oh for ten thousand cats


Status Report 48

In twitching her tail
she swishes my ankle.
Oh for ten thousand cats.

– Smith, 7.31.2015


past tents


Past Tents

Walking Croatian trail by night,
big star sky, no earth light.

– Smith, 7.30.2015


1,000 paper cranes + 365


Status Report 47

Slept through dawn,
first coffee tastes weaker in sunlight,
I feel like the tortoise hare.

– Smith, 7.29.2015

Got two contributor’s copies in the mail yesterday from Writing Knights Press. Thanks Azriel.

I have 10 poems in the Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology 2015, 396 pages, 6″ x 9″, $20,

and 570 haiku-ish stanzas of the 1,000 haiku/senryu in 1,000 Paper Cranes, 208 pages, 5″ x 8″, $20.

Writing Knights press, anthologies for sale


(a few news headlines from the past 3 months)


Didn’t want to post these police brutality headlines selected from the past three months because they are so negative and depressing. But it’s what we see everyday, see and read and watch and hear.

The police are a para-military force whose primary purpose is to protect the possessions of the rich . . . their secondary purpose is to protect their own power . . . their hobbies seem to be breaking the law and abusing the rest of us.

It’s up to us to not put up with it.

The Police in the United States of America
(a few news headlines from the past 3 months)

Honest Cop Demoted, Has Sanity Questioned

Cops Kill Man for Refusing to ID
as He Dropped Off Stray Cat to Animal Shelter

Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him

‘I’ll put a bullet hole right through your f*cking head’:
Off-duty Mass. cop suspended for threatening driver

You call the police to check on your grandfather, and they shoot him

Sheriff Tells Family He’s ‘Sorry’ After His Officers
Starved Their Mentally Ill Son to Death

Cop Pulls Assault Rifle, Threatens Protesters
For Their ‘Constitutional Bullsh**’

Cop Body Slams 100lb Handcuffed Teen Face First
After She Didn’t Sit Down Fast Enough

Police Brutality Activist Mysteriously Dies in Jail
After Being Pulled Over for Improper Lane Change

Cops Admit They Have No Idea Why They Stopped Man,
But Arrest Him Anyway

Business Owner’s Surveillance Cameras Catches
Undercover Police Agent Planting Crack

Cleveland Cops Promise to Stop Pistol-Whipping People
After DOJ Exposed Their Dangerous Habit

State Troopers Fatally Shoot Oklahoma Man They Were Trying To Rescue

Dashcam Video: Cops Kill Unarmed Mother,
Brag About Marksmanship Afterward

Woman Successfully Defends Herself from Armed Attacker
Only to Be Shot When Police Arrive

Video May Show Cops Eating Weed Candy After Raiding Dispensary

Good Samaritan Prevents Burglary, So a Cop Killed His Beloved Family’s Dog, Who Was on a Leash!

US police killings headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die; police kill more in days than other countries do in years

Jailhouse Snitch Tapes Reveal How Cops Recruited Serial Murderer
To Be Their Informant

“Grab Anybody!”: St. Louis PD
Indiscriminately Tase and Arrest People Walking Down Sidewalk

Photo Shows White Chicago Cops Posing With Black Man In Antlers,
took ‘hunting’ photograph with black man as prey

Cop Who Shot and Killed 7-Year-Old Girl While Filming Reality Show
Is a Police Officer Again

VIDEO: Officers Admit They Will Not Ticket Fellow Cops,
They Only Collect Revenue From Non-Cops

NYPD Cops Shamelessly Talk About How a Murdered 14-Year-Old ‘Deserved To Die’

Little Rock police slam non-violent blind man to the street. Guess his race.

Cops are the terrorists in our neighborhood

America Is #1 in Police Killings Among Western Democracies,
new report shows that American police kill at least two people a day.

Body Cam Video Catches Cops Slamming Black Pregnant Woman to Ground, Letting White Woman Go Free

Chicago police paid out more than half of a billion dollars
for police misconduct in the past decade

I Told a Grand Jury I Saw a Cop Shoot and Kill an Unarmed Man.
It Didn’t Indict.

SWAT Raids 81-Year-Old Navy Vet’s Home,
Broke His Hip, Left Him For Dead in Pool of His Own Feces

The FBI’s Response To Another Killer Cop Set Free?
More Surveillance of Protestors

Florida Cop: ‘The Crack Is Not For Me, It’s For My Wife’

Ex-Cop Says He Was Fired for Refusing to Destroy Video Evidence
of Abuse of Inmate – The inmate was paraded naked in handcuffs.

5 Cops Resign As First Black Female Mayor Takes Office In Mo.

Arrested for ‘sagging pants,’ Ervin Edwards
tasered to death in custody; Police lie in report

Cop Claims Freedom of Speech Does Not Give Citizens
the Right to Question Police

Riding his bike & talking on the phone, Dontrell Stephens
shot 4 times in the back by Florida police

Black Women in San Francisco Are Nearly 50% of City’s Female Arrests,
and Only 6% of the Female Population

Officer Turns Off Body Cam and Screams ‘Who’s the Man’
as He Beats Defenseless Homeless Man

Graphic body cam footage shows police allow a K-9 to viciously
attack a man sitting on his couch with his hands raised

Hidden Camera Catches NYPD Cops Arresting Man For No Reason,
Making Up Purpose for Stopping Him

Dashcam footage shows Delaware police officer kicking suspect in face

Fired Florida police officer with history of violence
says calling black people ‘monkeys’ isn’t racist

New Mexico Cops Bummed They Can’t Just Steal People’s Money Anymore

Sheriff Shoots Real Estate Agent as She Shows House,
Then Walks Away Because ‘He’s the Sheriff’

Atlanta Cops Kill Woman,
Say She Fired on them While Handcuffed in Back of Patrol Car

Video shows unarmed Utah man was listening to headphones
when killed by police

Underage Girl Brushes Off Cop’s Flirting Attempt,
So She’s Swarmed by Cops, Groped and Arrested

Video Proves Cops Lied When They Broke Man’s Face.
Why Are They Only Getting a Slap on the Wrist?

DOJ To Launch Federal Investigation Of Baltimore Police Dept.

DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man,
Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer

City Has To Shell Out $1.975 Million After Seattle Cops
Shoot Man in the Face

Disturbing Video Shows Criminal Justice Student
Assaulted and Tasered by Border Patrol, For No Reason

St. Louis Officer Charged for Being High on Cocaine
While He Shot a Man in the Back

Baltimore: thousands of suspects arrive too injured
to go to jail, records show

In U.S., Domestic Terror, Cop Killings and Violent Gun Deaths
with Suicides, Dwarf Anything “Jihadis” Have Produced

Man Reporting Crime Given Less Than 2 Seconds To Drop Gun
Before Officer Shoots Him

Chris Rock: ‘Cops Never Shoot White Kids’

NYPD Cop Tries to ‘Cop a Feel’ on a Woman,
Her Friend Tries to Film it, So they Assault and Kidnap Him

Blatant lies by NYPD officers completely disproved
by security cameras that captured incident from multiple angles

Dashcam Video Shows Police Responding to 9-1-1 Call,
Show Up and Immediately Shoot the Victim

Mother of two called 9-1-1 to report intruders
and the police showed up and killed her

Black teen with white parents was assaulted by police in his own home
because they believed he was a robber

Man called 9-1-1 to report vandals in his home, police showed up and killed him

Video Shows Deputy Smash Autistic Man’s Skull into the Ground,
Killing Him for Joking Around

Cop Who Shoots Unarmed Boy with Down Syndrome Says
He Feared for His Life: Video Shows He’s Lying

18-Year-Old Girl Dies In Jail
After Police Accuse Her of Faking Medical Emergency

Black Missouri drivers 75 percent more likely to be stopped by police
than white drivers, new report from attorney general finds

Dad Calls Cops on Son to Teach Him a Lesson,
Cops Shoot Son Dead

Off-Duty Cop Shoots 2 After Argument At Kevin Hart Show

Cops Put Mentally Ill Man on One-Way Bus Ride to Florida
then Charged Him with Escape

Innocent Ohio man sues Cleveland cops after 40yrs in jail

Cop Charged For Pointing Gun at Infant Grandchild
‘For the Purpose of Threatening and Intimidating’

LAPD Officer Convicted Of Kicking Handcuffed Woman In The Groin

Florida police murder black computer engineer as he listens to music;
attempted coverup exposed

