Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Poet’s Teacher to The Adorable Stages of Reading 

Through his words is the power of the teacher 


Through their eyes blooms the power found in books 


The Poet’s Teacher (decaying poem) 

He wrote his lines with verse and rhyme
With perfect meter perfect time
With every beat his thoughts sublime
Within his words what dreams would climb
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He showed his teacher what he wrote
Without a word he got it back
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He schemed his dreams in themes of clever ploy
With streams of gleaming meaning he would toy
Extremes which reamed their seams would oft decoy
Esteems supreme would team in reader’s Joy
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He showed his teacher what he wrote
Without a word he got it back
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He turned his pen toward mild and gentler springs
In meadows where a heart could freely grow
With memories which shared familiar flow
And souls could soar with words which gave them wings
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He showed his teacher what he wrote
Without a word he got it back
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So he delved deep into a life
To dredge up a meaning he could touch
And try to draw it giving it some form
That sparks a tear a smile a moment
In another
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He showed his teacher what he wrote
Without a word he got it back


("Decaying poem" is a bit misleading. It only means the form of the poem changes. One can draw many conclusions about the teacher, but the poet continued to share with him and the poem developed. - Yes, that is Johnny Land in the picture, though 40 years after I met him. Mr. Land was a major influence and eyes through most of my school days. He opened a world of opportunities to me and guided other teachers' interests in my direction. His teaching style was much like the poem. When he could, Mr. Land used my interests to fire his lessons. Many other teachers practiced this style of teaching. I only had one bad teacher. "The slide-rule incidence." But that's another story.)


Back to the poem You probably guessed my choice of song: 
Bette Midler "Wind Beneath My Wings" 

We all know reading can be fun 


J. J. Audubon’s "The Birds of America", published in 1840, is the most valuable book in the world. It sold for $8,802,500 in March 2000. Just thought you'd like to know.Meanwhile, back on earth, did you know, you could teach a child to read as soon as hey can talk? It's true. I did it for both of my children. America's Funniest Home Videos has put together a compilation of children building their relationship with books. 
As adorable and funny as this video is, it  doesn't beat seeing your 4 year old child reading a book for others. "The Adorkable Stages of Learning to Read" 

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Meet Me Again to Joe Dirt 2 - Back From the Future 

A strange meeting place for two lovers 


A strange meeting place for two unlikely 


Meet Me Again (free form poem)

Meet me again
At the midnight of reality
To dance on the verge
Of what once was true
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Come take my hand
To the other side of the moon
Which once was thought dark
To eyes which can’t see
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Hearts beat much richer when rhythms are free
Flowers smell sweeter not bogged down by names
Life can be scary outside the frames
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Or exciting
Inviting
Enticing
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The pages of a book
Timeless and forever
Waiting to be written
In the skies of dreamers
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Meet me again
At the river which flows from the ocean
To kiss the deep waters
Of nothing at all
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Waiting a hand
To fashion a flavor
Some new beginning
For what was always there
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Heartbeats which lighten the path of a soul
Flowers whose colors seem a bit richer
Life set aglow by wonder of stardust
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So unfleeting
The feeling
Repeating
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A person so lost
In forest of confusion
Put down a pen
To dance with me


(The poem refers to a place lovers meet when they are together or separated by earthly distance. A place, in addition to what seems real in the moment. Did you notice as the poem floats on, the pictures seem more abstract? Another interesting aspect about the poem is: it paints a different dream in each individual, yet we can all relate. - I thought young love was great. That time when kisses were supreme. That time when I couldn't wait to be with her again. Then, one night at dinner (Saint Tropez on Clement Street) Arlene and I found ourselves floating off. Beyond words, kisses and the dances we shared. Magic... always new yet tenderly familiar. We surely have all felt it... Been there.)


Back i the poem, here's: Rue Du Soleil "We Can Fly" 

Talk about meeting again 


During the "King of New York" (1990) premiere at the New York Film Festival, many of the audience walked out of the theater, claiming the film an abomination. I personally liked the movie. I especially enjoyed Christopher Walken as Frank White. David Spade's character, Joe Dirt, is back (mullet and all) for "Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser". To celebrate the upcoming sequel Joe Dirt meets Frank White in a trailer for "Joe Dirt 2 - Back From the Future"  
Confused yet? "Joe Dirt 2 - Back From the Future" 

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Rebecca to The Overly Complicated Coffee 

One man turns to Rebecca 


While two men turn to coffee -really complicated coffee 


Rebecca (English sonnet) 

Rebecca was my meaning for the day
Rebecca held my heart within her hand
And all I was laid under her command
Rebecca was where all my thoughts would play
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Each morning saw me waking at her side
And in the night beside her I would fade
My world with her was one I wouldn’t trade
A world where all my problems would subside
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Rebecca was the answer to my prayer
Though others often pointed out her chinks
I laughed proclaiming all their warnings junk
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Yet in the dark hid truth I came to bear
Rebecca was the name I gave to drinks
And by her side I soon became a drunk


