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Listen to the Beat

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Listen to the Beat

The ringmaster left Baghdad by the Bay 
but the carnival stayed in town.
Erect, proud, empowered people
stride by living the Crayola dream.
Awash in color, characters in the screenplay,
the scene played with aborigine like dream walkers.

No surface left to its utilitarian plight,
all stroked and stoked with the creativity
of the artist, all crooned to by boom box
and skateboard smack, or the concrete
slap of a mariachis’ feet.

Birds singing 
in the dark 
—Rainy dawn. 

The burnt bright white light shivers
to a Hendricks strum, and the caffeinated come
one by one hooked in to hook up,
to the juke boxes sixties twang.

Children play on Aztec snakes rising
from a soft foam of green with
mosaic skin and glass eyes.
freed from the restrictions, the confines, 
the confounded, gay, straight, bi free
bleeding poetry.


* haiku by Jack Kerouac

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  1. Date: 8/18/2013 8:41:00 AM
    congrats on a fine win Debbie

  1. Date: 8/18/2013 3:48:00 AM
    Debbie...popping by to say congrats!!!!! :-D Talked to my Korean friends in church yesterday and showed them you contest rules...Told them I'd like to write a Sijo....They were amazed...Said it was really hard....hmmmmm...Once my grades are in tomorrow, I might try.... hugs

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 8:09:00 PM
    an awesome win...... SKAY

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:03:00 PM
    Congrats Debbie .....Seren

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Debbie ty for visiting my work this I like very much congrats Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:22:00 AM
    wow, excellent writing, Debs. bleeding poetry, YES. And congratulations.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:42:00 AM
    Wow! Absolutely incredible poem.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Interesting work..When I first saw it I thought Haibun...Thanks for stopping by..I think that I have it all shocked up now..Sara

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 1:21:00 AM
    vivid description and nice write

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 3:19:00 PM
    I'm not sure, but this one makes me think of the 60's and hippies and San Francisco! did I get all of that right? vERy evocative, Debs.

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 10:41:00 AM
    amongst so many attributes your poetry gives the reader, is inspiration, the sense of history, although not ancient is also wonderful to read

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 1:58:00 PM
    Debbie...your words took me on a journey that had me thinking deeply....the descriptions were vivid...real. :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 1:57:00 PM
    Debbie...your words took me on a journey that had me thinking deeply....the descriptions were vivid...real. :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 10:33:00 AM
    Your poetry is very original, somewhat abstract, and very original---this is really excellent--thanks for sharing!