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· Perceptions


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· Said and Unsaid - Vol 1


Short Stories
· IT

· Faux Companion

· Take Me, I'm Free (Flash Fiction)

· Beer Neck Flower

· Closed

· What Do You Do?

· Dream-Blisters

· The Nap

· When the Wheels Stop Turnin' (flash fiction)

· Nomadic Heart

· The Dogs of Sochi

· A Crow With Super Smarts

· Targets Be Warned

· Simple Times (an observation)

· Cavemen in Tuxedos (an editorial)

· Ghost Town Ghosts

· Note to Self

· Essay on Poetic Theory

· Donor Cozeners

· His LIttle Red Dump Truck

· Dare Listen

· Love Unopened

· Third Rails

· Bestial History Recycling

· Miasma Ripening

· Grease Monkey Rainbows

· Deepening Dusk

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by Odin Roark
Friday, June 29, 2012
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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



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


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




Never knew.


mini-stuffed versions galore

movie-flip pages

of really keen sketches

probably done when it was alive

I guess


Collected fourteen in all





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




Thank you Dad

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

but never lost my fear of crowds


oh my

the many here to say goodbye




Know I’m dragging this out



I’ll fold it now

pastor said okay to put it in your hand


Think of this paper

as just another memory

we shared





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
everyone else has already given you the plausible quotes for the trip down memory lane.
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!" 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.


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  1. distant drama and mended wounds
  2. Hands On Arms Around
  3. Ruby Red
  4. Words Will Never Express How Lucky I am to
  5. Love is Like a Flower
  6. A Little Drop of Rain
  7. Withdrawn...
  8. A Poem In MInd
  9. fettered footprints
  10. G R A S S
  11. You Don’t Know Me
  12. Blood Of A Slave, Heart Of A King
  13. In Sleep
  14. The Liar
  15. A Transition To Metempsychosis
  16. A Noble Lady
  17. Faith, Courage, Wisdom, Strength, and Hope
  18. Line Of Art
  19. A Husband, A Father & Friend
  20. It's Simple

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