Thursday, May 31, 2012



What are you dying of?
is the unspoken thought

during these dying decades; many think
of breast cancer, AIDS, Alzheimers,
incurable (yet uncured) pandemics, all

unspeakable thoughts, read in the a.m. paper
by lunch become 'the known cause of death.’

At lunch I was told: "as a 70yr old man, you
already have testicular cancer"; already well
aware of it, I try not to think about it often,

but it seems you can't escape dying
as subject anymore; instead, try

thinking yourself out of suffering. 

(31 MAY 12, Santa Clara CA)v9, appeared on
Sunday, 10 JUN 12,  in the New Verse News: 

Monday, May 28, 2012

NO DRAFT, NO WAR, Just Peace

NO DRAFT, NO WAR, Just Peace

One of my uncles, a submariner,
another, a bomber waist-gunner,
another, an OSS assassin in Poland,
another, a mountain ski-trooper
killed in the Italian alps; his widow,
a WAVE, married to an Army cook,
none of them ever marked me for war
except my father, rejected by the army:
for wearing glasses, for being married,
for having a child (me), incredulous that
I wouldn’t accept the Vietnam War draft:
“You’re a citizen! You have to!” He'd never
learn I beat the army draft by checking-off
“covert homosexual" (hidden in its long list of
debilities) during my pre-induction physical. 

How can we deflate war's delusions?
No draft. No war. Just Peace.

(USA Memorial Day 2012, Santa Clara CA)v9
appeared on The New Verse News
for Wed. 30 MAY 12

British WW1 soldier-poets saw war was horrific for the troops & delusional for the homefront. It is again. It always was.

Saturday, May 26, 2012



I hear high whistling in my ears as
I turn 70. My HMO audiologist says
not to obsess about it, so I'm trying

not to, but it's steadily buzzing, : 

there, whereever there is, buzzing
like a fluorescent-fixture ballast. Will 
it buzz temporarily, or indefinitely.?

(26 MAY 12, Santa Clara CA)v6

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


As our World ended, I wound an old watch
or thought I did, unsure what time it was,
or what time-zone I was in, as if
Time & Matter didn't matter; anybody 
blame Higgs' Boson, or Harold Camping
for our no longer winding watches?

(23 MAY 12, Santa Clara CA)v15
(1 day after my 70th birthday)

Monday, May 21, 2012


On my 70th birthday,
I suppress my tears
@ our Sun's implosion 
in only 5 billion years,
@ all I see & know
o  b  l    i    t   e    r   a      t        e          d

(21 MAY 12, Santa Clara CA)v9

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

the JESUS-app.


How deeply is the Jesus-app.
embedded if, when, & once 
you’ve been raised a Christian?

The Roman Catholic church
has always held that baptism
leaves an indelible mark.

Is long/wet exposure as deep
as earnest conversion? 

(16 MAY 12, Santa Clara CA)v7

Thursday, May 10, 2012



You work thru the 1987 AMISH COOKIN’
cookbook of Clark-Madison MO.
(compiled by Mrs.Henry L. Yoder)
w/ a yellow highlighter
highlighting recipes

you can reduce for 2
by dividing them as written,
sometimes by 4, 8, 12, 16, 20.

Contributors to every section include
women of the Gingerich family:
Mrs. Chrissie J. Sr., Mrs. Jacob N.
Mrs. Jonas C., Mrs. Joni D.
Mrs. Mose C.,  Mrs. Noah J.,
Mrs. Paul D., Mrs. Sammie E., etc.

(10 MAY 12, Santa Clara CA)v5

Sunday, May 6, 2012

'Supermoon' g@zing

Like a Moon devotee, I sat outdoors last nite outside Dr. Ginny's 'semi-detached 'cottage' here in Santa Clara watching it from 8:30-9:30+pm PST with Ginny & Tom Friedrich, wrapped in blankets, sharing a small S.F.-style sourdough bread boule

Thursday, May 3, 2012


(AP - newspoem)

Speaking to a group of high-dollar
donors @ Arlington VA’s Ritz-Carlton,
Mitt poked fun at President Obama's
newly-unveiled campaign slogan:

"Forward" -  "Forward, what?
over the cliff?" Mitt muddled
Obama’s campaign slogan:
"His new slogan is: Progress?

No, forward. Forward! That's it!
Progress would be better; I might
even use that one myself, actually.”

Donors paid $2,500 - $10,000
depending on access wanted.

This is the first the Romney campaign
allowed any kind of access to the media:

2 print-pool reporters were allowed inside
on behalf of all national print journalists,

but only to hear Romney's remarks
at the general reception, not
several smaller meetings.

(03 MAY 12, Santa Clara CA)v5