I Allow Myself Poetry

Paper Pencil Life

I allow myself poetry
I’ve said this before, but poetry is probably the largest influence on my comics.  What I feel and experience in reading my favorite poems is what I hope to express in comics.  The poet Dorothea Grossman is up there for me in terms of guiding this idea.  I so wish I had VOLUMES of her work instead of the slim selected poems that was published shortly after her death.  The poem that I mention in the comic is called “I Allow Myself” and you can find it here along with many others and a couple of podcasts that feature her work.  I also want to note that I misquoted her poem in the comic.  It should read: ” I allow/ myself the luxury of breakfast/ (I am no nun, for Christ’s sake.)”

I am a proud subscriber of Poetry Magazine and still an avid listener of the podcasts.  I *still* have…

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Feng Shui for Book Lovers: How to Pare Down a Library

#sketch of the day no 585 in my #moleskine #artjournal: Figaro the cat. Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep and company only when they want it ~ Rod Mckuen

Just love cats – lovely. Ian 🙂



Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of Figaro the cat. Cat’s have it all – admiration, an endless sleep and company only when they want it ~ Rod Mckuen

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On dit que l’effraie (Jean Follain)


On dit que l’effraie
boit l’huile aux lampes du sanctuaire
dans les églises du village;
elle entre par le vitrail brisé
dans ces heures de nuit
quand les bons et les violents s’endorment
quand l’orgueil et l’amour s’épuisent
quand le feuillage rêve.
La bête réchauffe son sang
avec l’huile éclairant et vierge.

(Jean Follain)

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Desert Wildflower Art — Look At Me

Superb John.

Becoming is Superior to Being

Wildflower (1 of 1)-2 art blogDesert Wildflower Art — Image by kenne

background of soft
piano jazz
reflecting on
black mahogany
bringing to life
“look at me”
flower image
to the memories
with Misty
on my mind
on solitude —
it might
as well
be spring.

— kenne

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“The Sorcery Of Our Story” by A Shade Of Pen & TooFullToWrite

A Shade Of Pen

So, it is no surprise that I love habits and traditions. We just made it a tradition to write a duet every NAPoWriMo. I absolutely adore writing with David Ellis because he is a conjuror who brings words to life. He makes me sure that my fetish for British people is justified 😀

The leaves ruffle in the air

Even the wind seems to be humming our song

The melody carries me on the wings of angels

Straight to the first time

When my eyes fell upon you


A spell was cast that day

One of gorgeous light, dispersing the darkness

The veil had been lifted

Life had revealed a divine gift for us to cherish


A hundred thoughts

Buzzed into my mind’s honeypot

Was this all just a lucid dream

Woven into the fabric of space and time

Or a fragile vase poised to shatter


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”Do you know who is the bankrupt? …/…”Müflis kimdir, biliyor musunuz?…/…Happy Weekend to All my Dear Friends ツ 💗

Semra nice post: They say the meek will inherit the earth and so it shall be. The thin cows and the fat cows were seen by Nebuchanezer in a dream and it would mean – those that have would have less and those who have need who have their share.
The King who had the dream sat on the throne in the place of Kirkuk (place of the anti-christ Saddam Hussein0 and the Tower of Babel where God asked Nimrod to build a tower just for him and him alone. Only when persuaded to break his promise to God and turn to making money and become a fat cow – did it all go wrong.

So it is and will be at the end. Amen.


semras, world,mosquesem75

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Do you know who is the bankrupt?” They said: “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property”.

He said: “The real bankrupt of my Ummah would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection with Salat (prayer), Saum (fast) and Sadaqah (charity), (but he will find himself bankrupt on that day as he will have exhausted the good deeds) because he reviled others, brought calumny against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others; so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be entered in his account and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire”.

Sahih Muslim


Ebü Hüreyre radıyallahu anh’den…

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Vertan or Sand and Making an Enemy of a Power Plant Man

Power Plant Men

Originally Posted April 18, 2014:

When I was an electrician at the coal-fired Power Plant in North Central Oklahoma I inherited working on the Precipitators from Sonny Kendrick, the Electrical Specialist in the electric shop. One time after I had been struggling with the performance of the precipitator trying to lower the emissions of Fly Ash going out of the smoke stacks, I encountered a very odd situation.

One morning as I was walking out to the precipitator as I passed the Unit 1 boiler I noticed that a couple of tanker trailers were sitting outside the bottom ash area. Hoses had been attached to one of them and were running up the side of the boiler. What looked like a pump was running. I didn’t have a clue what was in the tanker. I figured it was just some routine thing that power plants did every so often to…

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Blogger wars

Here is a hug 😀


Harsh reality

Tips to New Bloggers ~ Don’t Blog Like A Self Professed Power Blogger, Opinionated Man

Opinionated Man:

Someone needs a hug. Please go give him one. 🙂

Originally posted on Andy Kaufman’s Kavalkade Krew Featuring The Wandering Poet:

Hillbilly Blogger, rather than reading the extensive documentation provided, chose to blog ad hominem attacks and less than factual information when he pinged my blog about Opinionated Man.

It seems he took offense to my reply that I blogged, which basically treated him in kind to his initial blog to me.

I had never heard of Hillbilly Blogger prior to his blog on the subject of Opinionated Man and my blogging about his anti social behavior.

If you arrive with a factless argument, and ignore everything that has occured AND IS DOCUMENTED, proclaim you haven’t read a thing,. why would you think I…

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‘The Squeeze’, Harry Barton, 1955

pundit from another planet


Harry Barton: The Squeeze, paperback cover, 1955


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