Saturday, October 3, 2015

Stardust to One Way To Get A Phone Number 

One set of lovers proclaim their love in stardust 

One set of lovers proclaim their love in a phone number 



Stardust (English sonnet) 

Did stardust exist before our eyes met
So funny the things I just can’t recall
I wonder if world existed at all
But song in the air I’ll never forget
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It sang to my heart let pale reason fall
And enter a realm where dreams never set
It’s just passed this kiss yet far passed regret
Where wishes are free and senses enthrall
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Then time held its breath to moment so dear
As eyes spoke the words of lovers so new
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Then flowers enchanted this passing so near
As stars up in heaven gathered to view
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Then all I once knew would soon disappear
As stardust like rain proclaimed I love you


(If one is looking for the traditional iambic pentameter beat of a traditional sonnet, one won't find it. After all, the speaker is lost in love. From the confusion of the beats appears the repetition of the "then", leading to the conclusion.- It wasn't "love at first sight" that started the love affair Arlene and I enjoyed. It was a magic tear that Arlene shed, and touched my arm, on that night we said our goodbyes (or so the legend goes). Oh ya sure...A magic tear. Well, that tear was a small example of the spells Arlene could weave over me. As the years with Arlene went on, she still had the power to make my heart and soul feel like a moment was the first time. The first time we met, the first time we danced, the first time we kissed.... Perhaps one could explain it all. Perhaps a reason can dismiss the fantasy. Perhaps a girl was playing on a guy's needs. Analyse it all we want. Or give in to paradise.)


So let's add a little stardust: Nat King Cole "Stardust" 

Next victim 


The term “love” is from the Sanskrit lubhyati, meaning “desire". I try to explain this to my Filipino wife, as I tell her, "mahal kita.". No matter what the explanation ":love at first sight" could happen to anyone, anywhere. BuzzFeed Video gives us an insight into a couple who have so much more in common. In the modern world, a phone number is more important than a kiss. Will he get it? 
Remember, this is supposed to be funny, so put aside an awe or two and laugh, "The One Way To Get A Phone Number/ 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

They Dared A Dream to People Who've Never Heard Of Spaghetti 

Lovers dared to give their dream a try 

People dared to give spaghetti a try 


They Dared A Dream (round) 

They dared a dream to dance into the day
A challenge made in mist of lovers’ mind
Who when together to all else were blind
So their enchantment to a dream did stray
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Imaginations’ thrills the dream entwined
As every turn brought feast of something new
With every breath they lit a wonder drew
Till heaven’s stairs were thoughts they had designed
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Such endless limits filled the lovers’ view
Confusion saw the glory of their light
Was then they felt the sunset of their night
As summer’s dream brought parting rains’ warm dew
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But in the cavern of their darkest blight
They woke to find their dream had gone away
And left them holding lifetime seconds play
To dance in knowledge dream graced to their sight


(At first glance, this looks like an Italian sonnet, but it is a round. Follow the rhyme scheme and you will notice that the rhyme pattern of each stanza leads to the rhyme pattern of the next stanza. The last stanza leads back to the first. With this rhyme pattern in mind, it lends a sense of hope to this poem. - When Arlene graduated from high school, our outlet for social dancing was extremely limited. Luckily I met my future best man,Mario. He introduced us to the world garage dance clubs. These were private "parties", put on by individuals in backrooms, in San Francisco's Mission district. They didn't ask for I.D.s,  only the word of friends, that we were okay. Disco was blooming just about the time Arlene turned 21. We went out dancing long after our credit cards ran out, Thank goodness Disco died when it did, as Arlene and I were well dressed lovers in financial straights.Then came our parent years. There were very few parties, for us, which included dancing. Most of our dancing during this period was at home. Though romantic, Arlene and I couldn't help but feel a time in our life was over. Then came the time we were put in charge of Lodge parties. One of my friends suggested I give this live band a try. Guess what! 6 of the 8 band members played in those earlier garage dance clubs. The keyboardist, Armando, recognized us as "those two dancers". So as others were turning to DJs for their music, Arlene and I still had access to friends; to memories. A second chance.)


