Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aether

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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Misha the Snake

Give him enough rope and he'll tie you to a chair.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sir Reginald Isthmus

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

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Duke of Styria

some Habsburg or other

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.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

your friendly host

And here he is, the man we've all been waiting for..

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

crinoid skull

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

Monday, December 20, 2010

malcontent

Subject requires constant supervision.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

fast and bulbous

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

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ubie Owen

accountant

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

semblance

portrayal after the fact

Monday, December 13, 2010

anarchist badge

emblem worn by members of the Curious George Brigade

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

Moval Burston

His anti-antics cast a pall over the funny papers.

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

attritional subtraction

the geopsychic principle contrived by Atwill E. Road

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Case Study No. 372

Subject was warned as a child not to, but he did it anyway.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Joe Lieberman

extinct dinosaur bent on destroying free speech in the USA

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Quench

spirit evoked to quell and staunch conflagrations

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

portalkeep

concierge at the end of the universe

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

their lead guitarist

Between acts he relaxes.

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.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Marsby Yannov

Black Friday plus Ritalin

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!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

grateful

Thanks, everyone.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yarber Quinisuch

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

sand dune surfer dude

He's a legend, so don't tell him he's too old for the sport.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 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

dragon moult

We heard thrashing, but found only its skin.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cpt. Eli Sprig

Pioneer in escape velocity.
First to enter time warp.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Falco Brinsmeyer

tin medalist in the East Brunswick 2 yard dash

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Little Big Bang

Hadron Spokesman Claims No Discernible Effects

Sunday, November 07, 2010