Friday, May 17, 2019

I Shout it Out Loud

At a community open mic called The Bridge, we were challenged to write s song about learning. Have no idea where the idea to take on the Millennial age group as the protagonist came from and I researched what is going on in that world. Here is what I came up with.

VS
Don’t block the driveway
Don’t you park here
Nowhere to go now
There’s a hydrant over there
(It’s a dogs life) 
VS 
Where is that streetcar
It’s so late again, 
Look out, that car’s too close
Puddle is splashing
(Dripping wet) 
CH
I shout it out loud 
My face is red 
I shout it out loud 
Frustration I guess 
Or am I dismissed  
I shout it out loud 
What can I change 
What is the lesson here 
What’s the message I’m missing 
I shout it out loud 
I shout it out loud 
I shout it out loud 

VS 
Face Book is happy
They don’t have a care
I’m the one that’s shackled
To the merry-go-round here
(Ya nauseous) 
VS 
I’ll put on the brakes
Talk good to my brain
Snow my own gatekeepers
Move on out with 808
(Make some noise) 
CH
I shout it out loud 
My face is red 
I shout it out loud 
Frustration I guess 
Or am I dismissed  
I shout it out loud 
What can I change 
What is the lesson here 
What’s the message I’m missing 
I shout it out loud 
I shout it out loud 
I shout it out loud 

BR
Don’t want any handout  
Want space to grow 
Be brave you guardians
Unlock the zoo
Big game guardians
Unlock the zoo
What are you afraid of?

OUT
I’ve been locked out      
Give me a chance         
What is the lesson here 
What’s the message I missed                        
I shout it out loud          
I shout it out loud                    
There's a secret deal 
I’m breaking the code 
I own what I know         
I own what I do   
I shout it out loud          
I shout it out loud          
I shout it out loud         
I shout it out loud 
    

Object Writing May 16-19

Snippets

90 seconds
….Ground soft, tingly, on my back…. Birds, birds, birds, sing, sing, sing, clover field white and green, crunching with the roll over to look closer at you….

5 Minutes
….You are in the mirror with last nights sleep still hanging on; a drunken friend’s arm around your shoulder….

10 minutes
…..My hands are in my pockets to hug me and hold me. I’m bent a bit from the weather outside and the weather inside……

Object Writing May 15-19

Object Writing based on Pat Pattison’s exercises. Haven’t done it for a few years. Used to do it regularly, on the streetcar, on the way to work, to wake up the brain for the day ahead.

Decided to do it again for a week or so, as prescribed, for exactly 10 minutes, right after sliding out of bed.

May 15/19

Impetuous spray acidy shower – blinking - the smell is distinctly orange as I peel the thick skin from the inner flesh my fat fingers slip a bit on the outer moisture and inner juice that (the) nose knows the smell. My mouth is anticipating the fresh tingle of fruit hitting the tongue and cheeks. I look around sheepishly as some juice is dripping in spite of my careful attention. The airport lounge is echoing with the tiny wheels whining, hushed tones of parents soothing the cranky kids and tap tap of hard shoes and squeak of soft soles on the floor. The cathedral space is reverent. No one wants to make too much of a fuss. Each of us is in our own state of excitement. I’m hungry knowing there is time. Pull out the creaking plastic bag and slide open the re-useable track. There is a red apple. Exchange the thick, soft orange rind for the hard thin skin. Bite in with a pop and another spray, this time another smell replacing the….

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Silky sleek water lying quietly deep

Silky sleek water lying quietly deep
Spooning each bank without a crease
The starry film is glassy and dark
Everyone seems to be asleep

Faerie Queen and her Daughter
Skip across the still water
Light tiny steps in harmony
No melody so true or softer.

