Oddments

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October 25.19

Sing a song of decadence,

a hymn to sweet excess,

paean to insouciance —

hail, oh, sticky mess!

Concupiscence so caramel’d,

so delicately plated,

inarguable its tenet:

self-restraint is over-rated.

 

 

With a tip of the hat (and maybe the scales)

to The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers,

Broad Ripple, Indianapolis.


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August 8.19

Going along usually

means we are resignedly

used to certain monotony

knowing what we’re going to see.

But the gods of serendipity

with powers deft and wizardly

bestow upon us mercifully

an occasional jolt of jollity

and make us say with energy

that of all a city’s jewelry

the best is nonconformingly

that thing with personality.

 

Thanks yet again to photographer S.W. Berg.

 


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June 16.19: Postcards from Emmy

Eyes up

or dead ahead

full-faced

uncorseted

youthful

 oaken vertebrae

steel-enforced

DNA.

Downcast eyes

will not attend

the future that

these two portend.

Fearless Girl times two

foreseeing

each steadfast

in her own being.

 

To all the dads who have given the world Fearless Girls, a very happy Fathers’ Day!

 

With thanks to the unnamed photographer,

to sculptor Kristen Visbal,

and, of course, to Emmy.