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5 Falls + 1

January 21st, 2022

5 Falls + 1

Well, wife ain’t crushed, and I’m not broken, maybe . . . though yesterday’s +1 seems to have my knee doing a swollen grapefruit impersonation, and one rib shrieking every sneeze or cough.

Many a fall in my life, but past two months seeded a bumper crop.

Cleaned our roof gutter, and as I stepped over the garden fence, my toe caught in chicken wire and I slow-mo fell forward, which gave me time to notice my head heading toward the raised paving bricks.

Hit head and knee hard. First thing I checked for head flesh gash. When 10, I jumped a low block wall and landed on a block behind it which cut my leg in a bloodless V down to sun-bright bone, which in fascination I touched with my finger, amazed how white and shiny it was. I expected to touch skull.

Had head blood, but no gashes, so checked knee. Couple years ago I broke my kneecap and the bone didn’t knit, so kneecap’s held together by fibers, and if I knelt on it, I’d be in eye-tearing pain for weeks. Luckily I hit just below the knee so again spared major damage.

Then two weeks ago a cold snap froze the water running across a Metropark path, then dusted it with snow, so I’m walking the dog an hour before dawn, looking for deer and fotos, writing poems in my head, and — WHAP — foot hits snow-dusted ice and I’m on my back on frozen gravel, in the dark, on a seldom-used path, in considerable pain, thinking it’s too cold to be lying here, let’s see what works, and slowly rise, functional.

Fall 3 is the scariest. Sitting here reading, I hear a thunk 3 feet to my right, look over and see black cat blur racing away and think “oh, she knocked something over,” and then brain freezes trying to understand why the 40 pound ceiling fan is lying on its side on the floor in front of Lady’s chair. The fan had broken away from the cathedral ceiling and crashed into the easy chair in which she’d been sleeping half hour earlier. Had she been there, she’s dead or broken.

Reality really tried with sneak-punch 4 & 5. Snowstorm hit 3 days ago, and I shoveled for hours, safely. Then took the garbage and compost out. At the garbage cans I looked at the 50 foot of snow drifts between me and the compost pit and decided to drop it in the trash instead . . . but then my brain says no, that’s not right, the 8-Fold Path preaches right thought, right action, so I walk through snow, step on an icy flagstone and smash to the ground on my right side. This is hard. Seriously painful. Slowly see what works, manage to rise, decide to dump compost in trash after all, take one step and step into the fish pool that’s totally covered in snowdrift, and smash even harder on my left side, pain overwhelming, knowing pain this intense means bad news because no way you can hurt this much and not be seriously damaged.

I begin to see what works, turn on my side, unsteadily rise, slow-step into the house, and tell Lady I have to sit a bit before I can check if I’m broken. And I’m not. Only damage besides bruised muscles is a 9 inch blood scrape down my right forearm, and a 6 inch blood scrape down the left. Pain is so great I feel nauseous.

The next day is fall free, and I’m exhilarated that I’m alright, absolutely astonished.

And then . . .

Yesterday morning I’m carrying my toasted bagel on a soon-to-be broken plate as I walk through a dark room where our 120 pound golden labrador is lying unseen right in the middle and I smash chest first into the floor, managing to turn my head so I land side-skull instead of face first.

Smashed my never-healed broken knee, which looks quite grapefruitish now, and I bone-bruised or cracked a rib. A cough brings sharp pain, a sneeze tears. Had many a cracked and broken and bruised rib in my time so know you wait them out, hold the rib tight when you sneeze to reduce pain, and take smaller tokes so you don’t cough.

These falls are more worrisome because I have bad bones — osteoporosis.

Before fall 6, I told Lady I was writing this up as Five Falls, and she said better watch it doesn’t become the 8-Fall Path, which brings me to the humor here . . . I decide to do the “right thing” as I see it for the 8-Fold Path, and I get hurt. Something doesn’t gel.

So there, it’s written as 5 + 1 . . . this means no fall # 7 allowed. Time to stop this ridiculous sitcom, the Gods have their portion of laughter.

One odd thought is I’ve been slowly losing weight past year, for no known reason, going from 165 down to this morning’s 149. Since I’m doing these falls from my 6′ 3″ height, those extra lost pounds probably help hurt me less.

Another fleetflash thinking is the film Final Destination where some young folk get off the plane that’s going to crash, which irritates Death, so he hunts them down and kills them one by one . . . spose reality is trying to fall me into quietude?

Maybe it all goes back to Eve and the Snake. Or me on the make.

