Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ghosts of Christmases Past

Once a girl swallowed a magic pebble on Christmas Eve. Her mom had to call the doctor to find out whether she should throw it up right now or let it take a leisurely trip down and out. Down and out was the winner. A few days later the mom was exceedingly happy to fish a glowing blue orb out of the commodious sea.

One year later a girl suddenly stood up and ran away from the traditional Christmas Eve chili dinner. Time was of the essence and the door leading to the commodious sea was closed. A chili volcano erupted. The dad did not take pleasure in the aftermath. The girl declined all offers of chili for at least a year. It's possible the dad did too.

Nothing unusual happened on Christmas Eve in the following years. The mom and the dad were relieved.

Monday, December 20, 2010


I see small best.

I treasure small.

I see tree,

not forest.

No scope. No panorama.

I see less.



Bug. Bud.

Bird. Limb. Knot.

Minute. Detailed. Intricate. Individual.

Invisibles in forest vision.

You conquer forest,


I linger among trees.


Small, small me.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

gratefuls beginning with 360

360 brings to mind turn, turn, turn...

swirly swirls of a dry blowy snow
in a warm car with my loves, watching
classical christmas on pandora
in a warm car with my loves, listening

no rush to decorate
only decorating this much

maddening expectable changes at work
that mostly keep boredom away
the cheese always moving
this rat can roll with it (better than I credit myself, sometimes)

a driver's license
a driver's permit
another car

lost the six most michelinian pounds of my michelin man middle
can see the difference
can feel the difference
am liking the difference


Thursday, December 2, 2010


In the dark
the freshly licensed driver
made ready for her maiden journey.

Her sentimental mother
stocking footed in the cold
readied the camera.

(the picture would have been here)

her startled mother
jumped up and down
waved her arms

The new driver left with unlit headlights.