Saturday, November 7, 2015

Monotony to Montage Machine 
One person searches release from a monotonous cycle 
One person searches release from those moments between successes 


Monotony (poem) 

I sat down with me
And what did I see
Reflections of me
-
Now how could this be
I then said to me
What mad fantasy
Has left me with me
-
Was easy to see
How much I loved me
But it’s misery
A whole world of me
With nowhere to flee
-
So I said to me
If this mockery
Must happen to me
And eternity
Shall hold only me
Monotony
-
My sad tearful plea
Was mirrored by me
Who apparently
Felt same way as me
Who searched for a key
To rid me of me
And live happily
-
In council with me
We formed strategy
Which pleased every me
Who all did agree
A happier me
Our plan would set free
When sleep released me
Stop being such an egotist


(This poem may look simple, but there's a lot going on. We all probably noticed that one line was added as the poem progresses. Did we also notice, except for the last line, the strict adherence to the beats? The poem, as a whole, was meant to sound both comical and serious. The tiresome repeat of the "EE" sound was a set-up for the final line. - So here I was. Life wasn't easy, but I married the girl of my dreams and I did so much. It all came to head in my masonic days. I was in my 40s, but the Masons, as an organization, were so old I felt like I was 20 again. I was a great ritualist. My parties and programs were attracting men to the fraternity.  By introducing a family atmosphere to this traditionally male organization, more men attended meetings. In 1999 I was honored, by San Francisco, for my efforts with the public schools Was I bit of an egotist? You bet I was. I tried to bring my egotism under control by serving coffee and cleaning tables, at Masonic events. When I volunteered at "Soup Kitchens" I took the jobs no one else wanted. I took every opportunity to laugh and joke at my shortcomings. Are you ready for this? With all my efforts to curb my big head, people would say, "Look at that Martin. As good as he is, he can still lower himself to serve. Isn't he great." You just can't win. Does this poem relate to me? A little.)


Can there be a more fitting song: Carly Simon "You're So Vain" 

Now for those boring moments between greatness 


Legend has it Thomas Edison was fired from his first two job for being too "non-productive", before going on to becoming one of history's greatest inventors. Wouldn't it have been great if Edison could have forgone these two incidences and gone directly to being a great inventor? Wouldn't it be great if we could all forego those drudgeries and go right to the end result? Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla, of Smosh, think they cave come up with a solution. The Montage Machine. It takes all those boring moments between our greatness and turns them into a short montage. 
I can think of a few house cleaning session this would come in handy."MONTAGE MACHINE" 

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling 
but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius

Friday, November 6, 2015

Kissing to Would You Have Sex With Paul Rudd 
Would you like to be like the couple born to kiss 
Would you have sex with Paul Rudd - for a dollar 



Kissing (story/poem) 

They wondered where the two had gone
There as a party greeted dawn
To this would all their fancies spawn
They found them behind curtains drawn
Kissing
-
For that is how they passed their day
As minutes slowly ticked away
And every spot where lovers stray
Would find these two at their display
Kissing
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In this they thought all life was for
This endless pleasure nothing more
Till greater purpose washed ashore
A world was waiting to explore
Kissing
-
But jealous people told them go
So hurtful were the words they’d throw
And in their hate a truth would show
About a thing they didn’t know
Kissing
-
Now no one knows just where they went
And no one knows the hours they spent
But something grew from deep lament
When from the moon was message sent
Kissing


(A fun little poem about two young lovers who loved to kiss. Here is an example of how one word seems to change. It is the same word (Kissing) whose meaning does not change as the poem progresses. Yet, there is a sense of change which can only be explained to what is going on in the story. - I come from a time when kissing in public was frowned upon. "There is a time and place for kissing." But leave it to us teenagers... It was outside an ice cream store sharing an ice cream with Malana when I received my "first real kiss". I think it was in broad daylight. Everything got real cloudy, so I'm not really sure. Malana was a good teacher, or so other girls would say. And off I went, in the back of buses, in the picture shows, in the park, the zoo, the museum, you name it and I probably kissed there. Shock people? You bet. Word got back to my home. My mother wanted me punished. My step-father, who normally beat me, found a soft spot for all the kissing stories. As I grew more "mature", kissing took on a different meaning. The kisses in front of the ice cream shop had changed, Yet there were times, under a moonlit sky, teenagers returned,)


