1. Psychedelic Punk Rock
I was living my life one day
and encountered Jimi on guitar.
He was just high, I thought, then
he broke into a disorderly rendition
of purple haze. The smell of burning
weed filled the air and now the day
smells of bright purple.
II. The Green Submarine
Extemporaneously floundering, I decided
that yellow is no longer cowering behind
anybody’s green tambura. The best tympani
is directed by a drummer’s fingertips, hip
as a bebopper, smooth behind the melody
speaking periodically, but only if the mix-man
is kind. Listen, while the submarine pings
descending. Listen as yellow tambourines inside
the green hull wail and jingle and bang against the
thighs of the sea.
III. Fog As Voiced Notes
Extemporaneously defensive, I heard that
oppressiveness got a letter of invitation
and showed up on time; the seats were sticky,
the day muggy enough to stifle the vocal chords
of the girl-group on stage. The show, like the band,
played on. Their songs melted hearts into humid
soul-aching emotion. Wickedness wanted
obsessively to clear the hall, then lock the doors,
and turn on dehumidifying air conditioning, but
Liberty kicked all aspersions to SRO status
and let the songbirds sing their sultry song.
IV. Cowbells At Sunset
Extemporaneously astonished, we
found the cattle on high ground
after the storm. Too much water rising
caused the cows to cluster on an Island
of raised topsoil. The horses and sheep
changed to beaten beasts in flowing fields,
were drowned by failed water dikes,
broken dams, and too low levee overflow.
Airlifted, the cattle are now fodder for a new
farm and, shaking his head at the pile of dirt
he intended to flatten later this year,
the farmer decided to leave it there.
V. Travel Log
Extemporaneously afloat, I sailed
from the southeastern Swiss Alps
to the North Sea in the Netherlands
along the lazy River Rhine. When it rained
it grew tumultuous, but mostly it was
calm under variously clouded and clear
skies. All in all, I got a very fine view
of Germany in winter.
Stella L. Crews
Collaborative Effort with lizardking - Thanks for the great lines - allets