Sunday, May 19, 2013

Self-evident




Convict me of dandelions,
large puddles of ketchup,
June scent of Scioto rain.


At breakfast I get drunk on Bach,
chasers of Copland and Joplin,
hotdogs from a cart by noon.


Find me guilty of eating at the kitchen sink,
ordering drive-thru McDonald's fries ―
you shotgun, me in a Stetson.


I pretend to hate mosquitoes on the Fourth of July ―
come at me with sparklers, buckeyes,
little American flags stapled to sticks.


I want to pursue our life, liberty, and happiness,
but there's something you should know ―
I love A. Lincoln, shamelessly.


tk/May 2013

Thanks to  R.A.D. Stainforth for this excellent read.


Lighthouse Dandelions by JamieWyeth 
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40 comments:

  1. Ode to summer, you in a Stetson .. may I ride shotgun? This is one of my Tess favorites!!!

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  2. And self-evidently great words.

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  3. Oh, yes... I see fireworks now! Love it, Tess!

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  4. Nice word-usage in this, it was fun to read.

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  5. I tried to find a favorite line but couldn't..each word...line ..image... is gorgeous.x

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  6. this is stupendous- love it!

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  7. Ah, spoken like a girl from the heartland! Love this anthem of yahoo! Great write, Tess!

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  8. If this doesn't sound like summertime, then nothing does. Great poem...

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  9. pure energy thrown out for our pleasure. success.

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  10. Found this very interesting..the opening line sets the pace for a firework display.

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  11. So ripe with Americana. Love where this took you... and by the way, I visited Steepletop with me. Was like visiting a cathedral for me....

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  12. What a great idea! I love it. Simple and lovely article.

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  13. You and Abe would make a great homeless busking couple, debating Philosophy while getting drunk on Bach with hotdogs for Breakfast, printing greenbacks from a portable press with gay abandon, wgile dodging assassins bullets- loved it Tess, Salut

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  14. This is fantastic, I love your style of writing it is so alive

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  15. Great word-craft, Tess! It sets it apart from the usual!

    Hank

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  16. Felt so much energy in the words! Now I'm excited for the Fourth of July!

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  17. I can feel summer arriving in waves of heat and fireworks!

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  18. I too really get the feel of summer with this. I was throwing out my collection of pine cones. among them were two Ohio Buckeyes. I saved those.

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  19. se are a few of my favourite things..

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  20. Wonderful this Tess a pleasure to read

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  24. And here you could've taken the Fifth
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    Glad you didn't.

    I'll bail you out.

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  25. ...you caught me off guard with that last punch Tess... loved it!

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  26. You have very good taste..so happy to visit your world..plus who doesn't love Abe?

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  30. Ohio... a very friendly and down-to-earth place. We lived in Beavercreek, OH and my husband worked at WPAFB for a a few years. NOW, if I had EVER used ketchup on Texas beef in Texas ... I'd of been done in!

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  32. The reading did make the words dance and sing. Glorious summer is coming.

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