There are a number of great kissing songs. I've chosen: Bliss "Kissing" 

Sorry, there is no real sex. Just laughs 


The longest recorded flight  of a chicken is 13 seconds. Perhaps it was trying to make a dollar from Bill Eichner for having sex with Paul Rudd. Confused yet? Let's back up. Bill "Billy" Eichner is a comedian who who works the streets of of New York, testing passers-by about their knowledge of pop culture and to get a laugh or two. Paul Stephen Rudd is a young, good looking actor, comedian, writer and producer. He is known for his roles in the films Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman: Billy's question for passers-by is: "For a dollar, would you have sex with Paul Rudd?" 
What about the chicken? It flies less than my coward brother "Billy on the Street: Would You Have Sex With Paul Rudd?" 


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The grand essentials of life are something to do, 
something to love, something to hope for.
Thomas Chalmers

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sitting In The Silence to Worst Dine And Dashers 
One man sits in the silence of his life 
While two men are interrupted by their plans 


Sitting In The Silence (free form poem) 

Sitting in the silence of the rain
Of all the worlds he wandered through
And all the people
The hearts of people
The lives of people he touched
-
Memories kiss him again
Once more of a past of a dream
And all the moments
Exciting moments
Forever moments still live
-
Turn around in the stardust
Turn around in flowered fields
Turn around in lovers’ hopes
Turn around and they’re always there
-
And there was a part of it
Sitting in the silence of the rain
And all the flowers
Tomorrow’s flowers
Well planted flowers by him


(Here is a poem purposely full of metaphors.  This was done in hopes to get readers involved and see their own lives. It starts out with a man pausing to reflect on his life. You take it from there. - Here is one example. There was a man; a lawyer; a marine. As a marine, he was relegated to an office, to become a paper pusher. As a lawyer, he was so poor at handling cases, he found his destiny at crossing Ts and dotting Is. At relationships, he was a marine and a lawyer, two facts that he allowed to take over his mind and ruin everything. At one moment of his life, he encountered a person. He asked this person to run a Toys For Tots program for him. That person, he approached, did so much more. In 4 years all the Mason in the San Francisco Bay Area were contributing and taking  Toys For Tots into their communities. As he reflects back on his life, the man sees  a child and remembers an idea he gave a person. - Just one story this poem relates to. Perhaps you have more.)


To release our minds to a moment, here's: Francis Goya  "La Playa" 

Free dinner anyone  


Kitcho, in Kyoto, Japan is the most expensive restaurant in the world. It could set one back $600 per person. Dine and dash is the practice of dashing from a diner without paying the bill. Ben Kleinman and Chris Blakeman, of Cool Kids Comedy, are hardly eating at Kitcho, nor does it appear that they have any experience in dine and dash. As for making people laugh. 
It is rumored that this "Dine and Dash" lesson was paid for by the Restaurant Association. "World's Worst Dine And Dashers" 

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Men do less than they ought,
unless they do all they can.
Thomas Carlyle

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tortured Shadow to I Ate All Kid's Halloween Candy 
What tortured shadow creeps in the night 
What tortured shadow takes over kids when their Halloween candy is gone 


Tortured Shadow (English sonnet) 

What tortured shadow waits amid the night
Its sorrow hungers for forgotten soul
It feels a need which nothing can console
And nothing is the source of all its might
-
Within the razor blackness of its hole
What piercing perils lurk to steal my sight
My wreathing body joins the others’ plight
As grave unknown my nightmares now control
-
Resolve yourself unto the morning’s glow
Each ray of life grants purpose to the day
The welcome words and friendship of my peers
-
Through warmth and hugs I felt the evil go
My Joy was such that weeping came our way
And terror rose the blood stains of my tears


(Here is an evil mystery. As the sonnet starts, I tried to describe a foreboding menace. The triplets bring with them a ray of hope. Then the final line leaves us with a gruesome mystery. "Surprise Factor" - This poem was inspired by an acquaintance of mine, Bruce. Bruce was an unusual individual who lived with his specters. He was a lonely, troubled soul and a real hard worker. He rarely took a break and often worked through his lunch. I think, what brought us together was we "dressed to shock". Our clothes were a bit extreme for the corporate world. Bruce invited me over his house for dinner. Imagine, in your mind, a haunted room. That was Bruce's apartment. From the onset Bruce shared the entity or entities ( I wasn't sure if it was just one or many) that lived with him. Though I am open to ghosts, I have never seen one. In fact, I have met many charlatans, who should have turned my belief. I was fascinated and taken in by Bruce's account of his shadow(s). As he went on, Bruce talked more to them than he did to me. He became disturbed, that they didn't show themselves. He began to shout, calling it a coward. As he grew more agitated, I felt the need to go, rather than to try and calm him down. He didn't notice me leave. That Monday, Bruce didn't show up at work. I'll end the story here and leave you to your imagination.)


