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betrayed by truculent tribbles
he clanged the clappered klaxon
dive! dive! down to the deeps!
escaped he into enfolding ebon


I think I had meant to base the title on the classic Disney live action submarine adventure movie, which I remember liking as a kid but not much else as I'd apparently even forgotten the exact number of leagues. This trailer which I've just now looked up kind of makes me want to see it again; I love Mason's "That is brisket of blowfish with sea squid dressing, basted in barnacles" at 3:24."

I have no idea what tribbles had to do with it, aside from their truculence.

Mon May 31, 2010 11:21 pm
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the gnat bats
around my face and bathroom
wall, teasingly.

taking up a square of toilet
paper, i hope it will stay
still on its seemingly randomly chosen wall perch
long enough for me to squish it
like the mighty primeval hunter i am; it does
not, and with some sense
of relief from killer's remorse i watch its lazy escape: taunting me
, it meanders
about, lingering tantalizingly over likely looking spots
on the wall and mirror only to continue on
to the next fascinating invisible spot in space
over the faucet.

it flickers out of my attention to god
knows where as i contemplate
the forlorn pinched tissue and the opportunity the aerial perambulator
has eschewed as so much crap
performance art: the chance to go out nobly crushed
by what to it must be at least a house-sized mass
prepared specifically for its demise
by a creature hundreds of thousands of times
its weight--the kind of death afforded to super
heroes, in our parlance. oh fickle
gnat, you could have been the silver
surfer to my celestial.


Longer than I normally would have liked, but genuinely semi-autobiographical. Gnats, as far as I can infer from the internet, might weigh somewhere around a milligram, which is one one-thousandth of a gram, which is very little. I do gnot gnow if that was actually a gnat, though; that's just what I tend to call any little fly-like insect smaller than a regular type of fly.

The Celestials are, of course, awesome : )

Mon May 31, 2010 11:24 pm
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Exquisite Bone Structure


New neighbors left for work
Trash men empty their bins
Strange young woman
In a strange car
Clatters objects into said cans
Contemptuously gazing
So exciting
These Russian spies


Inspired by those H0t spies we just swapped with Russia for the guy who didn't want to come here. But also, a true story (although I can't prove they're Russian spies...yet).

I edited the capital "I" in "In," because in the Kremlin Duma font it looked like overlapping capital I and O, which was confusing in this context.

Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:01 am
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see the surface
imply the depth


Vowels Get Serious


Imply-you an aptitude
in using words irresponsibly--
even outlandishly--on occasion?
It's unapologetically awful!


Should Have Slept In


My toothpaste goes swimming
the sink swells
This only happens
after insufficent sleep


I came up with these in the wee hours of the morning a month or so ago, and they've been nagging every once in a while since then.

I really like the font I found for the first one and how that goes with the words; I'd been thinking I needed a sort of watery font for it, but then I realized the last one was also sort of a water theme, and in fact I do water-themed poems a *lot* for some reason. So I was extra-glad I found a non-water font for that one, whew.

Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:16 am
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A rustling of feathers
The crow flies straight
Don't curse me, Odin
I tried not to scare you


Seemed like wherever I went this afternoon, there were crows hopping around, looking at me suspiciously with their heads cocked to the side. Probably just coincidence, although I wonder if the arrival of fall increases their scavenging activities.

The biggest and bravest one had fruffed up, discolored feathers, like he was really old or something. This--probably together with the cooling weather--made me think of that wacky head of the Norse pantheon, Odin, who liked to go around disguised as an old man or raven, messing with people.

Odin, partly because he messed with people a lot, and also because he was father of many of the gods and really powerful, got a lot of names. Here's what the Edda (The Everyman Library edition, translated by Anthony Faulkes, bolding mine) has to say about some of his names:
'Odin is called All-father, for he is father of all gods. He is also called Val-father [father of the slain], since all those who fall in battle are his adopted sons. He assigns them places in Val-hall and Vingolf, and they are then known as Einheriar. He is also called Hanga-god [god of the hanged] and Hapta-god [god of prisoners], Farma-god [god of cargoes], and he called himself by various other names on his visit to King Geirrod:

"I call myself Grim and Ganglari, Herian, Hialmberi, Thekk, Third, Thunn, Unn, Helblindi, High, Sann, Svipal, Sanngetal, Herteit, Hnikar, Bileyg, Baleyg, Bolverk, Fiolnir, Grimnir, Glapsvinn, Fiolsvinn, Sidhott, Sidskegg, Sig-father, Hnikud, All-father, Atrid, Farmatyr, Oski, Omi, Just-as-high, Blindi, Gondlir, Harbard, Svidur, Svidrir, Ialk, Kialar, Vidur, Thror, Ygg, Thund, Vakr, Skilfing, Vafud, Hropta-Tyr, Gaut, Veratyr."'

