Friday, May 27, 2011

Wake! Rise!


Packing up their kit-bags of invisible tools,
Patriotic Actors have renewed their vows
to pursue terrorists of all stripes, bands,
colors & color-combinations. Libertarian

Rand Paul (R-KY) & the ACLU object,
among others, making political bedfellows
of strict-constitutional insomniacs. Or is
everybody else comatose? Wake & Rise!

(26 MAY 11, Santa Clara CA)v4

on The New Verse News for 28 MAY 11

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I was winding my old watch
when the World ended,
or I thought I was.

I’m not sure what time it was,
what time zone I was in.

Time no longer mattered,
I thought, matter no longer
felt quite the same.

I blamed Higgs Boson particularly,
Harold Camping, numerically,
& contined to wind my watch.

I’m probably still winding it.

(25 MAY 11, Santa Clara CA)v3

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

21 MAY 2011 CE

Oakland CA evangelical radio broadcaster Harold Camping (88) has studied The Bible for over 70 years & says he's come up with a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden in it. Trained as a civil engineer, Camping crunched the numbers one night a few years ago & was stunned to find that the world will end on 21 MAY 2011, 11am PDT.

21 MAY 2011 is also my 69th b'day. Ginny & I intend to be at a midday (10am-1pm) health fair & free picnic here at Valley Village where we both live (in Santa Clara CA, in Silicon Valley) I'll let you know if anybody at the picnic mentions Camping or The Rapture he's predicting as happening on Sat. Or my b'day.

Evening UPDATE: Nobody mentioned Camping or the Rapture. Re: my b'day: just Ginny Zeitman & Lorraine Wheeler (who lives in my bldg. & smilingly declines to explain how she knows it.)

But now it's back to this World (as most of us know it.)

This World

e.e. cummings, revisited

Whether this World ends/not,
the day begins. Or does it?

What we’re seeing satisfies
most of us as adequate proof
of a World where things aren’t
going very well at all for most

of us. Therein lies the belief
in rapturous transcendence
of This World (as we know it):

above This World’s a better one.

(22 MAY 2011, Santa Clara CA)

I turned 69 on 21 MAY 11. Nothing happened,

so Camping's upping his Rapture-date to 21 OCT 11.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chauvet Pont d'Arc Cave

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, dir. Werner Herzog, (USA, English, 2010)

Yesterday Ginny & I went to experience Werner Herzog's new 3-D documentary of the Chauvet Pont d'Arc Cave in France's Ardeche region (Rhone-Alpes); sitting front row center in West San Jose's CineArts 6, wearing our polarized glasses, the brightness of the stones of the landscape & the artificially-lit white interiors really did make us feel we were there, except for ambient temperature. It's full of animal drawings that could just as well have been done recently by contemporary figurative-art students. The small audience of less than a dozen couples were all 65+, obviously uninterested in 3-D THOR showing in another part of the cine-complex; it apparently takes advanced age to appreciate the truly prehistoric (32K years.) What I came away thinking was not that the principal artist was 6' tall, but assuming he fondly stroked/slapped the life-sized woman's white thigh after he'd finished drawing her on the stalactite. Was he a member of a tribal guild who began & continued the drawings, who thought: my brother(s), father, uncle(s), grandfather(s) have drawn & re-drawn these buried animals. Did he have any sense of time other than family & season? Isn't that still a part of how we reckon Time? If so, then how humanly distant is 32K years?

This appears, with minor alterations, as "Herzog's 3-D Cave of Prehistoric Dreams" in The [San Francisco] Bay Citizen ( 'Columns & Citizen Blogs' section.

Friday, May 13, 2011


A barrel, a box, a bag.
What does it take to carry
your goods? Or are they
the containers themselves?
Where are you taking them?

(10 MAY 11, Santa Clara CA)v2
"An African Refugee" variant appears on
The New Verse News, Th. 26 May 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011



A wan, drawn CHENEY
said vaguely on MSNBC:

“This really is a great day
for an awful lot of people

[who I can't name]

who worked very hard
for a long time.”

(05 MAY 11, Santa Clara)v2
on the New Verse News.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011