Half horror, half slapstick, whole Smith.



Lady’s chair, ceiling fan fallen


 

oblique shuffle . . .

January 17th, 2022

oblique shuffle . . .

Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
Booming And Zooming – Tom Tom Club
(No More) Wet T-Shirt Contests – Low Cut Connie
Lowdown Monkey Blues – The Replacements & Tom Waits
Like Ceasar Needs a Brutus – Anita Lane
Empty My Mind – Poi Dog Pondering
Where Would I Be – Mama Lucky
Absinthe – Otis Taylor
Oh No – Wet Leg
Glueland – Do Nothing
Serious Ground – Danny Elfman
High Flyin’ Bird – Au Go-Go Singers
Better In My Day – NYX & Gazelle Twin
What Makes The Monkey Dance – Chuck Prophet
Backseat Nothing – The Del Fuegos
Hassidic Pizza – Tuxedomoon
Oboe Round – Moondog
Workinonit – J Dilla


 

low hustle shuffle . . .

January 9th, 2022

low hustle shuffle . . .

Let X=X – Laurie Anderson
Sundirtwater – The Waifs
Wet Dream – Wet Leg
Clean – The Priests
Better In My Day – NYX & Gazelle Twin
Assassin – Bill Laswell
Birther Blues – The Dead Kenny G’s
Backlash Blues – Nina Simone
Like Ceasar Needs a Brutus – Anita Lane
Sinner! – Jim White & The Packway Handle Band
The Resignation vs The Comeback Special – Todd Snider
The Snake and the Moon – Dead Can Dance
Diamonds And Rust – Joan Baez
Kiss Kiss Kiss – Yoko Ono
El Cerrito – Cracker
Chase – Spindle Ensemble
The Hanging Garden – The Cure
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
Caravan – Duke Eliington, Mingus, Max Roach


 

no hustle shuffle . . .

January 5th, 2022

no hustle shuffle . . .

Handcuffed To A Fence In Mississippi – Jim White
The Pusher – Nina Simone
He Got Game – Public Enemy & Stephen Stills
Banks Of Allatoona – Larkin Poe
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution – Tracy Chapman
Bark Like A God – Sloppy Jane
111111111 – X
Spare Parts I (A Nocturnal Emission) – Tom Waits
Lady Doubonette – The Bizarros
Money Is The Meat In The Coconut – David Rawlings
Eternal Consumption Engine – Primus
Thanks A Lot – Ernest Tubb
Jesus Was A Social Drinker – Chuck Prophet
Insects – Danny Elfman
Torches And Pitchforks – Cracker
Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett
Addicted – Amy Winehouse
Isketayo Sewow (Cree Call) – Buffy Sainte-Marie
God And The FBI – Janis Ian


 

shuffle on down the load . . .

January 3rd, 2022

shuffle on down the load . . .

Oboe Round – Moondog
On My Radio – The Selecter
OD’d In Denver – Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Where Would I Be – Mama Lucky
Thank You, Lord – Hellwood
Pony – The Waifs
It’s Not Getting Any Good – The Wrens
Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse – David Lindley & Ry Cooder
10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road – Jim White w/ Morecheeba
Beezlebub – Beats Antique w/ Les Claypool
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
Your Mama Won’t Like Me – Suzi Quatro
Cross Talk IV / Radio Lonelys – Oneohtrix Point Never
Chaise Longue – Wet Leg
A Swamp Dog’s Tale – Goat Girl
(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang – The Dead Milkmen
Cold Duck Soup – Guy Clark
Prison Of The Senses – Pere Ubu
Elephant Ghost – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains
Female Jesus – Johnny Dowd


 

shuffle down . . .

January 2nd, 2022

shuffle down . . .

Gun Sale At The Church – The Beat Farmers
Bad Kitty – Liz Phair
Keep Diggin’ – Larkin Poe
Pleasure And Pain – Divinyls
Dry Dreams – The Jim Caroll Band
Peroxide Beach – Sloppy Jane
Wash Away A World – Jim White
Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On – Leonard Cohen
The Destruction Of The Superdeep Borehole Tower – The Mountain Goats
Tried To Be A Man – Rickie Lee Jones
Downtown Money Waster – The Black Crowes
Black Helicopters – The Grassy Knoll
Devil’s Radio – George Harrison
Pay Your Way In Pain – St. Vincent
Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles – Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
The Sidewinder – Lee Morgan
Professional Widow – Tori Amos
Where The Hell Is Henry? – Chuck Prophet
99.9 F – Suzanne Vega