Let's see what we can pull out of the hat to go with this: Herbaliser "Something Wicked"

Let's turn the clock back to the day after Halloween 


The famed candy corn was invented by George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderle Candy Company, who invented candy corn in the 1880s. In 1900, the Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing this "delicious treat". For the last four years, it has become a tradition of Jimmy Kimmel Live to ask parents to tell their kids, they ate all their Halloween candy and send Jimmy the video. 2015's compilation is now completed and the kid's reactions have not let us down. 
I wonder, would the reactions have been the same, had the candy been candy corn. "YouTube Challenge - I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2015" 


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He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In Your Eyes to Double Vision Revealed 
One lady's eyes are glorified by a lover 
While another lady's eyes are examined by an optometrist - So she thinks 


In Your Eyes (Shakespearean sonnet) 

What is it I see there lost in your eyes
Those drifting tomorrows promising more
Than whispered moments can ever devise
They call to my heart our purpose explore
-
Each pulse of always is kissed by those stars
They sing to my soul of life in a dream
Deep in their heaven the season is ours
Lost drifting moments heart cradled by stream
-
This treasure of ever fate swept our way
Who knows how long it will linger on
There must be a time where memories play
Or will they be gone as there I am drawn
-
But let me drift on in your gorgeous stare
The truth of our pure love lives sacred there


(Nothing special about this sonnet. Nothing special, unless you are the lady who this verse is written for. The conflict stanza is particularly effective in a poem of this sort, as it adds a little extra to the conclusion. - As one can probably tell, from my poems, I'm a hopeless romantic. Walking hand in hand, Cuddling in the wonder of the moment. Staring timelessly into those eyes. Arlene loved it, and knew just how to get more (as if she needed to). Sure, as we grew older, those teenagers slowed down. Slowed down, but never stopped. What was particularly fun was when we in the company of others. Every once in a while Arlene and I would stare into each other's eyes. We would have entire conversations without saying a word. People around us suspected something was going on, but their only clues were two lovers' fancy smiles. Perhaps it was all just in our imaginations. So be it.)


Imagination or not, we must all answer: Digital Analog Band "The Call" 

Some optometrists do magic for the eyes 


Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved. Keep this in mind as we go on. Michael Carbonaro put a patient's grasp of reality to a test. Michael is an actor, magician, and improv artist. This unsuspecting women thinks he is an optometrist and that she is going to have an eye examination. Remembering that seeing requires half our brain, it may help to explain this woman's reaction as Michael opens up to her a brand new world. 
I don't know which is more magical, Michael or this woman's reaction. Enjoy: "The Carbonaro Effect - Double Vision Revealed" 


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You know when you're in love 
when you can't fall asleep 
because reality is finally better than your dreams. 
Dr. Seuss

Monday, November 2, 2015

Waiting A Wonder to Godzilly, King of the Daughters 
A person finds himself waiting his next wonder 
A family sets off to explore their next wonder 


Waiting A Wonder (free form poem) 

Waiting waiting
For one more wonder
Waiting waiting
-
One more dream afloat
One more golden sunset
One more smile of hope
Waiting waiting
-
Winter is approaching
The flocks are fling south
But there is a new one guiding the way
A face unfamiliar
As I just sit
Waiting waiting
-
There must be a reason
The leaves which shared my kisses
Blossomed in imagination
Flavors of colors
Dying at my feet
Waiting waiting
-
For what
What do they see
What do they know
Those dreams in the sky
Those pearls on the floor
One more trance
One more vision
One more it must be true
Waiting waiting
-
Until the moment
Our propose is clear
I will be here
Waiting waiting


(Although this is a free form poem there is a structure to it. In the beginning we have a speaker who seems to have a sense of composure. The middle of the poem sees the speaker questioning. Questioning what? A sense of resolve again overtakes the speaker, as he waits. - The point of this poem, for me was, life's sense of hope. For me (and perhaps others can relate) life offered many possibilities/wonders. Some of these, one had to be a part of to appreciate. Between these gifts were moments to appreciate what just happened, moments to catch a breath, moments to share, moments of waiting. Waiting for the next one to start. (Or maybe that experience was enough to feed a hungry soul.) Here and now, I find myself waiting. Here is the riddle of the poem's message: How does one handle life's possibilities/wonders? Enjoy...)


