In search of story


June 7.19

There’s something to be said

for a line that’s imprecise;

like Mona Lisa’s wink,

it makes people focus twice.

This sign that’s not aligned

in parallel perfection

partners with the gleam

of nostalgia and confection.

Gumballs and a Coke lid,

iconic barber pole,

floors that mimic mirrors,

playful, even droll.

There might be message here

in tinseled frippery:

savor the cockeyed line,

seize gumball reverie.

Life can be so dark

with its arrows and its slings;

it’s good when it’s illumined

by bright and shiny things.


Yet more thanks to photographer S.W. Berg.




Disconnections: May 18.18

Dear reader,

Something weird started yesterday: I couldn’t write a post with a photo in it. It goes without saying that I have no idea what’s going on, but I can’t help wondering if a very recent Windows update messed up something with WordPress. Like I know what I’m talking about.

I can write a post without photos, apparently, but I’ve grown to love the photo as prompt (thanks, Tamara!) and, besides, there’s a matter of principle involved when we want the computer to do something and it won’t. I want to know what’s up with this. I’m miffed. So there will be a slight sabbatical here while I work on a more colorful vocabulary and try to figure this out.