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Flashlightfishes of a Female American at Fifty
by Kimmy Van Kooten

Monday, January 26, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Two thousand O O Nine... a decline...
Another Romish Empire!
Darkness over "Middle Ages"!

Where those barbaric ways and civilization,
As I knew them have sunk?
Is it true , Lief, found Vineland
At the fifty-sixth parallel,
And my “enlightenment” will come?

Wearing, like Polo, I must venture out!
Waving new ideas and the wares to improve mine...
Navigation from this point forward!
O’ Prince Henry would be proud!

Cabotage around in a Cape of Good Hope
And discover a New World!... Columbus!
Cortez may invade me, but, here I am
Already in Saint Augustine!

Converting me to Catholicism isn’t an issue,
Besides, my heart is in good shape...
Although, the taxation is still high!

Where is New Amsterdam?
– This Dutch wants to know!
I’ll inhale Mayflower like a Pilgrim,
Accepting gladly, the adventure,
But I know... I know... The Sugar Act has to go!

Thank God the Red coats were vanquished,
The Intolerable Acts were declared unconstitutional,
I continue... but the Declaration of Rights
And Grievances never helped anyone!

Paine has common sense... and my pen praises
The Zinger Trial and Ben... So, I write!
They had their Tom to indite their Declaration!
I have a Tom, on MySpace,(*) to carry mine...
Not to mention, Matt on Authorsden! (**)

No battles in my Bunker Hill, and, this bitter winter
forges over, newer valleys, yet I’m facing
another Shay’s Rebellion... The coinage system at work...
Asking, “How much do I weigh?”
No!... “How much do I owe?”
A Three-Fifths Compromise is at hand,
Walla! I’m figuring into a checks and balance system!
Oh!... and Obama is my President!

(*) – MySpace is an online community where you can share your photos, journals, poetry and any other interests with a growing network of mutual friends!

(**) – Matt: – Matthew Miller is the president and founder of "Where authors and readers come together..."


Copyright 2009
Kimmy Van Kooten


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Reviewed by Richard Orey 1/29/2009
Yeah, I had a glimmer of understanding of the whole poem and actually had total comprehension of your last line.

I love everything you post, Kimmy. Just keep your quill moving and I'll be all right.

Reviewed by John Flanagan 1/28/2009
What a journey I've just been on! A rollercoaster of thought, expression, suggestion, history, and all wonderfully and so richly handled. Excellent!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/28/2009
This one twisted my brain into a corkscrew! ! !
Although, very niiiiiiiiice!


Reviewed by John Domino 1/27/2009
I liked your work before but now I am a big fan!

Super write!

Love & blessings,

John Michael
Reviewed by 000 000 1/27/2009
Crazy write. Enjoyed

Reviewed by Dale Clark 1/27/2009
Brilliant, you are a master of word, Kimmy.
What talent, you have my friend...;)
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/27/2009
Quite ride through history!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/27/2009
Wow what an interesting and knowledgeable walk through history. New Amsterdam you ask??? Why New York of course with the first Governor named Peter Styvesant and as for Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" there was another who ingeniously wrote "Death of Common Sense" to reflect on today's times, his name??? Phillip K. Howard.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 1/27/2009
I especially enjoyed the last line. R
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/27/2009
Hey Kimmy You touched a little homeground with this one girl....thanks for sharing...BUT OBAMA still YOU-r!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/27/2009
Thank you for sharing Kimmy as usual very enjoyable.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by D Johnson 1/27/2009
I think we all need to rant about something at least once, how else will we be heard. I enjoyed this whole read from beginning to end; including history lessons from recent to distant past.

Well done!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/27/2009
interesting read
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/27/2009
Whatta ride, and whatta write through history! Whew. Fantastic writing, Kimmy!!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 1/27/2009
This is the best Kimmy, what a ride through history and poetry, what a rollercoaster, I loved it, true poetry for sure, Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/27/2009
Oh my Kimmy you always take us on such magical whimsical rides but with just enough history, ingenuity and politics thrown in to make us re read it a time or two. Loved it
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/27/2009

An ontological-satiric-historic-wit composition... Outstanding poetic page.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

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