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June 13, 2024

The Hepcat

back up to a metal fence

weeds and vines

watching them go by

slow and fast

boxcars, tankers, gondolas, car transporters, flatbeds

red, blue, black, orange, green

silver, brown, and gray

one after another, after another, after another

stacker trains

looking like a mondrian painting

perfect composition/use of palette

brown bag friend to accompany me

keep me occupied during slow times

sit here better part of the day

that had sunshine, clouds, rain, then snow


saw a cool cat

crossing bnsf railroad tracks 

one late rainy friday night

a hepcat no doubt about it

a real hipster he was

he oozed hip

up on the latest jazz and fashions

he was probably a cool cat he was

sauntering over to his next gig

where he be blowin’ sax

late into blues soaked night

one coooool cat with coolness to burn for

all the lady cats waiting for him

after the show 

heads back to the station

hops the westbound 

for that place in kansas city

where he’s doing two weeks 

before that tour of japan

I wish I was in that cat’s paws


June 9, 2024

Rules Of The Road



lost ticket pays maximum rate
no bills over $20 accepted

no canadian coins, merci

turn off windshield wipers

no hitchhikers or non-motorized vehicles 

no re-entry eastbound 

rest area-no security

no facilities

check engine light

objects in mirror may be closer than they appear 

look both ways before crossing 

watch for trains!

little car, big train///who wins?

if you can’t see my mirrors

I can’t see you 

your mileage may vary

driver does not carry cash

price does not include taxes, title, destination charges, or dealer prep

no warranty- as is

european model shown

professional driver on closed course 

do not attempt 



June 4, 2024

Little Stream of Blue Consciousness






little stream of blue consciousness

chimes on back porch
jingle-jangle

gentle southern wind

vane on garage

tells me so

trees applaud approval

birds with last call songs

next show at sunrise or before

two coffee minimum

dusk approaches

timer lights click

now silence reigns

plane en route to ORD above

red and green on the scene

breeze now cooler

sounds of a cat meowing



somewhere in the dark