Signs of spring…

a crow sees its shadow

my bench wave-slides

the neighbour’s garage water falls

5 thoughts on “Signs of spring…

  1. what?

    not a single comment?

    i was waiting for
    someone else to
    be first

    i could say
    my standard line
    about how your backyard
    has never looked better

    but instead i want to ask you
    a question
    really a suggestion
    or perhaps a request if
    i may be so bold

    could ya write something about the word: purdy?

    you coined it a while back

    “I feel Purdy” (although dropping the cap is more standard)

    i sort of knew what you meant
    and right away started using it too

    then it shows up real quick at the imabic cafe
    (where a fine poet expresso’s herself)

    i think you must define this new word for us

    you made it

    please tell us what it means

  2. I loved Tracy’s pun (?–not thinking straight right now) on Purdy.

    The only annoying thing was that I then started humming that song (which I hate!).

  3. but amy

    is it a pun?

    and what song do you refer to?

    as poets, when we offer up
    new words or additional meanings
    to already existing words
    we must take responsiblity for
    these additions
    we must stand behind
    what we have said

    so if you say

    i feel purdy

    what exactly does this imply?

    if you say

    we all feel purdy

    that’s different

    if you say

    we are afraid to feel purdy

    then we are getting closer

    is we say

    alfred w purdy

    then you must willing to stand

    naked with summer in your mouth

  4. “I feel pretty
    Oh so pretty
    I feel pretty and witty and gay
    And I pity
    Any girl who isn’t me today”

    Lord, I hate that song (titled “I Feel Pretty”) from West Side Story, sung by Maria.

    Come to think of it, I’m not even much of a Purdy fan.

    But I liked Tracy’s clever plugging in of “Purdy” for “pretty.”

  5. Thank you Amy.

    Ken, do you not like gaps in your reading? Gaps are wonderful things that make you think. Written gaps are the great black holes that make a reader reflect back on their own experience. I suppose I think gaps can be used to connect the reader and writer. It’s along the same lines as “show, don’t tell”. Sometimes a writer can say too much. Sometimes a writer needs to let the reader think. I think Amy is an example of the readership getting what I was doing. You are reflective of the reader that wants more. I write with gaps. There will be no more.

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