Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dee then and now; The things we do; Downtown progress; Wis lives; Eddie Condon sings - 1929; Letter to editor

Worn to church, Mothers Day 2016


 The things we do

Country Fair
by Charles Simic

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If you didn’t see the six-legged dog,
It doesn’t matter.
We did, and he mostly lay in the corner.
As for the extra legs,
One got used to them quickly
And thought of other things.
Like, what a cold, dark night
To be out at the fair.
Then the keeper threw a stick
And the dog went after it
On four legs, the other two flapping behind,
Which made one girl shriek with laughter.
She was drunk and so was the man
Who kept kissing her neck.
The dog got the stick and looked back at us.
And that was the whole show.

"Country Fair" by Charles Simic from Hotel Insomnia. © Harcourt Brace & Company, 1991


on the upside:

Downtown Waukesha progress

Cement pour at 5 Points 5-12-16

Jose, owner-operator, wielder of ringing double spatulas
 (a xylophone artist) at Dave's Restaurant patiently watches street progress.
Will be very glad when it's done.


Gerry Guthrie
(Wis lives, chapter one)

Gerry talks about his work, father's influence, art


Eddie Condon sings
Nobody's sweetheart now
with Red Nichols and his five pennies


It Was a Cinch

But now it’s a non-functioning belt      watch
Even though hitched to its last notch
The buckle hangs loosely down
The baggy pants staying up barely on their own

Get out the leather punch
Oh devout partaker of the lighter lunch
Does not your wan exhibit make the fat man sour?
Your downcast belt laments:
Don’t Get Around Much Any-mahw-er!