Ex-Cop Arrested In Cold Case Slaying, Eyed In Similar Cases

Virginia Cop Uses Pepper-Spray, Taser on Unresisting Black Man Having Stroke

Man Left Paralyzed After Police Filled Him with Bullet Holes
for 8 Ounces of Weed

Former Baltimore Police Officer Comes Clean About Corruption On Force

Homeowner Livid After SWAT Team Blows Up His Entire Home
in Pursuit of Shoplifter

Philly Police Defy Federal Recommendations,
They Want to Be Able to Kill People Anonymously

Camera catches police wrestling pregnant black woman to the ground
for no reason whatsoever

Alabama cops Tasered girl during seizure at concert and arrested mom for trying to help

We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct,
And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn’t.

The US can’t keep track of how many people its police kill

Cop Escapes Charges After Shooting
an Unarmed Man With His Hands Up on Video

Cleveland Cop Found Not Guilty
After He Jumped on Hood of Car and Murdered Unarmed Couple

RAW VIDEO: Cop Tases 12-Yr-Old Child While Choking Him!

Video Catches Cop on Rampage as Fellow Cops Try to Stop Him
From Torturing Handcuffed Man

America: Not the Home of the Brave, but of the Scared S*#tless

High School Art Exhibit Attacked By Cops for Depicting Police Brutality

– Smith, 7.28.2015


18 Notes on 44 Hours Camping


18 Notes on 44 Hours Camping

Tent up.
Campfire crackling.
Lake lapping.
Boats burbling.
Camp kids playing.
Sun setting.
Toke settling.

So quiet it’s noisy,
specially cross water,
each human hoot and holler
heard from lake and boat and shore.

The sweat heat whistle of moisture
being forced from wood
by flame.

The rain runs through the dawn
tree by tree by treetop,
we sit dry beneath.

High heat, low flame,
licking what’s already gone,

Fire’s like water —
slow, fast, liquid, easy, hard, wily, soothing,
fear always near.

Watching fire weave and wisp,
freeing wood to would.

The sparkle through the green
of water lapping sun,
lake licking shore,
breeze in trees,
rush of wet around.

My phone doesn’t know what time it is.
Where are we?

Laughter shriek over buzz and burble boats,
hiss of water escaping wood by fire light,
off-key fan bop from boat hawking country pop.

Sleek slide of wave over water
crystals surfing slice of sunlit sparkle water,
smoke gone with moon.

The fly works for its share of the pie
just like you and I.

Watching fire for 42 hours
I see that which does not heed its husk, burns,
and hard edges, splinters, bark,
anything stands out,
calls for spark,
burns first,
lights the dark.
The clever keep their mouth shut.

This is the great Wisdom of the Wood,
Stick with the grain, or poof — you’re ash.

Got a couple ants on me.
I burned their stick.
Wonder how that looks to them?

Lake lap dance of sound and light on shore,
ritual of burning wild wood and weed.

Our air mattress leaks,
we sink deeper in sleep.

Stop at the Karma Cafe on the way back
but it’s too late to eat.

– Smith, 7.27.2015








bit of luck and light


Status Report 46

I got through the day
with a bit of luck and light.
Now for tomorrow . . .

– Smith, 7.24.2015


cherries, grapes, strawberries, yoghurt, raw honey


our 1st honey harvest from our 1st hive

Status Report 45

This morning’s smoothie:
Cherries, grapes, strawberries,
Greek yogurt,
and first hive honey . . .
the sweet life.

– Smith, 7.23.2015


food to trash bag flies


Status Report 44

Fridge and freezer fried
in hot thick Cleveland simmer,
food to trash bag flies.

– Smith, 7.22.2015


bring on the sun


Status Report 43

Food in my belly.
Coffee in my blood.
Smoke in mind.

Bring on the sun.

– Smith, 7.21.2015


Miss Tittynipple


Philosophy 101

If the Pope shits in the woods
does a bear care?

Or does care bare believing?

– Smith, 7.20.2015

We’ve a spinning cellar spider living inside our outer door which I greet each time we leave. I also talk to her shadow. Today told Lady, “We need to name her,” and she replied, “Okay, Miss Tittynipple.” “Ooooh, sounds veddy proper and British. Miss Tittynipple it is.”