Eid Mubarak

To my friends celebrating, Eid Mubarak. I hope you guys have a wonderful day!

Eid Mubarak

Don’t be afraid friends,
Words are powerful sure,
And these ones are beautiful,
And joyous, sing them —
Celebrate them,
Celebrate this season of our differences.

Unite under the crescent moon,
hold your sister, your brother,
hold your aunt, your mother,
and hold your friend, your lover —
this feeling is the same.

Forgive the ignorance,
Be joyous in the wide expanse of life,
Feast on the plenitude of love that surrounds you,

Let us walk together,
Hand in hand,
And celebrate this season of our differences,
these differences are lights,
tapers that illuminate the night.

Follow me down the rabbit hole:

To my dear friends who are celebrating Eid, I hope you enjoy yourselves tremendously. Love you. ❤

(1) Eid Mubarak:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_Mubarak
(2) Eid al-Fitr:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Fitr
(3) Ramadan:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan

Les lumières grises

For my cousin Alyssa, who wanted a poem about Paris in the rain. Poetry month day 16.

Les lumières grises

Angry elves bundled,
Hunkered under
Floating Mushroom caps,
Bobbing down
Sidewalks, running into
Metros, scowling at,
Murky puddles, avoiding
angry drops, lava —
falling from the sky.

Atheists joined in silent vespers,
Crowded behind foggy panes,
Staring at the beads,
Hitting and rolling,
Down —
Down —
Down —
Calming the fray
Equalizing everyone under
a cool blanket of grey
Soaking sorry saps into
Submission.

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Don’t touch puddles in Paris, you can never be sure they’re water.

Gospel Harmonies

For the geniuses of Diatessaron: Darren, Carl, Erik, Simon and Stephan. You inspire me.

The staff
Of life
Has many notes
and many heights

Fly me between them
Soar on the treble
Dragged me through them
Crawl the base
Transported to some
Faraway place

With parrot wings
Icarus triumphantly sings
Highs and lows,
Notes no one knows,

So close to the sun
feel the vibrato,
vibrate with the feeling,
of false bravado.

Unter den Linden,
Fast pace,
New face,
I chase.

The amazon rushes through,
this volley of sounds,
Infused with your faraway ground,
Running– faster and faster.

Get me up,
No bring me down,
Basking with urgency
in the notes you’ve found.

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These guys are seriously talented! Check them out!

http://prog.teamrock.com/news/2015-07-16/diatessaron-all-the-way-track-premiere

Gin (or why I can’t fit into my old skinny jeans)

For Ty, who suggested (very wisely) the title: “Gin (or why I can’t fit into my old skinny jeans)”. This is poem 14 of poetry month! Nearly half way!

Gin (or why I can’t fit into my old skinny jeans)

Swill it around –
Clean and clear,
Nothing goes better with Hendrix than
Hendricks – Let it soak through,
Delicious juniper flavour –
In a pinch, Bombay will do.

Feeling Naughty?
Have Beefeater with lime,
Those panties will be gone,
If you’re running on Gordon’s time.

Sure, some might call them hedonic,
But nothing’s quite as fine,
as a good old gin tonic.

Beauty Every[where]

For Pete, who sent me a picture of the Kearl oil sands at about 430 am. 

The day broke
Freed from the night
Lawns sprinkled white and bright,
Onward still the pistons pressed,
No attrition, crushing through the Robin’s nest,
Feel the fresh breath — smoke.

Melted crayons dripping from on high,
Vermilion, Mango and Goldenrod,
Blending together so all might laud
These colours sweet, unflawed
A tapestry through which personalities have clawed
Woven in prairies and rising skies.

Even in the most long lost places,
the days are blessed with many faces,
Quietness in these machined pits,
And bits of stillness laced with grit,
Lest these moments go to waste,
Allow them to deface blackness with grace.

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A Whale of a Tail Tale

For Lisa, who wanted a poem featuring frequency, rhyme and exaggeration. 🙂

Strolling along a beach, I wished,
to see a glimmering silver fish,
and when I turned my eye, I spied,
A rainbow whale- hundred feet long and eleventy meters high
To me he did croon
A wonderful whale of a tune
About oceans deep and evenings spent,
aneath the moon.
Then I saw it, atop his back
a small round saddle, flat and black.
Perched right near, his tiny top hat,
With a voice so small,
to the gentleman I did call,
“Might I come adventure with you,
And explore the big cerulean too?”
With a smile and a wink, he said “Hop on”,
And so together we sang the wistful whale song,

“High, high, high,
and low, low, low,
swimming the seas
we go, go, go,
Past underwater fire bees,
and thickets of kelp,
Near diamond anemones,
Though old ships sunken still calling for help.”

He took me to his home,
where the earth meets the sky and basks in gloam,
the land of tridents and Posseidon,
where each breath widens the horizon,
where you can harmonize with mermaids
and sirens in golden glades,
A virtual technicolor arcade,
With fountains made of lemonade,
and grand coral palisades,
where rays and sharks walk the promenade,
Sleeping on rays of moonshine,
Peaceful and enshrined.

Alive

For Ryan, who wanted a poem about midlife crisis’!

Quarter, third or mid,
No matter the fraction,
It stems from stopping,
To ask the question

Just barely alive,
But, am I living,
Surely there is more,
than just this existing.

Look through the window,
Onto time running by
Feel your senses numbed
By the endless barrage of stimuli.

Seasons have became acquaintances
to be observed behind a seamless pane
And the meetings have become monotonous,
Chores — rote and mundane.

Stop to see all your things,
Feel them foreign, heavy in your palms,
So many hours spent toiling,
These fruits a poor balm.

The reflex reaction comes in many shades,
A fearful shaking few adventure out afraid,
Quitting jobs and taking planes,
Looking for sunshine, in the shade.

Different words, same melody,
They join in search for a new harmonies,
Looking for the lost bits of entropy,
Seeking frantically – a state of internal emergency.

These beautiful wild-eyed banshees,
Decided to search for more in living
Though safety is not guaranteed,
They decided there is more than just this
Existing.

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My new friend Ty created this companion poem with the same prompt!

Preach (the midnight gang of bookstore philosophers)

It is sometimes written
– though never for polite discourse –
That relevance is one of the
Many disciples of perspective

Ryan was a mysterious man
Known only to some across a sea of un-see-able bytes.
Through occasional musings with absent friends
He tried to find his perspective of relevance
Only to discover that his relevance was perspective

When the philosophy of causal conversation had been gained
To his immediate and gratifying satisfaction
Ryan donned the trappings of James Dean
Bought a red car and
Kissed his wife goodbye

Coffee and cigarettes always tasted better in California.