Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aether

The god of air.
Thin, rarefied air.
Air to be inhaled only by gods.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sir Reginald Isthmus

Father of the land bridge.
Before him, there were only peninsulas.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Yule pixie

Come the burning of the yule log,
thousands like him fly as embers.
Be of good cheer.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Krampus

Anti-Santa threatens to devour children
who don't fall into line and behave.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

crinoid skull

Paleozoic crinoid vertebrae are fairly common,
but these are very rare.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

fast and bulbous

a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag
(for Don Van Vliet)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Loon Mulligan

His campfire slumgullion made of rats and pigeons
became known far and wide as Loon Stew.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

darkling

It's not that darklings hide in the shadows.
It's that they hide in yours.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Uesugi Kenshin

February 18, 1530 – April 19, 1578
the daunting rival of Takeda Shingen
and a practitioner of Kuruma Gakari,
a churning cycle of warfare
where the wounded are shunted rearward
and replaced by fresh troops.

anxious

a little too

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Takeda Shingen

December 1, 1521 – May 13, 1573
whose war flag read
風林火山
Fū-Rin-Ka-Zan

As Swift as,
as Silent as,
as Fierce as,
and as Immovable as

Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.

- from Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War'

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Mandate

Swozmongafopps chewed up the Narfex Nibblyites
and spit out their bones.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Know thy level, X-127

They tell him,
be happy here.
Be happy
in this community of self-pitying gadgets,
this hive of monsters.

Beats the upper world.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Floating Barista Statue

Simon Pinehurst, of Chippawa Falls, Wisconsin, rises in the night sky. What a macchiato he could conjure!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yarber Quinisuch

Member of the Cole-Youngers
or the Dalton-Youngers,
can't remember which.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Banshee (for Nancy)

There were nights on those bleak hills the wind would moan up death. It was the bean-sidhe's howl.

My older sister, nine at the time, dreaded the banshee that came at the end of the Disney movie, 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People.' She spirited me away from in front of the TV so I would hide with her under our father's desk, well away from the sound of its keening. She knew the banshee portends death and to hear it could mean she was coming for you.

I wonder if my sister heard the banshee again a few weeks ago when she died. It had been fifty years since we had been scrunched together under that desk. I'm sure living with cancer for two years would have, in the end, softened her fear. So I imagine when it came, the wail of the banshee might have sounded more like a siren's song.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010