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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , homelessness, , , regret, snow, turning points,   


    Here in the American Midwest, waking up to sub-zero lows the past few mornings reminded me of a poem I wrote one January more than two dozen frozen winters ago, titled WINTERDREAM….so I dug the poem out of cold storage, blew the snow (or was it dust?) off it, and re-read it for the first time in some time. As I did, it dawned on me that, although published before (both in paper journals and online), perhaps it could stand one more exposure. Then, near poem’s end, I re-came upon the word “lips”….and that settled it (reference the last two sentences of my last post, LIPS SERVICE). Here, then, one last time, is….


    Suppose a homeless man
    found a tattered hat,
    abandoned, like himself,
    to the elements….
    and in that tattered hat,
    tucked inside the band,
    a winning lottery ticket
    could transform his life;

    but first, he must see it –
    and then, seeing it,
    not toss it to the wind,
    as life had tossed him.
    Let us further suppose
    the deadline to claim
    its prize came at midnight
    of that very day.

    That night, in winter’s turn,
    the man had a dream
    that he could live his life
    starting all over again,
    knowing as much at birth
    as he knew this moment,
    so that all the choices
    and hidden chances
    of wasted turning points
    lay exhumed ahead….

    but the thought made him
    cringe: regret was a fire
    that gave pain without heat.
    He awoke in cold sweat
    to the taste of blown snow
    on the cracks of his lips,
    and pulled down the brim
    of yesterday’s fortune.
    What luck to have found
    a buffer against fate.



  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bay of Fundy, born-again, British Columbia, Canada, high tides, , nincompoops, Nova Scotia, , snow, Terrytoons,   


    I suppose I might’ve waited until July 1 (Canada Day) to publish this post, but winter cold seems more fitting than summer heat for conjuring up Canadian karma. Even in January, having traveled its provinces by car from Nova Scotia to British Columbia in my younger days, I can draw on many warm memories of America’s northern neighbor — not to mention one or two bordering on boorish (experiences at entry points). But that’s ancient history. So, rather than bore you with vacation stories, I’ve decided to bore you with a few neighbor-ly poems:


    On the fossil beach at Joggins,*
    One finds fossil bods and noggins
    Washed up from the Bay of Fundy**
    On tides higher than born-agains on Sunday.

    *Joggins, Nova Scotia
    **haunt of the world’s highest tides


    Lost on my way to old Kamloops,*
    I came upon two nincompoops.
    When I asked where I was, I knew they were dumb:
    They advised me to return where I just came from.

    *Kamloops, British Columbia


    Snow may fall, in fall, in places;
    Like autumn leaves, it leaves its traces.
    Come May, there may still traces be;
    But may I say, it leaves….eventually.

    In departing, I was going to leave you with a clip of an old song called CANADIAN CAPERS, but as I was clipping along, I came across this old cartoon of the same name (it’s not aces, but it’s funny in places):


    • carmen 4:46 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, aren’t you full of surprises, mistermuse?? Good cartoon, too!

      Oh, and we’ve got snow – in fact, we all got a ‘storm day’ on Wednesday; school was cancelled and it snowed pretty much all day. Our grandchildren came yesterday, thinking they’d be able to sled in front of the house, but the snow had all blown away!

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      • mistermuse 7:28 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, knowing you live on the Bay of Fundy, I thought this post might get a “rise” out of you! 🙂

        As you know better than I, Canada’s Maritime Provinces are wonderful to visit. So many beautiful and interesting places to see and experience: Hopewell Rocks, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, the Anne of Green Gables House — and that’s just scratching the surplus!


        • carmen 7:33 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink

          Ha, ha mistermuse – “scratching the surplus” I could have used that line on Don! 🙂
          P.S. I can see the Bay of Fundy from every window in my house! And if that’s not enough, there’s a wall painting in my living room. .. sheesh!

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 4:50 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse I relished your poems and if they were eatable, then I fancy I would have been more pleasantable. Food for thought? I think it ought to be food for the limbic part of my beleaguered brain. But enough of this dribble I will not quibble but so endorse your poetry as I would a dark horse at the race track. Do we still have these magnificent arenas of overly trainable horses covered with sweat so shiny in the afternoon sun? I would miss the scent of dirt and mulch and horsey deposits all in a mixture along with the nervous energy of those equine and wealthy donners of fancable hats upon the long tresses the young women wear that uncannigly remind me of the mane on the winning mare.
      In other words I loved your poems and you still are my source of inspiration, dear mistermuse.