 

word harvest 12.16 thru 12.31 2021

January 1st, 2022

word harvest 12.16 thru 12.31 2021

2021.12.17 – Just to be clear
2021.12.18 – Greylight morning
2021.12.18 – Gotta get high
2021.12.19 – Many lips
2021.12.21 – The mind
2021.12.22 – You die
2021.12.22 – Go fast
2021.12.27 – Half moon in sky
2021.12.28 – New water
2021.12.30 – A dragon’s blood, myrrh, copal
2021.12.31 – Want . . . need
2021.12.31 – New year

~ ~ ~

Just to be clear —
when you cheat, it’s business
when we cheat, it’s a crime

~ ~ ~

Greylight morning
wife asleep in chair
cat asleep on mantel
dog asleep on floor
fire dance
slow rain on roof
caffeine in hand
cannabis in pipe
peaceful
quiet
solitude
rain soothe
forsooth

~ ~ ~

Gotta get high
so I can drive to Heinen’s
in our hybrid

~ ~ ~

Many lips
multiple tongues
endless lies to go

Forget GPS and fuel level
lots living life
in rearview mirror

Rain on road brings worm
money-in-hand grab
dead dog denial

Sirens and flashing lights
gun shots, bum lives
welcome to the nose dive

Blood eating
nightmare now
riding edge of thrum

~ ~ ~

The mind
it’s dark in there
don’t want to go down that hole

~ ~ ~

You die
your body rots
your name fades

~ ~ ~

Go fast
stop slow
leave a reasonable likeness

~ ~ ~

Half moon in sky
one bird flying
it never ends

~ ~ ~

New water
old fish
same current

~ ~ ~

A dragon’s blood, myrrh, copal, frankincense day
so far . . .
a top a 2 deer dogwalk morning

~ ~ ~

Want . . . need
flesh . . . blood
constant compromise

~ ~ ~

New year
old year
mirror fears


 

Crashes: Fast, Soft, Slow, Hard / As Rock Rolls On

December 30th, 2021

Didn’t blog November or December’s monthly feature on Medusa’s Kitchen.

Wondering if my ego’s all it used to be.

Thanks to publisher/editor Kathy Kieth for the features past 73 months (a gig longer than my 1st marriage).

Crashes: Fast, Soft, Slow, Hard (1 poem, 10 fotos)
http://medusaskitchen.blogspot.com/2021/11/crashes-fast-soft-slow-hard.html

As Rock Rolls On (9 poems, 10 fotos)
http://medusaskitchen.blogspot.com/2021/12/as-rock-rolls-on.html


 

let loose the clogs of yore and cry shuffle . . .

December 30th, 2021

let loose the clogs of yore and cry shuffle . . .

Cry Cry Cry – Johnny Cash
Chinese Mike – Tuxedomoon
Walking On Thin Ice – Yoko Ono
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Carolyn Wonderland
Wrong Side Of The Bottle – Heidi Newfield
Highway Of Lost Hats – Jim White
To Zion – Digital Underground
Shut Up And Drive – Shawn Colvin
Doubter Out Of Jesus – Chuck Prophet
Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse – David Lindley & Ry Cooder
Beezlebub – Beats Antique w/ Les Claypool
Where Would I Be – Mama Lucky
God’s Back Pocket – Hellwood
Wet Dream – Wet Leg
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major – Bach
All Blues – Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Bill Evans
What Was It You Wanted – Bob Dylan
This Is Ridiculous – New York Dolls


 

no deposit no return shuffle . . .

December 28th, 2021

no deposit no return shuffle . . .

Criminal – Fiona Apple
Buzzin’ Fly – Tim Buckley
Folly – NYX & Gazelle Twin
Slow Steady Salvation – The Grassy Knoll
Birther Blues – The Dead Kenny G’s
Chase – Spindle Ensemble
Ritual Fire Dance – Manuel De Falla
No Deposit No Return Blues – Sandy Bull
Misterioso – Thelonious Monk Quintet
(I Can’t get No) Satisfaction – Devo
Junkie Doll – Mark Knopfler
Fantasy Island – Clinic
11 – KMRU
I Feel So Bad – Elvis Presley
B.H. Goes To A Freak – Critters Buggin
Three O’Clock Blues – Jimmy Smith & B.B. King
I Bow Down And Pray To Every Woman I See – Chuck Prophet
Sundirtwater – The Waifs


 

 
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