Either Way, it is Amusing

Recently, an artist created two “works”, one of which sold for 120,000 dollars and the other for 150,000 dollars. Each installation consisted solely of a ripe banana duct taped to a wall.

Yes, it is true.

I wonder if the two people who each paid over 100k for a banana taped to a wall believe in miracles?

Either way, their answers would be amusing.


Incidentally, a prankster ripped the less expensive one off its wall and ate it.


Travel Advice

Do not travel with the crowd for companionship.
For there is no companionship in crowds,
Only company.

Do not travel alone to avoid the madness of crowds
For hermits and prisoners in solitary confinement
Lose their sanity.

In life, travel neither with the crowds
Nor travel alone,
But rather travel with the wise.


The Teammate

“I love you”, I said.

“Come in”, she replied,
“The water is warm.”

“But I have not swam in years”. I balked,
And the waters are deeper than I’ve known.”

“No worries, my friend
All you need is to trust.”

“Forgive me, but what if my trust is misplaced?”

“It is not me you must think of,
But yourself.
It is not the sky that a bird trusts,
But his own wings.”

“What if I cannot keep up with you?”

“Love is patient”, she replied,
“Love is teamwork.  In the end,
Love always comes down to teamwork.”


The Entirely Rational Reason I am Terrified I Might Someday Sell a Book

The hardest thing about writing a book of poetry is forgiving yourself for not being a better poet.

There is a finality to putting something in print, a finality that is not there when you post something to your blog.   You can always edit your blog.  You can always improve what you have posted.

You cannot edit a book that has been sold and shipped.  You cannot improve it.

Publishing a book is way too much like telling the truth.  It is almost impossible to take back the truth.  We humans might be crazy, but at least most of us are not crazy enough we would want tell the truth!  At least you can say that much for us.

I’d have to be crazy to want to sell a book.


“Bad Poem! Bad Poem!”

Writing a poem
Is like training a dog.

The poem loves you.
It loves you and it is loyal to you.
It is loyal to you and it wants to obey you – but
But sometimes…

Sometimes it looks at you, cocks its head,
And just does not understand what you
Are telling it to do.

You want it to bark and growl and bite – but
It thinks you want it to fetch,
So it drops your slippers
At the feet of the thief
Who broke into your house.

Or it looks at you, cocks its head,
And is on the edge,
On the very edge
Of understanding you,
Of getting you,
Of getting you at last — but
And it’s off racing in a direction
You never wanted it to go.

I love my poems, but I can get upset,
I can raise my voice.

“Bad poem! Bad poem!
No treat for you!”

Sometimes I yell it, really yell it.
“Bad poem! Bad poem!”

My neighbor is shocked.

She phones me, “You’re cruel! Cruel!
I’ll call the Society on you!”

I tell her, “The American Poet’s Society
Is not the American Humane Society.”

She doesn’t listen.

And neither does the Poet’s Society.
They send their inspector around.
“Sir, we’ve had a report.”

“A what?”

“A report, Sir.”

You still don’t think poems are like doggies?
You still doubt me?

Then explain to me how come,
How come it is always just about then
That my poem drops my very best slippers
Right at the inspector’s feet.


One Way for Poets to Get Good Material…

“I don’t get why people can’t just be nice to one another, it isn’t even that hard. Assholes give poets good material though.”  — Andreas Blaustein

I do not know Andreas Blaustein, but I happened to come across the above comment of his this morning, which he left on my friend Nayana’s blog.   I think his comment resonates with a whole lot of us, no?