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      • mistermuse 7:38 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, Michaeline — it’s good to hear from you again after a bit of an absence. Hope you have been well, and that the new year has been treating you well so far (or, if not treating you, at least not making you pay through the nose). 🙂


        • Michaeline Montezinos 4:48 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink

          Thank you for your good wishes mistermuse. Yes I have been absent due to two accidental falls in July.. One into my kitchen and one into my “vanitory” That word is in my Scrabble dictionary. I finally found one good primary care doctor and about a hundred specialists. I feel like I have been through a maze with so many office visits and two ‘adbombnible’ procedures that I did not enjoy. Of course the doctors want to repeat them again. Like the late Mrs. Nixon, I am “just saying no to drugs.” and more procedures. All of this medical attention has been hitting my pocket book with intense fury. Lucky us since we have secondary insurance and Medicare, of course. Since March of last year I have written two poems but now I am working on the composing of more rhymes. I gave up on writing my life story. I will continue reading your column as I have been doing unknown to you and the gang.. I was just too hurt to write many comments. Have a happy New Year and stay warm; I heard it is beastly cold up there.:-)


        • mistermuse 6:07 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink

          Sorry to hear about your accidents., Michaeline. I know what you mean about excessive “procedures” – sometimes they reach a point where you begin to wonder if the only thing they’re accomplishing is making $ for the specialists.

          Yes, old man winter came late this year (first snowfall Jan. 12, the second latest first snowfall on record), but he now seems determined to stick around a while, as do I. You do the same.


    • Don Frankel 6:41 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All these things going on in Canada, who knew?

      I see shades of the rascally rabbit in this cartoon and it seems the best laid plans of “mice an men (and mosquitoes) Gang aft agley”,

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      • carmen 6:44 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Why Don, we’ve got all that and more! 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Don, after taking a second look at that cartoon, I like it even more than the first time. The scene where the old man throws the bird eggs from his beard to the ground where, instead of smashing, they become instant birdies, is especially funny….and the moose reflection-in-the-water scene reminds me of the mirror scene in the Marx Brothers DUCK SOUP, which was filmed two years later.


    • ladysighs 7:17 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are going to be sorry you mentioned Canadian Capers. Somewhere deep down in some obscure folder I am sure I have that song. lol
      Be prepared! 😉

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    • Midwestern Plant Girl 9:22 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      OMG! Ice skating mosquitoes. That is scary.

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    • mistermuse 10:05 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Who knew that in winter, mosquitoes not only survive, but thrive? It would serve them right if they got frostbite (or died pleading from reading my rhymes).


    • arekhill1 10:35 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A stirring tribute to the true North strong and free, Sr. Muse. Did you feel constrained by copyright law from adding a cartoon of Dudley Do-right and Nell?


    • mistermuse 11:43 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I apologize for not doing right by Dudley, but I’ll keep him in mind if I ever do CANADIAN CAPERS II….which of course depends on the original being a box office smash before I do a sequel. Or maybe I’ll settle for half a million Likes.


    • hooklineandinkwell 5:57 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is brilliantly entertaining! I love your play on words and how you capture the Canadian essence so very well. Great work, eh!

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    • mistermuse 11:26 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I regret that, although I’ve been as far northeast as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, I never made it to your neck of the woods in Newfoundland. From what I’ve read, it’s a land of much natural beauty.


    • hooklineandinkwell 4:07 am on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are welcome! Many folks travelling the Canadian landscape don’t make it to our dear province but our door is always open. Hopefully you will make it here sometime and you can write all about it’s beauty from experience 🙂

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      • carmen 6:31 am on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll vouch for that, ‘hook’ – love Newfoundland’s rugged beauty and the most friendly people of Canada! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 3:49 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Apparently the above comment didn’t make it here whole, but the gist of it is that you should do as I did and click on ladysighs (above) to view and listen to her excellent post and vocalizing.


    • RMW 12:42 pm on January 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Fun poems, a little chuckle…

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  • mistermuse 11:49 am on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , snow,   


    I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but where I am, there was snow yesterday, today’s wind chill is below zero, and tomorrow morning’s predicted low temperature is minus-five degrees….but do I mind?


    Take this job
    and shovel it!


    Around here, when you say
    “Have a nice day” —
    You won’t seem a fool….
    Believe me, it’s cool.

    • arekhill1 12:32 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Spring is here in San Diego. We suffered through a chilly week where the daytime temperatures barely rose above 60, but we’ve left that burst of Arctic air behind us, and today will be in the mid 70’s. Yeah, we just watch the Weather Channel to gloat. Have a nice day.


