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Playing With An Old Black & White Print   Leave a comment

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“Look,
There’s a spider.
A good year for spiders
Or so and so seems,
Incessantly weaving
Such gossamer schemes.”

— from Ken Nordine’s – A Good Year For Spiders

 

A Good Year For Spiders   4 comments

A Good Year for Spiders-Edit-2-blogA Good Year For Spiders — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

Look,
There’s a spider.
A good year for spiders
Or so and so seems,
Incessantly weaving
Such gossamer schemes.
Should make one wonder
What blueprint within
Instinctively causes
The spider to spend?
Look, look how lovely
The glim to the sun
Is gracing with highlights
The web being spun.
Dear god of all spiders
Please hear this small prayer,
Is spidery heaven
One infinite snear?
Will, there be gravity
So food will fall by?
Have you ever tasted
A bluebottle fly?
Never had scorpion
Do they have a god?
Tics you might fancy
The flavor is odd.
But not quite as odd
As gregarious nats
Who fly into trouble
When ravaness bats,
Senses all heightened
Go Dracula stark
And quick eat up tasty
Lost nats in the dark.
I wonder if spiders
would like eating mites,
Those juicy small monsters
Who louse up the night
Of asthmatic sleepers
Allergic to waste.
Spiders might like mites
and get used to the taste.
Spiders do what they must
In spidering nets,
Intrinsic insiders
Who cover all bets
With polymer silver
That they gossamer spend
And wait, and wait
For some dinner
That soon may drop in.
Yea, a good year for spiders.

Wonder if spiders
Ever get the blues,
Do yous?

— Ken Nordine

 

 

Evening Jazz — You Know the Story   Leave a comment

Benson Sculpture Garden-3084 Evening Jazz blogEvening Jazz Wall Sculpture by Warren Cullar (Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland, CO) — Image by kenne

WORD JAZZ
“You Know the Story” by Ken Nordine from the album, A Transparent Mask

Grunge Art Butterfly   Leave a comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12Grunge Art Butterfly (Two-tailed Swallowtail) by kenne

YELLOW

In the beginning, oh, long before that.

When light was deciding who should be in and who should be out of the spectrum.

Yellow was in trouble.

Even then it seems that green, you know how green can be, didn’t want yellow in.

Some silly primal envy I suppose, but for whatever cause, the effect was bad on yellow.

And caused yellow to weep yellow tears for several eternals, before there were years.

Until blue heard what was up between green and yellow and took green aside for a serious talk,

in which blue pointed out that if yellow and blue were to get together,

not that they would but if they did (a gentle threat),

they could make their own green.

“Ooh” said green with some understanding.

Naturally by a sudden change of hue green saw the light and yellow got in.

 It worked out fine,

yellow got lemons and green got limes.

— transcribed from Ken Nordine’s jazz and word poem, Yellow

Ken Nordine — “What Time Is It?”   Leave a comment

R-667478-1341524324-7196.jpegKen Nordine Album Cover: “How Are Things In Your Town?” 1972

Growing up in the Chicago area as a teen and young adult, I often I would listen late night jazz on the radio. One of the shows was that of Ken Nordine reading his poetry while playing jazz. He has one of the best radio voices anywhere. You may have heard his voice and didn’t know who it was, since over the years he has done a lot of voice-over TV commercials. Since his radio show in the sixties, he has done several Word Jazz albums. One of his albums that I have is “How Are Things In Your Town,” which includes, “What Time Is It?”

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