With all of this, enjoy this great video: Rihanna "Stay" 

Do you believe there are people who have never had spaghetti 


Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo did not discover pasta. There is evidence that the ancient Italians made pasta much like we do today. The folks at Funny Or Die were curious what people who have never had spaghetti would think of it. After a long and arduous search, they found 4 people (from this planet) who have never even heard of spaghetti. (No, they are not deaf.)
You are about to see 4 people "enjoying" spaghetti for the first time. "People Who've Never Heard Of Spaghetti Try Spaghetti For The First Time" 
(Spoiler alert - This video was made for laughs only) 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Waves to Cool Dad 

Two lovers are swept in waves of memories of this 

A father tries to create waves of memories for his daughter and friends 


The Waves (Shakespearean sonnet) 

The waves return upon the glowing sands
The waves of promise wonders to explore
The waves beyond the weary world’s commands
The waves of fragrant scents of evermore
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They’re calling from the seas of long ago
When falling leaves caught whispers which were aired
Forestalling heaven mid rich kisses’ flow
Enthralling ever with a moment shared
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So let us bid an answer to our day
The streets of fascination all can wait
Don’t let the sands of dreams just drift away
And let regretful teardrops doom their fate
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The waves are calling please remember this
The waves recalling moment of first kiss


(This is not so much a poem as it is a word play. In the first stanza "waves" is introduced. In the second stanza, we play with words that rhyme with "calling". In the conflict stanza both themes are dropped. In the rhyming couplet both themes are back and merged. - It was only natural for Arlene and I to try and relive our magic moments. In time, we realized we could't climb to the heights of the memories we created, So what were we to do when we wanted to enjoy, or revisit, some of those memories and not be disappointed? Disneyland, Carmel and Santa Cruz were our top challenges, as we enjoyed returning to these wonder filled moments. We found the answer in the waves.The waves of feelings and memories. Arlene and I learned to shed our expectations and allow our precious waves to carry us.)


And, of course, there were kisses: Bliss "Kisses"  

From romance to ridiculous 


MRI scans show that a teenager's prefrontal cortex works much harder than an adult's and that's why it's difficult for them to decide if a situation is dangerous or not. Another problem can be their relationship with their father. Especially the cool dad of Lemonade Stand. Lemonade Stand is a Los Angeles based sketch comedy group featuring Nick Skardarasy, Hannah Pearlman and Michael Clauw. Here, Nick, playing the cool dad, is trying to impress his daughter's friends.. His daughter pulls him aside and sets him straight. 
Or does she? "Lemonade Stand: Cool Dad" 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Red Roses to 100 Dancing Robots Come to Life 

Red roses mark the dance of lovers' life 

Robots mark the dance of a young lady's enchantment 


Red Roses (Martin verse) 

Red roses’ enchantment would mark the day
Just like that first kiss now dreams away
When summers in love always will stay
And rainbows we made cast colors to grey
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For ours was the magic Joys would excite
As days without end would dance in our light
Our kisses was music scenting the night
A time for this couple was never so right
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Kiss of the morning arose each new day
As couple together brought wonder to light
No darkness would mar our day or our night
Our purpose for being never saw grey
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Then came the dawn a change would excite
Something familiar had faded away
Red roses and dreams which promised to stay
Now whispered of things no longer quite right
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Those rainbow we made where turning to grey
And all that we had we wanted to stay
So for our memories we went away
Red roses’ enchantment would mark the day


(Another demonstration of a Martin verse. A poetic form I created in 2010. Let us keep in mind, red roses symbolize many things. One of those things being the love held by lovers. With this in mind the poem becomes deeper. - Arlene had this habit of tucking things away. Little items from moments that were important to her. From time to time she would share one or more of these with me. And for a moment, we were there again. In October of 2001, Arlene fell seriously ill  We would never again climb to the heights we enjoyed. Or so I thought. Arlene had tucked away treasures I hadn't seen for lifetimes. And there we were again. Flowers. napkins, receipts, tickets, trinkets and countless other little roses planted everywhere. Their bloom was a life well spent. Even now, I find one of Arlene's treasures. And we are there again.)


