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Archive for July, 2021

Lady’s latest

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Rhythm a.m.

The snake flick of the lighter’s tongue
its reflection in the window
firey eyes glint

Husband cups warm orange light
in the cradle of his hand and pipe
all the wrinkles of his wisdom
squint to suck a flame

He ahems some coughs
lights the pipe again

Dog raises head

Husband consults the clock
flicks another glint
rocks forward
says alrighty
time to walk the dog

He blows his nose
The dog skittles his nails
on the Tylenol groan of
foyer floor

The door slams like
the thump of a book
Bells rattle
Windows shake

Now it’s just my invisible
silent breath and the tick tick
of the clock’s swinging pendulum
They’re on their walk
and I am alone
waiting

– Lady 7.24.2021

 

4 deer, 1 dog

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Four deer in park
One dog off leash
One man calling



 

Ralph Philip “Pappy” Smith, 1922-89

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021


Ralph Philip “Pappy” Smith, 1922-89

Dad dead 32 years.

Wish I’d known him better, but I left home at 17, ignorant.

We loved each other. But while I respected him, he found me weird. When I mentioned I’d made the Dean’s List at Loyola College, he said he couldn’t respect me because of my shoulder-length hair. He later upgraded me when I started getting newspaper and magazine articles on my art and poetry.

He was a brick-block-stone mason, and I made good money summers as his hodcarrier from 14-17.

Pappy was a good man. Honest. And funny. Folk liked and trusted him, were talking of running him for local office.

Lady thinks I get my sense of humor from him. Some of these fotos suggest that may be true.

1st foto below is his contribution to my 1975 art journal.









 

no way to improve on this musical haiku

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

A perfect 3-song shuffle last night as I sat in the dark listening to rain.

Church of Anthrax – John Cale & Terry Riley
Rivers – Skinny Puppy
Switch Blade – Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach

Was going to see what the A.I. chose for song four, but realized there was no way to improve on this musical haiku, and went to bed instead.

 

1-page Lady comic

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

A 1-page comic by Lady: The Lucky Sevens.

I come across as crazy in this one.

http://agentofchaos.com/comix/theluckysevens.php

 

How We Hookd Up, 4-pg comic by Lady

Monday, July 12th, 2021

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Lady started doing comix during our 2006-9 living outside the U.S.

Here’s the 3rd of her 4 comics, titled How We Hooked Up. Could be from southern France 2007 or Mexico 2007-9… post 4th comic tomorrow.

This one begins “When I first heard Smith I thought he was one sick fuck. His poems were filthy. But admirable. He came to readings wearing 20 year old enigmatic t-shirts and black jeans and reeking of marijuana. He looked like an extra for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”

So she can’t say she didn’t know what she was getting into when we hooked up 16 years ago.

Click on link to read comic; the link for succeeding pages at bottom of each page.

http://agentofchaos.com/comix/howwehookedup.php

 

she do out, i do in

Sunday, July 11th, 2021

Doing chores this rainy Sunday… I’m washing the bed sheets, cleaning up the kitchen dishes, charging the batteries and our doorbell – while Lady is out in the garage trying to organize the chaos from our October move… bit of gender reversal here.

3rd foto is one of her collages — The Smithsonian Experience
2nd is with her rescue golden labrador Marlowe
1st foto I can’t remember



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3-page Lady comic from southern France 2007

Sunday, July 11th, 2021

THESE 3 fotos are parts of the comic pages click on link to read comic

Lady started doing comix during our 2006-9 living outside the U.S.

Here’s 2 of 4, from when we lived in southern France for 2 months in 2007… post the next 2 one-a-day.

 

THESE 3 fotos are parts of the comic pages click on link to read comic

http://agentofchaos.com/comix/smithvslizards.php


 

comix by Lady… Mexico, maybe 2008

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

THESE 2 fotos are parts of the comic pages CLICK on LINK for comic

Lady started doing comix during our 2006-9 living outside the U.S.

Here’s 1 of 4… post the next 3 one-a-day.

THESE 2 fotos are parts of the comic pages CLICK on LINK for comic

http://agentofchaos.com/comix/comicbookphilosophy.php 

2 pages… toggle link at bottom of comix

 

shuffle humor

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

sometimes shuffle has sense of humor

Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
Eternal Consumption Engine – Primus
Tried to Be a Man – Rickie Lee Jones
Dig, Lazarus, Dig – Nick Cave
My Brain – Mose Allison
Johnny – Suicide
Misterioso – Thelonious Monk
Church of Anthrax – John Cale & Terry Riley
I’d Rather Be a Devil – Guadalupe Plata
Know Your Rights – The Clash
Mother Tongue – Dead Can Dance
Friction – Television
My Shit’s Fucked Up – Kinky Friedman
Walking Into Battle With The Lord – Chumbawamba

 

 
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