Friday, June 23, 2017

Best. Valley. Video. Ever.

Randy Newman name-checked the Valley twice in
“I Love L.A.”
Good for him but the Valley deserves it’s own song.
I’m happy to say

“Want You Back” is just that courtesy of
Those three girls in Haim.
Having something to represent the 818?
It's welcome & about time.

There’s nothing in the lyrics about the region but
The video is keen
To evoke this place --- it’s the most Valley thing
I have ever seen.

Once you see this video, you’ll want to drive at dawn
To Ventura Boulevard and then on your feet
Head west past Casa de Cadillac as you proudly walk
Right down the middle of the fucking street.

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Multi-tasks As The Awareness Month For Poetry & Autism

From A To Z                                    

While driving in the car with my son
(Who has autism) it may get
To a point where to calm him down,
I suggest he recite the alphabet.

Jeremy’s thirty, so sometimes just
What my wife and I are doing
May seem a peculiar avenue at this
Point for us to be pursuing.

We alternate saying each letter and this
Does help him relax
Simultaneously reminding the three of us
Of a few basic facts

Like how the English-speaking world uses
These symbols in heavy rotation
In our ongoing attempts with other people
To engage in communication.

When we do these duets of the ABCs ---
A father and a son and a mother ---
We’re in touch on a granular level with
How people reach out to each other.

This is the best way I can describe this and
I hope this can bring about for you
The gist of what I’m thinking. If not, there’s
No other way to spell it out for you.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mic Drop For Barack

I love how his opponents across the aisle have
Always thought victory was in reach
If they somehow provoked him so much that
He had to go out and give a speech.

The only problem with this cunning Republican
Plan is we are
Now aware he’s the best White House speaker
Since FDR.

But the vast majority of his detractors still
Remained strangely in the dark
As he rose to every speech-giving occasion
And hit it out of the park.

It’s as if people who hated Frank Sinatra decided
His destruction they could bring
About if they got him in front of an orchestra and
Then commanded him to sing.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Stuff Your School-age Kids Will Soon Need

The Pledge of Allegiance in Russian:

"Я клянусь в верности флагу Соединенных Штатов Америки и республике,
которую он символизирует, одной нации подБогом, неделимой, со свободой
и справедливостью для всех."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

All You Need To Know About Trump's Nominee For Attorney General

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions --- that name alone
Makes you want to punch him in the face.
You know that growing up his family said “nigger”
Far more often than they ever said grace.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Trump's Favorite Words To Tweet

Win, winning, very, weak.
(Six syllables that make me shriek.)

We, they, politically correct.
(Used to evade and deflect.)

Moron, tough, dangerous, smart.
(Does Donald pick them a la carte?)

Bad, amazing, stupid, huge.
(His face reminds me of Scrooge.)

Tremendous, zero, lose, terrific.
(His knack is never being specific.)

Out of control, lightweight, classy.
(He’s a hood ornament without a chassis.)


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Kim Kardashian Speaks Out About Paris Robbery

I know how difficult her life is with all her millions
Behind the tinted windows of a limousine
But wasn't her being bound and gagged at gunpoint 
One of the few good things about 2016?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

South Carolina Lawmaker Heard On Phone Beating His Wife As Their Children Begged Him To Stop

In 2016, there was this pretty big story about
Chris Corley making the rounds
Concerning his fight to keep the Confederate
Flag flying on statehouse grounds.

(Corley also, it’s worth noting, in 2014 proved to be
Someone who openly runs
His mouth about how it’s wrong for domestic abusers
To not be able to buy guns.)

Let’s recap: “Alleged” wife beater, likely racist and Trump
Backer who never eats brie ---
This is the exactly kind of guy who in 2017 helps to define
The current state of the GOP.