Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Fire

Fire touches fire
and in the meeting
is put out til morning
when we, in bed,
watch it rising from the east.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Russell Rosander's Spirit Dance

Neptuno y Sirena en Barra de Navidad, Mexico

I have seen my spirit
hiding in the dense core of a stone,
catching sunlight 
in the waves of the sea,
flowing wild and free

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Little Red Rooster for a Blues Chinese New Year

photo © Mark Butkus 2013
The rooster symbolizes fidelity, punctuality and exorcises evil spirits.

Happy Chinese New Year! To celebrate Chinese New Year how about cooking up some American blues. What's in the wok? A Little Red Rooster of course!

Like most blues standards Little Red Rooster borrows from many similar sounding songs that preceded it and it's true authorship is as mysterious as the blues itself.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nicole Bataclan's the Same same but different

Lands and beliefs separate
But I know
We are watching the same sunset.
I catch the beginning
Colors waltzing
As the sun brushes against
The mountains;
Battling whether or not
I should send you
A message.

Friday, January 13, 2017

One Friday the 13th in Mexico

I woke up scrambling for my life
downing the remnants of yesterday
from the bottom of a plastic cup,
that 4 a.m. shot of tequila,
as we put the town to bed.

Friday, January 6, 2017

We Three Kings

photo © Mark Butkus 2014
El Día de los Reyes is celebrated in Latin America on January 6.

We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Look To This Day

photo © Mark Butkus 2016
The journey of a thousand tomorrows begins with today.

Look to this day:
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and
Realities of your existence.