Category Archives: Poetry and Prose

expressionist freeverse, punk rock lyrics, occasional ode to love, digression into nonsense, or possibly vaguely lyrical or rhyming, but not likely – maybe in cycles

Poem: Earliest Recollections (Lansing, MI, 1973 with tornado)

Poem: Earliest Recollections (Lansing, MI, 1973 with tornado)

Lansing Michigan, 1973
eating macaroni & cheese
in a damp basement
while adults whispered
windows shivered
radio crackled

and i wondered why
the tornado was coming

and then my memory began

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Note:

this is brother Bob’s (straight ahead) birthday March 1973 so i (front right) was 2.5 years old / for years i recalled this photo somehow and then going through my dear late Mom’s slides, found this and *knew it* instantly / that screened in porch, the sun, and everything. 

Aside:

this memory was described elsewhere in a riff…

“A brief stint in Lansing Michigan is where I remember my first thoughts, hunkered in the basement easting macaroni and cheese during a tornado, sitting in a big screened-in porch eating birthday cake with my glasses on.”

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Engineer in Istanbul (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)

Surveys Come Pre-checked (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 7, Espionage)

Surveys Come Pre-checked (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)
Surveys Come Pre-checked (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)

Stamps Inky with Indifference (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 7, Espionage)

Stamps Inky with Indifference (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)
Stamps Inky with Indifference (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)

No Transmissions Reach Rowboats (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 7, Espionage)

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Insist on Compliance (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 7, Espionage)

Insist on Compliance (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)
Insist on Compliance (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)

Future Splendid (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 7, Espionage)

Future Splendid (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)
Future Splendid (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)

Divide Amorous from Truculent (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 7, Espionage)

Divide Amorous from Truculent (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)
Divide Amorous from Truculent (aerogramme) – Items: Forgotten (vol. 6, Espionage)

800 Years He Wandered – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

800 Years He Wandered – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation) -- Template
800 Years He Wandered – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation) — Template

Adelaide Epiphany – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Adelaide Epiphany – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)
Adelaide Epiphany – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)