Reader, FIRST read this poem; "I flew to the castle/ on pterodactyl wings ..." / "What comes next? / Turn the page!" NOW replace the word WHAT in line three to "WHO comes next?" That's what this issue is about CHARACTERS and their STORIES.
ALICE LIDDELL (Inspiration for Alice in Wonderland)
for someone so small
you sure own
THE OUIJA BOARD COLLECTOR
but they kept
THE MINISTER OF TEA AND SALT
I am the Minister of tea and salt.
You bow down to me or you get naught.
A potentate most exalted
with bags of tea and rocks, salted.
Bring your bland food and bring your water.
See if I'll grant you one or the other.
I am the Minister of salt and tea.
You want to advance you go through me!
THE SHEPHERD OF THE ROCKS
Living alone on the icy barren coast
80 miles from any other one,
he led a simple spartan life
of walking, sleep, and food.
The weather was frigid. The soil was scarce.
No trees just a little moss.
He got a beard and revelations -
and became the Shepherd of the Rocks.
He'd traipse among the sharp worn flock
and bring back any strays.
And corral the ones that wandered off
into walls he'd watch each day.
He carried a staff of hard dried wood
that whacked with a piercing knock.
the only sound over the breaking waves
from the Shepherd of the Rocks.
THE ARTIST'S ASSISTANT
The assistant carried his master's paintings
as they travelled from port to port.
He dreamed sometimes that the bag was God's
and he was one of his many helpers.
And during creation, he would do as commanded
and pull from the sack a slice of stars,
or a sun and moon, or a herd of clouds,
or a mountain range colored blue,
a ribbon of rivers, or a mirror of ocean,
or a forest filled with the songs of birds.
And when that day's work was done,
he'd tie up the bag and carry it on.
THE GHOST OF KAFKA
Kafka came to me
a ghost in a dream.
I told him how much
the world loved his work.
"Which ones do they like?"
"Them all," I replied.
He thought for a moment
and scrunched up his face
and told me to tell them
"When they become ghosts
then I'll give thanks!"
and still both
hands are full
THE DRESS DESIGNER
I designed a dress
made out of maps.
It directs the eye
where to look.
This rogue Doctor
had a cabinet of noses,
a drawer of ears,
and a bowl of eyes.
He'd build up monsters
out of clay parts
and oiled iron
and bolts and gears
and send them out
to roam the woods ...............
Children go play.
THE BAD POET
I met a poet who wasn't very GOOD AND
his verse was what they call WOOD-EN
and to be frank as a writer he SHOULD-N'T!
THE WATER PITCHER COLLECTOR
He filled his house with water pitchers
in hutches in every wall.
Lighting struck and started a fire
that engulfed every floor.
But as the shelves began to collapse
the pitchers would tip their spouts.
And the water pouring forth
would put the fires out.
The spider studies
the lace curtain.
In the chapel
they dust the pews.
Up rise dust mites
that linger in the light.
Then after all
the dusting is done,
they settle ever so
slowly back down.
THE WOMAN IN THE ELEVATOR
A woman smiles
as I enter the lift.
The car rises up
and I feel a tug.
is crowned by stars
THE MASTER PHYSICIST (Creation Myth)
The Master Physicist set down the ground rules,
3 pages of equations that looked like ant trails
etched on gold, hammered-thin, paper.
He wadded it up. Threw it out and away
where it began to float, and inflate
until it blew out all sides of the box
and indescribable explosion followed
and the universe raced out into every void
And escaping night was overtaken by
the newly created, advancing, first light!
I don't know what's inside of you.
I don't know what magical powers you have
that you may not be aware of yet;
that someone, something, or some event,
or some place, or some vision, may
someday draw out of you
now, or tomorrow, or in the future.
I don't know what fate can spin
and release from within you
Ah the days
of hula hoops
when we were all
THE CHILD PAINTER
"The snow is blue," said the child.
"Color it white," said the adult.
"But it's night," said the child,
"and it's winter and dark most of the time."
"Snow IS blue!" said the adult!
THE MUSEUM IMPS
beware your foes!
they steal in the night
and chip off your nose.
They stalk the museums
in search of stone!
beware your foes!
I took a picture
of a penguin.
He had a look
as he studied
me from afar.
"Shark or fish?
Fish or shark?"
Standing on his head
he could lift the world
far in the future
miles down the road
toasters are used
not to toast
but to launch ships
to explore other worlds
at least that's the story
that I was told.
and began a search
all through my house
the cupboards and such.
as they explored
they talked of the weather
but explored the oven
and drooled at the butter.
strange that their
technology is such
that bread stays jamless
built an empty frame.
Then each morning
each takes a side
and combs their hair.
We as a people had had enough!
"Let's try as a jury and also a judge
all the cartoon 2D bunch;
rope them and their shenanigans,"
shouted the crowd, every one.
"Time to be serious when things are dark,
time to go to work and pull a plow,
time to clean up after those who draw."
The characters in concert said, "Phooey to that!"
and sent raspberries to all in earshot
and drew up multiple musical instruments
and began their symphony of caterwauling
and antics of zingey merriment.
The people outraged, started to attack
swinging blunt erasers this way and that,
But the cartoon Characters formed one line
that drew a monster 1,000 feet high
and began to march on the country side.
Off fled the real-ies out of the land
never to bother the cartoon-ies again!.
I didn't want to
pick the flower
so I plucked
it's nearby shadow
THE MAN WITH FRIENDS
He owned a jacket
with a thousand tears.
Each of his friends
sewed up a seam.
A jacket of friendship
that' he'd wear
in good times or lean.
I awoke in a vision on an open plain.
The only thing around me was the Eiffel Tower.
some voice in my ear said 'you've mispronounced it.
It's the Alpha Tower in the shape of an "A".'
Then I saw out of the mist
a work in progress, a buzzing place.
Men working on a Beta Tower,
a massive iron "B" shaped structure.
And to my left the Tower of C,
and D, and E, and F, and G...
My inclination in detecting the pattern
was to find omega 'Z" and be done with it all.
AND ALL THE REST
In the moonlight
we are all moths
* * *
CHARACTERS and SAYINGS ABOUT THEM
She was one of the tall straws!
Do be a fan. Don't be a blowhard.
My shadow and I sing duets.
You don't have to wear a suit to act like one.
The Hulk had the best lines! (TV review).
Even with water he couldn't grow rust.
Who decorated this place, the bomb squad?
He's out to lunch and not paying the check.
I've decided to live in the bookstore and just visit my home.
Lady, that's not a purse, that's luggage!
Jack Frost wanted to marry; but there was always a chill in his relationships.
Humpty Dumpty had shell shock
Comment on Photo: I used to look much younger.
Every person is two people; the person you meet at first and the person they turn into.
Rauschenberg's best work was his erasings.
I had a slinky but no stairs!
Musea is -Tom Hendricks, 4000 Hawthorne #5, Dallas Texas 75219
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