(The poem starts off making us believe a man was thinking of a woman, but we find out his love was alcohol. We should have realized a problem when the sonnet broke the classical form. Normally English sonnets of this type follow this rhyme pattern: ABBA BAAB CDE CDE, The illustration of this poem is: Sometimes alcohol dependent people are confused about the nature of their dependency. - When Arlene died, I turned very heavily to alcohol. My loss was so great my acquaintances found it difficult to reach me. I didn't have a problem. I just like to drink. (I was a happy "functional" drunk.) I was lucky to meet Amor. Amor's greatest gift is laughter for any problem. I do not suffer depression anymore. Amor is the light from all that. I haven't touched alcohol for years. I keep the half drunken bottle of brandy, as a reminder of the darker times. Thank you, Amor.)


Back to the sonnet.Keeping the theme: Hank Williams III "I'm Drunk Again" 

Now to another drink 


According to a Starbucks employee, Starbucks Coffee was named after a minor character in Herman Melville novel "Maby Dick". (No, his name wasn't Coffee.) Now Rhett and Link enter the scene, much like Starbucks. Rhett and Link (Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III) are an Internet entertainment and advertising duo from Buies Creek, North Carolina. They like their coffee complicated. (No, not that character from "Moby Dick".) As the sketch goes on it all becomes more confusing. Yet, through it all. the barista keeps her mindless professionalism. 
By the way, I wonder what book the guy guy with the glass eye is reading? "The Overly Complicated Coffee Order" 
(If you answered Moby Dick", you might be right.) 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Star Dancers to Dr. Dre - The Next Episode in movement 

Two lovers meet their destiny 


A dancer's moves challenge the borders of reality and wonder 


Star Dancers (Shakespearean sonnet) 

He searches for his love into the night
She calls to him mid flowers’ gentle scent
He answers with the dreams of sheer delight
She leads to wonders of a time well spent
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He reaches forth to hope to take her hand
She promises forever does exist
He hears her song and tries to understand
She casts a kiss they vanish in a mist
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The days go by in emptiness and tears
Some sit and wonder where their hopes now lie
Who now would light the path from all their fears
Who now would turn their wishes toward the sky
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For there we were now dancing mid the stars
To prove there never was a love like ours


(This sonnet has some strange goings-ons. First, we notice a separation between he and she in the first two quatrains. The third quatrain is a mix of feelings (setting up the problem part of the sonnet). In the rhyming couplet the two are finally joined. Also notice: The "he" and "she" became "we". - When Arlene and I became "adults" we moved in together. Though we loved each other passionately, we seemed to argue a lot. We never did before. It was like we were two different people. When the flames of that period of life died down, two different people were born, or reborn, who learned to grow/dance together.)


I chose this video because I like the song and the strange ending. Watch closely. 
Everything is not as it seems: Mazzy Star "Fade Into You" 

One strange dance leads to another 


Dubstep  is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England, in the late 1990s. Though quite radical during its inception, dubstep has evolved over the years. Meet Marquese Scott... No, not from England, rather from Englewood, California. Marquese doesn't refer to himself as a dubstepper, rather a  Popping dancer. Whether popping or dubstep, Marquese is recognized as a major innovator of the new dance style. Now living in Atlanta, Georgia, Marquese performs worldwide. Though in big demand, including TV appearances, fashion design, choreographer, instructor and much more, Marquese returns to YouTube. That is where he got his start. That is were his fans raised him to the popularity he now enjoys. 
Are we ready for wonder in movement? "Dr. Dre - The Next Episode (San Holo Remix) feat. Marquese" 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Does Your Man Love You This Much to Weatherman hates girlfriend 

Some misleading limericks 

A weatherman broadcasts to the world a little more than the weather 


My Wife’s Favorite Perfume (limerick)

This perfume wife bought by the case
To help keep my passions in place
As night came our way
And I felt like play
She’d apply a spray of her mace



Does Your Man Love You This Much (limerick) 

To find out if husband did care
Wife ran around house all but bare
His senses not numb
Her man wasn’t dumb
He got his wife something to wear



This Is A Test (“limerick”) 

My date well she wasn’t quite dressed
So there on her couch I did rest
When door to her nook
Swung open from hook
And gave me a look at her fine collection of magazines


(Follow beats in lines 3, 4 and 5 and you will discover 6th rhyme. "This Is A Test" is not strictly a limerick. It does demonstrate how breaking from a set form can add to a poem. - I used breaking set forms to see the world a bit differently. For instance, when I was a youth soccer coach, I thought it strange to use running laps as punishment. Especially for kid playing a sport that requires running. I therefore ran with my teams and encouraged the parents to do the same, to show running laps was fun. And it was. It wasn't long before this concept was taken into schools.)