      • mistermuse 4:26 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I knew when I was writing this post, that I was setting myself up for some sub-topical – er, sub-TROPICAL — gloating, but that’s OK. Come spring, I’ll be enjoying mid-70s temps, and….so, still, will you. WAH! Life ain’t fair!


    • scifihammy 12:42 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, it’s 30C here today, but it is mid-summer! Spring can’t be too far away? Someone has just posted the first snowdrops 🙂


      • mistermuse 4:46 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        That’s 86 degrees Fahrenheit, for those who have to look up the conversion of C into F (like me). I hope your power grid has been holding up down there in Cape Town, scifihammy. As I recall, you were having problems.

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        • scifihammy 1:12 am on January 8, 2015 Permalink

          haha Funny you should mention that! We have been promised lots more power cuts this month, while they get the new power station up and running. Can’t wait! 😉


    • Michaeline Montezinos 1:39 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I noticed that the Artic air has hit the Ohio Valley according to the Weather Channel with snow for your area, mistermuse. Then the Clipper will stop that and again the high winds and below freezing temperatures. Be glad you don’t live in the mitten of lower Michigan. My family near Lake Michigan will experience the lake effect snow bombarment with even lower temps. Detroit will have the usual icy, snowy weather. It will be like living in a freezer. Yet they will go to work and school like we always did while living there. Hang in there, Muse by your gloved fingertips.


      • mistermuse 4:51 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Michaeline, it’s hard to type this with glo ves no, btu im’ ha-ing in thar.


    • ladysighs 3:41 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m at my computer
      At my posting post
      Sitting on a heat pad
      Feeling just like toast 🙂


    • mistermuse 5:01 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m also sitting on a heat pad – my rear end – but unfortunately, there’s too much pad and not enough heat. I thought about getting an electric chair, but I got cold feet.


    • Don Frankel 5:35 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sitting on my back massage machine that comes complete with a heating pad. I’m staying inside as it’s 7 degrees out there and I don’t care what’s implied, it’s better than getting “pneumonia and died”.

      Stay warm Muse.


    • mistermuse 8:19 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You do the same, Don….and, if you’re trying to recall where you may have heard the title of this post:



      • Michaeline Montezinos 6:13 am on January 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I checked the youtube connection and was delighted to hear Margaret Whiting sing the song, Baby It’s Cold Outside. Then I listened to Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon Levitt sing the song as a duet from her Christmas show on television several years ago. Thank you, mistermuse, for this musical journey down memory lane. 🙂


    • mistermuse 2:22 pm on January 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You’re welcome. Among the versions I’ve heard, I’m partial to the Margaret Whiting/Johnny Mercer duo (especially the Mercer half), but I haven’t heard the Gaga/Levitt duet. I’ll have to give it a listen when I have time.


      • Michaeline Montezinos 8:30 pm on January 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I like Lady Gaga. She may have worn outlandish outfits when she attended award shows in the past. But this was to attract attention. The duet is nice but she and Levitt were also acting out the lyrical part and doing a bit of a dance. So her vocalization is a bit too low at times. She reminds me of onewho is a mezzo alto. However, other parts of her old Christmas show were delightful.When she sang aduet with Tony Bennett, her voice was so pure and sweet Her renditions of clasic songs almost made me cry.


    • mistermuse 8:41 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Listened to (& watched) the Gaga/Levitt clip – pretty good, especially for contemporary singers doing an old song. I must admit she’s a talented vocalist.


      • Michaeline Montezinos 11:41 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        mistermuse, when you have a few moments, I suggest you listen to the videos from her Christmas show. I did see that they were on the “Utube” list. She sang one of her finest vocal renditions on that show. Lady Gaga can compose and sing her own music. Of course, some of the contemporary music appeals to a younger audience with its hip hop beat. I don’t like most rap songs but the hip hop ones are good when I exercise.

        Gaga was close to her grandfather who played in an orchestra most of his life. He encouraged her to use her talent. She seems to enjoy singing his classic and jazzy blue songs. The duet with Tony Bennett is so enjoyable as she can blend in with her range of harmonious tones.

        Obviously I am a fan of Lady Gaga. A Detroit girl who grew up with a long, lovely name. She listened to various kinds of music that I enjoyed, too. The Motown sound; the jazzy blues and soul music; the rock and roll these genres developed into and the beautiful renderings of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


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