her Dodge write...

Woobs, that's purty! I'm wondering where the garden spiders will live this year. Once I had a black and yellow AND a green and yellow. Some lady claimed she saw a robin last week, it was nearly 60 degrees here. Of course, I'd have to work till closing that week...

Lately I've been hanging about an astrology site, learning again. I love the psychology of it all. I've been studying off and on since 1976, I go in spurts. You'd think I'd be better at it by now...and my daughter got my a membership at the Y as an early birthday gift. I have to go several times a week or I feel I'm wasting her money.

Do youguys remember the beautiful roomate I used to mention, who hardly had any female friends because she was so good looking? How I said no one realized how smart and talented she was because they were blindsided by her good looks? How we moved in together and left our husbands - we were roomies for two years. Well, sweet SuzyQ died this last Friday. I've spend a very weepy weekend.

bringing it home:

petri

soon the ocean returned
to serene
just another scene
reflected from her ever
changing face
birthed from her waters
rocked in saline
touched by grace
we are made one
by common trace
touchstone legacy
genus, species
race

LS 02/12/10
Age of Innocence
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Posted: 3/14/2010 10:20:07 PM
Brizo....a loving and beautiful tribute to your friend. Like a prayer. From your very heart.
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Posted: 3/15/2010 1:38:13 PM
Ah, Jer. Sorry, no TV, and even my computer refuses to do things that move (like videos). Sounds like it could be Chinua Achebe (though I don't think of him as a poet so much) or Amiri Baraka.
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Posted: 3/24/2010 8:30:19 AM
youguys...I'm in heaven.

Just had wireless installed, I can't tell you how much faster this is than satellite, I hit a button, it pops up! Woohoo, worth every penny of the install!

Working on a song right now, it's kind of a metal/screamer one, I imagine Disturbed or Lincoln Park or something belting it out...anyhoo, not done becoming...
 woobytoodsday
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Posted: 3/27/2010 3:25:57 AM
Have a friend from Chicago staying with me, and she's been wireless for years. She was watching me blogging, and one page was loading exceedingly slowly even for dialup. I was sitting quietly, working a mantra, and remarked to her that I think of dialup as meditation. . . . She let out a big whoop. A bit later, I was *really* beginning to get frustrated, and she laughed: Looks like it's becoming a cosmic FU. . . . My turn to whoop. I don't see the time when I'll *ever* be able to do better than satellite. But it won't be wildblue. . . . But I've met a number of peeps around here who are very satisfied with Hughes, so maybe. . . .
 Brizo
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Posted: 3/27/2010 11:24:06 AM
Woobs, not Wildblue, for the loveofgod....

I started out fine, and they did what they called a "service pack" which actually decreased my speed. And so on and so forth. Recently the install/repair guy was here and apparently my tria was virtually useless. I had a netcam but while I could see and hear them, what they got with my awful upload speed was pixilation and choppy sound. I ended up shutting it down.

My electric company offered to replace my modem and satellite and give me a half month free but I decided to bite the bullet and pay for the install of the new system. The reason being the electric company was selling to someone else, and I've dealt with them before when I had dial up. My impression so far is great!

I can get through my email now in a little over fifteen minutes, and it's chock full of activist stuff, usually about fifteen petitions at least a day...web pages load faster, I can now watch videos and streams. Maybe even I can reinstall my camera and Skype. Woohoo!
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Posted: 5/20/2010 8:53:00 PM
It keeps ticking in my mind
the little girl who played with shells
how long ago we saw the world
looking up
let the day bring surprises and memories
that settle nicely in a big basket of
forget-me-nots
and Birthday Candles
with promises
Do you have the little shells still
Birthday Girl?

I just couldn't not stop in for a friend's Birthday :)
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