Close your eyes and enjoy the karaoke version of: Kyla "It's Over Now" 

From one magic dance to another 


The term "robot" was first used to denote fictional automata in a 1921 play "R.U.R." by the Czech writer, Karel ńĆapek. In today's world, robot take on many forms, like those dancing with one young lady. A young lady named Jordyn Jones. Jordyn is 14 year old dancer and singer from Studio City, California. who gained fame on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. Now, beside the robots, she runs into the imagination of Scott Winn and magic is born. 
For this while, put all else aside and let your mind dance. "100 Dancing Robots Come to Life (ft. Jordyn Jones) - 4K" 

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Beyond Eternity to Rate Me 

A lover rates the eternity if hit world 

Another man is put through eternity to rate a girl 


Beyond Eternity (poem) 

Meer time will perish long before
Ocean waves won’t kiss the shore
And clouds will all forget to sore
Yes all of this and so much more
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When flowers will neglect their bloom
With their fragrance air won’t groom
And colors in their stillness loom
Yes all of this must first meet gloom
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Sweet music will no longer play
Its meaning will just slip away
Dread silence will have more to say
Yes all of this will darken day
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Warm summers cease to follow spring
Soft stars no longer wonder bring
And memories won’t mean a thing
Yes all of this and empty sting
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But far beyond eternity
And all of this joins use to be
My heart will sing out Joyfully
How beautiful you are to me


(Gee... get to the point! She is beautiful. But wait a minute. Like many of my poems, there are a number of ways to take this poem. Two examples; 1) She is more beautiful than all these things or 2) Take all these away, there is still her. Like her; more than meets the eye. - In my photography days, I was gifted in capturing exceptional "head shots". A good friend (and nothing more) from my school days, Valerie, was one of my first models. She was a dancer and an aspiring model at the time. She was quite attractive and on that day gave  me a valuable lesson in beauty. I watched as she changed through the magic of makeup. Valerie noticed my fascination and took me on an adventure. Valerie's face and her cosmetic mastery changed the way she appeared. She explained the whats and whys to me as I watched, enjoyed and took it all in. I watched her change from one person to another before my eyes. I was so taken in by amazement, I found it hard to find words. We were not lovers, yet there was a feeling. As I watched Valerie, I learned a lot about beauty. It was amazing that it took so little makeup to bring about such remarkable changes.When we had some wine, after the experiences, Valerie said to me that she was blessed to be gifted with a face that was so alive. Then she turns to me a says,"You know what makes a women more beautiful than any makeup? The right person's attention.)

Okay, here is a song to go with this: Matt Monro "Portrait Of My Love" 

From romance to friends to funny 


Some believe "Makeup Artist" is a term originating in Egypt, and is taken from the hieroglyph "sesh." It means "to engrave". We could ask Emily Pendergast and Lucas Hill (of Genuine Jerks, a comedy sketch team) for their opinion, but they are in a discussion about Emily's beauty. Emily wants Lucas to rate how good she looks. 
Let's watch and find out what these two know and learn about beauty. " Rate Me" 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Heartbeats to Skrillex Does Fartstep 

A lost lover follows the call of heartbeats 

An artist follows the call from much lower 


Heartbeats (pulse poem) 