Back to the craziness. Here's Ernie Kovacs and The Nairobi Trio performing 
Robert Maxwell's "Solfeggio" 

The crazy gets crazier 


According to Emoji, 94% of the words used by the weatherman are Storm, Cold, Hot, Cloud, Wind, Temperature, Sun and Rain. This weatherman, with Weather Center, goes a little further. Along with the weather forecast, he gives his viewers an insight into his personal life. He must have had a falling out with his girlfriend.  Being a professional, he works his frustration in with his forecast. It takes the channel a lifetime (TV air time) to catch what's going on. The man has lost it. 
I guess the weather was cloudy. "Weatherman Hates Brunch" 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Tomorrow’s Promise to Not going to kindergarten 

To one lover tomorrow holds promise 


To one little girl Tomorrow holds a fear of kindergarten 


Tomorrow’s Promise (Shakespearean sonnet) 

How tranquil is the gentle touch of night
The dream of you floats freely mid the air
Tomorrow’s promise you will still be there
As always cast this treasure to my sight
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Sweet memories become a precious flow
Tomorrow’s promise there will yet be more
Rich splendors bless├ęd heartbeats by your shore
In heavens only lovers come to know
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Tomorrow’s promise cannot fall apart
Or there will not be meaning for the stars
What crystal spring would quench the world like ours
What purpose lost can mornings help restart
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How tranquil are the nights which will ensue
Tomorrow’s promise is my love for you


(You may have notice "Tomorrow’s promise" is in all three quatrains and the couplet. In addition it holds all four positions;, third, second, first and last. This was done to show "Tomorrow’s promise" all encompassing presence. - In my life there were many people who met me and helped me meet my tomorrows. Among these, there were three main people. Mr. Johnny Land, who I met in 7th grade and watched over all my school days. My wife Arlene, who stood by all the people I became until she died. Now there's my wife Amor, who makes my tomorrows easier. Of course, there was always God. I rarely asked the Lord for anything as I was provided with an abundance of help.)


Before tomorrows, there were sunsets: Alejandro de Pinedo "Golden Sunset" 

Are we ready for sine cuteness 


Kindergarten comes from a German word that literally means children's garden. The first kindergartens were believed to be created in the late eighteenth century in Bavaria and Strasbourg, to serve children whose parents both worked. Meet Mia. She has some issues with her tomorrows in kindergarten. There are two big problems. Mia is only 4 years old. She has one more year before she has to deal with kindergarten. Two: Listen to how Mia talks. She sounds too advanced for kindergarten. 
After I stopped laughing, I had this question: Was Mia really a 4 year old or little-person disguised as a child. "Mia Not going to kindergarten" 
(Yes, Mia is really 4 years old) 

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Lonely Footsteps In The Streets to Street Fighter in Elevator 

Whose are the footsteps that bring comfort to the streets 


More than can be said of he street fighters who prank an elevator 


Lonely Footsteps In The Streets (repeating poem) 

When morning came to grant the day its glow
And life began to put on one more show
As once again the people come and go
An silent unknown mystery repeats
His were the lonely footsteps in the streets
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It looked a lot like any other day
Where everything just came and went its way
Some cause for Joy and tears for some dismay
Yet no one sees or feels the coursing beats
His were the lonely footsteps in the streets
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For some were tasks and labors to be done
While other basked in glories of the sun
Another moment set for everyone
When all that lays before them time completes
His were the lonely footsteps in the streets
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But when some corner hears a needy cry
Or cause which needs a hand it can rely
A hope a care a heart to get it by
This wonder of a timeless soul unseats
His were the lonely footsteps in the streets


(When I became an officer on the masonic line, I used to visit my sick and shut-in brothers. To be honest, it wasn't my idea, but that of one of my mentors, Jake Jakel (now passed). In fact, Jake would drive me to almost all the visits. I was part of his plan to help raise my influence among the masons. After four years Jake, I and the Lodge began to notice a strange side effect. There was no magical or mystical forces at work. The mere fact that Martin came to visit sparked something possitive. It was a real lesson that would improve the way things were.)


To go with this insight and poem: Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice 
"He Lives In You" (from "The Lion King") 

From hope to madness 


Jean-Claude Van Damme turned down the role of Johnny Cage in the 1995 film Mortal Kombat. It is rumored, he had a drug problem at the time. Yousef Saleh Erakat (of Fousey Tube) and crew have taken up the challenge, in case there are plans for any future movies. Yousef and crew are big Street Fighter fanatics. They only have one minor problem. (No, not drugs.) They keep practicing their skills in elevators on hapless (not helpless) victims. 
It is rumored, none of the Fousey Tube are eligible for any future Street Fighter movies, but they might be responsible for laws about practicing Street Fighter on elevators. "STREET FIGHTER ELEVATOR PRANK!" 


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