Thoughts Back on Love

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16. Don’t I remember/
Fumbling and caressing/
Young women’s bodies/
#haiku

17. Innocent taboos/
Exploring each other’s flesh/
Living forever/
#haiku

18. Fine biology/
Wearing immature clothing/
Explores sensation/
#haiku

19. The unknowing youth/
Fumble for their orgasms/
(Some get exploited)/
#haiku

20. Can’t cheat honest kids/
Though manipulators will/
Often be cheated/
#haiku

21a. Pity the people/
Desp’rately trying to keep/
Adolescent sex/
#haiku

21b. Pity the people/
Desp’rately maintaining youth/
Not living their lives/
#haiku

21c. Pity the people/
Desp’rately trying to keep/
Their adolescence/
#haiku

Cancer Caught Mom (November 28th, 2013)

 Image 38. My mom is dying/
As we all will do one day/
No words can explain/
#haiku
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39. I’m proud to hers/
Sharing eccentricities/
That I’ve learned to love/
#haiku
40. My mom’s shortcomings/
Are paradoxically her/
Greatest life assets/
#haiku
41. Our frugality/
Is an aesthetic impulse/
Be happy with less/
#haiku
42. My lack of tact is/
From her honest directness/
& clear sightedness/
#haiku
43. I love my mother/
Filled with salty opinions/
(She never judged me)/
#haiku
44. This slow motion death/
Offers a chance to tell her/
If I haven’t yet/
#haiku
45. Love is in doing/
The best that we can today/
In all our actions/
#haiku
46. I’m my Mother’s Son/
Creative, stingy & shy/
Simply loving life/
#haiku
47. I’m sad she’s dying/
But so glad that I knew her/
Proud to be her son/
#haiku
48. She made a diff’rence/
In subtle and small events/
In so many lives/
#haiku
49. Liabilities/
Every human carries/
Perfection’s just dull/
#haiku
50. Knowing my mother/
Explains this America/
Accepting all life/
#haiku

Lyn Gregoire

2/15/14

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4. My mother just died/
A Quick and painless finish/
To a good long life/
#haiku

5. Two days in hospice/
Her life slowly departed/
It was time to go/
#haiku

6. Feel like a villain/
For not sobbing openly/
But that’s not my style/
#haiku

7a. Her life, good & long/
Ended quietly without fuss/
Just as it should have/
#haiku

7b. Her life, good & long/
Ended quietly without fuss/
As she’d have liked it/
#haiku

8. Mom’s life was human/
Courageous & cowardly/
Just like everyone/
#haiku

9. Showed me how to live/
When I was just a baby/
& ev’ry day since/
#haiku

10. She always liked looms/
Weaving one thread at a time/
Making life’s fabric/
#haiku

11. Didn’t take short cuts/
Enjoyed the road less travelled/
One thread at a time/
#haiku

12. She took what she found/
Making her world out of it/
So creatively/
#haiku

13. Not one for drama/
Or any ceremony/
Mom lived quietly/
#haiku

14. Lived the life she found/
Accepting whatever came/
One day at a time/
#haiku

15a. There’s something else/
My Mom always saw beauty/
In the worlds she saw/
#haiku

15b. There’s something else/
My Mom always saw beauty/
In the worlds she made/
#haiku

16. Each moment a thread/
To weave the broadcloth of life/
Slowly & surely/
#haiku

17. Life’s fabric wasn’t/
Some mass produced perfection/
But a live matrix/
#haiku

18. Life’s tangled matrix/
Looks diff’rently to each soul/
From their perspective/
#haiku

19. My mom saw living/
As fortune’s strange privilege/
Bestowed randomly/
#haiku

2/16/14

20. Mom finished her walk/
Among physical beings/
She walks with G_d now/
#haiku

21. Eternity came/
To carry my Mom’s burdens/
Though they were quite light/
#haiku

22a. How can I thank her/
For my entire existence/
She deserves much more/
#haiku

22b. I can not thank her/
For my entire existence/
She deserves much more/
#haiku

23. Those walks in the snow/
Down streets, lanes, paths & alleys:/
She showed me beauty/
#haiku

24. I hope you can see/
The beauty of innocence/
My Mom always saw/
#haiku

25. Talking to her friend/
I learned she was not naïve/
(Chose to see life’s best)/
#haiku

26. I share her world view:/
Look for the best in people/
Life’s better that way/
#haiku

27a. It’s better to be/
Naïve than cynical so/
You live in Hope’s world/
#haiku

27b. It’s better to be/
Gullible than cynical/
You live in Hope’s world/
#haiku

28. We make our own worlds/
Our attitudes create lives/
That we inhabit/
#haiku

29. My Mother taught me/
To see all the world’s beauty/
From my own essence/
#haiku

30. So my Mom is gone/
We will converse no longer/
But she’ll never leave/
#haiku

31. Mom taught me enough:/
I can enjoy creation/
With her faithful eye/
#haiku

32. Her goodness taught me:/
Enjoy this life we’re given/
There is nothing more/
#haiku

Sonnet 2 Life (in progress)

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2.
I wrote a sonnet about everything/
Each lesson, ev’ry moment had taught me/
In my pique, I let inspiration sing/
My lesson, in rhyming words I set free/

I’d reached the age where my children had grown/
I wanted to share my experience/
All the pitfalls of youth that Life had thrown/
So they would not be fooled by appearance/

The fantastic world of accomplishment/
Public acceptance or celebrity/
(If it’s what they want their lives to amount)/
I wrote in fourteen lines of clarity/