Heartbeats
Echo
In the
Darkness
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Heartbeats
Telling
Ever’s
Story
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Heartbeats
Ending
Silent
Weeping
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In my
Hour of
Mire and
Madness
Heartbeats
Turn to
Days of
Singing
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Stinging
Ringing
Bleakness
Bringing
Heartbeats
Bears the
Truth of
Life now
-
Lonely
Only
Heartbeats
Hear me
Heartbeats
Hold me
Heartbeats
Sharing
Bearing
Flaring
Heartbeats
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She is
Gone now
Taken
By the
Moon lit
Heartbeats
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Waiting
For my
Dreams to
Take me
Beyond
Heartbeats
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Hear her
Calling
Beyond
Heartbeats
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Crying
Just
Beyond
These heartbeats


(i could have called this a free form poem, but beats are so important to this exhibition that I went with the title pulse poem. I bet it didn't take you long to figure out this poem is not only titled "Heartbeats", it has the same pulse. "Heartbeats" is repeated throughout the poem as a reminder of the beats and to be as loud and disturbing as this lover's heart surely must have grown. Note that the beat was broken on the last line. I wonder why. - I faced death several times during my life. One of those times was at Point Reyes. I was cliff climbing with three of my friends. I love the wilderness. Unfortunately, everything I know about the outdoors, I learned the hard way. This day I would learn about shale. I was bringing up the rear, of the climb. I didn't notice that as we were climbing, we were also wiping out the path. I didn't notice until 10 to 12 feet from the top. There I was, on a small ledge high above a rocky shoreline. There was only one way down and it wouldn't be pretty. There was no more paths up or down and, of course, these geniuses didn't bring a rope.  If you have ever shared my position, you know how our heartbeats become more pronounced. The cliff wall was so brittle, I was able to carve out little holes with my bare hand. But would these hold me? What choice did I have? The wind was picking up and there was no telling how long it would take for help to arrive. To the shouts and encouragement of my comrades I scurried up the cliff using the holes I had dug out. As soon as I came in arms' reach two of my friends grabbed whatever they could. The third person had a firm hold of their legs. As soon as I reached the safety of the top, I kissed the ground, and broke out in dance. Mine wasn't the only heart pounding extra hard that day.)


This all calls for a heartbeat song: 
ToM PiCK - David Foster "Where Does My Heart Beat Now"


I smell a new hit song 


Chubby Checker was credited with the 1960 dance craze the Twist, popularized by his hit song "The Twist".  In fact, "The Twist" was originally released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters in 1959 and the dance had been around for a while before this. Now, Skrillex has a new dance craze sure to rocket off. So that we are all on the same page: Skrillex is the stage name of Sonny John Moore, a Los Angeles based electronic music producer. Rumor has it, Skrillex was fired with the inspiration for this new sound while eating at his favorite Mexican restaurant. It took him 30 long, lonely days to gather the samples he needed.
Join the fans, who are moved to tears, as we too become smothered. "Skrillex Does Fartstep" 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

She Waits to Remember me? I'm your Mom 

A maiden waits for her lover 

A mother waits for a phone call from her son at college 


She Waits Italian sonnet) 

She waits for him mid sands he cannot see
His mind and heart are oh so far away
The world he knows has lead them all astray
How can her truth compete with fantasy
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She waits with tears so long were put aside
The flowers in his garden need no rain
So far removed from pleasure and all pain
How much has doubt and fear force him to hide
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She waits amid the silence of a song
A memory so long he has forgot
The life he leads no longer has a plot
How can he wonder when his way went wrong
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But deep at nights when everything abates
And darkness brings new meaning what is real
His soul is kissed by something it does feel
Where now touches forever there she waits 


(It is unclear why she is waiting or why they are apart. What does add a punch to the mystery of this sonnet is the "She waits" that seems to be missing from the forth stanza. Then it dramatically appears at the very end. - Speaking of drama, in 1995 I was part of a big Masonic event. There are four main bodies of Freemasonry: the "Blue Lodges" (the main part of Freemasonry), the Sottish Rite and York Rite, and the Shriners. There was a rumor going around that there was hazing in Freemasonry. Except for the Shriners. there is absolutely no hazing in Freemasonry; and in the Shriners, one must want and consent to be hazed (it is strictly voluntary and cannot be degrading). As far as the other three bodies of Masonry, the Grand Lodge of California ignited a mission to extinguish even the slightest hint of hazing. Even more, a candidate is given a synopsis of what will happen during the degree he was to be part of, If there was any parts that the candidate found uncomfortable, appropriate changes were made. Any hint or suggestion of hazing was addressed and eradicated. It took three years to progress the Fraternity to a new level.) 


