Tag: poetry

Weetabix: The Song

Weetabix: The Song My old friend Andy McClelland is a brilliant singer/songwriter. Recently Andy has taken some of the silly song lyrics and doggerel that I’ve written and turned this dross into some golden tunes. Our most recent collaboration is “The Weetabix Song” that Andy has created based on a satiric little piece that I..

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International worst seller list: atteindre le sommet

Atteindre le sommet de la liste globale des pires ventes mondiales Reaching the pinnacle of the international worst seller list   English to follow : Mon livre – la version anglaise ainsi que la version française – a franchi une nouvelle étape : Il a battu de nouveaux records en atteignant le sommet de la liste..

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Weetabix

Weetabix Each and very morning, my wife needs a quick fix; She’s compelled to devour her Weetabix.   Breakfasts in her native Slovakia were much more eclectic; When she came to Canada at age 10, out went the authentic. A ship without mooring, she ingested every sort of North American comestible; Her parents, non-plussed, found..

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My Mom had a crush on Perry Mason

This is Academy Award week and one the films in line for best picture is a brilliant courtroom drama titled Anatomy of a Fall ((Anatomie d’une chute). My family has always loved courtroom dramas. So I created trials with and for my students. Here is a first piece about courtrooms. Another one, about Duddy Karavitz,..

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Ikebana My Anne is a fragile flower

My Anne is a fragile flower We need beauty because it makes us yearn to be worthy of it. -Mary Oliver My Anne is a fragile flower. She creates minimalist, decorative arrangements that feature delicate dried plant life. Yesterday she learned a new term: Ikebana,* The Japanese art of flower arrangement. She had no idea..

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Instagram…a musical lament

Instagram…a musical lament Lyrics by Robert McBryde Music by Andy McClelland I’m a fledgling pseudo writer, Just a flash in the pan, A decrepit low tech geezer, But I’m told I need Instagram. My book has very few readers, I’m an also-ran, But young folks say that the solution, Is a presence on Instagram. They..

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I Love Toddlers

I Love Toddlers   I love toddlers….toddling, waddling…   Hopping Leaping Swaggering Staggering   Dancing Playing Prancing Scowling   Yowling Pinching Howling Slumbering   Spitting Hitting Biting Devouring     Laughing Bleating Kicking Gyrating   Smiling Chuckling Tasting Regurgitating   Doodling Scribbling Smacking Crying   Painting Stomping Singing Prying   Staring Marching Hacking Hopping  ..

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Leonard Cohen: They’ve got you covered

Leonard Cohen: They’ve got you covered   First off…a confession …until very recently, I had no idea what a “cover tune” meant. Second confession: Now that I know that “covers” refer to artists interpreting other artists’ work, I have to say that there are a great many cover versions of tunes that I prefer to..

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Avignon January 2024: A winter landscape and a bridge to nowhere

Avignon January 2024: A winter landscape and a bridge to nowhere   There is a stark beauty to this winter landscape: Pared down. Bare bones. Hills swallowed by the mist. A bridge Cut off abruptly. Leading to nowhere. A river flowing to the sea.   Here’s an eraser. Remove that man from the scene. In..

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