Wednesday, August 31, 2011

yet linger

summer is uncertain,
sometimes an opportunity
of visiting warm weather elsewhere

Yet linger in the Land you love so well!
surviving is a symbol of this summer
take advantage of This weekend
to enjoy shirt sleeves and sunshine

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The OED word of the day for the poem|weather report is "Indian summer." We should be so lucky.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


controll'd by
Music is the
of all ages


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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'quaquaversal.' Always great sketching with Peggy... especially when she gifts me Bristol plate to use, as I did on this sketch collage of Gas Works Park.

Monday, August 29, 2011

difficult things

In your mad Life,
The things you know
make difficult things
the Secret of Joy

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After a week of sillabub and cockapoo, today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is hellacious.

Seriously, it is "hellacious."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

imperfect reverie

What a gift,
like tapping into
the poetry
of the soul
with painting

to riff on
the wistful world
of Forgotten Dreams

an imperfect reverie
transporting the composer

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The Oxford lads are off the dessert kick finally, but the OED word of the day is cockapoo. Nothing against them, but not enough meat on the etymological bones to get a poem.

So, today's erasure poem|commentary is from the NY Times review of the Werner Herzog film "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," which is currently playing in West Seattle and is way cool.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

pause and enjoy

a walk is good —
with Some Image
of How nice
it would be to retire
beneath the shade
of some great oak,
resolved to pause and enjoy
Life Opened

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The OED word dessert of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'sillabub.' Peggy has pointed out that banoffee (pie) is still available, but I hope the Oxford lads are ready to move on.

Friday, August 26, 2011

dreams bumping against each other

Life is Adventures
and Illusions
glued together

to make it better
begin this morning
with a Choice
that will
not interfere with Dreams
bumping against each other

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The OED dessert of the day (DOTD) for the erasure poem|commentary is 'pancake.' Is Jamie Oliver is the new CEO of the OED?

Thursday, August 25, 2011


the source of ease

Save me the best,
I want to cheer up

let me see it, If I may
I love it with Poems

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Well, I was close in my prediction of the OED word of the day: it's 'marchepane,' which is how one wrote 'marzipan' back in Shakespeare's day.

I don't know why (is it National Dessert Week in the UK?) the Oxford lads are in a diabetic coma mood, but I went with them in this erasure poem|commentary. We'll see if they go for four in a row tomorrow (pavlova, apple-pie, marchepane, TBD)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

weeds & wild flowers

which we scarf down
in about ten minutes,
has Weeds &
Wild Flowers

in its Song Book

the best Listener
get into it
with nothing more
than Faith

though some were irritated
by paradise

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Following yesterday's 'pavlova,' today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'apple-pie.' I'm expecting tiramisù tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

an adventure

For delightful
Could you
give me
a recipe?

An Adventure
is like
whipped cream

The choice

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The OED word of the day is 'pavlova.'

Monday, August 22, 2011

2nd Anniversary!

sunflowers, watercolor on canvassummer

a Place
of Shade
and torpid
folded up in
Wild Flowers

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem | commentary is 'estivation.' Hunh - hadn't thought about hibernation having a seasonal opposite.

Today marks the second anniversary of this blog. Not quite 730 entries, but darn close - Niçoise Apples sans card readers notwithstanding.

A special bow of thanks to those of you who, with your comments, let me know I'm not howling into a totally black hole of cyberspace! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

for Debbie

the way to Love
is invariably found

there was a Secret
to its permanency

As one might expect,
on such a day
as this,
The Essence
leaps upon me
and devours my heart

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The OED word of the day is 'crimp.'

The erasure poem is offered in memory of Debbie Numoto.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


heavily rusted
hung down
at Midnight

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A string of odd and difficult-to-use OED words of the day for the erasure poem| commentary. Today's is 'rusticle.'

Friday, August 19, 2011


Monk at the Moment of Enlightenment, Seattle Asian Art MuseumAugust —
a chill morning
fog drifts

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A sketch from the Asian Art Museum of "Monk at the Moment of Enlightenment."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

in Seattle

we survive
without even that
in Seattle,


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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem | commentary is 'breatharian.' That would be someone who believes we can live on air alone.

My favorite citation is from a London newspaper: "Back in 1983, most of the leadership of the Breatharian Institute in California resigned following an outrage by Wiley Brooks, the 47-year-old leader who claimed not to have eaten for 19 years, but was caught sneaking into a hotel and ordering a chicken pie."

Per a previous word of the day, "O, ye boobies!"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


King Street Station, with rubbing from Bill Will public art, Seattlefears leave open
every One
to Poems of
the common-place—
a Spectator
waylaid by the divine
Ragged and torn,
Love and laughter
mingled with Stars

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The OED world of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'ribald.'

