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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Agitation


 

Agitation

There was an old man from Keene
Who showered, while the washing macheene
Made the water temp drop
While the old man, he hopped.
Takes agitation to really get cleene.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Wreckage We Survey















The Wreckage We Survey

Warm and wet the living world began,
   A tea party set, just so, for the new folk,
A garden filled with creatures bold and shy,
   Begging for attention from the gardeners.

Inexplicable choices made in the shade,
   Naked, running out among the brambles,
Farmers, now, not gardeners - their first land rush;
   Plowing all along the way, the once unwounded Earth.
  
The sun warms, the moon lights the night to comfort,
   While darkness growing darker, the seasons rise and fall.
And the wreckage we survey is all our own making.
   Not His. The smoking ruin, demands I pay attention.

© 2014 by Tom King

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Good Old Days





















The Good Old Days

In the good old days, everything was better.
Horse didn't emit carbon to pollute the fragrant air,
And scooping horse manure out of the street
Created jobs and fertilizer for our roses fair.
      …and after a while you got used to the smell of poop.

In the good old days, food was better.  
Lots of gravy, flour biscuits, beans and lard
And fruit in season before it rotted in the pantry
And under the porch, coated in lime – potatoes old and hard
      …except when you ran out and had no cash to go to town.

In the good old days, our kids were better.
Obeyed their parents, early to rise, early to sleep
You could still beat them black and blue when needed
And make them work the cotton fields to earn their keep
      …except the ones that ran off and took up train robbing.

In the good old days, people talked more.
Usually about the neighbors who were for Sunday dinner served.
Some called it gossip, but to us it was "human interest"
And always were family traditions carefully preserved
      …like incest, child abuse, drunkenness and wife-beating.

In the good old days, we lived to ripe old age
Growing old and wise in the bosom of our kin
We lived long and useful lives in health and vigor
Village elders were greatly respected way back then.
      …of course, most of us were dead by 40 or too senile to gripe 
                   about anything if we did live that long

Those romantic good old days, when romance reigned
A young man went to see her father and bargained for his bride.
And she belonged to him along with several dozen cattle
And she worked 18 hour days, no pay and nothing ever to decide
      …except whether or not smile and bow or take a beating.

Ah, the good old days, what thrilling times they were.
Life was brutish, cruel and short and evil men were bold.
It's funny how we forget that almost half of us as children then
Never managed to grow up, much less managed to grow old.
      …except if you were rich and managed not to ever get pneumonia, 
                   typhoid measles, mumps, Spanish flu or diphtheria….

© 2014 by Tom King

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dialects





We speak with the tongues of men,
Rough and smooth, sharp and soft,
Brusque and off-putting, smooth and welcoming
Some thoughts a simple word, some unpronounceable

Some languages belonging to families
Sharing sounds and structure
Some standing alone--no other kin,
Living in harsh isolation from their neighbors

Angels I imagine speak words
That fall like music on the ear
Perhaps that's the problem.
Perhaps we have too little music in our words.

© 2014 by Tom King