While we're reflecting, here's : Chris Spheeris "Psyche" 

Wonders wonder if their wonder will set others to wonder 


The voice of Godzilla, the monster the Japanese introduced to the world in 1954, was produced by rubbing a rubber glove over the bass string of a violin. I'm sure this has something to do with why the Silly Socks family dressed up their baby daughter like the King of Monsters. Silly Socks is a new channel of a family hoping to make it on YouTube. Whether they make it or not, this is a frightenly cute moment for a lifetime. 
Let's enjoy this video and wish Silly Socks the best of luck. "Godzilly, King of the Daughters!" 

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Everything that happens to us leaves some trace 
behind; everything contributes imperceptibly to make us 
what we are.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sunday, November 1, 2015

There Amid The Stars to Remi Gaillard 
Reflections of one who lived a good life 
Reflections of a legend 


There Amid The Stars (lyrical poem) 

Open the doors my precious one
Open the doors and go inside
I won’t forget you
I will never cast you aside
There a place is set for you
There amid the stars
-
And so this youth enjoyed the dance
With every turn he dared a chance
Such wonders did his life enhance
As all around fell in his trance
-
And soon he found his true romance
There by her side he took his stance
Toward all tomorrows’ great expanse
Was hand in hand they did advance
-
As they became a family
Fulfillment of a fantasy
And every day passed joyfully
Until a father he would be
-
Open the doors my precious one
Open the doors and go inside
I won’t forget you
I will never cast aside
There a place is set for you
There amid the stars
-
Together they grew happily
Their challenges were met with glee
There was so much for them to see
To turn time into memory
-
And soon his kids no longer there
He turned all thoughts to vision fair
As new romance began to flare
Enchantment’s mornings thrilled the air
-
His life a legend everywhere
So many traces bore that glare
But when his age he grew aware
He sat alone within his chair
-
Open the doors my precious one
Open the doors and go inside
I won’t forget you
I will never cast aside
There a place is set for you
There amid the stars


(Just when we think we have a free form poem, a lyrical poem shows up. We might have guessed, when we saw words repeating. Also notice the rhyme scheme used - chorus AAB chorus BCC chorus. The last mystery for the reader. Who is the speaker? - I wrote these lyrics about my life. It was quite a show. In addition to the show, I touched the lives of countless. The world is changed, because I was here.  Some people may tell you, there's always tomorrow. As if there is always an opportunity waiting for everyone. This is not always true for everyone (at least not for me). But I have grand memories to offset the harshness of my tomorrow. In addition, I was real lucky. Wonder upon wonder would ornament my path. I was even blessed to give back and share with others. Now if you figured out who the speaker is, this song could also be about you. One of the greatest powers and mysteries of life is: We are all individuals. Whatever my life was, it is not for everyone. Take a close look. We are all special. Live. Enjoy this person:You.)


To bring this all into some perspective: Gary B "Bitter Sweet" 

From one legend to another 

In Iran, people play jokes on the 13th day of the Persian New Year, which falls on April 1 or 2, and that tradition dates back to 536 B.C. Now, if we head a few miles north, we come to Montpellier, France, home of Rémi Gaillard. Rémi who? Rémi Gaillard, probably the greatest prankster in the world, some of which have landed him in jail. He has reach 17 as the most viewed comedy channel on YouTube and his video "Kangaroo" has passed over 68 million views. Rémi first appeared on YouTube in 1999. His popularity grew with his  Rocky Balboa parodies, Pac Man, Mario Kart and Santa Claus pranks, as well as his football videos. Rémi now has over 2,1 billion web views. 
Here is a compilation of a master prankster's work. Thank you Rémi Gaillard "15 ans Rémi Gaillard" 

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Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing 
those you hold well.
Josh Billings