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Archive for June, 2021

new strange and old

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

new strange and old shuffle in the dark…

Home on the Range – Roy Rogers
The Resignation vs The Comeback Special – Todd Snider
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
Black & Tan Fantasy – Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
Gimme the Car – Violent Femmes
Night Train – Jimmy Forrest
Identikit – Radiohead
Criss Cross – Thelonious Monk
John/Joseph – The Narcotix
Below This Level (Patient’s Song) – Can
More Big Birds – Dry Cleaning
Restin’ Bones – Primus
A Number of Microphones – Propellerheads
Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Spit of Love – Bonnie Raitt


deer, groundhogs, skunk, raccoon, birds, bees, elephant

Friday, June 18th, 2021

For $40, you can feed a raccoon 4 fish.

We bought a 141 yr-old house, overlooking the Cleveland Zoo, with a large, irregular backyard bigger than the house.

Lady decided to landscape. Started buying used brick and slate. Began a snaking brick-lined slate path, added a brick patio for the beehive, then dug a fishpool and ordered a lining and fountain.

Once the pool was working, she bought 2 small grey koi and 2 large goldfish (orange & white, black & silver). For two days they hid. Third day one started swimming about mid-depth. Fourth day it was near the top. Fifth day 3 fish gone and 4th dead, with the plastic pond lilies they hid beneath torn to shreds and tossed about.

We figure only answer is one of the raccoons, because the two groundhogs, the hosta-eating young buck, the skunk, and the mangy coyote lack the paw hands to pick up one styrofoam lily and tear it apart and pick up the other and toss it 6 foot away.

Fortunately the pool still resonates because the water fountain sound soothes sitting by it, and groups of birds fly down to sip and bathe… and our bees drink from it.

I love life — trees, plant life, fish, birds, animals (people not so much) — and don’t mind helping out, but $40 for one raccoon’s meal is a bit steep.

And oh, my Lady!

Once she was so sweet and innocent, wished violence on nothing and no one. Now she’s thinking dark thoughts about the deer, groundhogs, skunk, and raccoon. Her slide to darkness began when the Cheeto-colored-small-hands-man snuck into the White House and upped his soiling of our culture… it continued when the groundhogs ate her sunflower sprouts, the buck ate her hostas, the skunk doused her rescue dog, and the raccoon ate her fish.

She’s even giving me the wife-eye as I sit here and chuckle.

And on the animal upside, last night I heard a zoo elephant trumpet thrice.



Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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.


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