The Indigo water holds the Magic
Ancient history in gravity
We may not see it at all
Cool June Moon is the key

Downstream
The voodoo breaks
Smooth avenue shakes
Water wakes
Babble and Hum
From calm Indigo to foam Green , 
The water wakes
Downstream
The duet sails to a faster tune
Ease and Flow
Away they go
We are with them now
Feel the glow
How do we know
We just know
The air is fresh
Anticipate what’s next
How do we know
We just know
Bring the oars in
Let our boat swim
Who wants it calmer?
Not the Faerie Queen and her Daughter

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Turn the Page 
(Paul Gallagher November 22, 2017) ©

No excuses, I blew it and I hear you, Babe
I love your smile, helps me stay brave
Our book is so big, can you and I turn a page?

Snowflake patterns on the coffee shop window  
Inside a velvet glow of cinnamon and mistletoe
Our hands wrapped around the decorated mugs 
Our eyes locked on the cappuccino art
You bite your lip; and your eyes sound the alarm
 “You didn’t call me; I feel like an apostrophe”

Flash .... I see the world end                 
Flash....My mind is an 
Overturned cup 

I forgot you’re my friend
Tiger here is fear 
Showing up
Together we’re more than we see 
Thank you for 
Reminding me 
You are right, I was wrong,                                                                                                   
Tell me all about it,                                                                                        
What’s going on?

Twinkling lights and pine wreaths permeate the room
Our pocket corner is away from the Christmas tunes 
I pass you the sugar and you send over the cream
Without even trying our fingers meet
You look at me and then at your sleeve 
 “Could you be on time, for once; is that too much?”

Flash .... I see the world end                 
Flash....My mind is an 
Overturned cup 

I forgot you’re my friend
Tiger here is fear 
Showing up
Together we’re more than we see 
Thank you for 
Reminding me 
You are right, I was wrong,                                                                                                   
Tell me all about it,                                                                                        
What’s going on?

No excuses, I blew it and I hear you, Babe
I love your smile, helps me stay brave
Our book is so big, can you and I turn a page?
Trini Christmas Cake
©Paul Gallagher Dec. 11, 2017

Half moon - in the sky
Near zero - North... ‘a 49
Trini Christmas - on my mind
Trini Christmas - on my mind

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum it up, Spice it up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate, 
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing, 
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake

Finally, jet make touch down; 
Crazy taxi ride into town
To Auntie Asha and Uncle Edwin; 
Already Christmas lights - all around
Never seen so many greens
Palm trees soca in de gentle breeze
Parang from back yard, and parang from de beach
Auntie and Uncle got brushes an cans ‘a paint
“Christmas time; time to fresh up, Come on man,
Help me hang dese curtains dat Auntie make.

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum id up, Spice id up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate, 
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing, 
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake

Early morning, new stove deliverin’
One by one cousins join de kitchen 
Assembly line, one-by-one for pastelles
What a smell, cloves an sweet meat an cornmeal 
All day long, drinking sorrel, chitter chatter, ridum ‘a chak chak
Me and Uncle Edwin clean de front yard an de porch
Friends lean on de fence like parrots to watch
Out come some wine an out come some rum
Out come de cuatro, bottle an de spoons
Looks like de front yard won’t be done too soon.

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum id up, Spice id up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate, 
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing, 
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake

6 PM an Christmas.... lights shining so bright
Christmas stockings hang de palm tree... not too high
Auntie Asha still in de kitchen an floors do shine
Sky so dark all de stars a special light
Dog bark announcing de parrandero 
Get ready for de chak chak, guitars, toc toc
Call de neighbours, come de kitchen,
Parang all night long, ... roti an rum, ‘til ham is gone
Dancing and laughing and sing-along
It’s Christmas time, Christmas time, 
Limin, limin all night long
It’s Christmas time, Christmas time, 
Limin, limin all night long

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum id up, Spice id up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate, 
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing, 
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Morning Walk

The morning is hot
On the west end boardwalk
Wind is high, and I smile
Consensus is that one
Is where we might be
With nature, and nature is a joker
Wind and I have a competition
Where will my straw Stetson end
I smile to myself and anyone passing
I'm up for this play
Hand ready to clap down
Holding the straw crown
Wind wins this time
Golden rim cart wheelie down the wood walk
Me laughing in pursuit
What is the use
Of anything else?