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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on May 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adam and Eve, , , , , , Narcissus, , ,   


    In a comment to my last post (CERF’S UP), I raised the possibility of re-publishing several of my poetic baubles from THE RANDOM HOUSE TREASURY OF LIGHT VERSE. Generous soul that I am, suppose I add a bonus of bangles and beads to the baubles….for man does not live by words alone, but with the inspiration of Blyth spirit beautifully begetting beguiling music, without which our Kismet (fate) would be drab indeed:

    Yes, my friends, I have rhymes — or, conversely, should I say….

    And now, having strung my lead-in out this far / I wish upon a wishing star / to make appear my Random rhymes / from the pages of bygone times. / These rhymes abode in poems four / nothing less and nothing more / but not having used up all my string / I’ll save one of the poems for my next post-ing:


    Narcissus was too perfect for sex or pelf —
    He longed only to gaze in love at himself….
    The moral of which is that, even in myths,
    Too much reflection may be your nemesis.


    Thou shalt not commit adultery;
    Nor shalt thou covet thy neighbor’s spouse.
    Shouldst thou succumbeth to temptation,
    Thou shalt not do it in thy neighbor’s house.


    Adam and Eve,
    I believe,
    Were the start of it.

    Everyone since,
    I’m convinced,
    Played a part in it.

    NOTE: Ann Blyth, who played Marsinah (daughter of The Poet, played by Howard Keel) in the film version of Kismet, is one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age.



    • calmkate 1:14 am on May 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      nice poetry, thanks 🙂
      the shortest poem I know
      Adam had ’em

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    • mistermuse 7:02 am on May 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Adam must have been quite the dog
      For fleas to go for him whole hog.


    • linnetmoss 7:16 am on May 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Haha! I had to look up “pelf” to see if it meant what I thought 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:01 am on May 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I came across the word many years ago, but I don’t remember where — probably in something written by someone like Noel Coward. For the benefit of those who don’t know Coward, he was a sophisticated English playwright and composer, and “pelf” means money or riches.

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    • Ricardo 2:08 am on May 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Was trying to figure out which of my childhood cartoon characters was fond of saying “Gadzooks,” so I Googled it and came upon its etymology instead: “Dictionary references date gadzooks as far back as the late 1600s as a shortening of “by God’s hooks,” a reference to the nails on Christ’s cross.”

      Suffering succotash, as Sylvester the cat, one of my ‘gadzooks’ suspects, was also prone to saying.

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      • mistermuse 11:42 am on May 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I seen to recall a long-ago cartoon character saying “Gadzooks” too, Ricardo, but I had no better luck than you with a quick Google search. If any bounders or blighters out there remember who it was, please speak up or forever hold your Gadzooks.


    • RMW 2:54 pm on May 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Now I have to dust off my Kismet DVD from the back of the cabinet and pop it in my machine. I’ve been revisiting my musicals collection recently… that one will be next.

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      • mistermuse 4:49 pm on May 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I selected the two KISMET songs for this post based on how well they suited my purposes. I think the best songs in the show (or at least the ones I like best) are NOT SINCE NINEVEH, NIGHT OF MY NIGHTS, and THE OLIVE TREE. The only one that became a big hit was STRANGER IN PARADISE.

        Enjoy your DVD!


        • RMW 12:28 pm on June 7, 2017 Permalink

          Night of my Nights.. as sung by Richard Kiley, not the Damone movie version!

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        • mistermuse 5:12 pm on June 7, 2017 Permalink

          You apparently have the original Broadway cast (including Kiley) on your DVD — I have the same on an LP album. Both Kiley and Damone sing the song well, but Kiley was also a distinguished actor, whereas Damone was strictly a pop singer whose acting left something to be desired, in my opinion.

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    • intrepid8 11:21 pm on June 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You like Poetry. Have you ever read Pablo Neruda’s by any chance?

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      • mistermuse 7:10 am on June 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I have come across a poem or two of Neruda’s, but have not specifically sought his work out because my talent and tastes lead me in the direction of humorous and light verse, such as that of Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, Lewis Carroll and, of course, that “greatest of all humorists, Anonymous.” That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate serious poetry if it’s right down my alley, but my alley is relatively confined.

        Thank you for your comment.


    • Don Frankel 2:19 pm on June 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I was thinking this music is really beautiful. Like some wonderful fate, like kismet. Then I realized it is Kismet.

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      • mistermuse 2:46 pm on June 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Kismet has a storied history, Don. It was first produced on stage in New York in 1911 and on film in 1930 and again in 1942 starring Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich. The 1950s Broadway and Hollywood versions (starring Alfred Drake and Howard Keel, respectively) contain one of my all-time favorite musical scores.


