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Oh No, Time For A TKO

Mark to market this
this lazy noon
soon to purchase
one fat ass pumpkin
a patch of candy corn
and a new Brew
of Who knew
taste so good
could torture
-so long

but not good-
bye to the high
cry of this infant

baby stepping
into backlit
shadow play
that sometimes
finds a way
to box me in
and then walk
away from


Past Due Per Diem


riot of recall
circus of


like this
Leaf Flotilla

a new
of Bye


Garden Party Over, Yet Again

I’m up
for some sin
and something
something delicate
and a bit decadent
like a designer
cupcake in six
inch heels or
thigh high leather

Eyes peeled
to perfect prism
I spy a
serious celebrant
of Autumn
and better yet-
she’s on parade-
with a curiously
animated understanding
of the Fall

“Shiloh’s Ode To After Autumn”

During our first year or two, Snz and I spent a fair amount of time at a friend’s place. We’d bend an elbow, throw a dart, bank an eight ball or three- two rails… while forever feeding a fine analogue juke box. The bar was called Cody’s, named after our buddy’s dog. And a great dog he was, and I was a big fan. When Cody sired nine puppies, we got dibs.

Took Snz damn near three hours to pick, but only minutes to name her—Shiloh. And Shiloh and I began going everywhere. Walking from Wrigleyville to breakfast near the driving range at Diversy Harbor and on to Oak Street beach. All that stopped, year three, when she had, back to back, torn ACL’s. But then we’d hang at the bars around Wrigley when the Cubs were out of town. She was a well behaved regular, and known by most on the strip.

And Shiloh was great company when I began playing with DOS based bulletin boards, then moved to Dreamweaver and the WWW. She got me off my ass and away from this or that toggle at least five times a day. Much needed.

Autumn had arrived, and Snz was in law school, when I threw up my first website. It was a pitiful looking thing. It was 1996 ugly. But content is king being the catchphrase, I needed something fresh to post. “Poetry—oh no.” I said out loud to an under the desk Shiloh. She barely looked up. “O.K. you post something.” She could not have cared less.

Lightening. Not a poem about my puppy, a poem by my puppy. Make it simple and silly and who’s to argue with a puppy’s point of view. No one’s going to take it seriously. They’ll it, if at all, as a joke. Filler. Content.

So I began poemin’ my first poem ever. But didn’t post it. Until Snz got home and said, ” It’s fun..why not.”

Shiloh’s Ode To After Autumn

The light goes out now, much quicker
the air is thin, with a chill
the squirrel seems just a bit thicker
I get closer, but not quiet, still

we’re not at the lake quite as often
when there, there’s a damp from the east
the ball, tossed, lands on land softened
then rolls less the length of my leash

Why is the above getting lower
Why do the leaves riot and rust
Why does the Orange rise slower
and, “let’s go,” no maybe, a must

I believe it gets white; I remember
I believe it gets pure; I think
it’s a clean carpet they call December
made to run through, roll in, and drink

It’s a ghost of a gift, I’m recalling
just appears, disappears, reappears
first falls, doesn’t stay, just stalling
weathered reasons refusal to fear

Then, when all sounds make my throat run
just when my bark is for keeps
it falls with a feline-like motion
December, white, wet, and nose deep


And that’s how a jones begins.

And When October Goes

Show Comments (4)


  • Bill

    Five great ones, Doug. IK enjoyed ’em all, but “Shiloh’s Ode To After Autumn” hit number one.

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    • r.douglas

      Thanks so much, Bill. Yep…that Shiloh puppy had a way with the poesy. And by the way Bill, your site looks great. Clean, concise, and shines your stuff. Thanks again.


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      • Bill

        Thanks but I confess to site envy when I see yours.

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        • r.douglas

          Well Bill, I confess to cheating, as I have the business plan here at which means I have a lot of design options that others may not have. And it helps to have worked self hosted sites for years. But again, Bill, your site is looking great.

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