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

the unseen past

King Street Station, Seattle with rubbing from Bill Will public artGlossy Words

You'll hit your head,
if you don't use
the unseen past

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Yet another bizarro and obsolete word of the day from the OED for the erasure poem|commentary: 'scouch.'

On my way to the bus this morning, I found a 'turtle green' crayon and picked it up. Peggy and I set out to sketch King Street Station and stumbled across some public art granite seats, sandblasted with quotes and images related to the railroad. The basis of this sketch is a rubbing from one of them. And it was fate: the CenturyLink Field sign and Sounder banner are, of course, turtle green!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

this wild-cow milking contest

the sound of a bold Whack!

What's this?

foolish joy and delight
seems a Use & Need of Poetry
in This wild-cow milking contest

a Comic Song of the divine

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'rowdy-dow.'

Sunday, August 14, 2011


It is possible
that the magical
occurring in Nature
amount to
an Enthusiasm
for rain

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'aerology.' The image is Calder's "Eagle" in the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

you choose

Volunteer Park Conservatory, SeattleEveryday Life
You choose
your beginning
in the context
of Observer,

a Daily struggle
to get all
the bad performances
out of our system

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'early doors.'

Friday, August 12, 2011


bromeliad, Volunteer Park Conservatory, collagemisbegotten
summer —
the conservatory
crowded with visitors

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The short boring definition of the OED word of the day wasn't enough for an erasure poem. The word is 'jobble.'
Don't feel bad if you don't know what that is: it was in use 500 years ago to describe a small load of hay. I'm thinking that the Oxford lads might be candidates for the reality show "Hoarders."

Pictured is another take on my new favorite bromeliad, this time as a collage.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

foolish patter

foolish Patter:

How is it
I get out
from behind
a bunch of
idiotic Scripts,
I ask

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'numpty,' originally Scottish slang for idiot.

I dedicate the first citation listed to my niece Victoria, as she enters middle school: "How is it I get all the numpties in my class?"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

an original

an original
breaks though
and has
revolutionized art
with an Eye
that will pave the way for
controversial being declared fact

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is another doozy: 'doosra.' That would be a delivery by a cricket off-bowler and means "the other one" in Urdu. In case you were wondering.

The plant is a very cool bromeliad in the conservatory at Volunteer Park in Seattle.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011



the heart Exercises
softer parts
of anything hard,
demanding admittance

Let go – friend of love

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is the verb 'job.' My favorite definition (both rare and obsolete) is: to job faces. That meant to kiss!

It's hard to imagine Lucy in Peanuts screaming: "Auugh! I've been jobbed face by a dog! I have dog germs! Get some hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!"

Monday, August 8, 2011

marine layer

august —
the marine layer keeping
summer under wraps

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The unused OED word of the day is 'maggotorium.' I am SO not going there.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


under Stress
We have to wrestle
with All kinds of things

Nature will help

a breath of fresh air
the perfect awareness

Summer /
Free Gift Inside!

despite today's
most innovative monkeywrenching
a Wonderful Life may be simply
a reflection of change and Freedom each day

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The OED word (or rather combining form) of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'eco-'.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


unknown source

slang is
Living in

the language

a game of
strange transpositions

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Yet another bizarro word of the day from the OED for the erasure poem|commentary: 'marrowsky.'

Friday, August 5, 2011


for a superstar,
the Real world
a jaw-dropping

of the biggest names
few have the most
reputable record

fading Daily
nursing their wounds
after the collapse

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'galactico.'

Thursday, August 4, 2011



attention echoed
through triumphant

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem | commentary is 'wahoo.'

The cupcake honors Mr. Frank Bettendorf of Mt. Vernon. My fellow Seattle Urban Sketcher will be celebrating his 79th birthday tomorrow, and I offer a deep bow to his joy-filled enthusiastic spirit. On most third Sundays, I think he's the youngest of our group. Wahoo!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

it looks nice

It looks nice.
It works well.

Take it from me
love does not
destroy the freedom
of individual existence

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'limerence.'

Drawing at the Woodland Park Zoo today. I forget between visits how cool it is.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

land on your feet

foodtruck in SoDoto survive
Jump & Land on your Feet

allow life to work

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem | commentary is 'frenemy.' Quite surprised to see that Walter Winchell used it in 1953!

Peggy and I sketched today by the food trucks outside Starbucks HQ. The lumpia truck was a good one to sketch, as most people were instead lining up for muffulettas and kalua pork.

Monday, August 1, 2011


they were self-willed,
and many of them rude

Idylls of a
vacant Guardian

We were having none of it.

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The bizarro OED word of the day for the erasure commentary is 'West Ridinger.' Can't believe I got anything out of the four brief citations.

Pictured is an older painting I came across this morning; it made me quite nostalgic.