I wrote all my fatherly sage advice/
Knowing that no one would read it twice/

1.
I wrote a sonnet about everything/
Each lesson, ev’ry moment had taught me/
In a fit, I let inspiration sing/
These few measured rhyming words I set free/

I’d reached the age where my children had grown/
I wanted to share my experience/
All the pitfalls of youth that I had sewn/
So they’d stand on my shoulders, climb the fence/

The fantastic world of accomplishment/
Public acceptance or celebrity/
(If it’s what they want their lives to cement)/
I wrote fourteen lines of clarity/

On tissue paper I scribbled it down/
Threw it in the toilet and watched it swirl down/

[a]I like the changes, though the original idea for the sonnet, “a note on toilet paper” is now gone. I like the revisions of each of the first three stanzas, but I’m still not sure. I think the poem for the toilet will have to me longer, and will have to set up the toilet climax better.

[b]I wanted to give the idea that words and dreams can be sent heavenward, like a prayer, by writing on toilet paper and flushing it. As I type this in I am not happy with it. I think there’ll have to be a second and third draft.

which draft do you like more? Please let me know in the comments (this ain’t done!)

Black Comic Book Festival (2014)

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I went to the Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center yesterday. That was pretty fun and interesting. I think I’d like to get the experimental self-published book by the author Keith Miller (Sigmund’s Friend) suggested. He recommended Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond but I want to read Koontown Killing Kaper, which the author described as a parodic look into hip-hop-risy ala Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada. If this is the new stripe of self-publication I think I want to note and celebrate it.

The comic that most interested me in theory was (H)afrocentric. I Saw Juliana “Jewels” Smith in the “Black Women in Comics” Panel at the Black Comic Festival at the Schomburg Center.  I had a really good time going there and I see in what Ms. Smith has done as something akin to what I want to do, which is create a student led, written and illustrated
 of a composition course. I read her book and I found it inspired and simultaneously hard to follow. I think that the problem is that her scripts were not complete. Perhaps Jewels could write a better script so that more of the inside insight (& jokes) were clearer. Of course the last thing I want to do is hit her with a critique, before I’ve established a good relationships.

(h)Afrocentric (in issue 3) raises all of the issues I have been thinking about vis-a-vis gentrification, race and education in the East Bay. It is a fine wish fulfilment book, not unlike the Mickey Rooney Judy Garland confections of old. (The protagonist Ally [allie?], an inveterate do-gooder wants to put on a show to save her neighbor from a rapacious clean-streets policy that will steal property for perceived blight.) It reminds me of a less developed IncogNegro. It is a progressive wish fulfilment centered on my old East Bay home (Before student housing in Albany I lived on 45th St between MLK and West St in Oakland).

I really like her cast of characters (well drawn by the artist Ronnie Nelson who brings them to (2D) life). The characters are like a smart group of friends I had while I was working on my Ph.D in the East Bay, with a quip a minute and a collective ADHD because of our lack of a leader like Ally.

The panels are full of witty asides like the Rosetta Stone Language system that the homeowner facing foreclosure is selling to keep the wolf from the door in an AmWay-like capitalist self help scheme that includes “Geraldo Rivera” and a cruel joke about his thin-masculinity. Ronald Reagan College was a perfect slice at Prop-13 California. I wish these were better developed in the script with more explanation about how they fit in with the meta-narrative that hints at “Winter in America.”

I look forward to more and more of this interesting title.

 

Perfect Imperfection

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26. Beginning is hard/
Accepting imperfections/
& trying again/
#haiku

27. I accept this life/
Celebrate the imperfect/
Accepting myself/
#haiku

27b. I’m in awe of life/
Celebrate the imperfect/
Accepting myself/
#haiku

28. I will feel no shame/
Because the imperfect self/
Is strangely perfect/
#haiku

29. This imperfect life/
Is the warped gear that permits/
Perfection to move/
#haiku

30. Gratefully chagrined/
By the mess I’ve made of life/
Knowing it’s perfect/
#haiku

New Year’s (Eve) Haiku

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12/31/13

7. Time never comes back/
Memories are like cobwebs/ Texturing right now/
#haiku

8. Right now is golden/
Absorb all its perfection/
No matter how bland*/
#haiku *rough

9. If I time traveled/
I’d go back to that moment:/
Tell you “thanks” again/
#haiku

10. Your greatness is lost/
In those endless uncounted/
Goodnesses unseen/
#haiku

11. Your friends saw this good/
Bobbing on the cold surface/
Of our modern lives/
#haiku

12. Those moments we shared/
Gentle friendship peeking up:/
An iceberg of good/
#haiku

13. This life happens fast/
Undermining all our plans/
But still it’s perfect/
#haiku

14. Please enjoy today/
For it’s all that we’re given/
Squander it with joy!/
#haiku

15. YOU made a diff’rence/
In some unrecorded way/
In my life this year/
#haiku

16. This moment of grace/
Lies in the vault of my soul/
For eternity/
#haiku

17. Hope me & my words/
Have brightened your existence/
In some way this year/
#haiku

18. Instagram, FaceBook/
Photography & Haiku/
Are distracting me/
#haiku

19. I love seeing you/
Sprinkled in digital life/
But you are legion/
#haiku

20. My Fifty Four Years/
Have given me so many/
Friends that I value/
#haiku

21. I cannot keep up/
With all of your small triumphs/
& lead my own life/
#haiku

22. The Digital noise/
Of Social Media needs/
Technology lent/
#haiku

23. Maybe a “Ramadan”/
Dawn until dusk without/
Social media/
#haiku