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Our relationship was forged to the soundtrack of Yoko Ono's magic,
frenetic, love-laden song, "Walking On Thin Ice." ( play song )


June 17th, 2021


~ ~ ~

Day is rock
life is hill
wife keeps me going

~ ~ ~

I know the status quo
wife above
husband below

~ ~ ~

My flesh
my bone
what’s me?

~ ~ ~

Good bad
bad good
that’s life

~ ~ ~

soft slow sun
park bench heaven

~ ~ ~


recent words

June 9th, 2021

recent words

~ ~ ~

With dog
there are two mind sets —
now! and why not now!

~ ~ ~

Dark down
fire out

~ ~ ~

Welcome to the future —
costs more
for less

~ ~ ~

Feral cat creeping
dangling from its mouth
a mouse

~ ~ ~

They is
you are
I ain’t

~ ~ ~

Summer repast —
cut cucumbers, cold hard eggs

~ ~ ~

Hide ‘n’ seek with the sun
vespers in the night
dark and light

~ ~ ~

Smith 5.7-6.8 2021


a trail of 2 cities

June 8th, 2021

Essaouira, Morocco


Everytime I open my laptop, it presents me with a foto from the cloud for me to like or not.

This past week it showed me Essaouira, Morocco, a walled city we lived in for 2 months in 2007. This was probably the apex for me of our 31 months of living in 20 cities in 10 countries on 3 continents from 2006-9.

4 days later it showed me Monte Alban, an ancient city outside Oaxaca, Mexico where we lived for 15 months 2007-9… another truly magic adventure.

Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico


my May Medusa

June 7th, 2021

I quite like my May feature on Medusa’s Kitchen — 9 poems, 10 fotos.

This isn’t always the case since I submit them a month before they appear, and I’m not always happy when I read them 4 weeks later.

Publisher/editor Kathy Kieth’s blurb is much appreciated as well:

“Our thanks to Steven Smith for rocking our poetry world today with his sounds and senses (dogs piss, rocket hiss, cricket creep, frog peep)! Poetry is about the music of words, and Steven is definitely a composer who knows all about that. Thanks again, Smith, for the melodies and rhythms of your poetry and visuals.”

68 features so far – 563 poems, 596 fotos, 32 songs.


all day I face the barren waste without the taste of water

June 7th, 2021
They’re fixing a hole gushing water in our one-block dead-end street, and turned our water off with no warning. I drove out and got 3 gallons of water, and the street was closed when I got back, so parked and walked in. It looks to be at least an all day thing. I feel helpless relying on civilization for water, food, electricity – pretty much none of which I can supply myself. Felt this way ever since Hurricane Sandy cut off our electricity mid-winter 9 years ago and we sat in cold uncertaintly for 24 hours.
“Only a pawn in their game.”
On the other hand, water and electric folk seem to be adept at getting things working again, so I’ll make myself another cup of strong coffee using store-bought water and wait, hoping the toilet holds up.


select shuffle

June 6th, 2021

select shuffles…

Bad Woman Blues – Beth Hart
I Asked for Water (He Gave Me Gasoline) – Lucinda Williams
God & the FBI – Janis Ian
Hell on Heels – Pistol Annies
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
It’s My Way – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Woman – Susheela Raman
The Boy Can’t Help It – Bonnie Raitt
Down By The Water – PJ Harvey
Criminal – Fiona Apple
Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith
This Is – Grace Jones
She Bop (slow acoustic) – Cindi Lauper
Blood Makes Noise – Suzanne Vega
Black Caffeine – Emmylou Harris
Strange Girl – Laura Marling
The Way I Talk – S. G. Goodman
Broken English – Marianne Faithful
4th & Vine – Sinead O’Connor
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
Weed Killer – The Kills
Raised on Robbery – Joni Mitchell
Grow Mama Grow РDominique Fils-Aim̩
Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend – Tracy Bonham
Germ Free Adolescents – X-Ray Spex
Deep Dish – Ani Difranco
God – Tori Amos
Kill Your Mama – Alicia Keys
Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do – Robyn
Think Twice (Version X) – Lavern Baker
Trailer Trash – carolesdaughter
Tried To Be A Man – Rickie Lee Jones
Never Say Never – Romeo Void
Scary Latin Love Song – Mary Margaret O’Hara
Bad Kitty – Liz Phair
A Swamp Dog’s Tale – Goat Girl
Welcome to Hell – Hen Ogledd
You’re Dead – Norma Tanega
Indus – Dead Can Dance


for the small-hand man

June 5th, 2021

Left-Over Trump Dump
(the biggest loser in Presidential history)

for the small-hand man…

Surprised Trump
isn’t selling “Trump” branded body bags
to cash in on his Trump-Virus death rate

Little Donnie Dump
a racist prick
just another facist with a small dick
a fat faced doodle
with a small noodle
playing Putin’s poodle

The Orange Anus
in the White Supremist House
temporary error

The TrumpVirus
everything he does is a brain short
and a day late
seeing him govern
is like watching road kill dry

Biological warfare: Trump having children

A liar a cheat
a raper a rascist
Little Donnie Dumb

As someone well said
when you argue your concentration camps
aren’t like their concentration camps
you’ve lost the argument

(the madness of clump Trump)


12 years wear

June 4th, 2021

Bought t-shirt above in Oaxaca Mexico in 2009. Slogan says “Protectors of the Virgin Saint of the Barricades.

I was advised not to wear it while we lived in Oaxaca for 15 months… the artist was Oaxacan, and teachers on strike barricaded the town square with burning tires to fight off the Federali thugs.

Below is what it looks like today.


do run run shuffle on

June 4th, 2021

interesting shuffle run on multiple levels…

Walking Into Battle With The Lord – Chumbawamba
Glueland – Do Nothing
Vacuum In My Head – Pere Ubu
Mother Tongue – Dead Can Dance
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
God is God – Juno Reactor
Rivers – Skinny Puppy
No. No. No. – Frank Zappa
I’m Afraid of Americans (Nine Inch Nails mix) – David Bowie
Transmission – Joy Division
Backward Country Boy Blues – Duke Ellington & Charles Mingus
One of my Kind – Concrete Blonde
Johnny Feelgood – Liz Phair


flesh in the life lane

May 29th, 2021

companion to Life in the Flesh Lane
and Life in the Smith Lane

Flesh in the Life Lane

There’s life before and after
laughter’s led to slaughter

so, gonna drink my coffee
smoke my dope
and go

it’s good to have a plan

can’t feel bad
just cuz bad people do bad things
and I can’t stop em
or teach em
or make em be one

especially with my past

besides, who’s looking who
down here in the zoo?

– Smith, 5.29.2021


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