Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The things we do




I've built a circus out of bellybutton lint,
little lions with a hint of yellow mane in the grey tuft
with BIG teeth,
                             roar, RoaR, ROARing!

some red from the shirt I wear under the plaid
button up, you got for my birthday, is the proud,
full-voiced ringmaster,

an elephant's trunk keeps getting stuck
in the teeth of a paper clip, bent into a ring,

Unruly monkeys, an amalgamation of grey and blue,
rattle the bars & throw poo
                                          at those who pass
                                          my desk
                                                 in judgement.

The big top is held up by a tower of Bic pens,
& acrobats walk a stray string pulled from my sleeve
duct taped to the file cabinet

                             they throw themselves
                                     through the air
                                     without a thought

in hopes of reaching the stem of a green pin push pin
in the cork board, all the clowns are smashed in a ball
ready to fit in a car, a mix of upturned grins & droopy
faces //

The freaks are my favorite, lurking
in the shadow of all the things I would rather not do,
but should & will,
                              but right now, the spotlight
                              through the windowblinds is creeping
                              toward the next act.
                           
                                      

31 comments:

  1. If you can and indeed I KNOW YOU CAN build all this from a belly button lint, would you please build me a house? maybe your lyrics will lead me to it. now wouldn't that be awesome X I promise to be a freak!!! Swear on the LinT!

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  2. Its amazing what we can do with the help of our imagination isn't it? One shall never be bored as long as he can manage to entertain himself. Cheers :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  3. No boredom there... just constructive contemplation.

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  4. The opening line is a showstopper - i suspect the real work done in office cubicles is far more magical than we expect ;)

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  5. This piece jumps right out at the reader, like a lion in close proximity. A bold and vivid piece, in a lovely web of emotions.

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  6. The existential circus of sour, or futility or perhaps merely boredom--a very effective and artful extended metaphor that is all your own, but as always, so dreadfully personal and familiar.

    http://www.metrolyrics.com/circus-of-sour-lyrics-donovan.html

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  7. aww...you'll never be bored ever...you do know the magic of fill in every moment...

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  8. Mr X-Quisit--my new name for you, that "X" looked lonely, although THAT I know you're NOT--grin!

    This piece must have been fun to write. I expect your thoughts came faster than the keyboard would type, in such haste to "get it translated" into 11010110's.
    The pictures you painted conjured memories so clear to see, so dear to me!

    Your work matches your new name, like a baker's masterpiece of cake ("moist", they all say!) X-Quisit!!!

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  9. Mr X-Quisit--my new name for you, that "X" looked lonely, although THAT I know you're NOT--grin!

    This piece must have been fun to write. I expect your thoughts came faster than the keyboard would type, in such haste to "get it translated" into 11010110's.
    The pictures you painted conjured memories so clear to see, so dear to me!

    Your work matches your new name, like a baker's masterpiece of cake ("moist", they all say!) X-Quisit!!!

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  10. Wow...all this in a tiny piece of belly button lint...an alternative reality...an entire magical world!
    This is indeed a unique masterpiece...
    Oh WOW again!!!

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  11. you can be friends with murakami. great imagination - chaos of a circus but presented in a controlled poem

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  12. If boredom and avoidance/procrastination drives you to this creativity, keep it, keep it, keep it! LOVE! What a circus! What a way to know it's time for the next act!

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  13. The freaks are my favorite, lurking
    in the shadow of all the things I would rather not do,
    but should & will,

    They are mine too, whimsical!

    mindlovemisery

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  14. I absolutely ADORE this poem! Your poem must be the BEST place to hang out!!!!! One could never be bored. In fact, I would seek boredom out, if it birthed thoughts - and a poem - like this!!!!! I especially love the lion in the belly button lint. LOL.

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  15. I admire the energy and imaginative response to being NOT bored ha ~ The circus scenes of animals and freaks are having a grand time, let the show continue :)

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  16. Hilarious, adorable, and engaging throughout. I love that you made me switch the scene in my head three or four times as I progressed through the piece. First, I was picturing you doing this little show for your boys. But then you hit the part about the birthday shirt, and it got even funnier as I began to picture you doing this for Miss T. (Certainly the shirt could have been a gift from anyone, but I liked picturing you act like a nut for your wife; it's definitely what keeps the magic alive.) Then I got to the part about you doing it at your desk, so now I'm seeing you create this silly world for your students and possibly some of the other teachers. Better yet, just for yourself, and they happen to be lucky enough to get to watch you being a goof. (Then there are all the metaphors I'm turning this into in my head, which I'll spare you the details about.)

    This is probably my favorite section, largely because of the great sound:
    "an elephant's trunk keeps getting stuck
    in the teeth of a paper clip, bent into a ring,

    Unruly monkeys, an amalgamation of grey and blue,
    rattle the bars & throw poo"

    You need an "r" in "through" here: "though the air"

    I really like the sound in this line also: "in hopes of reaching the stem of a green pin push pin" (but I think you have an extra "pin")

    Another great piece. Bring on the next act.

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  17. I like Sanaa's comment really. It is amazing what goes on in one's mind when one is bored. It seems one focuses on so many different things but really do not accomplish anything. But sometimes life really is a circus, and we just have to keep rolling on to the next act where, hopefully, boredom will be left behind.

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  18. I especially like your discipline here--all the things you'd rather not do but should and will--agh! Bring on the next act, but also keep some focus on the belly button--thanks, you. k.

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  19. OK OK, I got it - you'll never be bored for long, with all that creativity to exercise! :)

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  20. Wow, this is really great - what you can really do if you let your mind wants to.. Need to check my belly button.

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  21. Ohh. ..where did my comment go...??

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  22. "The freaks are my favorite, lurking
    in the shadow of all the things I would rather not do,
    but should & will,"..They are my faves too!! Behind every clown is a real live human sweating profusely to get a laugh. Wonder, how they manage to keep the show going???
    Great piece..as usual, X. ☺
    Hope this goes..

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  23. Your imagination is beyond compare!!! Outstanding. Pictures. Pictures is what you wrote.

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  24. OH my GOD.. the relentless school boy teacher dreamer that never
    leaves the dream of creativities.. bliss.. oh NO.. nothing worse
    to me that losing this.. OH My Friend X..
    you are so blessed
    to still be a dreamer
    in teacher'S clothes..
    the only thing that limits
    humans is expectations
    and their
    lack
    of imagination
    and creativity..
    so you my
    friend
    are
    ahead
    of the school
    game in school for sure..;)

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  25. the plight of office workers everywhere, to fling poo while desperately trying not to carve out their own eyeballs from boredom / frustration ~

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  26. Every time I visit I am amazed.

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  27. I am sure that between the circus in your imagination and the circus at school you have little time to study your bellybutton lint.
    A fine poem X

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  28. Ha ha! With so much happening in the environs of the belly button, who has time to get bored? :-)

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  29. Ha, boredom, idle hands and imagination! All the things we should do, but do not. I am the personification of procrastination and I understand so well...

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