  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adam and Eve, , , , , , Job, Old Testament, ,   

    TWO BAD 

    Well, no one has blasphemed against the one-line poems in my last post, so by all that is holy, I should forget about my threat to up the ante with a post of two-line poems this time around. Ha ha — I’ll forget when Hell freezes over! Although no one commented to complain, I expect the thought crossed the minds of some….and even if it didn’t, the very suspicion demands consequences. Consequently, I am left with no choice but to proceed with the poems I intended to post anyway, and it serves you right!

    My first two-line poem is unWitt(er)ingly brought to you by….


    We measure success
    one imposter at a time.

    *If this title sounds familiar, but you can’t quite ‘picture’ it….there’s always Google! Ha ha ha!


    Sometimes a poem
    is entitled to be obvious.

    ENVIRONMENTALLY CORRECT [previously published]

    Poems don’t grow on trees….
    however, some are recycled.


    Poetry is that
    conversation we could not
    otherwise have had.
    –Cid Corman, Kyoto, Japan

    Sorry I do
    not speak haiku.

    We interrupt this post for another commercial:


    buy Calvin Klein.
    Sell futures.


    Of course God knows everything —
    He’s been around forever.


    You don’t want to know
    (so, on with the show).


    The power of suggestion
    is that it begs the question.

    Is this a great job, or what? But apparently not everyone shares my view:


    Take this Job
    and shove it.


    Wake me when it’s over
    (re Joyce).

    We conclude with….





    • arekhill1 10:53 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So you’re doing exactly what you wanted to do and it’s my fault, Sr. Muse? Don’t think you’re the first person who’s ever said that to me.

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      • mistermuse 11:41 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I would never think such a thing, Ricardo; nonetheless, I am considering making you pay the price of your protest by filling my next post with THREE-line poems.


    • Cynthia Jobin 11:12 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Two true to be good….

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      • mistermuse 11:35 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Then it must be bad, which is the new good (well, maybe not new anymore, but new enough to serve my purpose here, you bad girl). 🙂

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        • Cynthia Jobin 11:55 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          The young texters have adopted the numeral “2” as an all purpose savior from having to tremble between “to,” and “two,” and “too” for grammatical correctness. Why didn’t we think of that?

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    • eths 11:42 pm on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like these a lot, especially Cid Corman’s.

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      • mistermuse 7:54 am on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Like-wise. In fact, I liked it so much that, as I recall, it instantly inspired the two-liner which follows it (sometimes a poem rings so true, it almost ‘demands’ a response — which we can’t always articulate in a way that does justice to the poem, but when it does….).


    • Don Frankel 11:35 am on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure which is my favorite Muse, Take this Job or Wake me when its over by Joyce. No wait there’s God know’s he’s been around forever. Classic Muse, classic.


    • mistermuse 11:24 pm on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don. Speaking of the latter, I’m getting so old that sometimes I feel like I’VE been around forever.


    • RMW 12:30 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Always enjoyed Johnny Paycheck’s song… his number one hit… that was pretty much my mantra during all my many corporate jobs… thank goodness I don’t have to sing it anymore!

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      • mistermuse 8:38 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure that song’s title expresses what many ‘wage slaves’ wish they could say to their employer….and then feel (to paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr.) free at last, free at last, thank God, I’m free at last!

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    • Cynthia Jobin 1:35 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just stopping by to wish you a very happy upcoming natal anniversary celebration, mistermuse, rich with love and contentment. Oh..and cake! Happy Birthday!

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  • mistermuse 12:35 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adam and Eve,   


    I was for several years a regular contributor to SWI (Speak Without Interruption) until Sept. 2013, when without warning, over half of my posts were deleted for space reasons. Included in the purge were a number of short poems which I immodestly think deserved a better fate.

    The above background is by way of notice that what follows, including my next several posts, will be drawn from a body of previously published work resurrected from the SWI graveyard. Who says there is no life after death?

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


    You don’t want to know.

    • scifihammy 1:53 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Awful when your posts are suddenly deleted! I’m glad you have salvaged some for us to share 🙂


      • mistermuse 7:00 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I have always typed my poems on paper and kept copies, going back to before there were such things as blogs. It’s a habit that paid dividends in this instance.

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        • Joseph Nebus 5:43 pm on November 10, 2014 Permalink

          Oh, gah, yes. The worst thing about the Internet is finding suddenly half of everything’s gone. I’ve got my copies of stuff I’ve written but reconstructing it all would be such a pain.


        • mistermuse 6:08 pm on November 10, 2014 Permalink

          It’s bad enough when stuff disappears for no discernible reason. In my case, the editor of SWI deliberately deleted over half my posts without notice because of his server’s space limits. It may have been necessary, but at least he could’ve allowed me to delete posts of my choice rather than him doing it in willy-nilly fashion.


    • Don Frankel 5:31 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Somewhere out in cyberspace it all spins. But still it’s a lot better to be able to read it.

      I just posted my 150th at SWI but then I know it’s more than my 150th.


