Goodfellas, or: My Cousin Vinny

EPIGRAPH: The main obligation is to amuse yourself. -S. J. Perelman (1904 โ€“ 1979) I. A Limerick With limericks, I myself amuse, Subjecting readers to great abuse; Some opine- "David... your Poetry's SUCH a bore; It's quite clear! You're rhyming for views!" II. A Reverso Often, I write to amuse myself, else I'd quickly get… Continue reading Goodfellas, or: My Cousin Vinny

Cupped, or: Limitless

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. -T. S. Eliot (1888 โ€“ 1965) A Choka how the star dissolves into the morning's first brew bobbing and fizzing at the glistening surface pushing hopelessly against edges unyielding which rim the opaque nectar of our universe weightless particles screened by hazy nebulae desperately quaffed in… Continue reading Cupped, or: Limitless

Mothers feeling chilly

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. -Ambrose Bierce (1842 โ€“ 1914) This last week has been the rainiest week this winter in Jerusalem, as I more or less expected. The pattern of recent years seems to be that winter spends all of December and January battling autumn for dominance… Continue reading Mothers feeling chilly

Expectation packaged in an envelope

Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope. -Shana Alexander (1925 โ€“ 2005) I've written before about my special poetry partnership with Sangeetha and how she has brought more color into my world. Recently, I wrote a poem inspired by an envelope that I received from Sangeetha in the mail, but I didn't write anything about… Continue reading Expectation packaged in an envelope

Wasted days(?)

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -e. e. cummings (1894 - 1962) One of the greatest highlights of my childhood was playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D). This and a few other role-playing games (RPGs) were the primary unifying factor among my closest circle of friends. So, perhaps that's why I… Continue reading Wasted days(?)

To pique someone’s interest

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. -Margaret Heffernan (b. 1955) This week, for Marsha Ingrao's Wednesday Quotes prompt, she asks what we do to pique the potential reader's interest in our blogs. Marsha mentions that some bloggers spend time redesigning their blogs' appearances to draw attention, and I… Continue reading To pique someone’s interest

Word of the year: Creativity

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. -T. S. Eliot (1888 โ€“ 1965) I have been writing poetry with my friend Sangeetha (of Mindfills) for nearly two years now, and we've completed three series of poems together: Ripples ~ a hyakuin (a 100 verse renga) Form verses creativity ~ one poetic form for every letter… Continue reading Word of the year: Creativity

You cannot change any society unless…

You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it. -Grace Lee Boggs (1915 โ€“ 2015) Let's be real. Most of us will never change our societies in any substantial way. I will never make any great impact upon Israeli society,… Continue reading You cannot change any society unless…