Sunday, May 20, 2012

Buttsprung

Charming R.A.D. Stainforth in his black and white world ... he nearly smiles here ...


Spring jumps in,
like some kind of joke,

runs at confused birds,
chases flowers with a faux nose.

Veins earthworm his arms.

He juggles dormant trees,
popcorns the sky,
flings yellow,

Wild as a buttsprung umbrella.



tk/April 2012




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image: The Circus With The Yellow Clown, 1967, Marc Chagall

56 comments:

  1. Beware the low flying buttsprung umbrella...umbrella said with four syllables.

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  2. It's closely related to the Jabberwock...

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  3. Amazing, Tess. I love popcorns the sky!!!

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  4. buttsprung is such a fun word...haha...i just envision spring as this crazy clown running all over....fun piece tess...

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  5. Hee hee! I love "buttsprung." I don't know if it's spring or the umbrella...both? But this is rather e. e. cummings-esque. Excellent poem.

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  6. Oh, so creative! And I love 'chases flowers with a faux nose'.

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  7. Loved this ... the descriptive words in your Blog Header capture the wonderful craziness in 'Buttsprung' perfectly.

    Edna St. Vincent Millay (and me):)

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  8. love the chagall, one of my favorites.

    funny, but (haha) on another blog I follow the thumbnail shows the blog author wearing one of those fake noses. just above your thumbnail.

    spring, the poem holds a wonderful sense of playful surprise which seems to so characterize spring

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  9. adore how you compare spring to
    a fun-loving clown.

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  10. What fun! And buttsprung is now my official word of the day!

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  11. You have included such startling spring imagery in this circus inspired salute Tess. The "earthworm veins" is a wonderful connection, surfacing in the spring. This poem of yours pops. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Nice. I like the fantasy imagery. It brings me to my childhood. This was fun.

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  13. Nice poem and I learned a new word. Buttsprung. Now to work it into a conversation

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  14. This piece certainly has Spring in it... and it ends with as surprise as does any good buttsprung umbrella!

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  15. Earthworm veins? Ugh! True but yukky! LOL

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  16. Sorry - I despise poets who perform their own verses. It is even worse than getting someone else to do it for you - especially if you smoke. For CHRIST'S SAKE - couldn't he have waited 10 seconds to light up a cigarette?

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  17. Tom, I firmly believe poetry is meant to be heard...and R.A.D. Stainforth does a masterful job...

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  18. @ Tom Stephenson Who else do you despise young man? I despise people who blaspheme and use the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ for profanity when all their limited vocabulary is spent ...

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  19. I have a large wooden spoon which I'm not afraid to use ...

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  20. Very happy and yellow. I like the expression on the clown's face. Not scary at all ; )
    I actually saw confused birds being run at last week.

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  21. Cool ,Tess...love these lines..He juggles dormant trees,
    popcorns the sky,
    flings yellow,

    Wild as a buttsprung umbrella.

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  22. Listening to the poem read, was just awesome

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  24. Hahaha. Well done you two. I just bought a bag of peanuts and am enjoying the show. ;~D

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  25. Nice poem, but the way it was read, with the cigarette and all, was interesting.

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  26. I love the popcorn in the sky line. It so fit's that day I've had, that I could have grabbed a handful.

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  27. Fun verse Tess! Spring sure has a lot of surprises!

    Hank

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  28. Your images, span the many faces of a clown, stepping into spring.....! As always, I enjoy hearing it ..... :)

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  29. "Veins earthworm his arms." ... What an excellent verb!

    I also love "popcorns the sky."

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  30. "Buttsprung"...that's the sort of spring I'm having! I adore this piece Tess.

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  31. @ Shawna Tess demonstrates yet again that any noun can be verbed ... and she embiggened my vocabulary with the addition of "buttsprung" ...

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  32. Amazing stuff! Particularly like

    "Veins earthworm his arms."

    Lovely, lovely!

    Anna :o]

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  34. Big buttsprung fun!! Ha! But I'm really surprised that "spring", given the occasional ire of Mother Nature, would be allowed by her to be male!!

    (sorry, my previous comment was an incomplete sentence. Coffee hasn't hit me yet.)

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  35. I don't know what to get more excited about - the word "buttsprung", or getting to see R.A.D. smiling...

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  36. @ Marcheline I might smile next Sunday ...

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  37. Tess, (0) is a hug, like
    xoxox kisses and hugs and
    (((Tess))) hugs

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  38. Delightful!

    And I'm waiting to see if R.A.D. smiles next Sunday...

    ;)

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  39. Love the word choices here! "Buttsprung" is a new favorite!

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  40. Wow Tess, this is cool, Spring emerging from the earth as a clown . Awesome

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  41. I always enjoy your magical words, inventive point of view..

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  42. buttsprung // buttsprung -- I love that word Tess, buttsprung... I also really like this mad celebration of spring you crafted here... cool...

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  43. Almost impossible to beat buttsprung!

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  44. I'm with the majority...buttsprung is terrific!

    By the way, I find myself reading my own poems in R.A.D.'s voice, and man! Do they sound good!

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  45. Ingenius description of Spring and/or the umbrealla! Wow.

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  46. Veins earthworm his arms.
    and
    Popcorns the sky

    Wonderful images!

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  47. @ Karen ... thanks ... Tess's poems work well either considered privately in one's head or read aloud ... this one brought to my mind Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps depicting Spring busting out cracking the ice ...

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  48. A lot of energy in this poem and verve! It's sprunging out all over. K.

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  49. "popcorns the sky"... that is so fantastic, Tess!

    I think it was your remarkable new word "buttsprung" that nearly tweaked a smile out of R.A.D.!

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  50. Your kind and generous comments mean so much to me...thank you gentle readers...you're the best...

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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)