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kicking up heels: 4

Collage by Elizabeth St Jacques



Kris Kondo
Marlene Mountain
Francine Porad

December 28-31, 1999


m  f  k

'summer's albino wren' a poem that defined a beginning

and now winter the slim peckings

slowly grind my sumi in delight of getting to know those birds

back for peanut butter wrens and song sparrows

a fierce-eyed crow on the fence in swooping position

still eating xmas chicken on New Year's eve


m  k  f

of course i like to say owom as in 'all the woms had an owom'

reluctantly told next renku performance on my birthday

out of a sixteen-year coma happy new year decade century

times square welded manhole covers locked mailboxes

bright cloud-filled sky of the solstice moonset imitates sunrise

mystery and magic of numbers double chai bodes well


f  k  m

lifelike salmon on a plaque about to leap off the wall

Dad's gun collection stolen out of locked cabinets

at least 25 years groundhog dens by the old-timey apple trees

studio apartment cozy for two crowded with three

photo through a dark doorway a futon with an antique quilt

'den of thieves' mr testosterone's internal memo 1


f  m  k

New Year's Day every hour on the hour 20th century highlights

no christian terrorism on the infamous birthday

'life is what happens while you're busy makin' other plans'  2

do parents ever stop worrying about their children?

oops already eaten the can of french-style green y2k beans

computer's hum tomorrow will there be anything!


k  m  f

still wondering what that man thought I meant when I wrote 'amen'

baptist deacon a smoke outside

Bar Mitzvah service the shine of hair clips anchoring yarmulkes

stained glass window first oil painting with a palette knife

pagan: country dweller heathen: from the heath heretic: able to choose

grateful to be alive this day amen amen



1Bill Gates

2John Lennon

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