Then spoke Gangleri: 'What a terrible lot of names you have given him! By my faith, one would need a great deal of learning to be able to give details and explanations of what events have given rise to each of these names.'

Then said High: 'It is very instructive to go closely into all this. But to put it in a word, most names have been given him as a result of the fact that with all the branches of languages in the world, each nation finds it necessary to adapt his name to their language for invocation and prayers for themselves, but some events giving rise to these names have taken place in his travels and have been made the subject of stories, and you cannot claim to be a wise man if you are unable to tell of these important happenings.'

Hm! Tough getting into wise man school back then. Well let's see what we can do. About his name Vidur specifically, later in the Edda, a poet is quoted as saying:
'No need for men to nurse fear about my poetry. In Vidur's booty I use no spite. We know how to order praise-works.'

and even later another poet says
'Poets call me Vidur's thought-smith, getter of Gaut's gift, lack-nought hero, server of Ygg's ale, song-making Modi, skilled smith of rhyme; what is a poet other than that?'

so I thought that name would do as the title of a poem about him. Wikipedia translates "Vidur" as "Killer."

Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:33 am
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Smells like


Smells like failure

her mouth said from
the vicinity of my right ear
as she graced me with a
consolation hug
her compact breasts feeling somehow
hard as rocks against my chest
through both of our coats

So I'll give you a call some
I began during the early arriving
don't bother
she ungrammatically ended
the sentence for me
I've already blocked your number

one final glance
just making sure it had all sunk in and
I wasn't going to try to follow her or
my crest apparently fallen sufficiently
her back brisked away down the sidewalk

trying to pick out some flaw
in the structure or movement
of her diminishing rear end
that would ultimately have
driven me to drink


defeated by loose-fitting
jeans very obviously worn
to discourage rather
than impress

alone and unhappy
I was still saying to myself over
cold rushed
breakfast the next morning
pretending I meant her

out of milk
I just used water


Don't worry, mom! This isn't really autobiographical.

I never buy milk. :)

Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:19 am
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4 Leaf Son of a Bitch


Where has the magic gone
freaking leprechauns


Came up with this one a while ago so I can't say for sure what was going through my mind at the time. I do like "shillelagh" an awful lot as a word, though.

Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:52 pm
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time through work and busy hands does fly
peering backwards now, are we satisfied
or have life and youth hotly passed us by
leaving cold regrets that in shadows lie


Just thinking about life and choices. I think I've chosen good things.

Also after writing it I realized the end there was totally cribbed from Tolkien, ie "In Mordor where the shadows lie."

Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:54 pm
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Elision X


caterpillar twists in a Mobius strip

discoloration due to Doppler shift

passing songs and cars

elide my thoughts


"Elide" didn't quite mean what I thought it meant when I thought of that last line--but it worked nevertheless. Hooray for words. :)

I like this font. It isn't the first label tape font I've seen, but it's pretty nice. I wonder if anyone's ever actually done poems in label tape? Time to google. ... Yep! Here's one, for instance. Neat!

Also, I was rather pleased with having worked "Doppler shift" into a poem. :D

Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:21 pm
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Ave Maria


Your eyes are filled with pearls
Your coffee filled with paste

He's put poison in your pudding
And diamonds in your waste

Cataracts line linoleum;
Soft gumdrops dot your face

Once you thought
The world made sense
But now you surely know

It doesn't matter
What you've done
But only where you go


I was going to use a font called "Champignon" for this, but there appears to be some suspicion that it's a pirated font. "HenryMorganHand" is nice, although as you'll notice in the attribution line at the bottom, where I *didn't* adjust it by hand, the spacing of the "y" seems to be off.

Counting out Champignon and another by the same "author" that may also be stolen, there's a real dearth of good, free calligraphic fonts at =p

Mon May 09, 2011 3:58 am
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