Saturday, November 28, 2015

Stout-hearted men; Christmas manifestations; Huge temptations; Wreath-time; Downtown animals

These times call for real men
who will fight for the rights they adore

(Nelson Eddy, 1940) 


Say It

Say that it is the continuous life
you desire, that one day might stretch into
the next without a seam, without seeming
to move one minute away from the past
or that in passing through whatever comes
you keep coming to the faces you love,
never leaving them entirely behind.
Say that it is simply a wish to waste
time forever, lingering with the friends
you’ve gathered together, a gradual
illumination traveling the spine,
eyes brimming with the moment that is now.
Say that it is the impulse of the soul
to endure forever. Say it again.

"Say It" by Joyce Sutphen 2015


Christmas manifestations 2015

Stilted views of a parade

A Salvation Army truck goes by.
The Army, among other things,
feeds the hungry.  

Mourning Doves receive food 
on the sill ouside the window.

(Banner on side of truck reads the parade theme:  
                                      Isle of Misfit Toys)

Current mayor waves at querulous spectators beneath the window;
the limestone pictured left has existed for over a million years;
everything is temporary,
some things last a little longer.

The mayor  does show up for the Xmas Parade
unlike - - - - -; 
we note from our stilted angle
that he doesn't wear a roof belt.

The cop at ground level doesn't seem to mind.

Rank hath its privileges


A horse wears Santa hat at a rakish angle through/over one ear.

.....and so on and so forth......

'Camo' blanket does double duty.
Woman at right sees her picture is being taken, we think.

A mother (?) digs and digs through her purse for change money
- it's in there somewhere ! -
to buy the child a glow-light amusement from a patient hawker.


HUGE temptation

From Laurie Dix Kari, Wasilla AK


Wreath-time thanksgiving


Downtown animals

 owner/proprietor of the pet salon
is right next door to the South St. Odd Fellows hall.
Our cat, KD, gets her nails done there.
We have referred friends to Angela for pet grooming
and have received abundant thanks for the information.

Angela is kind and gentle
something of a dog and cat 'whisperer'
loved by all, man or beast.

She carries pet products - a GOOD line -
just the things for your animal friend for Xmas.

Our eye was caught by these fine 
and I wouldn't be surprised
if Santa brings the black one
for KD Cat.

another species of downtown animal:

A case of incognition

A property managing company
forgets/overlooks the role of the Sewer Raccoons
subterranean foundation-ment
in their 'Heart of Downtown' flyer
that was recently taped to our door
here in the Putney/Odd Fellows.

All the residents got one.

It is a new quarterly newsletter, it said.
Among its features were Xmas cookie recipes
and an announcement that the apartments
in the brand new South St. Prairieville  building are - all but four -

Unmentioned in the flyer is that the Waukesha
raccoons have long  had an established meeting hall
at the central sewer intersection below the Heart of the Downtown
Rotunda, as it is currently known.

The raccoons for ages
even before the incarnation of the original  Waukesha post office
have met below grade at the site due to its central location, with sewer
arteries coming there from all directions,
a sort of a true heart by their definition.

We're pretty sure the management etc. pariarch has to be aware
of the raccoons merriments beneath his antique building

because some of his fortune was made
in sewer inspection cameras.

Unlike the Rotunda above,
the unglamorous dark lower sanctuary is lit by torchlight, 
though the leader of the society, the king,
is himself blind.

(To be cont'd)

 From 2009: