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Last Words (As a Writer) (At the End of April and Other Times)

April 30, 2015

Last Words  (As a Writer)  (At the End of April and Other Times)

It is hard to speak of last words–
we don’t much believe in “last”
and we’re reluctant to fast
from words– ‘talk’ a favorite verb,

and ‘verbal’ where we rest assured.
But, in life, syllables sometimes cease–
when even cries of ‘help’, ‘help, please’
are unable to procure preferred

relief, breath itself become absurd
(though we still crave it).  I want, then,
to say ‘thank you’, and say again,
‘thank you,” till nothing more from me is heard.

If, so….  And, so….  I tell myself too,
I should probably start this morning
(in case of no advance warning).
So, thanks, I say, bowing low to you
as deeply as words can bow, thank you.


One more draft poem for April, for Izy Gruye’s prompt on With Real Toads to write about a time  of bang and hiss when words may not be longer available to you. 

The thanks are very sincerely meant, for all the support you have given me this April National Poetry Month of a poem or draft poem a day–thanks to the prompters at Real Toads, especially to Kerry O’Connor who arranged everything and shows so much depth and inspiration and integrity in her work–thanks to all the poets, and special thanks to those who managed to read thoughtfully and supportively despite the very real pressures on their own time and energies. 

The animation is an old one done by me–a bit silly for the poem–but closest to a bow I could think of.  Thanks again!  

ps this has been edited since first posting.

Re-animating July 2011

July 15, 2014

Two wonderful poetry blogs are celebrating their three year anniversaries this week–dVerse Poets Pub and With Real Toads. I have not written a new poem yet for dVerse’s celebration, but Kerry O’Connor of Real Toads has offered participants an opportunity to pick some piece from their archive.  I went back to look at what I was doing on this blog in July 2011 – and believe it or not–I had just discovered an app that allows you to make little animations on the iPad and was rather obsessed by it. (I had not yet discovered dVerse or Toads.)

None of my animations are terribly good–but these two sort of went together and one of them has words! And the other a kind of beat and a swallow. (Does that make them spoken–errr–swallowed word pieces? )

At any rate:



Thanks to both dVerse and Toads==k.

Sketching An Elephant From Your Head (Flash Friday 55)

November 8, 2013

Sketching An Elephant From Your Head

The trick is not the trunk, the climbing
spine, knee lines or overlapping
ear flaps; it all comes down
to the eyebrows.
Even if their slant alone
does not say elephant,
they must be lines that wonder, like you,
why they’ve been drawn here,
above those dotted eyes,
below that blank sky,
and then remember.


Here’s my nearly belated Friday Flash 55 for the G-Man.  Tell him about it.

I’m afraid I’ve done no noveling this week, just job work.  Agh!  (Yes, I’m so lucky to have a great job, though I’m a bit disappointed.)  Not expecting a break till Thanksgiving possibly, but hopefully then to have a bit of a stretch.  Thanks so much for checking in.

I am using an old and early animation for this, done on an iPad app called Animation Creation. Music, such as it is, by yours truly.


On the Night Before Christmas (Sort of! But animated!)

December 24, 2012

Last post before the 25th. (Sorry, if you’ve seen before – a reposting, but you know, animations, as crude as mine are, are difficult!)

Have a very happy holiday!

Please keep in mind today all those far from home. If you are a U.S. citizen or resident, I ask you, especially, to keep in your minds and hearts the troops serving still in Afghanistan and all over the world. We send them there and sometimes forget the very real hardships they and their families suffer. Their sacrifices and courage cannot be denied (no matter your political views.) I send them today best wishes for their safe and rapid return home.

Happy…errr.. Hoppy! (Jingle With Elephant!)

December 24, 2011

A Merry Best to All!  Thanks so much for reading, commenting, writing, inspiring!  

Work Product of Heavy Procrastinator (Long form Tic Tac Toe?) (Animation)

December 14, 2011

I post the above to show what a really determined procrastinator (with an iPad 2) can get up to.

Also to clarify that I really am not much of a perfectionist.

The above is not one of my better animations.  I did the whole thing, as they say, a– backwards.  Meaning that I didn’t consider what I was doing at the beginning and had to go back and fill in frames without the help of the “ghost” images of my animation app.  This method doesn’t work well and yet managed to take up an inordinate amount of time, much of which was to be spent cleaning my apartment to make room for guests and tree.

Oh well, I still have room in the closets.  (For the clutter, not the tree. Or guests. Sheesh.)

(P.S. if you like silliness, check out NOSE DIVE, novel by Karin Gustafson and Jonathan Segal, for a higher level of it.)

Worrisome Sight Outside of Plane Window (Near Atlanta)

August 10, 2011

I flew in and out of Atlanta today and yesterday and was somewhat perturbed by the crowding of the space both inside, outside, and above, the Jackson Hartsfield Atlanta Airport.   And then there was this strange sight outside my plane window.  (Or maybe just in my head.)  (I really do recommend watching it full screen, if you’re going to watch it, as the creature was a bit too far for me to get a close view of his/her expression.)

Cartwheel With/By Elephant

August 4, 2011

Happy Friday!

(P.S. Hard to see this guy’s face without making big/full screen. Take care; have a lovely weekend.)

Frustration With Political Animation (Or lack thereof). Obama Ages In Office.

August 2, 2011

Below is an animation that I spent a long time trying to make this evening.  It really didn’t work out as intended, but since frustration on all sides seems part of the tone of the day, it seemed fitting to post anyway.

It is probably not such a good idea to make political cartoons when you are truly not a political person!   (Yes, I am very sympathetic to the President.  But I try to be sympathetic to individuals on many sides of the political spectrum.)

But I was especially struck today by how much the presidency has aged Obama (as it seems to age every president).  This week seems to have aged him particularly.

The funny looking Aladdin’s lamp in the video is supposed to be a tea pot, symbolizing you know what.

In the version that is easier to see, Obama’s hair color changes from black to a light grey.  Here I’m afraid that doesn’t really work.  What can I say–I’m learning.  So, I guess, are we all.

Escapism (With Agatha, Dog, Pepper Jack)

July 28, 2011