Tuesday, December 06, 2016

In Canis Major

Why is the Dog Star
Always Sirius
When real dogs are
Often delirious?

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Two Parties

The two party system is a see-saw, in which whoever is "up" tends to think their triumphant upness is permanent.

The humiliation burns
Whenever it's time to take turns.

Evolutionary Question

Fish struggles to understand
Whether it's true
That going on land
Is a better thing to do.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Olfactory Imagination

If you ask me to remember a smell, I can, but it never seems super vivid. 

However I sometimes dream a smell, quite vividly, and I know this because I sometimes wake from a dream, still "smelling" something, puzzled whether the scent is real or imaginary. 

My brain in its dreams
Works better it seems
Than when it's awake
And I consciously make
Requests to re-smell
A scent I know well. 

Thursday, December 01, 2016


Last night, for today's charity bake sale at work, I made the only thing I've ever baked on my own - lemon bars.

By coincidence, I was watching a TV legal drama last night, an episode of "Bull", in which jurors were being dismissed by the defense when they answered that they preferred baking to cooking. The idea was that baking requires lots of attention to details, and the defense didn't want jurors who were focused on the details at the expense of the big picture. 

When you fail
To deal with details
They can derail
The effort to bake
That glorious cake
You're hoping to make. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


I met the actress playing Maggie tonight. It was her first rehearsal. I was favorably impressed. 

Not sultry exactly,
But sexy and frank
With lots of tiger
In her tank. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Who Stole It?

Was it the Russians
By dint of digital hacking?
Was it immigrants
Whose documentation was lacking?
Was it the Electoral College,
Old fashioned, in need of sacking?
Or was it Martians,
With possible Klingon backing?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Economic Experiments

Typically when it was tried
lots of people died.

Yes, that's Communism with a capital C. And speaking of things with a capital C, Fidel Castro, longtime dictator of Cuba, has died.

They were celebrating in the streets last night in Miami.

They know how to hold a grudge.
Their attitude did not budge.

Those were exiles, and the children of exiles, and I suppose the grandchildren of exiles at this point.

Meanwhile, people are fleeing Venezuela, noted ally of Cuba, where they have once again been conducting the great experiment of Socialism. And when we say experiment, we do mean experiments on human beings.

Be you businessman or peasant,
starvation is not pleasant.