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  Signs
by Odin Roark
Friday, June 29, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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The following quote gave rise to my verbal walk down memory lane, “Signs”

“I like very much the idea that the language of poetry operates more opaquely than does the language, say, of fiction. For instance, when a novel is working, we tend to forget we're seeing words, and imagine that we view a scene and its actions; that is, the words acquire a transparency that serves the purposes of the narrative. On those curious occasions when, during our reading of a fiction, the language DOES call attention to itself (that is, when the words acquire an opacity, we notice the words themselves), we are likely to think of that particular passage as being ‘poetic’." ScottCairns foetry.com


SIGNS

 

Remembering Burma Shave’s messages

our Nevada highway friends

always there to bring a smile

 

    On curves ahead
Remember, sonny
That rabbit's foot
Didn't save
The bunny
Burma-Shave

 

But dwarfed they were

by goliath billboards

 

Slots that pay

Dancing girls to die for

All day breakfast

Low room rates

 

Outrageous they were

 

But mostly my memories

of highway advertisements back then

pale in recalling one that seemed repainted every year

we took our summer vacation

captured in snap shots from my Brownie

three years in a row

letters red

jungle black

never faded

 

“Orangutan from Borneo – 1 mile ahead”

 

Always stopped

gassed up the ’46 Hudson

your pride and joy

sat down in the café

coffee for you

Jello for Mom

‘rang cage for me

 

Didn’t matter there was nothing in the cage

 

Dead?

 

Never knew.

but

mini-stuffed versions galore

movie-flip pages

of really keen sketches

probably done when it was alive

I guess

 

Collected fourteen in all

flip

flip

swing

swing

vine to vine

branch to branch

a hero he was

at that lonely desert stop

on the way to yet the bigger fantasy Strip

 

So just thought you’d appreciate

a simple memory

you gave me

never forgot how it all started

those lessons you taught

how it began with shined windows of the car

so I’d be able to see clear

the signs

every summer

every season

so many behind us now

the guideposts

the buried lessons

the simple things

so long in the past

I keep finding

these many years later

 

So…

 

Thank you Dad

wish I’d been able to speak this to the pews

but never lost my fear of crowds

and

oh my

the many here to say goodbye

 

Damn…

 

Know I’m dragging this out

but...well

 

I’ll fold it now

pastor said okay to put it in your hand

 

Think of this paper

as just another memory

we shared

kinda

 

Signs

 

More coming up for you Dad

 

Lots more

 




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Reviewed by Shirley Houston 6/29/2012
Tears & joy!! Loved this!!
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/29/2012
Odin,
everyone else has already given you the plausible quotes for the trip down memory lane.
Budd
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/29/2012
Brought back many memories, Odin, and, as Bob Hope would croon, "Thanks for the memories . . ."
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 6/29/2012
...and the sign said, "Long-hair freaky people need not apply." So I tucked my hair up under my cap, and I went in to ask him why... He said, you look like a fine, upstanding young man. I think you'll do. So I took my hair out from under my cap, and said "Imagine that! Me, working for you!"

...like that old Five Man Electric Band song from all those years ago, your poem takes us down different roads and shows us unique and colourful sights... rifts of rich experience here! Thanks for sharing, Odin.

Roger

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