For this edition's song, I've chosen: Puccini " Un Bel Di Vedremo" 

Another story of a mother waiting 


According to the Higher Educational Research Institute at UCLA, 38% of college students attend a school within 50 miles or less, 15% within 51 to 100 miles and 37% within 101 to 500 miles. Which brings us to Ann Pinto McCarney' Ann's son is one of those who went away for college. Ann's son is one of those boys who doesn't call his mother. So Ann made this video ad posted it on YouTube. Meanwhile, an 18 year old boy, off somewhere at college, hears about this great new, funny video on YouTube. OMG! 
Rumor has it,  public opinion has established daily phone calls between a mother and a son. ...at least for now. "Remember me...Mom wants son to call from college" 

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dreamers’ Dance to When You Really Want The Job 

What dance passes through dreamers' minds as they slip to paradise 

What dance passes through a mind as a man applies for a job he really wants 


Dreamers’ Dance (round) 

What dances pass a dream at night
That makes her cast a smile so bright
That all at once my heart’s aglow
To show it shares in her delight
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What tempest’s tempo moves her so
That stardust silhouettes her flow
That draws me in a fantasy
To be a part of all we know
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And through her eyes the world I see
Of children prancing round a tree
That shades the carefree kiss of youth
Which toothless wonders long envy
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Here serenaders seize a booth
Pretending not to be uncouth
As they prepare another song
Along the path to lovers’ truth
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The pulse of passion does prolong
Cascades of kisses growing strong
Under a moon whose blushes hide
The tide beside where we belong
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As our two worlds meet to collide
Awake asleep all cares aside
A torrid tango needs an end
To send us where the angels hide
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We’re free from pretense to pretend
That by desire we shall ascend
To paradise not far away
Astray from pleasure we extend
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What dance passed by a dream this way
That only lips through kisses say
By tree that’s slipping into sight
Excited at two lovers’ play


(A romantic round. Did you pick up on the echo in this round? It happens in the forth line of each stanza. The second beat, of the forth line, rhymes with last word of the third line. - It all started at a Spring Dance in 1967. It was the first dance Arlene and I went to. It was then and there Arlene realized that I couldn't dance. She got me through the evening and on the next day started my dance training. Dancing was important to Arlene, but unfortunately I was a slow learner. Her persistence was remarkable, considering how long it took and how persistently clumsy I was. By the time we got married, Arlene's investment had paid off. More than this, we had been dancing together so often, dancing was a natural part of our life.  We would not only dance at parties, but when alone at home. Little did that young couple know, way back then, that time and time again dancing together would see us through hardships as well as open doors to paradise. Who would have imagined the doors that would open, because a girl wanted her boyfriend to dance. Dance with her.)


Speaking of dancing, let's spend a few moments with two dance legends: 
Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dancing Fred Waring "Dancing In The Dark" 

Considering mood set, this should have been first 

According to Martin Buckland, an Executive Career Management Professional, the average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume is 5 to 7 seconds. With this in mind, consider how lucky some are to make the interview process. So the recruiters have accepted your resume, an interview has been scheduled and the team of BuzzFeed Video have decided to tell your story in their latest video (plus you really need the job). A lot of pressure! 
Let;s see how the folks at BuzzFeed handle this scenario. "WHEN YOU REALLY WANT THE JOB" 

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