    • mistermuse 7:10 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Happy 150th plus what was lost….speaking of which, do you know what God told Adam and Eve after He told them “You don’t want to know”? “GET LOST!”


      • ladysighs 7:39 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t recall seeing anybody asking you what God told Adam and Eve after “You don’t want to know”. lol
        My husband is always telling me I answer his questions before he asks them. Saves him the trouble of asking. 🙂
        Thanks for saving us the trouble. 🙂


    • mistermuse 7:58 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I would’ve saved the “GET LOST” bit for my next post, but I already said my next several posts would be previously published work. That’s what I get for getting carried away (if not lost).


    • arekhill1 11:27 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      In the words of Henry Ford, had he lived into the cyber age: Never delete. Never explain.


    • mistermuse 2:43 pm on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think Billie Holiday ever said “Never delete” – but she did say “Don’t Explain”:



  • mistermuse 11:25 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adam and Eve, , , Mafia, news events, , plastic surgery, , right to vote, rubber,   


    It seems that, unbeknownst to every knownst person I’ve known (including me), October 23 is the #1 big news day in the history of the world….literally beginning with the history of the world. According to irreparable sources, Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Human Primate of All Ireland, James Ussher (1581-1656), established after extensive Biblical and Middle Eastern research that the first day of creation was Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC.

    Highly regarded as a churchman and scholar, the good Archbishop’s calculations were regarded at the time with unquestioning reverence. These calculations included such happenings as Adam and Eve being driven from their garden paradise on Monday, November 10, 4004 BC, and Noah’s Ark touching down on Mt. Ararat on Wednesday, May 5, 2348 BC — undoubtedly a current event of glad tidings to all aboard.

    But not every historical event on this day was of biblical proportions. Here are some lesser  Oct. 23 gigs which are nonetheless gignificant, because I feel like commenting on them:

    425 AD – Valentinian III elevated to throne of Roman Emperor at age 6 (emphasis on elevated)

    1814 – First plastic surgery performed (in England), which seems odd because the first man-made plastic wasn’t patented until 1856 (also in England). Perhaps it was originally called rubber surgery, as rubber was known long before plastic and was first used commercially as an eraser. Makes sense, if you face the facts.

    1915 – 25,000 women march in NYC demanding right to vote. As if Prohibition, in effect Jan. 1920, wouldn’t be enough to suffer through, husbands had to put up with their uppity wives wanting not only to run their households, but having a say in running the entire country. It was enough to make a groan man cry in his bootleg booze.

    1935 -Mobster Dutch Schultz and three associates shot to death in a saloon by Mafia hitmen. Kind of makes one wonder, Can we all just get along?

    Speaking of which, I’ve got to get along  — my better half beckons.



    • arekhill1 8:32 am on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Anybody can, like the Human Primate of Ireland, (Is there a non-human primate? Well, gorillas and such, but they’re seldom found in Ireland) figure out when the world began. It’s figuring out when, and how, it ends that has even the greatest minds stumped.


    • mistermuse 9:19 am on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I confess that the good Archbishop’s title wasn’t HUMAN Primate of Ireland. I added the Homo sapient designation to distinguish him from non-human Primates because, although history records no gorillas among the hierarchy of Ireland (or elsewhere), there has been no dearth of monkeyshines and monkeying around. But who am I to judge – they’re only human after all.


    • Don Frankel 5:44 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It’s good to know when it all began with a bang and it was also the same date that it all ended for Dutch Schultz with a few bangs out there in that Chophouse in Newark.


    • mistermuse 9:59 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of repulsive characters, Weird Al Yankovic was born on Oct. 23, so the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh on that date. Such is life.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 10:42 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My husband and I have been married so long, we forgot that October 23 is our wedding anniversary. I did get my hair done and we went to Bob Evans for dinner. We can celebrate officially on Valentine’s Day like we did earlier this year. It’s much more romantic that way.


    • mistermuse 11:37 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      October 23 is also “Valentinian’s Day” (see the 4th paragraph of my post). Both he and St. Valentine were Romans, but apparently Valentinian was no saint. In any case, a belated happy wedding anniversary to you and your Romeo.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 4:10 pm on October 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for that interesting bit of information, mistermuse. Also for the good wishes!


    • mistermuse 6:43 pm on October 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You’re welcome, Michaeline. Actually, Oct. 23 being “Valentinian’s Day” was a bit of humorous exaggeration on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was such a holiday at the time (425 AD). Even a six year old Roman Emperor could probably decree anything he wanted to, including a mandatory celebration of his inaugeration day.


      • Joseph Nebus 12:34 am on October 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        They can decree. Various Roman emperors after Augustus tried to rename the months after themselves — Commodius tried to put a different one of all his twelve names on the months — though they didn’t take.


    • mistermuse 5:32 am on October 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the additional info. With further tongue in cheek, I hereby decree that you’re a gentleman and a (Roman) scholar.


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